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What is a sufficiently “substantial” question?

This question began with my curiosity about the close votes and decision on this recent question: Help me figure out the mode of this Howard Shore piece The rationale given for closing is as follows: ...
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Are answers to off-topic questions worthy of downvotes and/or flags?

It's well established on SE sites that off-topic questions should not be answered. For example, see Should we be answering questions that are off topic? What are comments for, and when shouldn't I ...
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ABCjs examples require refresh to render… even for the OP? [duplicate]

Forgive me if this is a duplicate; I don't see the same issue. I added some ABCjs examples to an answer (https://music.stackexchange.com/a/115586/78419) and, as expected, saw the familiar "C e a ...
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Community Ads for 2021

NOTE: This post has now been locked and new submissions are not being accepted. Ad submissions are now undergoing review by the Community Team, and this question will be updated once the ads are live. ...
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Should [tag:learning-resources] posts still be considered on-topic or made off-topic?

The question Reading list for music theory for a self taught was closed as off-topic (including a close vote from me). However, in updating the tags, I noticed our guidance for learning-resources: ......
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Is it on topic to ask about how to improve the recording of an acoustic piano?

I think this is almost on the same vein as this meta question, but I still wanted to make sure. I tried to record myself trying out an upright piano at the piano store with a portable recording device....
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Reopen request: What characterizes My Chemical Romance's music?

What characterizes My Chemical Romance's music? was originally posted as "I don't really know how to phrase this but I'll try, Does anyone know what key most MCR songs are in?" and closed. I'...
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Are questions along the lines of “what *kind* of tool do I need to accomplish X” on-topic?

I know this is in the same area as some other recent discussions, but I thought a question focused on finding a consensus on this specific point could be helpful. One of our close vote reasons has the ...
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My Question was closed a software/equipment recommendation. What does that mean and what can I do?

A question I asked was closed with the reason: Questions seeking recommendations for specific equipment are off-topic, because they are primarily opinion based. Instead, describe the required ...
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Our “recommendations for specific equipment” rule seems to be catching cases beyond those looking for a brand/model recommendation

One of our close vote reasons has the following explanation: Questions seeking recommendations for specific equipment are off-topic, because they are primarily opinion based. Instead, describe the ...
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Should “Does tuning music to A = 432 Hz versus A = 440 Hz have a measurable effect on listeners?” stay or go

A few hours ago I asked and self-answered "Does tuning music to A = 432 Hz versus A = 440 Hz have a measurable effect on listeners?". Since then, based on comments and another answer, it's ...
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Triangle fermata vote buttons

Why did the triangle fermata voting buttons get removed? Reminded by the comments here Triangle above note, with dot in it
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Anniversary Celebrations

Music: Practice & Theory is turning ten years old! (If you’re curious, you can see our very first question here.) To celebrate, Stack Exchange is collecting some thoughts for a blog post to ...
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A proposal for dealing with certain over-broad questions

Background The question What is the function of this chord progression in Schubert's “Winterreise”? was closed as needing "details or clarity." In response to various comments, the OP did ...
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On closing vs. tolerating weak questions

I've had several occasions recently where I've felt frustrated, either by deleted comments or by closed threads (others, not my own). Although I have a music degree (theory major) and a lot I'd like ...
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Should we be more aggressive in deleting closed questions?

The accepted answer to the Meta post When should I vote to delete a question? advocates an aggressive approach to deleting closed questions. Summarizing, the author suggests: always deleting unclear ...
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Can an old question be a duplicate of a new question?

Recently I have seen a flurry of old questions being flagged as duplicates of newer questions. Surely this is the wrong way round?
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How can we encourage at least some information to be included in the profiles?

I find with some questions, answering more succinctly is easier when there's reference to something in the OP's profile - whereabouts, experience, that sort of thing. The profile is hardly going to be ...
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Should there be a [finger-slide] or [legato-slide] tag to differentiate from [slide-guitar]

Today a user posted How should I do slides on guitar without hurting my fingers? and tagged it with slide-guitar. That tag was later removed, because the question seems to be about legato sliding with ...
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Questions with more answers than votes

The question How do you develop the ability to express yourself via your instrument (e.g. guitar for my case), as I write, has 0 votes (not just 0 score, but 0 votes) and 9 answers. That prompted me ...
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Where do we draw the line on product recommendations?

When an answer recommends a product, only recommends a product, but is a relevant and seemingly genuine recommendation rather than spam, is that an acceptable answer? And if not, which of downvoting, ...
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I think this question has been closed by mistake

Original title: Can I power my pedals and amp from a single power supply from a single wall outlet? Question asked in the body: Is there a product that I can plug into a wall outlet and use to power ...
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Do we have a canonical question on interval ear-training for non-singers?

I have some ideas for a post on how to practice ear training of intervals for people who have difficulty singing on pitch. There are a large number of questions to hunt through to try to find an ...
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Linking to other Music SE questions

Question Should sight-reading be emphasized less for piano instruction with new developments in technology appeared to me as similar to another question, so I put a link in the comment. As there was ...
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Please re-open “What is this open, vertical rectangular symbol?”

The question was closed as needing details/clarity. The information needed -- the piece from which the symbol in question came -- was already present, but "hidden" inside the image ...
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Using Meta to call attention to a post

Do we -- can we -- use Meta to call attention to posts, not for moderation purposes, but for giving a shoutout to posts that might otherwise be overlooked? Scenario #1 You post an answer to an old ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Soundcloud embedding - new issues?

I'm not sure whether I'm doing this wrong or it's just not working for me. We've been able to embed Soundcloud links for a while now - YouTube and SoundCloud embedding is now enabled even though there ...
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Discussion of a new tag for physical positioning issues aside from fingering

For the piano, and perhaps other instruments, we get a fair number of questions about hand/arm/wrist positions and motions for efficiently executing passages, producing good tone, and other issues ...
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Can I ask for constructive feedback on a song I rewrote and sang over an instrumental? Looking to become better at music [duplicate]

Can I ask for constructive feedback on a song I rewrote and sang over an instrumental? I'd like to know what needs improvement from musically inclined people. I'm not sure if it's okay to ask on this ...
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List of topics having, or in need of, a solid, well-researched canonical post

Finding/Creating a Canonical Post When you find or create a Q&A that you feel is a good canonical Q&A for some topic, nominate it with a Meta post. Get a score of 10 or more, and it's canon. ...
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Shouldn't the OP get to decide whether a question is the same as another one?

Setting a question as Accepted means some kind of approval from the OP, "this answer's particular way of explaining things clarified the question for me." AFAIK, even if you have a zillion ...
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The Line Between Establishing Credibility and Bragging

I asked this question and immediately self-answered it. The intent of the self-answer was to explain the socio-cultural reasons why I believe the ukulele has garnered its reputation. In explaining ...
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Reopen request: Daily schedule of a composer

Just calling attention to the title question Daily schedule of a composer. I've voted to reopen. From the comments: Voting to re-open: I think this question fits well within the "constructive ...
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Proposed tag synonym: [trumpet-or-cornet] = [trumpet]

We currently have a trumpet tag, but there are a variety of questions for cornet which do not currently have an effective tag. I've created a trumpet-or-cornet tag and proposed it as a synonym for ...
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Do we create “stub” or “signpost” duplicate questions?

Do we ever create "intentional duplicates" for questions that have not been explicitly asked, but which have answers in other, related questions? Case in point There are several posts in ...
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Locked question “Instruments that are easy on left pinkie fingers” would benefit from [physical-limitations] tag

The question Instruments that are easy on left pinkie fingers is currently (and appropriately) locked. Since it has enough value to be kept accessible, it would benefit from having the physical-...
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Bulk editing: can it be done without clogging the Top Questions page?

It's become something of my hobby/quest to explore old MP&T posts. To seek out sets of related questions. To boldly go To find ways to improve the connections between them for future searchers. ...
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2020 Moderator Election - Results

Music: Practice & Theory's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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Seeking clarification on disputed flag

I raised a "not an answer" flag on How do I practice arpeggios on the piano?, which was resolved as "disputed". No quarrel with the resolution, just looking to refine my ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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cognitive bias of this site's userbase [closed]

A lot of users on this site are amateur musicians, and they want to feel relevant, so they don't want to admit that the best music was made 60 years ago, making them very irrelevant: https://music....
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Music: Practice & Theory is scheduled for an election next week, October 26. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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How can I go about sharing information about a potential opportunity for musicians here

Don't get me wrong, I'm not going for something like promoting an online music group. But if there an opportunity at an online music group (no money involved anywhere) which I think people here at ...
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Where are we on spelling edits?

I’m not as active as I once was. But I visit once a day. To prevent the “broken windows effect” I sometimes clear up obvious spelling mistakes. And for clarity. I don’t pick up on grammar, capitals ...
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Tag to address disabilities/limitations other than physical

There are currently three MP&T questions regarding dyslexia. With the understanding that this is a small number, and I don't immediately find other questions regarding non-physical types of ...
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I want to start a series of questions on how to compose a song from x popular genre. May I?

I don't know how on other SEs question-series are started, so I thought simply to ask in meta. I want to start a series . Wikipedia does not fill this gap; for example, the article on country music ...
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Is it good or bad form to copy my answer from a duplicate to the canonical question?

I answered a question that was shortly afterward closed, correctly, as a duplicate. I put significant time and effort into developing the answer, so I'd hate for it to be lost because of its question'...
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Is it acceptable to show a specific part of video(s) where someone practices music and ask if there is a name to the movement they do with their hand?

So basically I watched some videos where someone was doing something I found unusual (the way they moved their fingers to press the keys on the piano), so I was thinking there might be a name for that....

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