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New Site Design Launched!

Congratulations! As you can see, the new site design just went live. Later this week a themed the Twitter account, newsletter template, and chat room will be made for the community based off of this ...
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Music SE is getting a new name -- Music: Practice & Theory

As soon as we announced that Music SE would be graduating, the community mobilized to get the site name changed to better reflect how music, as a discipline, gets explored in Q&A around here. Now, ...
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RIP Dave Smith, inventor of the Prophet 5 synth

Dave Smith (1950-2022) was a musician and engineer who founded Sequential Circuits (a major synth manufacturer) and invented the Prophet 5 synthesizer. The Prophet 5 was a significant milestone in ...
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Improving on counterpoint questions in digest format

We've had a recent influx of very interesting counterpoint-related questions (as well as some excellent answers), but I want to improve on the way they are being asked, so this post is designed to ...
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Please continue to commit to the Music Fans Area 51 proposal

A while ago, we decided we wanted to support the Music Fans proposal on Area 51. The proposal still needs about 50 more people to support it to make it into beta, but it's been growing very slowly for ...
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Separate tags for Sibelius (composer/software)

Having asked a question about Sibelius 7 software recently, I noticed that the Sibelius tag is used for the composer and the software. Would it be useful to have, for example, "Sibelius (composer)" ...
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Is this question seeking personal advice on topic?

How do I get started again when I've lost heart? The OP seems to have had a rough time; I can sympathize with that, but "does anybody have any tips on how to move past great loss.... if ...
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Question Cleanup: Making questions findable for others

We've grown a lot in the past 7 years of the site many questions being asked and answered. As of this post over 12,000 questions have been asked. However, as we have grown we have to take care in ...
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transcription how-to

I just learned that questions about transcribing music are off topic. I do agree that if someone has a tune that they're having trouble notating, they shouldn't be able to just come here out of ...
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Are you a college student studying music or a music teacher, and like free food?

If so, I would love to get in touch with you. I'm looking for high school or college students or teachers (or anyone who has connections to a music learning community) who might be interested in ...
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history of strings for musical instruments

Is a question about the specific history of metallic instrument strings appropriate here? I see in the Help Tour that "we're working together to build a library of detailed answers to every question ...
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Minimal Working Examples (MWEs) for LilyPond Questions

I recently answered Unable to switch text fonts in LilyPond. In the question, the OP provided a link to his/her code, available here. Visiting this link shows the code to be well over 400 lines long. ...
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Comment Building Blocks

These replies are stock for copy/pasting. Please feel free to add and edit comments. Welcome Hello and welcome to Music.SE! You can click [here](http://music.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic) to ...
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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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Music glossaries online

For non-English speakers, technical terms about music are sometimes difficult to find. Can you list available glossaries please? I will start with the musical notation glossary from LilyPond.
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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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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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Courtesy accidental – FAQ

Every week we have a question (or five) about accidentals. 9 out 10 times the answer is: "courtesy accidental". I can't blame the people who asked the question, because if they never heard ...
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Should we VTC/flag old questions that are now considered off-topic?

I think the title speaks for itself. Several times I have come across old questions with some interesting information in answers, sometimes with highly upvoted and/or accepted answers, but by the ...
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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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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Music's updated site theme is live for everyone

Update - the theme and layout is now live for everyone. Thanks for your feedback in this process. If there's additional feedback, please feel free to add to the answers below. As part of ...
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Where's the line between an answer and spam?

This answer is mostly an answer and then at the end it promotes what seems to be the answerer's web site: https://music.stackexchange.com/a/71542/6070 The web site name matches the user name, so it'...
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Reword existing question or create new question?

I'm not quite sure what the SE etiquette is for this. The OP for the following question: Understanding MIDI Files provided some additional information in a recent edit, which allowed me to state in ...
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Announcer Badge Reward

In an effort to increase the number of visitors per day to the site and up the site's visibility, we will be rewarding users who receive the Announcer Badge from the time of this post's publishing ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Legal to post whole music sheet with fingerings?

I have seen people post segments of music sheets with title in the screenshot such as "Pirates of the Caribbean." I'm thinking about posting a whole music sheet of a pop song with all my fingerings ...
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Suggested Edit status is showing rejected but it shows pending review in the review section

I suggested an edit on this post. This post was vandalized by the original poster and picked by SmokeDetector in Charcoal HQ. I used the source of previous version to restore it with a minor spelling ...
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So we have hit 10 000 question

So I have been a little bit less active lately. I see now we have hit the 10 thousand questions mark, let us maybe take a moment to reflect on how this community has grown over the years. I think all ...
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Flag for migration and vote to close, or only one of those?

If a question is off-topic here and seemingly on-topic for another SE site, should it be flagged for moderator attention to have it migrated, or should it be voted for closure, or both? I just did ...
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Bad formatting: "Questions about transcribing or finding a particular song —"

Today, on the Off Topic Closing Reasons I found this bug:
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Community Goal: 5 QPD by end of the year

We're below 2 QPD. I don't want to see this site closed. My goal is to raise the QPD stat to 5 by Dec 31, 2012. When this site first got out of Private Beta, everyone involved got an email saying : ...
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Can I please create a canonical grouping question?

I have some resource material from ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and UNISA than can answer all the grouping questions that are a recurring theme here. I can ask and answer my own question and create a ...
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Create tag "overtone-singing"?

There's a small handful of questions on the site that relate to overtone singing, but they use fairly divergent terminology so it's hard to collect them all. An overtone-singing tag would encompass ...
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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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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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Reasons for closing this question

The question below is on the brink of being closed, probably due to being a "shopping" question. I strongly disagree. It's not about specific brands, it's not going to be outdated any time soon. It's ...
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Standardize inline chord symbol formatting

I love asking, answering, and reading questions/answers about chords, but lately I've noticed it is sometimes when a question/answer talks about chords, notes, and keys all the letters kind of run ...
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Tag for fingerstyle bass?

I just asked a couple of questions about fingerstyle bass technique and it wasn't clear which tags to use. There was fingerstyle-guitar and finger-picking, but it wasn't clear what the difference is ...
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Incorrectly closed question?

A question entitled "What makes a song a Christmas song?" was closed as opinion-based. Apart from lyrics, what features have been common to Christmas music in different traditions and eras ...
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Community Wiki questions about modes

Every other day, a new question about modes arises. Or better the same question rephrased, some variation of "are [mode] and [parent major scale] the same?". Would it make sense to build some ...
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Is the "baroque" tag inconsistent?

We have a classical-period tag and a romantic-period tag, but then we have the baroque tag. Is it worth changing this to "baroque-period" for the sake of consistency/my OCD? After all, as Richard ...
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What's the the learning-resources tag for?

Just spotted this question... What are some good, free resources to teach myself to play piano? ..and its use of the learning-resources tag. This tag doesn't have any usage guidance, but given that ...
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Do links to Wikipedia hurt the site?

A comment to this question says: The reason such a problem even exist is because Google has assigned a high "value" to SE pages. If more than x% of SE is filled with lmgtfy, Google would soon self-...
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meta.SE question - "Can we find a way make sure that new users acknowledge the on-topic page before being able to post?"

I've noticed a lot of new users come in and ask reasonable-but-actually-off-topic questions.... and asked: Can we find a way make sure that new users acknowledge the on-topic page before being able ...
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Should ABC code blocks be limited to a certain length before rendering by ABCjs?

I'm finding the "jTab and ABCjs Formatting Sandbox" is taking up to 20 seconds to render fully, and it seems to be because of this post, which is testing a particularly long block of ABC. I'm on an ...
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Everybody, go get the Announcer badge!

I finally figured out why it took me so long to get this badge. It's because I was shooting myself in the foot, by always getting the link to share a question from the question title itself so the URL ...
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How is the performing tag different from the performance tag?

Recently while tagging, I notice that there is a performance tag and a performing tag. How are they different?
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Should questions on Specific songs be allowed?

I've been thinking a lot about this since the Oasis question I'm inclined to say yes, but a user on the question believes that we should be asking about specific sections, specific techniques or ...
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