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Is a question on BRDF databases permitted?

I have been researching measured Bi-directional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) databases for real materials for a couple of days, and made a list of them with a short summary of each for ...
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Is non standard usage of the PNG file format on topic?

In the question Display partial PNG? the problem is not to access the PNG file format in the way usually used for computer graphics, but to access a truncated file in a way it was not designed for. I'...
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Book recommendations

Written material has been one of the most widespread methods to convey knowledge during the last millennia. It started on a variety of objects, but we mainly benefit from it via printed books. I ...
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Should code review questions be considered on topic?

This question is basically about reviewing some camera function code: Computing camera front direction from Euler angles Assuming they are specifically about graphics programming, should questions ...
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Are requests for reputable sources on topic?

The question Need a reputable source for the formula for the shape of Earth's horizon is solely seeking a source for a known formula, rather than asking for explanation or derivation of that ...
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Is reconstruction of pen strokes from real life video on topic?

This question is about recovering the series of movements that an artist made with a pencil. Can this fit into the scope of our Computer Graphics site?
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Is this graphics or image processing? Is there an overlap?

The question What is the state-of-the-art on using computers to “clean-up” images? has a comment to say: This question is about image / signal processing, which is not within the scope of this site....
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Is this second derivative of a volume question a computer graphics question?

Note that the specific question has since been removed by the author. This question asks for the second directional derivative in a volume, which sounds vaguely connected to working in 3D but isn't ...
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How should we respond to “homework questions”?

This question asks how to complete an artificial task that is unlikely to be useful in a practical graphics setting, but is part of learning the basics about a graphics library. Does that make it on ...
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What should our on-topic page look like?

We now have several question asking whether specific things are on-topic but nothing in the on-topic help page. What should be written there?
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Is the abstract from a paper an answer?

This answer consists solely of the abstract copied and pasted from the paper that is linked in the comment beneath it. The paper is behind a paywall and the abstract seems to hint at the existence of ...
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Is this question too broad?

What subdivision algorithm advances have occurred since Catmull-Clark? asks for the improvements made over the past 37 years. Since the wikipedia page lists a number of different improvements over ...
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Is this an exception to “show what you have tried”?

We can see that the community agrees that questions should show what you have tried, and I'm glad about this. However, this question asks for ways to model a situation that is never seen in everyday ...
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Is asking for asking how to improve my x ok?

Example: How can i make my ice cubes look real? First off, are questions like this on topic? They have a potential of being less than useful for others. Also quite subjective. Should we have some ...
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Are questions about Monte Carlo integration on topic?

Monte Carlo integration is a technique frequently used in offline rendering; however, it is a very versatile method that also finds much use outside computer graphics. I posted an example question ...
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What happens when a question sounds on topic but answering would go off topic?

This is a question about using several GPUs. As such it sounds on topic. However, a comment shows that the parallel use of GPUs is not the main problem: A good answer is predicated on knowing how ...
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Are questions about gamma on topic?

There are comments on this question suggesting that gamma is off topic due to it being on topic elsewhere. However, I think we need to decide what is on topic here, independently of what is on topic ...
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Are questions about procedural noise on topic?

I posted a question about procedural noise (one of two example questions about noise from the Definition phase which received 10 upvotes), and got a close vote "because it doesn't pertain to computer ...
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Is asking about Maya or 3DS MAX Blender.. API on topic?

I understand that using apps is not on topic but is asking question about programming in these environments on topic? I mean is programming with Maya, 3DS MAX, Blender, Modo etc. If it is on topic, ...
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Are questions about 3rd party graphics engines/libraries on-topic?

For example, would questions like https://blender.stackexchange.com/questions/5820/how-is-cycles-different-from-blender-internal be on-topic for this site, or would they be preferred moved to their ...
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Are questions about debugging OpenGL shaders on-topic?

Technically speaking, questions for debugging would be on-topic on Stack Overflow. However, a bit of overlap between Stack Exchange sites is not unusual, and the community over here might be able to ...