Am I wrong or are most of the question tagged with closed?

Since Photoshop is a program that is used to generate/manipulate/edit images, people will actually ask question about how to do things with images.

So you can't close the question if it's not related to programming.

I think the solution will be to delete the tag so people won't use it wrongly and get their questions closed, or retag it to or something like that.

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    Y'know... There's a java tag too, but questions about coffee and Indonesian culture are off-topic. It's just one of those things.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:16
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    renaming tags to define them more not such a big deal Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:24
  • @AlmoullimDev. Alright, so propose a tag name for photoshop that doesn't limit the range of programming questions that can be asked with it. As I mentioned, [photoshop-scripting] is too restrictive. Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:49
  • @Manishearth probable it will be rejected so ... why will i try, looks like people dont realy agree with so , no need for that Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:59
  • +1 to more specific tags in this case. Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 4:02

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If we followed that reasoning everywhere, would have been destroyed a while ago.

As long as there is a programming-related aspect to a concept, and it's not a meta-tag, a tag can exist here just fine even if a lot of questions within it are closed. If there is a programming-related question about Photoshop, it's fine here. If the question has nothing to do with programming, we will close it as usual.

  • dont destroye the tag but rename it to facebook-scripting !! Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:18
  • Destroy the facebook tag you say? Wait... which side are we on again? Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:43
  • @BilltheLizard what are talking about exactly ? Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:57
  • Yes, destroy Facebook. It is an evil scourge upon this earth.
    – user206222
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 7:42

No, just because a tag exists doesn't mean that all questions on that topic are allowed. You still have to follow the site scope, which is about programming questions.

Questions on the usage of photoshop might be OK on Super User, though.

You may want to see this list to get an idea of hat a good Photoshop question on SO is like.

  • well then rename it with a programing name Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 23:50
  • @AlmoullimDev. Not all [photoshop] questions are about scripting. See the list. I repeat, the existence of a tag does nothing to make question on that topic allowed. Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 23:52
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    @AlmoullimDev. When you come to this site it is understood that you are here for a programming question. There is no need to clarify that in the tags. Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 23:52
  • @Manishearth i thinks that renaming the tag will reduce the closed questions
    – user227240
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:14
  • @NickieZahra by 20% Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:16
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    @AlmoullimDev. I'm curious as to the study you conducted to come to that conclusion. If you're going to give numbers, the least I expect is what they are based off of.
    – Daedalus
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 2:26
  • @Daedalus nickie said i thinks that renaming the tag will reduce the closed questions , i siad will be reduced by 20% Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 2:57
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    @AlmoullimDev. I'm asking how you came to the conclusion it will be reduced by 20%.
    – Daedalus
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 3:02
  • @Daedalus because that people will more understand what the tag means ( that is a Photoshop script ) and wont used it to start questions that not related with this , so question that off-topic will be less so you can calc how many people who only read the tag and post under it, get the number and and remove these people post and the reduced closed and deleted questions will be much like 20% because most of people are a bit lazy and dont like to read too much stuff so i manged to get the % to %20 ... correct me if im wrong Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 3:40
  • @AlmoullimDev. From what you say, it appears you don't actually have any hard numbers or math going on here, so I'm going to bow out of this due to SOM's rules on discussions, as nothing constructive is going to come of this.
    – Daedalus
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 7:23
  • @Daedalus While it is obvious that this discussion is going nowhere (and bowing out makes sense), what rules? AFAICT, MSO allows discussion without much restriction. Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 8:24
  • @Manishearth Under the shouldn't header; secondary discussions, specifically.
    – Daedalus
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 19:35
  • @Daedalus Hmm, right. Except that that's the main site privilege page (the privilege wikis on Meta are transcluded on all other sites). Meta is for discussion, though yeah, off topic threads are liable to get deleted. Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 19:38

I just had a look, it seems that most photoshop tagged questions are actually not closed (is there a way to find out exactly how many are closed?) - many are open, some are downvoted for reasons described by Brad Larson and Manishearth.

It is not that hard to try several things, research more techniques - adapt and try them, then post a question with the results of the work done and ask a specific question about the programming that you have tried.

  • many open so is many closed i dont see how this helps for my question !!!! Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 23:56
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    stackoverflow.com/search?q=%5Bphotoshop%5D+closed%3A1 - 238 out of 992, or roughly 24%. Of course, there are also a lot of closed and deleted questions, making the real % something like 40%.
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:07
  • @Shog9 thank you for that - there is still a majority open.
    – user226423
    Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:12
  • @Shog9 will %40 from %100 its not a small number you know ... Commented Jul 6, 2013 at 0:21

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