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Since this site is now in beta, it is time to have these conversations with the folks who are actually building this site. Please bring your comments and discussions to this site's 'meta' support forum so not to split these conversations. Thanks.

Proposal: Web Design

I've got some good news and some bad news for you, web designers. Good news first: the community team talked about the Web Designing proposal at length this week, and despite some initial reservations, decided to approve it for private beta (pending 100% commitment, of course). Congratulations!

Now for the bad news. We're worried that this site has a lot of potential to be good, but also a fair amount of potential for trouble.

Our main concern is that it seems like the vast majority of questions for this site could already have a home elsewhere on the Stack Exchange network, something that has already been brought up on Area 51. Questions about HTML, CSS and the like are already welcome on Stack Overflow. Questions about designing for function (rather than form) fit on User Experience. For this site to work out, the answers for a given question will have to be at least as good as what the appropriate existing site would have produced.

Probably the strongest thing about this site — and the part that excites me the most — is that it has the opportunity to bring together a community of web designers. You guys know a lot about everything from graphic artistry to programming to psychology, but you're not purely artists, developers or psychologists. This site will hopefully be a place for you to get answers from people who "get" you and your perspective a little better. Ultimately, just like with all of our sites, you'll get what you put into this. I'm looking forward to seeing what that turns out to be!

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    I think the scope should be very clear before we start with the website. – Mr. Alien Aug 3 '14 at 18:38
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    Right now 3 out of the top 5 are polling for the best tool to do some task. Not a good sign. I don't see the gap between SO, Prog and UX, but will remain open minded. However, further clarification is needed. – Nathan Cooper Aug 21 '14 at 20:15
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    I am interested in seeing how this proceeds. Mainly, because any questions that don't fit in SO or UX would probably fit in Graphic Design. – ckpepper02 Sep 8 '14 at 15:01
  • @Mr.Alien I agree with that, there must be a defined scope for this website before getting started with it. – Ruddy Sep 22 '14 at 9:04

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