Mod Post: Coloring Help; Major Rule Change
The launch of coloring_help has proven to be hugely successful. Thanks to aida_rose and her co-mod, the community has achieved two goals: one, it gets curious graphic-makers the help they need, and two, it cleans up icon_tutorial, leaving us better able to assist in the myriad of more specific questions, problems, answers, and tutorials for which we were founded.
Therefore, going forward, there will be two significant changes to the ruleset here.
One: posts ONLY containing the question, "How do I get / make / find this coloring?" will no longer be allowed at icon_tutorial. Posts containing curiosity about coloring as part of a larger question will be allowed to remain. ("When I use a blue exclusion layer on this image, I get that sort of result, so why doesn't it work on this other image?")
Two: Coloring recipes containing ONLY a list of numbers will no longer be allowed at icon_tutorial. If your tutorial says, "Here's where the Curves tool is found, and using it in this way with this tint of base can create this sort of result," or, "Using selective coloring on this image can work better than using exclusion layers," that's fine. If your tutorial says, "-300, 2, 47," it's deleted. [Edit: See the comments for more clarification on this.]
This does introduce a much larger element of moderator discretion into the community than has existed previously, I am aware. However, now that coloring_help exists, it's easiest to direct that kind of specialized question there, the same way we direct font identification questions to fontaddicts. A community of 30,000 is under pressure to be all things to all members, but we have a mission and a goal to guide us, and we've been deviating a little too far from it in the recent past.
These are complicated things to introduce to the community rules as they currently stand, so that is going to be a work in progress for a few days. In the meantime, please don't take it personally and get offended if your post is deleted. It doesn't mean we think you're a bad person; it means that the post broke the rules, and deletion is the only real tool LJ gives us to use.