Greetings ladies and gentlemen.
In a past thread in Off Topic containing forum suggestions, it was mentioned that it might be difficult to judge where to put a given post, choosing between the boards available.
The admin team has noticed this problem as well, of course.
As it happens then the moderators agree on the particular boundary for the Tactile board. Thus I'd like to share it in the hope there will be less confusion in the future.
Tactile is for the discussion of anything the forum members themselves are making, consider making, wonder how they would make and has made of Steampunk projects in the past, present and future, including obvious extensions like relevant tools, howto's and techniques.
A steampunk project is - to my mind - very broadly defined. IE. it would be on topic to discuss the making of, say, a Steampunk theme for the Firefox web browser, assuming it was some of our members, who were working on it.
A post pointing out a nice Steampunk Firefox theme made by someone else should go into Metaphysical or possibly Aural-Ocular, depending on the particulars.
A post containing a link to an eBay auction or a similar trading site should probably go into Trading, since those links are very temporary in nature, thus having no lasting value. If people want to discuss the making of an object for sale on eBay, they should put sufficient detail into their post here in Tactile to ensure future relevance when the eBay auction is deleted.
"How would one go about making *this* Steampunk artifact?
is on topic, since part of a feasibility study/planning phase.
"Have a look at *this* neat Steampunk artifact!
" (same link)
is off topic, since it is just a link to something external, though Steampunk. These types of posts should go into Metaphysical, even if the artifact linked may be of a technical nature (beautiful contemporary Steampunk steam engine etc.)
It is a fine line, but we have to put it somewhere. Sometimes I have let threads with external links linger for a bit instead of immediately moving them. The hope was that the threads develop into a discussion on the fabrication or technical functionality of the objects/artifacts, but unfortunately this doesn't always end up being the case.