Well, a lot of the questions here are graphics or image processing related but are not game development related. According to our Help Center those are not game development related. This question about Ray marching is the one that got me this idea. This is clearly a graphics programming question and not gamedev.
You know not everything about graphics programming (like scientific visualization), geometry or image processing is game development related, even if they have many common things such as intersection testing or acceleration data structure this doesn't mean that the question is game development or game engine related (such as this and this and many others). For example if I have a question about Path Tracing is this considered on topic? According to our current help center and site polcy it is not (or it should not be as it's not explicitly declared) but people here are just accepting it and answering it ( and probably most my answers are graphics programming).
Well, I still think that those questions can be reasonably answered here, and should be explicitly considered on topic. So my suggestion is somehow big, that is, GDSE in its current form should also include image processing and graphics programming questions, so people are encouraged to ask those questions here instead of other sites like SO.
So the question is what would we gain from this site becoming gamedev and graphics programming:
- People interested in graphics programming, image processing and not only game dev may/will come here eventually. Hopefully this will enhance the quality of the questions and the site.
- Graphics programming questions will finally have a proper place to be asked. So instead of questions spanning multiple SE sites. This will be the proper place to ask them, so they should be migrated here whenever they show up on other sites. I even have an example I answered on SO a while a ago.
- Game development is a very loosely defined term. Explicitly defining graphics programming that are not only related to games ( and probably image processing) will bring us better quality questions, and consequently enrich the website's knowledge base.
- There is a proposal on Area51 for graphics programming, I think that this should be merged here instead.
So to summarize, my suggestion is to declare this site as gamedev and graphics programming (and probably rename it!). I would like to hear how is this possible? And your opinions on the subject, to be honest I find it very logical, but probably most of you wont agree with me.