Should these kind of questions be allowed? Something like "I've been working on the home page of this website for some time now. I feel all the colors are appropriate, but not sure if the font is suitable. What do you guys think needs improvement?", and similar questions.
We recently had a similar discussion about "writing critiques":
Following that same logic, I would say that graphic design critiques should also be on topic.
But keep in mind that the critique request has to be part of a specific, constructive question. In other words, you must tell us:
You cannot simply throw up a screen shot of your design, type in "What do you think? How can I improve this?" and click submit. Vague requests for feedback should be closed as [not a real question].
Of course, discussion on the topic is welcome.
I'm in the other camp.
Not only because I see the questions and answers too subjective, but also because there are loads of sites designed specifically for this when it comes to graphic design. I'm currently not in the writing field so I can't say for sure there aren't any "writing show & tell" sites but certainly there isn't as much competition.
Some sites to back me up (sorry for the obvious web-bias):
Over at Area 51, during the definition stage, the question "Does this design look OK?" was the 3rd most off-topic question with 24 off-topic votes, 1 on-topic vote and 3 not a good example votes.
I see two valid reasons for this:
However, after reading what Jeff has posted at the Writing meta and what Robert posted here, I feel we can have healthy discussions if these review requests are turned into proper, constructive questions.
As far as rep gain is concerned, I have two conflicting opinions:
In the end, I think I'm leaning towards option #1.