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Are you aware of any large online communities with a format similar to StackExchange (i.e. highly usable interaction, not a phpBB) that help artists and designers locate material for composition?

I.e. I could post something like "Wanted: pictures of basketball players with transparent background" or "Here's 10 video clips of people smoking" or just search the forum.

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closed as too broad by Scott, ckpepper02, e-sushi, Alex Blackwood, JohnB Dec 17 '13 at 14:51

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Most stock photography web sites/services offer image research services. – DA01 Feb 5 '13 at 19:47
If it's free stuff you're after, you're looking for things with Creative Commons licences. helps you browse various communities where people sometimes post Creative Commons licensed images/video. To ask questions, look at those communities listed and see if they have forums, interest groups (e.g. flickr groups), Q&As, etc. Have realistic expectations though: paid stock libraries employ researchers to sit waiting to help customers find things, because it leads to sales. Few people like to be an archivist for fun for free. – user568458 Feb 6 '13 at 11:16
"Few people like to be an archivist for fun for free." -- there are millions of artists who would gladly contribute to such a community for mutual benefit, and sometimes also simply because it's fun. – themirror Feb 6 '13 at 21:49
As far as I know, there is yet to be an application/community that harnesses the technology we now have (i.e. the internet and broadband) for art composition material collection. Sure, there are 100 small, insular, specialized online communities that contain a bit of this functionality, but there's an ocean of difference between this and the ideal of a highly-usable comprehensive art material community. And it's trivial to code. – themirror Feb 6 '13 at 22:32