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For those who are still interested in Robotics I'm happy to announce that the Robotics Stack Exchange site went into public beta on the 7th November 2012.

Although many Area 51 proposals related to Robotics have failed in the past, the latest combined Robotics proposal was created in April, completed the new 40 question definition phase in September, reached full commitment in October. The private beta site was created in late October and after an extension to help get it into shape, went public.

The final push for committers was completed with support from a dozen or so people here on Electronics, so hopefully the site will be of interested to other EE regulars. Robotics certainly appreciates the contribution already made by EE regulars.

If you are interested in Robotics and think you could contribute towards making the beta a success, we would love to see you over on Robotics. Whether you are an expert willing to lend your expertise or a hobbyist with questions to ask, I think the new Robotics site will be a great resource and I look forward to seeing people there.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I am hacking at this some to make it a pure advertisement. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Oct 16 '12 at 16:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fair enough, can't complain at that. 8') I've submitted my wrapper question as another question, since I still think it is a valid one. \$\endgroup\$ – Mark Booth Oct 16 '12 at 16:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ work sidetracked me, sorry, I was going to suggest that. \$\endgroup\$ – Kortuk Oct 16 '12 at 18:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't know what some of what you said means. You mention the 40 question definition phase like we're all supposed to know what that means, what "committers" are, etc. Is the process of a new proposal becoming a full site explained somewhere? If so, you should link to it since I doubt I'm not the only one who has no idea how this process works and therefore much of what you are talking about. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Nov 5 '12 at 18:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop - The details of how Area 51 works are documented in its FAQ, so that would be a good place to start. As with all stack exchange sites, the Area 51 FAQ is linked at the top of every Area 51 page, such as the one I linked to. \$\endgroup\$ – Mark Booth Nov 6 '12 at 10:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ @OlinLathrop He went into some detail about how successful the site creation was because there was an attempt in the past to create such a site and it failed. Those who were involved may not want to participate if it was simply going to fail again, so he spent some extra words explaining that it's unlikely to fail again due to some specific circumstances. You can safely ignore all that and simply read the first paragraph, and visit the first link if it sounds interesting. \$\endgroup\$ – Adam Davis Nov 8 '12 at 14:36

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