I have a designed and prototyped a circuit, and it works. I'd like to get community review of the design though, in the same way that I can get code review at https://codereview.stackexchange.com/.

Are review requests on-topic here? I've checked the FAQ but can't find anything specific.


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In general it's quite a broad question, but (IMO) can be a good one as long as you:

  • verify that the prototype works,

  • explain the design choices you made

  • express your perplexities and doubts you had in the design phase.

So in general I'd say that instead of just saying "please look at my design" you could ask for clarifications and feedback on the aspects you're not that confident about.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Agreed. Design reviews (in general) work best if the designer has specific questions for the audience. Otherwise it's basically a "Where's Waldo" problem. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Jun 18, 2014 at 5:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO worse, more like "how many Waldos are there?" \$\endgroup\$
    – clabacchio
    Jun 18, 2014 at 5:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ @W5VO but isn't that what a review is all about? Have someone more experienced than you have a look at your design and point out gotcha's and best practices? \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Jun 18, 2014 at 6:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jippie I think that it can be done, but requires some discipline from the poster, otherwise it becomes too broad \$\endgroup\$
    – clabacchio
    Jun 18, 2014 at 8:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @clabacchio I worry more about anonymous down- and close-votes without any lead as to how to improve the question. \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Jun 18, 2014 at 20:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jippie it's an eternal discussion, but votes are anonymous by design, it's part of the game. \$\endgroup\$
    – clabacchio
    Jun 19, 2014 at 6:50

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