Electrical Engineering is not "Electronics".

I've seen many questions shut down because it's out of the "electronics" scope.

I fail to see the logic.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This should have examples to be explained on case-by-case basis. \$\endgroup\$
    – Eugene Sh.
    Jun 25, 2021 at 13:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is this about your recently closed question or general? Because, honestly, if it's general, it's simply a bit of an overly broad discussion you're trying to start, but if it's specific, then please ask specifically! \$\endgroup\$ Jun 25, 2021 at 13:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ OakDEV - Hi, Are you asking because you want to appeal against the closure a few hours ago (although mine was not as a first vote), of your question: "Using a manual pully system to repeatedly lift a rock and gather it's falling energy to store in a power bank"? If so then, as suggested, let's use that as an example and I can post an answer explaining my reasoning, for further discussion here by other site members. Let us know if that's what we should discuss, rather than a hypothetical as the question currently says. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Jun 25, 2021 at 13:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Your question is a merge of Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. It lacks specificity with respect to electrical engineering. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mitu Raj
    Jun 25, 2021 at 13:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you complaining about the naming? That was discussed here: electronics.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2745/… FWIW, in my country Electrical Engineering is hard-hats rather than soldering irons, but I can appreciate the reasons the current name was chosen. \$\endgroup\$
    – Cursorkeys
    Jun 25, 2021 at 14:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Just read the original post. Also agree, way off topic for "Electrical Engineering". That's a mechanics/physics question. Regardless, you got a bunch of good answers anyhow. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kyle B
    Jun 25, 2021 at 14:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Who said it was logical? It’s just the most common preference. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 25, 2021 at 15:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ The question above should have been migrated to Engineering.SE If the community sees a question that is off topic please flag it for migration before answering. \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Jun 25, 2021 at 15:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @OakDEV please use the comment, flagging or chat system to get the attention of a mod \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Jun 25, 2021 at 15:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @VoltageSpike - Hi, By the time I got to it with so many comments (and answers) already (and new clarification continuing to be asked), I didn't think it was likely to get a good reception after migration. Personally I think an improved question, with the OP having added clarification about what they do and don't understand (from the comment replies given already) added into the question, and then asked on Engineering.SE or Physics.SE would be better than migrating that existing one in its current state. But if you want to migrate it now, I've certainly got no objection! Thanks. \$\endgroup\$
    – SamGibson Mod
    Jun 25, 2021 at 15:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SamGibson I usually don't migrate it if they have answers but I think this case is an exception. Edit: question migrated: migrating actually does move the answers now, instead of deleting, interesting. \$\endgroup\$
    – Voltage Spike Mod
    Jun 25, 2021 at 15:53

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Electrical Engineering means different things to different people. To a consumer, fixing a consumer device would be electrical engineering (which is incorrect to anyone who is an engineer). To a hobbyist it means circuits or playing around with audio or high voltage equipment. To a student EE means finishing an EE degree an help with coursework. And to an electrical engineer it means answering (and sometimes asking questions) about their area of expertise (which is usually circuits here).

That being said the community has decided what kind of questions are ok to ask and which ones aren't. At the same time SE has also decided that some forms of questions are not ok (like asking for resources or asking for a place to buy things).

Because of this questions that are not on topic are closed, you can find guidance on which questions to ask here:

I've seen many questions shut down because it's out of the "electronics" scope.

This is a natural part of SE and it keeps the question quality high and above the standard of general forums where many questions of different quality or many types of discussion are allowed. Consider that many types of questions would not be answered because there aren't many people to answer them (there are a few power/industrial engineers here but not many so it may take longer to get that question answered) most people here deal with circuits or digital design.

In addition EE is not the place to ask a question that would be best answered by a mechanical engineer or physicist. Engineering.SE would be the best place to ask a mechanical engineering question. While EE's understand physics the site is not the best place to handle these questions.

That being said you are more then welcome to ask about asking a question in the chat (or pinging a mod through flagging or chat) to see if it would be closed or not (or asking off topic questions in the chat). Additionally if you see a question closed that is on topic, you can flag it and a mod will be more than happy to reopen it.


Assuming that you are referring to your question:

I am one of the people who voted to close. After reading the comments and the question, I felt that the question dealt more with energy and mechanics and physics rather than any specific concept in electrical engineering.

One thing you could have done was to draw a neat diagram showing the pulley setup and whatever electrical machine / parameter that ties this to electrical engineering. Without a neat diagram, and only a vague description, IMO, it increases the effort of the people who try to answer. There is nothing that we can specifically point out to say it works / it wont work and here's why.

We can see from the attempted answers where people try to say that even though the force is less it has to travel a longer distance so that the total work / energy (force x distance) remains the same. If you had included a neat diagram, it would have been easier to point out.

My first attempt was to flag it for migration; but in the list of sites, (physics.se) and (engineering.se) didn't pop up. Hence I voted to close so that you can ask in one of the more appropriate forums.

I would still say that the question is suitable[1] for the physics.se (if you can add a good diagram showing an example setup of pulleys rocks and generators.

[1] You can definitely expect people to get riled up about yet another free-infinite-energy generating machine / setup. You should take care to word your question carefully to avoid such an implication IMO.


You haven't given examples, so this is a bit tough to answer, but in general, I sympathize. To a certain extent, this stack is unreceptive to some types of questions in the area of professional practice, licensing, the design process, regulations, standards, etc. -- the type of stuff that is bread and butter for practicing engineers.

I just chalk this up to a community choice, and I just roll with it. For most intents and purposes, Electrical Engineering is somewhat of a misnomer. It's a bit unfortunate, because this is the sort of stuff that is hard to find in other ways (without paying for it!), but it also wouldn't drive a ton of traffic.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You have expressed it better than I could. There are many questions that are closed, I'd like to see answers. But many questions that are closed could be made acceptable if OP understood SE, but that is a bit to much to expect from most OP's. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 25, 2021 at 16:16

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