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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Deleting a bad answer after a remark

In this question, I get a good reaction why the answer is not good, so I want to delete it. However, the persons who made the comments spend some time on it; should I immediately remove the answer or ...
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Should a Question be closed as a duplicate of another duplicate?

Sometimes a question "A" will be closed as a duplicate of question "B", where "B" is closed as a duplicate of a third question, "C". Thus the relationship looks like: ...
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We can now reduce the maximum number of simultaneous questions in the HNQ. Should we?

Stack Exchange recently changed how the Hot Network Questions list works. In a post they mention that each site can limit their exposure to only allow a certain number of questions from a site on the ...
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Why do we have an [op-amp] and an [operational-amplifier] tag?

I've noticed that some recent questions have been tagged with both op-amp and operational-amplifier (e.g. this question). The former seems to be the main tag (it has a tag wiki and over 4 thousand ...
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What to do when questioner edits question into oblivion?

I have seen variations of this a couple of times, but this particular case is quite blatant. The questioner went from a somewhat reasonably sounding homework question to something that has no context ...
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What is the origin of the image of the massive interconnect on this site's 404 page?

Trying to access a page that doesn't exist on this site returns a colorful 404 page. For example, try to access the question number \$\sqrt{-1}\$ and you get the 404 page with the image below. I'd ...
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Proposal of design-review tag

Seven years ago, I asked whether PCB review questions were on-topic. I think they're generally acceptable when they fit certain guidelines. However, I noticed that we don't seem to have good tags to ...
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Where to ask discussion / advice questions?

I've recently asked a question on EE.SE about setting up a home electronics lab which has been closed for being too broad. Original Question The default explanation that I've seen for removing these ...
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Can I ask about product requirements on European Standards?

I am a novice engineer with the task of making CE marked products. Unfortunately I am being lost in directives and often I don't understand which standards and directives apply to my product. I want ...
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can I ask about how to repair a gaming device

I have a gaming device I want to ask about repairing and want to make sure I can ask it here
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Request to reopen. Peer-pressure or peer-review?

I was one of the ones who voted to close this question: Could single-line-power-transmission be used for a space elevator's climber as, at the time it was made, the actual question was not very clear ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is this the right place to ask 'what is this connector?' [duplicate]

I have a car audio system that I'm currently trying to build an embedded system around. I have found a really strange adapter type that I don't know how to figure out what the standard is, so I can't ...
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I’ve obviously rubbed people up the wrong way - no idea how - am I doing something wrong culture-wise on this site?

Have used StackExchange quite a lot, first time user on the electronics site though. Posted a question where I am after a value: Length of Signal When Simulating a Computer Fan Speed Sensor Seemed ...
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User's logo is a war flag used by the Third Reich, and nowadays practically only by Neo-Nazis. How to react?

User Araujo1914 has a logo that is the right half of Reichskriegsflagge as used by the Third Reich 1933–35. The fact that he's using the beginning of WWI as part of his nickname doesn't make this any ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Is buying recommendation rule too restrictive?

This question as an example There is no doubt it is a buying recommendation and violate the rules. However, on an engineering stand point, this type of question does make sense and would be useful ...
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Question about electronics kits as gifts for an 8 years old

I don't know where to ask this question. It has to do with electronics and electrical engineering, but only as a tool for learning. What I need are suggestions for a beginning electronics kit for an ...
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Policy for redundant or “umbrella” tags

A user just added microchip to everything tagged pic. I and other reviewers rejected this, because things tagged pic is already inherently about microchip, so in this case it serves little or no ...
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Can I ask a specific technical question about a small appliance?

I have a technical question about a small appliance that doesn't fit with the Home Improvement stack exchange. But it's not an electrical engineering question but a electrical safety question and is ...
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Fun collection: worst finds on this site

Can we have a collection of the worst engineering examples from this beautiful site? The conditions would be: real, honest example of something that was actually meant seriously some work has went ...
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Topicality of questions pertaining to undocumented features

In chat, I asked about a possible undocumented core temperature sensor in a specific embedded processor. While the discussion itself was helpful, I was told that questions regarding undocumented ...
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Should “thyristor” and “scr” tags be merged?

These are two names for the same device, unless I'm missing something. I don't see any reason to have two different tags, especially when we have the capability of making one an alias for the other.
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Is this question about a part of smartphone concerning it repair ontopic?

I wonder if the following question is on-topic and if not if their is another Stack-Exchange site I could ask it. From the repair tag description it seems like it is no on-topic but I just wanted to ...
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Mux, Multiplexer: Why not merge these two tags?

I just saw this question where the OP tagged the question as mux and multiplexer. Looking at the info for mux, there's no information whatsoever. With multiplexer, this is different. Is there a ...
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Is it absurd to downvote questions that don't provide important details or circuit diagrams?

We can all imagine questions about circuits that don't require a schematic. But what about examples such as: "I have a 12V circuit that pulses a buzzer, but it is too quiet. What can I do do make it ...
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What to do with all of these “STM32”-derived Tags?

Our tagging system is inconsistent in the way we treat different microcontroller families. I'm looking for people's opinions on how (or even if) we should make them more uniform. The pic tag, for ...
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Are we keeping the right kind of homework questions on the site?

The current de-facto policy we have regarding homework-like questions is to require an attempt at solving the problem by the OP. While this keeps the most blatant cases of laziness out of our question ...
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Is EE Stack a free design and advice website?

More than half of the questions asked on this site seem to be either review/fix my design (Example) or I don't know how to design, please help me design it (Example). Is EE Stack a free design ...
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Re: Do chips really need multiple values of decoupling capacitors?

Linked here: Do chips really need multiple values of decoupling capacitors? [duplicate] This question is different from the one that it's supposedly a duplicate of. The original question wasn't ...
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Why was my answer based on information from a quote of the asker's comment deleted by a moderator?

I posted an answer based on an exact quote of a question asker's own clarifying comment. Why was this deleted by a moderator? The quote may or may not reflect reality. If the quoted comment is ...
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Flag a question, choices for suggesting another site

Steps: Click "flag" for a question. Choose "should be closed", then "off-topic because" and then "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network". I, at least am then shown two ...
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Tag Cleanup: [convert]

There seem to be a small but steady stream of questions being tagged as convert. From what I can tell, they seem to range from power regulation ("convert 110V to 230V", etc.), to digital logic ("...
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Poor reviewing of Suggested Edits

I find consistently poor reviews in the Suggested Edits queue, by a given reviewer. I recently voted to reject a particularly unnecessary/harmful edit, and found that it was voted for approval by the ...
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Declined low-quality flag

Well, it certainly isn't very important, but I need some clarification, so I don't make the same mistake again, if I made one. I flagged this answer as "low quality": https://electronics....
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How do we prompt for more detail?

I recently saw, on this question, that someone - rather than asking for the OP to provide more details via a comment, as I usually see - edited the question and wrote a "template" containing ...
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Opinion Based question?

I was looking up on google why there was an x in RX and TX, and I found this. While maybe it was off-topic and should be in English.SE (Though I think EE makes more sense. At least, the OP will find a ...
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Identification questions getting closed formally

Since this post outlining component identification guidelines, I keep spotting identification questions being closed for no visible reason or for superficial reasons like a missing ...
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Can you lose privileges with loss of rep?

Suppose your rep is just over the borderline of a new privilege (eg. reviewing the edit queue), and you get downvoted, or downvote something yourself. If the loss of rep brings you under the ...
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What happened with moderator elections?

It's custom for SE sites to hold regular moderator elections. However, it seems there has been no election on EE for 4 years. List of elections. Why is this so? The site appears to have a steady ...
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Why is a datasheet graph copy without attribution considered stealing when it does not violate IP or copyrights?

@DaveTweed recently deleted my Answer These images have no personal author and the legal copyright details in the datasheet do not prohibit copying for educational purposes. No Intellectual Property ...
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How to handle answers in comments?

This has been bugging me for a while, but I was prompted to ask here just now due to the question What are these wires on single-sided PCBs?. To preserve the issue, here is a snapshot of the complete ...
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Why were these comment not unfriendly or unkind or rude or condescending and flags rejected?

How are some of the comments on What to expect from that alternator not rude, unfriendly or unkind per the new code of conduct https://electronics.stackexchange.com/conduct? Why were the flags on them ...
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Back and forth between OP and OA

It occurred to me that some type of questions might require intermediate steps, trial and errors and other similar back and forth mechanism. The general consensus is that back and forth in the ...
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Repair Guidelines— Where are they, and where should they be

With some recent silliness in meta referring to guidelines for repair questions, I went to our help center to actually look for those guidelines. Bottom line: I couldn't find any. If we're going ...
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Component Identification Question Guidelines

Following this poll, the EE.SE community has determined that component identification questions should be allowed, though we need some better guidelines. This post contains guidelines on how to ask a ...
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The current state of shopping (product selection) questions (9/2018)

We are currently having a poll about whether to keep identifying questions or not. Currently it is going in the direction, that we do keep them. In the comments, @passerby stated the following: <...
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Should we keep component identification questions?

In the interest of having an explicit strategy on component identification questions, here is a "poll" question for community opinion on the matter. Historically, these questions have been allowed, ...
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Electrical Engineering's updated site theme is now live for everyone

Update - the theme and layout is now live for everyone. Thanks for your feedback in this process. If there's additional feedback, please feel free to add to the answers below. As part of ...
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What did I do wrong with this “dog's breakfast” question?

I recently asked a question that has been a disaster since the beginning, but I don't think I have learnt my lesson. What did I do wrong? My question was about identifying an unlabelled component in ...