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Test the new LaTeX markdown in this Sandbox question!

Purpose of question We now have \$\LaTeX\$ support through MathJax! Now, instead of writing equations like this: w0 = 1 / sqrt(L * C) we can write: \$\...
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More migration options

On SO, when you flag a question as off topic, you can choose several options to migrate the question to: We don't have that, except for meta: I see some questions that I'd like to see migrated ...
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Does EE.SE have a problem with the treatment of newbies?

In some chat discussions1, it has come up that EE.SE does not have an environment that is receptive of newbies/new users. Here, I'm talking about both people who want to learn EE and those who want to ...
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What is our policy on dangerous stuff?

I'm a regular member (tom66) on the electronics forum All About Circuits. One of the policies there is that there musn't be anything inherently dangerous suggested or asked about. For example, no ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT - Site Title Change

We are going to change the title of this site because of a trademark request from Penton Media on the words "electronic design." We do not believe we are in violation of their trademark, but we have ...
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Is asking on how to fix a faulty circuit on topic?

Should one post questions about faulty circuits and steps needed to fix them? Examples: Computer motherboards, Consumer electronics (TV, Radio, Sat receivers) Custom made circuits
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Why are electronics SE questions getting down-voted so often?

Users who aren't Elec. gurus seem to be asking legitimate questions to which they don't know the answer and they may even possibly going about it the wrong way. Other SE site users guide the ...
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Are pure C questions on-topic?

I asked C coding design - function pointers? on which EJP commented it's off-topic and/because it belongs on SO. Kortuk says no: @EJP I disagree. Just because there is an overlap does not mean it ...
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Will this site retain the chiphacker name?

Ok, so we know electronics.stackexchange has been seeded with content from chiphacker.com, but will this new site also use the name? Would anyone like to propose any other names?
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Design for Electronics and Robotics

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Migration Guidelines Re: Arduinos

With Arduino.SE entering public beta, I think it's an appropriate time to talk about general migration policy, and a few general comments. Questions should not be closed just because they have an ...
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“Electronics and Robotics” has been renamed to “Electronics”

Based on several discussions about the name and scope of Electronics and Robotics: Another Robotics proposal on Area 51 We already have Electronics and Robotics Please support this proposal as a ...
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What is Chiphacker?

New users probably knowing nothing about Chiphacker and the intent of this question is becoming a reference for them. So, what is the history of the site Chiphacker?
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Why do people answer in comments?

I often see people answering questions in the comments section, when it should be used only for clarifications and similar stuff. Those answers are often good enough to solve the asker's problem (...
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What to do with shopping advice questions?

The 8th question in the "7 Essential Questions of Every Meta" is about shopping advice. It seems like there's been a rash of shopping questions here lately. Is this good or bad? Software https://...
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Possible Name Change?

I have noticed that we have many more questions being asked about consumer electronics that do not fall into the scope of this site. I think some of this confusion comes from "Electronics" in our name....
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Renaming Electrical Engineering

This post from 3 years ago seems to show that https://electronics.stackexchange.com/ was originally named Electronics Exchange. Now it is Electrical Engineering. I was wondering why this change was ...
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Poor migration options

Closing for migration is a bit tough. Right now, if you don't want to send the post to SU or meta, you have to move back up the close tree. My suggestion is to add a manual "other" option to the off ...
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Shouldn't we disallow adding deprecated tags?

I sometimes remove the deprecated homework tag, and five minutes later somebody reads the question and thinks: "hey, this looks like homework", and adds the tag ...
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“What is this XXX component” type of questions

From the number of responses and also from the lack of closes to these types of questions, I assume most people like these. I am not suggesting that we get rid of them, but perhaps make them more ...
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Many new user accounts+answers+suspensions and protected questions

I apologize if thise has been discussed before, but I didn't see anything. There has been a rash of new user acounts answering questions, and an equal (rush) to protect them 2.1 sound system noise ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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Proposed Changes: Downvote comments; cap downvotes on questions; auto suggestions on new posters; preapprove questions from new users

We've been having a bunch of back-and-forth about treatment of newbies (enough that I won't bother to post links). I suggest that unless there are some real rules changes, nothing is going to simply ...
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Arduino question migration

Here's a little idea I'm throwing into the ring for flaming: How about if any questions with the word "Arduino" in the title automatically get migrated instantly to the Arduino SE? Even better, they ...
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Should “how to design a project” questions always be put on hold as “too broad”?

For people who just started learning circuit theory (electrical & computer engineer newbies), or are experts outside the field (like mechanical, chemical engineers etc..) it's hard to know exactly ...
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Editing for quality: The “lipstick on a pig” problem

There seems to be a bit of difference of opinion here about editing questions to improve them with regard to English usage, capitalization, grammar, and punctuation. "Beautification" Edits In this ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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What meta-tags on E&R should be axed?

According to this blog post that I just came across: The Death of Meta Tags, the use of the [beginner] tag, as well as ...
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Plethora of overlapping SE sites and concerns about them

I have been thinking something recently as a result from conversations in the comments in this SE's meta. I would like to share my thoughts with you because I am a little confused. I can only guess ...
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Circuit review acceptable?

Is it acceptable to post a question (with the community wiki option) along the lines of: Please review this circuit design for doing blah and let me know how it can be improved / is anything ...
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Is this site for beginners?

One problem I always face on this site is that people overestimate the level of sophistication in the question. It is hard for a beginner to find the words to imply the simplicity or noobness of the ...
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Another bad migration to Arduino

This question was migrated to the Arduino SE just now: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/165121/analogic-audio-via-arduino In theory, I agree that it's clearly in Arduino territory as ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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Arduino.SE . We've got a live one!

Folks, It is my pleasure to be the first to post the news that the dedicated Arduino stack went into public beta. It's great that persistence is winning. If at first you don't succeed, try and try ...
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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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How much software is on-topic?

So the embedded systems site proposal has been closed because it was taking too long. I can't figure out how much of it was a duplicate of this site. I have found several prior meta discussions, but ...
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Should I downvote an answer which doesn't address the question?

The answers to the question Mixed signal PCB layout for PSoC contain useful and correct information, but in no way address the actual question. What is the proper response? I don't feel that I should ...
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Is it on-topic to ask “please identify this connector”?

I am modifying an electronic device and am unsure of what a certain type of connector would be called. I want to build a custom wiring harness that will attach to the connector. Is it on-topic to take ...
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Please flag spam!

We've had a rash of spam today. It's not lasted long, but the spammers have been diligent and we've had to destroy a dozen or more posts and three separate accounts (the 'community' bumps on the ...
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On-topic question migrated to Physics?

Recently, a question about the charge polarity convention was migrated to Physics. On Physics, it will likely be closed as a duplicate of this question or maybe another one. But wouldn't it be on ...
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Embedded software questions?

Is "Electrical Engineering" the right place for embedded software/firmware development questions? We get questions here (and did on "Chiphacker" and "Electronic Design") about embedded software tools ...
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Is E&R the place to ask about questions of programming, but related to microcontrollers?

Hi, I wanted to ask some programming related question on E&R but for a microcontroller. I decided to postpone it until I got the go-ahead. "What is the ISR for the comparator change interrupt ...
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Electrical Engineering Question Checklist

In an effort to explicitly state our expectations for questions on EE.SE, I have adapted the StackOverflow Question Checklist by Jon Skeet. Below are a set of questions to check after you have written ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

A new user asked a question, found out the answer, and took the time and effort to inform us about that and even make his solution clear with a diagram: Arduino IR Receiver (Answer). Now, he used ...
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What are abbreviations used in electrical engineering?

This question is meant to be a glossary of abbreviations used in electrical engineering. Some abbreviations are very common and universal, and are therefore acceptable to use on this site. Others ...
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Lego Mindstorms Robotics On Topic?

I'm in the process of evaluating proposals that have entered Commitment. Specifically, I was looking at this propsal: Area 51: Lego Mindstorms Robotics Lego Mindstorms Robotics Proposed Q&...
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Design update is now live!

You may have noticed some updates to the design lately, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: Have sharper / more beautiful design on retina ...
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Why are we so picky on votes?

First of all I'm sorry for this post which will sound a bit polemical, but I'd like to raise this problem because I really like this site and I'm starting to care about it. Maybe this post will make ...
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Can we stop the random migrating?

Two fine questions were migrated today: arduino - millis() - migrated to Arduino.SE but on topic according to Are pure C questions on-topic?. The underlying problem is a problem present with any C ...
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“Coding questions get better answers if they …” - notifications for certain tags before asking

I was asking a question on Stack Overflow when the following notification popped up: I used the SQL tag and the system notified me that I probably should include information about my system, the code ...

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