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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 happened to David?

It seems David Kessner has deleted his account. I wonder why. David is a very knowledgeable engineer whose answers (he didn't have to ask questions much) were always interesting to read. I'm sorry he ...
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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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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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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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UPDATE: choose your design! - A design update is coming!

UPDATE While I was converting the site to the new framework, I also decided to refresh the design and layout (as several people complained about the logo, the look a bit old now and the fonts used). ...
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Do you like hats? (2014 Edition)

Last year around Christmas time we had an awesome promotion in which hats for for gravatars were awarded for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link to the ...
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Where is Olin Lathrop?

Oh god I miss him so much but he has not been online for more than half a year oh please tell me he is okay, where is Olin? Who will tell me??? Where is the glorious bearded microcontroller man? ...
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Increasing the awareness of the Dunning-Kruger effect?

I recently came across the Dunning-Kruger effect and I think it is well represented here and we should be aware of it. Basically, it states (citing wikipedia): Unskilled individuals suffer from ...
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Who'd be interested in having SystemVision integrated here?

For the past several years, EE.SE has benefited from an integrated schematics editor (and circuit simulator): CircuitLab. Recently, Stack Exchange received an offer from Mentor Graphics, developers ...
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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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Electrical Engineering Top User Swag!

We want to congratulate and thank everyone that helped this site and community grow healthily into what they are today! Yes, yes, you graduated a long time ago, but you recently got an update design ...
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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 ...
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Does it bother anyone else that the site banner shorts pairs of IC pins together?

I realized it's a breadboard, and the ICs are not across the channel in the middle. It's been bothering me since.
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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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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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Do you like hats? (2013 Edition)

Last year around Christmas time we had an awesome promotion in which hats for for gravatars were awarded for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo ...
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There's a problem with [problem]

The problem tag is impossibly, uselessly vague. Any question posted on this site is implicitly a "problem"! The questions under this tag have nothing at all in common, beyond that many of them are ...
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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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Most common MathJax uses in Electrical Engineering?

MathJax is super handy for expressing mathematical concepts in electrical engineering. What are the most common symbols and operators that you can use?
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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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The “electrical” tag

I got thinking, and the electrical tag is pretty dumb. What's everyone think about nuking, banning, and retagging the affected questions? There are 197 at the moment, 30 of which are single tag.
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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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Can we ease up with the negative association to “shopping” questions?

Reading this question got me to thinking... why do we so readily downvote these types of questions? It's apparent that the user doesn't even really have knowledge of whether or not these modules ...
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Olin Lathrop facts [closed]

Ok, I'm sorry if this is inappropriate, close the post, delete it, ban me for a week, delete my account, kill my cat, burn me alive, but I just couldn't resist... The question is: Why wouldn't Olin ...
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Do you like hats?

Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo ...
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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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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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Why was this post migrated to mechanics.se?

This post was just migrated to the car mechanics site: https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/67998/detect-if-a-can-node-is-transmitting-or-receiving Why? It is a 100% electronics question ...
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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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Would we benefit from a blog?

If we wanted, we could have ourselves a blog. Several other sites have blogs that you can check out to see what they are like. You can learn more about SE blogs by reading an explanation of SE blogs ...
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Proposed New rules regarding new users?

I have been observing this for 3 days now. You will find tons of new members who ask silly, already answered, homework kinds of question. They either do not take the pain of going through the FAQ or ...
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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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Why are there so few electronics-centric people online?

I know this may sound weird and I hope everyone doesn't mind me asking it here, but I've had a hard time finding people online that are into electronics and are online regularly. Not really small ...
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Where do we stand with users asking for monetary incentives before providing an answer / idea?

If you take a look at the comments** on this question: Replacing a Switch and Avoiding body diode conduction. You will see that someone has mentioned being paid for their answer and I was just curious ...
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

I find myself all too frequently voting to close a question and having to give a custom reason along the lines of "Homework questions with no attempt at a solution are off-topic". In fact I see a fair ...
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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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Nix the reverse tag

The reverse tag is very meta, covers several categories. I nominate it to go away. https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/reverse
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Delete the 24V, 12V, (and maybe 5V, 3.3V) tags and discontinue use of tags associated with a voltage

What should we do with the 12V and 24V tags? I can't see a reason to group questions with the same voltage because many different types of circuits could be defined by either voltage. We seem to ...
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Repair Questions: Suggestions for a Policy

We seem to be in a difficult situation concerning questions about the repair of electronic gear. We want to attract a large crowd of hobbyists and experts, and one big motivation why many people come ...
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Why was this question about desoldering a power jack migrated?

I saw this interesting question https://superuser.com/q/1046262 about desoldering a power jack, but was surprised to see it on Superuser.SE rather than on Electronics.SE. Further investigation showed ...
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Have a problem? Toss money at it and it will go away!

The title is a bit bombastic but in my opinion it fits the trend I noticed here and which I think needs to be discussed. To me it seems that many users here do not understand that some other users ...
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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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New Design Launched

Hi All, as you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old ...
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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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What is expected of members of EE.SE?

I am a newcomer to EE.SE and have asked and answered a few questions here over the past few months. I read nearly daily via my phone. I would like to contribute as much as possible since I gain so ...
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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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Newbies virtual corner

As many of you know there are a lot of peoples who come on this board because they've just discovered electronics. They usually found out this or that online tool that allows them to draw a circuit in ...
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What can EE do to strengthen the Arduino community? What can Arduino community do to strengthen EE?

This is sort of a follow-up to What will be the benefits in having a separate Arduino site? The separate Arduino site entered private beta, but did not have enough activity to enter public beta after ...

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