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How can we improve the manner in which "poor" questions are dealt with?

First time posters often ask questions which fall below site standards, or outside site guidelines, or (importantly) which are perceived to by some group members. I suggest that the present means ...
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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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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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What's with the angry chef picture?

Someone using Mark Rage's account is editing whole questions and answers to just contain this picture: There are many examples, here is just one, but others are easy to find. What the heck is going ...
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What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions?

I have realized a not so uncommon behavior in the EE StackExchange where a person asking a question is generally responded to in a hostile, passive aggressive or bluntly aggressive manner. The person ...
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Canonical "Software developer wanting to learn electronics" question

Stack Overflow has almost 1 million users. We've only got a few thousand. Stack Overflow has almost 3 million questions, we only have about 7,500. As a result of this disparity, a large number of ...
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How do we formulate good and bad shopping questions for FAQ?

One point in our current FAQ is that a shopping or buying recommendations are off-topic. It is not uncommon for questions here to be about shopping or buying and we need to differentiate between "...
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May I ask questions about industrial power system design?

The site title reads "Electrical Engineering", but the URL says "Electronics". I'm confused. IEEE distinguishes between the types by saying It is designed to serve professionals involved in all ...
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What qualifies as "research effort"?

My brushless cordless drill question was put on hold due to "insufficient research". This baffles me, because I took the following steps: presented my situation stated the facts that I'm trying to ...
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Is the strict attitude towards questions working?

I am mostly active on ServerFault, but have lurked here on and off. I'm also active on meta.SE and a few other SE sites. On ServerFault and other SE sites, there are issues with question quality and ...
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Is there a mobile app for viewing stack exchange?

I was looking and kept finding posts on android.stackexchange.com but nothing for what I wanted. Does anyone know if there's a way to natively view the stack exchange interface on a phone?
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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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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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Do PIC24, PIC32 Questions Belong here?

Is this section of Stack Exchange the right place for my question which is possibly hardware; possibly software; possibly some interplay between them ? My current problem has been asked over on the ...
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The New Robotics Site has just launched!

For those who are still interested in Robotics I'm happy to announce that the Robotics Stack Exchange site went into public beta on the 7th November 2012. Although many Area 51 proposals related to ...
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Handling users who persistently try to use EESE as a blog or discussion forum

Stack Exchange sites are founded on the principle of being distinct from the rest of the Internet by trying to do one thing, and do it well. That one thing is to provide specific answers to specific ...
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Are downvotes a bad thing? Should I take it personally?

EE.SE.com users are often atwitter when a downvote lands in their vicinity. Sometimes the sting of rejection felt by authors whose question or answer was dealt a -1 is publicly visible in the form of ...
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Are questions on working with PLC programming software on-topic here?

I am an industrial controls engineer. I work with PLC hardware and software. I am wondering if questions about PLC programming software are on-topic here. For example, I was thinking about asking ...
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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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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Homework answers on demand

Four questions from this person have been answered by the same member and appear to contravene what is said here: - How do I ask and answer homework questions?. In particular, this advice is given: - ...
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Why was this question migrated to Ask Different?

Why was Why are there so many 2.1A usb chargers out there? Migrated to Ask Different, the Apple stack exchange. Op was not asking about apple products. https://electronics.stackexchange.com/posts/...
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Why boring questions have so much attention?

This is of course subjective, but I hope it's OK on meta. I've been out of EE.SE for a while and now I am reading hot last month questions, to my surprise one of the most popular questions last month ...
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Observation on user voting statistics

The question of who downvotes / upvotes seems to come up a fair bit in meta discussions. I recently noticed mention of a script that Anindo Ghosh wrote that identifies a list of users with a high ...
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Should we defuse spam messages when we spot one?

Earlier today I found two spam messages and of course flagged them. I know there are couple of mechanisms on SE that will take care of eventual removal of the posts. But until these mechanisms kick in,...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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Another robotics proposal on Area51

Hey, I was just visiting Area51 when I noticed that there's yet another proposal for a robotics stackexchange getting started: Robotics research It's been marked as a dupe of E&R, but this ...
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New UI feature question

In the new UI for EE.SE, I noticed a feature on my profile page which I can't figure out. What does the "85/100 score" and "28/20 answers" mean (outlined in red)?. There is no rollover explanation (...
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Why Electrical Engineering account can't be attached to CAREERS 2.0 account?

I have both Stack Overflow & Electrical Engineering accounts. But, I found that only Stack Overflow account can be attached to CAREERS 2.0 account. Why it is not possible for Electrical ...
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Anonymous Down-Vote Compensation Program

Friends of EE.SE, We have a problem. Someone keeps randomly down-voting the answers of our high reputation users without giving any explanation, and this is causing quite a stir. To alleviate this ...
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Where to ask multi disciplinary questions?

I want to find out about maximising the rate of entropy collection using an analogue to digital converter fed by a noise source. It involves Shannon entropy calculations, log normal distributions, ...
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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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What happened to Chiphacker? Electronics Exchange?

Where did Chiphacker and Electronics Exchange go?
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Google and the lowest common denominator

What do we feel about questions for novices? "What is Ohm's law?" "Explain the difference between AC and DC" Would we be replicating the Wikipedia page? Would multiple overlapping answers ...
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404/Error/Captcha Images

As we're getting closer to launch the site, I need your help with some ideas for the images on the 404/Error/Captcha pages. I typically keep these images somewhat whimsical or clever, but fitting to ...
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privilege for sourcing (some call them "shopping") questions?

At the moment, sourcing (shopping) questions are discouraged at Electrical Engineering. Many shopping questions are of low quality. For example, the author didn't do enough web searching. On the ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2H 2011 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2012 What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Going On Here? TL;DR -- put images and links in the answers. If they get voted up enough, they will ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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When do we launch, and what happens then? *What needs to happen before we launch?*

According to Area51, This site is in Public Beta Anyone can participate! This site has finished its beta and will be launching very soon. IIRC, the tentative launch date was at 90 days from private ...
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Having problem to understand how to improve a question I posted

I just posted a question on EE. I am not used to this peculiar SE guidelines, where could I found it if any. I have received few comments from an user that I do not completely understand. I also ...
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Questions for Moderator Candidates

The community moderator election has begun, and the election page is rather sparse when it comes to feedback from the candidates. In the interests of keeping discussion organized and fair, we've ...
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What happened to my Chiphacker reputation?

It was in excess of 900 when Chiphacker was still Chiphacker; now it's only 808.
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Where and how should I ask about sourcing parts?

I know this isn't meant to be a marketplace or ad site, but I have some very specific parts that I'm looking for that aren't carried by Arrow, Mouser, DigiKey, etc...the big players. Google searches ...
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What's happened to value in research effort?

See this question: Cause of LED burn Somehow this question has received six upvotes, despite that the problem is obvious to anyone with even the most basic understanding of electronics, and there is ...
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How can I make it clear that this question is about one general procedure, not asking for specific repair advice?

https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/173062/how-can-i-identify-this-burned-out-part A pack of trolls attacked this question, claiming it was a cleverly disguised repair question trying to ...
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How can we help moderators to control the up-vote or down-vote?

I'm a member for 10 months in the EE.SE but I think we still have a problem controlling the voting system! For example, look at Olin's answer in this question: How many LEDs can you chain in serial? ...
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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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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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Questions on things electrical get closed; questions on adhesives get significant upvotes?

So somebody asks an innocent question on christmas lights: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/71611/how-can-i-close-the-circuit-on-a-string-of-christmas-lights-cut-in-half It gets ...
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Treatment of newcomers - enough with the witty, demeaning comments! [duplicate]

We've been discussing the issue of how to treat new users for a long time now, without much results so far (see [1]). The discussion gets lost in arguments between whether harshness is necessary for ...