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reverse blatant revenge downvotes

Case: User1's answer gets downvoted, user2 comments on the answer's quality. User1 answers like this: "You have not put any effort in helping this newbie, and you reward my effort with -1??? If ...
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Original question, but the OP was looking for something else: how to deal?

This question is about current multiplier/divider ICs The OP asks if there are existing ICs that can be used to mirror a current with a fixed ratio, different than 1:1. In the comments to Steven's ...
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Deleting an accepted answer

This question has an accepted answer with zero upvotes, two downvotes. Poster want to delete it, but he can't because it was the accepted answer. Why shouldn't those be deletable? Elsewhere Kortuk ...
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Accepted answers without upvotes

Every now and then we see an accepted answer without any upvotes. In view of an upvote meaning "this answer is useful" shouldn't there at least be an upvote from OP? Shouldn't one be added on OP's ...
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Posting questions including answers

In this question asker asks a question which shows some hurdle he encountered, but for which he had a solution even before he asked about it. The argument was that it might be useful to others. Do ...
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MathJax hotkeys script for Chrome and Firefox+Greasemonkey

Tired of all the dollar and backslash typing? Annoyed of seeing italic units? This may be THE END OF ALL YOUR PROBLEMS! Manishearth INC.\$^{\mathrm{TM}}\$ has created this fantastic script which will ...
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posts from users whose account was destroyed

This question received 3 totally irrelevant posts within a few minutes (in German!) from the same user. User account was appropriately destroyed, but the posts were just deleted. For most users that's ...
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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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Merging [tag: battery] and [tag:battery-operated]

I think that Why these two tags have different meaning, they can be merged to include all the questions relating to batteries, which means also battery powered circuits. What do you think?
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Should we penalize those with a very poor ratio of reputation points to number of answers? Or a consistently poor answer history?

A particular user has managed to give 109 answers in 19 days with a rep to # of answers ratio of roughly 6.8 - this is an average of either 0 or 1 up vote per answer, or even worse, possibly more down ...
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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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Shouldn't spammers user accounts be deleted?

This answer was reported as spam, and also got deleted (you must have at least 10,000 reputation to see deleted answers), but the poster's user account still exist. Shouldn't that be deleted as well?
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What's the value of GIYF?

(Related question) I sometimes see "GIYF" ("Google Is Your Friend") in answers. In a recent answer I removed the line, apparently much to the answerer's disagreement. The reason I removed it is ...
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Sandbox: trying to write I2C in the title with LaTeX: \$\text{I}^2\text{C}\$

In the message body, this would produce the sought result: \$\text{I}^2\text{C}\$ How about in the title? Works as well. Great.
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accepted answers with many downvotes

This question has an accepted answer with currently 5 downvotes, so it looks that it's not a good answer after all. How can we encourage the asker to reconsider this accept?
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REF: Communications engineering, call arrival rate, poisson

Kortuk commented: Communication theory has always been considered acceptable here. This is definitely a boundary question, but I think one that is still on topic. If you would like to continue ...
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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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ASCIIMath support, to help people with units

MathJax just added ASCIIMath support, and I think it'd be great to support it as an option, alongside regular \$\LaTeX\$-based MathJax. In many posts (such as this one) people forget to or are too ...
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How to deal with "useless" answers

It's a while that I'm seeing old posts with a lot of good answers being resumed by new users (no previous activity, 1 rep) to add their answer, which adds nothing to the existing content, and ...
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Electrical Engineering SE Anniversary Celebration?

Did you know Electrical Engineering SE’s anniversary of its graduation is coming up on March 21st? Congratulations! How about a contest or some other fun activity to stir things up a little? After a ...
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Do we need some kind of code of conduct around here?

Setting aside the question of whether any such code could ever be enforced, might this not be a better place if there were some written statement that people could point to, that shows at least what ...
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What's the issue (if any) asking about what part is better for the job?

Referring specifically to question Transmission line for UHF TV antenna I don't see any problem with the question, but apparently there is possibly some disagreement. I took it as a which part is ...
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Allowing users to add a "voice recording " that explains their problem?

Allowing users to add a "voice recording " that explains their problem ? In my humble opinion it will be great thing if it happens .
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Usefulness of the "supply" tag?

Shouldn't the tag supply be disallowed? It's almost always used together with the power tag, instead of using the power-supply. In any case it never refers to supplies in the logistics sense of the ...
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Manufacturers' references

Probably it's been already discussed, but I don't know how to look for it... Sometimes happens that answering a question requires a reference to a datasheet, or a specific kind of product; in the case ...
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Optoelectronics community

Can I ask you please if you know of any community that discusses optoelectronics? I am currently working on the physics behind them and it would be really helpful to have a second opinion.
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Should we allow legal questions, specifically questions about export restrictions in the US?

In this question: Export restrictions on programming equipment Adam Davis noted that Export restrictions is a problem an electrical engineer might have, but it's not an electrical engineering ...
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Electropus where did he/she come from?

Just wondering who made Electropus and if he/she has any particular license? UPDATE: I spoke to Maddy from Little Bird electronics on the email and she thinks that the design originally came from ...
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Why there is a EE.Sx question on this site?

I was looking for a rail-to-rail OPAMP model for Qucs, in order to help the OP of this question...and one of the links that Google gives is this: it seems to be the copy of that question, with figures ...
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Are questions about writing an assembler on-topic?

The question How is a two-pass assembler designed? can be seen as on- or off-topic. On one hand, it's about tools that are pretty much exclusive to our site. On Stackoverflow, the call to ...
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When to reference and is a simple reference ever enough?

It is my style to attempt to include definitions of terms in answers; which may or may not be appropriate. I would like to know if it would be considered OK to just include a reference without ...
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The real scope of this site

Have you read the first presentation of this site, in the About page?? It says: This is a free, community driven Q&A for electronic hardware hacking enthusiasts. Isn't what many people here ...
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Is it ok edit questions to include referenced content from other sites?

When people link to images I've seen posts has been edited to copy and include the image into the post directly. This is useful to make sure that the image is always available (stackexchange copies ...
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Do we really need a captcha for established users?

It seems like every time I ask a question (although may not be every time) I get asked to fill out a captcha. I fully understand the value of this for new users, but if I am logged as a user that has ...
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Should Charger, Charging, and battery charger tags be merged?

We have the charger, charging, and battery-charging tags, should they be merged? There are a few questions marked as charging that relate to capacitor and inductor charging, but all of the others ...
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Should the tags 'atmega328', 'atmega8' and 'atmega16' be synonyms for the 'atmega' tags?

I think they should, similar to the 'pic' tag. I don't have enough reputation to even suggest it myself, but it might also be a good idea for the community to agree on whether chip families should be ...
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Where's the best place to ask questions about Atmel AVR software (with FreeRTOS)?

I am new to Ateml (AVR) - new to embedded programming. I just looked at http://forum.atmel.com/ and they seem to have only two forums: "Touch Technology" and "CryptoMemory". Maybe I missed something, ...
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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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Why is this a good question?

This question Does there exist an internet-like peer-to-peer packet radio system? seems to have a good number of people interested in it, but I don't see how this is a good fit here. It feels to me ...
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Best way to say Thanks to all the helpful people here?

if not just to say Thanks here for making this a great electronics year for me! I've learned so much here and appreciate greatly all the time and obvious care people have put into the answers to my ...
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Privacy invasion

Why do we tolerate this level of criminal intrusiveness on this site? Here's what you MUST agree to to have an ID picture here: : User Submissions. The Services may provide you with the ability to ...
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How do I change my profile picture, icon, or avatar?

I'm currently using the stock image, which is a colorful kaleidoscopic design: but I'd like to use a photograph or picture of my choosing instead. How do I change this image?
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DDR vs DDR2 Tags

Should ddr2 be a tag or should we go with something more generic, such as just DDR? I don't know enough about the technical details of DDR version to know if they are technically different enough to ...
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Are book recommendations a good fit for this site?

Arduino book recommendation This isn't exactly a shopping question, but it certainly has its share of problems. It will generate a list of responses, rather than one correct answer. Answers will ...
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Should tags, specifically excerpts, be descriptive or instructive?

There are quite a few tags that need cleenup, better descriptions and wikis. My question is, should tags be descriptive of what they represent or rather convey some sort of instruction to the user. ...
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Before recording down vote, voter asked if edit would improve question

Some questions on the site are down voted (often quite rightly) because the scope is too large, grammar incorrect, or too little information given. However with a little editing the question may ...
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Is electrical suitable as a name?

This may be a regional issue but in the UK (and pretty much everywhere apart from the US it seems) there is a clear distinction between Electrical and Electronics in terms that one is about powerlines,...
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Are questions related to electronics testing and manufacturing appropriate?

The title of this stackexchange is "electrical engineering." That is fairly broad. The faq emphasizes "electronic design." That is fairly narrow. There are a lot more facets to electrical engineering ...
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visibility of e-mail address

In this answer Russell publishes his e-mail address because in his profile it is invisible to others than himself. How about making it an option to show or hide this e-mail address? I'm not for ...
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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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