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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 ...
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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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Should 'I think' answers be allowed?

I came across this meta question asking about the quality of the answers on one of the questions on the main site. After looking through the answers to THIS question I also noticed most of the answers ...
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Should we do anything with this multi-part answer?

A recent question has an answer that doesn't sit right with me: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/a/391241/91862 It consists of four completely different answers cut from a reddit thread about ...
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Can I change the components in my question from BJTs to FETs?

Minimum components for BJT H-Bridge applied to a small 3-6V motor I acquiesce from the comments said from @ChrisStratton's (last one on the question), and by the discussion under @HenryCrun's answer. ...
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How is it best to go about asking a potentially massive series of questions?

I'm working on a few projects I've fiddled with for years, and I'm starting to get to the level where I can actually build something quite nice I think for at least a few of them. Obviously people ...
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My electrical stack exchange account was banned from asking more questions. What should I do?

I add a comment for a person on my question. I was rude as he was with me. Okay I AM SORRY, but how can I get my account back in electrical stackexchange?
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How to handle questions/answers about specific textbook questions?

A new user has just posted a couple of questions from a textbook, and then answered them Q&A-style: How to solve with MATLAB Microwave Engineering - Pozar - Transmission Lines Theory chapter 2 ...
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Would this make a good community wiki

Taking a device to market Often wondered the utility of this mechanism, but this feels like it might be a candidate. The asker doesn't know what he doesn't know: This isn't a knock on the user, ...
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Does this constitute spam?

These two answers were posted by the same user, both to old questions (one of which is almost 8 years old). How can I make connection on pcb (circuit board) holes without solder (for prototyping)? ...
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Changing the How to ask section when asking a new question?

I hang around EE.SE a lot these days and keep checking on the new question like a challenge to myself if I could figure out how to solve it. But what I encounter is a lot of bad questions. So I just ...
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Merging [Atmel] and [Microchip]

This answer to the question about the texas tag mentioned that other tags such as atmel and microchip both exist. Given that Microchip acquired Atmel a couple of years back, should we merge the two ...
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Why are down-votes locked

I try to use down-votes judiciously, and only do so when I truly feel that the -1 is deserved. Still, at least a couple of times I have revisited the question/answer the following day, and found ...
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The `Texas` Tag

How did we end up with a texas tag? Can we please burninate it? I'm guessing that it's being used to refer to parts made by TI.
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Are “check my working” questions on-topic?

I am working on a permanent lighting array for my bicycle. I'm not an electrics or electronics person, but this is a real plan and I intend to complete it. I have current and voltage measurements, ...
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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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Should crazy bot-generated answers be flagged as spam?

I just stumbled upon this answer: Here is a link to the answer, though it has already been deleted: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/a/378755/91862 Now, I scratched my head a little before ...
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Which tag(s) should be used for Intel FPGAs?

Since Altera was acquired by Intel in 2015, Altera brand was withdrew. The company (Altera) completely became a part of Intel and all social media accounts were renamed "Intel FPGA". 1,2,3 Should we ...
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How many votes against one person before votes are reviewed?

I know this is not an issue that only affects me. It is the 'revenge downvoting'. I believe this to have happened to me today after a discussion on a certain users question. Normally, it's just ...
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Manual bumping of a question

Quick inquiry about proper behavior on this stack exchange. I wrote a question recently and posted it during a period where not a lot of active users are active. Thus, my question didn't receive a lot ...
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My great question is downvoted and wrong answered

What should i do? That is the question, specifiq question on a possibility of making some device.. i tried to stick all the rules: "Instrumental amplifier as a guitar preamp" But it was downvoted by ...
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How do I make images smaller or larger?

I was wondering if there was an easy way to make images smaller or larger. How would I do that?
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More emphasis on safety?

I came across this post where somebody want to drive a string of LEDs from mains power. Only one person ( Colin__s ) had a small note of 'Use a power supply'. Then nothing for ten hours. I just ...
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Acronym OP for a new user

I came across a question asked by a new user. The new user was refered to as OP in the comment section. I'm not familiar with what it means in that context. Can someone clarify this for me? Is there a ...
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Why doesn't StackExchange have a search feature?

Why doesn't electronics.stackexchange.com have a search q/a (site wide) feature? Or am I missing it? I see the "Tags" search, but is q/a posters didn't create a tag for the specific word/phrase you ...
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Stack Exchange is going to change the way people are treated

This caught my eye in the blog, here are some changes that they plan on making: Getting to the <3 of the problem. (Here’s where we plan to start.) As of last week, we’re prioritizing this ...
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Too many questions?

How is someone perceived asking more questions than answering them? As the website is mixed between experts and beginners, there is obviously going to be an imbalance. But someone like myself still ...
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Why did someone change the wording of my question?

I posted a question and someone (Scott Seidman?) totally re-worded it. Why?
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Similar questions on same topic, mark as duplicate?

This user has asked 3 very similar questions in a short span of time (one of which was an exact duplicate of another older question which I answered). All three questions seem to variations in the ...
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Are questions about Solidworks Electrical welcome here?

If I have a question about features of Solidworks Electrical, specifically about it's features to draw schematics for power electronics, would they be welcome here? A possible alternative would be ...
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What exactly is not clear in this question?

What exactly is not clear in this question? Transformer basics: Why don't they shift phase by about 90°? The question is clearly stated: why aren't primary current and secondary voltage ...
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Should I ask for help finding a chip in the EE forum?

I'm looking for a specific chip, which I know how to use - just can't find one with enough parallel channels (so its not really a knowledge question as such...) but can't find a suitable candidate. I'...
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Reasons for a declined flag

I raised an off topic flag with the specialisation of "Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with electronics design)" for the question IT TTT block in assembly language which was ...
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At which forum should I ask questions about microcontroller (software) IDEs?

Sometimes I have a question about the IDE meant specifically for use for a microcontroller (e.g. System Workbench for STM32, TrueStudio). At StackOverflow most people are focussing on PC/Linux, not ...
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Should I delete comments making suggestions to improve questions when OP applies them?

I think all of us will make comments on questions suggesting improvements - be it in the form of "Add a schematic" or whatever. Sometimes this list becomes long after a while as people make small ...
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Same mob of people keep closing my questions. Serial closing?

When ever I ask a question it is always the same group of people down voting and closing my questions and got my banned on questions. Isn't that serial behavior and is not tolerated? It may take ...
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Kill Yourself Tag

I've seen it happen several times, someone will ask how to build a railgun, or how to charge large capacitors to high voltages while demonstrating a level of skill and attention to safety that can ...
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Is this site for everyone?

Double checking; there aren't any restrictions ahead of time for whom the "Stack Exchange network of websites" are available, are there? Surely this is just a poor choice of words, and the author ...
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This question should not have been migrated!

I don't know why but sometimes I have seen question like this being migrated the Arduino because they have the Arduino tag and has nothing to do it. This is actually a very poor question and should ...

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