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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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"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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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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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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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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Why are we so strict with closing questions, can't we just keep them open?

Why are we so strict with closing questions, can't we just leave them open? It seems like it would be a lot better if we worked with the person asking the question to improve it. On PICList people can ...
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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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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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I2C vs I²C, naming convention

Some questions involving I2C have been edited to I²C. They refers to Inter-Integrated Circuit, according to Wikipedia, is ...
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Time to burninate [small-electronics]?

There has been a tag small-electronics on this site, and I have no idea what it means. Is there such a thing as small and big electronics? I suggest to delete the tag small-electronics
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A tag for every supply voltage?

Recently a bunch of questions have been re-tagged with tags indicating the value of the supply voltage in whatever circuit is being discussed. Is this really necessary? Are circuits run on 9 V so ...
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Rename the superposition theorem tag

We have a tag named superpositiontheorem which is currently on 12 questions. Tags composed of multiple words generally use hyphens between the words by convention: How to format tags Use ...
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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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Do I need to include a target-audience disclaimer in this disputed answer?

Context Yesterday I posted this answer, to this question on the development of LED illumination as an industrial product. Possibly relevant is that my answer initially contained mention of, and ...
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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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What if the answer to a question is in a for-pay standard?

I asked What tests should I perform before I claim my enclosure is Type 1? The answer was in the NEMA 250 standard, which I have since purchased. For anyone to properly answer that question, they ...
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Is answering questions in pictures of scribble acceptable

I've noticed a user who seems to answer mainly via a picture of scribble and maybe a few words instead of writing it down, using the circuit simulator and MathJax. An example would be this answer. [...
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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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Is there any way we could get an additional "closed" question flag that clearly spells out that the OP needs to include more information?

Is it possible that the we could get an additional closing flag that explicitly spells out "This question is closed until the OP adds more information"? We get a lot of questions that lack necessary ...
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Software proof that a hardware design problem is unsolvable - why was the answer deleted?

My question is regarding a mod-deleted answer to: Digital Logic circuit - exam question. In this day and age with modern design methods, it seems to me that a software algorithm used to solve a ...
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What about using bitly goo.gl t.co TinyURL and the like

I personally don't like them (at all): the URL shorteners. These websites allow to summerize long URL's in short and tiny ones ... ... and on the fly will track users on Internet and hide the actual ...
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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 ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Electrical Engineering's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank ...
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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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Should we ask for the link in footer to be changed?

After seeing few consumer electronics questions here today, I thought that it may be a good idea to change the link in the footer of SE pages to something which describes the site better. I think (...
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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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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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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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Should I edit-in datasheet links straightaway?

We all know how important are datasheets in EE design so we appreciate users when they link to datasheets. However, sometimes an otherwise good question is posted which lacks datasheets links, so ...
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Should I be removing "Thanks!"?

Occasionally, I see a question on the main site that ends in Thanks! or Thanks for any help that you can give. or Thanks in advance. or one of the million other ways to write an insincere, ...
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Poor reviewing of Suggested Edits

I find consistently poor reviews in the Suggested Edits queue, by a given reviewer. I recently voted to reject a particularly unnecessary/harmful edit, and found that it was voted for approval by the ...
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User vandalising (but not deleting) his/her own questions. What to do?

This user has been vandalising (but not deleting) his/her own questions. He/she has edited the questions, wiped out the title and all the text, and replaced it with "deleted question". Is there any ...
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Homework questions, and the Tour guidance

I've just VTC a 'homework with no attempt' question, and another user has added a link to the Tour, perhaps thinking it was helpful. On reading it, it offers no guidance to our policy. These are the ...
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A plea for ISO 8601 dates (YYYY-MM-DD)

Users sometimes mark their edits in questions or answers with a date: edit (7/6/2012) This is confusing. I'm not talking about marking edits, I'm talking about the date format. We're an ...
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Simple online tool to draw circuit diagram / schematics? [duplicate]

I want to ask a quick question, and think a circuit diagram would make it a bit clearer, but I don't have any software for knocking one up, is there a recommended online tool I could use? It only ...
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Adding a 2016 engineers survey to the sidebar

StackOverflow has a "2016 Developer Survey" going on right now host by surveymonkey. It is full of various questions that relate to daily life as a programmer or whoever is visiting StackOverflow. ...
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Questions on the topic of regulatory certfication

We have many questions on the topic of regulatory certification which have been allowed to stay open and flourish. We also have had some that are closed because of narrow scope, and others that don't ...
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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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Is there (or should there be) a minimum knowledge expected of users?

Please note that, first and foremost, I am not here to step on toes but merely to open a dialogue. I am new to this site, but I have used Stack Exchange for a while now and I understand and respect ...
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Are power electrical engineering questions on topic for EE.SE? If so, should this be made explicit in the FAQ and other places?

Are (power) electrical engineering questions on topic for EE.SE? If so, should the wording of in the "On-topic" FAQ and other places be changed to reflect this? The community acceptance of questions ...
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Bounty lost when there are no answers

I have read the FAQ and the section on bounties, where it says "If you’ve asked a good question, edited it with status and progress updates, and still are not receiving answers, you can draw ...
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Ban or synonymize [amp]

amp is a fairly awful tag, some use it in the context of current (amps...current by the way is another useless tag, not to mention voltage, circuit, and the like...but we're not here to talk about ...
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Can we have one answer to "why is ebay/ali/etc selling this module for less than the bulk part cost"?

I think I've seen questions saying something like "how can it be possible that the price for this one-off, fully assembled, and hopefully tested, unit/module/... is less than I can buy the key part ...
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Unfair use of Moderation tools

The question in question has been reopened and closed but is still need to be open so more answers can be given. I will gladly read even if it is hypothetical and upvote. I have a question about my ...
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User's logo is a war flag used by the Third Reich, and nowadays practically only by Neo-Nazis. How to react?

User Araujo1914 has a logo that is the right half of Reichskriegsflagge as used by the Third Reich 1933–35. The fact that he's using the beginning of WWI as part of his nickname doesn't make this any ...
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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 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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Yo, cool it with the tag updates!

It's nice to clean up the site, but be careful of the side effects. Every time you edit a question or modify its tags, it gets pushed to the top of the recently modified list. This means editing 20 ...
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Salvage questions. On topic?

I asked a question about salvaging parts from used/junk equipment, and it was negatively received. Many hobbyists cannot afford to buy new parts (such as pneumatic actuators, solenoids and stepper ...
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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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