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Embedding a schematic editor

I've noted that really often, questions require the use of schematics, and answers too. Since I've seen some online editors, why don't we also embed one, to encourage the use of proper schematics?
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Images for new users

New users can't post images. On websites like StackOverflow this isn't really necessary, and thus a good way to prevent new users from spamming unwanted images. However, on EE.SE, we often need a ...
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Adding a community specific close message for homework

After checking the stats on custom closing messages, homework seems to come up at least 30% to 50% of the time. Because of this, creating a custom closing message would be beneficial. Homework ...
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Change the font of the site

For some reason, Electrical Engineering has a different font compared to the other SO sites. It appears to be Times New Roman or something similar: a font suitable for letters, books and fiction. Is ...
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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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Why is the CircuitLab tool privileged?

Recently, the CircuitLab tool was added. This tool is privileged so that only people with 11 reputation can post images. I understand the idea of privileges: Because we allow participation from ...
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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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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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Support VHDL syntax highlighting

We now have syntax highlighting for a host of languages through Google Prettify. Regrettably, the default set: ...
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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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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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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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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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Smaller CircuitLab schematics

If it's up to me, the CircuitLab schematics can be somewhat smaller. See this example: What is the purpose of R2 in this discrete voltage regulator circuit?. I tried earlier to make a small circuit ...
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More migration options

On SO, when you flag a question as off topic, you can choose several options to migrate the question to: We don't have that, except for meta: I see some questions that I'd like to see migrated ...
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Searching a deleted user's answers

Currently, when a user deletes his account his answers are preserved and show up with an anonymous username like "user3624". But as tcrosley points out you can't search for that user in the user tab, ...
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I'd like us to participate in the three-vote close experiment

I often feel that questions linger too long before being closed, collecting answers making it difficult to edit a closed question. I would like EE.SE to take part in the recent site-wide "three-...
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Feature Request: Notifications for question answers

I often come across interesting new questions which don't have any answers yet. To further my knowledge, I would like to revisit these questions when they do have answers. I would absolutely love it ...
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Wasting a tag to properly format code

I just added a "c" tag to make sure the code blocks are properly shown. STM32 Sleep Mode: Interrupt gets executed but the CPU stays in WFI. In this case, there was plenty of room for tags, but in ...
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Flaw in reputation on questions

I noticed the following flaw in the reputation you get on questions: when a new user (rep 1) asks a question and gets 5 downvotes and then 1 upvote he has 5 rep, but when he gets the upvote first and ...
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Should we have a pop up or dialog for new users to remind them to add basic info?

I see a request for a schematic, part number, picture, or other basic info in the comments to a question almost every day here, sometimes a few times a day. Here's a random example, and another and ...
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Attribution for images from web

It bothers me a bit that there are many famous illustrations that go up without attribution. Yes, it's "fair use" in most cases, but using it without attribution is still not right. Can the image-...
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Add "reviewed" button to questions

Nick's call to clear the review queue pointed out a hole in how the system works. I consider myself a active user. I look at the questions sorted by recent activity, then enter those that seem to be ...
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Remove the default Opamp type from schematic editor

When adding an Opamp to a circuit, you'll get a TL081: That's not a sane default. A sane default for most questions, that wind around "theoretical" opamps would be "no type"; anything else will just ...
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Can we have comment templates?

This question is inspired from this post: Text building blocks in TeX.SX. Can EE.SE have similar comment templates?
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Change off-topic close reason "Appliance" repair

I don't like the usage of the word appliance in the off-topic close reason for poor repair questions: "Questions on appliance repair are off-topic unless they involve specific troubleshooting steps ...
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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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Syntax highlighting should be supported on Electrical Engineering, like on SO

I thought based on this MSO question, it might be that syntax highlighting is supported here, as people rarely tag their questions with the appropriate language, so the highlighter might go into "null-...
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Arduino.SE is now a full site. Should we add a migration path to it?

Arduino.SE is now a full site after graduating out of beta. This means that it's already eligible for migration paths across the SE network. Should we add a migration path to it? IMHO it makes ...
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How can I possibly know if a tag is deprecated or not?

How can I possibly know if a tag is deprecated or not? I see several people at "electrical engineering meta" mention that some tag or another is now deprecated. I can't seem to figure out which tags ...
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Should the off topic close text be changed?

The text which appears after closing a question reads: closed as off topic by User1, User2, Mod♦ Date at time Questions on Electrical Engineering - Stack Exchange are expected to generally relate to ...
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Change the way digits are displayed, get rid of non-lining digits

In the comments of this post, I brought up that I can't stand how numbers are displayed. @embedded.kyle pointed out that it's called Text Figures or Oldstyle Figures. And @Olin Lathrop explained the ...
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Proposed change: automatic suspension/review of users who spam

Last night, while the mods were getting some much-needed rest, a new user started posting advertizements for a blog. The community moderation worked, with many of the posts were marked as SPAM. ...
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Feature request for a panel that gives access to previous attachments

Currently I have to search through my older replies to locate an uploaded image in order to reuse the same link in a new reply with relevant content. Reattaching the same image (at least when I can ...
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Enable/Disable deleted answers visibility

We currently have 13 users with 10k+ rep, and a few more to come. 10k+ users can see deleted answers. Sometimes this has its uses, but sometimes they're a nuisance, like when there are 8 deleted ...
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Vote for an answer to become accepted

I'm tired of seeing bumps made by community. It's always questions made by one-timers making an account, receiving answers and leaving forever without accepting an answer. Many of those questions have ...
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How to Introduce Electronics to Software Developers

I've seen many new users saying that they come from programming or something similar, but without any experience, and wanting to build something completely over their head. I attribute the cause of ...
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Edit to shopping question close reason

Prompted by this question this question and several like it in the past, I propose following change to the shopping question close reason. Questions seeking recommendations for specific products or ...
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Icon for "mains" tag - warning sign

I was answering to this question: Connecting LEDs to 220v without using a power supply and I have an idea. Other sites have images on some tags, like this one for "android" tag on Stack Overflow: ...
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moderator voting to close

In a comment to this question Kortuk says I cannot cast a single close vote, ever. This has been requested but it has been decided that moderators only cast complete votes. Was it discussed here ...
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feature requests regarding sockpuppet accounts to circumvent suspension

Delete all posts by the sockpuppet when its account is merged with the suspended one. This should be a sign that what he does is absolutely useless. The posts shouldn't be there in the first place. ...
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Multi-colored bookmarks

It would be neat to have favorites/bookmarks in different colors. I often find that I want to bookmark messages for very different reasons. Answer later. I can't write the answer right now, don't ...
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Can we add to the FAQ something about Fritzing vs schematic diagrams?

The topic of whether Fritzing diagrams are acceptable/liked/allowed has been discussed (What do we think of Fritzing?) as has a request for more information about posting normal schematics (FAQ about ...
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Message for (late) answers of new users

Almost all the review items in the Late Answers category are from new users who have the same problem / question as the OP. Can't we have an extra message for new users who answer an old post? ...
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Number of pending edits hardly readable

This is how it shows and at least on my monitor I can hardly tell the number from the orange background. Can a more contrasting color be used? By the way, is this readable for others? edit ...
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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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Minor edits without impacting activity queue

It would be FANTASTIC if editors can self-flag edits as trivial so as to avoid impacting the activity list. Kudos to those who want to correct grammar/spelling/caps/etc for archival purposes when they ...
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What is the preferred method of letting a user know their link has 404'd?

Leon has an answer to Identifying Capacitors which includes a dead link to http://www.amqrp.org/kits/elsie/. What is the best way to let him know the link is dead? I checked his profile but saw no way ...
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Should it be easier to tell that the 'accept answer' button has been toggled?

I just accepted an answer to a question, but I couldn't tell that the check mark had changed. Looking at them side-by-side, it is easier to tell the difference, e.g.: Unselected Selected But I ...