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This site is about free exchange of question and answers. However, sometimes the person asking a question could clearly benefit from some professional help that would go well beyond writing a answer here. I don't see anything wrong with giving a basic answer, and mentioning that there is a lot more to it and that you're available to consult professionally ...


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Question is opinion based and should be closed. Question is too broad and should be closed. The question is a good one and deserves a complete answer, but I only have time to give a brief answer. I want to leave the answer space open so somebody else can write the complete answer and get the rep for it.


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Always err on the side of too much rather than too little information. Remember, the information you post here isn't just for the benefit of the person asking the question; it's also for the benefit of future visitors who have the same (or a similar) question. An answer that's too narrowly focused won't help them. But make sure that the information is ...


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I can see me and other people doing it, despite being discouraged, because: the answer is only a partial one there is only time for me to write a bit to nudge things into the right direction there isn't really enough information in the question to reliably answer, so it's more a guess waiting for more data Often it is the feeling to be able to provide ...


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As long as you are adding something new, it's not really a problem to make a new answer. You can also mention why other answers are incorrect in your answer, though try to avoid phrases like "The answer above" as the order can change. You can also put a comment on the "wrong" answer as well. It is easy to change the accepted answer from one to another, but ...


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I use both the mobile website and the regular desktop website, depending on where I am and what device I'm using. When I browse questions during my lunch break, I can easily upvote interesting questions (and downvote "gimme teh codz" trash), but it's not easy to write much words on a device without a proper keyboard. Fact-checking becomes problematic with ...


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It is acceptable on SE to answer your own question. However, the issues you mention do apply. You might edit the question by adding a section at the bottom called something like "Solution Eventually Used". Use the HTML h2 tags or similar to make this heading stand out, then you can write your solution below that normally. People finding your question ...


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Due to third-party intervention, the post has now been unlocked. Further, after reflection, I felt the moderator in question had some good criticisms about my answer. I have edited it accordingly, including working in a milder version of the 'target-audience disclaimer' from which the conflict arose.


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No, any help given or gotten here is for free. As Olin correctly points out, sometimes the question is asking for a full design, and in some cases it may trigger an offer for a full consultancy service. In this case, one may answer with a general overview of a possible solution, and suggest that the OP refers to a professional to get the job done. In this ...


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EDIT: To actually answer the question - I, personally, think a little bit of good-natured ribbing is ok. I really hate the "OMG, that's not even a proper MCU", or "You call that a circuit diagram - use this £10,000 software you fool" gatekeeping - people are into this stuff for all sorts of different reasons and at all sorts of different levels. I'm quite ...


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Personally, I often answer questions that are a bit vague, or possibly would be 'more on-topic' on another SE site, provided that: I feel I have an accurate view of what the OP meant to ask The question is at least relatively close to being 'on topic' (i.e. isn't a blatantly useless question, and has some EE aspect to it) The question gives me the ...


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This question comes up quite a bit on Stack Overflow and I don't think there's a 100% "right" way but I thought I'd repeat this answer by assylias that seems to cover the options pretty well: upvote the best answer downvote the wrong answer - it will hopefully work in the end upvote the comments that point out the mistakes made in the answer add a short and ...


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I will point out that this question is not to do with this question and its answers in particular. It is in general across the whole site. We shouldn't enforce a general rule against "I think" and "I guess", because it would be too Procrustean. Instead, we should ask for higher answer quality. Higher quality can be achieved by posting reference, or by ...


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There is little reason to call for a mechanism not already baked in to the SE interface. If the "I think" answers are wrong, downvote them and note why in a comment. There are reasons why answers are voted on, and this is one of them. If the "I think" answers are right, comment to that effect, or, better yet edit the answer, as I don't believe comments ...


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You're right, they definitely should be four separate answers.


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"I think" answer can be useful. It can give the asker something to look into more. That's a lot better then not knowing what to look into at all. Maybe it won't work out, but it should be a lot more likely than looking into a random topic. "I think" done right really means "I have some knowledge and experience with this topic, but don't know the answer ...


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I thought about posting something similar to this just a few days ago. I'm a newcomer to EE.SE and also a youngling in the EE field (graduating in May.) I've only been a member for around a year but it seems the level of "catiness" has increased just in the time I've been active. I've asked some really stupid questions and been met with fairly hostile ...


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It's by design of the entire site/network. Basically, any edits have to be made, or be approved by, "trusted community members". If it gets through, and you don't agree, roll it back and move on. Who makes sure that proposed edits are good? Any user can propose edits, but not all edits are publicly visible immediately. If a user has less than 2,...


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You should not have to follow any links to understand a good answer. That said, links to pages explaining details or alternatives usually makes an answer better and more complete. Therefore, it does not matter if you link to a question on EE.SE, an answer on EE.SE, an answer on any other website, or another external source. If your answer does not answer ...


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Questions about an app will probably get closed as off-topic → not about electronics design. Microcontroller questions should be alright. Arduino questions should be posted to the Arduino stack.


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A newby here but hopefully I can add a bit of what I feel is the prevailing atmosphere here. Personally I would agree with David Tweed who is a regular here but would add the two following points. Ignore personal identification with negative criticism as it does not mean a thing in the big picture once you have some points anyway. Then also remember ...


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I have noticed this pretty much every time I have asked a question here. As an Electrical Engineer you do see this mentality in real life in colleges and from many others in the professional world as well. They seem to take their own knowledge for granted and how hard it can be for some to figure out what they spent considerable time learning. Even as an ...


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I believe my comment actually answers the question, so I'll post it as such. The truth is, StackOverflow rules encourage people to answer bad questions, and requests to change this situation are ignored. Here are the options users have when they spot a bad question, with outcomes: Post a quick answer and gain some rep. The risk of losing rep is minimal, ...


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I wanted to say that as a comment (again) on Olin's answer, but it's actually too long to fit. Technically, that is right, there are questions, answers, and that's all. This is if we consider, as Stack Exchange mainly encourages us, that this site should be a repository of great answers on great questions. Amen. But there are also people. People with ...


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Usually users don't come up with a question can be answered, because they don't read any info on how to use the site, don't care about being part of the community and just want\expect an answer. I'm not going to answer a person if they aren't going to take the time to write a good question or be a part of the community, but I might impart a few sentences and ...


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I've split it into four new answers and deleted the old one.


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Questions that call for "I guess..." answers (because there's no way to know the correct answer), should be closed as "Opinion based". For example, common questions in this category are Why didn't [vendor] include [feature] in [chip]? Why didn't [vendor] include [spec] in the datasheet for [chip]? If a question doesn't require such answers, and somebody ...


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Absolutely! If people choose to write answers in comments, that's on them. There's no reason for you not to put the same information into an actual answer.


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Would it be good practice to edit it myself and use the strikeout style for the part that is wrong (still leaving it here so the comments and context still make sense)? Absolutely not. That's vandalism. The notice you added is also doesn't pass the sniff test. It vandalizes the question with disagreements of the content, and tells people to avoid it. That's ...


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Rep is not an issue for me. It is sometimes easier and faster to throw a few (or even many) thoughts into a comment that I expect to be useful to a seeker who cares. This saves formatting etc while providing the core of what matters. Others are welcome to use such as part of 'proper' answers if they wish. (I've produced a few of those as well when they seem ...


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