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Component Identification Question Guidelines

I think these guidelines generally make sense. However, this part needs some adjustment: Parts that were obfuscated (e.g. the board manufacturer sanded off the part number) will not be considered. ...
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Asked question, then had a related new question

Ask a new question, and link to the old one. Be sure to upvote and accept the answers that solved that particular problem for you.
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Component Identification Question Guidelines

One thing that I think should be a requirement: The question title should be a short description of the component Instead of What is this component? the title should be What is this blue plastic ...
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What qualifies as "research effort"?

Is it expected that I should stop by the ever-changing Wikipedia before posting a question? Yes, absolutely. Or at least something where the answer might be, e.g. doing a google search. And really, ...
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Can I ask about product requirements on European Standards?

Go ahead and post your questions. We've had a good number of questions about ce, IEC, ul, fcc requirements. They weren't badly received, typically.
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HDL and the EE board

HDL is on-topic on electronics.stackexchange.com. There is no line. StackExchange can do what it wants with HDL questions, but there is no need to have a "line" that strictly sorts where a question ...
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Asked question, then had a related new question

If you were to edit your original, answered question, then either: the original answers would no longer make sense, which is undesirable because it makes the page less useful and takes away from the ...
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How is it best to go about asking a potentially massive series of questions?

The purpose of this site is not to give you the equivalent of a college education in electrical engineering. Do NOT dump a large series of lengthy questions on us. As a beginner, you will find that ...
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Asked question, then had a related new question

In addition to what W5VO said (ask new question, link to old), make sure the new question contains enough information to stand on its own. The old question should only be used for background ...
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Are questions about cell phone CPUs on-topic here?

I would say that questions about cell phone CPUs are subject to the same rules as every other type of CPU - shopping questions are off-topic, but design questions are fine.
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How can we improve the manner in which "poor" questions are dealt with?

One week is too long for a fix-it period. Even one day is too long. An hour or two is about right amount of time. After posting, the asker should monitor their post for about an hour. They should ...
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How can we improve the manner in which "poor" questions are dealt with?

With the tools we have at our disposal now I still think we should be closing questions that we don't understand or have significant issues. The reason for this is that there is no easy way to make ...
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Questions about state of the art in a certain area?

Those, simply, are not valuable questions. The answer can change at a moments notice, and due diligence on the part of the asker can make these better questions with a few hours work on their own. "...
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Looking for ICs; can I ask here?

If you can phrase it as a design question it's acceptable. I personally find the restriction on asking genuine design questions which have good technical content and instructional value to be an ...
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Are questions about cables, connectors, plugs, adapters and powering solutions on-topic here?

The first example would be off-topic, because it's too broad and also the internet is riddled with advise about car electronics (not as easy as wall adapter power, even though instructables makes you ...
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HDL and the EE board

Your perceptions seem to be somewhat skewed by the organization in which you're working. In the projects in which I've been involved, it's the hardware guys that are writing the HDL and the firmware ...
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What qualifies as "research effort"?

Your question was flawed from the start. It made the assumption that all brushless motors are more efficient than all brushed motors, and then asked for reasons than this might be true. This is far ...
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Is a question asking for specific power consumption okay?

You need to be careful with homework questions. They can be acceptable, but are held to a higher standard. You must: State that it is a homework (or other assigned or contrived) problem. The ...
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Looking for ICs; can I ask here?

Asking for product recommendations is off topic (for all of SE). If you need to ask these types of questions, the chat feature will be the best way, but YMMV. https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/11/23/qa-...
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Is asking several sub-questions in one question permissible?

It will depend very much on what the questions are and how you define "very similar". I don't think it's possible to give an exact answer yes/no answer. Consider the following (fictional) examples: ...
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How can we improve the manner in which "poor" questions are dealt with?

IMO the treatment of 'bad' questions (bad in one form or another) is is OK, but sometimes the canned reason for closing is not very informative or accurate. My personal contribution is that I never ...
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Would a multimeter checklist/guideline question be considered too broad?

Yes, it would be too broad. Consider just the range of use cases that apply to yourself, and the kind of answer it would require to cover the issues related to those cases. Then multiply that by all ...
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Can I ask About Blynk in Electrical Engineering

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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Asking if a device exists in industry or how to build?

No, such a question would be far too broad. You need to narrow things down to the point where you can ask a specific design question that can be answered succinctly. Can you give a general ...
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Where does µC programming belong?

Low-level programming, especially programming related to interfacing with external circuits is very appropriate for EE. Topics related to real-time systems are also appropriate. We also handle some ...
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Component Identification Question Guidelines

I recommend making the photography instructions contain more specific guidance, since many people don't have experience with taking good technical photos. I would say: Well lit. Details should be ...
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Minimum badge requirement?

Locking the user out wouldn't work in practice. All you'll end up with is rubbish questions WITH the badges, which eliminates the possibility of using the badges as a discriminator. It would be ...
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Is it absurd to downvote questions that don't provide important details or circuit diagrams?

Downvote, vote to close, and move on. The system will take care of the rest.
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Can I ask about product requirements on European Standards?

Such questions are on-topic, as long as they are related to electronic design. This includes questions about directives/regulations regarding: EMC Radio Electrical safety Low-voltage/high-voltage ...
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Canonical parts-shortage question?

I could see your proposed Q & A having long-term value to future readers (and therefore to the site as a whole), due to your experience at Maxim. On the "downside" there would be an ...
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