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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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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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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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Circuit editor missing from Ask Question page?

Fixed now, thanks for the report! This was a bug I created over 10 years ago. Under specific timing conditions, it was possible for dependencies like the CircuitLab plugin to never start. Those timing ...
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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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I want to combine two analogue video signals. Is this the right place to ask how?

TL;DR Yes, the topic is on-topic here. You will have to add a lot more info, though! The full picture Topic Yep, asking about how to build something that combines electrical signals is on-topic. ...
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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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Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience?

I think that the question in the title deserves a clear answer. Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience? Of course! Otherwise there is no ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is making sure the rules are followed correcly more important than sharing knowledge/experience?

To answer your questions from my limited experience on this site: No; I would personally not associate myself with any community, online or not, that was blatantly or implicitly sexist/racist/etc. ...
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Where to ask discussion / advice questions?

I can eventually suggest chat for this, which has much less strict requirements. The problem is that chat leverages far less visibility than regular questions, so if you're lucky, you'll eventually ...
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Where to ask discussion / advice questions?

This is a common question, but the harsh reality is that it's not "our" job to find the right place for your questions. This is true for questions about where on Stack Exchange to ask a question, but ...
pipe's user avatar
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Minimum badge requirement?

I'm pretty sure the overarching Stack Exchange philosophy is that anyone can ask a question. I agree with this approach.
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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Asking if a device exists in industry or how to build?

Such question would be too broad for the EE.SE main board, likely. [As Dave have already mentioned.] Here's what you can do. You've got enough reputation to participate in chats. We've got plenty ...
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How could be best set up a help feature for repairs in Africa?

Most of your questions seem to be about mains power and appliances that operate from it, topics that would be more suitable for Home Improvement.SE, a site devoted to contractors and serious DIYers.
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Does the site benefit from "identify this part" questions?

I'm sure this has come up on Meta before, I can't find it easily. In previous discussions, almost everyone was in agreement that these sorts of questions are strictly not really within the remit of ...
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Minimum badge requirement?

I think this question is more appropriate for Stack Exchange Meta, probably someone already asked it there. Anyway, I think badges are more a "fun" thing, and reputation is the way privileges are ...
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Component Identification Question Guidelines

Another thing that really helps is: If they know something about the voltages on any of the pins around the part, ie which pins are ground or Vcc. Probe the part with a meter, especially if it could ...
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Component Identification Question Guidelines

Regarding "Type out any text on the part.": It would perhaps be useful to remind OP to actually search for the text themselves before posting, noting that the downvote button popup includes the text ...
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Are problems regarding headphones off-topic?

and it is not about … a shopping or buying recommendation. consumer electronics such as media players, cell phones or smart phones, except when designing these products or modifying their electronics ...
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Canonical parts-shortage question?

I agree that this could be useful to the entire community. I feel that a good answer: Would not name names. No mention of specific manufacturers or distributors. Would be fact based and not just ...
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