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Sorry, but I strongly disagree. By putting all the cheap stuff found on eBay and Amazon or other "non reputable" sources into the same thrash bin is judgemental and heavily penalizes low-income hobbyists, especially those in developing countries. I still remember when I disassembled old TV sets to get scrap components when I was a young boy. If I had had ...


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I completely understand your position but disagree. I don't see why those of like mind can't simply ignore the question if it's of no interest. Championing the active prevention of the posting and answering of what are most certainly widely useful answers for the stated reasons seems heavy-handed in a central-planning sort of way. If there was a 'hobby' ...


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I partially agree with your sentiment, but I disagree on a few points: As a Q&A site, our goal should be to share our knowledge with 'the internet', so in principle whatever we share could be beneficial to someone. We shouldn't be judgemental of what their reasons could be. The lack of documentation could also be caused by obsolescence or any other ...


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I think we already have the tools to handle these questions. As with any broad class of questions, there is quite a range from How do I increase the gain of this amplifier: To What's the purpose of C2 in this audio amplifier: The first is just random garbage thrown at us, whereas the second is a legitimate question with good opportunity to teach some ...


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Simply put, it's not off-topic. I'll admit this is a bit of semantics, but changing the effort put into the question does not change the topic. Considering that homework questions are explicitly on-topic, this should not be a reasonable close reason. Personally, I like the "Too Broad" close reason. Think about what we like to see in homework questions - ...


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I agree. I suspect its because answering takes less time than actually finding the appropriate duplicate. Also, it's not crystal clear how to actually provide the link to the dup in the close menu (yes, I know, it's not THAT difficult, but the lack of instructions might be an obstacle to some).


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Cheap (and often undocummented well) stuff from popular online marketplaces is not neccesseraly crap. More expensive brand name goods are usually just a better probability it's not crap (just have a look at some errata pages in the popular datasheets). BUT too often the only way to find out if the noname stuff is of poor quality and not clear how to deal ...


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Although there isn't a clear pre-written close reason, requests for off-site info are almost always downvoted and/or closed here, and 'answers' which do little more than direct you to an external URL are dealt with similarly. In addition, the question you refer to is simply not about electronics, or even engineering of any sort - it's about 'where can I ...


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In the "Don't ask about section" I would put a bullet point along the lines of: Homework questions unless you post an good faith attempt at a solution, with a specific question of your problem. Source: How do I ask and answer homework questions? Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices unless you can demonstrate a good ...


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This is a bad idea. It's OK to be ignorant. It's not OK to be stupid. You are confusing the two. Most ignorant questions we get here are also stupid and usually badly written and exhibiting a poor attitude. We already have the tools to close them for the right reasons, which does NOT include that the level of the question is low.


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IMO 'serious lack of effort' would be a good addition to the set of reasons why a question should be closed. Somewhat related is 'asking for a full design'. Now such a question is often closed as 'too broad', which is a reasonable match, but that doesn't really state the problem.


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The original question (the second one in your list) hit the HNQ and tickled the funnybone of a large number of outside visitors, who proceeded to upvote it and the answers. That does NOT mean that it is a good question for the site. It could be argued that the original question should have been asked on Skeptics.SE, but because of its technical nature, it ...


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This is an ongoing point of discussion/contention/etc. over at Physics SE. We have an off-topic close reason which reads as follows: Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. We want our questions to be useful to the broader community, and to future users. See our meta site for ...


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If you see a basic question for the first time, answer it. It's not a big deal, and it does bring in new people via search engines. If a basic question keeps popping up, close it as a dupe. Simple as that.


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From the reason: Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices must [...] demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired. This condition wasn't met. It's still not met.


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My view is that asking about concepts of electrical engineering are on-topic. For example, one could ask how a capacitor functions, with no other context. It should be on-topic as a means to cover topics that are "the basics." Without this tenet, all questions would necessarily have to include some sort of engineering project or goal, which is certainly not ...


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As Dave mentioned, the first question hit the HNQ and received a lot of off-site attention. There's definitely a very real safety aspect about it, and it's not asking a ridiculous scenario. The answers provide real-world examples of possible hazards, anecdotes to back up justifications, and explanations based on fact. The second question is a purely ...


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It's now only visible to the author, and those that have unlocked the close vote privilege.


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No, the best course of action is to downvote a post if you feel it isn't right (I personally see no reason for a downvote on this question). Close reasons are network wide (most of them) and require a network wide change, it is unlikely that any one site will be able to change the close reasons.


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but I specifically asked in the question if there might be a better stack where the question might be fit for migration. Not our problem. Off topic here is off topic here, whether we know of a better place for the question or one exists or not. We are not the help desk for the SE site or the rest of the internet. Apparently the community decided there ...


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Closing that question was inappropriate. It may well be that there is nothing one can do from inside LT Spice to use the specific processor more efficiently, but that's what the question was about. Perhaps the difference is that I've never used LT Spice, so it wasn't obvious to me at all that the question wasn't about some little-know app configuration, or ...


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If the question is on topic, it should not be closed. If the question is bad, it should be down voted. That's why "Research Effort" was removed as a close reason a year or two ago. Specifically, the tool tip on the down vote arrow says: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful. Heavily down voted questions do not show ...


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Good idea. I just cast the 4th close vote. I'm getting tired of explaining each time why a question needs to be closed. I really don't want to be wasting my time on that, and I don't want to encourage the dweebs to experiment in finding where the line is in closing. More and more I think bad questions should be "Closed, screw you, read the rules" while ...


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It's possible that this is partially a user education problem... For example, my first post was a bit of a disaster, and I was making a very earnest attempt to understand something difficult. Not that we can change how the site works, but it would be nice if upon joining you were presented with a mandatory slide show of "good question" "bad question" ...


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I'm only seeing that question now due to this meta question. I probably would have voted to close for unclear, not because it is a shopping question. You wrote: I want to bench test a power supply. OK so far, but this bring up lots of questions about what you want to test. Do you want to verify the current capability, voltage regulation, ripple, noise, ...


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It's common that there incorrect items or statements in the question, they are asking a question because they aren't certain. There is no need to close questions because they are technically incorrect, unless the error is something very trivial and localized, with no interest to future readers. For example, Stack Overflow closes questions that can be ...


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This is fine if... everyone reads the faq's of the sites before migration We could actually get this implemented. One problem I see is people forwarding questions wrongly to another site, a mod is less likely to do so, just my two cents.


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I agree, SE's duplicate feature mostly just compares 2 posts which use the same words, not necessarily having the same meaning. I have noticed this when flagging duplicates, the right question isn't suggested as a duplicate by SE. Here's another duplicate, which I flagged: Why does lowering VDD increases the delay for digital circuits? is a duplicate of Why ...


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Personally, I think that almost-duplicates are a good thing to have a round. Here is why: I would consider as duplicate question such questions that can be fully answered by copy-pasting a previous answer. But I see several reasons, why there are questions that fall just shy of this criterium: Users are encouraged to ask new questions (as opposed to necro-...


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I was being dumb - it can be found here: -


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