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Should we keep component identification questions?

Yes: Component identification questions should be allowed (This does not excuse other close reasons). People answering these questions enjoy answering the questions. We've probably all at some ...
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Where is Olin Lathrop?

He's fine. I spoke with him a few weeks ago, and he's busy with a bunch of other things. He's been thinking about dropping by EE.SE, but he's well aware that he doesn't see eye-to-eye with the ...
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Explicit close reason: "OP bought undocumented stuff, asks us instead of seller for documentation"

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 ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

Candidate: SamGibson Moderation takes time, and dedication. How much time do you plan on setting aside for moderation, what is your expectations for moderating, what time zone do you live in? I ...
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Wasting a tag to properly format code

Well first, I must say you just taught me something: I did not know the tag associated to a question was used by SE to guess which programming language is used and how to format/highlight code blocks. ...
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Why do people answer in comments?

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 ...
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Unfair use of Moderation tools

It does indeed seem unfair. Dave thought it was on-topic enough to answer, for him, but closed it for everyone else to answer. This sends conflicting messages. Fortunately a question can be reopened ...
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Where is Olin Lathrop?

Thanks for all the interest. I got fed up with this place in late 2018 and haven't been back since (until just now to update my profile and write this). Stack Exchange got ever more PC and favored ...
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Why was this post migrated to mechanics.se?

It shouldn't have been. Migration should only happen when something is OFF TOPIC HERE, and on topic there. This is clearly an on topic Electrical Engineering question. The mod who migrated it single-...
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Why was "Sinking 80 MA from a microcontroller without any driver circuit" migrated?

That was a dumb migration that should be reversed.
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Who'd be interested in having SystemVision integrated here?

The primary purpose of an integrated editor would be to allows users to communicate their circuit to others, i.e., to be a schematics editor. SystemVision obviously concentrates on the simulation. ...
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Why are edits removing unnecessary references to racially charged terms being rejected?

"we need to recognise that these terms are racially charged", "likely to offend or alienate people based on race". Perhaps in a small part of the world, and only if you ...
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How are newbie questions tolerated here?

The quality of a question, and therefore the votes it receives, has little to do with the technical level. It may appear that newbies get picked on, but that is only because they tend to barge in ...
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Explicit close reason: "OP bought undocumented stuff, asks us instead of seller for documentation"

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 ...
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Should questions about ChatGPT responses be closed?

Yes. The discussion here, Temporary policy: ChatGPT is banned mainly focuses on how hard ChatGPT makes it for experts to vet out wrong generated answers, and it makes it impossible for lesser ...
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How can users who were suspended for posting alleged ChatGPT answers appeal the suspension?

You've asked an important question. Given more time, I could probably write a more detailed & polished answer, but that would delay things. On the basis that "something is better than nothing&...
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Why do we have an [op-amp] and an [operational-amplifier] tag?

OK, done. operational-amplifier is the master tag, and op-amp is a synonym that maps to it.
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Adding a community specific close message for homework

YES, please. DSP.SE has such a close reason: This question appears to be homework. Complete answers to homework are off-topic, but specific questions about homework are acceptable if they include ...
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Proposed New rules regarding new users?

Yet another review queue isn't the answer. There are already so many to ignore as it is. people don't follow the rules because: They don't know there are specific rules. They are used to "forum" ...
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Request for a moderator to defend his decision to suspend an account

You were suspended for continued abuse of other users through comments. You previously received a warning, and a 7 day suspension, both for abusive comments to others. As this is a third offence, a 30 ...
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I was smacking my screen cause I thought it had to be a display failure

That was a legitimate question that should not have been closed. It isn't about how to design something, but is definitely about the design of something. It's about the technology itself, which is ...
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Electrical Engineering's updated site theme is now live for everyone

status-completed Links have returned to being blue. ~Catija Colors have changed, and not for the better. For some reason, names and certain clickable links are now bright orange-red (and in some ...
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Should we really have a DIY tag?

In the description, there is "repair", but also "build, modify". And even if we just consider "repair", you can "provide details and have some electronic knowledge to perform measurements, provide ...
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What is expected of members of EE.SE?

Newcomers to the field can, for example, ask good questions. Or at least questions that fit the rules in the help centre. It will help "seasoned" members get motivated to answer those and others, and ...
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Is your current site name of "Electrical Engineering" responsible for an uptick in question quality?

I wasn't here before any name change, but it has been very handy to point to the "Electrical Engineering" site name to easily dismiss some types of bad questions (and the bad users that come along ...
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Why boring questions have so much attention?

In my opinion it starts out because of the hot network question list that appears in the side bar across all sites. I'm not sure what the current algorithm is but last time I saw mention of it a large ...
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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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User's logo is a war flag used by the Third Reich, and nowadays practically only by Neo-Nazis. How to react?

If you need to explain to people how offended they are supposed to feel I think you're on thin ice when it comes to banning accounts. I'm sure that a lot of people are offended by rainbow flags too, ...
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Which moderator to listen to?

There's a general rule across SE sites that if someone posts an answer as a comment, it's fair game to turn that into an answer. I think there's even a blog post by Jeff Atwood (SE co-founder) saying ...
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