It would be preferable if users would check for duplicates before they post an answer, this isn't easy to do because of the amount of questions. If you see a question that seems like it could be a duplicate, take some time and do some searching before answering.
Here is what a duplicate is:
According to Stack Exchange co-founder Joel Spolsky, we should only
For everyone raising a new question I'd add a "gate" to getting the question posted on the site. That "gate" would be something like this: -
"Is your question about homework?"
"Have you fully described where you are stuck?"
And, if the poster says "yes" and "no", then the whole question text is ...
I have seen a number of questions that have the format "what is xxx" where xxx is something like "Ohm's Law", "Kirchoff's Law", "Boyle's Law", etc. and that is the entire question. I think it is safe to say that this is something that can be processed by Google quickly and efficiently. In fact, it can be answered ...
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).
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 ...
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
Would be fact based and not just speculation or
Would be applicable two or three years from now, not just
I would like to discourage questions along the lines of "Is my answer right?" if we can. I don't feel that such questions fall within the spirit of "indicate where you are stuck".
I am solidly behind any effort to help students understand difficult concepts and learn the craft. I don't think we should be checking their arithmetic or ...
We are working on updating the process for homework questions, specifically adding a "homework without an attempt" closure reason.
You are right that we need to get some guidance into the Help Center too, so that our stance on such questions isn't a surprise.
I know that some other SE sites already have a similar stance on "homework without an ...
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 element of opinion in any answer (e.g. perhaps someone from say, ST or TI, would say something different from you).
But on the "upside", it sounds like ...
I think there are a couple of problems with the question: How do electric field wall dehumidifiers work? - the primary one being that they don't work.
Essentially you'd end up asking the answerer to prove a negative.
The next problem is that, even if they did work, how they work is much more of a Physics question than it is an Electronics one.
In my opinion, ...
My view is no, such a question would not be on-topic here.
IMHO that is a general computer science question and too far from the core on-topic subjects for this site. It would be better suited to Computer Science.SE or Stack Overflow. In fact, I just checked and see that you have already asked the question on Computer Science.SE.
So even though you have ...
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual
problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the
usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.
Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an
entire book that answers your question, ...
Currently (as of 2021-07-18) there are 393 questions tagged hardware and 23 tag watchers. 28 of the questions have been "favorite" bookmarked and there are a lot of upvoted questions and answers, so there is some quality content here that we should try to preserve.
However it does seem like anything that isn't "hardware" doesn't really ...
SE EE has a much tighter interpretation of what is opinion based than most other SE groups - in my opinion. (SE "Skeptics" are bizarre, many others try to find a middle path). SE EE also have a tighter interpretation than many re what questions are relevant, what constitutes a shopping question and a few others as well.
This seems to be based on ...
I don't know whether a 3-vote close is a good thing or not, but don't see a real upside to participating in the test. I'd rather wait and see how the test works out and any additional tweaks are made until adopting the policy.
If you want to check a site to see if a question is ok to ask, visit their help center. Our list of topics is here:
consumer electronics such as media players, cell phones or smart
phones, except when designing these products or modifying their
electronics for other uses
EE.SE is a place to ask questions ...