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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. Thanks. So I made some more research and found that: What is syntax highlighting and how does it work?. It explains that it is possible to explicitly override ...


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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 enough detail. Please edit the question to include more background about what you don't understand. (emphasis theirs!) And honestly, it's the best thing since ...


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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" sites, so just barge in here and blurt out whatever is on their mind. I don't care about the dweebs here. It's their job to answer my question. They know ...


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I don't think Homework is off-topic. "Gimme the answer" is off topic, but a well-reasoned question, showing real effort in advance and reference to where the student is stuck is very welcome. The response should not be "here's the answer", but a socratic shove in the right direction that encourages them to learn the concepts involved. The right way ...


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I support moving to a three close vote (if SE will allow it). The close review que has been hovering from 100-200 questions that need to be reviewed for quite sometime (at least 6 months) which means we have too many question that need to be reviewing or not enough people that review. Moving to three votes would make reviewing much more effective. I believe ...


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In my opinion, the solution isn't more review queues, the solution is to stop the crap from entering the site in the first place. These problems also exist on SO and have been debated endlessly there. You always end up with different camps: The "elitists" (among which I apparently belong) who wants to restrict new people's site access and do things like ...


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LTGTFY comments are rude in my opinion, and I'm not the only one. In a lot of cases it would take just as much time to point the OP in the right direction than to scoff at them so why not help people out? Give people a chance, at least one. Direct them to resources that are helpful to improve the quality of the questions. By giving people a chance, I don'...


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I think you have a valid case. This is probably something the designers just didn't consider. In all other cases, I think it makes sense that the bounty is not refunded. But if you don't get any answer at all, then the bounty didn't work, and you should get your money back.


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Proposed new close reason: Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other devices must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being repaired. See also: Is asking on how to fix a faulty circuit on topic?


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My answer is: YOU seem to be reviewing the reviewers, and that's great! That's what community involvement is all about. There are a couple of ways of dealing with this. You can roll back the edit, optionally leaving a comment explaining what was wrong with it. However, this doesn't get back to the reviewer who mistakenly approved the edit. If you're seeing ...


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My strategy for homework questions. If the O.P. has demonstrated effort for solving the problem and he is genuinely stuck, then homeworkness of the question is not a problem. (There may be other issues, though.) If the O.P. have not demonstrated effort, I post a comment asking "What have you tried so far?" Maybe the O.P. is new to EE.SE and he doesn't know ...


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I frequently leave the following comment (or some variation of it) on repair questions: Welcome to EE.SE! This appears to be a reverse engineering, modification, or repair question. Please be aware that such questions must involve specific troubleshooting steps and demonstrate a good understanding of the underlying design of the device being discussed, so ...


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I agree with OP, I think OP is the best. Let's do it! But seriously, this answer is here so that people who agree can upvote, and those who disagree can downvote.


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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 ...


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The way to think about a bounty (If you don't have an answer) is that you are paying reputation to advertise your question. See the quote from the meta.stackoverflow FAQ on the matter: What happens if there's no answer after the bounty period? If after the end of the bounty period a question has no answers, no bounty will be awarded and the ...


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From memory when you sign-up only one account can be entered and that is used to see if you qualify for access. However once your application has been accepted under "view & manage your profile..." the following appears for me when I click on the edit accounts button: From there you can add any example answers from each site that appear under your ...


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Sorry, but this is unlikely to happen It's something new and (somewhat) confusing to use. It does not lower any barriers to add schematics. We already have a built-in schematic editor, CircuitLab Using software to make a human-readable schematic is hard. Sure, two components are easy, but 5-10 can be impossible. Such software does not exist (to my knowledge)...


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Speed is not what I would like to see in answers. Way too many people already jump on new questions with badly worded, half explained answers that contain the truthful core of an answer, but none of the why or how. Maybe because they don't feel like the why or how and feel an answer is better than none, but at least some very clearly also for the quick up-...


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If anything, we have the reverse problem. Twice in just the last few days, I saw a question with only one mediocre answer, wrote a good answer, and discovered that the OP had accepted the mediocre answer while I was writing mine. In both cases, that was less than one hour after the question was asked. We want quality, not speed. Quality comes in part ...


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According to this answer on Meta, the Community bot only bumps Questions with at least 30 days of no activity, at least one answer scoring zero, and no answers scoring above that. So if you want a question to stop being bumped, upvote an existing answer or provide a new answer that can be upvoted by others.


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As a workaround, I make my schematics smaller by adding something irrelevant to make them wider. Either I draw a wide, short, dashed-line rectangle around the whole thing, or I add some small "." text far off to the side.


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This post is a Community Wiki post, so feel free to edit it. Useful links [How to Ask](http://electronics.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask)-page [What is on-topic](http://electronics.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic)-page [Using MathJax](http://meta.electronics.stackexchange.com/q/434/27943) [How do I format my post](http://electronics.stackexchange.com/...


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You will get back the reputation once the answer is deleted (either by a moderator or the user), so if you are 100% sure that the answer is inappropriate then you can go ahead and downvote, there will be a refund. Leaving a comment is always good because the OP can improve the answer. Once the answer is edited (and turned out to be appropriate) you can ...


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What you're describing is a personal blog. There are several places that offer free blog or project status hosting, as well as code hosting, but StackExchange is not one of them. When you start your blog, feel free to link it in your profile.


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Trevor, your sentiment is well understood and shared by a large portion of the users around the network. There is a dedicated meta question about the topic. However, the general direction is to try to avoid LMGTFY and instead downvote and try to give the user a general direction. You can even drop a one-line answer or comment with what to google for, for ...


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Still, at least a couple of times I have revisited the question/answer the following day, and found replies that made me regret my down-vote. For instance, I may read a response that points out subtleties of the original post that I hadn’t considered. In this case you should actually edit the post to make it more clear and include the subtleties you missed, ...


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No Just use the custom close flag.


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I think the rationale is to avoid people offering lots of bounties but not rewarding them. I agree that if there isn't an answer that you should get it back.


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