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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 point tried to scavenge parts and wondered what a particular one was.1 Some community members enjoy answering these questions. The questions hitting the Hot ...


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I don't feel we are overrun by such questions, so I don't mind them. I usually go into these questions to see if I can spot the part. Even though the question and its answers have little long term value to the site, I think they are legitimate questions if asked well. We've probably all at some point tried to scavenge parts and wondered what a particular ...


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Yes, but only with some conditions: There must be good closeup picture of the part with these requirements: The part must be in focus. The part must be properly lit. The picture should usually be rotated so that any writing on the board can be read. In some cases it may be more useful to orient the picture so that the writing on the part can be read. ...


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Keep in mind that component ID questions, like most repair questions, fall into a class of question that is of limited long-term value to the site overall. The answers help the OP, but are very unlikely to help any other future visitor. This dilutes the quality of the repository of design information that we are trying to amass. Component ID questions are ...


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When someone posts a question, in order for them to make that question active, maybe they should have to tick certain boxes like: - Is this a question relating to the repair of a circuit? Is this a question relating to the identification of a component? Is this a question requesting where to purchase such and such a component. The last one is my favourite ...


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In addition to Olin's answer about photo quality / size also make sure to include something in the photo to give an idea of dimensions because distances are of course hard to judge from a photo alone. For example in a quesion DRO scales 4-pin connector identification I asked a while back I included a ruler in the photo along with some other measurements ...


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No: Component identification questions should be automatically closed. Due to a lack of meaningful text-based search terms, the questions are unlikely to be useful to other/future users These questions frequently hit the "Hot Network Questions" list, but are little more than click-bait. These questions frequently are just to enable guess-based part ...


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Yes, that is fine. However beware that the question might be closed if insufficient information is given. Make sure to include a decent photograph that is clear, detailed and properly cropped to what you are trying to show. All too often someone takes a unfocused picture with the item in question small and in the middle, but still dumps the full 10 Mpix ...


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There are questions that have only a short term value and only for the O.P. The questions of the "What is this component in the photo" type often have this trait. A lot of such questions used to get closed as "too localized" back when we had that option in the menu. Indeed, many of them are localized to some obscure component that O.P. have scavenged ...


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