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What is the correct place to take questions that are considered 'off topic'?

I don't want to sound like a broken record, but whenever you think about stack exchange, think about the archive, and how likely a hit from a search that points you here is going to give you the ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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I (possibly) do not understand topicality of questions on ee.se

Interpreting the datasheet is more than English Interpreting the language in a datasheet is one of the most important tasks when designing a new product, and it is also a skill that has to be learnt ...
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What is the correct place to take questions that are considered 'off topic'?

No, we don't want that. This site works in certain ways and serves certain purposes. It doesn't claim nor try to serve all needs. This is spelled out in the help. If you have a need this site isn'...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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How can we justify such disparity in closing/downvoting questions?

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 ...
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Is it a good idea to immediately slap on the wrist and close questions?

I'm going to answer this part because the rest of it does not make much sense afterwards: Is it a good idea to immediately slap on the wrist and close questions? Closing a question is not a slap ...
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Is it a good idea to immediately slap on the wrist and close questions?

It is true that the main question in the first post you linked is not "What PCB fab house should I go with?" (shopping question), but rather "How can I check whether a given PCB fab house is reliable ...
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What's our policy regarding safety related issues without engineering context?

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 ...
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Off-Topic Question: Direct Response To Answer In Separate Question

I'm impressed by the effort that you put into the original question. However, it seems to be "fairly ireedeemably" a shopping question. I raised this with the other moderators. I personally ...
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Off-Topic Question: Direct Response To Answer In Separate Question

Short answer is, don't ask for products to purchase in questions. If you want to ask a design question that is fine
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Are problems regarding headphones off-topic?

and it is not about … a shopping or buying recommendation. consumer electronics such as media players, cell phones or smart phones, except when designing these products or modifying their electronics ...
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Homework answers on demand

We have decided in the past to allow homework questions with an attempt at a solution. For those that don't: Close the questions, in a nice way. Ask the OP to provide a solution for the question. ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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I flagged an electronics repair question and was told "That is a bad use of the flag system"

Help center says, for the flagging privilege (obtained at 15 rep): When should I flag? If anything happens on our site that makes you feel uncomfortable or that, in your opinion, clearly does not ...
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Are "is it possible...?" questions off-topic?

There are two types of "is it possible" questions. One type has opened ended answers and these do not serve the site well. The second ask yes or no questions which can be answered. In this ...
Russell McMahon's user avatar
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How can we justify such disparity in closing/downvoting questions?

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 ...
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How to salvage questions which are off topic but elicit on topic answers?

Answering a bad question is itself bad, regardless of how good the answer may be. Bad questions need to be dealt with properly, which includes the OP not getting the desired result. This decreases ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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How could I make this question on topic?

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. ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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Are questions about component selections (i.e. features) and use of electro-mechanical device allowed?

Selection questions are not appropriate, if you want to identify a component that is fine, and design questions are fine. It would be a great idea if you could frame the question as a design question ...
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Are questions about component selections (i.e. features) and use of electro-mechanical device allowed?

Please note that the link was about the identify category of questions specifically. And if there's mixed voting of an answer at meta, then it means there was no community consensus about that ...
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Are "is it possible...?" questions off-topic?

Please allow me to clarify the language of the message I left. Is it possible questions have a very bad track record on this site, I would say over 95% of them have bad answers. In addition to that ...
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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Suggesting SE sites for off-topic questions

Flagging for migration is rarely ever the correct action, save for the case when someone asks something on the main site that belongs here on meta. Then close/flag for closure -> community-specific ...
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Suggesting SE sites for off-topic questions

Yes, flag it for moderator attention. It would be good to check the site and ensure it is on topic for the other site. (Also DIY is a home improvement site, which is community misunderstood here)
Voltage Spike's user avatar
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Suggesting SE sites for off-topic questions

There is a close option for that purpose, though only Stacks you are member of can be selected. A comment would be the alternative, whether to kindly hint the OP in that direction, or in the hope that ...
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Where on this site can one find a clear statement of the policy regarding academic problem questions

It isn't explicitly off-topic and there is no policy. Homework has been debated many times before on meta and there's strong community consensus here that it should be made an off-topic reason. SO ...
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What engineering software tools should we support on EE?

I don't see a problem supporting all of them. It's one of those cases where if you're not interested, just don't answer. I have had altium and proteus on my ignore list for a long time. It may suck ...
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I flagged an electronics repair question and was told "That is a bad use of the flag system"

In addition to the other answers, moderators can take some flak when community moderation isn't allowed to take it's course before they zoom in and close something. It takes 5 users to close a ...
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