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It got migrated cause it mentioned RPI. That's all. By the same mod who migrates any question with Arduino or Cars in the question as well. Within minutes of being posted. With no one down voting or close voting. Single handedly. Even though we have a don't migrate to betas or don't migrate crap policy. Migration Guidelines Re: Arduinos The only way for ...


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Yes it probably shouldn't have been migrated because Stack Exchange has a Don't migrate crap policy. I suspect PlasmaHH is right in a comment that is was migrated with the reasoning "It would get closed here, maybe it is well received over there, lets give it a second chance over there". It probably should have just been closed here as an off-topic shopping ...


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Personally, I often answer questions that are a bit vague, or possibly would be 'more on-topic' on another SE site, provided that: I feel I have an accurate view of what the OP meant to ask The question is at least relatively close to being 'on topic' (i.e. isn't a blatantly useless question, and has some EE aspect to it) The question gives me the ...


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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 answer you need. If you clutter up that search result with noise by changing some policy, that's not a good change. I don't have any real numbers, but I bet that ...


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I think it got migrated because 'Makers' (Raspberry Pi, et. al.) and 'EEs' are two completely different gamuts. Like a sniper and a gunsmith - the sniper may be very good at changing scopes, magazines, and rounds, but they really have no business asking the gunsmith how to mod it to fire automatically. Makers are users of technology, where as EE's are ...


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When asking a question on electronics.stackexchange I try to bear in mind two main characteristics of this site The kind of people who hang out here. The kind of questions which are useful to the most people over the longest time. The latter is largely guided by the community of the former. Who hangs out here? I suspect it is, in rough order of weight of ...


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This isn't a practical detailed question with a short and definitive answer. Stack Exchange sites are for questions and answers, not long discussions or book length descriptions. Let me put it this way, is there an actual problem that you have faced when using graphene? What have you done so far to get to this problem and what solutions have you tried? ...


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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't intended to serve, go someplace else. And no, we don't want to noise up this site by trying to tell people where they should go when their questions don't ...


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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 is a good question for the site. It could be argued that the original question should have been asked on Skeptics.SE, but because of its technical nature, it ...


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The closed statement on the iphone question puts it well: "Questions on the use of electronic devices are off-topic as this site is intended specifically for questions on electronics design." The reason why the GPS question is ok is because it is related to design. The question is essentially, "why is x designed this way?". The iphone one is not a ...


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I agree 100% with Stacey's analysis, but when you say "I flagged wrong?" the best thing to do is just flag how you see fit at the time. As long as you're doing your best to try and improve the site at the time for a lot of things like that there's not really a wrong / right decision. Even when you get direct close / re-open votes I've seen questions closed ...


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I have no idea what you're trying to suggest with such an odd tag. The question may be on-topic, but it is way too broad to seriously consider. Look at the help center for an indication about what shouldn't be asked, and you will find that your example is not a good fit for here or Stack Exchange in general. Hardware related software questions are ...


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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 on the wrist! Closing a question is simply this websites mechanism to protect against irrelevant answers piling up on a question that can not or should not be ...


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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 enough?" (not shopping question). The mistake OP did was probably ending his post with: Do you have some good experience with a PCB-company? which really ...


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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 topics that are "the basics." Without this tenet, all questions would necessarily have to include some sort of engineering project or goal, which is certainly not ...


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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 answers provide real-world examples of possible hazards, anecdotes to back up justifications, and explanations based on fact. The second question is a purely ...


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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 belong here, please flag it and bring it to our attention! You saw something that, in your opinion, clearly did not belong here, and you flagged. Fine. What ...


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but I specifically asked in the question if there might be a better stack where the question might be fit for migration. Not our problem. Off topic here is off topic here, whether we know of a better place for the question or one exists or not. We are not the help desk for the SE site or the rest of the internet. Apparently the community decided there ...


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I believe my comment actually answers the question, so I'll post it as such. The truth is, StackOverflow rules encourage people to answer bad questions, and requests to change this situation are ignored. Here are the options users have when they spot a bad question, with outcomes: Post a quick answer and gain some rep. The risk of losing rep is minimal, ...


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I asked this question yesterday and it was well-received (+7 at the time of this post). It's not specifically asking for NEC-like standards, but Spehro's answer brought up the FAA recommendations. This seems perfectly fine to me - I don't think there's a good way to put a blanket "disallow" on all wiring-regulation questions. Like Matt said, the question ...


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The GPS question: say you want to build a GPS receiver. That's electronic design. The number of channels is one of the first questions you've got to ask yourself. This will determine which receiver module you will use in your electronic design.


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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. Unfortunately sometimes the site (moderators and ques) can't respond fast enough to questions being answered. The moderation team can send serial offenders a ...


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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 for other uses. Programming software for a PC This is the page to check on on-topicness Headphones are not on topic because it's a consumer electronic repair ...


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I see the question has been deleted, so I don't know how it was phrased exactly. Anyway, I think questions like "what is graphene" are better suited for http://physics.stackexchange.com than electronics. As I understand it this site is more for current applications, and graphene hasn't made it out of the research laboratory yet.


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Overall garbage question, and I probably would have closed it as unclear what you're asking. As a general rule, I don't see any problem with asking what standards are applicable to a certain case, if that case is sufficiently defined.


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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 the chance of him doing the same thing again, and serves notice to bystanders that bad questions don't work. I have previously suggested that all questions to ...


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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. OK so far, but this bring up lots of questions about what you want to test. Do you want to verify the current capability, voltage regulation, ripple, noise, ...


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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 question, but just one moderator. They tend to reserve that action for cases that might fall between the cracks, or for cases where there is a reason to get ...


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I don't know what kind of answer you were expecting without specifying anything about your device (like a make or model... not that it would have made any difference). I'm fairly sure you can't delete the question, but that's the site logic if you have an up-voted answer on your question. The self-deletion prevention is there to protect answer writers that ...


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How about a message, once there has been a vote to close, when you try to submit an answer, to the effect of "At least one participant has voted to close this question". I'm not sure what the appropriate action would be at that point. Maybe it would force a vote to leave open, or something. I suppose this leads down a path that gives us three categories ...


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