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Are questions on working with PLC programming software on-topic here?

I'm inclined to say that PLC software and programming is on-topic. (If you disagree, please feel free to downvote). Please note, I have very limited experience with PLCs, I welcome concerns and ...
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Are software usage questions on-topic if they belong to a logic analyzer?

Asking about some detail of software that is for electrical engineering or related to equipment primarily for electrical engineering is on topic. We often get questions about Eagle, LTSpice, MPLAB, ...
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Are questions about cell phone CPUs on-topic here?

I would say that questions about cell phone CPUs are subject to the same rules as every other type of CPU - shopping questions are off-topic, but design questions are fine.
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Put close reasons on the help page

In the "Don't ask about section" I would put a bullet point along the lines of: Homework questions unless you post an good faith attempt at a solution, with a specific question of your problem. ...
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Are questions on working with PLC programming software on-topic here?

What W5VO said, but in addition, make sure you specify your environment properly. State what hardware you are using, what language, what compiler or software environment if it matters, etc. We get ...
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Clarification of community scope

Yes, but questions about the application of commercial products are specifically off-topic. The reason for this is that without knowing anything about the design of the circuitry associated with the ...
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Questions about state of the art in a certain area?

Those, simply, are not valuable questions. The answer can change at a moments notice, and due diligence on the part of the asker can make these better questions with a few hours work on their own. "...
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Is this question on-topic for Electronics?

No, it's really not a EE.SE question, and there's a two main reasons for it: It's a high-level question about computer software (video drivers). It is not an electronics design question In general, ...
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Looking for ICs; can I ask here?

If you can phrase it as a design question it's acceptable. I personally find the restriction on asking genuine design questions which have good technical content and instructional value to be an ...
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Are questions about cables, connectors, plugs, adapters and powering solutions on-topic here?

The first example would be off-topic, because it's too broad and also the internet is riddled with advise about car electronics (not as easy as wall adapter power, even though instructables makes you ...
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Looking for ICs; can I ask here?

Asking for product recommendations is off topic (for all of SE). If you need to ask these types of questions, the chat feature will be the best way, but YMMV. https://stackoverflow.blog/2010/11/23/qa-...
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Why had EE.SE no 'hardware-software-codesign' tag?

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 ...
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Are questions on energy consumption on-topic here?

I disagree with Nick on this one. Your first question was a very generic question relating LCD display resolution to power consumption — an important engineering question for anyone in the ...
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Are questions about a particular processor on topic on this site?

I think it's on-topic if it's a challenging question for you, but can't you simply look up the instructions and how they affect the flags? I wrote and ported a lot of math routines back in the day and ...
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Are EDA Software Questions Off Topic

If you're going to post software questions keep in mind: As with any question, the problem and\or question should be well documented, and conform to site guidelines. You should consider the ...
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Canonical parts-shortage question?

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 ...
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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. ...
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Where to ask discussion / advice questions?

I can eventually suggest chat for this, which has much less strict requirements. The problem is that chat leverages far less visibility than regular questions, so if you're lucky, you'll eventually ...
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Where to ask discussion / advice questions?

This is a common question, but the harsh reality is that it's not "our" job to find the right place for your questions. This is true for questions about where on Stack Exchange to ask a question, but ...
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Are software usage questions on-topic if they belong to a logic analyzer?

[Let me preface by saying that I don't have a general prejudice against specialized EE software questions and EE lab equipment questions. I've asked and answered a few of those myself.] The question ...
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Why a question on LTspice settings is not "on-topic"?

Closing that question was inappropriate. It may well be that there is nothing one can do from inside LT Spice to use the specific processor more efficiently, but that's what the question was about. ...
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Is a question about testing consumer electronics on topic?

This sounds OK if you ask about how to go about testing a battery for capacity. If it's just "What's the capacity of this battery pack?", it's off topic and can't be answered anyway.
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Why was this question migrated from StackOverflow to here, and can we please revert that?

12 people upvoted your comment, but only you have voted to close the question. Nobody has downvoted the question, and it has attracted reasonably high quality answers. Personally I think it's ...
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Canonical parts-shortage question?

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 distributors. Would be fact based and not just ...
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Why was this question migrated from StackOverflow to here, and can we please revert that?

You just need to close it, and it will revert back to the site from which it came.
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Are questions on working with PLC programming software on-topic here?

One thing worth note here is the many similarities between PLCs and PLDs/FPGAs. I don't think anyone would label the latter off-topic here, nor that anyone would label VHDL or Verilog off-topic for ...
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Are EDA Software Questions Off Topic

Questions about the use and operation of EE software are absolutely on-topic. What you have listed are not "use and operation". What you have listed should be directed to the respective software ...
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How to deal with datasheet requests

To put it in Andy's words: Questions seeking recommendations for specific products or places to purchase them are off-topic as they are rarely useful to others and quickly obsolete. - unfortunately, ...
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Would questions about peripherals asking in user perspective be on-topic?

Questions about use are off-topic. Questions on the use of electronic devices are off-topic as this site is intended specifically for questions on electronics design. Questions about repair are ...
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Please add book recommendations to the list of "don't" on the on-topic page

We can do that, it will take a long time and the CM's will need to get involved. But the first question I would ask is: Is it a problem worth spending time on? How many questions do we see on a ...
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