Some of the comments called into question here reminded me of someone that I hadn't thought about in years, my 10th and 11th grade electronics teacher. Hey, Mr. Gibbs - if you're reading this, thanks for putting my feet to the coals so I could get my hands around the process of learning and discovery myself.
Gibbs was sort of comical, somewhat ornery and ...
The way I've had the situation described to me by some of the other moderators is the following:
If a user is responsible for perhaps 5% or so of the monthly site
"value" (for one arbitrary definition of value), then they might be
considered critical for the site's (EE.SE) success. If such a user
were to get their jollies from bashing noobs, then ...
Personally, I'D prefer a more liberal removal of snark by our mods, especially toward newbies. I've seen snark comments in our meta removed by SE community, and see that as a guideline.
That said, this example certainly isn't the worst one I've seen.
There's something to be said for calling out rudeness right in the comments thread, just to remind ...
I think is is partly a cultural issue, and partly a clash of what people perceive as is this sites goal. The following might seem a bit exaggerated, but this is just the result on concentrating on the extremes. All things have happened, just maybe not at once.
There are many cultures on this planet, and a lot of people forget that. They think they are on ...
That was a legitimate question that should not have been closed. It isn't about how to design something, but is definitely about the design of something. It's about the technology itself, which is generally considered on-topic here if it is technology related to or used by electrical engineering.
At first glance, it does look a little like a repair ...
You are not a novice user. You have been around for nearly two years. On every StackExchange site on which you've posted questions, you have been told patiently how to improve them, and how to contribute more meaningfully. You simply have not listened to any of the feedback you've been given.
Earning reputation should not be the end-goal of being on these ...
We take any kind of schematic, as long as it's clean.
Get a piece of paper, a ruler, a pen and get drawing and draw a clean schematic:
Make sure you use the right schematic symbols
don't use any "fancy" symbols because you feel like it
don't draw resistors as little round components with colors, but use
the normal US-American or IEC symbols (e.g. ...
I would agree; many of the questions tagged would be covered by the reverse-polaritytag latest questions tagged with reverse-polarity.
The first question in the latest for reverse is asking about a reversing light circuit on a car. How that adds any value to the question is beyond me.
The term reverse covers such a broad range that a proper definition ...
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, etc, and they are considered on topic.
A logic analyzer is definitely EE equipment, so asking about software to use one is really asking for help with the ...
If there's an answer or comment that you feel is condescending, rude, or offensive please flag the post and then ignore it. That gives us moderators a clear-cut situation to judge. It's then up to us to evaluate whether or not there is enough justification to remove a comment (or comments).
That being said, please keep in mind that it can be very difficult ...
I'm active on a few SE sites, and read EE.SE fairly regularly. IMO, most of the example comments are not that bad:
Enough with those stupid wiring diagrams already!
"Stupid" clearly refers to the wiring diagrams. It's clear that Olin doesn't like the type of diagram, so I'd say it's a stretch to say he's calling the person stupid for using a bad tool.
I see that my extended comments on Tim Post's answer are similar to other 'answers' which are comments on the broader subject - so I'm converting them here to an 'answer" with some additions and editing.
I like Tim's "official" answer, and it's consistent with my understanding not only of the "rules" but, more importantly, the ethos of the site.
And, it's ...
On EE.SE, the the Up/Down breakdown privilege turns on at 1k reputation (established user).
I'm guessing that privileges in the stacks that are in beta (like Embedded Systems) turn on at lower reputation, because their number of members is smaller.
If you can identify an earlier question that is basically the same, vote to close the new question as a duplicate, giving the link to the earlier question.
If you don't have enough rep to vote to close, you can either skip it and let others handle it, or flag for moderator attention. If it's really a blatant duplicate, others will catch it soon enough. It'...
Yes, I rejected your edit.
Because yes in the context of the answer I do not care.
An edit causes all kinds of stuff to happen (including my time in reviewing it) and for the purpose of using software it makes hell of a NOTHING difference if it's freeware, GPL, LGPL, MIT or anything else that means the software is FREE TO BE USED for the purpose of ...
It is most definitely a free advice website, and do not share your experience that the majority of the question are "design this thing".
Pure "design this for me" questions are not received kindly. You mention "free", but there is no free lunch - you pay with your time by researching your question and making sure that it contains necessary information....
You don't have to accept an answer right away, you can wait for votes to sort the answers and make your decision after some time.
You should only accept an answer if it solves your problem or doubt, otherwise it's better for everyone if you leave it "open": it encourages further contribution and development of the existing answers.
I'll post this as a related "answer" in its own right. If it gets a life of its own I'll leave it here and delete it from its position as an appendix to my answer. If it gets beaten to a pulp I'll delete it.
PLEASE do not edit the following to "improve" the format and/or remove the per-line
"Encouraged to"'s. If you wish to suggest a format improvement - ...
I don't think you'll get an answer to 1/2/3 as I've seen similar things asked on Meta Stack Overflow that serves as a default meta site for the overall network. The exact rules are kept secret. At the moment the closest question I can find that's not deleted is Do the question and answer ban rules need to be secret? The person with the top-voted answer (...
This really depends on how you ask your questions.
If you ask
How do I design [insert large, complicated system here]?
then your question will probably be too broad. If the answer would look more like a chapter from a book, then it's probably off-topic.
If you ask
I am designing [insert large, complicated system here] and I am stuck on [specific ...
What should i do?
You should move on.
Your questions are being downvoted because of your rants and unprofessional comments, not because of some conspiracy or:
(from your prior comments)
Question seems to be downvoted by this "non-inv-amplifier zealot", and he is suspected to have subcontrolled accounts, or some how else meaningly affect performance, ...
Phew! All done!
Manually changed every link, and did some very minor cleaning on the respective answers (and sometimes the questions, while they were already bounced to the front page).
Also got me the Archaeologist badge:
Edit 100 posts that were inactive for 6 months.
As well as Anindo's suggestion of a bounty you could also see if the question could be improved in any way. I don't know the particular question you have in mind but maybe some more background information on what you're trying to achieve would help and possibly direct links to any datasheets / documentation involved etc. Often questions get ignored if they ...
The bounty process is one way of calling attention to an unanswered question: If the answer is important to someone, they would be willing to give up the reputation points the bounty costs.
Bounties can be offered on questions by others as well, not only on your own questions.