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Well first, I must say you just taught me something: I did not know the tag associated to a question was used by SE to guess which programming language is used and how to format/highlight code blocks. Thanks. So I made some more research and found that: What is syntax highlighting and how does it work?. It explains that it is possible to explicitly override ...


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OK, done. operational-amplifier is the master tag, and op-amp is a synonym that maps to it.


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This is another one of those really dumb tags proliferated by people that don't know better. After a cursory glance at the usage, I would be in favor retagging and banning it.


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In the description, there is "repair", but also "build, modify". And even if we just consider "repair", you can "provide details and have some electronic knowledge to perform measurements, provide schematics etc." without being a "trained professional". For example, I don't consider myself a trained professional, but I know I could ask an acceptable repair ...


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It does seem like Intel and Altera are getting close to finalizing the acquisition. The www.altera.com website warns it will be redirected to intel.com on 6/30/2018. Here's my proposed set of actions: Create the tag intel-fpga Replace altera with intel-fpga Make altera a synonym of intel-fpga My rationale is that the altera tag is a good filter for FPGA/...


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I'm in favor of removing it. While one could argue that we do allow non-electrical questions (signal/control theory, embedded programming, HDL, history...), all of those subjects are on-topic because of their relation to electricity and electrical engineering. Also, there are far more electrical questions than any other kind. Looking at the front page right ...


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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 ...


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I second the removal proposed by @laptop2d. Tags should help searchability. If they don't, or if people cannot guess how to use them correctly, they do more harm than good, since people will keep on sticking them to the most diverse questions. I acknowledge the objections made by @Lundin, but they are not relevant enough to keep some trashbin tags around, ...


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Right now we have adc and dac, and we do not distinguish between different topologies. I don't see a major benefit to adding this distinction, so I'm not going to add a tag.


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I agree, the connectors tag should be merged with connector. If there are no objections, I will do this in a few days


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Done. amp is now a synonym for amplifier


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Seems like there's good support for this, go ahead and name it superposition.


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Currently (as of 2021-01-03) there are 174 questions tagged small-electronics, and based on the upvotes, number of answers, and general quality of the questions and answers, it seems there is some good content there -- but even with 4 tag watchers, there really isn't any clear meaning to what makes these questions "small electronics". In many cases,...


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I second the "random-number" tag proposition. It will be obvious that it's about generating them. I think that the "generator" and "function-generator" tags you mention should be removed those questions. "Generator" refers to generating electric power, and "function-generator" generates electrical signals.


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best-practice is a worthwhile tag. Let's keep it Expressions "good engineering practice" and "best engineering practice" are commonly used in the industry. These usually imply that diligence and fore-though was given to such aspects as: reliability uncommon operating conditions manufacturing variations future-proofing of the design If an asker is using ...


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Usually, tags like this are created by people typing in words in the "tags" field and hoping for the best. The low usage indicates that we do not need a tag for any of these, it would be better to use larger categories such as motor or brushed-dc-motor. Just edit as needed to get rid of the permanent tag, and then the tag will be automatically deleted when ...


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Having a "current" tag is about as useful as having an "electrons" tag.


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I wouldn't add a "UI" tag. What I would use: for inputs: "buttons", "sensors", ... for outputs: "actuators", "LCD", ... I don't think every component needs a separate tag, i.c. a potentiometer. Tags must remain somewhat generic. If you are too specific with your tags we'll end up with 100000 of them in no time, each only used 2 or 3 times.


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I think this is fine, as long as the tag doesn't provide context that only exists in the tag. Specifically, some users will ask a question that doesn't mention Arduino at all, but they include the tag arduino. In that case, consider adding a sentence to the question that either fills in the generic context needed (e.g. 5V I/O) or states that it's with an ...


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Here's what I'll propose: Retag all questions tagged shield that refer to EMC shielding to shielding Get rid of any non Arduino shield questions tagged shield Merge shield into arduino-shield and make shield a synonym mapping to arduino-shield. Change the arduino-shield [wiki]1 to include a reference to shielding I'm suggesting that we make shield map to ...


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Looks like a pretty vague tag, and not very widely used -- looks like only 17 questions "in all time" and 4 in the past month. The most upvoted questions tagged divide seem to be about: Arithmetic division (1/x) (i.e. multiplicative inverse) on a microcontroller or in HDL Frequency division (i.e. prescaler) Analog division of Voltage (analog computer / ...


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flipflop is not very readable, and I think it should be changed to flip-flop for better readability and for correctness.


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Let's not merge them just yet. One of the good points Lundin brings up is that the tags shouldn't necessarily be targeting a manufacturer, but a product line. Many people have used the manufacturer (Atmel) as a proxy for the product line (AVR), and I don't want to lose that information through a merge. I think a synonym is a good idea (e.g. no new atmel ...


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Just expand the definition of efficiency. In 99% of cases, power efficiency and energy efficiency are used synonymously. In those cases in which a distinction needs to be made between power (energy over time) and total energy, the question itself can specify what is meant. Tags are primarily a means of finding relevant quesitons, and a single efficiency tag ...


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Merging USB with USB-device: "USB" tagged questions are ideally to do with the protocol and its implementation in one's code, not with a USB device. On the other hand, "USB-device" questions may not care a whit about the protocol and firmware, and be all about device hardware, voltages, using USB as a power source for a device, and so on. Not a good ...


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Frankly, it sounds like the tag should just be scrubbed. 8 questions and 3 different meanings? The tag is meaningless. Heck, protocol is a generic tag itself.


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I was. I also blacklisted the tag. Please look over untagged questions to provide correct tags or vote to delete.


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This sounds reasonable to me, though I'll admit I don't have a ton of experience in the specific terminology to have a strong opinion either way. The proposed action would be: The creation of the tag power-engineering Merge power-distribuion into power-engineering and make it a synonym Merge power-transmission into power-engineering and make it a synonym ...


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Here are my proposed actions for this tag: Start working on retagging all single-use instances of circuit using the SEDE query from Passerby right now. (Everyone can do this). Delete the tag administratively, and blacklist it. Finish retagging any question in untagged Regarding "circuit-design" This tag, as mentioned, was originally deleted way back in ...


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If anyone could add whatever silly tag popped into their minds, we'd have a lot of silly tags. The Stack Exchange system takes some getting used to, and rep is used as a metric for how much you likely know about the system. People that don't yet understand how the system works need to be prohibited from making a mess. This case is a great example. You ...


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