I realize this has been discussed in the Area 51 proposal and in the old site before it died, but I think that it would be a good idea to set this straight on Meta for the future's sake, so we have a strong
What separates Arduino.SE from Electronics.SE?
Some topics I believe might make a difference, and I'd like to hear the community's input specifically regarding these (but about Arduino & EE in general):
- Arduino has a more varied audience than EE in general. As should be well known, Arduino is used by people ranging in career from artist to engineer. Thus, the answers on this site will be written in a different way than on EE, where more inherent knowledge of EE is expected.
- The Arduino platform is a product-line (along with some similar, yet not official, products) and not subject of study. This is a key difference--some questions that would be categorized as "off topic" as a "shopping question" on EE may be perfectly on-topic here. (Yet, this is just a guess--I want community input)
- Arduino users may have programming issues that are very closely tied to hardware issues. This fills a void left by EE and SO, as EE doesn't like anything too software related, yet SO doesn't want anything too hardware related.