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What went wrong the last time, and how can we avoid the same mistakes?

This was the the closing announcement from the previous incarnation of Arduino: The future of Arduino on Stack Exchange After a week and a half in private beta, Arduino Stack Exchange has ...
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Congratulations, Arduino SE is graduating!

It's been a long road (over 1200 days, and that's just counting this most recent attempt at building an Arduino community), but I have good news: Arduino Stack Exchange is graduating! ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

This is an observation based on mine and others' experiences across Stack Exchange. We should vote positively as often as possible! Also, we should encourage others to do the same! Every Stack ...
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Congratulations to Majenko on reaching 20k+ rep!

Our Arduino Stack Exchange site is humming along nicely, and it is appropriate here to congratulate Majenko for being the first to reach 20k rep. Well done.
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Are clone-specific questions on topic for this site?

There are a lot of different Arduino clones of varying quality on the market. Obviously they are mostly equivalent to the standard ones, so hopefully the majority of questions should be widely ...
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When should an Arduino programming question be moved to Stack Overflow?

Programming is obviously a major part of using an Arduino, and a considerable amount of it is very domain specific (e.g. using particular libraries, or working with particular hardware). However, I ...
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Which tags need to be cleaned up?

The initial days of beta can be a little awkward for tags. This post is meant to be a community-wiki style list of tags that need to be cleaned up for cases where users (like me) don't have sufficient ...
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New site design launched

As you can see, the new site design just went live! At this point, we are done with major revisions to the design (although you can still report CSS/styling bugs by starting a new post and tagging it ...
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Please welcome your new pro tem mods!

As I mentioned in the Jan 2016 beta progress report, one of your moderators asked me about stepping down a little while ago because things were getting busier in his life outside of Arduino SE. ...
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How do we get syntax highlighting?

I was adding some code to a question, and noticed that I couldn't get syntax highlighting to work. I added a language hint as is used on Stack Overflow, but it had no effect. I appreciate that most ...
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How to write a good answer for Arduino Stack Exchange

How to write a good answer Some new users on Stack Exchange may find the system of flagging, voting and commenting a bit difficult to follow, or frustrating, even. This post is intended as a guide ...
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How to ask a good question for Arduino Stack Exchange

How do I ask a good question about the Arduino? We’d love to help you. To improve your chances of getting an answer, here are some tips: Search and research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer ...
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Why is Arduino.SE different? [EE.SE redux]

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 ...
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Beta progress update (August 2015)

I'm Pops, one of the Community Managers at Stack Exchange. We on the SE team announced some changes to graduation a few months ago that applied across the network. Those of you who follow such things ...
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The rift is healed!

At last Arduino is back together again. https://blog.arduino.cc/2016/10/01/two-arduinos-become-one-2/ The rift has been healed. Massimo and Federico even hugged on stage (awww ;) ) We can now hope ...
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Are we a little stingy about upvoting questions?

I felt like questions with accepted answers were upvoted less often here than on other SE sites, so I decided to have a look at the Data Explorer: select count(distinct Id) from Posts where Score >...
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What would you think about broadening the topic to include Raspberry Pi, Robotics and Embedded Systems in general?

I recently participated in the Embedded Systems private beta. It will be closing down next Friday, because there was not enough activity. In the meta post on the closing of the site, Andrew, a ...
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Suspicious upvotes

User dannyf gets every day since October upvotes on three to five old answers. That makes around 2400 points in two months. I flagged the last upvoted answer but the flag was declined maybe because my ...
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Arduino at the movies

I was watching a rather cheesy disaster movie this evening (a terrible film - Collision Earth - very formulaic, I could write the script blindfold) and spotted an Arduino (well, some red Arduino Uno ...
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Project Showcase '14 is coming to Arduino Stack Exchange! (Updated 3/19/14) [duplicate]

Its been a month since launch and we have had a fair bit of Q&A. We have solved a fair number of problems, and now, its time to see where that has gotten you and us! To celebrate 10 years of ...
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When should questions be considered shopping recommendations?

I just found this question: Is there a color LCD display for an arduino? Should it be considered a shopping recommendation?
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Where we are, how we can improve: what do *you* think about the quality of Arduino SE?

Averaging over 4K visits a day and a bit under 10 questions per day, we are getting great traffic. However, now is a good time to talk about the quality of our site. Even if we had 100K visits a day, ...
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Arduino.SE graduation: will users lose privileges?

Arduino.SE is graduating. Woohoo! When a site graduates the reputation required to earn certain privileges eventually rises. My question is: will users lose privileges earned under beta rep ...
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Stepping down as provisional moderator

Hi everyone, You may have noticed that I've not been active on the site for quite some time now. Life has kept me very busy, between getting married, moving house, looking for a new job, and moving ...
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Let's get some free advertising for our site!

For those of you who are avid Stack Exchange users you'll know that most graduated sites have a place for free community advertising for stuff like open source software, other SE sites, and other ...
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Seeking help versus outsourcing labour for free

Sometimes users ask questions that basically shift the research and development work of a particular project or product into the hands of the community. This problem is somewhat related to not being ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Arduino's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering,...
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Please welcome your new moderators!

First off, thanks to everyone who participated at the Provisional Community Moderator Nominations meta post. I may eventually be contacting additional users to fill more moderator slots, but I wanted ...
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Using board names as tags

Given that the site's focus area is Arduino, creating tags such arduino-uno does not seem to me, as ideal. I think that just the board name without Arduino prefixed to it is sufficient, as the Arduino ...
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The spam! The spam!

I understand that the spam this site receives daily is currently handled by users flagging it and that works and it's great. But I can't help but feel that there should be some automated way of ...
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What is the standard practice for when the OP edits the question to include the solution?

What is the standard practice for when the OP edits the question to include the solution? For example: error while loading libtinfo.so.5 - SOLVED DB:NO RESP Using inet.httpPOST on loop() SOLVED - ...
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What should our "policy" be for questions that wouldn't survive on EE but aren't exactly fit for this site?

I recently posted When should I use a transistor, mosfet, and when should I use a relay? to see how the community would react. (Only 3 views so far so not really a big reaction yet, as you can see.) ...
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What do you do with ignoramuses?

What are you supposed to do with the ignoramuses that ask a patently idiotic question and then refuse point blank to believe any of the answers because they have formed their own (completely erroneous)...
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Find us on social networks

Social networks are a great way to get the word out about our site, and hopefully attract some more interest. To that end, I've setup a Facebook page for us here: http://www.facebook.com/arduino.se ...
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Beta progress update (January 2016)

It's been a few months since your previous beta progress update, so I want to check in again. I'll start with the good news: you're continuing to do well on the primary metric for graduation, new ...
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Congratulation to Majenko for reaching 100k reputation points

Congratulation to Majenko to be the first Arduino SE member reaching 100k reputation points. These points were collected on his 3,819 answers in 7 years and 5 months.
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Do we want hats (WinterBash 2015)?

Winter Bash (2014 (promotion page), 2013 (blog post)) is a fun Stack Exchange tradition to celebrate the holidays. Simply put, it's allows users to get "hats" that you can put on your avatar and that ...
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Project Showcase '14: Detailed Information

To celebrate 10 years of Arduino, we are proud to start the first event ever on Arduino Stack Exchange. The Project Showcase '14 is finally here! In case you missed it, see the earlier post. We ...
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Call to action! We need more moderator nominations!

The nomination phase of our moderator elections ended on Monday 21st. August 2017 at 20:00 UTC. Note that Stack Exchange has a rule that there must be at least one more candidate than positions ...
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Can we have a "no longer reproducible" close reason?

Stack Overflow has this as one of their custom close reasons: This question was caused by a problem that can no longer be reproduced or a simple typographical error. While similar questions may be ...
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Are questions about IDEs other than the official IDE on-topic?

IDE's such as Eclipse, Emacs and Vim can be used with extensions to program the board. Are questions about installing IDEs being used to program the board on-topic? Are questions about using IDEs ...
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How should board revisions be handled?

The boards undergo significant changes across revisions. Is there a need to create separate tags for the different revisions or should we just specify the revision in the question without having ...
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Who is downvoting each and every question?

Four years ago I asked this: Why there's so many down votes in question list? The problem is still there and clearly the "downvote so they understand their question is terrible" guide is not ...
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Dealing with Answers that should be comments

I realise it's a deficiency in the SE system, but a new user (from memory) can't post comments to questions or answers, unless it's their own. A lot of users throughout SE as a whole do this, post an ...
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What is the elevator pitch for Arduino.SE?

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe your community to them. What would ...
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What should we do for Arduino Day 2014?

From the official Arduino site: Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It's 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where ...
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Can we get some canonical questions going?

For those who don't know what a canonical question is, view this blog post. Anyway, can we brainstorm some ideas for ones? I feel like they could be a great addition to our community. This question ...
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Flagging answers as "not an answer"

We seem to be getting quite a few answers flagged as "not an answer". Whilst some certainly were not answers, others seem to be flagged simply because they didn't fully answer the question, or were a ...
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Provisional Community Moderator Nominations [closed]

We already decided some attributes that the moderators should have, now let's start actual nomination. Actually, knowing Arduino too well is far from necessary. They should be knowledgeable, yes, ...
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Is an ESP8266 running Arduino code question allowed?

More and more questions seem to be asking about ESP8266 programed via the Arduino IDE and running "Arduino" code, and quite a few about ESP8266 and NodeMCU. 1. Is it OK to ask about ESP8266 programed ...
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