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Voting to close a question, within a question, does not count towards your review total

Today I realized that if I am in a question and I vote to close it, for whatever reason (and I am not the first person to vote to close the question), it doesn't count towards my review count. That ...
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Does a (legitimate) desire to graduate from beta lead to be (excessively) tolerant of poor questions and/or answers?

I'm new (approx 2 months) to the SE community and right now I'm active only in two of its sites: Arduino beta and Electrical Engineering (EE). But I'm already amazed by how opposed the cultures of ...
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Am I allowed to ask a question about explaining what some lines of a code does?

so I have recently started working with Arduino boards and C++, I was doing this project and with luck (meaning I tried random lines of code) I got what I wanted. However, I don't want to learn this ...
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Please don't flag as “Very Low Quality” answers you just don't agree with

The "Very Low Quality" flag has a rather specific meaning, shown when you bring up the flags menu: This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be ...
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Voting to close new users' questions without comment

This question, How to compile the bootloader mega 2560 to 57600 speed?, by a new user, has four close votes, but no comments. Yes, it is a terrible question, as it stands, and yes, if it was from a ...
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Rejected edit results in loss of constructive code modification

I rejected this suggested edit from an anonymous user, as it clearly conflicted with the original post. The odd thing was though, the edit actually seemed to be rather constructive, as it modified the ...
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Be wary of accepting edits that are comments of third parties

There are still the usual new users, who, as they are unable to leave a comment, try to suggest an edit to the OP's question, in order to get their point on to the page... I recently rejected this ...
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Documentation for Arduino SE

Here is a question that is already asked with a similar intension. But i am trying to be more specific. Let me explain how my question is different. Even-though they are towards the same goal, the ...
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Electorate badge description

The Electorate gold badge description says 'Vote on 600 questions and 25% or more of total votes are on questions' The word questions is duplicate and it is unclear. Let we change this text!
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Should Arduino SE get a documentation section?

Arduino, along with a couple of other subjects, are quite precise. I mean, all programming questions mostly consern the Arduino IDE and I find that the Arduino.cc's tutorial section rubish. After ...
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Pin 13 - Frozen

Our beloved chatroom: "Pin 13" is frozen (due to inactivity). Can we re-open the chatroom? Theoretically, we could start a new chatroom, but that wouldn't be a very neat solution (it can be hard to ...
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What if a comment solve the question?

Good days all! I am new to this forum, and I am trying lo learn how the "rules" here. After reading several post, such as this, this, and this, I can assume (correct me if I'm wrong) that you ...
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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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How should I respond to questions that only provide code snippets?

I've been seeing this trend where people, who post questions that are related to problems with their code, just post the part of their code that they think is "pertinent" for the public. How should I ...
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CircuitLab circuit icon for drawing schematic diagrams

When was the CircuitLab feature (and its icon) added to arduino.stackexchange? Note, there's an obscurely-titled question, “How do I describe or draw my circuit in such a way that everybody ...
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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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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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What is the process for deleting/merging duplicate tags?

What is the general procedure for deleting or merging tags that are duplicates/synonyms of other tags? As I understand, unused tags will get deleted automatically after a period of time. Where tags ...
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Are online Arduino simulators on topic?

For example, could I ask a question here about how to use Arduino features in http://circuits.io?
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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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Somewhat helpful but still spammy user - Not sure what to do about it

This user just awakened an ancient thread on EE.SE simply to promote his own article. He tried to make it look like it was not his article - obvious spam, nothing to see, please move along. Now, I ...
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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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Old questions, marked as recently modified, but no new content

This one, for instance: ESP8266 Returns 'invalid' - Cause 4 Right now, Aug 7, 2016, 8:31am EST, the Top Questions page says this question was modified 7 hours ago. But the newest time stamp ...
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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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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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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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Ok guys, I'm new to this level of review, how does re-open work?

This question is very vague, and they've provided a little more info, but really not enough. I'd like to encourage the user to get in and provide more info. But if I click re-open, is my ONE re-open ...
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It's a shame that we can't “ping” users who have had their questions migrated - do they still get notifications?

I was going through the Close Votes queue, and after having spent a fair while trying to get my head around this question, Problems coding a 12 pin 7 segment display and grove temperature sensor with ...
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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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Why does the migrate dialog only list Arduino Meta?

This question is probably due to my lack of understanding of the inner workings of the review queue code, and the procedures associated with it. This question also may not be SE Arduino specific, in ...
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How to fix this warning?

I have been getting this warning below: Some of my previous edits were rejected by a biased user (or a "nitpicker" / "grumpy s*d" as proclaimed) that I wish not to name. I have provided enough ...
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A rash of minor edits

This is not a question (really), but recently I have seen a rash of 10-20 suggested edits, more or less each day, over the past few weeks or so, where the only change was to remove the "Thanks". Now, ...
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Could some “Achievements” have negative impact?

I was looking at the achievements and I noticed that some might actually have a negative impact on the value of this SE website. Vox Populi/Civic Duty (Use the maximum 40 votes in a day/ Vote 300 or ...
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Is “Have you Googled it?” an appropriate response?

I have seen many comments and answers by members here to the effect of "have you tried Googling it". Sometimes it is meant genuinely, but sometimes I get a condescending or snarky vibe from it. Is ...
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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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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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Can I ask about “Blynk” in Arduino?

Can I ask questions related to Blynk in Arduino? Blynk is an App that allows comunication between A Phone,Tablet and etc. with Arduinos and etc. Using USB or Internet (Ethernet Shield, Wifi Module ...
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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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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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buying arduino products

This post on Suggest me some good seller for Arduino UNO HAS to be a troll. Asked by a new user, responded by three people, all very low reputation. What's the best "flag" to set? I was going to ...
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How do/did you detect plagiarism?

I was browsing a question thrown up by Mr. Community when I noticed that one of the replies had been deleted by a moderator for plagiarism. I'm impressed that it was noticed, but how was that done? ...
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A questionable rejected edit

Now I'm not one to quibble over minor matters (I'm quite a laissez faire type of chap), but I recently made an edit to a question, which I was surprised to see rejected, especially when I saw the ...
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User always tries to promote their product

If you see all the post from this user Visual Micro. A great deal of his/her answers lead the user to a single product. Is this allowed by SE policy and should be flagged?
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Why are my flags being declined?

A couple of days I flagged a question because it was an almost exact duplicate of another - and my "vote to close" was not accepted because the "other" so-called duplicate had not received an up-vote....
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Processing, signal-processing and text-processing tags

Could we rename Processing (the language) tag to Processing-lang, and merge signal- and text-processing tags to data-processing tag.
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Automatic replace in questions

Would it be possible to set automatic replace for some certain words in questions? For example: "Arduino" is a name and should start with a capitalized letter, there are no exceptions to that. " , "...
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Can we have a “OP does not respond to queries” close reason?

Example question: Unexpected Timer Conflicts (Uno) Marked as unanswered. However a reply (later converted to a comment) asking for more information has been completely ignored. How can this ever be ...
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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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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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I answer a question, and then the OP deletes the question. Grrr

I saw a question about an hour ago, it looked reasonable. It was about passing an array of values to a function. I answered it, it took 10 or 15 minutes, including making up some example code. Half ...