Questions tagged [site-scope]

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Are questions about widgets used with an Arduino on-topic?

This topic has been discussed previously but not seemingly clearly resolved. (ref. Are questions that are only related to Arduino by the parts used on topic?). Recently (early 2022) some community ...
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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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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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Should we not allow questions asking for tutorials?

I am starting to wonder if we should close questions that are asking for tutorials. These questions often lead to either link only answers or an extremely long answer. Should we close these questions?...
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Questionable question: book recommendation

I just came across this question: Can anyone tell me the best books for studying UAV? It's kind of hard to get full guide from the internet. I just wanna buy a book for UAV guide. I gotta make ...
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Redesigning Help Docs/Tour - Part Two: Full Site Scope Definition

This post is on behalf of all of the mods. This is designed to be a sequel to this post: Let's customize our tour section! To be a successful Stack Exchange site, we not only have to ask good ...
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When should we close electronics questions?

One question that has paticuarly caught my eye is Using multiple laptop battery packs to power everything. It seems more like about batteries than Arduino. The OP doesn't even mention if he's using an ...
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How can we encourage new users to narrow down their problem? Could we improve the help center to fix this problem?

We've been getting a lot of questions recently when users dump hundreds, or even thousands (yes, this has happened) of lines of code into their question without even narrowing it down. This is simply ...
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Are questions that are only related to Arduino by the parts used on topic?

Mainly referring to this question: Which voltage regulator should I use? [on hold] Currently it's put on hold (by me) and has 3 re-open votes from the community so it's obviously worth a discussion ...
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When does a question ask for too much information/too specific, making it useful to a limited number of users?

This Arduino SE community has a more laid back scope than most sites. We have a fair number of shopping questions, which aren't allowed on most other sites. However, that doesn't mean that we shouldn'...
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Are "code review" style questions allowed?

The beta Code Review stack exchange is doing rather well, with a lot of visitors and questions. It's an in-demand service: http://codereview.stackexchange.com Are "code review" style questions ...
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How relevant is Arduino SE?

I know this may seem as a troll, while the beta is going on and the community is building up, but I'm sincerely wondering how relevant is a site such as Arduino SE (same question applies to the ...
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Are questions about serial communication using third party software on-topic?

The serial interface provided by Arduino can be utilized by many software packages that feature serial communication libraries. Are questions on setting up the serial connection, from such software ...
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Are questions asking for libraries on-topic?

We have questions such as this one on the site right now. My gut feeling (coming from Stack Overflow) is that such questions are off-topic. However, I feel as if these questions aren't really broad (...
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Should we ban "how to hack XYZ" from our site?

I can picture questions like this popping up everywhere: How do I hack a treadmill? How do I hack my alarm clock? How do I hack my garage door opener? Some of those things aren't really meant to be ...
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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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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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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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Is it OK to ask questions about "Arduino compatible" micros (not clones)?

There are many Arduino compatible micros and derivatives. I'm thinking specifically here of the Spark Core. It's not a clone, but uses the Arduino Sketch language and is wi-fi IoT oriented. Are ...
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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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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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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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