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No, this isn't really what was meant by a shopping question. The author of this question is wondering if there is a way to do {x}, where {x} just happens to be something they will likely have to go out and purchase. That is very different than asking a photographer (for example) which camera they should buy. Sometimes when we offer this type of general ...


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I totally agree with Robert, but I wanted to add something: It is important to note that Arduino.SE is nearly unique among the entire StackExchange network, as it revolves around a fairly extensive product line rather than an area of study/work. (We share this "unique" spot with LEGO.SE and RaspberryPi.SE.) Since we are focusing on a concrete product, ...


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I think that our "answered percentage" is more than 72%, but we tend to use comments to answer some easy questions. This site is pretty useful and I learned a lot visiting it almost every day, but we should use more the answer box, correct me if I'm wrong.


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As someone who has to respond to flagged questions (for moderation) I can say that I don't personally let a bad question through in the hope that the site comes out of Beta. I don't know exactly what criteria Stack Exchange uses for graduating a site, but I think there is an element of "does the site look viable?". The thing is, Arduino is a beginners' ...


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Not every question is a good one, that's for sure. Plus you get ones that request an answer "within two hours" (assignment due, clearly). You have options: Vote the question down (which you can do without penalty) Vote to close (eg. as too broad). The one about the 2.4 GHz was really about electronics, not Arduino, so you could also vote to close as off-...


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Will be a useful site for many. Overlap with eg SE.EE is unavoidable but should be minimised as much as possible. Some questions are unavoidably Arduino-related but need people with reasonable EE understanding as well. These need to be on the Arduino site, but care should be taken not to let them suffer due to need for EE expertise. Questions which are ...


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The example questions you give are poor examples of the kinds of questions we want to see on the site and should not be allowed. Questions should ask something specific. Like this: How can I log the distance and time from my treadmill to an SD card using an Arduino? There are two parts to this question: How do I interface my treadmill with Arduino? How ...


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The very motivation behind me participating on Stack Exchange sites is that we share and, in many instances, generate knowledge, that is usually hard to find and/or not widely available or known. Simply duplicating content that can be found in lots of other reputable sites is in my belief, not what we are here to do, and we should refrain from doing so. ...


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I fear that as the very nature of Arduino is that of the beginner - that's why it was created, after all - that an increased integration with either SO, EE, or both could sink the ship completely. There are people asking question on ArduinoBeta everyday who have no clue about programming or electronics whatsoever. Even the basics, despite there being so ...


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As I said in another answer, we should keep our scope broad and our minds open. But that doesn't mean we won't worry about quality. In summary, I think we should do appreciate questions that: establishes a context (ie. why are you doing what you're doing) has enough upfront research (the OP tried to solve the problem before coming to us) shows us how the ...


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I've used SE for some time now, but only signed up when the Arduino section was established. In my opinion there is the official Arduino site which caters for the advice and recommendations type of question, and SE has built up it's reputation by being a straight forward Q&A site. Look at the 'Hot Network' questions down the right hand side of the screen,...


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SE sites are supposed to be experts sites, hence even if someone has a specific question that may be useful only to him, this question is worth answering as any other question (this is my personal viewpoint). Also, how can you be so sure that a given question would be interesting to just the OP and nobody else? No one ever knows. I would also like to add ...


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I see nothing wrong with this, and in fact, encourage it to some extent. I've done a couple of question/answers myself. I come mainly from SO so my opinion is based on that. Google any programming question, no matter how simple or basic it is, and you'll find a stack overflow result on the first page. Arduino.SE can be the one-stop for people's Arduino ...


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The problems with Arduino.SE are: A lot of users that only ask questions (of varying quality) Most (new) users have little experience with programming/hardware Embedded Systems experts aren't specifically drawn to the Arduino environment. And can also get around on EE.SE I think these problems simply wouldn't be there if this would be something like "...


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I saw that one :) I think the best thing to do is pretty much to close the question, and if he asks a similar question AGAIN (because his previous question about the topic has been closed) to just close that one too. An other way is to implement the "penalty box" system from Stack Overflow. Maybe for user above 2.5k rep?


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Fundamentally, the way to get skilled and knowledgeable posters to answers Arduino questions is to discontinue this site and put those questions back where they belong and where - as you have observed - there are already pools of knowledgeable people to answer them. Unfortunately, the existence of this site serves as an excuse for dumping questions from ...


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