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I disagree removing the arduino before the name of the board. Exist a lot of Arduinos that could make some troubles in tags, if we put just the name of the Arduino like: Arduino Ethernet Arduino Mini Arduini Micro Arduino Robot Arduino Nano Arduino Pro Exist many possibilities to have a tag ethernet or robot that don't have anything to do with the Arduino ...


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Thanks guys :) I'm just happy to spread knowledge around. Knowledge is worthless if it's hoarded :P


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I think they should be fine. Most clones are just the same thing with extra, or removed, features. I've also noticed, especially on /r/arduino that a lot of people get an Arduino without knowing its a clone. There's nothing wrong with that, and denying them the ability to ask questions would be no good for this site. Especially since we need people to ask ...


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My view on the four issues presented: Installing IDEs should be off-topic unless the install process is substantially different when using the Arduino plugin. (Example of exception: if you had to download Eclipse from an entirely different source, install it in some special way, etc., that would be fine here.) If the question is about using the IDE itself, ...


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What I like most about our new Arduino SE network is that we are now free to ask whatever questions about Arduino we want. I often felt very restrained about asking an Arduino question in EE.SE, fearing that it would be downvoted and closed. I don't feel like that anymore. So, while I agree with Robert that programming questions may be posted on SO, we ...


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Simple — A "generic programming problem" that does not need an understanding of Arduino hardware or its programming interface to solve belongs on Stack Overflow. For example, trying to figure out why a programming loop is not terminating would be an issue for Stack Overflow. It doesn't matter if the program just happens to be for an Arduino ...


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It's already a work-in-progress. Stack Exchange is using a bot called SmokeDetector (affectionately known as Smokey) which goes through some fairly complex rules to detect spam. You can visit it here: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/11540/charcoal-hq It currently merely detects, and (if requested) sends a message to anyone who subscribes. Subscribed ...


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Great use of the Data Explorer! I've noticed that, in general, reputation creeps up fairly slowly here, compared to some other sites. I've got a lot more reputation for a handful of answers elsewhere (eg. English Learners SE) than I do for the same number of answers here. Quite often an answer isn't upvoted at all. I think this is partly because of a ...


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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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Given my understanding of the target audience here, revisions shouldn't be reflected in tags. Only if the revision is germane to the answer/question should it be raised; No need to force people to try to understand what revision they have just to tag a question.


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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've been chatting with other moderators about this. One suggestion was to revert the edited question (where the answer is) and ask the OP to make a proper answer instead. If this isn't practical (eg. if the question is old) the other suggestion is to make your own answer, but make it a Community Wiki answer. That way you don't claim credit for someone else'...


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TL;DR everything is going to continue as normal. So what's next? Nothing special. Is the Beta going to be extended (how is that decided and by whom?) Yes. Sites may stay in beta for 2-3 years before any decisions may be taken. The Community Team reviews every beta site every 2-3 months, and looks for any problems or issues. If there aren't any ...


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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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Welcome to the team, Majenko! I'm sure your enthusiasm for answering questions will also translate into enthusiastic moderating. :) Farewell to Avamander - you stepped into the Pro Tempore moderator position when we needed another couple of moderators, in January 2016, and filled the position with competence and grace. I hope we will continue to see you ...


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Irrelevant Tags These tags are mostly accidentally created and should be removed. c++ Discussion Here Vague Tags These should be removed (maybe even blocked if there is an option in the SE engine) because they are too vague. input Too vague. The question that uses it uses it fine, but it really doesn't help someone find that question, and interrupts ...


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Microprocessor tags are a bad idea. Arduino boards are known by their series names and not chip numbers, and we should follow the same naming convention. The microprocessor can be identified accurately for the official boards by knowing the board name and their revision number. For custom boards or clones, it is the onus of the OP to mention the relevant ...


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Thanks for your work as moderator, Peter, and all the best for the future. If you have children you may have the chance to "moderate" their disputes, so I'm sure that your skills here will be put to good use. :)


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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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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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This site doesn't tend to up or down-vote much which therefore skews the votes you do get. As an example, I got 77 votes for an answer on Cooking Stack Exchange where I basically posted a photo of a kitchen strainer which took me a couple of minutes to take. On the other hand, I've spent hours on posts which only got a handful of votes. For example this one ...


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I am one of the (as of now) 3 people who have voted to close the question as belonging on EE.SE. This site is not "EEBeginners.SE," and we should not try to become that. Especially in private beta, we need to stay away from making this site a perfect subset of EE. The question, as written, doesn't relate to Arduinos in the least. Even just tagging on "...


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We are looking at this wrong. This question When should I use a transistor, mosfet, and when should I use a relay? clearly shows knowledge on the part of the OP of basic EE and is not entirely relevant to Arduinos in the way it is phrased. It should either be re-written, migrated, or closed. How a beginner to Arduino-verse would ask the same question is: I ...


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Questions that appear to be borderline off-topic should either: Be edited and improved to be made on-topic (by the OP or any user that understands the problem well) Be voted to close (put "On Hold") The first action is preferable of course, but when not possible, we should not hesitate from voting to close. The entire closing interface was recently ...


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Electrical Engineering. We have a similar scope to theirs, but we cover slightly different areas. This could be a great way to drive traffic to our site. Edit: it seems like someone has already done this. Cool!


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Is this acceptable behaviour? Yes and no. If there was a reason for deletion, it may be OK. However, there doesn't seem to be any reason the OP would delete. Otherwise, I'd say no. It's really dependent on the situation. How do you deal with people that ask a question, wait for you to answer it, and then delete the question? Flag it for moderator ...


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I think merging could be useful. We've certainly found that there's lots of people with questions about Arduino. However, being Arduino-specific means we have rather awkward and unhelpful boundaries for what is considered "on topic". For example, newcomers to the field don't necessarily understand what constitutes Arduino stuff and what is just general ...


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There's a rejection reason called "no improvement whatsoever" that applies here. That edit didn't do anything to make the question easier to read or understand, and goodness knows it could've used some of that. Some folks get all bent out of shape about "thanks" at the end of questions, but I've yet to hear an argument for a simple "thanks" making a ...


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