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Congratulations to Majenko on reaching 20k+ rep!

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

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: ...
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Are we a little stingy about upvoting questions?

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 ...
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What is the standard practice for when the OP edits the question to include the solution?

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....
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

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 ...
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What do you do with ignoramuses?

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 ...
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Does a (legitimate) desire to graduate from beta lead to be (excessively) tolerant of poor questions and/or answers?

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 ...
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6 downvotes in 6 days - what am I doing wrong?

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 ...
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How to fix this warning?

First, read my answer here. Then start making edits that actually make the posts you're editing better: easier to read, easier to understand or easier to find. Treat every edit you make as though ...
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A rash of minor edits

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 ...
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Dealing with Answers that should be comments

Flag it and let a moderator take a peek. We have the tools to directly convert an answer to a comment (so that it looks like it was posted by the user who posted the answer) or delete the post ...
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6 downvotes in 6 days - what am I doing wrong?

Bad luck, mainly. Answers that don't quite pertain to the question, questions that you answer yourself where the question has been asked before, or questions that aren't on topic (note: we have ...
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Suspicious upvotes

This has been raised with the powers that be. Update: Your suspicions were correct and the votes have been reversed.
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How should I respond to questions that only provide code snippets?

It's a well-known problem. I set up a web site a while ago: Snippets R Us! to address this issue. I've seen plenty of times a post that "this must be the problem" (posting a couple of lines of code) ...
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Are online Arduino simulators on topic?

I don't see why not. As long as the question isn't about how to use the simulator itself (they should support their own product in that respect). Bear in mind that simulators don't always mimic real ...
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Seeking help versus outsourcing labour for free

You might have mentioned getting help with homework, and college assignments too. :) On the face of it, this site is designed to answer specific questions, and when it is used like that, I see no ...
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What if a comment solve the question?

Stack Exchange considers comments to be ephemeral - that is, they may be deleted. Thus an "answer" which is just a comment is ultimately not helpful. However initially you may make a comment to test ...
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Electorate badge description

You are changing the meaning with your suggestions. The meaning is: Vote on 600 questions - first requirement 25% or more total votes are on questions - second requirement So for example, you might ...
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Voting to close new users' questions without comment

The Arduino SE is a site for newbies (generally speaking) so I think we have to be reasonably tolerant of questions that look a bit vague. If it was Astrophysics Stack Exchange you might expect people ...
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Am I allowed to ask a question about explaining what some lines of a code does?

Sure you can. What we don't like are questions like: I got this code. Explain it to me. In your case it's only parts of the code you need more understanding of. As long as you make it clear which ...
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Toxic moderation harms the community

Getting even the most basic of information out of you was like getting blood out of a stone. I guess from your point of view, since you already have all the information, that you can't understand our ...
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An straight answer or just guidance?

I see two kinds of question that fit into this category: I want to do this. Give me the code and circuit. No. I won't. I'm not going to spend my time and effort writing your software and designing ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

I think it's been positive. With the lower numbers this site has often seen questions sitting on 3 or 4 close votes and hanging there (until we mods closed them). Now we're seeing things naturally ...
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My Answer was Merged with the comments

Simply because an answer asking the OP to try something is not an answer - it is one of a stream of comments. If you want clarification or for the OP to try something out and get back to you then you ...
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I lost 100 reputation points

Don't worry, you're not alone. We had a rogue user that caused some trouble, and their bad behaviour has been corrected. Those 120 points you had are gone I'm afraid. But don't worry, some people lost ...
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Custom Arduino Community design and logo - Information gathering

I think we should use the Arduino Community Logo and the colors from the logo. It is exactly the use for what the Community Logo was intended and it makes a strong association between Arduino SE and ...
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Who is downvoting each and every question?

I agree with you. As a moderator it irritates me when many questions quickly get downvoted, rather than an attempt being made to improve the question, or to simply ask for clarifications. People are ...
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A rash of minor edits

I didn't respond when I first saw this because I wasn't (and still am not) sure. It appears there is nothing wrong with removing these "thanks!" lines, so don't worry about that part. I asked other ...
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