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2022: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Use of ChatGPT is inappropriate for Robotics questions

Please note that as a stack exchange is evaluating a site wide policy, Robotics community members should avoid using ChatGPT to generate answers (and questions) here. If you do not have the knowledge ...
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Is this brigading?

I had brought up in chat that the Webots company is looking to transition some or all of their tech support to our site. This by itself doesn't really bother me - iRobot is doing it, ROS is doing it, ...
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Should spam posts be voted to be closed or flagged?

I flagged a post as spam. However I was advised instead to vote to close it. But the specific instructions for closing questions says: If the question has serious problems (e.g. it is spam or ...
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New Tag?: turtlebot4

As a new owner of a TurtleBot4 (lite) I am interested in quickly checking for "turtlebot4" posts. turtlebot2 and turtlebot3 tags exist, but not turtlebot4. At this point, I have only ...
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Can/should stackoverflow ROS questions be migrated here?

There are a lot of them: https://stackoverflow.com/search?q=ros I tried flagging a recent one for movement here, but there's no checkbox for movement so an explanation has to be put in (I added a link ...
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Why is DH convention still used in Robotics?

I do not know if this is a correct question for the main portal, hence asking here. I am aware that DH convention is the first and the important thing that is taught in robotics. But it has drawbacks. ...
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Robotics 10 year anniversary (Remember, remember, the 6th of November!)

It's very nearly 10 years since Robotics went into public beta, so it's time to reflect on our past and celebrate our achievements. When Electrical Engineering decided that most Robotics questions ...
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How to edit markdown help

I always forget the specifics of the cool feature where adding a lowercase s, m or l at the end of the imgur link before the ".png" will change the size of the image. As discussed here: How ...
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What is the "ROS and Gazebo Migration" account doing?

What is this question? From the question, Originally posted by amine23 on Gazebo Answers with karma: 5 on 2013-04-08 Post score: 0 The same user, ROS and Gazebo Migration, then posts the answer, ...
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What URL should the "MathJax help" link on the Editing Help page point to?

The LaTeX section of the Editing Help page contains the following link: Learn more: MathJax help. Recently, a Stack Exchange Community Manager has reached out to us to explain that this link can be ...
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We're turning 10!

Robotics is turning 10 years old this fall! Thanks to the whole community for making this a great site to get your robotics questions answered. The StackExchange blog will feature us along with the ...
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unfunded bounties

What should happen if a user offers a bounty but does not have the personal rep to fund it? The bounty help says that bounties are "funded by the personal reputation of the user who offers it&...
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Tagging ROS package names

Similar to Tagging ROS questions with versions if we're looking at more volume of ROS questions. Historically on answers.ros.org we've recommended that people tag questions with the name of the ROS ...
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Tagging ROS questions with versions

As we consider supporting more of the ROS traffic here. One of the important elements is to know what version of ROS you're using. On answers.ros.org we actually require a ROS version tag to make sure ...
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Given the recent graduation from Beta, what’s next?

Robotics SE graduated out of Beta status in December 2021, see Congratulations to the 59 sites that just left Beta. The niche nature of Robotics SE (discussed in a number of posts in Robotics Meta SE) ...
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Italics in code markdown

This question: https://robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/23131/pseudo-code-for-pid-control-of-only-the-left-wheel-of-a-2wheeled-mobile-robot (unfortunately, it is closed) has a large code block. ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is a request for engineering alternatives really a shopping question?

A question was flagged for closing because it was seen as being a shopping question. I didn't read it as an ephemeral "which X should I buy this week?" Rather, I saw an engineer's request ...
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Why does the "duplicate question" close reason restrict to Robotics SE only?

If a question is a duplicate from another StackExchange site, when you try to close the question as a duplicate, it only allows you to select the duplicate question from within Robotics.StackExchange. ...
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Un-link Roomba and irobot-create tag synonym?

A long time ago, I created a tag synonym between "roomba" and "irobot-create". Meaning that anytime someone tagged a question as "roomba", it automatically got re-worded ...
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Best practices for migrating a community into Robotics Stack Exchange

Hello Robotics Stack Exchange Meta, I’m posting this here because I’d like some general feedback about potential processes and best practices for potentially migrating a large community to use the ...
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Is the Beginner tag back?

As a follow on question from the 2012 Uh oh. We have a [beginner] tag!, I’ve noticed a couple of the meta tags discussed for deletion are still being used. Was this intentional or have they crept back ...
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Why is Robotics SE in Public Beta after 8 years?

A newbie question maybe… I was having a browse around on the Area 51 robotics site and also a couple of the relevant questions in meta. I understand that not all the metrics are in the green, but isn’...
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Can we add the Robotics Stack Exchange Question Checklist to the Help Center?

The Robotics Stack Exchange question checklist post on this Meta looks really useful. What would it take to move it into the help asking documentation? It's hard to find that Meta post for regular ...
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Reopening popular question about voice control

Over six years ago I asked a question about existing voice control solutions, which was closed a few days later as opinion-based. At the time I didn't care about it very much, since by then I had ...
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New tag request: "screw-theory"

First the TL;DR: Adding this tag will help people understand screw theory better and make Q&A on the topic more clear. Now the long version. I've been an on and off user of the Robotics SE for a ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Is CNC really of topic?

Recently, this question was closed as of topic. It is referencing a CNC controller. So, are CNC related questions off topic? Why is there a CNC tag then? Furthermore, if one reads the question it ...
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Reducing Close/Reopen vote threshold from 5 to 3

Is the Robotics community interested in having the Close and Reopen vote threshold lowered to 3, rather than the standard 5. They made this change permanent on Stack Overflow and it has been working ...
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Help promote Robotics with Community Promotion Ads - 2020

It is over 6 years since we last asked for suggestions for Community Promotion Ads. and a recent question pointed out that the old ones no longer comply with the new standard ad. size. Since it would ...
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Do we have a 300x300 logo that we can use for ads on other stack exchanges?

This stack exchange is advertised here: https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4675/science-stack-exchanges-helping-other-science-stack-exchanges, but the size is a little bit different ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Why is the review queue empty?

The review queue is a filter, which shows a list of questions with a certain criteria. The idea is not to show the entire list of questions, but only these which are flagged by a group member for ...
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New tag request: “roboticstoolboxmatlab”

I maintain the Robotics Toolbox for MATLAB, and although I have my own support forum (tiny.cc/rvcforum) I've noticed quite a few support questions on SE which are hard for me to find. A new tag might ...
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Retag suggestion: robotic arms vs. arm CPUs

The overwhelming majority of the questions tagged as "arm" are about robotic arms. Some of them are about the ARM CPU, which is the abbreviation of "Acorn RISC Machine". My suggestion would be, ...
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Are questions about robotics competitions on-topic?

I have a question about Vex Worlds 2019 that I would like to ask on Robotics.SE. It's not really related to robot hardware or software, but about a robotics competition. I've looked at https://...
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How to deal with answers (and questions) which contain false information?

There are some answers (and some questions) on R.SE which contain false technical information. In the argumentation chain leading up to the final answer or question concepts and methods are mentioned ...
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Was there a change to the Community Bot that stops it from bumping questions?

We normally see a few new questions per day, and then of those we normally only get what I would call "good" questions maybe 2-3 times per week. The thing that had kept the site seeming more fresh ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Is a 3d printer a robot?

This questions asks if a printer, implying a 3d printer, is a robot. I think that's a good, fair, question, and is substantially different than the question that it's marked a duplicate of. ...
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Reminder - Please vote to close questions you think don't belong!

First, I want to thank all the site regulars; the community wouldn't exist without you. I was appointed pro-tem moderator about 2.5 years ago now. At the time, I wanted to "lead the charge" on ...
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New tag request: "wonderworkshop"

My company (Wonder Workshop) would like to direct hobbyists, students, and educators to discuss the more technical aspects of our robots here at robotics.stackexchange.com . And specifically we'd ...
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New site look coming soon & Code of Conduct available for review

New Site theme coming soon A few weeks ago it was announced on Stack Exchange Meta that new site themes were rolling out across the Stack Exchange Network. Initially 10 Stack Exchange sites will ...
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Should we seed this community to boost activity?

The activity in this community seems to have plateaued somewhat since its start five years ago. Seeding this site at this stage may initially appear odd, but it could stimulate growth, define the ...
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Are we a perpetual beta?

In regards to this question and a comment made by a Stack Exchange Community Manager, perpetual betas exist in the Stack Exchange. Considering that we have been in beta for five years, is there a way ...
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Topic scope of "Robotics"

I can not find the description of the topic scope of "Robotics". I would like to know I can ask questions about how to code XYZ for Pepper and things like that. I saw most of the Pepper questions are ...
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"Graduation" of this Community

This is a question just because I am curious. I am following this SE site for a long time and I got the impression that is was in beta stage for a long time so I checked the Area 51. What I saw was ...
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Drone community spin-off?

UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles), a.k.a. "drones", could be considered a hybrid offspring of Aviation and Robotics. Since many questions pertaining to drones are considered off-topic in the Aviation ...
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What should our policy be on identification questions?

A new user asked a question about what a mechanism in a picture was. I'm sure we have had such questions before, and I think we have generally allowed them, but a recent one attracted several "unclear ...
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