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Probabilistic Robotics

Would questions on probabilistic robotics be appropriate here or better suited for a different StackExchange site like Mathematics.SE? I have some questions on ...
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Can a good answer be reason enough to reopen a closed question?

This question was recently asked, and despite it's opinion-based nature I tried to answer it with the most factual answer I could. However, it got ...
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Let's get critical: Dec 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Robotics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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Can we make “stepper” and “stepper-motor” synonyms?

Not much to say here really, the title really explains it. Unless they have different meanings, they are the same thing. [Facepalm because of a typo: kinda self implied. If a, then a.] Correction: ...
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Answers to “what microcontroller to buy”

I'm starting to see questions that ask what microcontroller to choose as a beginner, such as https://robotics.stackexchange.com/q/1893/158, Should you learn assembly language for robotics? and https://...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Robotics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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What's the new approach / policy explanation for shopping questions?

I'm not sure what to do with What languages and platforms exist for multicopter development? (formerly Cheapest MultiCopter Development Platform Starting points, now deleted). Literally a week ...
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What logo should we use after beta phase?

I would like to collect logo proposals for Robotics Stack Exchange, when it finished the beta phase. There are some rates we have to improve to achieve that, but anyway, it doesn't hurt to think about ...
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Should we add a `line-following` tag?

I'm seeing quite some questions regarding line following robots. What do you say we add a specific tag for it? It makes sense for some questions such as this one and others.
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What information should we put in our tag wikis?

As detailed in the Redesigned Tags Page blog entry, our tag wikis are an essential map of what our community is, and is not, about. Tag wikis should explain how the tag is expected to be used on our ...
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Do we need “too localized” as a close reason?

It looks like our new list of close reasons is missing "too localized", to be used in cases like these: "Where's the problem in my arduino code dump?" (scope too limited) "What's the fastest X?" (...
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Improving this Raspberry Pi question

How can I improve the question How well is the Raspberry Pi's performance? I do not want to delete it if it can be made better.
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Do we want to arrange chat events?

Asimov's Corner (our chat room) can be a lonely place, so since we have the facility to create events, why not lets make use of it? Other sites have (semi) regular chat events, times when people can ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Robotics Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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What should our list of close reasons look like? [duplicate]

This question is now used to keep track of what our close reasons are and how they have evolved. To propose new close reasons, please add an answer to Proposals for new Close reasons. As per this ...
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Copy-pastable comment text for common problems with questions?

Mark Booth always has some boilerplate comments (which are great) that he applies to any questions that aren't quite up to the standards of the site. Those comments usually include links and other ...
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Logo for Robotics SE?

I was wondering how the logos work on SE? Do you guys think having a logo for the robotics page would help? seeing that some of the other pages have their own unique logos like stack overflow, ...
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What should we do about servo questions?

As far as I understand it, the answers to questions related to hobby (RC) servos are likely to be very different to similar looking questions related to industrial servomotors. At the moment we have ...
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Six months of Robotics Stack Exchange

Well, we've reached the six month mark and we continue to have steady, if slow, overall growth. As I said at 3 months, we seem to be a slow burn site, but while our questions per day, percentage ...
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Why is the site called 'robotics beta'?

Isn't the site out of beta currently? Should the title reflect that?
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Could we please edit our landing page / welcome note

What if we start with the math.SE welcome note, and take it from there. "Welcome! This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for people studying robotics at any level and professionals ...
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Is it alright to promote a site proposal through the relevant Tag wikis?

The Arduino site proposal would interest a lot of the users of this site, so is it alright to promote it through the arduino tag wiki ?
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Ninety days of Robotics Stack Exchange

Well, we've reached the 90 day mark, and even with it being bisected by the Christmas and New Year lull, I don't think we have done too badly. We are obviously a slow burn site, but have steadily ...
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What should we put on our about page?

Since we have a nice about page and the top section can be edited by moderators in the same way that the What kind of questions can I ask here? FAQ entry can be edited, I was wondering what we want to ...
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Is it ok to ask for opinions?

I'm designing a complex robot and I've got some ideas that I want to get opinions on before beginning development. Is that OK, or should I make the question more answerable?
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Help promote Robotics with Community Promotion Ads - 2014

It has been suggested that we submit a Community Promotion Ad on Electronics Stack exchange and possibly other stack exchange sites. I think this would be a great idea, but my creative skills are ...
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Twitter feed now available

Robotics.StackExchange now has its own Twitter feed (thanks Manish) To (as they say) join the conversation, please follow @StackRobotics Follows, retweets etc are ...
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Discussion: IC specific tags

We've had a question asked about the LM2576 - which the OP added the lm2576 tag. This was quickly revised by a suggested edit to remove that tag, and to stick with suitable generics. I had sympathy ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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How do we handle changing questions?

Are there any guidelines for how to handle changing questions? Take the following question: Does RRT* guarantee asymptotic optimality for a minimum clearance cost metric? A couple of things happened ...
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Failure to meet Area 51 requirements?

As we can see in area 51, robotics.SE is lacking users (and as a result questions/day and visits/day). I am guessing once the 90 days public beta test finishes, this site wouldn't be in good enough ...
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How can I format mathematical expressions here, using MathJax?

Blatantly ripped off from chem.SE, this post is meant to help people understand how to use MathJax formatting of mathematical expressions here on Robotics.
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What are our frequently asked questions on meta?

According to our Robotics FAQ [...] our meta-discussion site hosts a section of constantly evolving frequently asked questions that document everything about the site Unfortunately, so far there ...
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Best practices for bringing in content from other sites?

This answer features a bunch of blockquotes, with text that came copy-pasted from another website. The text was presented with a link back to the original material, but something about it just doesn'...
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Are questions asking for topics to study within robotics, on topic?

This question asks for prerequisites for studying in a robotics course. This in my mind is rather open-ended and will result in discussions and has no single correct answer. So, are these type of ...
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Is the “protection” tag too broad?

As of this posting, there are 3 questions using the "protection" tag. They each describe a completely different aspect of protection: waterproofing, electrical-spike-proofing, and vibration-proofing. ...
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homework tag on robotics.se

I just learned that the homework tag has been deprecated in stackoverflow.com (duh, where have I been?). I thought this would be a good time to discuss this tag on robotics.se also. The reasons for ...
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Future book trends: a decline in off-topic tags

We carried the future, books and the trends tag out of the private beta. I believe we should eradicate them quickly before they grab hold, as they seem to be vehicles for list questions. Currently, I ...
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Should remotely operated vehicles be on topic on Robotics?

The recent meta discussion about the auv, uav, ugv and (possible) drone tag taxonomy, and my subsequent suggested tag wiki edits (still pending as I write this) got me thinking about whether we should ...
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Should posts asking multiple questions be split up?

A couple of questions have been asked recently (including one of mine it turns out) which are really asking multiple questions. For example: How can one determine whether a LiPo battery is going bad? ...
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Do we want Hats?

Since Robotics.SE doesn't have any mods yet, I'm posting to you all directly. What are these hats you speak of? Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded ...
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Should we add drone as a tag synonym for uav?

Earlier I added a tag wiki for uav and realised that it would probably be a good idea to add a tag synonym for drone, which is the other common term for a uav. Is it better to suggest and add tag ...
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“Current state” questions

We are starting to get a few questions a la "What is the current state of ...". What is the current state of the Google Self Driving Car Project? What is the state of subsumption architecture ...
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Uh oh. We have a [beginner] tag!

I noticed that we have the beginner tag. Does anyone have any objections to it being edited out? The beginner tag is currently discouraged across all sites, please see this blog post for the reason. ...
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Who should our beta moderators be? [closed]

Robotics StackExchange has been in public beta for a week now, and soon it will be time for us to get our first crop of moderators, as explained in the “Moderator Pro Tempore” blog post: About a ...
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Is this robotics?

Take a look at https://robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/364/building-an-alarm-clock. If we put aside the fact that it's broad, not clearly stated, and not really a question, is it still suitable ...
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Can we begin accepting answers?

I know some of us have been holding out on accepting answers to our questions to allow the site to grow and encourage people to contribute. But, now the site is going into public beta, so should we ...
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Private Beta Extension

Congrats on making it a week in private beta. Your progress has been great, and we're happy with the general direction of the site so far. We're extending your private beta by a week to to give you a ...
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Achieving good scores

I've been keeping an eye on our scores on the proposal page, and noticed that we're lagging behind a little in all of them. What we need to do We need more questions to be asked, and more answers ...
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Names for a chatroom?

Our chatroom is currently called Robotics. It's not really necessary, but it's be quite nice to have a more fun name. For example, Programmers has "The Whiteboard", Chemistry has "The Periodic Table", ...