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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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Migrated questions stil link to the old site

Some migrated questions link to other questions on the old site, even though the other question was also migrated. Case in point: This question imu filter madguick - is it possible to get enu ...
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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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Has answers.gazebosim.org also been migrated to here?

Related to my answer to Clear difference between /reset_world and /reset_simulation, the (slow loading) page difference between reset_simulation and reset_world states in the top banner The site is ...
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Can the Community Bot behavior be made less annoying?

Am I the only one who finds the Community Bot behavior in the robotics group very annoying? It's annoying that it promotes so many ancient posts. The majority of these ros posts prior to ~2018 are ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Is this the site for medical research support discussion relating to machine and robots and software for medicine?

Is this the right sight to discuss development of software interfaces and software tools used in medical research, or is most of this subject private funded and proprietary? I was wondering, mainly, ...
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Account migration from ROS answers to Robotics SE

I am aware of the transition to use Robotics Stack Exchange from ROS Answers. I followed this post "Call for Action: ROS Answers Migration Account Association" after reading "ROS and ...
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Can/should questions on Stack Overflow about ROS 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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Migration of content from ROS and Gazebo Answers Scheduled!

Based on the feedback we received from past posts, we have begun the migration of ROS and Gazebo Answers to Robotics Stack Exchange. Starting August 11th, we will be redirecting all ROS and Gazebo ...
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Feedback on Migrating ROS and Gazebo Answers sites to Robotics.SE

Robotics.SE, We are planning to follow up on migrating ROS Answers and Gazebo Answers to Robotics.SE. With this, we’re considering migrating questions, answers, and comments from both of those sites ...
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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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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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2023 Community Moderator Election

The 2023 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2023 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Robotics Stack Exchange has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the moderator team shortly — please thank them for ...
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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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2023 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Robotics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Middle Sidebar Advertising

As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2023

Summary: Robotics Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on May 9th 2023, as your “graduation” election as a result of having lost your beta label a while back. The timeline: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Discussion about the necessity of syntax highlight

As far as I have noticed, the site does not have any syntax highlighting capability. The following annotation does not work: <!-- language: c--> and the ...
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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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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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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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Robotics Stack Exchange question checklist

Here is a short list of questions to check after you've written a question (and to think about before you write the question): Have you asked a practical, answerable question based on an actual ...
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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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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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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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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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Consideration of "Soft Robotics" tag in Robotics.SE

As I would like to ask a question, is which related to the Soft Robotics, one would contend that the existence of such tag (with due attention to considerable activities in this field of robotics) ...
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4 years later on the servo vs hobby servo tags

4 years after the last discussion I can find on this topic it looks like after around 2014 the hobbyservo tag fell out of use and the servo tag has become a catch all, as it seems that the majority of ...
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When closing shopping questions, are they offtopic or opinion based?

I've seen an influx of shopping-style questions lately: Where can I buy _____? What options for ______ are available? Is there a cheaper version of ______? Since the field of robotics involves ...
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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, ...