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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 I ask questions I already know the answer to in order to shape the site?

One objective of the beta is to outline the scope of the site by asking and answering questions during the beta. As such, should I ask example questions, similar to the way we asked them during the ...
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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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How do we address questions about related subject areas?

Since robotics touches many subjects (electrical, mechanical, and software), and a variety of sub-fields (computer vision, machine learning, programming, Matlab, embedded, etc), it seems that we need ...
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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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The 7 Essential Meta Questions for Robotics Stack Exchange

Given the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta I think it is worth having a place where we can link together these essential meta questions. The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta are: Are ...
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Promoting Robotics Stack Exchange

This is pretty much to contribute to the 7 Essential Meta Q's. I committed to this SE when it was in Area 51 solely because I am on a team competing in the FIRST Robotics competition, and because ...
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What should the theme and layout look like? [closed]

I'm sure that eventually we'll have a theme/imagery competition like on other .SE sites, but what sorts of elements of those do we as a community want to see? I'm sure we'll get better results if ...
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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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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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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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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 handle "getting started" questions

Robotics is a really cool field. I think that anyone would agree to this--from engineers to sci-fi buffs alike. There will probably be a lot of fresh eager minds here who want to get started with ...
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What level of technical detail is appropriate and on-topic for this site?

I just answered the question, How can I modify a low cost hobby servo to run 'freely'?. In my answer, I talk about inductive loads and back EMF. Is this kind of content regarding robotics-...
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request for Tex math markup on the site

A lot of us will probably be writing a lot of mathematical content, from signal processing equations to dynamic modeling. I think the site could benefit greatly from the ability to use Math Jax, as ...
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Are questions about autonomous rockets on topic?

Rocketry is a whole new ball game, but arguably such devices can have robotic elements. Providing they do, would questions asked about them be off topic or beyond the scope of this site?
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Should we allow legal questions?

Legal questions shouldn't be as prominent here as on some other sites, but they could still come up - asking whether materials could legally be obtained for instance, or asking about the legalities of ...
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What do we do about platform-specific questions?

Due to the nature of robotics, there are multiple relevant robotics platforms in existence (MOOS, ROS, YARP, etc). When we permute these platforms with other available libraries (computer vision, ...
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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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Can we get an icon?

I think R.SE is almost 2 years old now and doing pretty good. Isn't it time to give our site a nice icon? I know we are still in beta, but I think it will help make the site feel more complete and ...
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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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Tag: ultrasound vs sonar

There's one question so far tagged ultrasonic. I am far more used to those sensors being referred to as sonars. I'm wondering if my perception is the most common or if people do use ultrasonic/...
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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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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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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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Help promote Robotics with Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [closed]

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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Where does Robotics end and Electrical Engineering begin?

Is there a line in the sand where questions appropriate for this Robotics site end and questions more appropriate for the Electrical Engineering site? Here are a few example topics that I have been ...
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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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Can someone ask a vendor-specific question?

After I've been for last two hours on meta or main site, I haven't grasp exact scope of questions for this site. So I will be more specific. I work with Fanuc robots but as I am novice in this field,...
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What should our FAQ contain?

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What should our FAQ contain? Much of the FAQ will be somewhat boilerplate: “be nice,” “how to create an account,” “how to ask questions” — it’s all ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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", ...
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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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"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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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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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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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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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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Do solely software questions belong here?

When I was programming an Arduino last year I ran into a painful programming halt when working with a color sensor. The color sensor was hooked up correctly (3 pins is not so hard...), but for days 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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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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Should I ask specific ROS questions here instead of answers.ros.org? (same applies for other libraries)

Should I use this site to discuss questions that are really specific to ROS or should I keep using answers.ros.org? This same question can be asked for any other libraries / framework I'm using: ...
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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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