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Embedded Systems StackExchange

The fledgling Embedded.SE is likely to be short-lived affair, with a proposal for it to be killed off already Given the significant over-lap between that site and this, I have suggested that the ...
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Am I flagging questions correctly?

The way I read the question guidelines, I thought that all questions asked here should be about robotics and have one correct answer. Accordingly, I have been flagging every question that doesn't meet ...
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How to discourage answers in comments

I can't tell you how many times I have seen a question get answered with a comment, then languish in the "unanswered" category. I think these questions are not very in depth, and don't require a long ...
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How to encourage better quality answers from bulleted lists of links?

I'm seeing a bunch of answers popping up that appear to be little more than the results of a "let me google that for you ... OK, here are the results". In other words, a list of URLs with little to ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 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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Introducing the new, general purpose Engineering SE site

For those of you interested in asking more engineering focused questions (e.g. mechanical, structural, computer, systems, etc...), we have just launched a new, general purpose Engineering beta SE site
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Are questions about Optimal Control Theory on topic?

I have a lot of questions pertaining to control theory for fully and underactuated robots with sensor feedback. The questions draw heavily on the mathematics and physics behind it. Would these ...
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Can we increase the number of choices for close -> offtopic -> migrate to other SE site

When closing questions that are offtopic, you can suggest that they be migrated to another StackExchange site. The current list of other sites is just Robotics meta. How many choices can we put here?...
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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 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 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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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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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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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 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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Let's get critical: Mar 2014 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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Appropriate to send high school students from a robotics competition here?

I am one of the organizers of a robotics competition for high school students. We're entering our 14th year. Over the years, the students have amassed a fairly sophisticated level of technical ...
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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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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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Critical: Is electronics.stackexchange.com getting answer that should be redirected to where?

I'm a member of http://electronics.stackexchange.com, it's a great community. But, I see some questions that are related to mechanical things, like that: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/...
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Using robotics sx for our robotics software framework

I am one of the maintainers of the Rock (Robot Construction Kit) Software framework. We thought about opening our own Q&A site. I would say it might be around 50 people or so, and the questions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...