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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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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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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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Which, if any, external resources are link-rot approved

Link rot is a real problem, but when I see a link rot notice on relatively robust links, it makes me wonder where the line is. How much information should be reproduced here rather than referenced on ...
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Why have separate quadrotor and quadcopter tags?

I have just edited the quadrotor tag, and added suggested text for both the excerpt and full tag wiki, which were lacking. However, I then noticed that there was also a quadcoptor tag (which I must ...
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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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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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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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What would you think about broadening the topic to include Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Embedded Systems in general?

I recently participated in the Embedded Systems private beta. It will be closing down next Friday, because there was not enough activity. In the meta post on the closing of the site, Andrew, a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we be so quick to put questions on hold?

I see a number of questions (https://robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/10313/design-of-scara-joint-problem) where a combination of english as a second language and a question from a user new to the ...
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FIRST Robotics competiton proposal

As a long-time user of SE sites, I'd like to ask a few questions to the members of robotics.SE. I am a huge part of working on a FIRST Robotics Competition (Including FRC, FTC, and FLL, link here); ...
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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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Are 3D printing questions on-topic?

With the dawn of https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/, I thought we should (re-)evaluate if questions about 3D printing are on topic here on robotics.SE. I guess if the question is mostly about ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Artificial Intelligence beta has started

After previous failures, the AI site has its probably last chance to join to SE network. This is very related to robotics, since robot is a container for AI, so I believe a lot of people here have ...
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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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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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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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Should I ask about free software repos here

I would be very interested to ask for a list of repos of free open code, applicable to 8-bit avr-s and having relation to robotics - object avoidance, process controllers, battery management. This ...
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

From the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to ...
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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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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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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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resources for learning robotics

Since no doubt many people will be eager to get into robotics, this will be a repository for useful textbooks, articles, toolkits, programming IDE's, CAD tools, simulators, et cetera that will be ...
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is asking for a conference paper appropriate?

Is it okay to ask for a journal paper solving a specific problem? Right now I'm researching quadrotor landings and am having trouble finding a paper on quadrotors landing on platforms where 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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Why is the site called 'robotics beta'?

Isn't the site out of beta currently? Should the title reflect that?
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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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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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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 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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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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unanswered vs unaccepted

What is SE's qualification for "unanswered"? Because many unanswered questions do actually have answers. I am guessing that by unanswered, they really mean unaccepted. meaning that the original ...
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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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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. ...