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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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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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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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Italics in code markdown

This question: https://robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/23131/pseudo-code-for-pid-control-of-only-the-left-wheel-of-a-2wheeled-mobile-robot (unfortunately, it is closed) has a large code block. ...
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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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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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Why does the "duplicate question" close reason restrict to Robotics SE only?

If a question is a duplicate from another StackExchange site, when you try to close the question as a duplicate, it only allows you to select the duplicate question from within Robotics.StackExchange. ...
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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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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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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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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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Can we add the Robotics Stack Exchange Question Checklist to the Help Center?

The Robotics Stack Exchange question checklist post on this Meta looks really useful. What would it take to move it into the help asking documentation? It's hard to find that Meta post for regular ...
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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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New tag request: “roboticstoolboxmatlab”

I maintain the Robotics Toolbox for MATLAB, and although I have my own support forum (tiny.cc/rvcforum) I've noticed quite a few support questions on SE which are hard for me to find. A new tag might ...
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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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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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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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Was there a change to the Community Bot that stops it from bumping questions?

We normally see a few new questions per day, and then of those we normally only get what I would call "good" questions maybe 2-3 times per week. The thing that had kept the site seeming more fresh ...
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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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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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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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New tag request: "wonderworkshop"

My company (Wonder Workshop) would like to direct hobbyists, students, and educators to discuss the more technical aspects of our robots here at robotics.stackexchange.com . And specifically we'd ...
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New site look coming soon & Code of Conduct available for review

New Site theme coming soon A few weeks ago it was announced on Stack Exchange Meta that new site themes were rolling out across the Stack Exchange Network. Initially 10 Stack Exchange sites will ...
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Should we seed this community to boost activity?

The activity in this community seems to have plateaued somewhat since its start five years ago. Seeding this site at this stage may initially appear odd, but it could stimulate growth, define the ...
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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Can we add chat status to the main site?

I've noticed that on other sites, on the right-hand side under "Blog" and "Hot Meta Posts" there is a chat status - people in the room, last user to comment, and the time at which the last comment was ...
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Suggestions for changes to the code language of tags

Thanks to Shog9♦ we have had Code Language (used for syntax highlighting) enabled on Robotics. I have gone through all tags with more than 5 questions, picked out tags which I think might benefit ...
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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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Out of question body area bound MathJax-ed matrices

In this question there are wide MathJax formatted matrices, which overlap with the "Hot Network Questions" I am using Mozilla Firefox 49.0.2, and I do not know if this occurs with other browsers.
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Is there a need for Industrial Automation SE?

Since ther is currently no place (other then this, when it is robotics relates) to ask industrial automation related questions (PLC programming, Motors and drives, HMIs Control systems etc.) I started ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Phantom Review Queue

My review queue on the site toolbar typically has some number. When I got access to my first moderation tool, I thought that this was the number of items in the review queue, but it was never ...
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