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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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Advanced Search

Is there some sort of advanced search that will let you search for questions that have some number of comments but no answers? Chuck's idea from this post made me wonder about an admin tool that ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 asked a practical, answerable question based on an actual problem ...
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Proposals for new Close reasons

Beta sites like robotics have three custom close reasons. We have been using the current custom close reasons for some time, so I think now might be a good time to review them and collect suggestions ...
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Data association no tag why?

I have noticed that there is no tag for data association which is considered as a central point in localization and slam problems.
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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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Discusson 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 build out AI topics and tags?

Given that the Area 51 StackExchange site for Artificial Intelligence got shut down, should we make an attempt to appropriate those questions into robotics? E.g. this question about POMDPs By "build ...
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What should our list of close reasons look like? [duplicate]

This question is now used to keep track of what our close reasons are and how they have evolved. To propose new close reasons, please add an answer to Proposals for new Close reasons. As per this ...
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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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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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Closing a question - only option for another site is Robotics Meta

I tried to vote to close this question on image processing, but when I clicked, "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" the only option I could select was the Robotics ...
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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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Help me evaluate a FIRST Robotics proposal?

When a proposal for a new site nears the end of its "definition", it undergoes a review by the Community Team to see if it should move forward. I need your help. Below are the top "example ...

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