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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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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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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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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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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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Help promote Robotics with Community Promotion Ads - 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Request to create synonym for not-exactly-c tag

Could someone please add nxc as a synonym for the not-exactly-c tag? NXC is an acronym of Not eXactly C, and is often used to refer to the language. I would do it myself if I had enough reputation.
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...