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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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Should remotely operated vehicles be on topic on Robotics?

The recent meta discussion about the auv, uav, ugv and (possible) drone tag taxonomy, and my subsequent suggested tag wiki edits (still pending as I write this) got me thinking about whether we should ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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Why does retagging take 200 reputation when I can edit the entire post with only 100?

Today I crossed the 200-reputation threshold, and received a notification that I'm now allowed to re-tag posts. This is confusing, because I had edited 6 or 7 questions before today and was able to ...
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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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Uh oh. We have a [beginner] tag!

I noticed that we have the beginner tag. Does anyone have any objections to it being edited out? The beginner tag is currently discouraged across all sites, please see this blog post for the reason. ...
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Do we want Hats?

Since Robotics.SE doesn't have any mods yet, I'm posting to you all directly. What are these hats you speak of? Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded ...
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Can we begin accepting answers?

I know some of us have been holding out on accepting answers to our questions to allow the site to grow and encourage people to contribute. But, now the site is going into public beta, so should we ...
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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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Achieving good scores

I've been keeping an eye on our scores on the proposal page, and noticed that we're lagging behind a little in all of them. What we need to do We need more questions to be asked, and more answers ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Names for a chatroom?

Our chatroom is currently called Robotics. It's not really necessary, but it's be quite nice to have a more fun name. For example, Programmers has "The Whiteboard", Chemistry has "The Periodic Table", ...
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Are questions about autonomous rockets on topic?

Rocketry is a whole new ball game, but arguably such devices can have robotic elements. Providing they do, would questions asked about them be off topic or beyond the scope of this site?
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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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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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Why isn't my rep updating?

So far I've posted another question and an answer, someone accepted me answer and I've had up-votes. How come my rep isn't updating here?
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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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request for Tex math markup on the site

A lot of us will probably be writing a lot of mathematical content, from signal processing equations to dynamic modeling. I think the site could benefit greatly from the ability to use Math Jax, as ...
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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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