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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is the process of this site getting its own design?

When does this site get its own design and how will be choose the designer? I would like to make a webdesign design proposal then.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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More Hardware Tags?

Recently, i have found a bunch of people asking about how to build something in hardware, (for example: 1, 2, 3), and don't seem to be able to find an appropriate tag for it. I think we need a new ...
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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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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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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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