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A community-maintained list of abbreviations used in electrical engineering?

At Somewhere Else, we started an initiative to make a community-maintained list of abbreviations used in electrical engineering: What are abbreviations used in electrical engineering? I think it c...

2 answers  ·  posted 1mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Wish to have comment votes

Every time I visit Codicact I miss the comment voting feature. There is no way to know if some comment is rubbish or a gem because the opinions of others are hidden from future visitors. I wish t...

2 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by KalleMP‭  ·  last activity 7mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Easy way to convert over long comment into an answer

Easy way to convert over long comment into an answer. It would be great if while typing a quick comment to a question you realise that you are about to exceed the character count and it is a valid...

0 answers  ·  posted 7mo ago by KalleMP‭

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Misuse of mod privilege?

This question may be only for @Olin Lathrop but I would like to hear others opinion When I had asked the question he just said that "What's the question?"- 'This "question" is just lecturing on co...

2 answers  ·  posted 9mo ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 8mo ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Code formatting appears to be broken

I posted a post containing C code in the Papers category here, using the ```c formatting which works elsewhere on Codidact. The code does not get formatted with color coding, though it gets fixed ...

1 answer  ·  posted 9mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  edited 9mo ago by Lundin‭

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How can we grow this community?

Codidact's communities have a lot of great content that is helping people on the Internet. Our communities are small, though, and sustainable communities depend on having lots of active, engaged p...

7 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 9mo ago by DSI‭

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Let's make all downvotes public

One of the aggrevations Elsewhere were all the vandal and retribution downvotes. They never took the problem seriously. Now it's happening here. Andy was the latest target, twice, recently. I'v...

6 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by coquelicot‭

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Still getting downvotes - what are you guys doing about it?

It's still happening: - Can someone actually do anything about this? This has happened on stack exchange before but this is ridiculously more far fetched than what has ever happened there. Do y...

2 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Andy aka‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Creating an "Insights" category

Looking at the "papers" category, I found that several papers do not fit the very purpose of this category (that's the reason I've not upvoted them). Nevertheless, they are relatively well written,...

3 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by coquelicot‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Why am I receiving so many downvotes at once?

Why am I getting these downvotes? It started last week (or the week before) and now it seems like it's getting contagious: - Seems like this site has some of the same outrageous inclinations as ...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by Andy aka‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by luap42‭

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Creating a FAQ: how to read a datasheet

After reading various low quality questions Someplace Else today, it (once again) occurred to me that a whole lot of people, mostly hobbyists and engineering students, have no clue how to do the mo...

3 answers  ·  posted 10mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Lundin‭

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Are reference requests on-topic?

Are reference material requests on-topic here? For example, I am looking for a textbook discussing hydrogen fuel cell design, preferably oriented towards something that could be made in a high sch...

1 answer  ·  posted 10mo ago by Darth_Muldoon‭  ·  last activity 10mo ago by Lundin‭

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How to treat data communication questions?

This question here about the OSI model was closed as off-topic. How should we treat questions about data communication? What is definitely on-topic here: Embedded systems programming, including...

3 answers  ·  posted 12mo ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Do we need tags for supply voltages?

Someone just created the tags 208VAC and 230VAC. If think we need to create a policy about tag usage related to supply voltages. Clearly, stating the supply voltage is highly relevant information ...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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React feature guidelines?

I think we should try to come up with some consensus regarding how to use the new reactions feature, more specifically the "outdated" and "dangerous" options. Which kind of posts should these be us...

3 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Quality control of the site

Let's take a look at the state of affairs for the past few weeks on this forum. For the past two weeks, some users has been posting a lot of questions, a lot of them self-answered. This is not a p...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Mu3‭  ·  edited 1y ago by Mithical‭

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Is English translation of technical terms on-topic?

Quite often, I find myself knowing the technical term of an electronic component in my native language, but not the proper English term. For example when translating a manual or other technical doc...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Are questions about electronics market trends on-topic?

I'm curious about the market trend of certain kind of components (specifically, 0603 ceramic capacitors) and if I should start worrying about these getting phased out. I started to write a question...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lorenzo Donati‭

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Can a paper be a tutorial or textbook-like?

Although I joined Codidact from the beginning, I was never truly active and lost track of the development of the system and this site in particular. I've read the help and the "paper" category loo...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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What are the guidelines for porting one's answers from ElectricalEngineering.SE, if any?

I've noticed that in the edit account section there is a (inactive) link to one's content on a StackExchange site. This made me wonder if it is appropriate to transfer some content from EE.SE manu...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Lorenzo Donati‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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How about a new section for code reviews?

I just felt like what if we have a separate section for code reviews. This section is strictly meant for code reviews in domains like DSP, VLSI( for instance "Verilog" programming) ,Embedded system...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by aditya98‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Lorenzo Donati‭

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Questions about the style of "Papers"

This page: https://electrical.codidact.com/help/papers says: A paper is more than just a few paragraphs, and more in depth than most answers. The starting level for a paper is about a detailed a...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by leventov‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Why are posts that users clearly approve of being closed?

One of the most annoying things about stackexchange has always been the borderline fanatic post closing or duplicate marking. Another question in meta was posed some time ago about the added value ...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Kranulis‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by leroy105‭

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What should rep gain/loss be on Papers?

The Codidact team has recently informed us that it is now possible to have different rep bumps on different post types. See this new answer by Monica to the old meta discussion that created the Pa...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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is this too obvious for a post?

I recently realized something blindingly obvious that I'd overlooked for a few years - that I can generate a servicable PWM triangle wave from a micro by using two PWM outputs with timers set to sl...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Pete W‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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User's reputation score not displaying on top ribbon

It appears that a user's reputation score has disappeared from the top ribbon at the side of the user's login avatar/picture. Is this an intentional thing?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Andy aka‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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I can not upload pictures

I can not upload pictures when I start a new answer to a question (I have no problem when I edit an old answer). When I click the "insert picture" button, nothing happens and I do not see the windo...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Circuit fantasist‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Circuit fantasist‭

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Can I ask about debugging/fixing a broken product?

I've taken a part a broken roomba down to the PCB. I can connect the PCB directly to the battery and connect the charging cable &amp; charger to the PCB. I'm wondering if I could post about asking...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by dustytrash‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Nick Alexeev‭

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Paper disappeared - and my rating as well

Strange things occurring in the "papers" category: my paper entitled "the capacitance multiplier revisited" has disappeared, and my vote rating has been erased. Any insight ?

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Michaël Bensimhoun‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Are questions about proper cable repair on-topic?

Would a question about cabling repair be on-topic? My main focus would be to learn about the proper workmanship to do a professional, not just makeshift, repair on an automotive sensor cable.

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Martin‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Homework questions / "ask an engineer".

Our on-topic page currently lists homework questions as mostly off-topic, in the following manner: No interest in understanding or learning, "Just gimme da anser!" There has to be some element ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by coquelicot‭

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Please find other ways to hide inloved questions that prompt close

I have not been present in the hard and very productive work performed by what must now be a pretty spectacular team for the last 10 months. Having returned and found my cherished Electrical Engin...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by KalleMP‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Creating an additional "user"

That may seem a pointless question, but life has taught me to be careful and to ask before any "somewhat unusual" steps. Also, despite it could be a Codidact question, I think it is also dependent...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by coquelicot‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Name of the OP in the list of questions

Is it possible to add the name of the OP near each question inside the question list? Only the name of the "last activity" person appears there. For me, that would help. I would like to see somet...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by coquelicot‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Can recommended features questions be asked?

I am planning to buy an oscilloscope and my applications can be some smps projects, microcontroller based projects,hobbyist projects but not heavy industrial applications.Can I ask questions like w...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by aditya98‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Can I ask a question to which I have a possible answer?

For many years I have been working on unraveling the basic ideas behind famous circuit solutions. Thus I gradually managed to accumulate a collection of circuit principles and clever tricks. I have...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Circuit fantasist‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Are BOM cost optimization questions on-topic?

Are BOM/PCB assembly cost cost optimization questions on-topic here? I can see how chasing down specific parts, prices and vendors ought to be off-topic, so I don't mean outright shopping/second so...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Getting rid of "company tags" early on

I just made a post about using "company tags" over at Software Development: We know from SO that company name tags were always problematic since: Questions are about products, not companies. Gi...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lundin‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Lundin‭

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Strange things happening

Why has my reputation dropped significantly over-night from around 352 to 316? Why are there a bunch of new people listed with decent reputations who seem to have appeared from nowhere?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Andy aka‭

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Let's have a "Papers" category.

Currently, we have two categories, Q&amp;A and Meta. Those seem to be working well. New topic type available A category can now be created where there is a single post per topic, with only comment...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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What is the added value - still unclear

Hello, I come from EE.SE. I just would like to help you to build this site. And I have some observations: First of all, it is still unclear what is the added value of this site with respect to the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by coquelicot‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Tagline/Mission Statement/etc.

The line at the top of the list of Questions is currently: General Q&amp;A about the design and function of electronic and electric power systems, their theory, and tools specific to those fields. ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by manassehkatz‭  ·  edited 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Viewing the potential live output when editing a question or answer.

I have just raised a Q and A but when editing the answer (that involves a picture) there is no "live" version of the potentially finished post and this will prove to be a problem when making a comp...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Andy aka‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Andy aka‭

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Are we there yet?

Are we ready to let the world know about this site yet? What, if anything, do we still need to do or set up first? I have created a bunch of help pages that are intended to give newcomers a good i...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Andy aka‭

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Welcome to Electrical Engineering!

Welcome to the Codidact site for Electrical Engineering! We're glad you're here and we're excited to see what you will build. This community is starting "from scratch", without importing Q&amp;A ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by spehro‭