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Can a paper be a tutorial or textbook-like?

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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 looks interesting (it seems to address some of the suggestions I made in the very early brainstorming days of Codidact, e.g. a sort of "blog" space for authors).

Reading the help about papers it seems that the feature is meant for "paper-like" content, i.e. somewhat innovative content, but maybe I didn't get the whole picture.

Since the first bullet there is about "education", I wonder whether writing some tutorial/textbook-like material would be on-topic. Moreover I'd like to know if the level of the material need to be "high" (e.g. post-degree) or can also be lower (e.g. high-school or undergraduate).

It goes without saying that it must be quality content, so I'm not asking about that. But my doubt is about the "innovation" thing. In fact, for example, I was considering writing a paper on what is a lumped parameter circuits and why/when it is useful. So no real innovation here (besides probably my writing style).

Is this acceptable on this site? When I joined Codidact I envisioned it also as a place where experts could put high-quality introductory material for newbies and students. Is the "paper" category such a place?

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This is a good question. I wasn't originally envisioning introductions to known concepts, but that might work if well written. If so, the Paper should at least be clearly labeled as such. We don't have a lot of Papers, and I wouldn't want to see introductory material drowning out new concepts. I suppose if that happens we could create a new Tutorial category and migrate the tutorial-type Papers over there.

Another possibility is to write the tutorial as an answer to a carefully asked question. Self-answered questions are fine here, and can be used for tutorial-like answers. For example, I did something like that here.

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I think your idea of creating another category is the way to go long term. Textbook-like material doe... (1 comment)

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