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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Internet of Things has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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How did excitement for this site die down?

I see that in 2017 people were very excited about this site, for at least a year: However that chat room has been quite silent since then, and the last Meta post by a user was over a year ago. As an ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Please welcome anonymous2 back to the moderation team!

I'm pleased to announce that anonymous2 has decided to return to the moderation team! He'll be joining us from today, back handling flags and keeping the site clean. I'm sure anonymous2's record ...
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Are questions about problems with a Fitbit on topic?

If I had a problem with my Fitbit, would it be on-topic to ask about it here? This was originally asked on Super User in this question.
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2019: 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, ...
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Goodbye, world (resignation notice)

For those who don't know me well, it's probalby because I'm not very active in the form of questions and answers. As a moderator for going on three years, I've been far more active doing general ...
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Seeking comparison site for SBCs (and would it be on-topic to ask on our main site?)

After my (unanswered) question Seeking ESP32 with display which is supported by the PlatformIO debugger, I thought that I would scrape the PlatformIO docs at https://docs.platformio.org/en/latest/...
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Seeking an STM32 - is the question on-topic?

I am looking for a board, and think that I need someone to say that they have used it, rather than googling for it, and can confirm that it does what I want. I would like to program in Ada, so the ...
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Adding something to the community wiki

I posted a reasonably sized answer to I am new to IOT and am looking for some platform I can use to learn how to create IOT applications As I posted it, I knew that it would be closed (currently held)...
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Looking for good IoT reading material

Is there any regular publication (or even a book(s)) on IoT in general? Or good online sites, worthy of regular reading? I would be interested in articles on: SBCs, such as ESP and Raspberry Pi (...
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Community Promotion ad on Raspberry Pi SE

Greetings which I hope make it past the remove greetings bot ;) I added the IoT.SE community promotion ad used in years past at https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/ to the new (2019) selection ...
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How to track my movements with BLE?

I doubt that this is on topic, or that I can make it so, in order to get an answer on our main site (can I?). please note that I am not looking for an answer here in Meta. Basically, I want to ...
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Is device detection on-topic?

If not, then how can word it? If not possible to be on topic here, then where? Tl;dr - how can I detect the presence of a Xiaomi Mi Band 3? The full story: As you can see from my question on h/w ...
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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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Are questions about robot vacuums on-topic?

We have an interesting question about a Xiaomi robot vacuum over on Super User: https://superuser.com/questions/1367083/rogue-start-up-of-robot-sweeper Unfortunately it is off-topic there as it is ...
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Reopen vote on question that should be deleted

The following question is pretty obviously (at least to me) unsalvageable, the edit was made to point out how badly written the question was and doesn't improve it at all (apart from to make it even ...
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Is IoT SE able to handle Technical Questions with Accuracy?

Is IoT SE able to handle Technical Questions with Accuracy? Or is there simply too small a pool of people who can tell workable ideas from unworkable ones which are obviously unbacked by any subject ...
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Let's advertise with Community Ads! (2018)

Aurora posted an answer on the existing Community Ads Post from last year, mentioning that 2018 Community Ads season is in! This is the chance for us as a community to propose and design creative &...
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Are Pure Coding Questions On-Topic?

This question is the second by the same author asking for code only help for Amazon Web Services. Here is my comment : As I said in my accepted answer to your previous question, I am not sure ...
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Are questions about the Tile tracker on-topic?

I want to ask a question about Tile, a Bluetooth location tracking device. Tile uses Bluetooth to communicate with the companion app on your smart phone or tablet. The Tile app "discovers" a Tile ...
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New Year—New Tagline?

The Current Tag Line We had several discussions over our site's tag line so far. It started out on day two of our private beta with the initial ideas for our site's elevator pitch. We also had a few ...
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How Kosher are picture heavy answers?

A few weeks ago I asked a question and got some excellent responses. Based on those responses I did some more research and worked out a solution. That said, the responses are incomplete -- There was a ...
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Experiment: More aggressive review queue indicator

Update on Meta.SE: What criteria should we use to determine which review queue indicator a site will have? Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I announced an experiment that would: Turn on the review queue ...
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One year in beta: how are we doing?

Related: 90 days into beta: how are we doing? So here we are. Time has flown, and we have now been in beta for exactly 365 days - a full year. Let's take a look at the stats: 1.1 questions per day ...
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Are questions about the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch on topic here?

I've been trying to find an appropriate StackExchange site to come to, to ask questions about using, configuring, and troubleshooting my Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch. This seems to be the closest fit so ...
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Will we go down with the number of questions each day?

Today, when I was looking in the Area 51, I found that the number of questions asked in this site seems to be 1 per day, which it says to be poor. As I have noticed, SE will has removed sites from ...
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Correct way and place for arguing

I don't know if the question belongs here, but I have faced this mostly in this site. When a question is overly difficult to answer and there is no easy way to tell who is correct, instead of up and ...
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Are questions questions about things that are going to be used in IoT projects on-topic?

Inspired by this question: How can I send images from a webcam using a Raspberry Pi? The premise of the question is to use a Pi to send images from attached web cams to some point in the web. The ...
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Can I ask questions about smart TV not connecting / working properly here?

I've an issue with a particular piece of software that came with the tv not being able to connect in a smart TV. Would that type of question be on-topic as part of the IoT exchange. My thoughts are ...
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How to answer question when not much information about the issue is available and you cannot fetch it by yourself?

There is a vast discussion around this question and its answers, where it is difficult to say who is wrong and right. The question is about a function in a software, where a quite short text You ...
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Should we have a tag for surveillance cameras?

I do see a digital-cameras tag that is used to tag questions related to surveillance cameras. I am proposing a separate surveillance-cameras tag which can be used to tag questions related to ...
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Are Generic Bluetooth Questions on Topic Here?

There have over the past several months been many questions about CSR Bluetooth chips posted, all by the same user. Many of these have gone unanswered, and there's no clear relevance to classic IoT ...
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When Do We Consider Questions about Electronics Aimed at IoT Use Cases On-Topic?

While the close queue is certainly one thing that can and will take care of the following question in either direction I wanted to make a meta post about the on-topic-ness of questions like this one. ...
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Half a Year of Public Beta — Where the Site's at — What Can We Do Better?

This Stack Exchange site is 210 days old. That's pretty much seven months, six of those in public beta. As it happens, just today our Area 51 stat of site visits, which is a 14-day average, has grown ...
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About Posting Alternative Answers — Why Multiple Answers Are a Good Thing!

The Observation The tour page that captures the essence of the Q&A format of Stack Exchange rather well contains two very important sentences about answers. The first being: This site is all ...
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Helping this site grow — can users interested in our site find us?

Recently, the site has been starting to attract quite a few more views and users, which is very encouraging. However, I don't think the site is doing a great job at attracting some of our core ...
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On Voting and Reputation

Voting As detailed in many great posts across the network and this very meta, voting is a very essential part and maybe the most essential part of community moderation. Vote, vote, vote. Encourage ...
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Are MQTT, node-red etc questions on topic here?

I'm starting some home automation and monitoring. I'm using a mixture of commercial devices and some self build electronics. The devices are all tied together by a series of "drivers" that speak MQTT ...
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Should we add a custom off-topic closure reason for questions that have misunderstood our scope?

In the help center, we currently say that: [If your question is] is not about general computer networking, software and hardware, you're in the right place! I propose that we write a custom ...
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Afraid to ask very basic questions

I'm new to the IoT field and want to know about IoT. For some of the questions I need clear explanations which I don't get by google search. I'm a little afraid of down votes. Is it ok to ask very ...
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Is [smart-home] too broad?

The smart-home tag is by far the biggest on the site, with 62 questions (about 19% of all questions) tagged with it. However, as pointed out by dsample in this answer, it's quite a broad tag. As far ...
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90 days into beta: how are we doing?

So here we are: at a 90 day beta!! It's kind of an auspicious point in our history: a time to self evaluate. So here are the Area51 stats: 2.3 questions per day (Needs work) 92% answered (Excellent) ...
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Are questions about programming embedded devices, sensors and Things on topic?

In the comments on this question there is a discussion about whether questions about programming devices are on topic or not. Let's take that discussion here on meta. Are questions like these on ...
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Discussing if we should borrow a "Closing question as Off-Topic reason"

On Robotics.SE they have the following option in the Close --> Off-Topic list. Life Questions are off-topic. Questions about choosing how to spend your time (what book to read, which class to take, ...
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Biweekly Internet of Things Topic Challenge #3

After a quite nice reception of the idea to have topic challenges for our site we are about to start the second. It's the second one of the top-most voted challenge ideas. And it starts now and will ...
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Improving the guidance in the Help Center for new users

The Help Center has a section about on-topic questions for this site, called 'What topics can I ask about here?'. At the minute, it's essentially blank, being filled with only boilerplate information: ...
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Should questions be closed as off-topic because "any answer will be of transient value"?

Referring to comments in question "How can I find Narrow band IoT module or chipset? [on hold]" In the comments it is argued that "it is of an essentially transient value. In other words, the answer ...
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