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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 (...
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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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Biweekly Internet of Things Topic Challenge #2

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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Announcing Moderators Pro Tempore!

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Do we need [embedded-agent]?

The embedded-agent tag has been around for a while, but it doesn't seem to be a great tag in its current state: There is no tag wiki or excerpt. The highest search result for 'IoT embedded agent' is ...
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Deadline-free bounties

N.B.: This is inspired by this post over on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf. Purpose: If you have a post that you want answered, you can offer a dead-line free bounty on it. Simply post a single ...
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What is IoT (Internet of Things)?

In Area51, while I was browsing, I saw 'Internet of Things' and joined this community. The description was: Beta Q&A site for everyday objects embedded with electronics to be sensed, monitored, ...
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Biweekly Internet of Things Topic Challenge #1

After quite nice reception of the idea to have topic challenges for our site we are about to start the first one. I allowed myself to pick the one that seems a bit more easily accessible and ...
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Topic challenges to promote the site

I came across Worldbuilding's fortnightly topic challenges recently. It's based on this meta post on meta SE about topic challenges. I think this could be a nice way to promote our site by challenging ...
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Are questions about industrial control on-topic?

This question could arguably be described as in the retrocomputing realm of IoT. Although the protocol in question is 30 years old, the use case seems to align with industrial IoT applications. So ...
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Tag review: emqtt and emq

The tag emqttd was created lately. Since the project adopted the short name of EMQ a emq tag might be prudent (synonymized to each other). EMQ(Erlang MQTT Broker) is a distributed, massively ...
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What should our off-topic migration paths be? [closed]

Triggered by this question This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network and the ongoing discussion of on-/off-topicness we need to agree on our main migration paths. As they ...
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This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network

This question belongs on the Security Stack Exchange. When I voted to close it as belonging to another site, the only option I had was here on meta. I have seen quite a few questions which clearly ...
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How can users be presented with a definition of IoT before being allowed to post?

It is becoming quite apparent that many people who find their way here have no idea what the Internet of Things is, and more importantly, is not. Surprisingly, when I look around the site, I can find ...
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Should question about Intel Compute Stick be on-topic?

Intel Compute Stick is a compute-on-a-stick device. For example it can be used to connect to your TV via HDMI (making it part of IoT?). Would question about it be on-topic? If it depends, then on ...
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When do we finally progress “Internet of Things” from beta to released?

Now all joking aside and still being new to all of this, what is beta a version of Internet of things? Or is beta a mix of different meanings? I am assuming we had an alpha stage right?
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Are questions about the shipping timetable on-topic?

I asked https://iot.stackexchange.com/q/680/250 which is about when a device will ship. Helmar suggests that questions about shipping timetables should be off-topic. What does this community think ...
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Answering clearly broad, unclear or simply off-topic questions that should be improved first

We had a couple of questions in the past few days that were not generally bad but rather unclear and broad: Internet controlled garage door Is there any way to track GPS device without WiFi, ...
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Are questions about web services on-topic?

There have been several questions about web services and applications recently, and some have received close votes, so I think it'd be helpful to discuss whether these questions are on-topic for the ...
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On-Topicness of programming questions in general

Strongly related discussion. We should widen this site-scope discussion to handle all possibly emerging programming questions not just the embedded aspect. We certainly will have questions about the ...
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On-Topicness of Embedded Programming Questions

Intel SPI flash descriptor While this question is a bit unclear at the moment I wanted to get a community view on embedded programming questions in general. Should they be generally on-topic? Off-...
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Are any shopping questions on topic?

There is a question about light switches, which I think is borderline just a simple shopping question. If it's asking for guidance on the class of device, or what to look for, I can see an argument ...