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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Let's Advertise with Community Ads! [duplicate]

Now that we're in Public Beta, it's time to start thinking of how to spread the word! Let's start this Beta off strong by creating our own ads. Forgive me as a I plagiarize a post from 3D Printing. ...
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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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How should this site's general chat room be named?

Unable to find the general chat room for this new site and thus assuming it does not yet exist: How should our main chat room be named? It is custom to use a clever play of words on the topic of the ...
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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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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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Essential questions #4: site elevator pitch / tag line

According to The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta one of the essential questions private beta is to establish our tag line. This site's elevator pitch. I will not include a suggestion in the ...
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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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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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I'm afraid to downvote because I will lose reputation

Some posts I see here are lower quality. However, if I downvote, I'll lose reputation and lose privileges. Is there a way for me to express my opinion on this new site without the loss of rep?
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What exactly is an “Internet of Things” device?

So, let's define this part of our scope. What do we call an IoT device? Does it contain non-commercial products (for example hue being allowed but homemade iot devices being not allowed - I think that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are “how do I build X?” questions on-topic?

A few recent questions have asked about how a specific IoT device should be constructed, like so: How could I create an LPG indicator? It's almost certain that these questions will be too broad, ...
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Are security questions on-topic here?

First of all, welcome to this new SE site! I was wondering if we should allow security questions, as securing the communication between IoT devices (e.g. How do I secure communication between app and ...
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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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Which blogs and IoT communities might be interested in this site?

As suggested in A Recipe to Promote your Site, we need to start taking small, focused steps to start getting the word out about Internet of Things Stack Exchange. To help the site to grow, I think we ...
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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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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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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) ...