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Vote Early, Vote Often (Seriously)

I’ll start by echoing the message from other sites that went through beta, voting helps us define the scope of the site and figure out who the experts are. To quote the Vote early, vote often blog ...
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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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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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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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Where can we get more Subject Matter Experts?

Where - and related: how - can we get more experts to join this site either now during private beta or later during open beta? We have to face it, IoT is a very wide field and contains myriads of ...
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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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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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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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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until the community is large enough to hold a proper election, we will be appointing three provisional Moderators to fill those roles. We need ...
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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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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 questions about software/hardware primarily related to the Internet of Things on-topic?

I recently asked a question about a technical feature of Ubuntu Core (and specifically its package manager, Snappy). Some users voted to close this, so I think we should start a bigger discussion ...
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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 ...
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What topics can I ask about here? [closed]

What's on-topic or not will naturally evolve during private beta but should finally be condensed into this part of the FAQ: https://iot.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic I would think it easier to ...
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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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Should I leave this community?

When I first joined IoT in Area 51, I selected that I was "just curious", because I was. Now I'm noticing that lots of the content is above me and I don't understand it. However, I do understand ...
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Keeping tags clean from the start

I want to provide some basic reminders regarding tags. As many of you will know from the other SE sites you participate in, tags are not on the top of the pile functionality wise in the SE sites. ...
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Should these tags be plural?

We currently have the tags protocol and beacon but the tag standards, sensors, kitchen-appliances and over-the-air-updates. That's inconsistent. All those are either general concepts which have ...
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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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Scope and Audience of the Site

First (and possibly last) impressions: the scope is unclear, hence a lot of questions down voted and put on hold - possibly due to people like me, those who just have a curiosity of this type of ...
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Are device recommendations on topic?

I'd like to ask a question about a device that can monitor specific things. Are recommendation questions on topic? To make this more concrete, I'd like to a weather sensing station. This would ...
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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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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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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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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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Let's discuss the site scope in chat! - January 2nd, 6PM GMT

After a discussion in the chat, it seems like it might be a good idea to have a discussion event about what we consider on/off-topic so that the site is more prepared for public beta. The event will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Protocol comparisions

We currently have two questions that are essentially asking for protocol comparisons. One is already closed and fails to garner reopen votes even after a edits, the other stands at three close votes. ...
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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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Smart-Things vs Smartthings

smartthings has been created and I get an annoying warning when trying to change it to smart-things. Generally all multi-word tags should be hyphenated. Can we please change the tag name. Since it is ...
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Essential questions #2: The IoT Tag Taxonomy

According to The Real Essential Questions of Every Beta one of the essential questions is to establish a good base for a taxonomy by using sensible tags. To help us keep the the taxonomy clean I'll ...
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Easy questions - or: Are there questions just too simple for this site?

Over this question What does the Lively Medical Alert Watch Monitor? (prior to any edits) the following issue has been risen: Why the upvotes for someone who can't be bothered to Google? The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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2022: a year in moderation

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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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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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