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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Congratulations, we're public!

It's been a tough pull in some ways. Many users have devoted much time publicizing, discussing, and working toward what we have before us today: A public site! I just want to say that I am thrilled, ...
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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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Enable syntax highlighting for code blocks

We've had quite a few questions involving code on the site now: Recapture/reset the first frame from a motion detector every N seconds How can I change Alexa's pronunciation of a specific word 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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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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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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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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You have the power. Use your close votes!

We already have post regarding regular votes (Vote Early, Vote Often (Seriously)), but I want to cast a special light on close votes. Private beta is about making the scope of the site more clear. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should the security tag mention Security.SE?

Already, I see a few questions which, while they seem to be about the security aspects of IoT, are really just plain security questions, applicable also to non-IoT situations & devices. Should ...
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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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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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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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Protocol for device and language-specific questions

I'm wondering how we should handle the issue of builder questions (such as one of mine, for instance) where the answer might share some overlap with another SE focused on a device itself (e.g. ...
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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 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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Annoying suggested edits indicator

Since I reached 1k I have an annoying all-time present suggested edits indicator stuck at 8. It's stuck at eight. At first I thought it might be the problem about my own edits being shown. ( Number ...
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All icons are broken

All my icons for network questions apear as the little 3D icon...? Is anyone else having this problem? Seems like this is not a problem just with the IoT beta (May have been caused by it?) because ...
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Merge [cameras] and [digital-cameras]

I noticed that we have both cameras and digital-cameras in our inventory of tags. I don't believe they are both necessary... I propose synonymizing them. The only kind of camera broadly used today ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How fast should I be accepting an answer?

I have noticed that the more prolific users of this site tend to accept the first answer to their question quite fast. Now there is obviously nothing wrong in accepting any good and thorough answers ...
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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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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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Critic Badge not activated

I know that I've down-voted, but the Critic badge has not been applied. I don't know if this is a bug or there is a purposeful delay.
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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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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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When is it acceptable to copy edit a tag wiki excerpt and description from other SE site?

So there is this initiative about Keeping tags clean from start. I think this includes adding tag descriptions and excerpts as soon as possible. There will be tags, there are tags which are already ...
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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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