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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Notes: This nominee would be a good choice because of his strongly active with this site by his avid contributions from the first day of private beta of this site & solved many users questions ...
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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Notes: I'm nominating myself as a candidate for Pro Tempore Moderator in the hope that I can help the site to grow and improve to become a useful, high-quality Q&A site for everyone to benefit ...
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Afraid to ask very basic questions

First off, don't be too afraid of downvotes—you gain far more rep for upvotes than you lose when you get downvoted (for questions, you get +5 for upvotes and only -2 for downvotes). However, I realise ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often (Seriously)

Also, please keep in mind when voting that your votes are yours. You don't have to up or down vote something just because others have. Read it, make your decision about the content, and vote ...
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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site?

To break the ice, I'll start with nominating myself, Ghanima, as a mod pro tem. Notes: When it comes to IoT I'll have to admit that I am not a professional but an avid enthusiast only (encompassing ...
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What exactly is an "Internet of Things" device?

Unfortunately, being somewhat of a buzzword, the Internet of Things is subject to nebulous definitions (including this definition), and honestly, until the field matures, standards are created, and ...
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I'm afraid to downvote because I will lose reputation

Vote away. Votes on questions never take away rep. Private beta doesn't have the same privilege levels as later on so there isn't much to lose now, and by then you will have made some useful posts ...
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Wi-Fi vs. Wireless Tags

WiFi is basically a technology for Wireless LAN based 802.11 standards so it is a subset of wireless. Either we edit posts tagged with either with prejudice and make sure the tag wifi is only ...
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Are MQTT, node-red etc questions on topic here?

Yes, they'd be on-topic here. There are currently 38 questions in the mqtt tag (out of 405 on the site), so that's a pretty clear signal that MQTT questions are welcomed here. We haven't yet had a ...
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Goodbye, world (resignation notice)

I'd just like to say an enormous thank you to anonymous2 for what is nearly three years of service to this site. Since the beginning of the beta, anonymous2 been instrumental to making the best of ...
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I'm afraid to downvote because I will lose reputation

We won't lose rep on downvoting questions but lose 1 rep on downvoting answers. Don't be afraid of losing reputation when your inner says the post is of really bad quality, if you are confused whether ...
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Should I leave this community?

There is certainly no need to leave, everyone is welcome. There is truly no need to un-link your account as long as you are curious about the site's topic. On the contrary, if your are interested in ...
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Are security questions on-topic here?

Expanding from my comment, my view is that any question which is specifically about the security of IoT devices is a perfectly valid question here. For example, take this title of a question: What ...
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Are "how do I build X?" questions on-topic?

I disagree with this approach. If I understand your proposal correctly, it sounds like questions which are initially off-topic (how do I build...?) can become on-topic by actually building them, ...
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Should I leave this community?

Now I'm noticing that lots of the content is above me and I don't understand it This is understandable, as IoT itself is a newer thing and a broader topic, with the emerging devices and newer ...
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Are questions about industrial control on-topic?

I think we should allow these questions, even if the original protocol is quite old now. Although IoT often uses quite new technologies, I see nothing wrong with accepting questions that use older ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often (Seriously)

Coming from a small (and with respect to voting a rather stingy) community (https://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/) I would to reinforce the importance of voting - not only in private beta but even ...
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Are device recommendations on topic?

Shopping questions are off topic for Stack Exchange (including recommendations of things to get) - read the blog post for more into or the meta post for a TL;DR version. As such, the concise answer ...
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Essential questions #4: site elevator pitch / tag line

A result of our January 2, 2017 chat event: Internet of Things is a Q&A site for consumers and developers of interconnected objects embedded with electronics to be sensed, monitored, and ...
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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site?

Notes: Just throwing my hat in the ring at the recommendation of a user whom I deeply respect. :) My nomination as far as my IoT reputation and badges are concerned isn't impressive, mostly because ...
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Let's Advertise with Community Ads!

I still like my sketch from the Christmas promo question. I used my unparalleled(ly bad) paint skills to make a sketch. I'm making this Community Wiki. Everyone who is a better designer can gladly ...
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Let's Advertise with Community Ads!

This ad is tailored for Security Stack Exchange. I made this in Gimp, XCF available on demand if someone has better design skills than me (which is about 99% of the world's population).
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What will be the procedure to select new mods?

Around 7 days into the public beta, the Stack Exchange team will pick (most likely three) pro tempore moderators: This is a temporary, short-term appointment. Moderators Pro Tem focus and expedite ...
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Smart-Things vs Smartthings

SmartThings is a proper noun, not a concept. It's spelled as a single word. As the brand is getting confused with the concept, I've suggested an edit to change the tag to samsung-smartthings. “Smart ...
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Are device recommendations on topic?

Questions asking for recommendations of IoT devices are on-topic, obviously. As to whether they're permitted, that's up to us to decide. Some Stack Exchange sites, such as Super User, have decided to ...
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When is it acceptable to copy edit a tag wiki excerpt and description from other SE site?

There are two aspects to consider when copying from other tag wikis. Firstly, attribution. While SE operates generally on a license that allows copying its contents it does require attribution. So ...
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Are questions about software/hardware primarily related to the Internet of Things on-topic?

Software and hardware tools used for IoT should be on-topic here as long as the particular use case is directly related to IoT. There will be an overlap with other branches of SE these tools will ...
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Discussion about the IoT reference question

It doesn't make sense for a QA site. The whole point of a QA is that you can look up questions and get answers. This will just be a blob of information that is not a question nor answer so the current ...
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Are any shopping questions on topic?

"Where can I buy..." should be closed straight away. We should not post answers about prices, webshops and distributors. "What device would be the best for the following application..." is fine ...
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90 days into beta: how are we doing?

I've just commented on another Meta question about how disorganised the experience felt as someone wanting to ask a question (after having searched for my answer). There are IoT-related tags on other ...
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