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I actually started one, then deleted because I was unsure. The question would be along the lines of:

We get lots of naive question on pumps and pumping systems. This site could use a concise guide to help these people get started.
what are the first steps in selecting and specifying a pump?

My answer would be "write down medium, flowrate and system curve or pressure diff. and find an appropriate centrifugal pump, if no centrifugal pump fits investigate other pump types" in a few more words.

However, when starting on an answer, I felt that a few things need consideration:

  • it's a huge subject: A concise getting started guide necessarily leaves out a lot. For an experienced engineer I will be obvious what was left out, for the target audience, not so much.

  • OTOH, some questions clearly would benefit from even such a bareboned guide

Ultimately, is such a Q&A something we (or rather some of us) want for this site, what should be the scope and most importantly who would put work into an answer?

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  • $\begingroup$ As you mention, it may be hard to make an answer that is both helpful and broad. There are lots of topics that come up every once in a while that would benefit from a "you must understand this much before proceeding" limit. I'm not sure that StackExchange is set up to have such a system. $\endgroup$ – hazzey Sep 12 '20 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ The alternative would be a meta question "What information should I include in my question" with one answer each for several common types of question. A lot of questions here would greatly benefit from simply writing down the relevant explanation and including a sketch. $\endgroup$ – mart Sep 16 '20 at 6:00

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