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Suddenly I have to do a Captcha check

Over 14k points on here and now I get asked to do a captcha before posting wtf? What has changed?
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Any way to stop the poster destroying this question?

The Op keeps removing this post : https://engineering.stackexchange.com/q/52906/10902 Can it be locked?
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Engineering Stack Exchange's "graduation" election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: NMech will be joining the existing crew shortly. Wasabi and ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Engineering Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Announcing a “Graduation” election for 2022

Summary: Engineering Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for an election on September 19th, 2022, as your “graduation” election! The timeline: On September 12, 2022, I'll post a question ...
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New bioacoustics SE site may be of interest to you

The Bioacoustics Stack Exchange has reached the Beta stage and is LIVE! It is also in a critical stage, and we need your help to keep it alive. Bioacoustics uses methods from physics, engineering, ...
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Engineering not working on Mobile app

So all I get is "Request failed. Tap to retry." Quit the app and gone back in but same thing, however it works for the other 7 sites I use regularly... Works on the laptop though. Any ideas? ...
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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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Why are we using the asterisk in equations & formulae to signify multiplication, when it is not required?

For several weeks I've noticed a trend where asterisks are being used in equations, formulae or mathematical expressions to indicate multiplication, when they are not required. It's as if equations ...
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Will our beta label be removed?

Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating and Freelancing is graduating and Retrocomputing is graduating and Economics is graduating, I'm curious if ...
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Can something be done about this User?

This user is repeatedly rude and abusive. They posted rude comments (the same ones yesterday that were removed, and now they are reposted. See most difficult subject in physics/mechanical enginering - ...
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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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Is this the correct section to as about fluid dynamics of small fans?

I'm trying to design a stator to be 3D printed and applied to a normal computer fan, to increase flow and so on. I would like to ask (after providing more data) about the expected velocity ...
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Can we have a "pump specification for newbies" Q&A

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 ...
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Is it ok to ask for a refernece for stress-strain curve data?

So I need to find data from a tensile test of a steel (any steel), I need a curve with "a lot of points", not just the usually important ones. Is it ok to ask for that in the main site?
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Private Beta Site: Materials Modeling

If this is off-topic, I can take it down, but I think its valuable to support other science sites in the network. Materials Modeling SE entered private beta at the end of April. The site aims to ...
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Science stack exchanges helping other science stack exchanges!

The Physics Meta promotes support for all Science sites on Stack Exchange, in this post. The same meta post is now on several other science SE Meta sites. The Engineering SE is one of the sites that ...
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Is a question on the engineering of a respirator mask on-topic here?

Since the changes in the teacher's lounge I'm unable to ping any mods that haven't been active there. So that's why I am spamming your meta :) Here we go: There is this question that has been ...
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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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Delete or answer?

I posted a question, How can thin wire in generator windings carry the high output current?. It turns out it is answered by a previous question on another site, so I want to close the loop and not ...
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Moderator resignation

Effective today, I am resigning as moderator on Engineering and Software Engineering. I find that Robert Harvey's resignation expresses my thoughts more eloquently than what I would write, so I'll ...
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Forcing a selected answer for those absent users

So, the "community" pushes questions to the top that are ancient which do not have a selected answer. Could moderators select an accepted answer to remove these questions from the top - if people ...
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Can I ask about career in industry?

I want to ask about career change: going from a postdoc researcher in the field of biomedical devices into industry. Could I ask it here? This is the only place that has the tag related to biomedical ...
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Had 130 rep removed and all I get is "User was removed"

So, all you get told is "User was removed", why not at least tell us which question(s) were affected so we know. Bad enough we did not deserve to loose the rep... but at least telling us which ...
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Are questions about GDP/GMP compliance, methodology, batch records etc. on-topic?

The idea would be to find out how some of these things are being done in systemic or domain-specific manners, to help make process improvement choices.
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Does anything happen to serial downvoters?

Just had 4 separate questions downvoted in quick succession - what happens to those who do it? And how can we find out who is responsible? Or at least get confirmation that something happens?
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Pavement Engineering on Topic?

Are questions regarding pavement engineering allowed on this exchange? The Q&A topics include specific pavement design software and pavement design principles in engineering. I read through this ...
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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 "what's going on here" questions on-topic?

I have an apartment in a city which overlooks a building site for a brand new 57 story skyscraper - I have been here since the site was first cleared, and have followed the progress with great ...
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Is my account broken?

I just got off a question ban. I asked a question got up votes but I've been banned again. What did I do wrong??? There must be some mistake or glitch. Please don't make me wait another 6 months to ...
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Can I use Engineering Meta SE for a Sandbox?

I have problems writing a good question here and don't want to risk getting banned for another 6 months or more. Is there a way that I can Sandbox here like in Worldbulding.SE? https://worldbuilding....
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food-processing tag?

I was looking at this Q&A, and it got me wondering if there may be value in creating an explicit food/beverage tag. Many of the people here, or new audiences, may be focused on a specific area ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Engineering's first moderator election has come to a close and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and share your ...
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Moderator election: |candidates| = |positions available|

Firstly I welcome all the candidates, and I hope their nomination will be successful. :-) Here I see a little... uncommon thingy. We have two positions, and also two candidates. Is it for sure okay? ...
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My questions marked a favorite but still down votes? Is this unusual behavior?

More of my questions have been marked as favorite but are still down voted to the point of a question ban. Can a handful of people out of thousands down vote a user into a question ban? https://...
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Can the ban on questions be shortened by a moderator?

6 months or more to asks another question is extreme just for asking bad questions which I thought were good. Once the asker is up to a point of bad questions regardless the length of time that passes ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Moderator Election Question: How to attract active netizens

This is a question to be answered by wannabe moderators (per Announcing a Pro Tempore election). There have been many times where the answer is on Meta "Have the community nominate it for deletion" ...
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Moderator Election Question: Comments v. Answers

This is a question to be answered by wannabe moderators (per Announcing a Pro Tempore election). There has been many questions where I find an answer exists in the comments, but because nobody ...
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Moderator Election Question: Homework Questions

This is a question to be answered by wannabe moderators (per Announcing a Pro Tempore election). What are your thoughts on the current consensus on "homework" questions? This has been discussed ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Engineering will begin the nomination stage for a special election on August 27, 2018 to bring in two moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta Stack Exchange....
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Guidelines to avoid resource hunting questions?

A couple of questions have recently been closed (or got some votes to close) for being "resource-hunting questions". I was hoping we could build some criteria to help future posters to phrase their ...
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Why is the engineering chatroom so quiet

Why is the engineering chatroom so quiet and there are no moderators to the rescue?Electrical engineering has a separate chatroom but there isn't one for mechanical engineers.Moderators please create ...
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Is this a good place to ask if my own mechanical inventions are stupid?

I have a book of inventions mostly mechanical. Since I'll never be in a position to patent and produce them maybe I can see if they are a good design here?
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When the answer is wrong is it an answer at all?

I have a question I asked and later after researching different schematic that that only answer is wrong. I added mine the correct one and received down votes while the incorrect answer gets up vote. ...
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Why do I have more reputation then I earned?

I just got off a years suspension and all my posts have down votes. I don't understand why my reputation does not reflect that? I know I get 100 rep from being a member but not the rest of it. I'm not ...
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Would this question about computer memory and BIOS be a good fit for Engineering SE?

Noticed you guys have an (as yet undefined) computer engineering tag. Does this seem like your cup of tea? I'm writing a little toy operating system using a mix of C and Assembly (it's not meant to ...
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What's Going on With the Buoyancy Question?

I'm looking at the question Would an object at the bottom of the sea still experience buoyancy? and the answers/voting/general response is boggling my mind. The question is asking about what would ...
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Can I ask a question about the role of engineers in pace-maker design here?

I want to ask the following question but I am not sure whether or not it would qualify as a valid question: What role do system engineers play in the design and implementation of a pace-maker? It ...
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