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Is this the right site to ask about passive acoustic design in a building?

I'm considering design ideas for a meeting place that would function (if somewhat less well) even without any electricity. (It would also likely be built with less sophisticated materials to maximize ...
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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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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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Does engineering want to handle entropy questions?

We don't have a tag for entropy, and I suspect that we oughtn't. Physics does have one, and I think that questions about calculating entropy would be better handled there. If a question about Carnot ...
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Do you want me as a non-mechanical engineer to ask questions about mechanical drawing symbols?

As an electronics hobbyist and student, I often find myself in a situation where I have to interpret mechanical drawings, such as those describing the physical properties of connectors and ...
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Can I ask about the feasibility of a notable or historical engineering concept that was never implemented?

I realize it might be a bit opinion based, hypothetical, etc., but may it get through, or would it be likely to be closed? Here's what I'm wondering. I'm really, really curious: Where can I ask ...
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When is urban planning on-topic on engineering?

There exists an Urban Planning proposal on Area51. Many proposed questions are about traffic planning. For example: Do pedestrian crossings with countdown signals reduce the number of fatalities ...
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On-topicness of material recommendations

Possibly related: The Engineering.SE position on recommendation/finding stuff questions How to write material design questions I have a specific piece of equipment in need of a casing. This casing ...
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The Engineering.SE policy on check-my-work questions

We have recently received a few check-my-work questions: Heat Loss per Linear Ft Problem with Energy Transfer Rate Conversion https://engineering.stackexchange.com/questions/3687/standard-thickness-...
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Are academic guidance questions on-topic?

We've seen a number of questions asking for academic guidance; so far, they have not been well-received. Since this question was originally asked and discussed, all the below examples have been ...
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Questions like “What is this?” [photo attached]

There have been a few questions that mostly rely on people knowing what something is in a photo. The latest one is this question on a nautical item. This doesn't seem like a valuable question. It will ...
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On the liabilities of liability questions

We (the community) need to decide what liability questions are on-topic or not for the site. Our current liability questions, which I have locked while we resolve this meta question. Do structural ...
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Is architecture in our scope?

I can see one side of Architecture being in our scope, but the art side not being in our scope. There will likely be some combining of the two. I don't know enough about the day to day activities or ...
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Is oil engineering on topic?

Oil companies invest money in research (sometimes!) and this leads people that are not in the field with a lot of questions. Also some problems that happens are though and not easy to explain to ...
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Is social engineering on topic?

I know there are other questions with great answers explaining the broad scope of Engineering as a topic, and how other sites should not influence how we define our scope. I agree with all that. ...
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Are micro- and nanotechnology related questions on-topic?

Are micro- and nanotechnology (and micro- and nanosciences) related questions on-topic here? Some example questions could be How do you manufacture carbon nanotubes with a specific chirality? I want ...
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Questions purely on Electrical Engineering - here on EE.SE? [duplicate]

I understand questions that bridge engineering domains, involving electrical engineering but not limited to it should be welcome. What about questions like Motor Driver board: limited current? It's ...
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Should ethics questions be allowed?

Engineering ethics is of concern to all practicing engineers. However, some ethical dilemmas can be difficult to resolve, and outside input may be useful in coming to a conclusion. Unfortunately, ...
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Are career related questions in or out?

Just found this question here: In Engineering fields, how often do you find yourself being asked to be a "salesperson", and what is your reaction? which is somewhat career related; ...
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Are questions about engineers on-topic?

History questions are on-topic, as evidenced by the engineering-history tag. In a similar vein, what about questions about engineers? We had a similar discussion on HSM, where it was decided that ...
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Should questions on schematics be allowed?

I am aware that most StackExchange websites consider questions regarding recommendations or where to find additional information as out of scope, since they generally atract too specific anwers or ...
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What should our position be on homework-type questions?

This comes around as a direct result of this question, but I'm sure there will be more questions of a similar nature in the future. As commenters have noted, it sounds like a homework problem, but ...
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Canonical book recommendations versus Finding Things Questions

As a community, we've come down pretty clearly against "Finding things questions" (FTQ). That said, there are some edge cases that deserve additional consideration by the community. One case for us ...
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Are Questions About Engineering Software On-Topic? What questions?

A few days ago, I asked this question. On the one hand, it received a couple of upvotes and got a good answer, which also received a few upvotes. On the other hand, several people voted to close it as ...
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Biomedical Engineering: Where does the engineering stop and biomedical begin?

Aka: Is Estimating maximum lift or strength off topic? Looking at the definition of engineering: 1. the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, ...
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Once again, “Would experimental physics themed questions be on topic?”

This was originally asked by Sabre Tooth on Area 51 not too long ago. Perhaps it's relevant to put it on meta now that we're in beta, because although all the people here have clearly been on Area 51, ...
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Are history questions on topic?

This was inspired by What engineering advances paved the way for "modern" computers? Are history questions on-topic for Engineering.SE? We decided on HSM that history-of-engineering ...
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Surveying questions on topic?

Surveying can be a big part of civil engineering. Most of us have probably had to take a surveying class in college, but it isn't "Engineering" in a strict sense, and can be a separate field. A quick ...
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Questions about conforming to legislation such as CE-marking - on topic?

For example, should my following question be on-topic? I have desperately looked for places to ask such questions, and was the main reason for joining the Engineering SE site (among others with ...
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What is the scope of “Engineering” that this site covers? [duplicate]

Are there any disciplines of engineering that this site specifically excludes? It seems Electrical Engineering is covered by EE.SE, whereas Software Engineering is covered by StackOverflow and ...
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The Engineering.SE position on recommendation/finding stuff questions

In general, most Stack Exchange sites do not deal with recommendation questions such as: What is a good book to teach me x Please recommend a widget to help me <...
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Our Scope (and Overlaps with Sister Sites)

This question arises in part from my first question (since deleted). I realized while asking this that perhaps it had already been asked at Aviation Stack Exchange. While they do indeed have an "...