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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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### 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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### Don't forget those “high level” tags that target an engineering discipline

There is a huge potential in this site that lies in the same premise that made Stack Overflow one of the largest sites on the 'net — it united all the world's Programmers Engineers regardless of ...
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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 "...
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### Should our beta icon be changed from Eg to Eng, or an icon?

I have noticed that Cognitive Sciences SE and probably others use three letters in their blue (beta) icon. Engineering uses two (Eg). It's non-intuitive, and I feel e.g. "Eng" would fit the name ...
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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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### Naive design questions (NDQs): “How do I design ______?”

There have been a few questions where users with little to no training are requesting instructions on how to design some object. Some examples (both happen to be structural): Asking for a "set of ...
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### Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

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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### How are we doing?

This post is to help the community track how we're doing as we progress through our private beta into a public beta and hopefully into a full-fledged SE site. Statistics are provided by the Area51 ...
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### How to use the Engineering Stack Exchange site as a classroom activity?

I am a professor of Chemical Engineering, teaching topics ranging from mass and energy balance, to thermodynamics, to transport phenomena. I have been thinking of ways in which to incorporate ...
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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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### 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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### Proposal: Add a custom close reason for homework questions that don't show effort

Update 2016/09/08: Based on the answer provided by Air (it's long, read toward the middle) and more recent usage on the site, Homework-type questions have been closed with the Unclear What You Are ...
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### Community Ads to use in other sites

I just noticed your site and I'm happy you guys made it into beta; I wish you all the best in making this a great site. One nice way to let the world know about this site is via the Community Ads ...
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### Is it appropriate to answer the question we think the poster is asking in low quality posts?

If someone asks a poorly defined question but their intent or interest can be inferred is it appropriate to answer the question that you think they are asking ? This may be particularly relevant ...
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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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### Why doesn't Engineering support MathJax syntax?

There are a number of communities in the Stack Exchange network that use MathJax to allow for rendering of mathematical expressions. Some that come to mind are Math and Physics. In my opinion, ...
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### How can I use MathJax/Latex to typeset equations on this site?

Engineering.SE supports $\LaTeX$ style equation editing via MathJax. However, most of the guides for typesetting equations with $\LaTeX$ are either too limited or too expansive for new users who just ...
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### Who should our pro-tempore moderators be?

From The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta: Discussing the criteria of a great moderator is important and picking out potential candidates is a great way to introduce outstanding contributors to ...
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### Field distribution of users: what kind of expertise do we have on our SE site

It would be nice to know, more or less, what is the expertise base that we have on Engineering SE. Instead of each person giving a separate answer akin to "Hi, I'm an X engineer", where X is their ...
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### Should $\LaTeX$ be disabled in question titles due to ${\huge weird formatting?}$ $${\frac{\frac{\text{this is}}{a~very~ugly}}{\huge title}}$$

I definitely prefer $\LaTeX$ in the body of a question. It's sharp, easy to read and adds a lot of quality. However, in the title I find it highly disturbing. It also destroys the nice look on the '...
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### How to ask about the content of math education for engineers?

In our private beta, a university maths educator asked this follow up question: Math Engineers Use Did you find it beneficial to have about four semesters of calculus? Maybe you do not use ...
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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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### How should we handle home modification questions?

We have received some questions about home modifications. The answer typically boils down to "It is probably more complicated that you imagine. Hire an engineer." Each question is similar, but unique....
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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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### Should comments like “this belongs on EE.SE” be deleted?

Robert has made clear that, at least at this point in time, we should aim to accept questions from all engineering disciplines and not restrict our scope based on the existence of other 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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### When should I use math markup?

Prompted by this suggested revision. Here is the body of the question as it appears in my browser (Chrome 40.0.2214.111 m): Marking up this paragraph with MathJax simply to introduce superscripts ...
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### Copyrighted codes/standards and fair use

Frequently it is useful to reference codes and standards in either questions or answers. However, many (if not most) codes are copyrighted and should be purchased from the responsible entities. How ...
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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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I am newer to the Stack Exchange and the Engineering SE so forgive any naivete. With fewer users on this site in particular, it seems more important that up votes are cast to reward and filter good ...
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I recently answered a question twice with two different approaches that would answer the question in different ways (i.e. offering different solutions to the same problem). On the one hand, the OP ...
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### Would a “How to make magnets” question be allowed on this site?

I want to make some homemade magnets (the stronger the better), but am not sure whether these types of questions are really welcomed on this site. Any other site's suggested if I should not post it ...
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Sometimes answers start out like: In addition to what [other person] said ... Is it valid to add additional information to other answers like this? Should the poster repeat what is in the other ...
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### Do my work for me type questions

I have seen a few questions that sound more or less like a full design problem description. In essence the poster is asking somebody to do the work for him. Now the question is when does the ...
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### Should we implement the mhchem package to be able to typeset chemical formulas?

When Im active on chemistry.SE, I use this feature, which allows you to typeset chemical formulas into the latex framework, a lot. And I can imagine quite a few circumstances where it could be handy e....
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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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### Engineering.SE manifesto

By the fifth day of our private beta, we have publicly lost our first user.1 The summary of their reasoning was that they felt the answers to a question they had asked mocked the premise of what the ...
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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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### Why are questions regarding discussions or product sourcing not allowed on engineering stackexchange?

I have answered many questions here on engineering stack exchange, but I find it impossible for myself to ask an engineering question. Any question that I can frame to meet the rules, I could more ...
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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 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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### 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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### 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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### Embedded.SE shutting down

Embedded.StackExchange is no longer. The official reason is listed here at their Area51 page: The Embedded Systems site didn't have enough activity during the beta and has been closed. And while ...
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### Expanding our public beta audience

It's now been one month since Engineering.SE entered private beta. In that month, you've helped to collect nearly 250 questions and 400 answers on engineering topics ranging from steering devices and ...
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### What should our policy be on 'Novel Idea' questions?

Lately we have seen a few open-ended questions presenting ideas that the poster thinks is a novel concept, but which are clearly impractical to people with modest backgrounds in engineering. The ...
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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 ...