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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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Why did my question get so many down votes

I asked this question with genuine interest, supplied sufficient information about it, and showed that I have done prior research, but it still got downvoted a lot which is shocking to me. I was eager ...
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Can we build a special subsection of the site to help users who have problems understanding engineering texts?

Sometimes when studying engineering books, there is something that we don't understand. So: Would it be useful to build a special subsection for such help requests? Such a subsection could also ...
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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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Can questions asking for the distinction between two engineering phenomenon be on-topic?

I'm new here, so I thought I would double check. I've just asked the question How to explain why the statement “Cavitation is boiling,” in an answer is not really correct. Obviously the question does ...
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Why is there no close flag option for recommendation questions?

Regarding questions for resource recommendation, Meta says "No!". So why is there not flag option for it, like on other sites? On StackOverflow it looks like this: Questions asking us to recommend ...
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How do we handle questions about conspiracies that contain engineering topics?

I took a quick look around and I couldn't find previous discussion, so I thought I would bring this up. I was inspired by this question, which asks about whether jet fuel can melt steel beams (yes, ...
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So many on-hold questions

As I write this post, 12 of the 30 questions on the first two pages of "Questions" are [on hold]. I'm a newbie here, but that seems high. As I understand it from reading other meta posts, this site ...
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Information needed about a closed question

So I asked This Question earlier and am still having hard time understanding how I am supposed to ask this in a more intuitive way, so the boards will accept my question in general. I have went back ...
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Unable to flag question for asking for a product recommendation

I was going to flag a recent question for asking for a product recommendation, but was unable to do so because there was no option. The "Off-topic" section of the flag feature, only has two choices: ...
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Are questions inquiring about the existance of particular inventions\tools in scope here\elsewhere? [duplicate]

I was particularly looking to ask a question about whether devices\methods have been developed to aid urban core fire departments to speed the sluggish, grueling ascent in skyscrapers when existing ...
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Increasing Answer Feedback

I've noticed several questions with only one answer and no feedback (requester not accepting the answer and no upvotes) which seems to still leave the question unresolved since users have no idea if ...
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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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Why close questions just because they are difficult?

I recently had this question closed with the motivation that it was too broad: https://engineering.stackexchange.com/questions/10378/intuitive-understanding-of-constitutive-laws-for-beam-properties ...
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When did the tags “rail” and “railroad” get merged?

I see that railroad is a synonym of rail. When did this happen and why? It seems that at the very least, this is the wrong way, i.e. rail->railroad should be the direction. In the railroad industry ...
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How should we handle questions that specifically state that they are cross-posted?

Lately we have had some questions that specifically state that they are asked on other StackExchange sites: What is the etymology of "bridge cam gauge"? Looking for a common term for "...
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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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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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Should bare questions like this be closed? [closed]

With some questions such as this one it is difficult to know if there is enough context to answer the question - if there is any chance of someone with specialist experience being able to answer it. ...
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Can I ask a question here that I already asked on another Stack Exchange site?

I have asked this question on Aviation SE, which I think would also interest the community here on Engineering SE. Up to this point I haven't received complete answers to my question on Aviation. May ...
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Should applicable questions be tagged with the requisite code?

I'm a civil engineer and I mostly stay on that side of this site. I am also a Brazilian living in Brazil, which has its own structural codes, distinct from those in Europe and the US. Given how much ...
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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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Should we change the title of “Identify this” questions once the answer is known?

Sometimes our site gets questions where the asker doesn't know what something is and provides a picture. As a site, we have come to the understanding that these types of questions are acceptable as ...
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Mark Up Formatting of Titles & Questions

I edited this question because the OP originally had Al2O3, with no numbers subscripted, instead of Al2O3. When I reformatted the chemical using ...
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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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Ability to Review Closed Questions

I just reviewed a First Posted question that looked like one that might have been recently posted and closed. I tried going back through the currently listed questions, for the past 6 weeks, but I ...
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Are CAD software usage related questions on topic here? [duplicate]

Say, I want to know how to convert 3D Polylines into 2D polylines in draftsight, or the questions that are covered in area 51 proposal here. My questions have to do with how to use CAD system to ...
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Include MathJax/LaTeX help link, like on Mathematics.SE

The MathJax help link (see below) presently links to An introduction to using $\TeX$ in the Harvard Mathematics Department. Whilst this gives thorough treatment, it takes quite a bit of clicking to ...
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Is there an earthquake tag, or can we make one? [duplicate]

I was looking for an earthquake tag for my new question but didn't find one. Can we make one?
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How can I create a new tag?

I want to create a new tag for trains for my question here. How can I do this? Does an admin have to do it for me?
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Do we want a general disclaimer

Wait, what?! Haven't we already discussed the subject of a general disclaimer on the site? Why yes, yes we have. And in that discussion, the consensus was that "No, we don't." But that conclusion ...
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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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Is there a policy for questions/discussions which lead to a new discovery?

I believe that a forum like this provides one with the possibility of sourcing a wide spectrum of engineering know-how thus it could be a useful and efficient medium for developing projects or ...
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Are AutoCAD usage questions on topic here? [duplicate]

Are AutoCAD usage questions on topic here? The CAD proposal didn't pick up steam and was closed.
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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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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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Close reason: belongs on another SE site, only Engineering Meta available?

I believe this question belongs on Maths.SE. I therefore voted to close, and selected "this belongs on another SE site", and clicked Next. My only option then was to select that it belonged on Meta....
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Question closed for bad project?

I'm curious as to why this question was closed. So far as i can see from reading the reasons a post can be closed, there is no validity for shutting someone down for having their project be bad. His ...
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Can I ask this question: Is there any aspect of a nuclear weapon test that cannot be simulated using super computers?

Nuclear weapons tests are experiments carried out to determine the effectiveness, yield, and explosive capability of nuclear weapons. However, these days most nuclear weapon states uses Super ...
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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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Are too many questions tagged with “mechanical-engineering”?

At the beginning of our site (not even a year ago), there was an effort to tag every question with one of the "big three" engineering disciplines (electrical, mechanical, and civil). See: Don't forget ...
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More upvotes required to offset questions without accepted answers?

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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The unfiltered [filter] tag

I noticed today that we've got at least two distinct classes of question using the filters tag: Mechanical filtration questions, e.g. Gas cleaning in activated carbon filters - How much moisture is ...
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Tag clarification: building-physics

I just saw the tag "building-physics" on a question about tire-balancing beads. Which seemed strange to me, as car tires have nothing to do with buildings. On checking the tag wiki... there's nothing....
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Answering questions with comments

I often answer easy questions with just a comment, for many of the same reasons mentioned in this thread. On another StackExchange site which I'm active on, this practice is fairly common, especially ...
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Where did my 15 points go?

I'm not particularly motivated by point-scoring, but I'm curious about what caused the -15 change on Strength of a welded steel gate with vertical bars vs. crossed diagonal bars I can't see any down-...
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Why has this question had so many more views than average?

This question has had over 1600 views in 2 days. Which is orders of magnitude more than the average views for questions on the Engineering StackExchange site. From a quick scroll through recent ...
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Topicality of questions about differing versions of books

A recent question asks about the difference between two versions of what many would consider a canonical textbook for multiple fields. There is modest community consensus that questions regarding ...
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Naive questions

I read https://engineering.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic which says questions will be well received when they (among other things) Excite or challenge experienced professionals in the field ...
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Do we need a generic live load / dead load question, in order to create a canonical answer?

I saw this question today, on whether hydrostatic loads are "dead" or live". Very heavily related is this previous question on whether a moving load (that is always somewhere) is "dead" or "live". I ...

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