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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 "...
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What is yet needed to leave the beta status?

Checking periodically the Area51 page of the site, I am very happy that most stat are at least in "okay" status. Although the question/day stat is still seems to oscillate around the required minimum (...
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Why was my comment deleted?

I'm pretty sure I left a comment to: How was Volkswagen able to trick the lab pollution test? Yet now it isn't there. Why was it deleted? And why I cannot find ANY trace of my prose anywhere in the ...
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Is my question on safety practices for WWTP plant visits salvageble?

This question of mine was closed as to broad. Reasons given where that a good answer would be beyond the scope of SE. Since then there's also a request for reopening, not by me (reopen-voter, speak up!...
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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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Would this reworking of my rejected migrated question be acceptable for the Main.SE?

Rejected Migrated Question Here Reworking here:
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Are questions regarding drafting on topic here?

Just found this Engineering stack-exchange site. From browsing the help and meta, it seems this is pretty new. I would imagine some, or most, of the users here are familiar with Eng-Tips as well - ...
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Is a question about how to mill metals in a specific situation on topic?

I need to better understand metal milling, specifically speeds and feeds, and don't know where to start. I have a specific project where I need to machine 5/8" diameter slots into an aluminum block ...
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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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Clean up solar tags

I noticed a recent question (How can I connect mismatched solar panels in parallel?) with three tags relating to solar power/photovoltaics. Each of these is an existing tag: solar-panel has 6 ...
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Editing my profile pulls an older version

I've just signed up a few minutes ago. Why I try to edit my site profile, it shows an old version: The same bug exists on SciFi, and kevin there was looking for another network site that exhibited ...
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What should we name our chat room?

Exactly five months ago (to the day), Change name of chat room? was asked. The consensus was that it was too early, and so the whole thing stopped. Now that the site's much older, the time seems riper....
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How to write material design questions

I'm new to asking meta questions, but this seems like something that was important, and I really couldn't find anything else on it. Let me know if this is the wrong kind of question, etc... Recently,...
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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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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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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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I asked a question about if building a houseboat on dry land would be a useful solution and it was deleted by the 'community'

I made a suggestion about building a houseboat on dry land in a flood-prone area might help people and their properties survive a flood, and the question was rudely discarded by the 'community' with ...
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The number of new questions is low and falls, I suggest a lighter hand with the close/delete votes

This is how the actual status of the proposal on Area51 looks: It is significantly better than it looked some weeks ago (there was time when 3 out of the 5 criteria were in "Needs Work" status). This ...
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Tag hierarchy - Should all structural-engineering questions also be taged with civil-engineering?

What is the protocol for adding a next-level-up tag in the hierarchy? I am specifically thinking about the tags structural-engineering and civil-engineering. Structural engineering is a specialty ...
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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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How can I ask a good question on Engineering.SE and receive quality responses?

What information should my question contain? What should I include or not include? Do I need to provide background to my question? What can I assume the people reading my question will know?

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