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How to use the Engineering Stack Exchange site as a classroom activity?

I'm happy to see this question on our Meta site and I like the idea of incorporating the site into classroom activities. I'm not an educator but I would like to give a bit of a reaction from the ...
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Is it appropriate to answer the question we think the poster is asking in low quality posts?

On larger, older sites in the network, I've seen some users scolding other users for answering questions that, apparently, ought not be answered. There's a strong movement on Stack Overflow in ...
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Do you want me as a non-mechanical engineer to ask questions about mechanical drawing symbols?

Your proposed questions are appropriate to ask on the main site. Please provide an image of the symbol in question along with some amount of context about what you're working on.
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Copyrighted codes/standards and fair use

In general, I think it is totally acceptable to quote small excerpts from copyrighted codes/standards when they are relevant to an answer. Across the literature in the industry, I often see articles ...
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What's SE Engineering stance on chatGPT answers?

I think ChatGPT posts and posters should be dealt with quite harshly since they have the potential to seriously degrade the usefulness of an SE site. On ServerFault we don't get a lot of meta ...
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How to use the Engineering Stack Exchange site as a classroom activity?

I am going to answer in a version of @Air's answer. I will agree with the statement of "Don't force students to ask questions". It could be an interesting exercise to have a student find a question ...
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Why did my question get so many down votes

Policy stuff The downvote tooltip (shown when you hover your cursor over the voting button) describes its intended use: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful ...
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How do we handle questions about conspiracies that contain engineering topics?

In theory, if the technical question in the problem statement can stand on its own merits as a useful bit of Q&A, I think it's reasonable to address any problems with the non-technical portions of ...
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What's SE Engineering stance on chatGPT answers?

I am in favor of banning the use of any language model (e.g. ChatGPT) that produces answers to questions here. On Engineering.SE, we sometimes deal with very specific and detailed situations. In ...
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So many on-hold questions

No. Bad questions are a problem for the site. They are not a good thing. We do not want bad questions. We do not want to cut some slack for bad questions. Keeping bad questions open, as you suggest, ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

This seems like as good a place as any to state publicly that I will not be nominating in this election. Since this site launched I've taken on more responsibility at work, my family has grown, and I ...
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Comment vs Answer - When do you consider which one to use?

The first version of your answer, and the one Glen reviewed, began: I cannot comment so please let me put this here. In that light, and given that this is not the first time you've tried to ...
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Does engineering want to handle entropy questions?

I don't think it's useful to consider "entropy questions" categorically at this time, since we only have the one question, which may not even be in scope. We certainly don't need to create an entropy ...
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A question about professionalism and neurotypical

I find this question to be important, but not on-topic for this site. Also, you'd probably get more qualified advice at another SE, namely The Workplace.SE or Interpersonal Skills.SE. Hope they can ...
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Is it appropriate to answer the question we think the poster is asking in low quality posts?

To offer another approach to the situation: I try to assist askers with questions I believe are salvageable by encouraging the asker to improve their question through their response to pointed, ...
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Is it appropriate to answer the question we think the poster is asking in low quality posts?

I largely agree with Air, but I'm not going to be quite as positive about it. You definitely need to consider the real chance that you are wasting your time. That part is up to you. It's not my ...
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When is urban planning on-topic on engineering?

From the questions that you listed, all of the traffic planning topics would certainly be acceptable here. There is a separation of Urban Planning and Engineering though. As an example, at the ...
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Edit approve/reject for substantial changes by a different user

While I'll admit this is a little bit of a grey area, in general I agree with your reject vote. The author of a suggested edit is never the same user as the author of the post (or it wouldn't be a "...
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Graduate Degree Question

While the question could certain qualify as individual academic guidance, if I ask it to draw more general answers, would it be appropriate? Likely not. Academic guidance is inherently specific to a ...
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Can something be done about this User?

The user in question was suspended after their original outburst. If they come back and still cause problems, they will be delt with appropriately. As long as these things are flagged, they will be ...
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Will our beta label be removed?

Yes! We got the same notice that the other sites received. We were waiting for an official announcement from the company before mentioning it here, but obviously the cat is out of the bag. What to ...
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Increasing Answer Feedback

This isn't uncommon on SE. Some users ask a question without registering an account and don't care to participate in the site after they've asked their question. Some questions are so straightforward ...
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