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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Should we more narrowly define the scope of this stack?

What made me wonder this is this question: How do radio jammers work? Is this about radio technology? Yes. Is it something an amateur radio operator likely has knowledge about? Probably. Is it ...
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10th Anniversary of Amateur Radio SE!

In October ham.stackexchange.com turned 10 years old. Congratulations on asking, answering, voting, and building this community for a whole decade! Whenever a Stack Exchange site turns 10 we like to ...
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Presence at the SDR & Ham Radio devroom at FOSDEM'24

Does anyone want to drop by and say hello? Do we have a dedicated presence / Birds-of-a-feather meeting (we might want to coordinate that with the Belgian hams)? I'm attaching the call for ...
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what are the criteria for deleting vs closing a question?

For example, this question about a GMRS hand held that is answered in the manual is both poorly researched (not researched at all... it's in the dang manual that I don't have but is the first google ...
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Presence at SDRA/HAMRADIO Friedrichshafen

I was just wondering whether people will meet in Friedrichshafen, especially at SDRA, considering the community here is at least a bit software-affine, in general. I'll try to be there (still having ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions on how to boost the reception on my FM radio here?

I know that this stack exchange is mean for amateur radio. Would it still be acceptable to ask about issues with the antenna and reception of my FM radio here, or is there a better place for that?
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2022: a year in moderation

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Are questions concerning good repeaters allowed?

Are people allowed to ask for repeater recommendations for a specific area?
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Are book recommendation questions product recommendation questions?

The relevant close reason reads: This question asks for recommendations for specific products, services, software, or electronic designs, which are off-topic as they attract opinionated rather than ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Congratulations to us—ham.SE is no longer a beta site!

As of today, 16 December 2021, ham.stackexchange.com is no longer a beta StackExchange site! We graduated along with 57 other sites. Congratulations are in order! Here's the official announcement. ...
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Be a bit vigilant about safety-critical radio tech question

How can we be more vigilant not to "pseudo-help" people and bring them (or others) into danger that way? Background: Lately, someone asked a question about a Katherine antenna (Kathrein is a ...
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Should gray-area questions that are primarily theoretical be allowed here?

The designed scope of ham.stackexchange.com (ham.SE) and a few other other Stack Exchange sites overlap somewhat in what are often called "gray areas". (Or "grey areas", if you ...
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Should there be a new tag for questions regarding Morse code that aren't about amateur radio or the technology of radio?

The community recently voted to expand the scope of this site to include questions regarding Morse code that are not also about amateur radio or the technology of radio. Should we make changes to our ...
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Should we expand the scope of this site to include questions about Morse code?

From time to time questions about Morse code pop up here, typically because Morse code is mentioned in some pop-culture context. Here's such a question that was inspired by a Google doodle. To me ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #1 on Amateur Radio has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new pro-temp moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 Ham Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three ...
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When voting to close a question because it belongs on another SE site, why is ham.meta.SE the only choice?

I just tried to vote to close a question because it belongs on another SE site, in my opinion. When trying to vote I was forced to designate the other SE site that I think the question belongs in, ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator Election for 2021

Summary: Amateur Radio Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on August 9 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Why are there so few downvotes and flags here? What purposes do they serve? Should we encourage more?

Compared to other Stack Exchange sites, there aren't many downvotes or flags here. I can think of one reason: we have such a small community of regulars, and many of us may be hesitant to give ...
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How is this site moderated, and what can ordinary users do?

This site seems to have lots of rules, written and unwritten. Of course spammers and trolls are pretty rare, and discussions usually stay on-topic. This must take a lot of moderation. Who does the ...
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Changes to the DX tag

I just edited the tag dx. Before, there was no descriptive text associated with it. https://ham.stackexchange.com/tags/dx/info If anyone wants to suggest edits, here's the place.
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Should we have an official rule against asking the same question on more than one SE site?

Someone posted the question Circuit for RF Splitter, and @TylerStone pointed out that essentially the same question had been asked on electronics.SE. Everyone all over the web knows that cross-...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the question-and-answer format in ham.SE?

New people drift into ham.stackexchange.com all the time. Many are familiar with chat-style forum sites, and are surprised by the question-and-answer format and the rules that go with it. Many don't ...
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Discussion on proposed new tag

I proposed a new beginner tag at https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/55877914#55877914, but the right place to discuss it is here in Meta. I already created that tag. Should we rename, ...
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Erroneous red dot indication on the review queues icon

For a few months now I have often seen the red dot on the review queues icon, which is meant to indicate that there are posts that have been flagged as low-quality in the queue to be reviewed. (For ...
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How strictly should the close-as-duplicate rule be enforced?

Here are the reasons why questions are sometimes closed as duplicates. Read this first. The Stack Exchange rules about duplicate questions were recently relaxed --in a recent post that I can't find-- ...
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Deleting a question that is borderline unanswerable

Why is my diplexer such a spectacular failure? I feel that my original question was basically too broad. I'd like to break this diplexer problem into two questions, one concerning how to best use a ...
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Let's have our own community ads!

As for other sites, SE went in and had another round of promotions. I think it's a good idea we do that, too, and even if its just to get our fingers warm when it comes to promoting this site on ...
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Later this year, hamSE may no longer be a beta site. What will happen?

Per this answer in a related question, we might come out of beta in late October. What will happen then? Will there any advantages, etc. of no longer being a beta site? We need to prepare a logo or ...
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beta status as of February 2020

I saw the question Will we come out of “beta” ? … ever? from November 2017, and I wondered how we're doing now, over two years later. So I looked up our site statistics on Area 51 here, and here's ...
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Is this edit working?

Ok, let's settle something here. I would like the people who closed my question to come to state their case. I would like the people who have closed my question on wattage to copy and paste the ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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New tag: military-surplus

I added it a couple of days ago, and applied it to a number of questions. Does it need any synonyms, etc? Please post any suggestions here.
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Is this edit ok? [duplicate]

Carrier phone system adaptation Are theses edits sufficient to open this question.
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Contesting this closure

Carrier phone system adaptation This a question is a concept stemming from a radio engineering handbook and my handbook talks about phone patching. I have made conections to the radio, the only ...
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New tag: antenna-modeling

We need a new tag, antenna-modeling. See this question which is an example of why a new tag is needed. I propose tag synonyms of NEC, modeling, EZNEC, mmana, and the names of other commonly used ...
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Why our community doesn't have a logo?

Most of the communities in Stackexchange have dedicated logos. But why don't we have one?
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What are rules of thumb with setting bounties?

I have been recently been given the privilege to start a bounty. I have been browsing the unanswered to get some questions a chance to be answered. What are some good rules to go by to award questions ...
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Should we rename from "ham.stackexchange.com" to "amateur.stackexchange.com"?

I ask because the likelihood of this question turning up is greater as time goes by and it's best to have this sooner rather than later. Not all cultures approve of the word "ham", despite it being a ...
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Should tags be created for ITU regions?

Kevin Reid AG6YO already explained to me that tags should be broad enough to include an entire category, however, I Safeguards against cross-border abuse?, which I suspect is specific for ITU Region 3....
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Increasing the Number of Questions per Day

I was looking at the Area 51 statistics for our site early today: What stands out is the low average number of questions per day. We seem to be doing quite well on all other metrics but the 1.9 ...
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Have a tag for every single device?

As seen in How do I replace the Li-ion battery in a Kenwood TM-741A? we've got device-specific tags. Now, I'd like to think it'd be a good idea to have a guideline on whether to tag with the ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Antenna Theory within our Ambit

After looking at how SE EE handled a recent antenna theory question, I think we should expand our ambit to specifically include antenna theory and application - whether or not related to "radio". Why ...
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Confused about metrics

I have some odd metrics that I need clarified. My reputation on the "Where does the signal know where the cable ends and antenna starts is a +4 meanwhile the answer I posted has a -2 votes. So what ...
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Are questions concerning commercial business-band radios allowed here?

The hamSE What-topics-are-allowed-here help page does not specifically disallow questions about non-amateur-band business radios, business repeaters, antennas, etc. in such a way that the majority of ...
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How can this be an 'unclear' post?

I really don't understand how this post can be closed as 'unclear what you are asking'. I look at the details of the posting as well as the answers already provided and short of the poster answering ...
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