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Let's get critical: Jul 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Amateur Radio Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Happy Holiday Season

I realise I am only new on this site, but really enjoyed participating and contributing this last year. I learned a lot, not only from reading questions and answer, but also by asking questions and ...
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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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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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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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Should ticket-holders use a dummy call-sign user?

Just what the title says. A lot of users on ham.SE (hopefully!) will be amateurs with a legitimate call-sign. How should they share their call? Would a dummy-user by the call-sign be acceptable? ...
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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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What do we think of answers that are purely quotes from elsewhere?

What do we think of answers like this? On other SE sites I am active on, answers that a purely made up of quotes from elsewhere (even when attributed) are generally frowned upon. There is a discussion ...
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Let's explicitly state questions about illegal use of a radio is off-topic

With some frequency, someone will ask a question about doing something illegal. Often, using a Baofeng radio without a licence, on frequencies for which the radio is not certified. Amateur radio ...
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Help with a few tags (overly specific?)

I was cleaning up a few new tags and found a couple corner cases that might help resolve some big-picture questions on whether a tag is needed: Should every specific model number of hardware have it'...
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What is the best strategy to migrate the members of my ham-related Yahoo!Group to ham.se?

I am the "moderator-owner" of the Windom Antenna Yahoo!Group. I have been longing to move that Yahoo!Group to a more "mature" Q&A site like ham.stackexchange.com. What would be the best strategy ...
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Should we encourage the use of SI-units?

Ham radio and the internet are by definition international communication media. Should we then encourage the use of the International System of Units at this site? Would it be too much to ask to ...
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Too late to widen the scope of this SE?

Personally the "allowable focus" on this site suits me fine. I'm into SDR and RF stuff and have been using my ham license as the context to explore that. But I'm a little torn: seems like many ...
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Should we use short or long tags for regional/country tags?

I've seen people using united-states and usa, similarly I've seen uk and wouldn't be ...
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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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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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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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Helping new user with posting an excellent self-answered question

Richard has posted a really nice article, but sadly in the question field alone. I tried to guide him through the process of answering his own question, but that didn't work out – he deleted the ...
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Answer acceptance rate is catastrophic; how to encourage askers to accept?

A few stats: Questions that aren't closed, and have accepted an answer: 779 Questions that aren't closed, have at least one answer, but no accepted one: 694 In other words, even when I answer a ...
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Winter Bash (Hat Bash)

For the last 3 years, Stack Exchange has done a special around Christmas where they have special hats, awarded for a variety of things, that lasts most of the month of December, and maybe a bit more. ...
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Is "amateur radio" vs. "Amateur Radio" on topic?

Here's an interesting question: How do I build an portable FM transmitter? This doesn't qualify as Amateur Radio in the US, on at least two counts: (with some assumption) it involves operation in ...
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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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Defining/changing the "noise" tag

It came to my attention (thanks to user SDsolar — sorry I rejected your tag wiki edit; I didn't see that it was documenting the actually existing situation) that we have the tag noise as well as the ...
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Proposed changes to antenna-related tags

Outside of specific antenna types or components, we have these tags for antenna questions: antenna and antenna-construction. I think that the tag antenna-construction is not actually very useful in ...
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Field day questions

Let's try and ask as many questions relating to Field Day while they are fresh in our minds. If we do this, then we will have a great list for next year, and as a bonus, we'll also remember the ...
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Current Status from Area 51

Not sure how many folks know that Area 51 maintains stats for all the sites in Beta as they work towards graduation. To get out of Beta a site usually needs at least 4/5 stats in the green. Our site ...
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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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We need a better tour question

I was just inspired to review our Tour page, and I find the question that's there (Why is the 70cm band commonly referred to as the 432MHz band?) to not be a great choice. It's a question about the ...
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What is popular around Amateur Radio forums?

A quick survey of the top four ham radio forums via google search shows that that are a number of very popular topic categories. Here are the top common subforums with the most threads (not posts, ...
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Regional tagging rules?

Amateur radio invites users worldwide, but the rules and usage differ region to region, sometimes significantly. On most Stack Exchange websites, regional tags are avoided in preference to generic ...
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Older questions with no selected answer

What happens when a question is answered, but the asker doesn't choose a solution? (or doesn't even return to the site since the question was asked). Is there a way to override this and mods can ...
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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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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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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 specific off-topic close reasons do we want or need?

We have had questions related to this matter here on Meta before (there are probably more that I just don't recall right now). When we added the custom close reason dealing with specifying a relevant ...
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Correct grammer for "a/an SSB"?

I just had a question of mine edited from "...an SSB..." to "...a SSB..." and I'm wondering if we're going to suggest a standard for the site and permit such edits, or leave it up the the person who ...
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Tag for ionospheric/propagation conditions?

I asked this question which I tagged 'ionosphere' (which didn't previously exist). User Mike added the tag propagation, which has one other question tagged. As far as HF goes, these tags are probably ...
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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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Proposed close reason: impossible HF propagation questions

I asked this one: How can I know over what distance or at what speed I can communicate? and it was closed as "too broad". However: this was not closed: What bands and modes will give me ...
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What should happen to regional questions that don't specify a region?

For example: Is a guest-operator QSO recorded in the host-station log too? Being a question about regulations, the answer will differ based on the jurisdiction under consideration. However, the ...
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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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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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Let's get critical: Jan 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Amateur Radio Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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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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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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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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What tag to use to discuss FLDIGI?

I am new to FLDIGI and want to exchange experience/lessons learned on stackexchange. What is the best tag to use?
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What should be the difference between the "license" and "legal" tags?

We currently have two tags that cover fairly similar ground. I'm talking about the license and legal tags. The two appear to fairly often be used to mean roughly the same thing; particularly, "...
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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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“Power” tags need improvement

There's a gap in the available tags. The only tags with “power” in the name are power and power-supply. If we believe their descriptions, then power is for RF power levels only (though it doesn't say ...