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Please welcome your new moderators

Welcome! It's pretty quiet around here, so moderation doesn't involve a lot of volume of work — I always feel the tricky bit is the judgement calls, particularly around the quality of answers and the ...
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Increasing the Number of Questions per Day

I'm not against any particular effort, but I do think we shouldn't worry about these metrics too much. They haven't (as far as I know) been revisited since the retirement of an earlier model of Stack ...
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Random terribrilliant idea: ask all the FCC exam questions here?

My opinion: You are proposing posting questions and answers to increase a metric rather than to actually provide useful information. Don't do that. We're not a content farm. As pretty much covered ...
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Will we come out of "beta" ? ... ever?

The “beta” label really does not mean very much these days. Stack Exchange has been slowly — over the course of years — acknowledging that sites can be small and yet stable, a net benefit to the ...
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Why bumping a question which is dormant while OP is absent for long time

This particular bump has successfully served its purpose. I just looked at the (public) reputation histories of the answerers there to confirm that the answers just got upvoted — before the bump, the ...
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Are questions concerning commercial business-band radios allowed here?

As I see it, the following are the case: We allow questions that happen to be about CB, FRS, low-power operations (Part 15 in the US), etc. because they are typically in the spirit of amateur radio: ...
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Is the stackoverflow Documentation feature going to be rolled out to other SE sites?

Is the stackoverflow Documentation feature going to be rolled out to other SE sites? I haven't found an official word on the matter yet, but my understanding of the situation is: Documentation is ...
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Too late to widen the scope of this SE?

Sites do change in scope all the time, especially in beta. One of the most notable examples with the Science Fiction site, which initially did not allow Fantasy. Over a period of time, fantasy became ...
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Have a tag for every single device?

Early on, we followed the principle of having manufacturer tags but not device tags, essentially for the reason you state. But we haven't been deleting them when they're created, and I currently don't ...
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Contesting this closure

Phone patching is certainly a part of amateur radio, but your question does not describe how a telephone circuit element should be at all related to “[creating] a portable field radio”. I recommend ...
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Later this year, hamSE may no longer be a beta site. What will happen?

Nowhere has anyone said that we will automatically come out of beta after 7 years. There was a one-off removal of beta status from its that were 7 years old or older, and it was implied that as well ...
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Let's have our own community ads!

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Why are there so few downvotes and flags here? What purposes do they serve? Should we encourage more?

I participate in larger SE sites, and I have clearly seen how helpful downvotes are there. Authors of questions and answers get immediate feedback of what the community thinks of the post compared to ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator Election for 2021

I will probably throw my hat in the ring.
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Should we expand the scope of this site to include questions about Morse code?

I think I am in agreement. Generally, questions are on-topic if they are about "amateur radio or the technology of radio", but I would say that we have reached a point in time (where Morse ...
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Let's explicitly state questions about illegal use of a radio is off-topic

I generally agree that we shouldn't just go along quietly with someone proposing to transmit illegally or such, but some notes on the implementation. Remember that someone may not know that what they ...
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Let's explicitly state questions about illegal use of a radio is off-topic

I am concerned that we have no geographic reference for the OP nor the application location. So how can we decide what is legal as this is highly dependent on geo-political boundaries? On other ham ...
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Please welcome your new moderators

Good to see some new mods. This site just became too much for my current time, but I welcome the new moderators! Congrats!
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How can we improve the activity on this site?

The original question was from 2015, but since there is recent interest: My evaluation of the current state of things (mid-2017) is that everything is fine and we don't need to do anything. I look at ...
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How can we improve the activity on this site?

This isn't much of an answer, but I think that the low participation rate is a natural consequence of the design of all the Stack Exchange sites. Since most questions that might occur to people have ...
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Helping new user with posting an excellent self-answered question

Can we revive that question Technically, yes, but it would be a bad precedent to undelete content that the author chose to delete and was permitted to, especially as doing so could not ...
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Confused about metrics

Actually, the "How does the signal know where the cable ends and antenna starts" answer has an upvote and three downvotes. That should give you a nett +4 (+10 for the upvote and -2 for each downvote). ...
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Should we rename from "ham.stackexchange.com" to "amateur.stackexchange.com"?

Sorry for being blunt, but renaming it to Amateur.SE doesn't really make sense because it doesn't tell anything about what the site is about: Amateur model? Amateur musician? Amateur performance? Oh, ...
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What are rules of thumb with setting bounties?

In my opinion, the best kind of question to give a bounty is a clearly stated question that happens to not have a well-written answer yet, particularly when a good answer would be long or otherwise ...
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Is this edit working?

Your question is not clearly written. In general, there are two kinds of questions: concrete questions about a specific case, and theoretical questions. "What [power level] is safe" suggests a ...
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beta status as of February 2020

This is actually very encouraging. I don't know why you think the site is stagnating - it's a Q&A site about a niche hobby, after all, and by every metric engagement has improved significantly. I ...
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Let's have our own community ads!

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Discussion on proposed new tag

That tag falls on important metrics, imho: utility: great, now we'll have questions with that tag. How will that help? It doesn't describe a specific field of knowledge or skill necessary to answer. ...
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Discussion on proposed new tag

I find several of the arguments in answers to the meta.SE question that Kevin linked to in chat, Should we be adding tags like [beginner] to questions?, to be interesting. Of the four answers to that ...
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