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Yes. There's enough math-based discussion in the ham community that it'd be useful.


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Given the popularity of Field Day and the continuous discussion about batteries on SOTA and QRP lists, I think it is on-topic.


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I'm opposed to any "forced user naming convention". If you want to include your callsign in your user name, then you can add it to your displayed name on your profile. If you only want your callsign in your name on ham.SE, then when you save the edits to your profile, click the Save Profile button instead of the Save and Copy to all Stack Exchange Accounts


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Yes, i think we should also cover SDR.


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I'd say something along the lines of "can ABC be used for XYZ" is fine - it has a clear answer that shouldn't change with time. "What's the best ABC for XYZ" in cases where the topic is broad or talking about a wide range of options tends to be subjective and should probably be closed as opinion-based. (Narrower questions of this nature may be fine.) "What ...


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I don't think we should say anything at all. I certainly don't think we should have a policy mandating how users display (or not display) their call signs. Consider: in what situations will it matter? Stack Exchange is supposed to be everything about the quality of the answers, rather than the people answering. If an answer is good, what difference does it ...


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There are numerous examples of questions which would or could be better asked, or answered, with math support available. A few that I found just quickly browsing through the site's current questions are: Why is the speed of light rounded to 286 Mm in calculations involving frequencies below 30MHz? (answered without math, but the question explicitly requests ...


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I've wondered the same. If we post the questions in general-purpose terms then they do not need a country tag united-states. That's a good thing. I'd say that we do not want questions that can be answered simply with the text from the pool. Example 1 Avoid this: G6A01-2011: Which of the following is an important characteristic for capacitors used to filter ...


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It seems like these are a clear cut synonym. I would just use jargon.


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Yes, if it's an SDR commonly used by hams, an SDR that someone's trying to apply to ham use, or a general theoretical question about SDRs. For example, the softrock kits are on topic. The use of the RTL-SDR dongles is on topic if and only if the question otherwise relates to amateur radio. General questions about the theory are on topic. Questions about SDRs ...


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Amber (meta, network, StackOverflow, nomination accepted) Amber has been consistently active since the beginning of the beta, active in multiple areas of the site, has assisted with helping new users(1)(2) and keeping the site on-topic(1)(2)(3), is usually available on chat (133 posts), and has been active with questions (15) and comments (22) on meta. ...


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Answers to test questions, which focus on the whys behind them, are definitely on topic. Answers to test questions that simply ask which of the answers is correct aren't on topic. We probably don't need more than a single question to answer some families of questions.


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I think some of those come from people who actually know the answer and are trying (with good intentions) to "seed" the site with questions. I agree, however, that it'd be nice to see the overall question quality go up, even perhaps at the expense of slower growth in total number of questions. There are plenty of places one can go for basic answers to basic ...


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I don't think it's possible to completely ban "list questions" simply because the potential meaning of "list question" is so broad as to cover a lot of things that probably could get quite a useful response out of the Q&A format. (You could ban a narrow definition, e.g. questions that specifically ask for a list, but that only affects a small subset of ...


7

Tag synonyms should not be used to collapse specific terms into general ones. There is benefit to having both general and specific terms. For instance, someone might be looking for information specifically about RACES. Having the races tag makes it easy for them to browse through available information. Similarly, someone might be looking for all ...


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The trouble with many of these questions is that they don't have any single answer. Looking at other sites, we regularly answer questions that might have several thousand options. There's more than one way to make a program do something specific, and more than one solution for a particular electronic design problem. It becomes a problem when there are ...


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Yes. To quote Wikipedia's definition of amateur radio, it is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. Similar language is found in both national and international regulation surrounding amateur radio. The key ...


6

I'm not sure what the problem is? I go by Andrew on all other SE sites, but here I've edited my display name to include my callsign. I see no need to compel the use of a callsign, and cannot see any reason why a ham would not want to. But that should be down to individual choice.


6

Personally, I'm inclined to favor long tags - e.g. united-states. It's more readable, especially when placed along with other tags. Short tags tend to wind up as an alphabet soup.


6

First: on any StackExchange site you're going to have a lot of people who do only one or the other (e.g. on StackOverflow I have 3000+ answers and exactly 2 questions). That's simply a fact of life. As long as you have a good number of both of those types of people, you're fine; you'll get plenty of questions and plenty of answers. That said, the best way ...


6

Welcome to the site, and I'm glad to hear you find this site a worthwhile successor to your own community! I hope you have great success with it. I'm not sure if there's much of a strategy beyond encouraging people to start using this site. Yes, if the participants already have a Yahoo! account, they will be able to it as their Open ID to log into this site ...


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PearsonArtPhoto (meta, network, has accepted nomination) PearsonArtPhoto has been active consistently since the beginning of the beta, active in multiple areas of the site (including meta and more votes than any other user), is often available on chat (104 posts in ours, active in other rooms), and has provided proven quality questions and answers across 47 ...


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My initial impression would be that there's nothing wrong with most Google questions, because that type of question can always benefit from an excellent and authoritative answer - a literature review if you would. A question would be good for this site if either 1) the current top search results give the answer without explanation (in which case maybe ask "...


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My thought is that such questions should be allowed, as they are providing a form of Emergency Communications, which is fundamentally what we are all about in the Amateur Radio community, or about tinkering, which is also encouraged. That said, anything that is leaning towards illegal, immoral, or commercial, should be rejected.


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I'm sure there are many who do this out of jealousy or spite against Americans or for whatever other personal reasons they have. However, for those of us that are still very new to the HAM radio environment, those "well actually"s can be really useful. Having people jump in and say "Well actually, this is only true in the U.S. in France, it is something ...


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Let me give a few interesting tidbits. It turns out that site views are up, but questions are down. Thus, I think we are attracting people to the site, but no one seems to want to stick around for more than just getting the answer to their question. I think we need to see if we can do something to increase the number of good questions on this site. Perhaps ...


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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 topicality of questions. Let's go dust off that moderation chat room a bit…


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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 Exchange sites, which assumed that sites had to be big or they would fail. That said, here's some ways I can think of to cause there to be more (good) ...


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I'd be inclined to say that if they clearly have a radio connotation (e.g. "what kind of battery pack(s) do I need to run my XYZ rig for at least a day"), they're fine. More general power questions (e.g. "how many watts can I expect to get out of XYZ solar panel in cloudy conditions") are probably off-topic.


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I like feed-line. It's more than just transmission and not as vague as cable.


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