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2022: 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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Where can questions that are purely about 3D modelling, or CAD, software be asked?

The on-topic page states that CAD, or 3D software, questions can be asked on SE.3DP, only if they have some eventual relevance to 3D printing. However, if the question is purely about how to draw/...
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Is 3dprinting.stackexchange.com likely to still be active in the foreseeable future?

Is the Stack Exchange 3d printing site likely to remain active in the foreseeable future? There seem to be some challenges, e.g. competition with the likes of Reddit, the change of management with the ...
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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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We're graduating!

3DPrinting Stack Exchange is leaving Beta in mid-December. What is Beta? As the (somewhat out of date) Help Center article says: “Beta” means that the site is still being defined and constructed. We ...
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Late Answers Review - manually flag posts for deletion - the "Recommend Deletion" button is broken

TL;DR If you thought, as I did, that the Recommend Deletion button, in the Late Answers review, deletes posts... well, it doesn't. If an answer merits deletion, then, in addition to selecting the ...
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Frankenstein's synonym

Related to the recent question, How to determine the firmware and firmware version of a Frankensbox fx-800? and given that: The Frankensbox FX-800 is a rebranded Dedibot DF3; The support for the ...
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Flag "link only" answers as "Not an answer"

How should a reviewer flag a link-only answer? Hint, the answer is in the title. However... whilst it is obvious (to most people) which flags apply to which answers - when those answers are really ...
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Is there a group for CNC routing?

I'm asking this on Meta because it clearly is off-topic for 3D printing, but there is enough in common someone here may know. What is the SE group for CNC routers, such as the multitude of 4060, 4040, ...
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3DPrinting.SE site logo, can it be changed?

Our site has the default Stack Exchange logo (text balloon with text 3D), is it possible to change this logo? I was thinking of something like this: or If it is possible, we could try to write out a ...
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Bounty expired, and no answers -- now what?

I put a bounty on this question, because the one answer it had seemed as if the answerer hadn't read the (admittedly long) question. The bounty just expired, and according to the message, I "must ...
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Does this 3D Printing site want only three votes to close (or should we stick with five)?

I've just noticed this Meta post, Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites and I wondered whether we should employ it here, and what do other people think? We are a smallish site, with ...
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Do we have / what is our policy for discussing firmware?

This question about tweaking G-code to change Z-offset attracted this answer. I left a comment linking to the G-code list on the site for Marlin firmware as a further resource. The author, a moderator,...
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Moderating comments on Github/Gitlab

Related to Do we have Standardised Comments?, I happened to stumble upon this link on Github, Benjol/SE-AutoReviewComments, whilst reading this comment from this question on AskUbuntu's meta site, Is ...
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Troubleshooting questions - suggesting redirection to the chat?

Yeah, it's a bit long, apologies. But I feel it is worth bringing up. Many questions are actually troubleshooting questions. You may try to answer them to unblock the concerned who stuck, but number ...
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New users aren't posting their own questions - are we scaring them off?

This question now has two questions-posted-as-answers from new users. When this happens, we delete the answer but also leave a comment asking the new user to post their own question: Hi and welcome ...
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Online printing related communities

Which are some of the most active online communities (regardless of platform) that regularly deal / talk/debate / etc with printing in general? I'm especially interested in ones focused heavily on DIY ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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3D printed weapons and us

In the chat this had popped up: Are questions related to DEFCAD's Liberator permitted here? After asking on the main Meta, I was asked to ask here instead. How shall we deal with the topic of 3D ...
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On-topic page is finally finished (again...)

This is a quick note to say that the (yawn!) on-topic page has been fixed up and made to look like the on-topic pages of other SE sites, rather than a jumbled beta mess (which was entirely my fault ...
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CAD Questions - Review

Currently, pure CAD questions are out of scope of our Stack, but we have quite some cases that edge, where the question about the CAD is about how to make a model printable or design principles or ...
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Useful things to check for when cleaning up posts

Following up from some comments1 left on this question, here is a brief list (quick braindump) of common things to keep an eye out for, when making an edit to tidy up a post: Obvious mistakes Typos ...
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What do we do about "Does Anybody do/have X?"?

"Does anybody" questions are, to me, a sign of especially poor writing: They ask about mere existence, and then the answer always can be yes, as there will be one experimental setup that did ...
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What is the best method to thank a new user for a question? Is it permitted to welcome a user to 3D Printing SE in an answer?

I've been here for a little while. I am still a low-reputation of SE, with most of my involvement being here. I know that each SE has it's own personality, somewhat derived from the charter, ...
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Do we need a "marlin-2.0" tag?

Recently a question got tagged with the marlin-2.0 tag which I changed to marlin. Should we allow a new tag for Marlin 2.0 since this firmware branch is significantly different from version 1.1.x?
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New tag: first-layer

Several questions are related to first layer calibration or issues: I found 43 of them with "first layer" in the title alone, 150 with "first layer" anywhere (no duplicates). I propose adding a "...
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Are questions about how I can help in the COVID19 crisis on topic?

There's been a bit in the news about persons 3d printing parts to help in the COVID19 pandemic, but as mentioned in this Forbes article, Community response is high, but also in short supply is ...
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How does one provide input to this page?

Updating Marlin Firmware - Step by Step Guide Page asks for step by step updates, but is locked for comments, answers, or edits. How does one help?
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Tag Rename: lcdscreen -> lcd-screen

to make reading tags easier, I propose to swap lcdscreen to lcd-screen, in line with x-axis and others.
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Drones and Model Aircraft Site proposal

I'm the creator of the "Drones and Model Aircraft" SE site proposal. Aside from reaching the requirement for >100 committers with >200 reputation, we are doing very well. Since our communities have a ...
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Should we merge tag "bed" and "build-plate"?

As the question states, should bed and build-plate be merged? Basically, both tags refer to the same part of the printer; bed should be a synonym for build-plate.
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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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Should we have a PID tag?

There are quite some questions on PID tuning or PID tuning related questions. Should we have a pid to make this more visible? Or, should we tag such questions by adding the heat-management?
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Tag Maintenance Winter 2019

Half a year passed since Tag Maintenance Summer 2019. A lot was done, some wasn't, so cleanup and rinse and repeat: Let's do some tag maintenance, especially regarding printers to make them easier to ...
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How to deal with a mistake in a question after answers were provided?

I asked How to theoretically calculate the maximum acceleration? but I noticed that I made a mistake in the formula. The question (body, not title) was only about one aspect, which has been answered ...
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Avoiding overlap with the Arts & Crafts site

We are currently looking at the scope definition on the Arts & Crafts site. Some 3D subject matter could be on-topic there, and we don't want to steal any thunder from the 3D Printing site. Your ...
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Why was this (stepper motor selection) question deemed "off topic"?

About Friday, this question was transferred to 3D Printing Beta: Which NEMA 17 Stepper Motor for Titan?. I left work for the day without clicking send on my comment, or my answer, and found today ...
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Are questions about applications of printed outputs on-topic?

Are questions about applications of printed outputs on-topic? Some examples that I suspect will involve both on-topic and off-topic specimens: Can model X be 3D printed using common materials and ...
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Canonicalizing/verbosifying software names?

Every time I write "Cura" in a question or answer, it gets edited to "Ultimaker Cura", most recently resulting in awkward verbose repetition that required additional edits to fix. I don't see any ...
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Tag Maintenance Summer 2019

We should do some tag maintenance, especially regarding printers to make them easier to read. Use an answer to propose a change, merge or split. Discussions for each change should go into the comments ...
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Is photogrammetry and 3D scanning on-topic?

Photogrammetry (3D models from photos/videos) and 3D scanning (like structured light and ToF) are popular ways of obtaining a 3D model for printing. Is the discussion of those techniques on-topic ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

3D Printing's First Pro-Tem moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 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 weeks,...
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Why do I have a 'User was removed' entry on my reputation change sheet?

This is actually an odd question for me, so let me explain it as best I can... After logging back into the Stack Exchange Network after some time, I got a notification stating that my 3D Printing ...
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On-topic has been updated - finally!

Our topics page has been sorely lacking for a few years now, and in need of an update, in order to reflect what the site has become, and to take into account what people has been asking for. Note that,...
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Closing questions about knock-off printers

Should we really close this question: 3d printer part clones from china - legality..? Are legal questions on topic? We have a legal section in the Game plan - What is on-topic? and a legal tag.
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YouTube video embedding has been ENABLED for this site

By reqest of this community, direct embedding of YouTube videos has been ENABLED. When you include a valid YouTube link on a line by itself, the video will appear in your post automatically. There ...
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Why don't we delete technically incorrect answers?

Should I flag an answer that is incorrect (in the hope that it will get deleted)? For example, a post that has tried to answer the question, but the poster is clearly wrong and giving bad, or ...
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Use of change filament tag

I have just written a usage guidance for change-filament. I assume that the tag is for, and only for, methods to change filament during a print. Not for questions which ask whether someone should ...
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Is laser etching, specifically a question linked below, considered to be on topic?

I found this question, laser is engraving the negative space in the close queue this morning as being off topic. I was about to respond, and through I'd look at the community view on meta. I found ...
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