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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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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: 3D Printing Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on July 1 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on Meta ...
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Editing of recently closed questions

We don't have many problems with that here admittedly, but I thought that I would share this with you all. From SuperUser - Editing of recently closed questions: This post is basically to share ...
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Pirated software screenshots in question; what is SE policy?

Copyright is a delicate subject. SE has a strict policy regarding copy pasting other people's text. Correctly citing parts or rephrasing in your own words mitigates this. What is SE policy for ...
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Helpful Templates / Help us help you!

In conjunction with Do we have Standardised Comments?, we should help new users by giving them Templates to fill out so they can help us help them!
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Where to find others with Prusa3D i3m3s/MMU2s printer?

I don't want to ask off-topic and opinion questions here, but I would like to find a cadre of others dialing in their devices. Any ideas?
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Is it OK to ask about companies that make 3D printers or related products?

It appears that the manufacturer of my 3D Printer may have gone belly up. Can I ask about that in the 3D Printing site?
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What do we consider Simple/Advanced/Complicated things to fix on a machine and how to tell the asker?

I think we all had this issue in the last years: As we learn and grow our own knowledge, things we once considered hard become easy. Now, our answers often address issues that are pretty easy to fix ...
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Advertising on other SE sites: 2019 Version

It is open season for posting ads on other sites. It might be a good idea to take advantage of this to help 3dPrinting.SE grow. I'm wondering what everyone might think about it? If it does interest ...
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Should we add a [homing] tag?

There are quite a few questions that are centered around homing or problems with homing. Currently we have no tag in place to identify such questions. You see that people choose the y-axis or axis ...
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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, ...
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Is linking (temporary) to external content a no-go at 3D Printing.SE?

For those who did not know, linking to off-site content in answers is a no-go at SE sites unless you provide context. From help: Provide context for linksLinks to external resources are encouraged, ...
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Multiple questions in one post

We have this question where it was flagged that the question has too many questions in it. I am not seeing anywhere that states that it is not allowed. Other than risking making the question too broad....
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Printer settings: Screenshot or text - which is best?

Just a random thought, and if I wasn't asking the question myself I'd probably down vote it, but... are screenshots the best way to show printer settings, or would a text version be better? Ok, yes,...
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Wouldn't the filament tag alone suffice for this question?

This question, Hold torque during pause to change filament, has two unique tags: change-colour change-filament No other questions are tagged this way, so the tags won't really help it in a search. ...
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Are shopping questions on topic for the site?

On other Stack sites it is quite common for purchasing assistance and shopping ideas to be off topic. The reason being these types of questions become outdated very quickly as technology changes, a ...
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Sharing advice on how to print materials?

I found this previous question about sharing settings and, while I agree that there are no 'best settings' because it depends on your printer, and sometimes the model being printed, I think we can ...
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Is it possible to expand the scope of this site?

As some people probably know, this is the 3rd iteration of a SE site proposal whose scope covers 3D printers. The first 2 were Personal Manufacturing(before my time) and Digital Fabrication(I tried ...
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Can we create a filament tag for flexibles? (TPE/TPU)

Tag nylon exists already, but I think it would be incredibly useful to have a TPE/TPU tag and a tag for all flexibles as a category. EDIT: It has come to my attention that the tag flexible already ...
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Which character to use to activate MathJax?

We were offered to get MathJax enabled. Now, we need to decide on which character to have text between them parsed into MathJax! So please either add your suggestion or cast your vote!
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3D Printing Stack Exchange question checklist

Here is a short list of questions to check after you've written a question (and to think about before you write the question): Have asked a practical, answerable question based on an actual problem ...
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Rescuing 'less than perfect' questions

As seen in this meta question, the OP, who is not exactly an inexperienced SE user, didn't realise that editing of questions to improve them was ...
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Support materials and structures

There was a previous question suggesting that the support and support-materials tags should be merged, and at the time the only response was to keep them distinct. 2 years later, I think it is time to ...
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What are machanics?

Whilst looking at the list of synonyms I see that machanics is a synonym of mechanics. Is machanics a thing, or a typo? If the latter then surely that tag should be deleted, as we shouldn't attempt ...
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What community guidelines have I messed when I asked the linked question?

Yesterday, I was reading 3dprinting.meta and read a suggestion that (which I rephrase as) we should ask questions for the purpose of bringing answers inside our tent. I spent some time thinking about ...
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Which is it - CURA or Cura?

I see a number of people writing "CURA", when I have always called it "Cura". So I started to wonder if CURA was a capitalised acronym, like LiDAR or NATO (but not like radar or laser). I had a look ...
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Encouraging more answers per question

I'm seeing a current trend towards many questions only receiving a single answer, and according the the Area 51 stats, we ought to have an average closer to 2.5. Granted that some questions are really ...