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What can “newbies” do to help the site at this stage?

I have been wanting to learn about 3D printing a long time so I really want this site to succeed but I have no previous experience with the subject. I was wondering how can I help the site at this ...
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Remember to vote!

In past few months, there are a devastatingly few number of users that cast up votes, and many of users aren't coming back to site, and existing users don't have so much reputation, because no one is ...
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Vote early, Vote often

A big shout out to all of us for a successful graduation into private beta. Let's make it a success now, and make sure we graduate into a full-fledged site. So, this is one post which every user of ...
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

This site may attract questions such as Is it legal to sell 3D printed objects from a model repository? Are 3D printed guns legal in my jurisdiction? If my custom-built printer sets my house on fire, ...
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How do we get more traffic to the site?

We have only had activity on 3 questions in the past 2 days. It is recommended that we get 10 new questions per day. This is far below these goals. What can we do to get more questions?
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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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Who should our beta moderators be?

Given our successful private beta, soon after we go public it will be time for us to get our first crop of moderators, as explained in the “Moderator Pro Tempore” blog post: About a week into the ...
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Community Ads! Let's make 2d ads for ourselves!

When 3D Printing moves into public beta, you're going to want to get the word out. And fast! One of the best ways to advertise ourselves across the entire Stack Exchange network is through community ...
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Post Closing Issues

The amount of posts being voted to closed is getting ridiculous. The last two posts have been printing related, one looking for information and the other a design question for 3D printing yet both ...
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How do we handle recommendations?

Stack exchange isn't a good platform for product recommendations in general, but a few sites allow it with a tight focus and control. Some that have allowed it in the past have decided to discontinue ...
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What should be the name of our chatroom?

I believe this question is asked on every private Beta... what should be the name of our chatroom?
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3D Printing SE Beta Status

I'd like to talk about site building a little bit. We have now been in public Beta for almost a year now and I feel that we've learned a lot about what audience we have here on Stack Exchange. However,...
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Are questions that tangentially involve 3D printing on topic?

It is very easy to ask questions that only tangentially involve 3D printing, such as: How do I drill a hole in a 3D printed part? How do I paint 3D printed parts? How do I sand, smooth, etc...? How ...
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Pro Tem Moderator Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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Is there any way to prevent endless “best first printer” posts?

It's pretty manageable right now due to the low question rate, but I think maybe ~3% of all questions this site will get, forever, will be "what's the best printer" or "what printer should I buy" type ...
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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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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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Wondering why CNC questions in general are not welcome here

Following this issue I would like to propose to allow general CNC related questions here as well. 3D Printers are CNC machines, they only add instead of subtract. 3D printers use G-Code, just like CNC ...
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Fixing the filament tags

We currently have quite a few tags about filament: filament plastic-filament thermoplastic-filament etc. I feel like we need to clean these up and make clear what we'll use each tag for. Thoughts?
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Hobbyist Machine questions On-Topic?

We have a recent question that brings up the question of "Should we support general hobbyist questions?" Currently, there doesn't appear to be a viable site within the SE network. The question at ...
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Can we get MathJax enabled?

Our site is dealing with electronics and practical engineering, so we use formulas in questions and answers on occasion, most usually when we have to figure out electronic ratings. When we talk ...
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Game plan - What is on-topic?

Please note; Due to its very nature, this post is very subjective and is not intended to be a definitive list of categories. It is merely an attempt to offer one perspective of what has been suggested,...
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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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Why don't people Accept Answers?

I'll start off on a good note and congratulate everyone in the community for continually supporting each other. We have maintained a great answer rate here on 3D Printing SE with a answer rate of 96%. ...
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What does it take to get out of Beta stage?

I can't find an answer to this question on the "mother" meta website; hope this is not related to my choice of words in the search box. The statistics of the 3D Printing on Area51 show that only few ...
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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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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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Are questions from people who lack knowledge of 3D printing looking to discover how to have something printed on-topic?

Context: I have absolutely no knowledge of 3D printing other than you need a computer, a printer, some software, and a design. That is literally the extent of my knowledge on 3D printing. However, I ...
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What should our documentation contain?

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What should our documentation contain? Much of the sites documentation will be the same as on every other Stack Exchange site: “be nice,” “how to ...
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Should this site get additional moderators appointed?

My flag history shows that 6 "spam" flags aged away without review. 3 "rude/abusive" flags aged away without review. 2 "not an answer" flags were raised in February and are still pending. It's now ...
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Is 3D Printing SE appropriate for getting feedback on feasibility of a model?

As a newbie to 3D printing, I would like to get some feedback on a model I have created before sending it off to get printed. I don't yet own a printer, and I have never sent anything out to get ...
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Discussions type: X 3d printer is good? are acceptable

Questions like: x 3d printer is good? or if it is my first printer, which model would you recommend or What printer model to buy? are on-topic? I think if you ask I can not do x with ...
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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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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

From the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to ...
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What about mystery-problem troubleshooting requests?

I feel like questions along the lines of, "my printer is crashing for no obvious reason, what should I do?" may be too broad and open-ended for this format. It's better handled by a forum where people ...
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Answers that don't answer the question

This has inspired some discussion and I may be just splitting hairs, but I've always been confused by this strategy. The specific example I'm referring to is here: https://3dprinting.stackexchange....
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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 ...
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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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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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FDM printer that can also mill and engrave — what's in scope?

I just got a printer with swappable heads that can do FDM 3d printing, milling, and laser engraving. Presumably questions relating to the first are in scope here; how about the others? Or how about ...
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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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Questions about software and websites?

So far, it seems like questions about slicing engine software are within scope. However, what about questions about web applications such as Thingiverse, Tinkercad, GrabCAD, etc.? This makes me think ...
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Should the “quality” tag be disambiguated?

When asking my first question, I noticed we have a "quality" tag. I used it to ask about the quality of the 3D printer in my question, but most other uses are about the quality of the prints. Should ...
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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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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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Why do the [3d-printer] and [3d-printing] tags exist?

I noticed that the most popular tag (82 questions tagged) is 3d-printer, and that we also have a 3d-printing tag (23 questions). These seem extremely redundant to me, given that they should apply to ...
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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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Do we have Standardised Comments?

There are times when certain standardised comments are called for. Here are some examples (the links go to the various sections below, under the Answers): General comments Prompting user to accept an ...
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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 ...