I would like to nominate myself, Matt Clark.
While I might not have the wildest credentials or reputation, I have been around the StackExchange network for a while (11/2012) and generally know my way around the sites.
Mostly active on StackOverflow, I answer when I can, and try and do my part to clean up the review queue: ~5000 review tasks; I plan on ...
The dividing line of "tangentially off topic" is typically when the actual subject of the question being asked is only coincidentally adjacent to 3D printing.
Here is a clear example illustrating the "tangential issue:"
I printed a crane mechanism in 3D. How much voltage must I apply to the motor to lift 150 grams?
I see this type of thing all the time....
I completely agree! I just posted my own reminder, focusing more on efforts to get us out of Beta.
I'm sorry you can feel discouraged sometimes, I think a lot of users around the Stack Exchange network can feel that way at times.
I think people sometimes forget that an up-vote to an answer isn't necessarily that it was helpful to you, specifically. But, ...
Private Betas love, love, love votes. Without votes, it's difficult to attain privileges, get rewards, and help push us out to public beta.
I know you said this:
I thought about asking about how to get started with 3D printing but SE explicitly discourages "easy" questions in the private beta.
But here's the catch. "Easy" isn't ...
Yes - in some cases.
First, overlap between sites is fine. It doesn't matter if a question is on topic somewhere else; that's no reason to eliminate it from a different site's scope. There were some issues when HSM sprang up, because Mathematics, Physics, and other sites allowed history-related questions. I participated in several meta discussions on these ...
Absolutely. We need to reward good answers, and raise rep levels so suers can get moderation privileges when they rise to the normal public beta levels.
However, I think we should also downvote poor questions and answers. I haven't yet done so, partly because I've focused on rewarding the good posts. But downvoting is important, too.
What happened to ...
For common problems that get asked a lot, I wouldn't just close these as too broad. A better solution is to create a canonical post like this:
How do I troubleshoot when I have no clue where to start?
These attract a lot of users.
The goal is to create a step-by-step trouble-shooting guide to explain what lights, nozzles, and sneedles to look when you're ...
I say allow them.
To let you know what's out there, I work at Hyrel.
Our printers can take spindle (milling) heads and additional axes, and even diode and CO2 lasers, and they all operate on the same gcode - we tell people E is for Emit as well as Extrude. We even have a TIG welding attachment.
We also run our Fadal CNC machines on our printer software ...
Yes, such questions should be on-topic. There can be partial overlap in sites' scopes, and unique legal issues involving 3D printing can be addressed here. Users of this site are more likely to have specific expertise than users on a site that deals with laws more generally.
I would go with NO, as that should be dealt by law experts from the Law SE, instead of 3D printing engineers and enthusiasts in this site.
Dealing with such questions in this site, would lead to the following problems, like wrong and unreliable advice.
So, such questions should be migrated to the Law site, IMO.
For graduation, voting is the key to get a growing community that wants to come back to post questions and answers!
According to SE.3D Printing user stats at Area 51 we need more questions and a solid group of users to assist in moderating the site.
The amount of questions are hard to control, but could be increased by the avid users by posting questions ...
Strangely enough, I was thinking (prior to reading this post) that this particular SE site was quite good w.r.t. the voting, when compared to some other sites. Most of my questions/answers have received votes, whereas on other (nameless) sites, I have posted a number of questions/answers and not received [m]any votes at all. However, this must be my (...
I was running out of space in the comments, so I'm just moving this to a full blown answer.
According to the magic Moderator portal, we should be around 2,350 in visits per day. Also, my post was a little over a year and half ago.
To elaborate on my original post that @Greenonline attributed and reiterate the points:
I have mentioned the ...
I would like to nominate myself, Tormod Haugene.
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I have been an active user of several Stack Exchange sites since 2012, but have finally now found a site that I really can contribute to.
As a robotics engineer ...
Various proposals covering the 3D printing space went through many iterations including a broader site about "Personal Manufacturing" and another for "Digital Fabrication." This is another variation on that scope.
3D printers are going to become increasingly capable and integrate features we haven't even imagined. So as 3D printers start to cross over into ...
If someone has a question from one of those older sites, they should go ahead and ask it. But a wholesale importing of content from elsewhere is not really a desirable way to build this site.
There is a lot of ownership and careful curation that goes with vetting the content of this site. Questions imported from elsewhere would always have that air of odd, ...
Your "vote" is one of the key things. As Jon Ericson pointed out to Mechanics.SE before we graduated and were asking the same question asked here, he stated:
... voting is the engine that drives the reputation economy.
I think Mech had a little different scenario than does 3D Printing, but it still holds true. If you want people to show up and do things,...
IMHO, I feel that we should really use this functionality only when an OP has posted a video to demonstrate a particular problem with their own printer... and not embed videos showing a process or video tutorial.
By embedding the former only, then this serves the immediacy of the situation, that is to say, to help the OP resolve their issue. Links to third ...
I would suggest doing a bit of basic research on 3D printing (including reading questions and answers). From these you will learn more about it and hopefull you will have new questions about 3D printing that can be asked.
If you are looking at getting a 3D printer, you could ask about different features listed and why they make prints better.