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Who should our beta moderators be?

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 ...
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Remember to vote!

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 ...
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Are questions that tangentially involve 3D printing on topic?

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 ...
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What can "newbies" do to help the site at this stage?

Vote! Private Betas love, love, love votes. Without votes, it's difficult to attain privileges, get rewards, and help push us out to public beta. Ask Questions! I know you said this: I thought ...
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

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 ...
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How do we handle recommendations?

I agree with Jeff's blog post: https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/11/qa-is-hard-lets-go-shopping/ don't ask us what you should buy -- ask us what you need to learn to tell what you should buy.
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Vote early, Vote often

Yes! 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 ...
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What should be the name of our chatroom?

The Hotbed. Colloquially, "hotbed" generally refers to a center of activity. Here, it will have a double meaning (referencing the hot bed of a 3D printer.
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What about mystery-problem troubleshooting requests?

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?...
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Remember to vote!

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 ...
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Is laser etching, specifically a question linked below, considered to be on topic?

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 ...
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Does this 3D Printing site want only three votes to close (or should we stick with five)?

Yes, we should have a three vote close question review queue
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

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 ...
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

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 ...
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Remember to vote!

So, I'm the first who got Electorate badge. Go guys and fetch that badge. You can only get that badge by voting. This is a very young SE site, and there's need for users that vote, because voting is ...
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What does it take to get out of Beta stage?

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 ...
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Answers that don't answer the question

Sometimes, "don't try to do what you're trying to do" is the only valid answer, see e.g. XY problem.
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Vote early, Vote often

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 ...
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

I would say that they are on topic because it seems more reasonable to look for questions about the legality of 3D printing on a 3D printing site than a law site.
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Is there any way to prevent endless "best first printer" posts?

A good option would be to have several reference questions, such as "What to look for when comparing printers?" or "How to select a 3D printer?" to which we could redirect these users.
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Who should our beta moderators be?

I would like to nominate myself, Tormod Haugene. profile for Tormod Haugene on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites http://stackexchange.com/users/flair/1574864.png I ...
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Fixing the filament tags

All filament used in 3D printing is thermoplastic filament, so plastic-filament and thermoplastic-filament are redundant.
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FDM printer that can also mill and engrave -- what's in scope?

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 ...
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Community Ads! Let's make 2d ads for ourselves!

I'll try my hand at it and try to get the ball rolling.
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Community Ads! Let's make 2d ads for ourselves!

How about something like: The post-it design is optional, naturally.
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Community Ads! Let's make 2d ads for ourselves!

I admire Tormod idea. Here is my version of his picture.
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Questions from older beta sites

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 ...
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What does it take to get out of Beta stage?

This post, 3D Printing SE Beta Status, by tbm0115 highlights the three main sticking points (IMHO clearer than the Area 51 page): Questions per day Users vs Reputation Visits per day Once those ...
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What does it take to get out of Beta stage?

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 ...
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Don't forget the space!

I've been fixing posts for a while for many different editorial reasons, but one of the main issues is the lack of a non-breaking space between the amount and the units. Today however I came across ...
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