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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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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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Are questions discussing printer construction, internals, and firmware on-topic here?

Yes, I think such questions should be on-topic.
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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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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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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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Game plan - What is on-topic?

I pondered this question a while ago and tried to come up with a coherent and minimalistic strategy. This would be my suggestion, as to what is on-topic or off-topic: So, basically, on-topic would ...
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Repairing 3D printer

I'd say that repair questions are more on-topic than construction. And if construction questions are okay, then repair questions should be too. An example format might be: How do I repair {X} I've ...
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Is it possible to expand the scope of this site?

A quick reply for now (I might expand on it later). Please see Game plan - What is on-topic?. I've been trying to build a list for the On-topic page. I can add your suggestions to that list, if you ...
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On-topic has been updated - finally!

I like the expanded definitions, but there is probably an issue with some of the things you'd put into "just rough around the edges" portion of what you state. For instance, "Print Services" are ...
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On-topic has been updated - finally!

I have updated the on-topic page which some further explanations that came to mind, as well as some hopefully not to wishy-washy small print. The points below have been spliced into the on-topic page ...
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Is it possible to expand the scope of this site?

Please look into this question, which is a similar question as you ask. I think the general consensus is that CNC and laser cutting machines fall in the same category as 3D printers with respect to ...
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Why was the question about thermistors migrated?

The question was migrated because the specific question of "How do I tell if my Thermistors are 10k or 100k?" is going to be best answered by users of Electrical Engineering SE. This also provides the ...
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Hobbyist Machine questions On-Topic?

I understand 3D printing as a specialized topic of CNC. To extend the community other topics like mills, lathe or even punching turrets seem a good option to me because: They all relate closely to ...
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Hobbyist Machine questions On-Topic?

It is worth noting that the question referenced in the OP deals with a vacuum forming machine, which isn't (similar to) a 3D printer by any stretch of the imagination. It heats up a sheet of plastic ...
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Hobbyist Machine questions On-Topic?

I believe all of these machines essentially are 3D printers with a different tool! As far as I know, you will often end up using both the same software and electronics as with 3D printers, and many ...
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Are questions from people who lack knowledge of 3D printing looking to discover how to have something printed on-topic?

There is a new question on Meta that should help define what is okay on this site. However, your question is important to address here. Ultimately, you shouldn't be afraid to go ahead and ask the ...
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What is our scope?

I am going to strenuously advise against using this format for resolving what should be considered on topic for this site. I can appreciate the desire for decisive action and expediency, but it ...
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What is our scope?

Mechatronics More specifically, question relating to electronics, mechanics and control theory which is set in a 3D printing context. Why include: There are multiple questions about 3D printing that ...
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What is our scope?

Bio Printing As previously brought up in Meta, questions related to Bio Printing should be within scope. Appropriate questions related to Bio Printing include (but aren't limited to): Questions ...
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Game plan - What is on-topic?

A couple of points: Asking for a machine to solve a specific problem, or software which can do something 'specific' is not really a shopping question, so long as the question is asked in the right ...
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Are software recommendation questions allowed here?

Thank you for bringing this up. I think that there very seldom are any good questions that ask for printer or software recommendations, and I would therefore vote for them not being allowed in ...
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Are shopping questions on topic for the site?

Asking for which type of extruder is used by this assembly is on-topic, where to buy (shopping) is off-topic. This is discussed in this question. Another question that points out the differences ...
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Closing questions about knock-off printers

I've taken onboard StarWind0's points and added them to the on-topic page. See this meta answer to On-topic has been updated - finally!. Regarding the question itself it ended up needing the fourth ...
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Closing questions about knock-off printers

My perspective is this is more of a "is it illegal to buy illegal things" is not exactly bound to 3d printing. Though I still read those related to the operation of printers, IE the legality around ...
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Game plan - What is on-topic?

I propose that we add Direct Ink Writing (DIW) and Melt Electro-Writing (MEW) to the list of on-topic subjects at https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Direct Ink Writing: Direct-Ink-...
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Why was the question about thermistors migrated?

I don't think the question should be migrated. For EE.SE, the question is just stupidly obvious. Even a fairly inexperienced lab tech. would know how to go about answering that question. It really isn'...
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Are questions from people who lack knowledge of 3D printing looking to discover how to have something printed on-topic?

I think your situation fits for many new users on this site, and saying that "easy" or "semi-defined" questions are discouraged would probably turn you - and many others - away from the site. Rather, ...
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Are questions involving legal issues and 3D printing on-topic?

No, such questions should not be allowed. This site deals only with the practical issues of 3D printing. Questions about legal issues should be redirected to sites dealing specifically with those, ...
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