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Review of Electronics Stackexchange

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Electronics Stackexchange is part of the Stackexchange network. So if you are familiar with one of these communities, you already know what you can expect and what rules you have to follow. So this here is mainly written for those who do not know any of the stackexchange communities yet.

Electronics Stackexchange is not a forum, but a question and answer site. A question with the associated answers can be compared to a thread in other forums. But there is a strict focus on providing answers to the given question, rather then starting a discussion. Answers are voted up or down by other users. This vote has two effects: Readers can assess the validity of an anwer, and it changes the reputation score of the person who provided the answer.

Next to gaining reputation for your answers, there is another reward mechanism: Badges. As you can convince yourself, the number of available badges is truly ridiculous. But some people may think they are fun and feel that earning them is an additional motivation. However, if you want to assess the trustworthiness of a person who posted an answer, forget the badges and simply look at the reputation score (the number right under the username). Don't bother to find out why somebody earned an "Illuminator" or "Necromancer" badge.

One interesting feature is the built in circuit editor. If you sart to type an answer, a Schematic symbol (the 7th from the left) will appear above the editor. Clicking on it loads the CircuitLab editor. As a result, the schematics that are associated with the questions and answers look much nicer and more uniformly than in most forums.

I highly recommed to browse through Electronics Stackexchange and to use the existing questions and answers as an information source because of their high quality. It is also great for asking new questions - you just have to be more careful than in most forums. Think twice how you phrase your question or it might become locked.

Whether you want to actively participate in the forum by answering questions is a matter of personal taste: Do you prefer the classical discussion style in a thread that is typical for conventional forums? Or rather the strict focus on giving (reliable) answers to a question that is typical for Stackexchange? You also have to be aware that each and every of your answers will be judged by the community. Not everybody likes this, for my taste this smells too much like school. On the positive side, if you know your stuff you can build up your reputation faster than this would be posssible in forums (normally those do not have such a highly formalized mechanism). Earning a high reputation might even help your career.

You should also take a look at some recommendations for other electronics forums.

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