Questions about help with hobbyist electronics are one of the bigger sources of off-topic questions on Hardware Recommendations.

Because of this I request that three sites are considered for addition to the on topic help:

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All done - I added them into a new bullet point down the bottom, in the list of "where else your question might be on topic" sites.

  • I would remove the "hobbyist" in the help article since it unnecessarily narrows it down and misrepresents the EE stack which welcomes professionals as well obviously. The wquakifier in my question was maybe a bit unnecessary in my question. Sorry about that
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 20:40
  • Thanks, @JanDorniak - I'll amend it to "hobbyist, consumer, or professional". Feels like it lacks description if I just leave it unqualified.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 20:42
  • remove consumer since they are usually repair questions which are OT on the EE Stack
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 20:48
  • @JanDorniak I'm tempted to leave it in for those questions that aren't. The link there goes to the EE on-topic page, though, not the front page, so anyone it does send that way should also get a chance to read for themselves what they can ask.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 20:49
  • ok, leave it that way and if there are complaints from EE it can be changed then. And the OT questions which I saw and would redirect there are not repair questions anyway.
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 20:54
  • One more thing: there is no direct link to the on-topic help article in the sidebar when asking a question, only links to meta.
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 21:21
  • Aye. Not one I have the power to change, unfortunately - that needs a CM and 6-8 weeks.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 22:31
  • I was just in the middle of writing that "hardware recommendations" is a confusing name but that's probably a hopeless case too?
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 19, 2019 at 22:32
  • Fairly, yes. We looked long and hard at the name when the site first launched, but nobody came up with anything better that actually worked.
    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 19:01
  • true that, it would be hard to come up with anything better. I'll try to think of this and speak up when I believe I have a better name. One which sticks with me for the moment is "Information Technology Hardware". Although it might be bad too. Also, did you know that utility meters also fit into our rules?
    – jaskij
    Commented Sep 20, 2019 at 19:13

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