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user4762: There are times when certain standardised comments are called for. Here are some examples (the links go to the various sections below, under the Answers): General comments Prompting user to accept an answer - in order to clear the unanswered question list Problems with comments Answer posted in comments - Solutions to the question posted in the comments, do not show up in searches Limiting comments - Additional information, that may or may not have been requested is posted in comments, rather than as an edit to the question Poor quality questions Ask a good question Unbounded questions Poor quality answers Short answer - An answer lacking detail, no explanation provided Repetition - No new information, the contents of a previously posted answer is repeated by a different user Link only answer - Only a link is provided, with no summary, or content, of the link included Question posted as answer - Another question, (possibly) related to the OP's question, is posted as an answer "Me too" answer - "I also have this issue" Edit to a previous answer - user posts second answer with additional information, not realising that there is an edit button for their first answer et cetera... user4762: Questions Please note that if a user is new and has shown some research effort in composing the question, gently guide the new user in completing the question rather than using some of the statements below. If a question needs some more information or an image, use comments or flag for moderator attention if you don't have enough reputation to post comments. We welcome every new member, but not everybody is acquainted with the SE Q/A style (frequently it is assumed that it is similar to a forum of threaded messages). New user, forum style question Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question is more a forum style question where you ask for help to start a discussion. Please read the help section, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question is more a forum style question where you ask for help to start a discussion. Please read the [help] section, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Ask a good question I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted questions to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to asking questions, in particular How to ask a good question, and take the tour for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-) C&P ⎘ I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted questions to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to [asking](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/asking) questions, in particular [How to ask a good question](https://3dprinting.com/help/how-to-ask), and take the [tour](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour) for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-) Unbounded questions Welcome to SE 3D Printing <username>, but I'm afraid that Unbounded Design Questions are off-topic because there are many ways to solve any given design problem, so questions that ask for a list of approaches, a subjective recommendation on a method (for how to build something, how to accomplish something, what something is capable of, etc.) or shopping selection are off-topic. We prefer practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Take a look at How to Ask & tour for more information on how Stack Exchange works. C&P ⎘ Welcome to SE 3D Printing <username>, but I'm afraid that Unbounded Design Questions are off-topic because there are many ways to solve any given design problem, so questions that ask for a list of approaches, a subjective recommendation on a method (for how to build something, how to accomplish something, what something is capable of, etc.) or shopping selection are off-topic. We prefer [practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask). Take a look at [ask] & [tour] for more information on how Stack Exchange works. Too localised (?) As it stands this question is unlikely to help future visitors and may get closed as too localized. While it is useful to have all of the background in one place, could I suggest dividing this up into a series of practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. See Is it ok to ask for opinions? for more background. C&P ⎘ As it stands this question is unlikely to help future visitors and may get closed as [too localized](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions). While it is useful to have all of the background in one place, could I suggest dividing this up into a series of [practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask). See [Is it ok to ask for opinions?](http://meta.3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/153/is-it-ok-to-ask-for-opinions/154#154) for more background. Bad fit questions/Questions by new users for closed for other reasons Welcome to 3D Printing.SE <username>, but I'm afraid that questions like this really aren't a good fit for a stack exchange site. We prefer practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Take a look at How to Ask and tour for more information on how stack exchange works. Also, the 3D Printing question checklist has good advice on how to write a good question. If you edit your question to fit our community guidelines we can reopen it for you. C&P ⎘ Welcome to SE.3DP, but I'm afraid that questions like this really aren't a good fit for a stack exchange site. We prefer *[practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask)*. Take a look at [ask] and [about] for more information on how stack exchange works. Also, the [*3DP* question checklist](https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/q/340) has good advice on how to write a good question. If you [edit] your question to fit our community guidelines we can reopen it for you. Old question, no accepted answer - With multiple answers available Have you found & fixed the problem? If any of the answers helped you to get an answer to your question or come to your own conclusions then please do vote & accept an answer (using the tick button next to it). This helps us reduce the unanswered questions list & stops the question from being bumped once in a while. If you found another answer (than those already posted), please add that answer (& accept after 48 hours) to share your experience with the community. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question. C&P ⎘ Have you found & fixed the problem? If any of the answers helped you to get an answer to your question or come to your own conclusions then please do vote & accept an answer (using the tick button next to it). This helps us reduce the [unanswered questions list](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered) & stops the question from being bumped once in a while. If you found another answer (than those already posted), please add that answer (& accept after 48 hours) to share your experience with the community. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question. Old question, no accepted answer - With multiple answers available (alternative) Hello @[UserName], I noticed your question has been up for a while now. Have any of the answers below been able to solve your question? If so, would you mind accepting the appropriate answer. If not, what is missing so that we may help you further? Also, if you have figured it out on your own, you can always answer and accept your own solution. Thank you. C&P ⎘ Hello @[UserName], I noticed your question has been up for a while now. Have any of the answers below been able to solve your question? If so, would you mind accepting the appropriate answer. If not, what is missing so that we may help you further? Also, if you have figured it out on your own, you can always answer and accept your own solution. Thank you. Old question, no accepted answer - If there is only one answer Have you found and fixed the problem? If so, has the answer below led you to the solution? Please vote to accept the answer so this question is not bumped up once in a while and can be removed from the unanswered question list. You may even add your own solution and accept that after 48 hours! If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question. C&P ⎘ Have you found and fixed the problem? If so, has the answer below led you to the solution? Please vote to accept the answer so this question is not bumped up once in a while and can be removed from the unanswered question list. You may even add your own solution and accept that after 48 hours! If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question. Old question, no answer Unfortunately, up to now, no answers are given on your question! Have you found an answer yourself? If so, you may add your own solution and accept that after 48 hours. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question so other people may help you find an answer. You can even decide to delete the question. We need to reduce the unanswered questions list to graduate from the Beta stage. C&P ⎘ Unfortunately, up to now, no answers are given on your question! Have you found an answer yourself? If so, you may add your own solution and accept that after 48 hours. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question so other people may help you find an answer. You can even decide to delete the question. We need to reduce the [unanswered questions list](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered) to graduate from the Beta stage. Self answered but not accepted any answer Good to see you solved the problem and took the time to share it with us! Please accept your answer so that it does not pop up to the top of the queue once in a while. This also will help us reducing the unanswered questions list. C&P ⎘ Good to see you solved the problem and took the time to share it with us! Please accept your answer so that it does not pop up to the top of the queue once in a while. This also will help us reducing the [unanswered questions list](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered). Multiple questions post Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question contains multiple questions which makes it more difficult to answer as there are multiple answers. Please read the [help] section, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu and read [ask]. Please split up your question by adding the other questions in a separate question! C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question contains multiple questions which makes it more difficult to answer as there are multiple answers. Please read the [help] section, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu and read [ask]. Please split up your question by adding the other questions in a separate question! Cross-posted question Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! I see that you have cross-posted this question on another Stack Exchange site. Cross posting is frowned upon, please see Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?. Please delete one of copies of the question. C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! I see that you have cross-posted this question on another Stack Exchange site. Cross posting is frowned upon, please see [Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64068/is-cross-posting-a-question-on-multiple-stack-exchange-sites-permitted-if-the-qu). Please delete one of copies of the question. user4762: Answers New user, Me too answer Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style "Me too" comment to another question where you ask for help to start a discussion. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Please read the help center, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the tour and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works. C&P ⎘ Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style "Me too" comment to another question where you ask for help to start a discussion. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Please read the [help], accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the [about] and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works. New user, Thanks answer Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. It is great that the provided answer helped you. However, SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style "Thanks" comment to another answer. This is not what the answer (nor comment) section should be used for. Please use the voting buttons instead, as it is votes which drive the community. Please read the help center, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the tour and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works. C&P ⎘ Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. It is great that the provided answer helped you. However, SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style "Thanks" comment to another answer. This is not what the answer (nor comment) section should be used for. Please use the voting buttons instead, as it is votes which drive the community. Please read the [help], accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the [about] and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works. New user, answer as comment Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style comment to another answer. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Your answer has been converted to a comment. When you gain enough reputation (50) you will be able to comment directly on an answer. Please read the help center, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the tour and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works C&P ⎘ Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style comment to another answer. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Your answer has been converted to a comment. When you gain enough reputation (50) you will be able to comment directly on an answer. Please read the [help], accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the [about] and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works. Poor quality - Short answer Hi <username>, and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it is lacking detail, and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion, unfortunately. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to answering questions, in particular How to write a good answer, and take the tour for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-) C&P ⎘ Hi <username>, and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it *is* lacking detail, and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion, unfortunately. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to [answering](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/answering) questions, in particular [answer], and take the [tour] for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-) Poor quality - Repetition Hi and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it is lacking detail, reiterates a previous answer and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to answering questions and take the tour for more information on how stack exchange works. C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it is lacking detail, and reiterates a previous answer and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to [answering](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/answering) questions and take the [tour](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour) for more information on how stack exchange works. Poor quality - Link only Thanks for your answer but we are looking for comprehensive answers that provide some explanation and context. Very short answers cannot do this, so please edit your answer to explain why it is right. Additionally, we prefer answers to be self contained where possible. link only answers are frowned upon (as links tend to rot) & will be rendered useless if the linked-to content disappears. If you add more context and detail from the link, it is more likely that people will find your answer useful. C&P ⎘ Thanks for your answer but we are looking for comprehensive answers that provide some explanation and context. Very short answers cannot do this, so please [edit] your answer to explain why it is right. Additionally, we prefer answers to be self contained where possible. [*link only*](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8231/) answers are frowned upon (as links [tend to rot](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_rot)) & will be rendered useless if the linked-to content disappears. If you add more context and detail from the link, it is more likely that people will find your answer useful. Question posted as an answer Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your answer does not answer the question. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the Ask Question link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place. C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your answer does not answer the question. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the [Ask Question](/questions/ask) link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place. Clarification comment posted as an answer Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your comment posted as an answer does not answer the question. StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. Your post may be deleted and converted to a comment, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, Ask Question, post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments. C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your comment posted as an answer does not answer the question. StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. Your post may be deleted and converted to a comment, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, [ask a question](/questions/ask), post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments. user5740: Comments Question in a comment Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Please do not ask new questions in comments. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the Ask Question link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place. C&P ⎘ Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Please do not ask new questions in comments. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the [Ask Question](/questions/ask) link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place. Answer in a comment Comments are not recommended for any of the following: Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one). Feel free to post an answer instead. Thanks. C&P ⎘ Comments are not recommended for any of the following: [Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one)](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment);. Feel free to post an answer instead. Thanks. Limit Comments It is better to edit your question to add information requested in comments, rather than adding more comments. Comments are for helping to improve questions and answers, and are distracting, so we try to keep them to a minimum. All of this information can be edited into your question to make it easier for people to answer your question. If all of the information is contained in one block then people don't have to read all of the comments to discover all of the information. Once all of the information needed to answer the question is contained within it, the comments can be tidied & deleted. C&P ⎘ It is better to [edit] your question to add information requested in comments, rather than adding more comments. Comments are for helping to improve questions and answers, and are distracting, so we try to keep them to a minimum. All of this information can be edited into your question to make it easier for people to answer your question. If all of the information is contained in one block then people don't have to read all of the comments to discover all of the information. Once all of the information needed to answer the question is contained within it, the comments can be tidied & deleted. Self-answered in a comment - Initial request Did any of the posted answers solve your issue? If so, please mark it as the accepted answer. If not, then either refine your question or please post your comment above (which appears to contain the solution) as an answer, and then mark it as accepted in 48 hours, in order to remove your question from the unanswered queue. Answers are not allowed in comments, and may be deleted. If your answer is posted as an answer then it becomes searchable and may help others with the same issue. C&P ⎘ Did any of the posted answers solve your issue? If so, please mark it as the accepted answer. If not, then either refine your question or please post your comment above (which appears to contain the solution) as an answer, and then mark it as accepted in 48 hours, in order to remove your question from the unanswered queue. Answers are not allowed in comments, and may be deleted. If your answer is posted as an answer then it becomes searchable and may help others with the same issue. Self-answered in a comment - Second request (citing comment - obviously replacing the blah blah blah!) Hi, could you post your comment blah blah blah as an answer (maybe expanding upon it as well, if possible) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks C&P ⎘ Hi, could you post your comment `blah blah blah` as an answer (maybe expanding upon it as well, if possible) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks Self-answered in a comment - Final Reminder (also citing the comment) Hi, please could you post your comment blah blah blah as an answer (and expanding upon it as well, if possible and a photo as <username2> says) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks. (1) Comments do not show up in searches, (2) Your answer may help someone else (3) As we are a beta site we really need to keep the number of unanswered questions to a minimum, if we are to continue as a site (4) You will earn more reputation from votes and accepting your answer. Thanks in advance C&P ⎘ Hi, ***please*** could you post your comment `blah blah blah` as an answer (and expanding upon it as well, if possible and a photo as <username2> says) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks. (1) Comments do not show up in searches, (2) Your answer may help someone else (3) As we are a beta site we *really* need to keep the number of unanswered questions to a minimum, if we are to continue as a site (4) You will earn more reputation from votes and accepting your answer. Thanks in advance user4762: Frequently you'll find that you type similar comments, but depending on inspiration and time, the comments differ. It would be an excellent idea to maintain a standard comments reply list on some sort of platform (GitHub, GitLab, community wiki on meta, etc.). Note that an automatic standardized comment already exists for marking a duplicate topic; the system will post a default duplicate comment message for you which you can change within 5 minutes after posting. Where applicable, replace <username> with the actual user name of the poster being addressed Each standardised comment below is shown in two formats: As block quotes for readability As code formatting, for ease of copy and paste (C&P ⎘) There are four sections: General Comments Comments Questions Answers Note on shortcuts: Magic links and Relative paths It is possible to reduce the length of the comments, so that they fit, by using shortcuts. Note that the [help], [ask], [answer] and [about] tags (in the C&P) expand into Help Center, How to Ask, How to Answer and Tour links, respectively - so the entire URL does not need to be specified. For example: [help] => help center [ask] => How to Ask [answer] => How to Answer [about] => tour [tour] => tour [chat] => 3D Printing Chat [edit] => Edit the post link N.B. [tour] and [about] are equivalent. See comment formatting for more information, or better still, see the Complete list of help center magic links. Also worthy of mention are relative links, so you can skip the absolute URL part (i.e. https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com). For example: [Ask Question](/questions/ask) => Ask Question link (at the top of the page) Just copy the relative part of the URL (to the page that you want to point to) from your browser. General comments Welcome to Stack Exchange Please use these in conjunction with other necessary/constructive comments - not as a stand alone comment, as these tend to add noise Hi <username> and welcome to Stack Exchange! or Hi <username> and welcome to Stack Exchange 3D Printing! or shorter (given the limited number of character) and more precise Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3DPrinting! or even shorter Hi <username> and welcome to SE.3DP! Post to be deleted Unfortunately your post will be deleted, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, ask a question, post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments. Good luck! :-) C&P ⎘ Unfortunately your post will be deleted, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, [ask a question](/questions/ask), post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments. Good luck! :-) user11242: A while ago I found a browser add-on which has canned comments embedded in it. This script was made for Stack Exchange. The name of the add-on is: AutoReviewComments. There is a complete write-up on it over at StackApps, which is SE's site for just this sort of thing. One of the great things about it is it's completely customizable. I've found since I've been sneaking around here on 3D Printing, it automagically sets the "welcome" note to the current site, as well as if there are custom comments you've added on another site won't show up here. That's pretty kewl in my book. One of the things you could do is to create custom comments within the add-on copied from the other great Answers in this Meta post.
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[ "4762: <p>There are times when certain standardised comments are called for.</p>\n<p>Here are some examples (the links go to the various sections below, under the Answers):</p>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-305\">General comments</a></li>\n<li>Prompting user to accept an answer - <em>in order to clear the unanswered question list</em></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-304\">Problems with comments</a>\n<ul>\n<li>Answer posted in comments - <em>Solutions to the question posted in the comments, do not show up in searches</em></li>\n<li>Limiting comments - <em>Additional information, that <strong>may or may not</strong> have been requested is posted in comments, rather than as an edit to the question</em></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-402\">Poor quality questions</a>\n<ul>\n<li>Ask a good question</li>\n<li>Unbounded questions</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-393\">Poor quality answers</a>\n<ul>\n<li>Short answer - <em>An answer lacking detail, no explanation provided</em></li>\n<li>Repetition - <em>No new information, the contents of a previously posted answer is repeated by a different user</em></li>\n<li>Link only answer - <em>Only a link is provided, with no summary, or content, of the link included</em></li>\n<li>Question posted as answer - <em><strong>Another</strong> question, (possibly) related to the OP's question, is posted as an answer</em></li>\n<li>&quot;Me too&quot; answer - <em>&quot;I <strong>also</strong> have this issue&quot;</em></li>\n<li>Edit to a previous answer - <em>user posts second answer with additional information, not realising that there is an edit button for their first answer</em></li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ul>\n<p><em>et cetera</em>...</p>\n", "4762: <h1>Questions</h1>\n<p><em>Please note that if a user is new and has shown some research effort in composing the question, gently guide the new user in completing the question rather than using some of the statements below. If a question needs some more information or an image, use comments or flag for moderator attention if you don't have enough reputation to post comments. We welcome every new member, but not everybody is acquainted with the SE Q/A style (frequently it is assumed that it is similar to a forum of threaded messages).</em></p>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>New user, forum style question</h2>\n<p>Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question is more\na forum style question where you ask for help to\nstart a discussion. Please read the help section, accessible through the button\nwith the question mark at the top right menu.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question is more a forum style question where you ask for help to start a discussion. Please read the [help] section, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Ask a good question</h2>\n<p>I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted questions to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/asking\">asking</a> questions, in particular <a href=\"https://3dprinting.com/help/how-to-ask\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">How to ask a good question</a>, and take the <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-)</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted questions to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to [asking](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/asking) questions, in particular [How to ask a good question](https://3dprinting.com/help/how-to-ask), and take the [tour](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour) for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-)\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Unbounded questions</h2>\n<p>Welcome to SE 3D Printing &lt;username&gt;, but I'm afraid that Unbounded Design Questions are off-topic because there are many ways to solve any given design problem, so questions that ask for a list of approaches, a subjective recommendation on a method (for how to build something, how to accomplish something, what something is capable of, etc.) or shopping selection are off-topic. We prefer <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask\">practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face</a>. Take a look at <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask\">How to Ask</a> &amp; <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> for more information on how Stack Exchange works.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Welcome to SE 3D Printing &lt;username&gt;, but I'm afraid that Unbounded Design Questions are off-topic because there are many ways to solve any given design problem, so questions that ask for a list of approaches, a subjective recommendation on a method (for how to build something, how to accomplish something, what something is capable of, etc.) or shopping selection are off-topic. We prefer [practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask). Take a look at [ask] &amp; [tour] for more information on how Stack Exchange works.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Too localised (?)</h2>\n<p>As it stands this question is unlikely to help future visitors and may get closed as <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions\">too localized</a>. While it is useful to have all of the background in one place, could I suggest dividing this up into a series of <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask\">practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face</a>. See <a href=\"http://meta.3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/153/is-it-ok-to-ask-for-opinions/154#154\">Is it ok to ask for opinions?</a> for more background.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>As it stands this question is unlikely to help future visitors and may get closed as [too localized](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions). While it is useful to have all of the background in one place, could I suggest dividing this up into a series of [practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask). See [Is it ok to ask for opinions?](http://meta.3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/153/is-it-ok-to-ask-for-opinions/154#154) for more background.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Bad fit questions/Questions by new users for closed for other reasons</h2>\n<p>Welcome to 3D Printing.SE &lt;username&gt;, but I'm afraid that questions like this really aren't a good fit for a stack exchange site. We prefer <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask\">practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face</a>. Take a look at <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask\">How to Ask</a> and <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> for more information on how stack exchange works. Also, the <a href=\"http://meta.3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/1302/3dprinting-stack-exchange-question-checklist\">3D Printing question checklist</a> has good advice on how to write a good question. If you <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">edit</a> your question to fit our community guidelines we can reopen it for you.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Welcome to SE.3DP, but I'm afraid that questions like this really aren't a good fit for a stack exchange site. We prefer *[practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/dont-ask)*. Take a look at [ask] and [about] for more information on how stack exchange works. Also, the [*3DP* question checklist](https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/q/340) has good advice on how to write a good question. If you [edit] your question to fit our community guidelines we can reopen it for you.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Old question, no accepted answer - With multiple answers available</h2>\n<p>Have you found &amp; fixed the problem? If any of the answers helped you to get an answer to your question or come to your own conclusions then please do vote &amp; accept an answer (using the tick button next to it). This helps us reduce the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered\">unanswered questions list</a> &amp; stops the question from being bumped once in a while. If you found another answer (than those already posted), please add that answer (&amp; accept after 48 hours) to share your experience with the community. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Have you found &amp; fixed the problem? If any of the answers helped you to get an answer to your question or come to your own conclusions then please do vote &amp; accept an answer (using the tick button next to it). This helps us reduce the [unanswered questions list](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered) &amp; stops the question from being bumped once in a while. If you found another answer (than those already posted), please add that answer (&amp; accept after 48 hours) to share your experience with the community. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Old question, no accepted answer - With multiple answers available (alternative)</h2>\n<p>Hello @[UserName], I noticed your question has been up for a while\nnow. Have any of the answers below been able to solve your question?\nIf so, would you mind accepting the appropriate answer. If not, what\nis missing so that we may help you further? Also, if you have figured\nit out on your own, you can always answer and accept your own\nsolution. Thank you.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Hello @[UserName], I noticed your question has been up for a while now. Have any of the answers below been able to solve your question? If so, would you mind accepting the appropriate answer. If not, what is missing so that we may help you further? Also, if you have figured it out on your own, you can always answer and accept your own solution. Thank you.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Old question, no accepted answer - If there is only one answer</h2>\n<p>Have you found and fixed the problem? If so, has the answer below led\nyou to the solution? Please vote to accept the answer so this question\nis not bumped up once in a while and can be removed from the\nunanswered question list. You may even add your own solution and\naccept that after 48 hours! If you have not been able to address the\nproblem please update your question.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Have you found and fixed the problem? If so, has the answer below led you to the solution? Please vote to accept the answer so this question is not bumped up once in a while and can be removed from the unanswered question list. You may even add your own solution and accept that after 48 hours! If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Old question, no answer</h2>\n<p>Unfortunately, up to now, no answers are given on your question! Have\nyou found an answer yourself? If so, you may add your own solution and\naccept that after 48 hours. If you have not been able to address the\nproblem please update your question so other people may help you find\nan answer. You can even decide to delete the question. We need to\nreduce the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered\">unanswered questions\nlist</a> to graduate\nfrom the Beta stage.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Unfortunately, up to now, no answers are given on your question! Have you found an answer yourself? If so, you may add your own solution and accept that after 48 hours. If you have not been able to address the problem please update your question so other people may help you find an answer. You can even decide to delete the question. We need to reduce the [unanswered questions list](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered) to graduate from the Beta stage.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Self answered but not accepted any answer</h2>\n<p>Good to see you solved the problem and took the time to share it with\nus! Please accept your answer so that it does not pop up to the top of\nthe queue once in a while. This also will help us reducing the\n<a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered\">unanswered questions list</a>.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Good to see you solved the problem and took the time to share it with us! Please accept your answer so that it does not pop up to the top of the queue once in a while. This also will help us reducing the [unanswered questions list](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/unanswered).\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Multiple questions post</h2>\n<p>Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question contains\nmultiple questions which makes it more difficult to answer as there\nare multiple answers. Please read the [help] section, accessible\nthrough the button with the question mark at the top right menu and\nread [ask]. Please split up your question by adding the other\nquestions in a separate question!</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p>C&amp;P ⎘</p>\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your question contains multiple questions which makes it more difficult to answer as there are multiple answers. Please read the [help] section, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu and read [ask]. Please split up your question by adding the other questions in a separate question!\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Cross-posted question</h2>\n<p>Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! I\nsee that you have cross-posted this question on another Stack Exchange\nsite. Cross posting is frowned upon, please see <a href=\"https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64068/is-cross-posting-a-question-on-multiple-stack-exchange-sites-permitted-if-the-qu\">Is cross-posting a\nquestion on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is\non-topic for each\nsite?</a>.\nPlease delete one of copies of the question.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p>C&amp;P ⎘</p>\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to 3D printing.SE! I see that you have cross-posted this question on another Stack Exchange site. Cross posting is frowned upon, please see [Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site?](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/64068/is-cross-posting-a-question-on-multiple-stack-exchange-sites-permitted-if-the-qu). Please delete one of copies of the question.\n</code></pre>\n", "4762: <h1>Answers</h1>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>New user, Me too answer</h2>\n \n <p>Hi &lt;username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style \"Me too\" comment to another question where you ask for help to start a discussion. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Please read the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help\">help center</a>, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style \"Me too\" comment to another question where you ask for help to start a discussion. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Please read the [help], accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the [about] and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works.\n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>New user, Thanks answer</h2>\n \n <p>Hi &lt;username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. It is great that the provided answer helped you. However, SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style \"Thanks\" comment to another answer. This is not what the answer (nor comment) section should be used for. Please use the voting buttons instead, as it is votes which drive the community. Please read the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help\">help center</a>, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to SE.3D Printing. It is great that the provided answer helped you. However, SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style \"Thanks\" comment to another answer. This is not what the answer (nor comment) section should be used for. Please use the voting buttons instead, as it is votes which drive the community. Please read the [help], accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the [about] and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works.\n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>New user, answer as comment</h2>\n \n <p>Hi &lt;username> and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style comment to another answer. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Your answer has been converted to a comment. When you gain enough reputation (50) you will be able to comment directly on an answer. Please read the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help\">help center</a>, accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to SE.3D Printing. SE websites are driven by questions and answers, your answer is more a forum style comment to another answer. This is not what the answer section should be used for. Your answer has been converted to a comment. When you gain enough reputation (50) you will be able to comment directly on an answer. Please read the [help], accessible through the button with the question mark at the top right menu. Please take the [about] and also have a look at the questions and answers to understand how SE works. \n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>Poor quality - Short answer</h2>\n \n <p>Hi &lt;username>, and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it <em>is</em> lacking detail, and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion, unfortunately. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/answering\">answering</a> questions, in particular <a href=\"https://3dprinting.com/help/how-to-answer\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">How to write a good answer</a>, and take the <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-)</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt;, and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it *is* lacking detail, and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion, unfortunately. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to [answering](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/answering) questions, in particular [answer], and take the [tour] for more information on how stack exchange works. Thanks :-)\n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>Poor quality - Repetition</h2>\n \n <p>Hi and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it <em>is</em> lacking detail, reiterates a previous answer and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/answering\">answering</a> questions and take the <a href=\"http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a> for more information on how stack exchange works. </p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to SE 3D Printing! Whilst your answer may be technically correct, it is lacking detail, and reiterates a previous answer and, as such, it has been recommended for deletion. If you could expand it then you may get a more positive response. I would recommend that in addition to reading some highly voted answers to gauge the standard expected, that you take a look at the help section relating to [answering](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/answering) questions and take the [tour](http://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour) for more information on how stack exchange works. \n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>Poor quality - Link only</h2>\n \n <p>Thanks for your answer but we are looking for comprehensive answers that provide some explanation and context. Very short answers cannot do this, so please <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">edit</a> your answer to explain why it is right. Additionally, we prefer answers to be self contained where possible. <a href=\"https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8231/\"><em>link only</em></a> answers are frowned upon (as links <a href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_rot\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">tend to rot</a>) &amp; will be rendered useless if the linked-to content disappears. If you add more context and detail from the link, it is more likely that people will find your answer useful.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Thanks for your answer but we are looking for comprehensive answers that provide some explanation and context. Very short answers cannot do this, so please [edit] your answer to explain why it is right. Additionally, we prefer answers to be self contained where possible. [*link only*](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8231/) answers are frowned upon (as links [tend to rot](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_rot)) &amp; will be rendered useless if the linked-to content disappears. If you add more context and detail from the link, it is more likely that people will find your answer useful.\n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>Question posted as an answer</h2>\n \n <p>Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your answer does not answer the question. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&amp;A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&amp;A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">Ask Question</a> link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your answer does not answer the question. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&amp;A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&amp;A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the [Ask Question](/questions/ask) link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place.\n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>Clarification comment posted as an answer</h2>\n \n <p>Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your comment posted as an answer does not answer the question. StackExchange is a Q&amp;A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&amp;A way. Your post may be deleted and converted to a comment, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">Ask Question</a>, post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Unfortunately, your comment posted as an answer does not answer the question. StackExchange is a Q&amp;A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&amp;A way. Your post may be deleted and converted to a comment, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, [ask a question](/questions/ask), post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments.\n</code></pre>\n\n<p></p>\n", "5740: <h1>Comments</h1>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Question in a comment</h2>\n<p>Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Please do not ask new questions in comments. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&amp;A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&amp;A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">Ask Question</a> link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Hi and welcome to SE.3DP! Please do not ask new questions in comments. Without wishing to sound harsh, StackExchange is a Q&amp;A site, and not a forum of threaded messages. The reason for this is to aid the search for answers to issues, and provide it in a structured Q&amp;A way. I know that this might seem a pain, but can you repost your question using the [Ask Question](/questions/ask) link at the top of the page? When you repost your new question, please feel free to refer back to this original question using the URL, seeing as it is the reason why you posted in the first place.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Answer in a comment</h2>\n<p>Comments are not recommended for any of the following: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment\">Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one)</a>. Feel free to post an answer instead. Thanks.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Comments are not recommended for any of the following: [Answering a question or providing an alternate solution to an existing answer; instead, post an actual answer (or edit to expand an existing one)](https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment);. Feel free to post an answer instead. Thanks.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2>Limit Comments</h2>\n<p>It is better to <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">edit</a> your question to add information requested in comments, rather than adding more comments. Comments are for helping to improve questions and answers, and are distracting, so we try to keep them to a minimum. All of this information can be edited into your question to make it easier for people to answer your question. If all of the information is contained in one block then people don't have to read all of the comments to discover all of the information. Once all of the information needed to answer the question is contained within it, the comments can be tidied &amp; deleted.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>It is better to [edit] your question to add information requested in comments, rather than adding more comments. Comments are for helping to improve questions and answers, and are distracting, so we try to keep them to a minimum. All of this information can be edited into your question to make it easier for people to answer your question. If all of the information is contained in one block then people don't have to read all of the comments to discover all of the information. Once all of the information needed to answer the question is contained within it, the comments can be tidied &amp; deleted.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2><em>Self</em>-answered in a comment - Initial request</h2>\n<p>Did any of the posted answers solve your issue? If so, please mark it as the accepted answer. If not, then either refine your question or please post your comment above (which appears to contain the solution) as an answer, and then mark it as accepted in 48 hours, in order to remove your question from the unanswered queue. Answers are not allowed in comments, and may be deleted. If your answer is posted as an answer then it becomes searchable and may help others with the same issue.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Did any of the posted answers solve your issue? If so, please mark it as the accepted answer. If not, then either refine your question or please post your comment above (which appears to contain the solution) as an answer, and then mark it as accepted in 48 hours, in order to remove your question from the unanswered queue. Answers are not allowed in comments, and may be deleted. If your answer is posted as an answer then it becomes searchable and may help others with the same issue.\n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2><em>Self</em>-answered in a comment - Second request (citing comment - obviously replacing the <code>blah blah blah</code>!)</h2>\n<p>Hi, could you post your comment <code>blah blah blah</code> as an answer (maybe expanding upon it as well, if possible) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Hi, could you post your comment `blah blah blah` as an answer (maybe expanding upon it as well, if possible) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks \n</code></pre>\n<blockquote>\n<h2><em>Self</em>-answered in a comment - Final Reminder (also citing the comment)</h2>\n<p>Hi, <em><strong>please</strong></em> could you post your comment <code>blah blah blah</code> as an answer (and expanding upon it as well, if possible and a photo as &lt;username2&gt; says) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks. (1) Comments do not show up in searches, (2) Your answer may help someone else (3) As we are a beta site we <em>really</em> need to keep the number of unanswered questions to a minimum, if we are to continue as a site (4) You will earn more reputation from votes and accepting your answer. Thanks in advance</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p><strong>C&amp;P ⎘</strong></p>\n<pre><code>Hi, ***please*** could you post your comment `blah blah blah` as an answer (and expanding upon it as well, if possible and a photo as &lt;username2&gt; says) and mark it as accepted. That way your question will no longer be in the unanswered list. Thanks. (1) Comments do not show up in searches, (2) Your answer may help someone else (3) As we are a beta site we *really* need to keep the number of unanswered questions to a minimum, if we are to continue as a site (4) You will earn more reputation from votes and accepting your answer. Thanks in advance\n</code></pre>\n", "4762: <p>Frequently you'll find that you type similar comments, but depending on inspiration and time, the comments differ. It would be an excellent idea to maintain a standard comments reply list on some sort of platform (GitHub, GitLab, community wiki on meta, etc.).</p>\n\n<p>Note that an automatic standardized comment already exists for marking a duplicate topic; the system will post a default duplicate comment message for you which you can change within 5 minutes after posting.</p>\n\n<p><em>Where applicable, replace <code>&lt;username&gt;</code> with the actual user name of the poster being addressed</em></p>\n\n<p>Each standardised comment below is shown in two formats:</p>\n\n<ol>\n<li>As <em>block quotes</em> for readability</li>\n<li>As <em>code formatting</em>, for ease of copy and paste (<strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong>)</li>\n</ol>\n\n<p>There are four sections:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-305\">General Comments</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-304\">Comments</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-402\">Questions</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/303/do-we-have-standardised-comments#answer-393\">Answers</a></li>\n</ul>\n\n<h3>Note on shortcuts: <em>Magic links</em> and Relative paths</h3>\n\n<p>It is possible to reduce the length of the comments, so that they fit, by using <em>shortcuts</em>. Note that the <code>[help]</code>, <code>[ask]</code>, <code>[answer]</code> and <code>[about]</code> tags (in the C&amp;P) expand into <em>Help Center</em>, <em>How to Ask</em>, <em>How to Answer</em> and <em>Tour</em> links, respectively - so the entire URL does <em>not</em> need to be specified. </p>\n\n<p>For example:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li><code>[help]</code> => <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help\">help center</a></li>\n<li><code>[ask]</code> => <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/how-to-ask\">How to Ask</a></li>\n<li><code>[answer]</code> => <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/how-to-answer\">How to Answer</a></li>\n<li><code>[about]</code> => <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a></li>\n<li><code>[tour]</code> => <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tour\">tour</a></li>\n<li><code>[chat]</code> => <a href=\"https://chat.stackexchange.com/\">3D Printing Chat</a></li>\n<li><code>[edit]</code> => Edit the post link</li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>N.B. <code>[tour]</code> and <code>[about]</code> are equivalent.</p>\n\n<p>See <a href=\"https://stackoverflow.com/editing-help#comment-formatting\">comment formatting</a> for more information, or <em>better still</em>, see the <a href=\"https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/242306/369403\">Complete list of help center magic links</a>. </p>\n\n<p>Also worthy of mention are <em>relative links</em>, so you can skip the <em>absolute URL</em> part (i.e. <code>https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com</code>). For example:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li><code>[Ask Question](/questions/ask)</code> => Ask Question link (at the top of the page)</li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>Just copy the relative part of the URL (to the page that you want to point to) from your browser.</p>\n\n<hr>\n\n<h1>General comments</h1>\n\n<h2>Welcome to Stack Exchange</h2>\n\n<p>Please use these in conjunction with other necessary/constructive comments - not as a stand alone comment, as these tend to add <em>noise</em></p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to Stack Exchange!\n</code></pre>\n\n<p>or </p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to Stack Exchange 3D Printing!\n</code></pre>\n\n<p>or shorter (given the limited number of character) and more precise</p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to SE.3DPrinting!\n</code></pre>\n\n<p>or even shorter</p>\n\n<pre><code>Hi &lt;username&gt; and welcome to SE.3DP!\n</code></pre>\n\n<blockquote>\n <h2>Post to be deleted</h2>\n \n <p>Unfortunately your post will be deleted, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, <a href=\"https://x\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">ask a question</a>, post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments. Good luck! :-)</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p><strong>C&amp;P &#x2398;</strong></p>\n\n<pre><code>Unfortunately your post will be deleted, but please do not let this discourage you. Hang around, [ask a question](/questions/ask), post an answer containing a solution, make some constructive edits and earn some reputation, and with a reputation of 50 you will be able to leave comments. Good luck! :-)\n</code></pre>\n\n<hr>\n", "11242: <p>A while ago I found a browser add-on which has canned comments embedded in it. This script was made for Stack Exchange. The name of the add-on is: <a href=\"https://github.com/Benjol/SE-AutoReviewComments\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">AutoReviewComments</a>. There is a complete write-up on it over at <a href=\"https://stackapps.com/q/2116/54833\">StackApps</a>, which is SE's site for just this sort of thing. </p>\n\n<p>One of the great things about it is it's completely customizable. I've found since I've been sneaking around here on 3D Printing, it automagically sets the \"welcome\" note to the current site, as well as if there are custom comments you've added on another site won't show up here. That's pretty kewl in my book. One of the things you could do is to create custom comments within the add-on copied from the other great Answers in this Meta post. </p>\n" ]
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user4762: Other Stack Exchange sites have a chatroom where people can ask simple queries, exchange technical ideas, raise concerns about SE posts, clarify points (where comments are not sufficient), or just for an informal chat. Do we have such a chat room? user4762: Yes, in fact there are two public chatrooms: One, The Hotbed - 3D Printing chatroom, which was created here: What should be the name of our chatroom?. This has a number of achieved chats, and was active up until the start of 2018 Two, Public 3D printing room, which was created in June and which is currently our most active.
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2018/07/30
[ "4762: <p>Other Stack Exchange sites have a chatroom where people can ask simple queries, exchange technical ideas, raise concerns about SE posts, clarify points (where comments are not sufficient), or just for an informal chat.</p>\n\n<p>Do we have such a chat room?</p>\n", "4762: <p>Yes, in fact there are two public chatrooms:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li>One, <a href=\"https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/34216/the-hotbed-3d-printing\">The Hotbed - 3D Printing</a> chatroom, which was created here: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/49/what-should-be-the-name-of-our-chatroom\">What should be the name of our chatroom?</a>. This has a number of achieved chats, and was active up until the start of 2018</li>\n<li>Two, <a href=\"https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/79830/public-3d-printing-room\">Public 3D printing room</a>, which was created in June and which is currently our most active.</li>\n</ul>\n" ]
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user4762: If you use the favourites function and have accumulated a number of favourites, I am sure that, over time, you will look back and think, "Why on earth did I favourite that question?" This is obviously because there is no functionality to add a comment. Apart from either having a piece of paper, or a textpad document that you use to cross reference the URLs/question titles with notes (tedious and liable to get lost or confused), how can I keep track of why I clicked on the favourite star? user4762: From Favorites improvements - search, categorize, personal tags, add note, favorite answer, you might find that this answer could help you tremendously. ᔕᖺᘎᕊ has written a very useful stack app. I have been using it for over a month now, and have found it invaluable, and tbh, I don't know how I functioned before installing it. The stack app is available here: Favourites Enhancer: Tag favourites and add personal notes You will need to install Tampermonkey (or Greasemonkey), and I've tested it on Opera and Firefox, and it works fine on both.
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2018/08/01
[ "4762: <p>If you use the favourites function and have accumulated a number of favourites, I am sure that, over time, you will look back and think, \"Why on earth did I favourite that question?\" This is obviously because there is no functionality to add a comment.</p>\n\n<p>Apart from either having a piece of paper, or a textpad document that you use to cross reference the URLs/question titles with notes (tedious and liable to get lost or confused), how can I keep track of why I clicked on the favourite star?</p>\n", "4762: <p>From <a href=\"https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/75944/favorites-improvements-search-categorize-personal-tags-add-note-favorite-a\">Favorites improvements - search, categorize, personal tags, add note, favorite answer</a>, you might find that <a href=\"https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/75944/favorites-improvements-search-categorize-personal-tags-add-note-favorite-a#answer-251234\">this answer</a> could help you tremendously.</p>\n\n<p>ᔕᖺᘎᕊ has written a very useful stack app. I have been using it for over a month now, and have found it invaluable, and tbh, I don't know how I functioned before installing it.</p>\n\n<p>The stack app is available here: <a href=\"https://stackapps.com/questions/6215/favourites-enhancer-tag-favourites-and-add-personal-notes\">Favourites Enhancer: Tag favourites and add personal notes</a></p>\n\n<p><a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/n2phT.gif\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\" title=\"GIF\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/n2phT.gif\" alt=\"Gif\" title=\"GIF\"></a></p>\n\n<p>You will need to install <a href=\"https://tampermonkey.net\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">Tampermonkey</a> (or Greasemonkey), and I've tested it on Opera and Firefox, and it works fine on both. </p>\n" ]
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user5740: Our site is dealing with electronics and practical engineering, so we use formulas in questions and answers on occasion, most usually when we have to figure out electronic ratings. When we talk about the design or function of printers more than "rule of thumb", we need complex math. When we estimate print times formulas could be used to illustrate the calculations. When we want to estimate the length of a spool of filament, we need math. When we discuss movement paths, we also come into need for 3D geometry which can be simplified by using non-carthesian coordinates or functions - which in turn need manual typing of greek letters or proper formulas to be displayed well. Up to now I have been typing LaTeX formulas in online converters and copy paste the link to the image generated formula. This is quite labor intensive, especially since the SE does support built in MathJax. A recent answer showed LaTeX/MathJax code in the answer, but that did not render into an actual formula image as it is not enabled. Supply voltage $ U_S = 12V \or 24V $ Logic Voltage $ U_L = 5V $ Sensor Voltage $ U_sens = U_L$ Temperature control (Hotend/Bed/Cooling fans) $ U_T = U_S$ Why can't we enter formulas directly in posts? user8884: MathJax would be really helpful: We recently discussed How is infill generated via slicing? and the answer is linear algebra. Displaying linear algebra without formulas is a PITA. user5: $$\text{3D Printing Stack Exchange} \subset \text{Stack Exchange sites that use MathJax}$$ There are ~17 posts that could use an edit. Most of those are prices that have been converted into MathJax. You can fix that by escaping the dollar sign: $ => \$ I'll work on those edits myself, but I'd love to get some help.
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2018/08/03
[ "5740: <p>Our site is dealing with electronics and practical engineering, so we use formulas in questions and answers on occasion, most usually when we have to figure out electronic ratings. </p>\n\n<p>When we talk about the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/760/analytic-equations-to-make-algorithm-of-3d-printer\">design</a> or <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/631/how-are-delta-movements-calculated\">function</a> of printers more than \"rule of thumb\", we need complex math. When we estimate <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/4472/how-is-the-print-time-of-an-object-to-be-printed-estimated?s=4%7C17.5425\">print times</a> formulas could be used to illustrate the calculations. When we want to estimate the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/6557/is-the-110m-length-accurate-for-3-0mm-1k-spool\">length of a spool of filament</a>, we need math. When we discuss <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/a/5155/8884\">movement paths</a>, we also come into need for 3D geometry which can be simplified by using non-carthesian coordinates or functions - which in turn need manual typing of greek letters or proper formulas to be displayed well. </p>\n\n<p>Up to now I have been typing LaTeX formulas in online converters and copy paste the link to the image generated formula. This is quite labor intensive, especially since the SE does support built in MathJax.</p>\n\n<p>A recent <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/a/6540/5740\">answer</a> showed LaTeX/MathJax code in the answer, but that did not render into an actual formula image as it is not enabled.</p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <ul>\n <li>Supply voltage $ U_S = 12V \\or 24V $</li>\n <li>Logic Voltage $ U_L = 5V $</li>\n <li>Sensor Voltage $ U_sens = U_L$</li>\n <li>Temperature control (Hotend/Bed/Cooling fans) $ U_T = U_S$</li>\n </ul>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>Why can't we enter formulas directly in posts?</p>\n", "8884: <p>MathJax would be really helpful:</p>\n\n<p>We recently discussed <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/6832/how-is-infill-generated-via-slicing/6836#6836\">How is infill generated via slicing?</a> and the answer is linear algebra. Displaying linear algebra without formulas is a PITA.</p>\n", "5: <p>$$\\text{3D Printing Stack Exchange} \\subset \\text{Stack Exchange sites that use MathJax}$$</p>\n\n<p>There are <a href=\"http://data.stackexchange.com/3dprinting/query/879802/mathjax-inline\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">~17 posts</a> that could use an edit. Most of those are prices that have been converted into MathJax. You can fix that by escaping the dollar sign:</p>\n\n<pre><code>$ =&gt; \\$\n</code></pre>\n\n<p>I'll work on those edits myself, but I'd love to get some help.</p>\n" ]
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user4927: I'm seeing a current trend towards many questions only receiving a single answer, and according the the Area 51 stats, we ought to have an average closer to 2.5. Granted that some questions are really only in need of a single (obvious) answer, I think we're missing something here. I've seen a few questions with 'answers in the comments', which is understandable if a user wants to make a drive-by quick tip, but we should really be encouraging them to try and come back later to get the points due to them. Are users put off by an expectation that a wrong answer might lose them rep? Or by an overly high (assumed) expectation for making an answer? What can we do to raise ApQ, without dropping answer quality significantly? Some thoughts from IoT meta on why more answers are good. user11242: Something to realize is, ApQ is one of the least dependent factors for graduation. I don't think this site lends to having a huge amount of ApQ's, because usually there is only going to really be one answer which will work. I think the ApQ category was based more towards the programming/tech sites. I mean, when programming, there's almost ALWAYS going to be more than one way to answer a question.Then when you look at other sites where there is advice given, like Travel.SE or Law.SE, you could possibly see a plethora of answers for each of their questions. Then you take WorldBuilding.SE and it's a whole new level. IIRC, when Mechanics.SE graduated, we had sub 2.0 ApQ. I don't think 3D's is out of line with that and it isn't going to hurt the site for graduation. While multi-ApQ is not a bad thing, it only works if the question deserves it. If the question isn't answered correctly or if there might be something else which could be the answer, then multi-ApQ is an awesome thing. To make answers for answer sake, just to boost the ApQ, that can be ugly. A much better idea is (IMHO), to upvote good Q/A's and downvote bad ones. I completely agree with moving the site forward, but my suggestion is to move it forward in the right direction by putting energy where energy is needed. user4762: Well done for bringing this up. I was looking at those numbers too. Referring to this post, almost all of the stats are improving (albeit) slowly, except for one, the ApQ Are users put off by an expectation that a wrong answer might lose them rep? It seems that way. Without wishing to provide a link to the actual comment, I noticed a comment the other day that suggested as much, and a nicely detailed comment was left instead. To be fair, I feel that way sometimes, and often hesitate (maybe rightly so to save myself from spamming the site) in posting questions on SE.Meta, as there are a number of drive-by downvoters there1. Unless you have a definite bug that you are able to document clearly or have a well rounded proposal that can be implemented easily, then your question may end up downvoted. This is probably rightly so, TBH, in most cases, but nevertheless it can be discouraging. If you don't have much hard-earned rep then you may be less willing to risk it by posting a informative answer, that only answers half the question. Is that a bad thing? Well, it is a double edged sword. It is a good thing, because that promotes good solid answers, but with the downside that you point out (a lack of multiple answers per question). What can we do? Probably, not much other than creating a small community by promoting a friendly environment and communicating more clearly... Inviting people to chat in the chatroom, being more welcoming (with Hi and welcome), actually helping people without the old "Did you google this?" immediately. All of these things help a lot. And which we seem to have developed of late. So we seem to be getting there. I know that a number of members have already been adding answers to single answer questions as well as tackling the unanswered queue too. The more people that help the better... 1 Don't get me wrong, I looove (justified) downvotes, but I would like to know why. user10684: It seems, that there are roughly four categories of questions here: Questions that are too broad for which we have expertise. Example: How to build the cheapest but safest laser engraver. For these questions, we generally know how to respond properly, but the questions are so ill-defined, that the whole thread becomes a mess. Questions that are too broad for which we do not have expertise. Example: Am I allowed to publish a 3d scan of a [Buddha] statue?. These questions are formulated properly, but we lack the expertise, and so everybody chimes in with "half knowledge". Questions that are narrowly defined. Example: What voltage does the Creality Ender-3 run at?. These questions can be solved with one answer. Questions that are well-defined, but have multiple solutions. Example: Noise Reduction. These are some sort of "medium size" questions, neither too broad so as to invite opinions, but not too narrow so they can be completed with one answer. I think, to raise both the quality and the quantity of threads here, we should reduce questions of type 1 and 2, and promote questions of type 3 and 4. In my opinion, posters of type 1 questions should be politely asked to narrow down their questions or, if not possible, marked as off-topic, closed, too broad or whatever designation exists. Type 2 questions should be moved to another Stack Exchange site. As for answers per questions: Clearly, type 4 questions are the ones, that will raise the answers-questions-ratio (without sacrificing quality). But: Type 1 questions, if properly narrowed, can easily become type 4 questions and, therefore, help in raising the answers-questions-ratio.
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2018/08/15
[ "4927: <p>I'm seeing a current trend towards many questions only receiving a single answer, and according the the <a href=\"http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/82438/3d-printing\">Area 51</a> stats, we ought to have an <em>average</em> closer to 2.5. Granted that some questions are really only in need of a single (obvious) answer, I think we're missing something here.</p>\n\n<p>I've seen a few questions with 'answers in the comments', which is understandable if a user wants to make a drive-by quick tip, but we should really be encouraging them to try and come back later to get the points due to them.</p>\n\n<p>Are users put off by an expectation that a wrong answer might lose them rep? Or by an overly high (assumed) expectation for making an answer?</p>\n\n<p>What can we do to raise ApQ, without dropping answer quality significantly?</p>\n\n<p>Some thoughts from IoT meta on why <a href=\"https://iot.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/291\">more answers are good</a>.</p>\n", "11242: <p>Something to realize is, ApQ is one of the least dependent factors for graduation. I don't think this site lends to having a huge amount of ApQ's, because usually there is only going to really be one answer which will work. I think the ApQ category was based more towards the programming/tech sites. I mean, when programming, there's almost ALWAYS going to be more than one way to answer a question.Then when you look at other sites where there is advice given, like Travel.SE or Law.SE, you could possibly see a plethora of answers for each of their questions. Then you take WorldBuilding.SE and it's a whole new level.</p>\n\n<p>IIRC, when Mechanics.SE graduated, we had sub 2.0 ApQ. I don't think 3D's is out of line with that and it isn't going to hurt the site for graduation.</p>\n\n<p>While multi-ApQ is not a bad thing, it only works if the question deserves it. If the question isn't answered correctly or if there might be something else which could be the answer, then multi-ApQ is an awesome thing. To make answers for answer sake, just to boost the ApQ, that can be ugly. A much better idea is (IMHO), to upvote good Q/A's and downvote bad ones.</p>\n\n<p>I completely agree with moving the site forward, but my suggestion is to move it forward in the right direction by putting energy where energy is needed. </p>\n", "4762: <p>Well done for bringing this up. I was looking at those numbers too. </p>\n\n<p>Referring to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/264/what-does-it-take-to-get-out-of-beta-stage/265#265\">this post</a>, almost all of the stats are improving (albeit) slowly, except for one, the ApQ </p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p>Are users put off by an expectation that a wrong answer might lose them rep?</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>It seems that way. Without wishing to provide a link to the actual comment, I noticed a comment the other day that suggested as much, and a nicely detailed comment was left instead. </p>\n\n<p>To be fair, I feel that way sometimes, and often hesitate (maybe rightly so to save myself from spamming the site) in posting questions on SE.Meta, as there are a number of drive-by downvoters there<sup>1</sup>. Unless you have a definite bug that you are able to document clearly or have a well rounded proposal that can be implemented easily, then your question may end up downvoted. This is probably rightly so, TBH, in most cases, but nevertheless it can be discouraging.</p>\n\n<p>If you don't have much hard-earned rep then you may be less willing to risk it by posting a informative answer, that only answers half the question. Is that a bad thing? Well, it is a double edged sword. It is a good thing, because that promotes good solid answers, but with the downside that you point out (a lack of multiple answers per question).</p>\n\n<p>What can we do? Probably, not much other than creating a small community by promoting a friendly environment and communicating more clearly... Inviting people to chat in the chatroom, being more welcoming (with Hi and welcome), actually helping people without the old \"Did you google this?\" immediately. All of these things help a lot. And which we seem to have developed of late. So we seem to be getting there.</p>\n\n<p>I know that a number of members have already been adding answers to single answer questions as well as tackling the unanswered queue too. The more people that help the better...</p>\n\n<hr>\n\n<p><sup>1</sup> Don't get me wrong, I looove (justified) downvotes, but I would like to know <em>why</em>.</p>\n", "10684: <p>It seems, that there are roughly four categories of questions here:</p>\n\n<ol>\n<li><strong>Questions that are too broad for which we have expertise</strong>. Example: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/6661/10684\">How to build the cheapest but safest laser engraver</a>. For these questions, we generally know how to respond properly, but the questions are so ill-defined, that the whole thread becomes a mess.</li>\n<li><strong>Questions that are too broad for which we do not have expertise</strong>. Example: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/6640/10684\">Am I allowed to publish a 3d scan of a [Buddha] statue?</a>. These questions are formulated properly, but we lack the expertise, and so everybody chimes in with \"half knowledge\".</li>\n<li><strong>Questions that are narrowly defined</strong>. Example: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/6342/10684\">What voltage does the Creality Ender-3 run at?</a>. These questions can be solved with one answer.</li>\n<li><strong>Questions that are well-defined, but have multiple solutions</strong>. Example: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/4459/10684\">Noise Reduction</a>. These are some sort of \"medium size\" questions, neither too broad so as to invite opinions, but not too narrow so they can be completed with one answer.</li>\n</ol>\n\n<p>I think, to raise both the quality and the quantity of threads here, we should reduce questions of type 1 and 2, and promote questions of type 3 and 4.</p>\n\n<p>In my opinion, posters of type 1 questions should be politely asked to narrow down their questions or, if not possible, marked as off-topic, closed, too broad or whatever designation exists. Type 2 questions should be moved to another Stack Exchange site.</p>\n\n<p><strong>As for answers per questions</strong>: Clearly, type 4 questions are the ones, that will raise the answers-questions-ratio (without sacrificing quality). But: Type 1 questions, if properly narrowed, can easily become type 4 questions and, therefore, help in raising the answers-questions-ratio.</p>\n" ]
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user4762: I see a number of people writing "CURA", when I have always called it "Cura". So I started to wonder if CURA was a capitalised acronym, like LiDAR or NATO (but not like radar or laser). I had a look and the Wikipedia entry, Cura (software) doesn't appear to suggest that. So I wondered if it was a marketing thing. After all, over on SE.Arduino, lots of people write "Arduino UNO" - I myself did so to, for a long time, until Nick Gammon picked me up on it: I think that the reason that I did was that the Arduino pages write it in that way (arguably incorrectly) and it just seems to be a branding/marketing ploy. So, is this the same sort of thing with CURA? I am just wondering where it started and came from?1 1 As one does on a boring rainy Sunday morning :-) user11242: Actually, it's neither: If you wanna believe this image, it's: Ultimaker cura ... all lower case. user5740: As of version 4 the splash screen has changed, also the branding/naming of the product throughout Ultimaker's website. Technically it is not CURA or cura, it is Ultimaker Cura.
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2018/08/19
[ "4762: <p>I see a number of people writing \"CURA\", when I have always called it \"Cura\". So I started to wonder if CURA was a <em>capitalised</em> acronym, like LiDAR or NATO (but not like radar or laser).</p>\n\n<p>I had a look and the Wikipedia entry, <a href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cura_(software)\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">Cura (software)</a> doesn't appear to suggest that.</p>\n\n<p>So I wondered if it was a marketing thing.</p>\n\n<hr>\n\n<p>After all, over on SE.Arduino, <em>lots</em> of people write \"Arduino UNO\" - I myself did so to, for a long time, until Nick Gammon <a href=\"https://arduino.stackexchange.com/questions/13839/can-i-use-analogreadresolution-on-an-uno-or-leonardo#comment25114_13839\">picked me up on it</a>:</p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p><a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/6piXl.png\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\" title=\"Uno not UNO\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/6piXl.png\" alt=\"Uno not UNO\" title=\"Uno not UNO\"></a></p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>I <em>think</em> that the reason that I did was that the Arduino pages write it in that way (arguably incorrectly) and it just seems to be a branding/marketing ploy.</p>\n\n<p>So, is this the same sort of thing with CURA? I am just wondering where it started and came from?<sup>1</sup></p>\n\n<hr>\n\n<p><sup>1</sup> As one does on a boring rainy Sunday morning :-)</p>\n", "11242: <p>Actually, it's neither:</p>\n\n<p><a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/H7bOQ.png\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/H7bOQ.png\" alt=\"enter image description here\"></a></p>\n\n<p>If you wanna believe this image, it's: Ultimaker <strong>cura</strong> ... all lower case.</p>\n", "5740: <p>As of version 4 the splash screen has changed, also the branding/naming of the product throughout Ultimaker's website.</p>\n<p><a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/1eX3U.png\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/1eX3U.png\" alt=\"enter image description here\" /></a></p>\n<p>Technically it is not <em>CURA</em> or <em>cura</em>, it is <em>Ultimaker Cura</em>.</p>\n" ]
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user2082: Yesterday, I was reading 3dprinting.meta and read a suggestion that (which I rephrase as) we should ask questions for the purpose of bringing answers inside our tent. I spent some time thinking about questions I have been asked by friends who purchased FDM machines and were starting to undertake their own designs. In particular, among the engineers I hang with there is a desire for the generally-accepted-as-valid design principles -- the design rules that, when followed, will usually work. I haven't come across a reference that lays out such rules for FDM printing, and so I launched a question which someone who knew of such a rule set could answer, or which I could later attempt to answer if a better answer didn't appear. I asked this question. The question drew a "have you googled that?" response, coupled with a helpful link. Other comments ensued, along with two down-votes on the question. My question here is in two parts: Is this an appropriate activity -- to ask a question hoping to receive a better answer that I would write myself, and If the motivation for the question is appropriate, how should the question have been better formed? I realize that two downvotes isn't all that important, but it is important to me to understand and act in concert with the community culture. user4927: TL;DR The answer that this question was looking for can be covered in 4 or 5 basic points, without much ambiguity. The question is therefore not fundamentally too broad, but could maybe be made a bit more specific. Too broad seems a bit of a mis-assessment, but I think it's maybe a mistake to ask where to find this information, since that does read a little bit like "find me a link". I think a better question would be to ask what are the basic design rules - and then worry if that is too broad. We need to focus as a community on taking questions which don't quite fit, and improving them, otherwise we will not get people coming back with more questions and later helping others. There is still a focus amongst some members on only answering specific 'problem' questions, rather than generating a comprehensive resource covering the whole subject. SE intends to be the top search result (and presumably the answer and un-informed student was looking for). Maybe 'design rules" seems to broad, when you presumably care about the factors that are unique to FDM. (i.e. exclude all the general engineering principles which would be common to subtractive machining, injection moulding, etc. even though they are obviously still relevant). I feel this was kind of implicit in the question, but some may have been mislead by the terminology. Should tolerances be included? With an electronics background rather than engineering, Design Rules implies a final sign-off stage check of low level trivial detail rather than the entry point to the design flow. I think the question also suffers slightly from a I have an answer in mind, so it seems that I'm asking the question in a way that leads to that answer, kind of an X-Y of getting the answer posted (in this case, the answer is the true goal, not the question).
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2018/08/24
[ "2082: <p>Yesterday, I was reading 3dprinting.meta and read a suggestion that (which I rephrase as) we should ask questions for the purpose of bringing answers inside our tent.</p>\n\n<p>I spent some time thinking about questions I have been asked by friends who purchased FDM machines and were starting to undertake their own designs. In particular, among the engineers I hang with there is a desire for the generally-accepted-as-valid design principles -- the design rules that, when followed, will usually work. I haven't come across a reference that lays out such rules for FDM printing, and so I launched a question which someone who knew of such a rule set could answer, or which I could later attempt to answer if a better answer didn't appear.</p>\n\n<p>I asked <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/6726/primer-on-3d-printing-design-rules\">this question</a>.</p>\n\n<p>The question drew a \"have you googled that?\" response, coupled with a helpful link. Other comments ensued, along with two down-votes on the question.</p>\n\n<p>My question here is in two parts:\nIs this an appropriate activity -- to ask a question hoping to receive a better answer that I would write myself, and\nIf the motivation for the question is appropriate, how should the question have been better formed?</p>\n\n<p>I realize that two downvotes isn't all that important, but it is important to me to understand and act in concert with the community culture. </p>\n", "4927: <p><strong>TL;DR</strong> The <em>answer</em> that this question was looking for can be covered in 4 or 5 basic points, without much ambiguity. The question is therefore not fundamentally <em>too broad</em>, but could maybe be made a bit more specific.</p>\n\n<p>Too broad seems a bit of a mis-assessment, but I think it's maybe a mistake to ask where to find this information, since that does read a little bit like \"find me a link\". I think a better question would be to ask what are the basic design rules - and then worry if that is too broad.</p>\n\n<p>We need to focus as a community on taking questions which don't quite fit, and improving them, otherwise we will not get people coming back with more questions and later helping others. There is still a focus amongst some members on only answering specific 'problem' questions, rather than generating a comprehensive resource covering the whole subject. SE intends to be the top search result (and presumably the answer and un-informed student was looking for).</p>\n\n<p>Maybe 'design rules\" seems to broad, when you presumably care about the factors that are unique to FDM. (i.e. exclude all the general engineering principles which would be common to subtractive machining, injection moulding, etc. even though they are obviously still relevant). I feel this was kind of implicit in the question, but some may have been mislead by the terminology.</p>\n\n<p>Should tolerances be included? With an electronics background rather than engineering, <code>Design Rules</code> implies a final sign-off stage check of low level trivial detail rather than the entry point to the design flow.</p>\n\n<p>I think the question also suffers slightly from a <em>I have an answer in mind, so it seems that I'm asking the question in a way that leads to that answer</em>, kind of an X-Y of getting the answer posted (in this case, the answer is the true goal, not the question).</p>\n" ]
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user11242: We have two tags: support & support-structures These two are essentially the same thing. Even the abbreviated tag-wikis are pretty much saying the same thing. IMHO, we should combine the two tags as they are superfluous. There was the Meta question: support-material / support-structures Tag unification? which was about combining support-material & support-structures which was turned down, but this request is quite different. user5740: The tags support & support-structures are in fact referring to exactly the same thing! Furthermore, the meaning of support can be interpreted differently (i.e. helping out). I support renaming/merging the support labelled questions to support-structures. This implies that the support tag is removed and it could be reinstated at any time by new questions. Users with enough reputation can remove the support tag if it gets recreated and we could create a synonym later. In my humble opinion, the best solution may be to rename support to supports and then make it a synonym for support-structures! user4762: I've made a synonym - apparently it needs some votes.
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2018/09/03
[ "11242: <p>We have two tags: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> &amp; <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-structures\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-structures&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-structures</a> </p>\n\n<p>These two are essentially the same thing. Even the abbreviated tag-wikis are pretty much saying the same thing. IMHO, we should combine the two tags as they are superfluous. </p>\n\n<p>There was the Meta question: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/q/168/11242\">support-material / support-structures Tag unification?</a> which was about combining <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-material\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-material&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-material</a> &amp; <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-structures\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-structures&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-structures</a> which was turned down, but this request is quite different.</p>\n", "5740: <p>The tags <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> &amp; <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-structures\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-structures&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-structures</a> are in fact referring to exactly the same thing!</p>\n\n<p>Furthermore, the meaning of support can be interpreted differently (i.e. helping out).</p>\n\n<p>I support renaming/merging the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> labelled questions to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-structures\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-structures&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-structures</a>. This implies that the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> tag is removed and it could be reinstated at any time by new questions. Users with enough reputation can remove the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> tag if it gets recreated and we could create a synonym later. </p>\n\n<p>In my humble opinion, the best solution may be to rename <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/supports\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;supports&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">supports</a> and then make it a synonym for <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-structures\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-structures&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-structures</a>!</p>\n", "4762: <p>I've made a synonym - <strike>apparently it needs <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tags/support-structures/synonyms\">some votes</a></strike>.</p>\n" ]
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user4762: Whilst looking at the list of synonyms I see that machanics is a synonym of mechanics. Is machanics a thing, or a typo? If the latter then surely that tag should be deleted, as we shouldn't attempt to accommodate typos (common or otherwise) with synonyms. user4762: Done and deleted machanics (nothing was tagged by it anyway)
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2018/09/03
[ "4762: <p>Whilst looking at the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tags/synonyms\">list of synonyms</a> I see that <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/machanics\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;machanics&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">machanics</a> is a synonym of <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/mechanics\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;mechanics&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">mechanics</a>.</p>\n\n<p>Is <em>machanics</em> a thing, or a typo? If the latter then surely that tag should be deleted, as we shouldn't attempt to accommodate typos (common or otherwise) with synonyms.</p>\n", "4762: <p>Done and deleted machanics (nothing was tagged by it anyway)</p>\n" ]
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user4927: There was a previous question suggesting that the support and support-materials tags should be merged, and at the time the only response was to keep them distinct. 2 years later, I think it is time to disagree. I've already found questions which talk about support material in the abstract sense, of how to slice, rather than the intended use of the tag to identify the specific material used for support. This automatically makes the tags too imprecise to retain. We should retain the support tag, and merge the other two into it, since that covers the whole group of questions cleanly. I don't think we need synonyms, unless the other tags get re-added by users in the future. I don't think the aim of tags is to generate a complete literal taxonomy of the subject, rather we are trying to define: What subjects are on topic (support certainty is) How to most usefully group questions. Now, support (the structure) and the types of material are literally different things,but together they encompasses the topic of support. There is nothing wrong about referring to the specialist filaments as support. It is also misleading to assume that the structure can be discussed in isolation from the potential materials which can be used. Along the lines of avoiding the highly complex suggested heirarchical filament taxonomy, I think we can best help people to find questions about support by consolidating the questions under a single tag. user8884: I object to merging the two, my reasoning having been explained in chat several times, and brought to point by tbm115: Tbm0115 - "support-material" should define the material-type (ie. PLA, ABS, PVA, etc.) which in FDM is usually the same as the print-material. However, in the case of machines like dual-extruders can be completely different. The print-material for the body of the part can be PLA while the support-material can be PVA. Support-structure defines the "style" of structure that is generated by the slicer. For instance, I can have a scaffolding-like structure to support bridges and spire-like structure for small overhangs. Personally, I view infill as a subset of support-structure because it is material that is meant to support the overall body including ceilings. With infill I can have square, hexagonal, even cat-like styles of support structure. Trish - I agree on the structure being more about style (Trees, pylons, towers, included in the design or not, everywhere or not) while support material is more a subset of filament - PVA is one of those, but also one could use (in a dual extruder) ABS on a PLA print, and then remove the supports with acetone or some other stuff. One might use a super low melting filament and remove with heat.
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2018/09/03
[ "4927: <p>There was a previous question suggesting that the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> and <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support-materials\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support-materials&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support-materials</a> tags should be merged, and at the time the only response was <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/q/168/11242\">to keep them distinct</a>. 2 years later, I think it is time to disagree.</p>\n\n<p>I've already found <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/5318\">questions</a> which talk about support material in the abstract sense, of how to slice, rather than the intended use of the tag to identify the specific material used for support. This automatically makes the tags too imprecise to retain.</p>\n\n<p>We should retain the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/support\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;support&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">support</a> tag, and merge the other two into it, since that covers the whole group of questions cleanly. I don't think we need synonyms, unless the other tags get re-added by users in the future.</p>\n\n<p>I don't think the aim of tags is to generate a complete literal taxonomy of the subject, rather we are trying to define:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li>What subjects are on topic (support certainty is)</li>\n<li>How to most usefully group questions.</li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>Now, support (the structure) and the types of material are literally different things,but together they encompasses the topic of support. There is nothing wrong about referring to the specialist filaments as support. It is also misleading to assume that the structure can be discussed in isolation from the potential materials which can be used.</p>\n\n<p>Along the lines of avoiding the highly complex <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/a/61/4927\">suggested heirarchical filament taxonomy</a>, I think we can best help people to find questions about support by consolidating the questions under a single tag.</p>\n", "8884: <p>I object to merging the two, my reasoning having been explained in chat several times, and brought to point by tbm115:</p>\n<blockquote>\n<p>Tbm0115 - &quot;support-material&quot; should define the material-type (ie. PLA, ABS, PVA, etc.) which in FDM is usually the same as the print-material. However, in the case of machines like dual-extruders can be completely different. The print-material for the body of the part can be PLA while the support-material can be PVA.</p>\n<p>Support-structure defines the &quot;style&quot; of structure that is generated by the slicer. For instance, I can have a scaffolding-like structure to support bridges and spire-like structure for small overhangs. Personally, I view infill as a subset of support-structure because it is material that is meant to support the overall body including ceilings. With infill I can have square, hexagonal, even cat-like styles of support structure.</p>\n<p>Trish - I agree on the structure being more about style (Trees, pylons, towers, included in the design or not, everywhere or not) while support material is more a subset of filament - PVA is one of those, but also one could use (in a dual extruder) ABS on a PLA print, and then remove the supports with acetone or some other stuff. One might use a super low melting filament and remove with heat.</p>\n</blockquote>\n" ]
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user8884: We were offered to get MathJax enabled. Now, we need to decide on which character to have text between them parsed into MathJax! So please either add your suggestion or cast your vote! user8884: Let's stay with the classic $. Example: \$\$\frac{1 \times 2}{2} = 1\$\$ Now that MathJax is enabled, it renders to: $$\frac{1 \times 2}{2} = 1$$
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2018/09/06
[ "8884: <p>We were offered to <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/314/can-we-get-mathjax-enabled\">get MathJax enabled</a>.</p>\n\n<p>Now, we need to decide on which character to have text between them parsed into MathJax! So please either add your suggestion or cast your vote!</p>\n", "8884: <p>Let's stay with the classic $.</p>\n\n<p>Example: \\$\\$\\frac{1 \\times 2}{2} = 1\\$\\$</p>\n\n<hr>\n\n<p><em>Now that MathJax is enabled, it renders to:\n$$\\frac{1 \\times 2}{2} = 1$$</em></p>\n" ]
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user12377: Tag nylon exists already, but I think it would be incredibly useful to have a TPE/TPU tag and a tag for all flexibles as a category. EDIT: It has come to my attention that the tag flexible already exists. I still would like to see a tag tpu though. user5740: flexible could be used together with the filament to indicate the question is about flexible filament, but I understand that it may be beneficial to have separate TPE/TPU tags (it saves a tag). Furthermore, there are also tags for pla, abs, pom etc. TPE = ThermoPlastic Elastomer TPU = ThermoPlastic PolyUrethane, which is a type of thermoplastic elastomer I suggest to make 2 tags tpe and tpu where the TPU tag is a synonym for tag TPE. user4762: From What is the difference between TPE and TPU Flexible Filament? TPE = ThermoPlastic Elastomer TPU = Thermoplastic PolyUrethane, which is a type of ThermoPlastic Elastomer which is as 0scar has already stated, i.e. TPU ∈ TPE. It goes on to say: Although technically classed under the ThermoPlastic Elastomer spectrum, the full name for TPU is ThermoPlastic Polyurethane. This isn’t especially new in industry, but until recently wasn’t commonly available in 3D printing. However recently it’s growing a lot more popularity among printers. While on the surface very similar to TPE, but TPU 3D printing has some notable differences. TPU is very similar in elasticity and other mechanical properties to TPE. Although it is very slightly more rigid, at Shore 94A-95A. This makes it a little easier to print in printers that don’t usually print the original, softer TPE 3D printing filament well, as the slight more rigidity is easier for the extruder mechanism to handle. So they don't seem exactly the same. I dunno, I'm not sure. However, we apparently have the tags already, so that isn't a major issue anymore. With regards to the synonym aspect: Are the questions going to to be the same, i.e. will the same issues happen to both TPU and TPE, or will TPU have special, particular issues? If the latter, then a synonym maybe isn't a good idea. Regarding flexible, I wonder if it is necessary. Aren't we trying to reduce the number of filament tags? See Fixing the filament tags. If having flexible will help in this direction then all well and good, otherwise, maybe it isn't. However, I'm not a filament expert. You can decide what you want to do and if you need me to do it, message me in chat or leave a comment.
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2018/10/07
[ "12377: <p>Tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/nylon\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;nylon&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">nylon</a> exists already, but I think it would be incredibly useful to have a TPE/TPU tag and a tag for all flexibles as a category.</p>\n\n<p><strong>EDIT:</strong> It has come to my attention that the tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/flexible\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;flexible&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">flexible</a> already exists. I still would like to see a tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tpu\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;tpu&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">tpu</a> though.</p>\n", "5740: <p><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/flexible\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;flexible&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">flexible</a> could be used together with the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/filament\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;filament&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">filament</a> to indicate the question is about flexible filament, but I understand that it may be beneficial to have separate TPE/TPU tags (it saves a tag). Furthermore, there are also tags for <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/pla\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;pla&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">pla</a>, <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/abs\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;abs&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">abs</a>, <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/pom\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;pom&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">pom</a> etc.</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li>TPE = <strong>T</strong>hermo<strong>P</strong>lastic <strong>E</strong>lastomer</li>\n<li>TPU = <strong>T</strong>hermo<strong>P</strong>lastic Poly<strong>U</strong>rethane, which is a type of thermoplastic elastomer</li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>I suggest to make 2 tags <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tpe\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;tpe&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">tpe</a> and <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/tpu\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;tpu&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">tpu</a> where the TPU tag is a synonym for tag TPE.</p>\n", "4762: <p>From <a href=\"https://rigid.ink/blogs/news/172062855-what-is-the-difference-between-tpe-and-tpu-flexible-filament\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">What is the difference between TPE and TPU Flexible Filament?</a></p>\n<blockquote>\n<p>TPE = ThermoPlastic Elastomer</p>\n<p>TPU = Thermoplastic PolyUrethane, which is a type of ThermoPlastic Elastomer</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p>which is as 0scar has already stated, i.e. TPU ∈ TPE. It goes on to say:</p>\n<blockquote>\n<p>Although technically classed under the ThermoPlastic Elastomer\nspectrum, the full name for TPU is ThermoPlastic Polyurethane. This\nisn’t especially new in industry, but until recently wasn’t commonly\navailable in 3D printing.</p>\n<p>However recently it’s growing a lot more popularity among printers.\nWhile on the surface very similar to TPE, but TPU 3D printing has some\nnotable differences.</p>\n<p>TPU is very similar in elasticity and other mechanical properties to\nTPE. Although it is very slightly more rigid, at Shore 94A-95A. This\nmakes it a little easier to print in printers that don’t usually print\nthe original, softer TPE 3D printing filament well, as the slight more\nrigidity is easier for the extruder mechanism to handle.</p>\n</blockquote>\n<p>So they don't seem <em><strong>exactly</strong></em> the same. I dunno, I'm not sure. However, we apparently have the tags already, so that isn't a major issue anymore.</p>\n<p>With regards to the synonym aspect: Are the questions going to to be the same, i.e. will the same issues happen to both TPU and TPE, or will TPU have special, particular issues? If the latter, then a synonym maybe isn't a good idea.</p>\n<p>Regarding <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/flexible\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;flexible&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">flexible</a>, I wonder if it is necessary. Aren't we trying to reduce the number of filament tags? See <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/59/fixing-the-filament-tags\">Fixing the filament tags</a>. If having <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/flexible\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;flexible&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">flexible</a> will help in this direction then all well and good, otherwise, maybe it isn't.</p>\n<p>However, I'm not a filament expert. You can decide what you want to do and if you need me to do it, message me in chat or leave a comment.</p>\n" ]
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user150: As some people probably know, this is the 3rd iteration of a SE site proposal whose scope covers 3D printers. The first 2 were Personal Manufacturing(before my time) and Digital Fabrication(I tried and failed). Now I am faced with a situation where I want to ask a question about DIY Polystyrene foam milling (I was researching a bit of foam casting for a micro-hydro turbine wheel), and I don't have a convenient SE site to ask it. So my question is that, is it possible to expand the scope of the 3DPrinting SE to a more general scope, in particularly 3D Milling, given that a LOT of the underlying tech IS shared? I am asking this because a lot of the people involved in the first 2 failed proposals are participating here and may be able to help answer my questions (and further, despite the site's title, this answer advises a more inclusive approach). Minor Addendum: I would love being able to ask questions related to even Dave Gingery's work here, but that's a very long way off (It would've definitely been on-topic for Personal Manufacturing). user5740: 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 control, axis, modeling, etc. as the difference may be the tool the positioning head is carrying. My general concern is if you want to include this, does the name of the site cover the content? "Makers.SE" is suggested, but that would include even more "hobbyist machines" that at least fall very much out of this scope (like the mentioned vacuum forming). When we keep the name 3DPrinting, it should be about 3D printing, if the scope is extended (which is perfectly defendable for CNC machines and laser cutters based on similarity), the name should be changed (if that is possible). I'm not in favor to change the name as it might scare people away or may cause people to not find the site. At the moment we are already doing everything we can to get out of the Beta phase. user4762: 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 like. Although CNC is already added to the list, but foam cutting isn't (yet). There were some questions asked about polystryrene cutting in [chat], from here onwards. I don't think an actual question was posted though. I agree with 0scar, that, IMHO, we shouldn't change the name as it might put people (3D enthusiasts) off, and we are attracting more and more hits everyday (albeit slowly), see this answer.
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2018/10/15
[ "150: <p>As some people probably know, this is the 3rd iteration of a SE site proposal whose scope covers 3D printers. The first 2 were <a href=\"http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/22246/personal-manufacturing\">Personal Manufacturing</a>(before my time) and <a href=\"http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/41850/digital-fabrication\">Digital Fabrication</a>(I tried and failed).</p>\n\n<p>Now I am faced with a situation where I want to ask a question about DIY Polystyrene foam milling (I was researching a bit of <a href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost-foam_casting\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">foam casting</a> for a micro-hydro turbine wheel), and I don't have a convenient SE site to ask it.</p>\n\n<p>So my question is that, is it possible to expand the scope of the 3DPrinting SE to a more general scope, in particularly 3D Milling, given that a LOT of the underlying tech IS shared?</p>\n\n<p>I am asking this because a lot of the people involved in the first 2 failed proposals are participating here and may be able to help answer my questions (and further, despite the site's title, this <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/a/143/150\">answer</a> advises a more inclusive approach).</p>\n\n<p><em>Minor Addendum: I would love being able to ask questions related to even <a href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_J._Gingery\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\">Dave Gingery's work</a> here, but that's a very long way off (It would've definitely been on-topic for Personal Manufacturing).</em></p>\n", "5740: <p>Please look into <a href=\"/questions/147/hobbyist-machine-questions-on-topic\">this question</a>, which is a similar question as you ask. </p>\n\n<p>I think the general consensus is that CNC and laser cutting machines fall in the same category as 3D printers with respect to control, axis, modeling, etc. as the difference may be the tool the positioning head is carrying. </p>\n\n<p>My general concern is if you want to include this, does the name of the site cover the content? \"Makers.SE\" is suggested, but that would include even more \"hobbyist machines\" that at least fall very much out of this scope (like the mentioned vacuum forming).</p>\n\n<p>When we keep the name 3DPrinting, it should be about 3D printing, if the scope is extended (which is perfectly defendable for CNC machines and laser cutters based on similarity), the name should be changed (if that is possible). </p>\n\n<p>I'm not in favor to change the name as it might scare people away or may cause people to not find the site. At the moment we are already doing everything we can to get out of the Beta phase.</p>\n", "4762: <p>A quick reply for now (I might expand on it later).</p>\n\n<p>Please see <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/276/game-plan-what-is-on-topic\">Game plan - What is on-topic?</a>. I've been trying to build a list for the On-topic page. I can add your suggestions to that list, if you like. Although CNC is already added to the list, but foam cutting isn't (yet). There were some questions asked about polystryrene cutting in [chat], from <a href=\"https://chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/46947393#46947393\">here</a> onwards. I don't think an actual question was posted though.</p>\n\n<p>I agree with 0scar, that, IMHO, we shouldn't change the name as it might put people (3D enthusiasts) off, and we are attracting more and more hits everyday (albeit slowly), see <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/264/what-does-it-take-to-get-out-of-beta-stage/265#265\">this answer</a>.</p>\n" ]
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user12917: I found this previous question about sharing settings and, while I agree that there are no 'best settings' because it depends on your printer, and sometimes the model being printed, I think we can still help people by posting some generic advice and indications for settings. I mean that if, in order to print Material X on my printer, I need to print at 30mm/s with a temperature of 220°C and an enclosure, it is highly unlikely than another printer can do it without the enclosure, at 80mm/s with a temperature of 190°C. (Those are completely random numbers.) Materials behave similarly no matter the printer, thus such advice might help people and draw some more people in as those Q&A would appear on Google searches. I think what would also bring people would be to do this for non-standard materials, ie not PLA or ABS, but stuff like wood and glow and carbon-fibers and so on. What do you think? user5740: These settings should be known from the inscription on the box or found on the internet (where you ordered the filament, or from the vendor's website) for that specific brand and type, I do not see why this should be maintained here. I strongly agree with Tom van der Zanden's answer that if people have problems, while following the ranges described by the vendor are used, do not lead to acceptable prints. To quote Tom, I have X printer, using Y settings, printing Z model in material W and I have V problem - how do I improve my settings? are valid questions, and What is the best profile for printing material X with printer Y? or (without the printer type) What is the best profile for printing material X? are not, and should indeed be voted to close due to "Unclear what you're asking?". You might wonder why the model makes such a difference. The difference is that instead of maintaining a database with settings for all material brands and or types, you now have a specific problem for a specific application that could be answered rather than having endless discussions over how people print a filament at which settings. It is the model that is sliced where the settings act upon, frequently this is where people make mistakes. Also, successfully extruding filament in the "air" does not guarantee success in printing, the difference is stressing or pressurising the filament path, hence a model should be included.
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2018/10/19
[ "12917: <p>I found this <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/145/are-questions-about-sharing-settings-on-topic\">previous question</a> about sharing settings and, while I agree that there are no 'best settings' because it depends on your printer, and sometimes the model being printed, I think we can still help people by posting some generic advice and indications for settings.</p>\n\n<p>I mean that if, in order to print Material X on my printer, I need to print at 30mm/s with a temperature of 220°C and an enclosure, it is highly unlikely than another printer can do it without the enclosure, at 80mm/s with a temperature of 190°C. (Those are completely random numbers.)</p>\n\n<p>Materials behave similarly no matter the printer, thus such advice might help people and draw some more people in as those Q&amp;A would appear on Google searches.</p>\n\n<p>I think what would also bring people would be to do this for non-standard materials, ie not PLA or ABS, but stuff like wood and glow and carbon-fibers and so on.</p>\n\n<p>What do you think?</p>\n", "5740: <p>These settings should be known from the inscription on the box or found on the internet (where you ordered the filament, or from the vendor's website) for that specific brand and type, I do not see why this should be maintained here. I strongly agree with <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/a/146/5740\">Tom van der Zanden's answer</a> that if people have problems, while following the ranges described by the vendor are used, do not lead to acceptable prints. </p>\n\n<p>To quote Tom, </p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p>I have X printer, using Y settings, printing Z model in material W and\n I have V problem - how do I improve my settings?</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>are valid questions,</p>\n\n<p>and</p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p>What is the best profile for printing material X with printer Y?</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>or (without the printer type)</p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p>What is the best profile for printing material X?</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>are not, and should indeed be voted to close due to <em>\"Unclear what you're asking?\"</em>.</p>\n\n<p>You might wonder why the model makes such a difference. The difference is that instead of maintaining a database with settings for all material brands and or types, you now have a specific problem for a specific application that could be answered rather than having endless discussions over how people print a filament at which settings. It is the model that is sliced where the settings act upon, frequently this is where people make mistakes. Also, successfully extruding filament in the \"air\" does not guarantee success in printing, the difference is stressing or pressurising the filament path, hence a model should be included.</p>\n" ]
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user11242: On other Stack sites it is quite common for purchasing assistance and shopping ideas to be off topic. The reason being these types of questions become outdated very quickly as technology changes, a store goes out of business, or a product is no longer available. When looking at this: Makerbot Smart extruder+ heat block and nozzle question - there is the basis for asking about Mk10/Mk11 printer heads, but they also ask about where to purchase them. Are these types of questions on-topic for 3D Printing? user5740: 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 between "shopping questions" is still unanswered but discusses differences between shopping questions. Some can still be answered based on how they are formulated. Generally, "where to buy stuff" should be left to the OP, he can Google that himself, but what it is called/named or how does it look like or if there are printable or alternate version available are IMHO on-topic.
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2018/10/22
[ "11242: <p>On other Stack sites it is quite common for purchasing assistance and shopping ideas to be off topic. The reason being these types of questions become outdated very quickly as technology changes, a store goes out of business, or a product is no longer available. </p>\n\n<p>When looking at this: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/7226/11242\">Makerbot Smart extruder+ heat block and nozzle question</a> - there is the basis for asking about Mk10/Mk11 printer heads, but they also ask about where to purchase them. </p>\n\n<p><strong>Are these types of questions on-topic for 3D Printing?</strong></p>\n", "5740: <p>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 <a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/276/game-plan-what-is-on-topic/295#295\">this question</a>.</p>\n\n<p><a href=\"https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/293/on-topic-purchasing-acquisition-question-types\">Another question</a> that points out the differences between \"shopping questions\" is still unanswered but discusses differences between shopping questions. Some can still be answered based on how they are formulated.</p>\n\n<p>Generally, \"where to buy stuff\" should be left to the OP, he can Google that himself, but what it is called/named or how does it look like or if there are printable or alternate version available are IMHO on-topic.</p>\n" ]
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user150: The tag [folgertechft-5] is about questions related to the FT 5 by Folger Technologies. I'd like to request a rename so that the tag is [folgertech-ft-5] or [folgertech-ft5]. user5740: Most of our other tags have a similar naming schedule: aneta8, aneta6, aneta2. Once you fix that for 1, you need to do all. I do not think that will be necessary. Furthermore, you can find the tag by entering e.g. fol or ft, in both cases the suggested tags show folgertechft-5. Renaming is not recommended.
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2018/10/23
[ "150: <p>The tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tags/folgertechft-5/info\"><code>[folgertechft-5]</code></a> is about questions related to the <code>FT 5</code> by Folger Technologies. I'd like to request a rename so that the tag is [folgertech-ft-5] or [folgertech-ft5].</p>\n", "5740: <p>Most of our other tags have a similar naming schedule: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/aneta8\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;aneta8&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">aneta8</a>, <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/aneta6\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;aneta6&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">aneta6</a>, <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/aneta2\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;aneta2&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">aneta2</a>. Once you fix that for 1, you need to do all. I do not think that will be necessary.</p>\n\n<p>Furthermore, you can find the tag by entering e.g. <code>fol</code> or <code>ft</code>, in both cases the suggested tags show <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/folgertechft-5\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;folgertechft-5&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">folgertechft-5</a>. </p>\n\n<p>Renaming is not recommended.</p>\n" ]
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user150: The tag flashforge-adventure-3 was created due to a mis-spelled tag in a question which has since been corrected. Can this tag be deleted? (bad) Alternatively, can it be added as a synonym for the flashforge-adventurer-3 (the correct tag has an extra r) Lastly, As I (thankfully) don't have access to the mod tools, can someone with access do the needful? user5740: Spelling error, so rename is fine. Synonym is not necessary, tag may be deleted IMHO.
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2018/10/23
[ "150: <p>The tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tags/flashforge-adventure-3/info\"><code>flashforge-adventure-3</code></a> was created due to a mis-spelled tag in a question which has since been corrected. Can this tag be deleted?</p>\n\n<p>(bad) Alternatively, can it be added as a synonym for the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/tags/flashforge-adventurer-3/info\"><code>flashforge-adventurer-3</code></a> (the correct tag has an extra <code>r</code>)</p>\n\n<p>Lastly, As I (thankfully) don't have access to the mod tools, can someone with access do the needful?</p>\n", "5740: <p>Spelling error, so rename is fine. Synonym is not necessary, tag may be deleted IMHO.</p>\n" ]
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user4762: This question, Hold torque during pause to change filament, has two unique tags: change-colour change-filament No other questions are tagged this way, so the tags won't really help it in a search. Isn't the question just related to filament, so a solitary filament would be sufficient, I think? user5740: Having 2 change tags seem a bit over-redundant. Tags I'd like to see for such a question are: filament and pause. The question is about pausing the machine (in which he changes the filament). In terms of searching there may be a need for a tag change-filament, or at least a tag change or maybe better like @Greenonline suggests: swap or changeover?
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2018/10/23
[ "4762: <p>This question, <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/7207/hold-torque-during-pause-to-change-filament\">Hold torque during pause to change filament</a>, has two unique tags:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/change-colour\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;change-colour&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">change-colour</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/change-filament\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;change-filament&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">change-filament</a></li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>No other questions are tagged this way, so the tags won't really help it in a search.</p>\n\n<p>Isn't the question just related to filament, so a solitary <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/filament\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;filament&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">filament</a> would be sufficient, I think?</p>\n", "5740: <p>Having 2 change tags seem a bit over-redundant. </p>\n\n<p>Tags I'd like to see for such a question are: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/filament\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;filament&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">filament</a> and <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/pause\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;pause&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">pause</a>. The question is about pausing the machine (in which he changes the filament).</p>\n\n<p>In terms of searching there may be a need for a tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/change-filament\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;change-filament&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">change-filament</a>, or at least a tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/change\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;change&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">change</a> or maybe better like @Greenonline suggests: <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/swap\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;swap&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">swap</a> or <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/changeover\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;changeover&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">changeover</a>?</p>\n" ]
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user4762: Just a random thought, and if I wasn't asking the question myself I'd probably down vote it, but... are screenshots the best way to show printer settings, or would a text version be better? Ok, yes, a screenshot is probably easier to do and post, and will show a familiar UI and be easy on the eye and make it easy to notice errors/improvements. However, having a (standardised) text format would make it searchable. After all, other sites always say, "please copy and paste the error rather than post a screenshot" - because the text in a screenshot is not searchable. Yes, it could/would be a pain to enforce this rule (is it possible to easily export printer settings as a file file?) and/or edit the text version of the settings into the post. This is probably a daft "thought experiment" of an idea... but I thought I'd float it anyway. user12917: Text would probably be best because it is searchable, so things can be found faster then by just looking at the long list of settings available in any slicer/printer/device available with your own eyes. However, as far as I'm aware, exporting settings in text format from a slicer/printer is still wishful thinking due to many factors. I remember a long conversation on the Ultimaker forums a few months ago about this very proposal: being able to export settings in some form, to make it easier for people who are experimenting to follow the various iterations of settings more easily. Some people asked for text format, csv, odt, etc, but the people of Ultimaker ultimately crushed the hopes of everyone by explaining, in technical terms that I did not completely understood, that it wasn't possible without rebuilding the whole thing from scratch. Thus why we're stuck with screenshots for the foreseeable future.
[ "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/365", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/users/4762/" ]
2018/11/02
[ "4762: <p>Just a random thought, and if I wasn't asking the question myself I'd probably down vote it, but... are screenshots the best way to show printer settings, or would a text version be better? </p>\n\n<p>Ok, yes, a screenshot is probably easier to do and post, and will show a familiar UI and be easy on the eye and make it easy to notice errors/improvements. </p>\n\n<p>However, having a (standardised) text format would make it <em>searchable</em>. After all, other sites always say, \"please copy and paste the error rather than post a screenshot\" - because the text in a screenshot is not searchable. </p>\n\n<p>Yes, it could/would be a pain to enforce this rule (is it possible to easily export printer settings as a file file?) and/or edit the text version of the settings into the post.</p>\n\n<p>This is probably a daft \"thought experiment\" of an idea... but I thought I'd float it anyway. </p>\n", "12917: <p>Text would probably be best because it is searchable, so things can be found faster then by just looking at the long list of settings available in any slicer/printer/device available with your own eyes.</p>\n\n<p>However, as far as I'm aware, exporting settings in text format from a slicer/printer is still wishful thinking due to many factors.</p>\n\n<p>I remember a long conversation on the Ultimaker forums a few months ago about this very proposal: being able to export settings in some form, to make it easier for people who are experimenting to follow the various iterations of settings more easily.</p>\n\n<p>Some people asked for text format, csv, odt, etc, but the people of Ultimaker ultimately crushed the hopes of everyone by explaining, in technical terms that I did not completely understood, that it wasn't possible without rebuilding the whole thing from scratch.</p>\n\n<p>Thus why we're stuck with screenshots for the foreseeable future.</p>\n" ]
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user2146: We have this question where it was flagged that the question has too many questions in it. I am not seeing anywhere that states that it is not allowed. Other than risking making the question too broad. I thought it was an interesting topic so I am moving the discussion out of comments and into here. Multiple questions is discouraged in the how to ask good questions guide ... require too much guidance for you to answer in full, or request answers to multiple questions. but I cannot find a rule saying it's not allowed (so long as it's not considered broad). user5740: Two questions that are not related should not be grouped together in a "single question" format. Maybe it is not forbidden, but certainly not a logical thing to do. We should encourage people not to post multiple questions as this makes it more difficult to answer as there are multiple answers, and we also need more questions. Furthermore, it is probably also easier to find (when they are separated), either through the site search or through Google. In the specific case you mention, the common denominator is the use of Ultimaker Cura, but a print bed size question and a question on support should not be together in a "single question". Furthermore, his second question is pretty unclear, it is not specified what the actual problems with the red areas are, there is no mentioning of a failed print. Discussion in comments has been avoided to clear that up.
[ "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/368", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/users/2146/" ]
2018/11/13
[ "2146: <p>We have <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/7405/ultimaker-cura-problems-with-build-platform-size-and-overhang-support\">this</a> question where it was flagged that the question has too many questions in it. I am not seeing anywhere that states that it is not allowed. Other than risking making the question too broad. I thought it was an interesting topic so I am moving the discussion out of comments and into here. </p>\n\n<p>Multiple questions is discouraged in the <a href=\"https://stackoverflow.com/help/how-to-answer\">how to ask good questions guide</a> ...</p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p>require too much guidance for you to answer in full, or request\n answers to multiple questions.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>but I cannot find a rule saying it's not allowed (so long as it's not considered broad). </p>\n", "5740: <p>Two questions that are not related should not be grouped together in a \"single question\" format. Maybe it is not forbidden, but certainly not a logical thing to do.</p>\n\n<p>We should encourage people not to post multiple questions as</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li>this makes it more difficult to answer as there are multiple answers, and</li>\n<li>we also need more questions.</li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>Furthermore, it is probably also easier to find (when they are separated), either through the site search or through Google.</p>\n\n<p>In the specific case you mention, the common denominator is the use of Ultimaker Cura, but a print bed size question and a question on support should not be together in a \"single question\". Furthermore, his second question is pretty unclear, it is not specified what the actual problems with the red areas are, there is no mentioning of a failed print. Discussion in comments has been avoided to clear that up.</p>\n" ]
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user5740: For those who did not know, linking to off-site content in answers is a no-go at SE sites unless you provide context. From help: Provide context for linksLinks to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline. What about linking to off-site content for questions? How do I ask a good question? is not clear about that. A question on meta.stackexchange reads: "Auto-ban questions that use pastebin?". This hints to banning people that use external linking in their answer. I can image for large sites (hundreds to thousands questions a day) or specific sites (about programming) you definitely want a method to shift the quality of questions. But we are small. Furthermore, it is sometimes necessary (as the OP does not have the knowledge, and we don't have the overview) to ask for the complete file (e.g. configuration.h or G-code). You sure don't want people to post their complete configuration.h or G-code file into the question. As links to off-site content seem to die over time, what can we do best to preserve the information for the question? user5740: A possibility is to allow off-site content for the OP to post. Once the problem is spotted, the one answering the question could update the question with relevant parts of the off-site content, or copy the relevant parts into the answer. user4762: Copied from chat I agree about the posting of the entire configuration file or G-code in a question is too big to fit, etc. What is really needed, and I've thought this for a long time, is a SE sanctioned version of PasteBin [functionality]. A persistent scrapbook/scratchpad site internal to SE (like the i.stack.imgur.com site) where over-sized chunks of code/configs/text can be pasted, without it being an external link (which carry the inherent risk of link death). That would be the correct solution, and I don't understand why that hasn't been set up. Seems odd to me.
[ "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/371", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/users/5740/" ]
2018/12/06
[ "5740: <p>For those who did not know, linking to off-site content in answers is a no-go at SE sites unless you provide context. From <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer\">help</a>:</p>\n\n<blockquote>\n <p><strong>Provide context for links</strong><br>Links to external resources are encouraged,\n but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have\n some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always quote the most\n relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is\n unreachable or goes permanently offline.</p>\n</blockquote>\n\n<p>What about linking to off-site content for questions? <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask\">How do I ask a good question?</a> is not clear about that.</p>\n\n<p>A question on meta.stackexchange reads: <a href=\"https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/94807/auto-ban-questions-that-use-pastebin\">\"Auto-ban questions that use pastebin?\"</a>. This hints to banning people that use external linking in their answer.</p>\n\n<p>I can image for large sites (hundreds to thousands questions a day) or specific sites (about programming) you definitely want a method to shift the quality of questions. But we are small. Furthermore, it is sometimes necessary (as the OP does not have the knowledge, and we don't have the overview) to ask for the complete file (e.g. configuration.h or G-code). You sure don't want people to post their complete configuration.h or G-code file into the question.</p>\n\n<p>As links to off-site content seem to die over time, what can we do best to preserve the information for the question?</p>\n", "5740: <p>A possibility is to allow off-site content for the OP to post. Once the problem is spotted, the one answering the question could update the question with relevant parts of the off-site content, or copy the relevant parts into the answer.</p>\n", "4762: <p><em>Copied from chat</em></p>\n\n<hr>\n\n<p>I agree about the posting of the entire configuration file or G-code in a question is too big to fit, etc. What is really needed, and I've thought this for a long time, is a SE sanctioned version of PasteBin [functionality]. A persistent scrapbook/scratchpad site internal to SE (like the i.stack.imgur.com site) where <em>over-sized</em> chunks of code/configs/text can be pasted, without it being an external link (which carry the inherent risk of link death). That would be the correct solution, and I don't understand why that hasn't been set up. Seems odd to me.</p>\n" ]
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user5740: There are quite a few questions that are centered around homing or problems with homing. Currently we have no tag in place to identify such questions. You see that people choose the y-axis or axis instead (note that the x-axis also does not exist), to me this is too generic. A homing in combination with the relevant axis would define the issue perfectly. Please share your thoughts on: Should we add the homing tag? This would require some (re-)tagging of existing questions and might require the need for tag x-axis as tags for Y and Z already exist. user5740: Yes I do think we need such a tag (homing), homing is a specific action that should be identified as such. I've added the tag to a specific question on homing and will go through the questions to re-tag other questions. Also, the tag x-axis is also very beneficiary.
[ "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/379", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/users/5740/" ]
2019/01/08
[ "5740: <p>There are quite a few questions that are centered around homing or problems with homing. Currently we have no tag in place to identify such questions. You see that people choose the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/y-axis\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;y-axis&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">y-axis</a> or <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/axis\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;axis&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">axis</a> instead (note that the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/x-axis\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;x-axis&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">x-axis</a> also does not exist), to me this is too generic. A <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/homing\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;homing&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">homing</a> in combination with the relevant axis would define the issue perfectly.</p>\n\n<p>Please share your thoughts on:</p>\n\n<p><strong>Should we add the <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/homing\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;homing&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">homing</a> tag?</strong> </p>\n\n<p>This would require some (re-)tagging of existing questions and might require the need for tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/x-axis\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;x-axis&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">x-axis</a> as tags for Y and Z already exist.</p>\n", "5740: <p>Yes I do think we need such a tag (<a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/homing\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;homing&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">homing</a>), homing is a specific action that should be identified as such. I've added the tag to a specific question on homing and will go through the questions to re-tag other questions. Also, the tag <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/x-axis\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;x-axis&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">x-axis</a> is also very beneficiary. </p>\n" ]
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user4922: Below are the review queues for ELU, ELL, and 3DP: Is there some reason that the order here is not the same across sites? user4808: The order is different because this is a beta site. They're shown in the order of reputation required to access them (and then alphabetical). So First Posts and Late Answers are always at the bottom (requiring 500 reputation on graduated sites and 350 on beta sites like 3D Printing). On beta sites, Close Votes and Reopen Votes are next (at 500 reputation), followed by Low Quality Posts and Suggested Edits (1000 reputation) at the top. On graduated sites, it's the other way around: Low Quality Posts and Suggested Edits at 2000 reputation, and Close Votes and Reopen Votes at 3000 reputation. Or, as Shog9 put it: They're ordered first by the minimum reputation needed to access the queue, and then alphabetically by the name of the queue. The purpose of this ordering is to keep the list as consistent as possible until your privilege-level changes - the hope is that folks use this as their primary means of accessing the queues, and as such we're not forcing reviewers to override their muscle-memory every time they go to access a specific queue - a worthy design goal for a menu that appears on just about every page of the site.
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2019/01/08
[ "4922: <p>Below are the review queues for ELU, ELL, and 3DP:</p>\n\n<p><a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/08pBy.png\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\" title=\"ELU\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/08pBy.png\" alt=\"ELU\" title=\"ELU\"></a> <a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/0yOo4.png\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\" title=\"ELL\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/0yOo4.png\" alt=\"ELL\" title=\"ELL\"></a> <a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/BG0xj.png\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\" title=\"3DP\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/BG0xj.png\" alt=\"3DP\" title=\"3DP\"></a></p>\n\n<p>Is there some reason that the order here is not the same across sites?</p>\n", "4808: <p>The order is different because this is a beta site. They're shown in the order of reputation required to access them (and then alphabetical).</p>\n<p>So First Posts and Late Answers are always at the bottom (requiring 500 reputation on graduated sites and 350 on beta sites like 3D Printing). On beta sites, Close Votes and Reopen Votes are next (at 500 reputation), followed by Low Quality Posts and Suggested Edits (1000 reputation) at the top. On graduated sites, it's the other way around: Low Quality Posts and Suggested Edits at 2000 reputation, and Close Votes and Reopen Votes at 3000 reputation.</p>\n<p>Or, as <a href=\"https://meta.stackoverflow.com/a/346651/4751173\">Shog9 put it</a>:</p>\n<blockquote>\n<p>They're ordered <em>first</em> by the minimum reputation needed to access the queue, and <em>then</em> alphabetically by the name of the queue.</p>\n<p>The purpose of this ordering is to keep the list as consistent as possible <em>until your privilege-level changes</em> - the hope is that folks use this as their primary means of accessing the queues, and as such we're not forcing reviewers to override their muscle-memory every time they go to access a specific queue - a worthy design goal for a menu that appears on just about every page of the site.</p>\n</blockquote>\n" ]
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user11242: It is open season for posting ads on other sites. It might be a good idea to take advantage of this to help 3dPrinting.SE grow. I'm wondering what everyone might think about it? If it does interest you, please post up an answer to this question with where you might think would be a good place to advertise. Usually, the other site would need to relate to this one in some way. It's been my experience if it doesn't relate, the ad will get shut (or shot) down. If you feel you have the artistry to create an ad for another site, post that up, too! We can critique the work and ensure most everyone likes the idea before posting it over. We really do want to put our best foot forward! There are some rules in making an image: The image that you create must be 300 x 250 pixels, or double that if high DPI. Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur) Must be GIF or PNG No animated GIFs Absolute limit on file size of 150 KB If the background of the image is white or partially white, there must be a 1px border (2px if high DPI) surrounding it. If you have some ideas and would like to discuss, you can also post ideas or questions a little more free form over on the site chat. If you like the idea, please let everyone know! user5740: How about Engineering.SE? 3D printers are pieces of engineering ingenuity, we sometimes receive questions that should be asked at the Engineering stack, I could imagine that there is a need for the other way around where people are interested in materializing their engineering question or solution. As I'm seriously lacking graphical design skills; I cannot really contribute to the actual design, but what may be interesting is to have a printed gear/sprocket morph into an actual gear/sprocket with the text "How about materialize your idea" or something with similar context. This could be something to start from: user-1: Considering 3D printing needs 3D models, I think it would be natural to advertise on Blender.SE, perhaps with a catchphrase like "Want to print your Blender model?" GraphicDesign.SE also has questions about 3D design (not necessarily 3D model), and the scope on 3D-related questions is debatable. Regardless of that, I think there's nothing to lose trying to advertise there?
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2019/02/01
[ "11242: <p>It is open season for posting ads on other sites. It might be a good idea to take advantage of this to help 3dPrinting.SE grow. I'm wondering what everyone might think about it?</p>\n\n<p>If it does interest you, please post up an answer to this question with where you might think would be a good place to advertise. Usually, the other site would need to relate to this one in some way. It's been my experience if it doesn't relate, the ad will get shut (or shot) down. </p>\n\n<p>If you feel you have the artistry to create an ad for another site, post that up, too! We can critique the work and ensure most everyone likes the idea before posting it over. We really do want to put our best foot forward! There are some rules in making an image:</p>\n\n<ul>\n<li>The image that you create must be 300 x 250 pixels, or double that if high DPI.</li>\n<li>Must be hosted through our standard image uploader (imgur)</li>\n<li>Must be GIF or PNG</li>\n<li>No animated GIFs</li>\n<li>Absolute limit on file size of 150 KB</li>\n<li>If the background of the image is white or partially white, there must be a 1px border (2px if high DPI) surrounding it.</li>\n</ul>\n\n<p>If you have some ideas and would like to discuss, you can also post ideas or questions a little more free form over on the <a href=\"https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/79830/public-3d-printing-room\">site chat</a>.</p>\n\n<p>If you like the idea, please let everyone know! </p>\n", "5740: <p>How about <a href=\"https://engineering.stackexchange.com/\">Engineering.SE</a>? 3D printers are pieces of engineering ingenuity, we sometimes receive questions that should be asked at the Engineering stack, I could imagine that there is a need for the other way around where people are interested in materializing their engineering question or solution.</p>\n\n<p>As I'm seriously lacking graphical design skills; I cannot really contribute to the actual design, but what may be interesting is to have a printed gear/sprocket morph into an actual gear/sprocket with the text \"How about materialize your idea\" or something with similar context.</p>\n\n<p>This could be something to start from:\n<a href=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/cgn85.jpg\" rel=\"nofollow noreferrer\"><img src=\"https://i.stack.imgur.com/cgn85.jpg\" alt=\"sprocket or gear example\"></a></p>\n", "-1: <p>Considering 3D printing needs 3D models, I think it would be natural to advertise on <a href=\"https://blender.meta.stackexchange.com/q/2580/13218\">Blender.SE</a>, perhaps with a catchphrase like \"Want to print your Blender model?\"</p>\n\n<p><a href=\"https://graphicdesign.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3573/30985\">GraphicDesign.SE</a> also has questions about 3D design (not necessarily 3D <em>model</em>), and the scope on 3D-related questions is debatable. Regardless of that, I think there's nothing to lose trying to advertise there?</p>\n" ]
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user8884: I think we all had this issue in the last years: As we learn and grow our own knowledge, things we once considered hard become easy. Now, our answers often address issues that are pretty easy to fix by tweaking simple things like... leveling the bed fixing the settings in the slicer replacing a broken endstop for a new part correct replacement nozzle pretty 2/3rd of the questions in troubleshooting At other times, we clearly go into advanced repairs and fixes, for example: flashing firmware small alterations of the firmware installing new capabilities to a printer most of the remaining 1/3rd of troubleshooting, usually for the points above And then there are at times rather complicated things, for example: sifting through the firmware to find when one function is actually called the remaining troubleshooting turns out the be this, because of the oddity of the problem. Call Let us make a rough guideline what rough level of expertise we expect from a common user and how to address the required level of details in answers! user4762: I like the points raised in this question as well as the ordering/organisation of the fixes/tasks, but it would really depend on the user and where they are coming from (as @0scar says "the level of expertise of the tinkerer"). As a case in point, (as well as playing devil's advocate) seeing as I still (rather embarrassingly) haven't got around to actually finish building any physical printer, but I have extensively rummaged around in the various firmware out there (as well as coming from an programming/Arduino background), currently I'd, rather ironically, find the advanced and complicated fixes easier to do than the simple things that you listed. However, I know that I'm not representative of the average just-bought-a-printer-and-now-have-a-problem type user and for those users, your list and ordering probably makes much more sense. The ordering would also be equally valid for a printer-builder user, as they are for a straight-out-of-the-box user, I guess. However, I don't know if we can expect any user of the site to have any particular certain level of expertise. I guess that can only be ascertained by the reading of their question and how they answer any follow up questions that might get raised, in the comments. Only thereafter could any answers be tailored to best match their level of understanding. So, I guess what I'm saying is that a guideline would be good/interesting/cool to have, be what happens if a certain user doesn't have that rough level of expertise which is expected? We would still have to play it by ear, as we have been doing so, I think is the answer. Does that make sense, or did I go off at a tangent or miss the point completely? As an afterthought, I guess that the new knowledgebase tag would/could also play a part here too, inasmuch as we could point users to questions/answers that deal with well-trodden paths to fix such common/simple/basic tasks.
[ "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/388", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com", "https://3dprinting.meta.stackexchange.com/users/8884/" ]
2019/02/04
[ "8884: <p>I think we all had this issue in the last years:</p>\n<p>As we learn and grow our own knowledge, things we once considered hard become easy.</p>\n<p>Now, our answers often address issues that are <em>pretty easy</em> to fix by tweaking <strong>simple things</strong> like...</p>\n<ul>\n<li>leveling the bed</li>\n<li>fixing the settings in the slicer</li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/7591\">replacing a broken endstop for a new part</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/8064\">correct replacement nozzle</a></li>\n<li>pretty 2/3rd of the questions in <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/troubleshooting\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;troubleshooting&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">troubleshooting</a></li>\n</ul>\n<p>At other times, we clearly go into <strong>advanced</strong> repairs and fixes, for example:</p>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/a/6660/8884\">flashing firmware</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/6399\">small alterations of the firmware</a></li>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/6358\">installing new capabilities to a printer</a></li>\n<li>most of the remaining 1/3rd of <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/troubleshooting\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;troubleshooting&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">troubleshooting</a>, usually for the points above</li>\n</ul>\n<p>And then there are at times rather <strong>complicated</strong> things, for example:</p>\n<ul>\n<li><a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/7662\">sifting through the firmware to find when one function is actually called</a></li>\n<li>the remaining <a href=\"https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/troubleshooting\" class=\"post-tag\" title=\"show questions tagged &#39;troubleshooting&#39;\" rel=\"tag\">troubleshooting</a> turns out the be this, because of the oddity of the problem.</li>\n</ul>\n<h2>Call</h2>\n<p>Let us make a rough guideline what rough level of expertise we expect from a common user and how to address the required level of details in answers!</p>\n", "4762: <p>I like the points raised in this question as well as the ordering/organisation of the fixes/tasks, but it would really depend on the user and where they are coming from (as @0scar says \"the level of expertise of the tinkerer\"). </p>\n\n<p>As a case in point, (as well as playing devil's advocate) seeing as I still (rather embarrassingly) haven't got around to actually finish <em>building</em> any physical printer, but I <em>have</em> extensively rummaged around in the various firmware out there (as well as coming from an programming/Arduino background), currently I'd, rather ironically, find the <strong>advanced</strong> and <strong>complicated</strong> fixes easier to do than the <strong>simple things</strong> that you listed. </p>\n\n<p>However, I know that I'm not representative of the average <em>just-bought-a-printer-and-now-have-a-problem</em> type user and for those users, your list and ordering probably makes much more sense. The ordering would also be equally valid for a <em>printer-builder</em> user, as they are for a <em>strai