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Perused the list, used search, and yet a home automation and/or home security site doesn’t seem to be available. Seems like something a bunch of techie types would want to share info about. Is it really not here or did I just miss it?

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For now, home automation questions seem to be accepted on the Home Improvement site. There are a few security questions there as well, but they don't seem to be very high-tech, so I can't say what kind of results you'll get.

There's also a Home Automation proposal on Area 51 that you can commit to in order to help it get closer to launching.

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Yep - home automation is OK on DIY - as long as you're doing it yourself :) –  ChrisF Feb 11 '12 at 21:39
New URL for Area 51 site: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/55835/home-automation –  Paul Hildebrandt Feb 3 '14 at 0:27

There is a new Home Automation site under development in the Stack Overflow Area 51 section. http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/55835/home-automation

To help make it a real site check out what needs to be done. At this point people need to upvote questions to 10 points or more. Help out if you want to make it real.

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I looked into this a couple of months ago, and whilst there's a proposal in Area 51 it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. The Home Improvement site doesn't really feel like the right place for home automation questions, as they get diluted to irrelevance by all the (legitimate) painting and decorating type questions.

The closest thing I have yet found is this:


It's not as slick as a StackExchange site, but then what is (since they took it closed-source, anyway)?

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Gavin - DIY home automation questions are OK. Installation, maintenance and repair of major appliances. is mentioned in our FAQ and I think home automation can be classified as a major appliance. –  ChrisF Feb 11 '12 at 23:28
Sure - but not all home automation is DIY, so the DIY site does not feel like a natural home; I think this is what the question actually pertains to. Though I could be wrong. –  Gavin Sallery Feb 11 '12 at 23:34
I see your point, and yes it would have to be about the DIY aspects. However I am speaking as a moderator on the site. –  ChrisF Feb 11 '12 at 23:44

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