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I would like to get "peer-reviewed" answers to questions about hobbyist/small-project welding and plasma cutters, and fabrication in general. Is there a stack-exchange site for that?

Or to put the question another way, how do I suggest a new site?

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Personal Manufacturing was an interesting beta site that could have also been a fit for this, but it was shut down for not having enough activity. That's too bad, I was hoping that would do well. – Brad Larson Aug 1 '12 at 20:58
@Brad: But its focus would have to be broadened considerably: "Making things with computers" is too narrow and may even alienate people interested in working "with their hands". – Tim Aug 3 '12 at 15:58
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There is this proposal in the definition stage: Fabrication, Welding & Machining. I don't know if that would be a good fit. Have a look at it and perhaps help in its definition.

And in general for new Q&A suggestions you will have to go to Area 51

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excellent fit. Sample questions right on the money. – Tim Aug 3 '12 at 15:59

You may be able to get help from the DIY folks, but that may be outside their wheelhouse.

Home Improvement - Stack Exchange is for contractors and (serious) DIY'ers.

This can include topics such as:

  • Questions you would typically ask a home contractor.
  • Which tools and materials to use for a specific task.
  • Best practices for a specific task.
  • Identifying the source or cause of a problem within your home.
  • National building codes (of any country).
  • Installation, maintenance and repair of major appliances.
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DIY would be too all-encompassing, and the signal-to-noise ratio would be unacceptable for those interested in metal fabrication. Not that fixing a toilet, getting windows unstuck, and tiling a backsplash is noise :-) – Tim Aug 3 '12 at 16:02

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