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There seem to be three SE sites related to electronics:

To me, it looks like they all have the same scope. Shouldn't just one electronics site be enough?

EDIT: For reference, there's now a question on Chiphacker itself about this: http://chiphacker.com/questions/3876/what-about-electronics-and-robotics-in-area51

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@Kip Note sure, meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6331/… says to go here for SE 2.0 stuff. Anyway it's there now too as meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6356/… –  Wim Jun 30 '10 at 13:46
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@Wim, For future reference, please don't cross post. Specifically, since we don't have control over which SE 1.0 sites exist, duplicate, ect, this question (as it relates to SE 2.0) belongs here. –  Robert Cartaino Jun 30 '10 at 14:31
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"Electronics Exchange"? Have we learned nothing from Experts-Exchange? –  Pops Jun 30 '10 at 14:49
    
Signal Processing covers this area also. –  Lance Roberts Jun 30 '10 at 15:08
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@Popular Demand: ElectronicSexChange does sound more interesting than ExpertSexChange though –  Joe Schmoe Jun 30 '10 at 15:40
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According to this answer from a Chiphacker admin, they're moving to another platform. Whether proposals should be closed as duplicates of Sharpado or OSQA sites is another matter, but, according to SE, they're no longer a duplicate.

I posted this question on Electronics Exchange on the 5th, 5 days ago, and it has less than 10 veiws at the time of this writing. Other questions were legitimately asked on August 3rd and 4th, but none have more than 10 views, and the other 7 questions this month are all Community user bumps. It is clear that EE is in its last few months.

This is why the Electronics and Robotics community was created. The first comment on the site (by the creator) says:

This would be the SE 2.0 version of Chiphacker – Jared Harley Jun 3 at 2:55

The goal is to have only one electronics/physical computing/embedded systems site.

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EE does indeed seem to be dying out, most users have moved to Chiphacker some time ago. I agree that a non-SE hosted Chiphacker would not be a duplicate per se, but I would find it very strange to try and compete with them -- the overall idea behind SE was to make the internet a better place and get way from the duplication... –  Wim Aug 11 '10 at 11:15
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IMHO, the Electronics and Robotics proposal should be re-named to just "Robotics", for the following reasons:

  1. Chiphacker is already an active SE.
  2. There is currently no Robotics SE.
  3. Since the topic robotics includes Mechanics, Electronics and software, the name "Electronics and Robotics" makes as much sense as "Software and Robotics" or "Mechanics and Robotics".

Hugo

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There's lots of robotics people already on ChipHacker. If there is a real need for a separate robotics SE then fine, but I fear the overlap with CH might become a bit too large. –  Wim Aug 3 '10 at 7:37
    
It won't. Robotics is a huge field, covering not just Electronics, but also Software, Mechanics, Mathematics, Manufacturing, AI and Philosophy. Imagine that Stack Overflow had been called "Software and Robotics". Doesn't make sense does it? –  Rocketmagnet Aug 3 '10 at 8:43
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