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?


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 was a Home Automation proposal on Area 51.

  • Yep - home automation is OK on DIY - as long as you're doing it yourself :) – ChrisF Feb 11 '12 at 21:39
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    New URL for Area 51 site: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/55835/home-automation – Paul Hildebrandt Feb 3 '14 at 0:27
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    The previous Area 51 proposal was discontinued and has been superceded by an Internet of Things (IoT) site proposal - show your support here: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/94224/internet-of-things – richhallstoke Aug 30 '16 at 11:40
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    As per @Ghanima's answer, there is now a site for these questions. – anonymous2 Feb 16 '17 at 15:25
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    @anonymous2 Maybe there is some tidy-up necessary to help steer questions to the right site? In trying to find the right place to ask, I've stumbled across questions to do with Z-Wave in Engineering, DIY, IoT and StackOverflow. Each site has some tags relating to home automation in one form or another. – dsample Mar 21 '17 at 23:02
  • @dsample, agreed. The trouble, of course, is that IoT includes some questions that are on topic on SO, but might find better fits and a more supportive community on IoT. I believe, however, that there is some effort to make some cross linking between IoT documentation on SO and the IoT stack, though I'm not 100% certain there. :) – anonymous2 Mar 21 '17 at 23:15
  • @anonymous2 My problem wasn't really with SO (coding problems could easily be relevant/solvable there rather than IoT), but between DIY, Engineering and IoT it would be good to have some guidance in the tags that topics such as home-automation in DIY should really be smart-home in IoT, and iot in Engineering should probably be a more specific tag in IoT. It would be great if there was the ability to add tags from other sites to a question so I could harness the expertise of other communities. – dsample Mar 21 '17 at 23:28

There is now the Stack Exchange site: Internet of Things.

Its help center defines as on topic, questions about:

  • controlling, automating and sensing the environment using electronics ('smart devices'),
  • consumer technology used for home automation,
  • industrial applications of the Internet of Things, or
  • the security, privacy, reliability and safety of these devices

I would take it that home security insofar as it uses internetworked things (like sensor nodes) will fit this too.

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    This should be the accepted answer. – BadPirate Aug 7 '17 at 18:11

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.


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)?

  • 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
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    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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