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Is Lego Mindstorms on-topic?

With "Is lego mindstorm on topic" in mind, I see, in area51, a lego mindstorm proposal that is stuck in its raising commitment phase. I would recommend for both the health of our stack site and for their interest to tell them to join in once we get on the public beta phase.

(hint : there is even such a suggestion there "There are a proposal for general Lego. It might be better to use this with tag mindstorm instead of having a separate site for Mindstorms. – awe Aug 4 '10 at 9:00")

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    I intended to do that too, but seing Dori's answer, it's all taken care of already. – Joubarc Oct 31 '11 at 15:34

From Dori ♦ in Is Lego Mindstorms on-topic?:

If/when this site goes into public beta, the Mindstorms proposal will be closed. Everyone who followed/committed to it will then get an email inviting them to join this site and the existing Area 51 robotics proposals.


The issue that I see is that in general (as shown by this question) related questions will almost certainly have an element of both build and program (otherwise they could just be tagged ).

So a question that arises is "do we accept Mindstorms related programming questions?" because until the "Theoretical and Applied Robotics1" makes it out of proposal/commitment the only real place they have to ask is the Mindstorms tag on StackOverflow.

1 That being the only likely option now, as the robotics proposal has recently been deleted due to not enough activity.

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    I don't see anything wrong with using the Mindstorms tag on StackOverflow for pure programming questions, but I guess some will be asked here anyway. Wait and see, I guess. – Joubarc Oct 31 '11 at 15:35
  • I don't either, but I certainly found that my Mindstorms experiments usually went along the lines of "I want to create a robot that does [this], how do I build it, and how do I program it" - the available sensors and bricks limited both parts. – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Oct 31 '11 at 15:42
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    I think a wait-and-see approach is best. If a question really just involves programming, we can move to SO - if it involves a mixture of building and programming, let's try to answer those here unless they start drowning out non-programming questions. In robotics hardware and software can rarely be separated usefully, and we're definitely the site for Mindstorms hardware. – user23 Oct 31 '11 at 16:14
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    there are programmers lurking on this stack, but I think any programming question should go on stack overflow. – jfyelle Oct 31 '11 at 16:27
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    @jfyelle: It's a tough call. Many times in robotics a problem has a hardware or hardware/software solution that's much easier than a software-only solution. Even if the question is phrased as "pure programming", the right answer might be to build something. – user23 Oct 31 '11 at 18:40
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    @joe, makes sense to me. – jfyelle Oct 31 '11 at 21:38

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