Proposal: Industrial Automation

The question "What languages are used to program a FANUC robot? How can I access the programming environment?" was closed due to "Not being a real question". Now I'm not sure that those who closed have familiarity with the question. I can only assume that there is another reason to those who voted to close, as the question is very much real and interrogative.

I'm very much doubting that those who closed the question have a large amount of familiarity with FANUC programming, and as a result of the assumed ignorance, have closed the question. What can I do about this, as it's very obvious to anyone who is familiar with the FANUC robot series that is a great question?

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    The text when VTC for "not a real question" is "It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.". Why did you leave out this key detail, which would go a significant way towards explaining why the question was closed and why that closure would be appropriate? – Nij Aug 24 at 8:25

The problem is that the random passers-by so far outnumber the people actually working on this proposal, there's nothing you can really do here. Quibbling over a question or two seems moot when this proposal (and this discussion) will likely be removed, failing to meet the minimum requirements for a proposal. If you didn't hand-wave the requirement to have a community ready and eager to build this site before you submitted it, crowd-sourcing would already have either resolved this or supplimented it with better examples.

Unfortunately, the system is working pretty much as designed. There's not enough people here for the crowd-sourcing part of this process to "work".

Minimum Number of People for a Successful Proposal.

Sorry I do not have better news for you, but that is why the submission process is pretty explicit about what you need before you submit a proposal.

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    that's fair enough. – tuskiomi Aug 22 at 14:52
  • Should there be a restriction on participation in that case? EG: you must follow the proposal to participate? – tuskiomi Aug 22 at 18:41
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    @tuskiomi This process is far from intuitive, so unfortunately the proposal process (and the actual site) still depend on a component of experienced users to participate. I also would not want to compel users to follow a proposal if they are not actually interested in the subject of the site. – Robert Cartaino Aug 22 at 19:37
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    @tuskiomi, a certain amount of drive-by moderation (eg. closing subjective questions) can be done without being familiar with the subject. Following a proposal you don't know anything about and have no intention of committing to is fairly counterproductive. – Mark Aug 22 at 22:06
  • @Mark my point exactly. If you are not familiar with the material, do not pretend you are familiar with the material. – tuskiomi Aug 22 at 23:03
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    You don't need to know what FANUC robots are, to know a question asking what languages are used for programming them is too broad. You don't need to know anything about how to program to know that "how do I access the programming environment?" is too broad. You don't even need to know what either of those questions is talking about, to know that asking both in a single example question is too broad. The problem here is not that users don't understand the subject, it's that you have ignored how Stack Exchange normally works. – Nij Aug 23 at 9:17
  • @nij actually, it'd you knew about how fanuc robots are programmed, you'd know that the question is not broad at all. – tuskiomi Aug 24 at 13:31
  • This is a really big area of application though, especially if expanded to "industrial control systems" which is a broader scope still. The main problem is how to reach out to this industry and attract the right people. It's a very conservative industry. – Lundin Oct 18 at 14:27

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