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Quick, go to and sign up for an account. Ages ago, we announced that we would be bringing a community driven question and answer system to Hackaday. We eventually got tired of waiting for the feature to be provided and improvised. Well, the wait is over. You can now post your own questions and answers. Go nuts, post away, but remember to be respectful. We’re still figuring out this system ourselves, so be patient with us as well.

Be warned, we’re going to be pretty strict on trolling.

It is worth noting that there is a money system integrated into it. This means that you can offer a real reward for answers to your questions. You certainly don’t have to though.


  1. Drakonite says:

    Is this because I submitted an askHAD last night?

  2. KayDat says:

    Yes. They saw your message, and thought “Wow, what a great idea, why didn’t we think of this sooner?”, and implemented it overnight.

  3. Haku says:

    Somebody already got the username Haku :(

  4. Micah says:

    Dangit, there went my afternoon…

  5. mrgoogfan says:

    why delete my first comment brah?

    • Caleb Kraft says:

      I always delete “firsts”. Be on topic, or don’t comment.

      I can’t change that. That is part of the mahalo system. It is what was given to us (we’re owned by mahalo). We’re trying to work with what we’ve got.

  6. n g says:

    is this different from ?

  7. CH says:

    Wow, great, just as I’d started thinking that ChipHacker sucked (and Electronics Exchange is underused) this comes along; Nice.

  8. MS3FGX says:

    Interesting, I will have to keep an eye on this. Could be a good resource, especially for beginners. It certainly makes more sense on it’s own site rather than on HaD itself.

    Whats up with the default user avatar though? Little…odd.

  9. kirov says:

    “How will I get paid?
    Once you earn more than 150 Mahalo Dollars, you can request to be paid via PayPal on your tips settings page. Each Mahalo Dollar is currently worth $0.75 when paid out via PayPal. When you submit your request, we’ll transfer the full balance, or the portion of the balance you choose, to your PayPal account on the 15th of the following month.”

    wow hackaday that is not sneaky at all. Sure you can tip people, but you don’t get paid unless you have $112. Really now, do you need to keep the threshold that high? I understand you need to make money somehow but this is the barrier you set?

  10. Adam says:

    Looks like that’s the default as it’s the same on Maholo’s website. I don’t know if they can actually change it.

  11. Eddie says:

    It’s the default for now. I’m sure it’s possible to change that, but if you RTFA, “We’re still figuring out this system ourselves, so be patient with us as well.” I’m gonna chalk it up to that and be patient with them.

  12. Mahoney says:

    gave it a look over. Totally awesome addition. thanks Hackaday staff.

  13. km says:

    full of ads. dislike.

  14. prem says:

    Ads? Didn’t see any.
    I’m surprised people still haven’t discovered adblock plus or similar.

    The answers site looks really good though, Looks like its already being populated.

    Nice work guys

  15. D_ says:

    Looks like it will bean interesting companion to hackaday.

  16. jproach says:

    Money goes in, cheap interweb labor is used to produce value, very little money goes out.

    The value of a “mahalo dollar” can be reduced should the need arise.

    I like the business, similar to mturk but better :)

  17. alberto says:

    I’ve found the inline ads too intrusive.
    I approve use of ads to sustain sites, but your current layout makes tiresome to scan content from ads.
    Maybe a little change in the ads (color, background, layout) could fix it, making reading more pleasurable.
    Citing Steve Krug, please “Don’t make me think” unnecessarily!

  18. Alan says:

    I’d like to see categories for popular uCs, such as:
    -Arduino (I know)

    This way if I just feel like sharing a little PIC know-how, I can jump right there.

  19. thegreenpig says:

    An easy way to switch between HAD and answersHAD would be great. (without scrolling and searching)

    If you click on “answered questions” you will be forwarded to “ask any questions” ? thats strange^^

    • Caleb Kraft says:

      We’ve requested at least a nice big link on the HaD front page. I’ve also notice some odd layout practices in answers.had. For example, the “ask a question” box is where you would intuitively put an answer (when responding to a question).

  20. Hackius says:

    Wasn’t a forum easier to navigate and implement?

  21. mowcius says:

    Don’t like the default favicon.
    Not convinced by the default avatar.

    Where’s the arduino hacks? Maybe a good thing to leave it off though as there is anyway :p


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