@moderators - based on some recent discussions and previous topics I’ve participated in, I would like to propose we expand the Hardware forum section, much like some of the other sections are. The topic of Hardware/Home Automation is a very broad one, and one that includes commercially available products like Hue, Nest, etc, but also many home-made DIY solutions.
I think that to start with, the Home Automation section could be split into “DIY” and “Commercial”, to differentiate between those two broad discussion topics. Personally, I’ve witnessed users who come to ask questions about specific DIY solutions (Arduinos, ESP8266, ESP32s,…) be sent away to external forums for help, but I think the proiblem is, there’s not a dedicated section in the forum where these users can easily search for answers that are very specific subsets of the information they’d find on those forums.
On the flip side. going to an ESP8266-specific forum and asking how to program the ESP to pull in a light sensor value and publish it over MQTT, might get a vague response, or it might get responses like “go to the home automation forum for an answer”…With our forum, we have the unique knowledge base of users who not only know HA, but also those who are familiar with hardware solutions specific to home automation.
Just a suggestion and a topic for further discussion, if one needs to happen before any changes are made…