r/MechanicalKeyboards 21h ago

Announcement /r/MechanicalKeyboards Rules, Wiki, & Flair Updates


Giveaway Events

This past week has been a massive success in terms of engagement and growth in the community. As most of you have seen, we've just completed our "Week of Giveaways" event, where had approximately 60 different vendors and makers contribute giveaways to the community!

This type of temporary giveaway event allows the posts to be focused in a specific period of time, leading to greater user engagement with the giveaway posts compared to if they were active all the time, and allowing for organic discussion to occur when the event isn't active.

This also allows us to review the giveaways for rules compliance, to ensure they are not intrusively mining user's PII, or violating Reddit sitewide TOS. To reiterate the rules, outside of preapproved subreddit wide events, giveaways are not permitted on the subreddit. This rule was brought about last year due to excessive spam that was harming user engagement and discussion post visibility.

Newest Moderator

Some of you may be unfamiliar with me - I am the newest moderator of r/MechanicalKeyboards - my background comes from the trading platforms that I also moderate, such as r/MechMarket (where I am primarily responsible for scammer ticket investigations and back end development such as Automoderator rules), and my personal passion in the hobby are artisan keycaps. One of the major community event projects I ran at r/MechMarket was a Charity Fundraiser event earlier this year, and I hope that we can continue to create interesting and meaningful events in the community that unite users from various backgrounds.

Naturally, r/MechMarket and r/MechanicalKeyboards, while closely related subreddits, also have very different focuses. Group Buys, Interest Checks, Vendor, and Artisan posts are common between both subreddits, with appropriate flairs for each, but r/MechanicalKeyboards is intended to be a discussion oriented subreddit and a resource for those learning the hobby, while r/MechMarket is meant to facilitate safe trading peer to peer for users by banning scammers and informing users how to conduct transactions safely. Thus, on r/MechanicalKeyboards, to foster the community, we're engaging in a a few initiatives:

Subreddit Reorganization + Rules & Policy Updates:

  • The Moderators agree not to entertain any offers to purchase the subreddit nor any offers for paid promotion. If such offers are made, the rest of the team should be informed.
  • We have added and clarified new post flairs to make it easier to navigate the subreddit:
    • News / META - this is for hobby wide announcements, vendor scamming PSA, and meta user guides
    • Promotional - or derivative flairs Group Buy / Interest Check, will be required for ALL posts that are promoting a product or service, or the prototypes / sneak peeks from companies / makers of said products, as well as sales reported by any user
    • Meetups - this is primarily for the organization and announcement of upcoming meetups
    • Discussion - general discussion posts which are not help requests - the latter belongs in the pinned daily help requests megathread.
    • Review - these are reserved for detailed reviews of products / services, but any conflicts of interests must be disclosed - astroturfing is expressly prohibited. Simple feedback about a product is generally more appropriate for Discussion flair
    • Poll - quick surveys / votes / research, that are NOT promotional or help requests
    • Guide - useful guides that help the community assemble, mod, or diagnose their keyboard
    • Photos - general multimedia content, typically with short captions if any
  • We have added a rule that is solidifying our Stance Against Counterfeits:
    • The following content (advocating for or posting the links of) is prohibited:
      • Unauthorized counterfeits intended to be indistinguishable from original, 1:1 copies
      • Infringes on original brand name, logos and artwork (incl. novelty keycaps)
      • Violates copyright, trademark, or patents with valid claims (not covered by Fair Use) presented by the IP holder
    • When present with other rules violations such as astroturfing, we will issue suspensions. It is important to remember that if you're an IP holder, it is your legal responsibility to report infringing content, while being cognizant of Fair Use Provisions.
    • These rule changes were spurred due to a recent proliferation of counterfeits as well as extensive IP abuses leading to negative ramifications in the hobby, harming other companies, and leading to increased restrictions from manufacturers.
    • We reserve the right to ban content from companies that are harming the community via extensive and malicious IP, especially in the presence of other rule violations such as astroturfing and harassment
    • It is imperative that community members report infringing content, and to remember that we are not a sales platform, nor making any guarantees. We do not hold or accept liability for counterfeit products and IP infringement, but are respecting IP in the interest of protecting the community.
    • Novelties and names are subject to copyright. The colours themselves are not. This rule doesn't prohibit posting a picture of a keyboard with a clone of a keyset that uses similar colours - however, trademark and patent infringements are much more strict
  • We have added rules clarifications, such as the requirement for disclosure of conflicts of interest, as well as that subreddit issues should be escalated to ModMail for impartial assessment by the whole team.

Wiki Overhaul Project:

r/MechanicalKeyboards & r/MechMarket are collaborating to update and publish a central and community sourced wiki for our hobby! I will personally be overseeing and coordinating the wiki overhaul project, with assistance from u/Cobertt of MechGroupBuys as the lead editor. Old articles that do not fit the scope of the project with be archived, and other articles will be updated alongside the addition of new ones. u/HoffmanMyster of Geekhack/Drop will also be assisting us with this project.

This will encompass everything from Introductory Beginner Guides and FAQ, to more Advanced Topics such as Keyboard Modding, The Group Buy Process, Rendering, PCB Design + Firmware Customization, and the Ins and Outs of Custom Switches, as well as fun topics like Keyboard & Artisan Hobby History and Meetups.

This means they really need your feedback and contributions! If you like to contribute in any way or maybe have already existing articles that could fit, please fill out this form with the topic you wish to present: https://forms.gle/72CLnyb8UYBDGg7R9

Moderation Needs:

u/drschlock, one of the original founding moderators of the subreddit is back!

The r/MechanicalKeyboards moderators ( /u/drSchlock, /u/Dryver, and I) are working closely together as a team to ensure the new direction of the platform represents the best interests of the greater community, and to facilitate collaboration and communication across multiple platforms.

All staff are required to adhere to the Moderator Code of Conduct to stay accountable. In the long term, however, we will need staff that can take over the daily content moderation across multiple regions. If you are interested, be sure to apply here: https://forms.gle/hFTYTfDnAMcAHeHR6

Community Events:

As mentioned previously, we intend to hold more community events, and will also be releasing a survey soon to gather your input on what you would like to see from the subreddit. Regarding the giveaway event, you can expect similar giveaway events to happen once or twice per year, but we hope that those will not be the only events that we feature on the subreddit!

r/MechanicalKeyboards 5h ago

/r/MechanicalKeyboards Ask ANY question, get an answer (August 11, 2022)


Ask ANY question, get an answer. But *before* you do please consider running a search on the subreddit or looking at the /r/MechanicalKeyboards wiki [located here](http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/wiki_navigation)! If you are NEW to Reddit [check out this handy Reddit /r/MechanicalKeyboards Noob Guide](http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/redditnoob_tips).

r/MechanicalKeyboards 17h ago Wholesome Bravo Grande! Take My Energy Bravo! Helpful Silver

Photos After many months, it is COMPLETE, and it is beautiful

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 15h ago

Meme My roommate bought a keyboard for work, today is the 2nd day he used it and sent me this

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 9h ago Silver

Photos Amethyst on Iron

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 4h ago

Photos ¥300 Novelties my friend found in a Gachapon machine.

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 2h ago

Meme Ah yes, when you realize how good mechanical keyboards actually are. Just starting out on this hobby, this is my first keyboard and I took this on a holiday where I get the smallest bed table to fit everything. BUT STILL, I will only and only use the chonky boi, no matter how.

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 5h ago Helpful

Photos I’ve got your back

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 23h ago Silver

Photos Purpolch with a subtle purple cable from Mechcables.

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 1h ago

Photos Just received my keycaps set for my first custom build ! They look incredibly good, can't wait to receive the other parts and built them in !

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 21h ago Wholesome

Promotional It Starts to Rain.

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 3h ago

Photos Trio75 with AirG Keycaps

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 8h ago

Photos My first custom keyboard. Keychron V1 + Durock Lupines

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Decided to take a risk on Durock Lupines to stick with the purple and green theme, and I was pleasantly surprised. The only other linear I have to compare them to is Cherry MX Reds and they are a world apart. I lubed one switch to see how much of a difference it makes and it’s not much, sound or feel. There is a tiny bit of scratchiness but it’s imperceptible unless you press the key slowly and deliberately.

r/MechanicalKeyboards 8h ago

Mod reality of swapping switches using a budget soldering iron

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 20h ago

Photos As blue as a galaxy [KS65]

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 8h ago

Photos First build finally complete. Dear Glob, please let me ADHD swing to a new hobby before I spend more money on this one.

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 9h ago

Photos QK65 E-White w/ Mirror Weight, PC Plate, All Foams, KNC Green Jacket Tactile and NicePBT Shinbun

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 5h ago

Photos Spotted this at the 3rd floor (forbidden section) of my university library.

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 1d ago Wholesome Helpful

Photos Comparing gmk red samurai 110$ and epomaker blue samurai 40$

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 5h ago

Meme Knee surgery was painful, but the mush of this keyboard is more even pain inducing

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At least the layout is good!

r/MechanicalKeyboards 15h ago

Photos Made a board with my sister for her birthday

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 17h ago

Photos something old, something new

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 1h ago

Photos 3.5$ for this cheese keycap. Do you want it?

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 1h ago

Interest Check [IC] Switch.Verse Deskmat

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 19h ago

Photos [Original keyboard #001] I suddenly thought about it and designed a PCB for the first time. There was no problem with the PCB design, but there was a problem with the firmware build, and I consulted the self-made keyboard community to solve it. Total production time is less than 3 weeks.

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■ Specifications overview: ・Keyboard: Original design #001 ・Switch: Gateron Black Crystal (Yellow) ・Keycap: Handmade (MA profile) ・Firmware: QMK

The main thing this time is to design the circuit board from scratch and complete it as a self-made keyboard. This is a request for manufacturing a circuit board prototype, but this time I am also promoting this project with PCBWay sponsorship. Thanks to this support, I was able to proceed with the project with peace of mind. Thanks to everyone at PCBWay.

First of all, when starting the project, I will formulate the specifications, but since I am a beginner, I decided to keep it simple. Trying to reduce the number of keys and reduce the number of parts for assembly work. I wondered, "How much should I reduce it?" I need A to Z, I want the minimum modifier keys, but if it's simple, I want it to be compact... So I decided to extract only the central part of the standard QWERTY keyboard. Other keys can be mapped however you want, depending on the firmware.

Once this is decided, all you have to do is create data while referring to a standard keyboard.

But I'm a newbie! I have never used CAD software for circuit board design! ? From here on, it was a bit of a struggle, but as a result, I created two types of circuit board designs, including a minor version, over a two-day weekend.

First, before using CAD software (KiCad this time), I prepared QMK and created a circuit diagram from that data. After passing the circuit diagram data to the PCB creation software and working on various things, it feels like the data is complete. (This "various" takes the most time)

After that, plot the created PCB data, hand over the data to the circuit board manufacturing process, and wait for manufacturing and delivery.

As I wrote in the previous keyboard (PiPi Gherkin), my mental state is "I want to make it quickly, so I want it quickly." After all, you want to see your own PCB as soon as possible, right? So, this time, I asked PCBWay to manufacture a prototype circuit board. After uploading PCB data, the total cost including shipping costs will be displayed on the spot. I left the shipping method as default. If I make the payment, the order will be completed. Convenient. There is no language barrier either.

A few days later. One day, less than a week after uploading the data to PCBWay, the PCB I designed arrived. quick! And thanks to the strict packaging, there is of course no damage during shipping.

Now unpack. It's nice to pick up a PCB you designed yourself. Your motivation will be even higher. I can understand why you would be addicted to using a self-made keyboard.

Create a rendering image using the lead time until receiving this PCB. Prepare and create 3D data for keycaps. Data creation and ordering of the acrylic plate of the top plate. Data creation and ordering of bottom plate stainless steel plate. After receiving the PCB, I continued to 3D print and paint the keycaps.

I also prepared QMK with firmware before assembly work. I had a bit of a problem, and with the help of the self-made keyboard community, the problem was solved.

I also prepared QMK with firmware before assembly work. I had a bit of a problem, and with the help of the self-made keyboard community, the problem was solved.

The assembly work itself went smoothly. It feels like the preparation work so far took more time. It took about three weeks from the start of the design to completion. If I hadn't made my own keycaps, it might have taken less than two weeks.

I think that the reason why I was able to create my self-made keyboard so quickly was PCBWay's fast lead time. I would like to thank the PCBWay people.

I'm thinking about the next self-made keyboard, but the pace so far has been too fast, so I think I'll take it a little more slowly. :-)

see you.

Circuit Board Fabrication Sponsorship by PCBWay https://www.pcbway.jp/

r/MechanicalKeyboards 19h ago

Photos First custom keeb: QK65 - Gateron Oil Kings - GMK Masterpiece - Sumi RAMA Artisan

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r/MechanicalKeyboards 16h ago

Photos Found this wireless hot-swap Marco Pad

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