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        Hey there, I am looking to create an easy-to-digest diagram of a wiring setup that I have with my Mayfly. I have seen some good examples in the Fritzing community (https://fritzing.org/) using Arduino boards, but it looks like they are limited to what microcontrollers, peripherals, and sensors are available to use in their library without having to create your own parts (which I do not believe I have the expertise or time for). Are there any other suggestions for a similar method of diagraming a wiring setup? Are there best practices for this? Is taking quality, close-up photos my best option? The wiring gets progressively more convoluted the more sensors I start to tack on to my Mayfly, and I would just like to communicate clearly how the wiring is done to an audience that isn’t savvy in electronics. Thanks!

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          Hi @braedon-dority, my take is that the first step is to have personal documentation to be able to repeat your work, and that you can read it. Just to be basic, part of the learning is how to do documentation that you can then read your self.

          Personally I find I come back to a working sensor some years later – and then want a traceable reference to what it exactly is it, and how do I a) repeat it b) modify it.     For instance I still have a sensor working that records my tipping rain gauge – totalizer raindrop counts – and posts to Thingspeak  – but was using a platform I stopped using. So I want to know what it does, but if I think of repeating it, I’m likely to try and do it differently.

          So yes I find a very specific wiring list, often on a spreadsheet, but can be a document. A picture is good as its often worth a  thousand words. For me the hardest part is often slowing down enough,  to review the documentation and see what might be obvious that I am leaving out.

          The fritzing I take to be away of presenting to other people to help them understand. That is so much more work to do, to become an “influencer” or teacher.

          Anyway just my take 🙂

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