That very well explains it for a novice like me.
It was my first try, too. Got lucky and it worked immediately. Basically like all Seed orders. The worst I got was when I didn't understand that the solder stop layer is subtractive and got boards without solder stop the first time.
any chance you'd be willing to post a pic of the finished boards?
I will only have access to one on the weekend, but sure. If you want to make sure, send me a PM on Saturday (preferably with a link to this thread), else I'll try to remember it.
What you call "tiling" is called "panelizing" in the US.
It is probably also called panelizing everywhere else. I am pretty tired right now and not a native speaker. But now that you say it, I agree with you.
Also, if you populate a board that is "V" scored in a panel with SMT components you risk popping a component off when you break the boards apart.
I don't quite get that. You can always break it apart before populating it and then you are at the same point where you where when ordered them as single pieces, can't you? Also, the seeed boards break apart cleanly and easily, the v-cut is VERY thin and deep. If I had populated them before (e.g. because I wanted to use a stencil) I would break them over the edge of a table and wouldn't worry too much.
After they are broken apart, one would have to take a very close look at the edges to see that they where broken apart.