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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Do we need to require everyone to give a locale?

Let's go over how we got here. Harper posted this HNQ answer which says (in part) Do you follow any of the warnings we give around here about the danger of 3-prong (groundless) range receptacles... ...
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Is mould removal from furnishings on-topic?

I'd like to raise a question about how best to remove mould from this armchair. The chair has been placed for several months in an area where we suspect there is damp. Is this on-topic for Home ...
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There's no [us] in [usa]

There are two tags about questions pertaining specifically to the United States: us and usa. The latter is more popular (53 vs. 13 questions) and has a guidance excerpt; can the former be synonymized ...
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Should "this is what I did" be updates to the question or stand alone answers?

We get some people who will return to their asked question to post "this is what I ended up doing". Some update their original question, some post it as an answer. When I see it as an update ...
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Can we reopen this?

Replace pneumatic thermostat without running new wires While yes, in general shopping advice is not good, in specifics the argument that they tend to become obsolete quickly in this case doesn't hold ...
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Change a "Vote to Close" default option

As noted in this question, we sometimes get a message in the close vote review queue that: However, there is no "Vote to Close" system option stating: This question does not appear to be ...
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Where does this "close question" message come from?

When working through the Close Vote review queue, I often see questions with this message above them: Where does this text come from? It's not from any of the "not suited for [DIY]" close ...
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Where is the `Protect` option?

I've earned the Protect a question privilege, and it seems that this question would be a good candidate for it, with 14 answers already (and the opinion based nature of the question as shown by the ...
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Anxiously looking over my shoulder for a [backstab]

There are currently 37 questions which specifically mention backstab connectors, and given that there are over 400 answers using the word "backstab," there are probably many more questions ...
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Is Automotive body work ever on topic?

What's the best way to cut a circular porthole window into the sheet metal of a van? I VTC this as off topic as it is clearly a question about automotive body work, and not about home improvement. ...
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Should I delete/close this question and re-post?

In the following question I ask how to wire a switch/outlet combo. This is the question: Switch/outlet combo with constant power in outlet?? I guess the problem with the question was that it wasn't ...
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Duplicates that are a new view of an old question

This one Plumber drilled through exterior 2x4s - that's bad, right? I kind of like, because it's new detailed pictures of an old problem. It's like the answer is common but the question is unique ...
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What is the standard for determining a bad review (and subsequent suspension)?

The original answer: Such A Great Blog. Thank U For Sharing Useful Information. This Article Really Amazing And So Much Helpful For Me. In fact, I found the information I was looking for in your ...
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Should the How to Ask page be fleshed out a tad?

Compare our How to Ask page with that of Stack Overflow. I refer to the latter almost daily to assist and prod folks who post lazy questions lacking in critical detail. I'd like to do the same here, ...
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How should we handle edits that add info to an answer beyond what the OP intended?

What's the policy when a new person edits a post to add significant info to an answer that wasn't there in the first place. The info isn't wrong per se, it's just a notable chunk that's new. In ...
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Has there been a change to the Community bump rules?

In this question, I, somewhat awkwardly, asked about community bumps and how to slow the rate, since we seem to get so many questions without accepted answers. In this answer, our esteemed mod BMitch ...
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How can I view the comments and answers to How do these 9 LePage Super Glues differ?

I bookmarked https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/222511/how-do-these-9-lepage-super-glues-differ. I wrote down that it got comments and answers. But why can't I see them anymore? Can anyone ...
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Duplicate questions getting re-answered

This may come off as a rant - and I guess maybe it is one (at least a little bit), but here goes... Why do users re-answer questions which are clearly and obviously duplicates instead of flagging them ...
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No obvious indication how to help edit wikis for those without reputation

I came across the unidentifiable tag and noticed it lacks a wiki and the solicitation to help by creating one. The link goes to an About page with nothing there. I understand not having 20k reputation ...
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Is there a site for questions about appliance operation?

I asked this question a while ago which has reached 10,000 views, suggesting there is an audience for its information being useful. Is there a SE that includes appliance operation in the field of ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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How to blend 2 accounts together

How can I blend two accounts together? One account has 22,000 reputation points and the other account has 1. Both have the same name: Lee Sam
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Should "how do I DIY electrical work" questions be banned from this site?

Put simply, whenever I see a question like "how do I DIY my home's electrical system", I always give the same answer: call a professional, licensed electrician. I say this because it is ...
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Over the last few days, I've been seeing very old posts with 1,000s or more views suddenly show up on recent questions. Why? Bug in SE?

Recently I've seen questions that are quite old (1-5 years) suddenly appear on DIY recent questions. I don't seem to be able to close them as "late answers" , maybe I don't yet have enough ...
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How do these 9 LePage Super Glues differ?

I have a question about my Home Improvement Stack Exchange post: How do these 9 LePage Super Glues differ? Why was this closed? It's blindingly obvious that this doesn't duplicate How do these 5 ...
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How to ask a question about reasons behind electrical code?

Out of curiosity, and to learn something, I want to learn about reasons behind electrical codes (for this purpose, it doesn't matter which ones). Especially since it's often mentioned on the site that ...
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Why was my "Not an answer" flag declined?

Why does NEC require circuit breaker locks only on hard-wired appliance circuits? I flagged the third answer to this question as "not an answer". It was declined by a moderator who left a ...
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Why did I get 11 reputation points and no downvotes for my answer?

How did I get 11 reputation points for a single question’s answer?
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Should I create a fish-tape tag?

I have earned the right to create tags but not comfortable doing it without some discussion or review from those who have been around much longer than I. Hopefully asking here is useful. Would it be ...
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What is the policy for answers written as comments?

Different stacks seem to handle this to different degrees. I recently flagged a comment made under a question which was clearly meant to be an answer; after three existing answers had already been ...
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Is it ok to provide link-only answers on duplicate questions that are not closed as duplicates?

It seems like there is a hesitancy here to close questions as duplicates. I don't know if people are after more reputation or do not want to scare off newcomers, but it seems like even questions that ...
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Image Shrinking/Upload

A very common problem we have here is people who can't upload images because they are too big. StackExchange has a long-standing limit of 2 MB (I don't know if this is 2,000,000 or 2,097,152 bytes, ...
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Synonym [electricity] and [electrical]

Saw this HNQ post about neighbors stealing electricity. But we already have electrical, which better fits with the site. I have proposed a synonym and would appreciate votes on it.
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Why were flags on these conversational/argumentative comments declined?

Stack Exchange guidance on the use of comments specifies You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in ...
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Is it appropriate to regularly ask whether a person has permission to make changes to a building?

We regularly see comments below questions about apartments or condominiums asking whether the person has permission from the land owner. Here's a recent example. It's usually distracting and ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

Recently I've come across a large number of questions in the Home Improvement Stack Review Close Votes queue that are marked to be closed for "a community-specific reason", with the written-...
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How to find the SE tour?

This isn't a home improvement question, rather a SE question: How do I find "the tour" for SE. I may be just very dense, but I can't find it. I've recommended it at times for newbies, but ...
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Is it possible for a non-OP to select an answer?

We seem to have a lot of questions here that get answers, but go years without an answer ever being given a check-mark. Every so often, these questions get bumped to the top of the stack by Community, ...
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How do I mark a link only answer for deletion?

This answer was rather poor and one of quite a number by a brand new user spewing generally poor answers yesterday. The user came back and edited out the questionable text, but now, it's effectively a ...
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why doesn't home improvement require a country tag?

where you are matters a lot for helping people with questions that require regulatory knowledge. for example framing, electrical, plumbing, building codes. even tenet law. why aren't location tags ...
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Why does Home Improvement prevent my question from being deleted if its been closed and downvoted?

I recently posted a question which was closed and then received several down-votes after being closed and having chosen an accepted answer. I tried to delete the question but SE doesn't allow this. So ...
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Why the review suspension?

https://diy.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/117415 I did this review yesterday. It was a new answer to an old question and was flagged. The person answering was a new contributor but seemed ...
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Change the site's primary URL to homeimprovement.stackexchange.com

From time to time we get questions that are not related to Home Improvement, asked by people that are misled by the "diy" in the site's URL and think that anything you do yourself is on-...
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New Tag Line: Pictures Before Removing Wires

I am only half-joking with this suggestion: Can we have a tag line on the home page of "Always Take Pictures Before Removing Wires"? Yes, that is (a) crazy and (b) electrical specific, which ...
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What to do with new answer to old questions when they don't add anything new?

This answer was just posted to an 18-month-old question. Of course, there's nothing inherently wrong with a new answer to an old question, but it adds absolutely nothing to the already accepted answer ...
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Is there an issue with SE showing embedded pictures?

I've noticed today that several images are not being embedded in the post as they should, instead they're showing up only as links. For example this one. I tried to edit it to get it to embed the ...
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iOS App bug uploading pics from iPhone 7 asked me to post to Meta

The iOS App got stuck uploading a photo. I was getting this error: It wouldn’t upload from the originals (2) in-spite of trying several times. So I tried a joined layout and it worked. Maybe because ...
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Bounty asking for a new answer to a different question

This question about threading a plastic pipe has an accepted answer saying "you don't, you buy the appropriate adapter". Now someone has offered a bounty for an answer showing him a picture ...

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