How do we stop "using Duck/t tape" being given as an answer to most quesions? It does not seem a useful answer to me, as it is hardly every the best way of fixing something.

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    I haven't noticed this occurring often. I've seen it in comments as a joke a few times, but not as an answer. Is there a specific question that raised the concern? – Doresoom Jan 14 '11 at 22:15

For any post, if you do not like the content, don't vote for it (or vote it down). Comment if you feel a solution is being applied inappropriately.

But it's not really the job of this community (through meta) to place a moratorium on using one product (or not) in their answers. Surely, duct tape has some legitimate use. Even if we agreed that duct-tape solutions are being applied disproportionately, how would we determine what the proper quota is for "use duct tape" answers? That's what voting is for.

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Duct tape, ironically, is not the best product for sealing ducts. There is foil tape which feels like thick tin foil which adheres better and longer.
Duct tape is a great short term fix. Your hose (home or car) springs a leak, the tape will get you through a short while until a repair can be effected. Not a permanent solution. (as already stated, non-appropriate duct tape answers should be down voted.)

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If it is given in jest then it should be voted down and possibly flagged.

If it is given with no context -- how exactly would this work -- then a comment should be left asking the user to explain.

If it is given with context and an explanation, then it's probably OK as long as it's not dangerously bad advice.

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    so basically anything but questions about actual duct work. – Darren Kopp May 14 '11 at 2:50
  • Ducks don't even use duck tape. Being aircraft, they use speed tape. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Feb 28 '17 at 16:33

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