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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How hang up these hook-less curtains, without modifying condo interior?

I edited How can I hook curtains to vertical blinds?. Pls re-open? I don't think you need more details or clarity because brhans understood and answered my question! I've never known the proper name ...
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Flagged a not relevant answer, but flag declined

I flagged this answer: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/195513/97780 as being spam ie not relevant but I am now warned it was declined as the moderators could not see anything wrong. An answer that ...
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Is a question about a GFCI refrigerate outlet on topic?

We just had a kitchen fridge breaker trip. We eventually figured out it has something to do with a GFCI outlet in the kitchen. I don't know what the relation is between the breaker and the outlet. And ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask someone to justify a downvote on an answer?

So, there was a perfectly good answer from @JACK on this question: ...grounding... Somebody downvoted the answer, and I suggested they account for their downvote. That comment got deleted by a mod. ...
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Should asbestos identification questions be off-topic?

We currently have 163 questions under the asbestos tag, with the majority of them asking for identification of asbestos in some object based on a photograph. I counted 35 in the 50 most recently asked ...
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Please stop with the robo-greetings

I just saw more than one user copy-pasting a message on a lot of user's first answers, something like: Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Thanks for the answer and keep them coming. And, you ...
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What causes an unupvote and why would I get one?

I looked at my reputation today and noticed something odd, an 'unupvote' on my answer to this question. This occurred after my answer was edited for a very minor spelling issue. I've never heard of ...
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Synonym [knobs] to [doorknob]

knobs - 11 questions doorknob - 51 questions There's only one usage of [knobs] with cabinets. I propose we make [cabinet-knobs] for that. The other usages can have the tag removed
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Why are some questions grayed out in the Top Questions list?

I did try to find the answer, but couldn't: Why are some questions "greyed out". I can still click on them and interact normally. I'm fairly new here so sorry if there is someplace I could have ...
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Is a self promoting or spammy profile a problem?

A new HE user has put promotional web links and phone numbers in his bio. Is this a problem? The details: here's his HE bio: https://diy.stackexchange.com/users/112311/chris-jackson His ...
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Why close a question just because the same exact question has been asked and answered before?

Recently a question was closed because it had been asked and answered before. I thought this was a forum to express your expertise. Why close a question when you could refer the OP to the previously ...
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Why was question closed? It follows suggestions

I posted this question recently, and it was closed for the following reasons: It says: Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. My question: why was it ...
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Can I ask how to build a chair I saw on the web?

Can I ask how to build a chair I saw on the web? I’m always looking for diy ideas in pinterest, always keeping in mind my very very limited diy skills. Many times I see chairs that seem relatively ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Adding a Picture to my question for clarity [duplicate]

I posted a question to the forum. Some members asked for a picture. How do I add a picture to my question?
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Should "Is this wall load bearing" questions be considered off topic?

I'd say a few times a month we get a question about a particular wall being load bearing, and from what I have seen, the questions never get a good answer other than "probably or probably not". The ...
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Can we get the close vote threshold lowered to 3?

This has been tinkered with on SO and several SE sites. SO has now gone to 3 permanently and I noted this Shog9 comment Other sites can have whatever threshold is most appropriate for them We are "...

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