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We should [finish] this

We have way too many tags about finish, and not an excerpt to be found finish - 44 questions finishing - 127 questions wood-finish - 18 questions wood-finishing - 56 questions And then we have ...
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Delete [earthing] tag

The earthing tag only has 2 posts. I think it should either become a synonym for grounding, or deleted altogether. Thoughts?
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Congratulations on 100k Harper

Congratulations Harper on hitting 100,000 reputation! Harper: You have been an inspiration to me as I have worked my way up through this site. I have learned a lot from your many answers. Sometimes I'...
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The [panel] tag is vague

panel - 31 questions Most are meaning electrical-panel but there's a couple talking about wood paneling and one about fence panels. We should probably retag the non-electrical ones and synonym.
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I have an answer, but Stack Exchange won't let me post

So I stumbled across a question that had no good answers given. As it turns out, I stumbled across it because I was searching the Internet for an answer for the question myself. Then I continued to ...
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Serial downvoting

Why are some people allowed to serial downvote? I have had the same person downvote me multiple times This is very discouraging. It seems like they should be reprimanded?
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Is using notations like “cluster F” or f*** acceptable?

A member is using implied swear words in their answers. Is this acceptable, because it’s not an actual swear word? See recent question: Water Heater Help
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Control of someone downvoting 6 of my answers in less than 5 minutes

How does Stack Exchange control mean vindictive members? I pointed out that a member used the phrase “3-days” instead of “3-ton” when he was answering a question about heat pumps. So he told me how ...
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Make [structure] a synonym of [structural]

structure - 19 questions, all of which seem... structural - 261 questions I can't think of a good reason to have two separate tags here.
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Is Small Engine repair within the DIY scope?

I ran across this question in the close queue which had these comments I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because Small Engine repair is not in the site scope. and Although we do ...
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Make [taps] a synonym of [faucet]

taps 76 questions, all about faucet (540 questions). This is a well known (at least American) colloquialism.
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Vote to Close - different site - add sites?

I just added a Vote to Close How to make a DIY video player? As I have found in the past, the only option for "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" is https://diy.meta....
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Is this window installation (by a contractor) question on-topic?

Before I ask on main, I'm checking here to see if this question is on-topic. To be clear, I'm not asking the question here and looking for answers, I want to make sure this question is on-topic on ...
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Date issue? (Not DIY question)

Is there a date issue with the system? I just saw a new post (about water remaining in a Kenmore washing machine) that the question list said was posted 42 min ago. When I viewed the question the ...
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User with serial accounts; anything to be done?

I just encountered a good answer: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/164858/27773 which was the first post by a new user (peter). I thanked him for his good first answer, and he objected to my ...
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Style guide for safety warnings in answers?

Are there any best practices (e.g. formatting) for safety warnings in answers? I’ve found a couple of answers where I might want to add an explicit safety warning that what’s being described is ...
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How do we flag a user for spam?

I flagged one answer for not being an answer, but then noticed the user had answered several other questions with spam answers, so I flagged all of those as well. Is it possible to flag a user as ...
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Synonym [stove] and [range]

stove (192 questions) seems to be the more popular tag, and it has an excerpt. range (86 questions, 16 also tagged stove) is simply referring to the same thing. In this same vein, it might be worth ...
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What are other “Home” areas this site can branch to?

I am really off and on posting questions or answers to the site. I might come on most days but when traversing through a page of electrical questions nothing really intrigues me to look or ...
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Why is there a product-recomendation tag if those questions are “off topic”?

Just noticed this tag today: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/product-recommendation Should we at least point out that they are off-topic questions in the tag details or delete the tag ...
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Is this post by a “Watco Rep” appropriate, or is it spam?

Check out this late answer: https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/158011/27773 It's posted by "John - Watco Rep": https://diy.stackexchange.com/users/97374/jon-watco-rep The answer suggests A Watco ...
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Sending pictures [duplicate]

Does Home Improvment have directions for sending in pictures? I’ve tried to find something giving direction but having no luck, thanks Oily Tex
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On Topic - fixing a drill press?

The question would include pictures and be: My drill press chuck fell out on me while using a 4.5" hole saw bit. It appears to have wobbled itself out because there is some chipping on the tenon ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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2018: 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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Home Improvement updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Accepting an answer

In this question about using Liquid Plumr or Drano, I'm not sure how to handle choosing the accepted answer. I had already accepted an answer before another answer was posted. Both of these answers ...
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Merge [septic] and [septic-tanks]

We currently have septic (77 Qs) and septic-tanks (30 Qs) Septic has this excerpt Questions related to septic systems There's no real distinguishable difference here. The tags should be merged.
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change the color of the “upvote” and “downvote” button?

When I voted up just now, I noticed the color of the upvote is almost the same blue as the background blue of the website and I can barely see if the upvote was clicked. Can the color of the upvote/...
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How are we to handle copyright edits?

I've seen quite a few edits like this one in the queue of late. They're almost always anonymous and trying to either link to the site that the image came from or (in this case) remove the image (which ...
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How to respond to a serial single-poster who's trying to generate a reputation?

A guy named Russ Palmer has created at least three accounts over the past few days, each time answering a single old mold question, recommending that they seek a professional. The first time he ...
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Improving a Tumbleweed

I posted the question "Security door with lock guard" last week and today it earned the Tumbleweed badge. I tried to be as clear as I could, but it's difficult when I don't know the name of what I'm ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Home Improvement Stack Exchange's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please ...
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Should I request migration?

I posted at Lifehacks, but am wondering if I should request migration here. https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/q/19104/5433 I have moved into a place that has an elderly black sink in the ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Home Improvement Stack Exchange will be hosting an election on August 27th, 2018. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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You are using a picture of a window well cover from my website with out my permission

I have not given you permission to use my photo. You have not mentioned where the picture came from. Please remove the photo from your website
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I'm stepping down from moderation duties, and here's why

I simply do not have the amount of time to give, that I think this site deserves. While my family continues to grow, "free time" has become a thing of the past. My responsibilities at work have also ...
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Is cleaning on topic?

This question, about cleaning oils and such off of a small stove, was closed by me and 4 others as off-topic. The reason I gave is that operation of appliances is off-topic, and I consider general ...
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Why are there no top contributors who identify as female?

While the construction trades are still horribly misogynistic, home improvement as an individual activity isn't so much. Many women undertake upgrade, repair, and remodeling tasks in their homes with ...
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Is upholstery on topic?

A new question was posted about upholstery. To me, this doesn't seem to be within the defined range of topics for the site. I checked the upholstery tag, which contains no guidance, and there are ...
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Why are small appliance questions off topic?

I posted a question about fixing a small appliance : How to replace Blender's Drive Coupling? A comment said this is off topic. When I read the help section it says questions about small ...
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Make [odor] a synonym of [smell]

odor smell There's no compelling reason to keep these separate. odor doesn't even have an excerpt.
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Why was this question not reconsidered after editing?

Why was this question changed from hold to closed and no feedback provided after edits were made? It was originally put on hold as off topic, so I updated the question and restructured it to try and ...
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Duplicate flat concrete roof questions

I am looking for a solution for waterproofing flat concrete deck/roof and found there are several duplicates questions. As I don't do a lot on this site, I am just bringing it your attention on how ...
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Should I incorporate information and suggestions posted as comments into my answer?

For example, several good comments were made on my answer. In the interest of housekeeping, should I add them to my answer and provide attribution, then flag them for removal, or should I simply leave ...
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When to close for product recommendations

I do a lot of closures on the main Stack Overflow site so I've seen more than a few recommendation requests. While DIY is a different subject set, I've been increasingly baffled by people wanting to ...
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Should we flag questions with insufficient detail?

I've been working the First Posts review queue and I am often finding questions that do not provide enough details to permit a helpful answer. (E.g., "Why is cold air coming out of my vents?") Many ...
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Adding answer to my own question with details on how I resolved it?

A couple of weeks ago I asked this question on how to fix a cracked stair step. I got a good answer, and have acted on it. During the process I learned more that might be helpful to future searchers: ...