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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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: ...
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Is [building-regulations] a generic tag? Can it be made UK-specific?

I saw a question tagged building-regulations today. I initially assumed that it was asking about the UK Building Regulations, a specific set of codes. I checked the tag info to make sure... but there'...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Which site in stack exchange family is recommended for 'smart wifi plugs' and 'Google Home'?

I'm going to have various questions about our new 'Google Home' speech-based assistant, in regard to finding compatible 'smart wifi socket plugs' and setting them up. So, I'm wondering which site ...
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Can I ask about industrial construction on DIY.SE?

I know the site is called Home Improvement, and the tour says "Don't ask about... questions that are not about home improvement", but there is not a general 'construction' Stack Exchange site that I ...
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What online tools exist for creating home wiring diagrams?

In the Q&A Request Support for CircuitLab schematic editor, I disagreed with the proposal to use CircuitLab for creating wiring diagrams. But that raises the question if there is an app that ...
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Burninate this [old-house] tag

Insert Bob Villa joke here. Also, obligatory link to what Burnination is old-house Saw someone editing this into a question. This is the very definition of a meta tag The reason meta-tags are a ...
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Why can't I answer a question on “Home Improvement” although I have a very high reputation on other networks?

I don't get it. I can't answer a question on Home Improvement although I have a high reputation (2400 points) on stackoverflow, and also good scores on other networks. What's the wisdom of this rule?
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Make [health-and-safety] a synonym of [safety]

safety - 312 questions (appears canonical since [dangerous] is a synonym) health-and-safety - 57 questions I can't see any reason why these should remain as separate tags. Something unsafe is, by ...
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I just want someone to check my work — where do I post?

Where should we post questions that aren't necessarily looking for a detailed answer, but more geared towards just wanting a second set of eyes to look over your work and point out blatant mistakes or ...
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Do we need the [gas] tag?

gas - 254 questions natural-gas - 95 questions propane - 59 question Is there enough variance for this tag? Should we retag to the specific natural gas or propane tags?
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Is a question about using the hammer function on a specific type of drill on-topic?

I inherited an old drill. It supposedly has a hammer function (it's a Black & Decker that calls itself Schlagbohrmaschine), but I don't know how to switch it on, and need help. Is that too ...
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Would a question about where to report a contractor's behavior be on-topic?

I have the following question: Subj: Where would I report bad contractor behavior? A contractor in my area is asking for 50% of the quoted price for the work as cash up front with a promise to ...
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Home Sales question in Home Improvement SE

I'm new to home Improvement and have a rather specific question I need answered. I am not sure, however, if it is off topic. In summary, I'm looking for some advice on selling my house during the ...
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How should we handle questions when the asker is not in a position to provide more detail or enact solutions?

A recent question came up where there is a problem with the water in the OPs apartment - in fact, all of the apartments in the building. The OP is just a tenant there, and is not part of the ...
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Tagging questions about multi-way (i.e. multi-location) switching

I have noticed that a couple of users have been trying to categorize questions about multiway switching setups with their own tag. While the effort is appreciated -- I've been rejecting the edits ...
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Off-Topic, belongs on another site — Why is Meta the only option?

Start here: Direct USB Charging Battery This is obviously OT on DIY, the best fit would be electronics. So, Close, Select "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" and ...
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Does image data get erased when uploaded?

I often upload photos of my house and neighborhood when asking questions. Does the meta data associated with these photos (such as geo data) get erased when they are posted? I wouldn't want someone ...
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Should questions about which way to orient flooring be off topic?

In my opinion, these types of questions are subjective, and could possibly even be closed as decorating advice. Here's the latest example of this type of question: Correct way to orient laminate ...