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No low rep voting, please!

There is a system-wide plan to test lower voting threshholds - basically 1 point for up or down voting (so any new registered user) with no downvote penalty. The full details are here on Meta SE.. The ...
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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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I feel sorry for Tester101

The question activity this morning makes it look like @Tester101 has the worst-constructed house in the industrialized world.
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Congratulations on **300k** Harper

Congratulations Harper on hitting 100,000 200,000 300,000 reputation! 2024-03-12 Update: Harper is now the first person to reach 300,000 imaginary internet points on DIY! 2021-11-02 Update: Harper is ...
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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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Can we just upvote questions more?

Don't have much to say. I thumb through questions. I upvote anything that contains all info needed and is not a repeat. However I often see comments on the question from our top 30 users and see no ...
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Would you like to help promote the site by giving away pencils?

So I made up these DIY pencils: They look great AND I have oodles of them. If you'd like to give these away, such as at a local hardware store or leaving them at a Habitat ReStore counter, that's ...
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Are questions about safety-equipment testing off-topic?

A question I had asked about checking respirators awhile back was recently closed as "off-topic". From my understanding, it would fall under tools & best practices for home improvement ...
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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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Announcement: new users can now post images

Since the beginning of Stack Exchange, new users—those with less than 10 rep—have not been allowed to add images to their posts. Since this can be a deterrent for them, other users on ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election Results

Home Improvement's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly - please thank them for ...
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We've got a blog! Would you like to contribute to it?

First off, we've got a blog! Would you like to contribute to it? You'll need to contact an administrator for an account. We need to know your username here on diy.stackexchange.com, and we'll need ...
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New Design Launched

Hi All, as you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! If you're still seeing the old favicons, please load the follow urls and do ...
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Home Improvement or DIY - scope change to grow site

Buried in comments and answers to other questions here on meta (some linked below), there is an underlying questions that we need to talk about. Are we a Home Improvement community or a DIY community?...
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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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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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2013 Moderator Election Results

Home Improvement's third 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 thank them for ...
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Did you know that we have flyers?

So, I talked to our wonderful and amazing designer, Jin, and he was kind enough to whip up a flyer for me to post up here so that you all can use it! Check it out: (Full size here.) These are ...
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2012 Community Moderator Election

The 2012 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: 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, in ...
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New custom close reason here on meta

I've proposed the following new custom close reason for here on Meta.DIY: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the asker ...
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Information on the moderator candidates

Yi Jiang has put together a nice site that uses the Stack Overflow API to display information on the moderator candidates. Click here to see all the information. The information presented is: The ...
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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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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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Are tool maintenance and repair questions on-topic?

It seems the community has accepted these types of questions in the past. How can I clean sticky and dirty hand tool's rubber? Is it a good idea to spraypaint my axe head? What are good cleaners to ...
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Writing Tag Wiki Excerpts

Just want to point out some of these guidelines and discussions from the global meta site: Should tag wiki excerpts include "for issues relating to"? What's the current policy on ...
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Missing tag wikis

I've just looked at the tags page and noticed that there aren't very many with tag wikis. Other sites have been trying to make sure that at least the first two pages of tags have wiki entries. I'll ...
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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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Is the diy-vs-pro tag useful?

Currently there are 43 questions with the diy-vs-pro tag. Looking quickly through the list, I couldn't find any that were asking if they should do a job or hire a pro. Is this tag useful in any way, ...
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Gas cans should be on-topic per the Help Center

As stated in the question, filling a gas can at a gas station is a common home improvement task that enables me to perform other home improvement tasks at home. How to easily fill a gas can at a ...
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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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2012 Community Moderator Town Hall Chat

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Town Hall Chat session with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the ...
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How do you feel about sharing DIY.SE content on Pinterest?

Update: Since there's been no objection here, I've started pinning things to a Home Improvement board on the Stack Exchange Pinterest account. If you're on Pinterest (or if you're just curious what ...
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Do I look OK in that shirt?

Thanks for the welcome pack! First sun out in UK could not resist some DIY work. :-)
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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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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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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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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Will DIY.SE be allowing SE advertising?

I know some of the other SE sites are utilizing some "cross-pollination" where, if related to the main topic, put up an advertisement if the community agrees to a connection. For example: Movies.SE ...
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Tags for things that aren't on topic?

I asked this question - How to get rid of tiny brown ants? Simple question, chose ants and pest-control as tags. Then was told that question is off-topic? What? How can a question be off-topic if ...
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2022: a year in moderation

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Are tool identification questions appropriate?

Noticing that there are no tool-identification or identification tags, I found this meta discussion where consensus was that such a tag wasn't needed or appropriate. However, nothing in that question ...
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Why was this question deemed "off-topic?"

This recent question was closed as off-topic. The question asked for help in removing a bathtub strainer, which seems to me a reasonable plumbing-related question. I agree that the question is not ...
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What are "those oscillating tools"?

This question asks about oscillating tools, using off-site links to describe what they are. Since those links are long-since broken, there's no real indication of kind of tool they're talking about ...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 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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Add "delayed close"?

Some of our close reasons include a request for additional information, with the implication that this might allow them to reopen. That strikes me as somewhat off-putting to newcomers, so I tend to ...
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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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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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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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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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