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Can we discourage “Shop for me” type questions?

From time to time, questions pop up where the asker is having trouble locating a product they like. For the most part, it seems like they want the community to help them shop. Since these questions ...
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Dangerous answers

This is the big problem with a DIY site - one day someone's going to post something so incredibly wrong it's going to get someone killed. Hopefully the community will jump on it as soon as they see it ...
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Are woodworking questions in scope?

We've had a few questions that deal more with woodworking than with home improvement per se: best materials for non toxic wooden blocks Making your own height adjustable desk How to paint Pine ...
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How do you feel about my site promotion ideas?

So as many of you know, I've been assigned to help come up with ways to promote the site. As such, I'm going to list out all of the site promotion ideas that we've come up with either in chat or that ...
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Is it time for a Home Improvement blog?

Now that Stack Exchange sites can have a blog associated with them, is it time for an Home Improvement blog? Explanatory blog post Guidelines for getting started.
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How do we promote our site?

This essential question wasn't asked yet, so here we go. This is rapidly becoming a hot issue across the entire network: how to promote your site and how to reach out to the experts and ...
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Who is Aarthi Devanathan and why is she changing so many posts?

I'm a StackExchange employee and I'm here to improve the quality of the site. I'm editing question titles to improve their readability and just generally working to make this site even more awesome. ...
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What should be the status of questions about domestic appliances?

This question on a fault with dishwasher turned up today. We've had a few, but not many, questions in the past, but I noticed that the FAQ (recently updated by me!) doesn't make any mention of such ...
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Guidelines for linking to external sites

When answering a question, is it okay to post a link (or links) to information on other sites? I didn't see any mention of this subject in the FAQ.
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Do we need tags for different localities?

Currently there are tags for usa, uk, and canada. Are these tags needed, or should this information be noted in the question body instead?
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Brand names as tags

We have a few questions that are tagged with brand names: What is the best way to get superglue off a Corian countertop. [Corian] Replace a glass stove top…in unconventional ways? [Whirlpool] Humming ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
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What should our site be called, and what should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2012 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Community Promotion Ads - 2013 What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will show up on the main site, in the right ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&...
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Site design updates are live!

Design updates are live! A majority of the changes will not be visible (except for tweaks to the header that were made to condense the space to get the question list higher); these tweaks go along ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Why does “Community” regularly bring very old topics back up to the top

Every day I see many posts/questions at the top of the "forum" where Community has modified a question or comment. It will say something like "modified 9h ago Community". When you click on that link ...
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2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2012 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...
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Should questions about building things that are not part of your home be on-topic?

The question https://diy.stackexchange.com/q/3712/21 is an example of a "non-home DIY" question, i.e., a question about building personal property that isn't part of your home. It's a good opportunity ...
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Is Home Improvement going to be tied to suggestions for one geography, or will it be appropriate for everywhere?

So I'm in the UK, but I do home improvement too. But, over here, building codes are different, you'd not want to mess around with our 230V power, and even simple things like paint are quite different. ...
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Strategies for dead questions?

When I join a SE site I often look through unanswered questions and try to answer as many of those as I can. However on this site there seems to be a lot of "dead" questions, by which I mean that ...
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Should we allow questions about stuff “outside” of the home?

Questions about sheds, pole barns, retaining walls, decks, patios? All these are questions and issues that home owners have, and typical DIY'ers like us have to deal with. All the ones listed above ...
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Should the electrical tag be removed and replaced with electrical-region?

This one is killing me. We get far too many electrical questions that don't specify the country. Can we permanently ban a tag, forcing the questioners to choose the appropriate regional tag? ...
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For Safety's Sake, how do you answer an electrical question?

TL;DR There's probably something better you could do for the next half hour then read this. Should they all begin with a pretext warning? Should the OP's perceived ability tailor your context? New ...
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Should we break the [circuit]?

In the DIY.SE folksonomy, the electrical specialty's tags stand out as a cross-connected pile of confusion, and one of the chief culprits is circuit. While not particularly rare (129 questions use it)...
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Should question titles be questions?

Which will be the better title in the long run? "How to paint a ceiling" or "How can I paint a ceiling?" I am curious what yields better search results. Has this been worked out on other sites? For ...
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Furniture repair off topic?

Can someone please clarify why https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/25025/how-to-fix-a-recliner-that-wont-close is off topic? There are several other questions regarding furniture repair. What ...
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Are car repair questions on topic?

Are questions regarding car repair on topic? If it's truly just DIY I'd say yes, but if it's just home improvement I guess no.
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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Help define the Bill Of Materials for a blog contest

I suggested this in chat "We should start a series of challenge questions on the site. give a list of random materials, and see what people can make with them.". And @Aarthi Devanathan Ψ ...
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Something to encourage? Photos/followup to questions.

There are so many great questions on this board, and it seems one thing that can be done to both increase the sense of community, and make answering/asking questions more rewarding, is to encourage ...
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Moderator Pro Tempore

This community needs to contribute some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators, ASAP. Most site have this discussion starting from the first days. Please read this: Moderators Pro ...
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Should we add a recurring “bloopers” post to the blog?

I've been thinking of ways to continually add content to the blog, and the most recent idea is to have a recurring series of posts detailing DIY "bloopers". The general idea is for users to submit "...
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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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2013 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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Should we migrate on-topic questions that are better suited to Woodworking?

This recent question about finishing a table top would likely get more and higher quality answers over at the new Woodworking Beta site. What's the procedure for migrating a question that's still on-...
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What should we name the “bloopers” blog series?

So I guess it has been decided that we'll try to get a "bloopers" blog series started, but we're still missing one thing... A name for the series. The rules One entry per post. Names must be ...
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Copyright on images, fair use of text, full text excerpts of code books

I see a developing copyright problem on DIY, which if not nipped in the bud could cause problems: In an effort to help, the DIY answer community has at times made extensive use of images and text ...
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Attracting experts/pros/contractors?

I think most of the current 158 users are DIYers. That is fine, but I became worried when I started to see responses like this: Unless you have the tools and knowledge, let the pros handle this ...
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Request Support for CircuitLab schematic editor

Electronics.SE has a nice WYSIWYG editor, CircuitLab. It allows a user to create an electronics schematic, which is tied in with the Imgur Image upload feature. These schematics can then be edited ...
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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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Do we really need the tag “diy” on the site?

I've just spotted a question that had the single tag diy. Now, aside from the fact that the question really should have had different tags, do we really need such a tag given that the site is all ...
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DIY Birthday Celebration?

Did you know DIY’s birthday is coming up on March 3rd? YAY! Congratulations! How about a contest or some other fun activity to stir things up a little? After a year of great Q&A, we'd like the ...
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If it's time for a blog, what will the scope and organization of the blog look like?

Previously: Is it time for a Home Improvement blog? The chat session yesterday discussed some projects people were working on and recent experiences, and then started talking about how we could store ...
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Can I ask questions here if I am a complete beginner?

I am an absolute beginner when it comes to handy stuff, having never really had much exposure to that kind of thing growing up, or anybody around to pick things up off since I became an adult. I'm ...
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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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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 ...