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Why are so many "Off-topic" reasons listed in the "On-topic" page?

It seems to me that the on-topic and off-topic pages need a good reorganization. There are many "off-topic" items listed only on the on-topic page. This makes it difficult to direct people ...
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Shut down migrations from EE?

The moderators at EE seem to use DIY as a dumping ground for anything that is off-topic there that is even vaguely building-wiring adjacent, for example questions about designing an industrial three-...
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Bounty for Accepted Answer?

I posted a question about traveler wires and received an excellent answer. I wanted to create/award a bounty as I believe it deserves it. I already accepted the answer and now do not see an option to ...
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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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Congratulations Ed Beal on reaching 100k rep!

It's a substantial accomplishment (especially for someone who's not an electrician), and I greatly appreciate Ed's depth of experience and willingness to share time here. Well done, Ed.
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Can we get the "No AI" banner enabled?

The SE network has done some testing on a "No AI content allowed" banner and has made it available for sites that request it. We've had quite a number of AI generated answers here lately and ...
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Spam “questions” — VTC, flag, or …?

As happens occasionally, we had a pretty obvious SEO spammer here: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/289426?noredirect=1#comment608208_289426 @Tetsujin suggested flagging, not VTC. I can ...
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Should read-the-manual questions be closed, or even answered?

Case in point: Can I install an under-counter electric hot water tank on it’s side rather than vertically? This type of question is so easily answered that it reflects lack of effort on the part of ...
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Tile layout question closed, but I think it shouldn't have been

I asked this question, which was subsequently closed for being off topic as I guess the moderator saw it as decorating advice. I would argue that my question falls under "Questions you would ...
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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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Do I need to do anything about a reviewer that consistently rejects my edits?

Follow-up to Do we need do something about tis reviewer - with image enhancements I've been adding Imgur thumbnail resize options to a lot of the oversized pictures, and a particular reviewer doesn't ...
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When is a question considered duplicate?

Given the interactions I had with the mods on this question, maybe this is very obvious to the more experienced, but I would appreciate some clarifications on what's considered a duplicate. Several ...
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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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New Tag: Canonical

I have a brilliant idea...I think. We have extremely commonly asked duplicates/near-duplicates. Examples include: Basic procedures for replacing receptacles - this already has a post, now tagged ...
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Multiple Yearling badge awards

Why have I been awarded the yearling badge multiple times in the last few months? I see the badge can be awarded multiple times, however, my understanding would this badge should only be awarded ...
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Is it acceptable to answer old questions?

I've been using the search feature to find unanswered questions and if possible answer them. One question I found today is answerable, however, the question is 3 years old. Is it acceptable to answer ...
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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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Are "what kind of contractor should I hire" questions on topic?

This is just the most recent example of the "what kind of contractor should I hire" questions that we sometimes get here. Is this considered on topic? From the Off-topic page, "You ...
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Do we need do something about tis reviewer - with image enhancements

For example this one https://diy.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/163822 The images do not need enhancement, and don't look any different. I am rejecting them, but others must be approving ...
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I misled some users into closing my fence post question. What can be done?

A couple of days ago I posted this question: How can I make a post base support fenceposts (gateposts) on top of concrete? The form of the question is basically: "How can I do X?" with ...
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Why was my post about improvising filter grilles closed as needing details/clarity?

I have a question about my Home Improvement Stack Exchange post: How can I improvise Filter Grilles, rather than buy the manufacturer's Coarse Dust Pre-Filtration Kit? Apologia, English ISN'T my ...
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How to unsubscribe from a thread?

How can stop receiving notifications on a thread that I started and it's now resolved?
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Why are so many comment-answer flags being declined lately?

My mouse gets half its wear on any given day from flagging comment-answers here. It's a veritable plague. Lately I've seen across-the-board rejection on flags on certain questions. Here's an example: ...
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Can we do better with question closures?

This question got closed inside of 3 hours. I get that it was grossly underspecified, and I get the frustration with abandoned questions, but are we educating new users enough? Can we include a note ...
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Hardware issues with 2 series condensers with heat pump in heat mode [closed]

I am planning to use a second heat exchanger to added inline to remove heat from a standard mini split heat pump system. The refrigerant will flow from the compressor to an added water coil exchanger, ...
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Poor quality reviews

I'm trying to determine how this question could have possibly made it through the "First Question" review queue without any sort of comment or flag. Let's be honest, this question is ...
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What is the recommendation for ChatGPT-like answers?

We have had a couple of users spring up over the last few days that seem to be posting ChatGPT/AI type answers that are vague enough to be useless, but close enough to be almost useful and are (...
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2022: a year in moderation

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How do I get a question or answer into the "low quality" review queue?

I recently flagged an answer as "very low quality", thinking that would put it in the review queue for others to look at to decide if it needed to be deleted. However, the flag was declined ...
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StackExchange web sites DOWN

are all StackExchange sites DOWN. Lost all profile information, the scores ect.. on multiple pages https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/ask
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Response to Sock Puppets

There's probably nothing that can officially be done, but we have a new user who seems determined to violate NEC by rewiring their apartment themselves who has created at least 6 sock puppet accounts (...
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What is being done and what should be done when particular users routinely post answers as comments?

This isn't a question of comment-answer policy. It's about users who feel the need to answer many questions in comments. One such user is compulsive about it lately, often posting the first comment on ...
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Hot water recirculation questions should be on-topic

I don't think this question should have been closed/marked off-topic. It's clearly a home improvement question, in fact the solution I personally ended up going with was DIY (the domain of this page ...
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I guess they changed the logo

Well, that's a different and not particularly good (or in no way graphically says "home improvement" to me, anyway) logo for Home Improvement today. Some graphic designer is laughing all ...
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Computer setup on topic?

I'd like to ask advice on desk/laptop + monitor arrangement. (My eyes are aging and I find the laptop increasingly hard) I had seen some funky arrangements at houses in Canada. Would this question be ...
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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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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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Can we clean up tags relating to air conditioning?

All of the following tags exist, with potentially overlapping topics: air-conditioning, with 991 questions air-conditioner, with 9 questions air, with 45 questions hvac, with 2654 questions Some ...
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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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Vandalism of good answers due to migration from related SE

A user seems to object to their (sometimes highly rated and accepted) answers on questions that were migrated to DIY from EE years ago (2016-2018), and is vandalizing these answers (editing them to ...
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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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Merge (delete) misspelled [celing-fan] with [ceiling-fan]

The [celing-fan] tag i misspelled. It should be removed and where used instead be replaced by the [ceiling-fan] tag.
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Should this question remain in HNQ as a warning to others?

This question about testing a breaker by short circuiting it made it to the HNQ list. Looking at the edit history, I note that NialC removed it from that list. I fully understand that action from the ...
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Reason for dupe closing seems invalid

My question How to remove glue from temporary paper shades on vinyl windows? was just closed as being a duplicate of what is the easiest way too clean adhesive residue from glass? However my question ...
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Does SE understand what a pulse survey is?

Clicked on an SE ad from this site. Ensues a survey of my personal information which in the first 10 screens never attempted to talk about my view of SE or SE sites... Just mining personal details. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask how to fix a mechanical issue with an electric mulcher on this site?

I'm unsure whether a question like this would be appropriate for the home improvement site, so I'm clarifying first. The general nature of my intended question is described in the subject. I expect ...
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2021: a year in moderation

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Do we need to require everyone to give a locale?

Let's go over how we got here. Harper posted this HNQ answer which says (in part) Do you follow any of the warnings we give around here about the danger of 3-prong (groundless) range receptacles... ...
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Is mould removal from furnishings on-topic?

I'd like to raise a question about how best to remove mould from this armchair. The chair has been placed for several months in an area where we suspect there is damp. Is this on-topic for Home ...
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There's no [us] in [usa]

There are two tags about questions pertaining specifically to the United States: us and usa. The latter is more popular (53 vs. 13 questions) and has a guidance excerpt; can the former be synonymized ...
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