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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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OK to ask a series of related, but specific questions?

I'm starting on a seemingly straightforward project that has led to multiple questions. My first question led to a second question and I was about to post a third question. I decided to stop and ask ...
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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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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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Did you listen to the DIY podcast today?

Did any of you home improvement folks catch the podcast today. I had a great time. Had a few tech problems getting started, but went great after a bit. Hope I did the site proud. Looking forward ...
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How to tell a user their answers are great, but unreadable?

I frequently read answers from a 5k rep user who obviously knows his stuff, but their answers are nearly unreadable because of a lack of punctuation, no paragraph breaks, and run-on sentences. I have ...
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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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Final Site Design for DIY

Hi all. I'm Jin, and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, ...
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Does the site require a more descriptive FAQ to clarify which topics are on-topic?

I read the faq prior to posting a recent question and found little information about the scope of this site, e.g. in bullet points at SO. It is not clear to me on what basis my question was closed, ...
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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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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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New close reason “Not enough information”

Folks often ask a question, but fail to supply enough information to answer the question. The asker then fails to respond when prodded for additional details. In this situation it would be nice to be ...
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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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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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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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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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Please try using smaller versions of images

Recently I asked this question on global Meta. The problem is when users upload huge photos to illustrate something they usually don't need very high resolution - for example, it might be a photo of a ...
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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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Should general questions on lawn maintenance be considered on topic?

Over the past 2 days there have been several questions involving general lawn maintenance: Bermuda grass is invading my Kentucky Blue? Any solutions that don’t involve Roundup? What is the best ...
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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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Should we remove the [wire]?

As I noted here and here, the DIY.SE electrical folksonomy is in serious need of cleanup. While a couple of the minor tagging errors, such as ground, are small enough that I can handle the editing ...
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New site promotion ideas required

We seem to have reached a plateau - well more of a dip recently - in our statistics, which isn't good. We've had site promotion ideas before, so we need to try something new. If you have any ideas ...
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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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Why 10k views and 2 upvotes?

Honestly I got one of the best answers I have gotten on the site on this question Should galvanized steel pipe be used as a tub spout? I had installed tubs for years using galvanized and doing it ...
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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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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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I would like to view answers and answer questions

I would like to view answers (and answer) questions. I have years of experience in construction and HVAC, but little experience with computers. How can I get a few reputation points to do above?
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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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Kill the decorating tag?

Sparked by recent chat conversation. There are 11 questions marked with the decorating tag, but I don't believe they add much value to the question. The tag is also problematic since it leads to ...
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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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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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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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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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Do you all like Project Update Thursday?

Now that we've had two Project Update Thursday sessions, I figured I'd ask: how are we liking them? I intend to continue them (they've got multiple net benefits, which I've mentioned before) but I'm ...
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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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“Hire a professional” answers

Frequently there will be "hire a professional" answers which are not really answers; it's just punting because you could give that answer to EVERY single question on the site. This site is about doing ...
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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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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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How to answer DIY question when OP wants the cheapest, not best option?

There are a handful of questions where the OP wants a cheap, or the cheapest option. There are cases where you cannot really give them a good answer because they claim that every option is above their ...
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How long do moderators serve?

Will we be holding periodic elections, and if so, is this to add more moderators or reelect the existing moderators? In a broader sense, I'd be interested in hearing the level of commitment needed ...
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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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Adding content to others' answers

I know one or two of you might have noticed me adding content like pictures or links. I hope this does not annoy you - it is just that your answers are the correct answers in my opinion, but I do ...
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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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Quoting other answers

I answered this question, and as always Shirlock Homes supplied a supporting answer providing great information. I was thinking of adding his answer as a quote in my answer (citing him of course), ...
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Can we add an identification tag?

Can we add a tag for "identification"? There are a lot of posts that have people (including myself) asking for identification of certain tools/devices. For example, I needed to know what these devices ...