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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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Can we get the close vote threshold lowered to 3?

This has been tinkered with on SO and several SE sites. SO has now gone to 3 permanently and I noted this Shog9 comment Other sites can have whatever threshold is most appropriate for them We are "...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Please stop with the robo-greetings

I just saw more than one user copy-pasting a message on a lot of user's first answers, something like: Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Thanks for the answer and keep them coming. And, you ...
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Change a "Vote to Close" default option

As noted in this question, we sometimes get a message in the close vote review queue that: However, there is no "Vote to Close" system option stating: This question does not appear to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Remove "Carpentry and woodworking" from the "Ask about" section of help page

I suspect it's leftover from before the woodworking site launched, but given that woodworking does exist, the tour for this site shouldn't encourage users to post questions which would be more suited ...
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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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"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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Are questions about modifying appliances on-topic?

From time to time we get a question from someone who just bought an appliance, and wants to modify it to be more something. An example from earlier today: How to make Ariston Hotpoint FMG 863 SK ...
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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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