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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Which site in stack exchange family is recommended for 'smart wifi plugs' and 'Google Home'?

I'm going to have various questions about our new 'Google Home' speech-based assistant, in regard to finding compatible 'smart wifi socket plugs' and setting them up. So, I'm wondering which site ...
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Can I ask about industrial construction on DIY.SE?

I know the site is called Home Improvement, and the tour says "Don't ask about... questions that are not about home improvement", but there is not a general 'construction' Stack Exchange site that I ...
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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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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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Why can't I answer a question on “Home Improvement” although I have a very high reputation on other networks?

I don't get it. I can't answer a question on Home Improvement although I have a high reputation (2400 points) on stackoverflow, and also good scores on other networks. What's the wisdom of this rule?
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Make [health-and-safety] a synonym of [safety]

safety - 312 questions (appears canonical since [dangerous] is a synonym) health-and-safety - 57 questions I can't see any reason why these should remain as separate tags. Something unsafe is, by ...
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I just want someone to check my work — where do I post?

Where should we post questions that aren't necessarily looking for a detailed answer, but more geared towards just wanting a second set of eyes to look over your work and point out blatant mistakes or ...
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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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Is a question about using the hammer function on a specific type of drill on-topic?

I inherited an old drill. It supposedly has a hammer function (it's a Black & Decker that calls itself Schlagbohrmaschine), but I don't know how to switch it on, and need help. Is that too ...
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Would a question about where to report a contractor's behavior be on-topic?

I have the following question: Subj: Where would I report bad contractor behavior? A contractor in my area is asking for 50% of the quoted price for the work as cash up front with a promise to ...
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Home Sales question in Home Improvement SE

I'm new to home Improvement and have a rather specific question I need answered. I am not sure, however, if it is off topic. In summary, I'm looking for some advice on selling my house during the ...
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How should we handle questions when the asker is not in a position to provide more detail or enact solutions?

A recent question came up where there is a problem with the water in the OPs apartment - in fact, all of the apartments in the building. The OP is just a tenant there, and is not part of the ...
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Tagging questions about multi-way (i.e. multi-location) switching

I have noticed that a couple of users have been trying to categorize questions about multiway switching setups with their own tag. While the effort is appreciated -- I've been rejecting the edits ...
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Off-Topic, belongs on another site — Why is Meta the only option?

Start here: Direct USB Charging Battery This is obviously OT on DIY, the best fit would be electronics. So, Close, Select "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" and ...
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Does image data get erased when uploaded?

I often upload photos of my house and neighborhood when asking questions. Does the meta data associated with these photos (such as geo data) get erased when they are posted? I wouldn't want someone ...
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Should questions about which way to orient flooring be off topic?

In my opinion, these types of questions are subjective, and could possibly even be closed as decorating advice. Here's the latest example of this type of question: Correct way to orient laminate ...
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Difference between legal questions and questions about building code

It has been suggested that my question about if a licensed contractor is required to pull permits is a legal question and therefore off topic. I read through the help center before asking and given ...
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How can I retract erroneous downvotes after five minutes have passed?

I just noticed a newuser who has 4 rep. I was trying to figure out how that's possible and I realized they might have +5 for one upvote and -2 for one downvote. Went to check for that and found I ...
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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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What should we do with OPs suffering from a case of utility futility?

Sadly, in some parts of the world, trying to get a utility (electrical is the one I've seen so far, but other utilities are probably susceptible to this as well) to do anything for you without an ...
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How to flag landlord/tenant (aka legal) questions

Using this question as an example. What is the best way to flag the question? Nothing seems to fit. It boils down to landlord / tenant relations and/or a legal question. In any case, it can't be ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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Should questions about sizing plumbing for outdoor fixtures be on topic?

Recently there was a question about determining the size of pipe needed to supply a water trough, which received a vote to close. There was then a discussion in the comments, as to whether or not the ...
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How best to handle flags on posts that are subsequently edited, making the flag obsolete or wrong?

Let's say I correctly flag a question for being unclear. The question is then edited to provide missing details, so that it is clear and on-topic. My flag now appears to be wrong, so would get ...
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Closing old answered questions as off-topic?

I agree with closing old off-topic questions, but in this case the question is answered: In an AC circuit, where does hot end and neutral begin? What is the point of closing it?
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Site promotional idea and a little fun

Can't stack send a t-shirt or prize to the person that submits the worst contractor/DIY disaster of the month or maybe have a running list for the year? I would certainly visit site and meta more if ...
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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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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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Banned from flagging due to old(er) flags that were recently acted on

Today I went to flag a post and got a message that too many of my recent flags were declined, and I'm banned from flagging (not at issue here). I went to look at the declined flags in the last 7 days, ...
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What is the proper way to introduce relative context to a question, answer, or comment?

What is the proper way to introduce or expand relative context to a question, answer, or comment? For example, A person asks for the best way to caulk the exterior of the pictured window sill. A ...
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What should be done about abandoned questions that will likely never be answered?

Today community pushed this question up to the top of the queue. Unfortunately, the question will likely never be answered. Even if answers stated rolling in, the OP will likely never return to mark a ...
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Time to redistribute [electrical-distribution]?

As I noted here, the electrical specialty tags on DIY.SE are a mess. While that thread already addresses one of the chief culprits, namely circuit, another tag of confusion lurks in the mud: ...
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What should we do with our blog content?

Did you know we have a blog? At one time, Stack Exchange allowed sites to set up community blogs for people to contribute articles related to the site's subject that didn't fit the normal Q&A ...
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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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“our site for contractors and serious DIYers.”

Not a question, but a reminder: That's how the migration notice describes diy.stackexchange.com. I believe all the moderators know this. But every so often someone still takes the diy name too ...
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Are commercial electrical questions on topic here?

Are non-residential electrical questions on topic here? For example, this question, which asks about wiring a showcase light. There are special codes that deal with this type of wiring, which would ...
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Closure: 'Except pitcher filters, are there portable water filters without electricity that filter chemicals, metals, and pathogens?'

Please advise why https://diy.stackexchange.com/q/99930/54670 and https://diy.stackexchange.com/q/99934/54670 were unilaterally closed, and how they can be made on-topic again? I ask because I had ...
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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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tags - code, code-compliance, building regulations

I just edited the tags on a question to change "code" to "code compliance" as it was the only question using that tag. Should code be a synonym of code compliance? There are also several questions ...
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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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Merge [breaker-box] with [electrical-panel]

The [breaker-box] tag should be a synonym of [electrical-panel] -- "breaker box"/"fuse box" is merely a colloquialism for "electrical panel" (which in turn is a shorthand for "electrical panelboard" :...
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Are questions related to fixing or troubleshooting appliances off-topic? [duplicate]

I had posted this question about fixing a problem with my coffee machine, but before doing so, had at first dismissed Home Improvement as the Stack Exchange site for posting such a question. In fact, ...
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How do we get people to stop assuming that we have X-ray vision?

One of the great banes of this site is the dreaded question that needs photos to answer, but lacks them, leaving everyone guessing at what it could be. Anyone have any ideas how to get more folks to ...
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Redact, or leave idiocy for moderators?

In cases of spam or trolling, as a non-moderator with editing privileged I'm often tempted not just to flag it but to clip out the offensive section until the mods can get to it. I've never been sure ...
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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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Rewording or pluralization of one of the on-topic lines in the FAQ

Under the on-topic page on the help you have this line: Which tools, materials, and best practices for home improvement task. It makes more sense, to me, to read it like this About tools, ...
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Should I upvote an answer that sounds good but which I haven't tried?

Over on stack overflow the consensus seems to be that you don't upvote an answer for a topic you're not proficient in - see this meta question where this answer with 160 votes and the "accepted" ...
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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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Spam in (or as) a username

A new user has shown up with what appears to be a "I've never seen this one before, but I know spam when I smell it" username, rather than spamming links in answers. I can't recall any mention of "not ...