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World regions as tags? [duplicate]

(I am new here.) I have observed the following. Looks like the majority of active population of this SE is American. When I ask a question, I get answers, for which I need quite a bit of further ...
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Will DIY.SE be allowing SE advertising?

I know some of the other SE sites are utilizing some "cross-pollination" where, if related to the main topic, put up an advertisement if the community agrees to a connection. For example: Movies.SE ...
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Why are product recommendation questions globally off topic in DIY forum?

I posted a question that has been marked as off-topic because it seeks a product recommendation. The note says that product recommendation questions become obsolete. I can agree with this policy if ...
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Why are comment flags marked as declined even though the comments are removed?

I often flag comments that are obsolete or merely attempts at wit in order to keep discussions tidy and relevant. On DIY, more of my flags are declined than at SO, probably due to cultural difference ...
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What should I do when someone incorrectly marked two of my questions as duplicates?

I asked this question about finding the right heat shrink tubing size for a project. Someone posted an answer akin to "You shouldn't be doing this project" and was initially unresponsive for further ...
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User with two wholesale-copied answers with spam links

User Willis Brooks has posted a total of two answers, one two months ago and one today. Each seems to be a long, wholesale copy of (mostly useful) text from elsewhere, ending with a spam-flavored link....
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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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“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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Dealing with spiteful members

A relatively new-comer that had been given a few weeks sabbatical for many egregious answers has returned. I suspect he was (and still is) the culprit behind the 'carpet-bombing' of down votes left to ...
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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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Merge [washing-machine] and [clothes-washer]?

Should washing-machine be a synonym of clothes-washer? Relative term usage info is here, which does not clearly answer the directionality question. My proposal is that "clothes-washer" is less ...
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Pest and Pest-Control tags

We have the tags pest and pest-control, neither of which have tag wiki guidance. At the time of writing, of the 47 pest and 137 pest-control questions, 30 have both tags. 16 of those have no other ...
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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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Merge tags [lighting-fixture] and [light-fixture]

I'm just passing it along that there is a "lighting-fixture" tag and "light-fixture" tag. As much as I know, these should be combined as they're one and the same. The "light-fixture" tag is the one ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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We have too many [ceiling-fans] in our Stack

The ceiling-fans tag should become a synonym for ceiling-fan. (Besides, there are some klutzes who put ceiling and fan on their ceiling fan question -- that should be rectified sometime as well...)
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How to handle posts asking multiple independent questions

The Stack Exchange question and answer format breaks down when multiple discrete questions are posed in one post. Either answers must address each question, or they fail to completely meet the ...
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Is a question about HVAC filters on-topic?

It's just about effectiveness generally. It's not strictly home improvement is why I ask.
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Please Reopen This: I'm looking for a solution, not a product recommendation

How should I solve this problem with my shower? Please reopen this. I'm looking for a solution, not a product recommendation.
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Is there a timing to how often questions are posted?

I noticed that as a new question is posted the previous one has an elapsed time (as do everyone before) that indicates how long it's been active. I've also noticed that sometimes questions are posted ...
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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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The [fridge] should be a tag synonym for [refrigerator]

fridge should be a synonym for refrigerator This should be an obvious tag synonym, but hasn't happened yet...
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Why is the use of relays in home wiring frowned upon?

It seems that some folks on the main site frown upon (this is the only direct indication I can find, but I've seen a few comments and non-upvoted answers that indicate this as well) the use of relays ...
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Are questions about hooking up AV equipment on topic?

Recently there have been some questions about hooking up audio/video equipment, specifically these: What options are there for smart TV to connect to db15 dolby 5.1 speakers? Bose Acoustimass ...
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Can I ask how to find someone else to do home improvement for me?

On Home Improvement, would it be on-topic to ask for a website recommendation where I would seek to purchase somebody elses time to do DIY-related work for me? For example, would the following ...
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“Closed” vs “On hold”

I know that questions are sometimes marked as "on hold" instead of "closed" if the community needs more information / clarification to provide a good answer, and I like that feature. But I also ...
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Answer that OP comments on is accepted, but doesn't upvote

What is the general consensus when a question is answered but no up vote nor "accepted" is left by the OP? For a site that is based on reputation is it incorrect for the author to the answer to ...
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Get rid of house logo and make ask question stand out

Title says it all. I think the logo is just too heavy for this style of a site. Keep it simple with just the text Home Improvement. Also make "Ask Question" stand out, it was difficult for me to ...
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Replying to people who answer my question

I'm sure there's a better place to ask this question but I do not know where it is when someone replies to one of my questions how do I reply to their answer? I am new to this forum and do not know ...
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Please add a “flushmate” tag

I don't have enough points in this group to add tags. Please add a "flushmate" tag so I can affix to my question. Thanks
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Question both closed and locked?

Why was this question not only closed, but locked as well? I wanted to add a comment explaining that his "problem" was really a non-issue (pool heating is actually more efficient if you limit the ...
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am not sure where to post this since I have no reputation

I'm trying to understand how this site works. I have a very good answer to this question about stopping door weatherstripping squeaks. But it requires a 10 reputation to answer the question. I am new ...
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Can we discuss specifics like welding?

I'm interested in MIG/TIG welding and plasma cutting but unsure where to get the best information from. Forums I have been to seem to be a bit "backyard job" advise. Can I raise questions about ...
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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 are these “modified” questions with no visible changes?

When looking at the questions list sorted by "active", I noticed a handful of older questions that popped up as modified. Usually when this happens it's a mod editing something, but these all showed ...
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What should be done with the word “Romex®”?

It has been passed down from on high, that the makers of Romex® have asked us to stop using the name generically in place of nonmetallic sheathed cable. They've asked us to capitalize the brand name, ...
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Why do I have to create a new account for every StackExchange?

I just had a question migrated from DIY to gardening, and now I can no longer edit my question unless I create an account with the gardening exchange despite me adding it to "my communities" under the ...
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Should we merge/synonymise the [fire-pit] and [hearth] tags into the more common [fireplace]?

I noticed that we have 3 tags that generally refer to fireplaces: fireplace has 150 questions, of which they cover both indoor and outdoor fireplaces. fire-pit only has 2 questions, both of which ...
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Could “cost estimate” questions be reworded to be on-topic and answerable?

From time to time, we get questions (usually from newer users) asking if a cost estimate from a contractor is reasonable or how much the OP should expect to pay. These questions have been off-topic ...
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Have I answered enough C wire questions?

A while back, I thought we finally answered the C wire questions once and for all. I took a bit of time and wrote up this answer, which was going to allow us to close all other C wire questions as a ...
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Do we have a good answer for using lower wattage bulbs in fixtures?

"Can I use X watt CFL/LED/Halogen bulbs in a Y rated fixture?" seems to be a fairly popular question lately. Do we currently have a good answer for this question, that we can close new questions as a ...
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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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Is this appropriate: Guidelines for evaluating the costs of renovation

Ok, I understand the terms of this site and the specific questions, such as How much will it cost for me to renovate my kitchen? are off limits. I certainly understand why. Every project is ...
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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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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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What should we do when we see something in the OP's situation that is dangerous, but not necessarily the subject of the question?

Our existing meta topics on dangerous things discuss people either: asking to do something dangerous (drilling into a tank o' diesel while it still has fuel in it, working on live electrical lines) ...
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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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New close reason “Resolved by professional”

Sometimes folks ask a question, but then end up calling in a professional to fix the problem. The OP often does not update the question to include what the pro did, or what the problem turned out to ...
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Should questions asking for book recommendation be on topic?

We all need to learn, and sometimes a book is our preferred method. Should questions asking for book recommendations be on topic?
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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.