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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 ...
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Should the UK tag be removed

It seems as though it was decided to not have regional tags, however, it appears that the uk tag actually does exist. Should this tag be removed?
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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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