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Should the hot water heater be replaced?

I don't mind an unnamed user editing hot out of hot water heater but their choice of replacing hot with cold results in the rather uncommon construction of cold water heater which far worse than even ...
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Should questions about smells be off topic?

From time to time folks ask us to identify the source of an odor. This task is nearly impossible through the internet, so should these questions be off topic?
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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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Is there a precedent for posting video answers on YouTube?

This idea came up in the discussion area of the Woodworking Community (now in the commitment phase). I suggested that we shoot some sample video answers as a way to get some exposure for the community ...
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What home automation questions are on topic?

Since home automation is coming our way now, which questions do we consider on topic and where is the line drawn. From an earlier meta question we already clarified that shopping advice is off topic. ...
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What are “those oscillating tools”?

This question asks about oscillating tools, using off-site links to describe what they are. Since those links are long-since broken, there's no real indication of kind of tool they're talking about ...
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Is changing a live Community Ad image frowned upon?

We're promoting the Woodworking Q&A site through the DIY community ads. As you can see on the proposal site, when the ad went live at the beginning of September there was a big boost in the number ...
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Is a question off topic when asked by professionals or corporations?

There have been questions closed because they were asked by people representing companies (e.g. this question was debated). Should be person asking the question impact whether the question is on or ...
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Strategies for dead questions?

When I join a SE site I often look through unanswered questions and try to answer as many of those as I can. However on this site there seems to be a lot of "dead" questions, by which I mean that ...
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Deleted by moderator for looking like an advertisement

My post to this question was deleted 'because this resembles an advertisement'. I assure you this is not the case. Previous to some edits I would of understood it being done for the reasons of missing ...
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Asking for non-brand specific tool qualities- on topic?

I am looking for a drill press... but I don't want a recommendation for a specific drill press. Instead, I want to know what qualities are important to consider while buying a drill press. I would ...
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Should we strongly encourage foundation questions to include a basic drawing?

Thinking of foundation questions, and so I'm reading the history of such question to see what trends I should consider. I see lots of questions which lack any spatial sense that could improve the ...
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Why was a negative comment removed?

On the question Why does dirt kill saw blades?, there was a comment by @getterdun that challenged the appropriateness of the question. The comment was responded to by @warren, defending the question. ...
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How should “What transformer should I buy?” questions be handled?

With LED lighting becoming more popular (especially outside the US), questions asking about purchasing strips and transformers pop up quite often. First of all, are these questions on topic? Second, ...
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Is asking how to deal with animals/insects etc… on-topic?

Is dealing with animals/insects etc... on-topic on this stack exchange? I'm talking about preventing or dealing with wasps, raccoons, etc... within your home region.
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New custom close reason here on meta

I've proposed the following new custom close reason for here on Meta.DIY: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the asker ...
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Why does “Community” regularly bring very old topics back up to the top

Every day I see many posts/questions at the top of the "forum" where Community has modified a question or comment. It will say something like "modified 9h ago Community". When you click on that link ...
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Is furniture assembly off topic?

We've seen a few furniture assembly questions lately that are in a gray area for me. I'm incline to close them, but want to be sure that the community agrees. Two examples: IKEA table problem ...
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How do you post a picture to this site? [duplicate]

A request has been made for me to post a picture to this site so as to better understand the problem that I am having. So, how do I post a picture to this site? Thank you.
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Copyright on images, fair use of text, full text excerpts of code books

I see a developing copyright problem on DIY, which if not nipped in the bud could cause problems: In an effort to help, the DIY answer community has at times made extensive use of images and text ...
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What about stressing importance of photos

When asking a Question should users be encouraged to provide photos illustrating their question? I think we can provide answers that are more helpful, quicker when we have photos. 3/11/14: Edited ...
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What is the correct stackexchange site for questions about table lamps, toasters, hand mixers, and other small appliances?

I had a question about a table lamp pull chain mechanism, and saw that small appliances our out of the scope of the site. While my questin technically involves circuitry, it seems too mechanical/basic ...
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Merging questions to include more words

I've just asked a question (How is this screw head called?) which has been marked as duplicate. Indeed, after seeing the original one, I realize it had been asked. The reason I had not found it was ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions for topics that may be answered elsewhere online?

As per the following feedback (What is the proper procedure for replacing rusted toilet anchor bolts?) it would appear that my question was already answered elsewhere online and I shouldn't have asked ...
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Are “Identify this” questions on topic for diy.se?

I have a friend asking to identify a particular power cable, and I wanted to check whether these sorts of "Identify this" questions are on-topic for Home Improvement before asking. I know other sites ...
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When (and/or where) is it okay to ask questions about homemaking processes?

Is there a clear guideline about what makes a homemaking question appropriate for this site? I'm interested in process improvements, however, there seems to be some inconsistency about whether ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Is there still a need for Project Update Thursday?

The weekly PUT meetings have been fizzling lately, mostly because many of the regulars are busy with our lives. Do we still need to have a PUT, should it be changed (new time?), or is there something ...
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Any objections to virtual winter hats for 2013?

Like last year, SE is doing their Winter Hat promotion again. There is an opt out for anyone that individually doesn't want to participate, but my plan is to opt in our community unless there are ...
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What's the guidance for including images from other sites?

In this question, I included a link to a diagram that was essential to understanding the question. @Tester101 edited the question to include a copy of the actual image. For future reference, is there ...
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Is there interest in a separate SE site specific for woodworking?

I enjoy the Q&A-format for researching information quite a lot and I noticed that there wasn't one available specific to woodworking. There are many woodworkers here on Home Improvement, but the ...
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Is there a map of users?

Is there a map of users, something like a google map with pins?
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2013 Moderator Election Results

Home Improvement's third 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 thank them for ...
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Are we using the new “On Hold” feature properly?

Sometimes we get questions like Why my ac don't cool down my house?, and switch wiring for garbage disposal above sink. There just isn't enough information in the question to provide an answer, but ...
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2013 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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Increasing the response rate to requests for photos/info/clarification

In my short time here, it seems quite common that the initial content/articulateness of a Q is insufficient (perhaps expectedly so), and that it is common for requests for clarification or for ...
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2013 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&...
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2013 Community Moderator Election

The 2013 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Announcement: new users can now post images

Since the beginning of Stack Exchange, new users—those with less than 10 rep—have not been allowed to add images to their posts. Since this can be a deterrent for them, other users on ...
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What should we do about duplicates that are better questions than the original?

Is it acceptable, or to code, to splice electrical wire outside of a junction box behind drywall? is closed as duplicate of Is there a way to simply splice in an additional length of 12/2 NM-B ...
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Are “invent this for me” type questions on topic?

From time to time, questions like Devices that can slowly lower and raise 200 pounds ~2 feet?, and Motorizing Sliding Windows are asked. The questions give a goal; "I want to raise 200 lbs 2 feet", "...
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Merge the [dog-door] and [pet-door] tags

The dog-door tag was created earlier today as part of an approved suggested edit. We already have a pet-door tag that is applicable to that question. The suggested tag wiki for dog-door even ...
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Can we get an more options when flagging something as off-topic?

I tried flagging a post as off-topic. When I drilled down through the reasons for flagging it, I wasn't given an option that was suitable. This was the question which is clearly not about DIY. I ...
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New metatag for out-of-the-box ideas or required answers

So a user wants to use a tool/material/whatever in a very odd way or has a task that requires something out of the norm. I thought it would be good to categorize these. I had used "weird-ideas" but ...
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What's the best way to ask quesions that involve multiple disciplines on stack?

For instance: I'm designing an outdoor, landscaped space for a client. Deck construction questions go to "Home Improvement", best perennials for the geography go to "Gardening" and how to safely ...
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Is this the best place to ask materials engineering questions?

I work as an artist and propmaker, and there are many times where I know what I want something to be able to DO during fabrication, but don't know what material(s) to ask for. For instance, on a ...
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Should the [thermostat-c-wire] tag have a [c-wire] synonym?

Earlier today, @gregmac created the thermostat-c-wire tag (and its tag wiki) and applied it to all the questions that we have about "C" wires. A couple of times, I had thought about doing the same ...
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Close question because lack of information?

I am pretty big on broadening the scope of questions for the site but I feel a lot of questions "sit" because lack of information. This is usually because the OP doesn't respond to questions or doesn'...
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Indicator of utility of Q/A to OP

I get the impression, perhaps falsely, that some/many users will post a question, then never return. Is there a widget available that would indicate how 'involved' an OP is in their history of ...
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Questions intended to SE optimize the OP's private website?

Suppose a user operates their own separate website, say, a photography website. And suppose they include links to it in their stackexchange.com profile. Is there then Search Engine Optimization ...