The Stack Overflow podcast is back! Listen to an interview with our new CEO.

Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
1answer
96 views

New close reasons: unclear, too broad, opinion-based, and custom sub-reasons off-topic

There will be changes in close reasons in the next few days: “not constructive” and “not a real question” are replaced by “unclear what you're asking” “too broad” “primarily opinion-based” “off-topic”...
-2
votes
1answer
97 views

Are resale/worth questions OK or not?

I have seen several questions that basically want an opinion on if doing a project is worth their time as far as resale value or what would be the best thing to do while keeping resale value. I ...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

Am I allowed to ask interior decorating questions on this site?

Am I allowed to ask interior decorating questions on this site? Or is there a sub site that deals only with decorating?
1
vote
3answers
125 views

Should questions asking if things are “DIY” be on topic?

This is the most recent offender, but really any question in the diy-vs-pro tag could possibly be included. In fact, the diy-vs-pro tag might also be in question here. Most of the questions are ...
1
vote
2answers
51 views

Are questions asking for reviews considered on topic?

Questions like Will rubber pavers hold up against Wisconsin winters?, are basically asking for product reviews. Should these types of questions be considered on topic, even though the answers will ...
2
votes
1answer
75 views

Should we update our electrical tags?

Currently there is a 220v tag, which seems to be used for both US 240V and UK 230V. I propose we create two separate tags 240v and 230v, and eliminate the 220v tag. 110 and 220 are terms more ...
0
votes
3answers
136 views

What's the deal with www.domyownpestcontrol.com?

We appear to have two users from a website called domyownpestcontrol.com: Michael Hasson Rico Both are relatively new to the site. One has contributed answers that are not related to pest control (...
-1
votes
1answer
107 views

Is a pool part of you home?

https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/26629/what-are-some-common-safety-tips-to-have-a-safe-swimming Yup. Just was busy answering that question when it got closed seconds before I pressed save.. ...
4
votes
4answers
130 views

Should questions on Gas piping be explicitly off topic?

Reference Question: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/26577/how-do-i-choose-and-install-regulators-when-installing-2psi-natural-gas-lines I would say that anything beyond connecting an ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

User profile requiring review/deletion

https://diy.stackexchange.com/users/12054/fe3r This profile description contains swearing.
2
votes
2answers
92 views

If I find a question I answered incorrectly, what should I do?

I found this answer that I provided that was just wrong, but is the accepted answer. Should I have deleted the incorrect answer and provided a new one, or was editing the answer the proper course of ...
4
votes
2answers
58 views

Are tag wiki's with descriptions from Wikipedia acceptable?

Today I saw some entries in the review queue for new tag wiki's on the keywords Pex and Pipe. Both of these edits contained text copied from Wikipedia and no reference was given. Is this considered ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

How do i ask a question in 'meta'?

Sorry, about busting in on "insulation", but being new to the forum, I have questions about how it works. But when I click on the "meta" button on the top line and then choose "ASK QUESTION", I am ...
2
votes
1answer
55 views

Why was my answer deleted?

Why was my answer deleted @ How can I fill a screw hole so it can be used again? My answer was to use a larger screw, and I feel this is a valid and viable answer. I have done it many times.
4
votes
2answers
96 views

Why was my question closed without an explanation?

For some reason my question (How do I make my bathroom sink easier to clean) was closed with nothing more than a sarcastic remark from one of the closers. So allow me to offer a defense up front: ...
3
votes
2answers
93 views

Defining the site scope

In another meta question, I mentioned "The core of the site is mostly around parts of your home that were there when you purchased it, the structure, utilities, and major appliances." That leads to ...
3
votes
1answer
136 views

Furniture repair off topic?

Can someone please clarify why https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/25025/how-to-fix-a-recliner-that-wont-close is off topic? There are several other questions regarding furniture repair. What ...
4
votes
3answers
127 views

General electrical knowledge?

I wonder if the following question should be considered off topic for this site: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/25006/what-are-the-most-common-electrical-distribution-systems-around-the-...
4
votes
0answers
65 views

What to do with questions/answers that illustrate something dangerous? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dangerous answers See: How can I figure out why my light won't turn on? Look at the answer. This is beyond dangerous - it's stupid for numerous reasons. I think we have ...
2
votes
2answers
74 views

Help improving a downvoted question?

I posted the following question and answer: How do I set the clock on a Thermador CT227N or CT227NW oven? But it has gotten two down votes with no explaination as to how to improve it. Before ...
0
votes
1answer
89 views

What makes the below question off-topic and ideally which site should this be migrated to..?

Consider: What should I use as a base for my wall mounted PC case? Looking at the 'Note, the following are considered off-topic:' section, it is a Hobby project. But as per this section: 'We welcome ...
0
votes
2answers
42 views

What is the Winter Bash?

Just logged on to the site, and I noticed a curious new link at the top of the page. What does it mean?
2
votes
1answer
49 views

Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

How do I put responses in that are not answers?

I have seen people post short responses/comments to questions on here but when I thought I was doing that what I posted looked like an answer. Is there some way I can indicate that my response should ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

Anouncement for german area on building and contructing

I invite all german speaking architects, builders and house owners to join the discussion http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/47602/bauwesen I hope it is OK to use meta.diy.SX for this ...
7
votes
1answer
123 views

Would you like a hat for the holidays?

Stack Exchange is looking to have some fun for the holidays by giving people hats for various tasks around the site. These, unfortunately, aren't real hats, more like holiday badges that you can see ...
2
votes
1answer
182 views

What questions should we migrate to Gardening

Per this meta.so post, if we want to migrate old questions to gardening now, we need to build a list and coordinate with the Gardening site to get some agreement on a mass-migration. If you're ...
5
votes
2answers
128 views

Should the [dwv] tag be a synonym of a new [drain-waste-vent] tag?

We had some questions edited today to add the dwv tag. My understanding is that Stack Exchange generally prefers tags not be abbreviations: When naming a tag, think about how someone would google ...
0
votes
2answers
68 views

How can I ask for a “revote” on an answer?

I found an old question and felt none of the answers hit a particular point of view. The exact details don't matter much *. But like most old questions, this one gets few views, and my (perhaps) "...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Criteria for hiring “x” service on topic?

Would questions like the following be on topic (I made them up just now)? What should i look for in hiring a electrician? When looking for a licensed general contractor what certifications should one ...
5
votes
3answers
189 views

Are 30 characters really enough to answer a question?

On some Stack Exchange sites, 30 characters might be enough to effectively answer a question. Is this same limit suitable for a topic like Home Improvement? Would it even be possible to increase the ...
6
votes
3answers
92 views

Is it ok to edit in metric values if only US units are provided?

When I see a post with exclusively US measurement units (inches, feet, miles, gallons, ...), is it appropriate to add (in parenthesis) converted metric values?
4
votes
2answers
105 views

Should we discourage “hack” answers?

Questioner answers his own question with hack answer Questioner decided to ignore DIY.SE advice and instead chose not to install any kind of box or approved plate and instead mounted his cable plate ...
8
votes
4answers
187 views

Easy tools to illustrate posts?

Most DIY posts can benefit from illustrations and photos. Uploading photos is pretty easy now, but generating illustrations, not so much. What quick and easy web graphics editors do you recommend ...
4
votes
4answers
130 views

Should the electrical tag be removed and replaced with electrical-region?

This one is killing me. We get far too many electrical questions that don't specify the country. Can we permanently ban a tag, forcing the questioners to choose the appropriate regional tag? ...
3
votes
1answer
28 views

Blog and categories vs tags

So in the Wordpress software there are Categories and Tags. Do we want to have some method to how we use these organizational methods? I was thinking: Category Tool Review Project Administrivia ...
7
votes
1answer
170 views

Would it be in bad taste to post a picture of a completed result of a question I posted?

With the help I received in my question how do I fix an uneven cement floor prior to hardwood flooring install, the process of install was great. I would like to share with the answer posters the ...
-1
votes
2answers
75 views

Answers that are google search results [closed]

There are often answers which resemble search results. By this I mean they are not a single answer, they are multiple answers with a "pick one" approach. These answers also often have an image with ...
-3
votes
2answers
96 views

Prettified restatements of existing answers [closed]

It's a bit irritating to see someone basically take the information from all the existing answers to a question and combine them into a new answer with pictures and nice formatting.
3
votes
1answer
51 views

Should carpentry be made on-topic in our FAQ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are woodworking questions in scope? I've seen a lot of questions that are less based on home improvement that you would ask a building contractor, and more about carpentry (...
4
votes
4answers
104 views

What should we name the “bloopers” blog series?

So I guess it has been decided that we'll try to get a "bloopers" blog series started, but we're still missing one thing... A name for the series. The rules One entry per post. Names must be ...
9
votes
2answers
133 views

Should we add a recurring “bloopers” post to the blog?

I've been thinking of ways to continually add content to the blog, and the most recent idea is to have a recurring series of posts detailing DIY "bloopers". The general idea is for users to submit "...
-4
votes
1answer
76 views

How can we keep old threads from coming back

This site has a necro-thread problem. Old questions get commented on (often in a questionalble manner). Perhaps SE in general needs a way to graphically show the age of the thread to give you a ...
7
votes
2answers
95 views

How to deal with Company Promotion

On this site in particular, we do need to attract experts and professionals in industry. Unfortunately, self-promotion is frowned upon. See this question (and review the edits) : What type of ...
5
votes
0answers
65 views

Are tool maintenance and repair questions on-topic?

It seems the community has accepted these types of questions in the past. How can I clean sticky and dirty hand tool's rubber? Is it a good idea to spraypaint my axe head? What are good cleaners to ...
2
votes
0answers
89 views

“What's your position on the Phillips vs. Robertson controversy? – Chris Cudmore ” [closed]

OK- I was not entirely sure what you meant by this Chris when you asked this comment. It seems many people up voted the comment. Where you talking about the DIY Picture with the screwdriver head ...
9
votes
0answers
163 views

2012 Community Moderator Election Results

Home Improvement's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly - please thank them for ...
3
votes
3answers
73 views

Correct place to ask about wiring up my house with Ethernet cables?

I have a question about wiring up an ethernet face plate and I'm unsure whether I should ask here, StackOverflow or SuperUser. Should I ask on multiple sites or just the one specfic site?
4
votes
3answers
123 views

Do we need tags for different localities?

Currently there are tags for usa, uk, and canada. Are these tags needed, or should this information be noted in the question body instead?
5
votes
18answers
98 views

2012 Moderator Election - Town Hall Chat Digest

The following is a "digest" version of the 2012 Moderator Election Town Hall Chat. The format, as described on Meta Stack Overflow, is one answer to this question for every question asked in the Town ...