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Is “use Duck/t tape” a valid answer to all quesions

How do we stop "using Duck/t tape" being given as an answer to most quesions? It does not seem a useful answer to me, as it is hardly every the best way of fixing something.
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What do we do about spam questions that could be marginally useful?

The recent question Benefits of Patio Pavers has had similar versions posted by the same two users, both with the same link: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/3620/interior-design-closed https:/...
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Can I ask a question about bed frames on Home Improvement?

I need to ask a question about bed frames and head boards is that going to fly here?
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Guidelines for linking to external sites

When answering a question, is it okay to post a link (or links) to information on other sites? I didn't see any mention of this subject in the FAQ.
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Are “share your experience” type questions appropriate / worthwhile?

I've read through the sample questions in the area51 proposal and I don't see any examples of questions that encourage users to share experience so I'm not sure if they are appropriate or not. Here ...
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Brand names as tags

We have a few questions that are tagged with brand names: What is the best way to get superglue off a Corian countertop. [Corian] Replace a glass stove top…in unconventional ways? [Whirlpool] Humming ...
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How do I remove a picture from a post permanently?

Is it possible to remove an uploaded picture permanently without deleting the entire answer? I uploaded a picture of a dead mouse on this question without considering it may be offensive to other ...
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Should an off-topic question be deleted?

This question https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/3025/best-way-to-clean-pc-from-the-inside-closed is definitely off-topic for Home Improvement and was properly closed by the community. But ...
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What can/should we use chat for?

I noticed that chat is up now. What can/should it be used for? I like the idea of real-time communication but can't think of an appropriate use case for it. -M
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News about our launch as a full SE site

Recently I noticed that the TeX site launched, even though it was behind us in the queue to graduate to full site-dom. I did some digging around and found this excellent Q&A on the Unix & ...
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Something to encourage? Photos/followup to questions.

There are so many great questions on this board, and it seems one thing that can be done to both increase the sense of community, and make answering/asking questions more rewarding, is to encourage ...
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Site stats sidebar on Home Improvement vs. Area51 differences

Looking at visits per day on both sites, there is a dramatic difference. All other stats are pretty much the same, and can probably be chalked up to update differences. Currently, the stats sidebar on ...
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Has anyone else had intermittent spurts of across-the-board upvotes?

Today, for the second time in the last week or so, I've had a windfall of upvotes -- upwards of a dozen at a time. Each time all the votes have been within a few minutes of each other, which leads me ...
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Home Improvement or DIY - scope change to grow site

Buried in comments and answers to other questions here on meta (some linked below), there is an underlying questions that we need to talk about. Are we a Home Improvement community or a DIY community?...
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Are woodworking questions in scope?

We've had a few questions that deal more with woodworking than with home improvement per se: best materials for non toxic wooden blocks Making your own height adjustable desk How to paint Pine ...
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How to encourage users to ask more questions

I noticed on the Area 51 site that this site is rated 'worrying' for the number of questions asked, so how can we encourage users to ask more questions? At this point it looks like Mike B has taken ...
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Are car repair questions on topic?

Are questions regarding car repair on topic? If it's truly just DIY I'd say yes, but if it's just home improvement I guess no.
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What do if there are multiple answers that are equally great?

I have a couple questions out now that each have multiple brilliant responses. I'm conflicted on which answer to select as the "accepted answer". What should an OP do for questions like these? I don'...
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Chat room doesn't exist?

Chat rooms are referenced here -- https://diy.stackexchange.com/privileges/chat-rooms Yet when I try visiting the url (http://chat.diy.stackexchange.com), I get an error. Is this working for anyone?...
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Are communication service questions appropriate?

I'm not sure whether questions about communication service utilities are appropriate or off-topic... Questions like: Home network wiring Cable TV installation issues Internet service installation ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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Should answers agreeing with other answers be added as a comment or edit instead

I have seen many answers that agree with the first answer supplied, and simply add an extra bit of information (see this question, and this one, and this one). Should these answers simply be added as ...
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Are questions about tool lists or supplies for a specific project on-topic?

This (now closed as duplicate) question asks for tool recommendations for a new home-owner. However, it also provides a list of projects that the OP plans, which made me think that the original ...
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Questions on product recommendations

This question What is the quietest range (cooker) hood? is asking for a product recommendation but it is for an appliance. I think this type of question is off topic and should be closed. ...
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Should we expand the scope to real-estate questions?

The amount of traffic on our site is not growing. In fact, it has been falling a little every week. I have been thinking of ways to grow the community, and one option is to expand the scope of the ...
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What should we put in our FAQ?

The moderators are now able to edit the FAQ. What should we put there? Logistics: Each answer should contain a FAQ and its answer. The question is community wiki, so you can edit answers in order ...
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Questions about energy-audit services on-topic?

I recently had an energy audit done on my house by a national contractor, who offer this service in many cities around the country. Would it be on-topic to ask about the general validity of these ...
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What is proper etiquette for editing question titles and questions?

I was about to edit the title of "milgard vs jeld-wen" (to something like "Which window brand is better, Milgard or Jeld-Wen?"). However, I don't yet have the 2000 rep normally required to edit ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement [closed]

As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we ...
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Are questions of price on-topic?

After my first question helped to determine that I had an electrical problem for which I would need to hire an electrician, I asked a second question about how much a service should cost. Is this ...
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Should general questions on lawn maintenance be considered on topic?

Over the past 2 days there have been several questions involving general lawn maintenance: Bermuda grass is invading my Kentucky Blue? Any solutions that don’t involve Roundup? What is the best ...
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Can I ask “self-learning” questions about handmade stuff?

Hi! Can I ask (and maybe self-answer) questions about computer modding or handmade stuff how-to? Thanks!
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Have Site Sponsored

Instructables has sections sponsored by Ace Hardware. I imagine this would help draw people into the site. I suggest we look at this option once the site goes completely public to help draw people in. ...
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How do we promote our site?

This essential question wasn't asked yet, so here we go. This is rapidly becoming a hot issue across the entire network: how to promote your site and how to reach out to the experts and ...
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Moderator Pro Tempore

This community needs to contribute some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators, ASAP. Most site have this discussion starting from the first days. Please read this: Moderators Pro ...
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Should we look at seeding site?

I know that there are a couple home improvement stack exchange sites in existence already. Would/Should we seed this site with questions/answers from the other site so to help it grow? Obviously when ...
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How will moderators be chosen

Will moderators be chosen by the users? assigned based on reputation? What is the best way to choose those who will have the final say in arguments, and insure the site stays on course?
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Dangerous answers

This is the big problem with a DIY site - one day someone's going to post something so incredibly wrong it's going to get someone killed. Hopefully the community will jump on it as soon as they see it ...
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Should we ask questions that are not our own during the private beta?

We are now on the second day of the private beta, and the rate of new questions seems to have dropped off a lot since yesterday. I, for one, feel that I have asked most of what I wonder at the moment....
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Remove comments once they have been addressed by editing the question?

I sometimes leave a comment to point out a small mistake in a question. Should I delete my comment once the questioner has edited the question to fix the mistake? After all, my comment will not make ...
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Attracting experts/pros/contractors?

I think most of the current 158 users are DIYers. That is fine, but I became worried when I started to see responses like this: Unless you have the tools and knowledge, let the pros handle this ...
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Repeat question for each locality?

There is a recent example of someone repeating the same question, once for the UK and once for the US: What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (that are on the US market) ? ...
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Shouldn't these questions be community wiki?

What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches on the UK market? What are the pros and cons of different types of smart switches (that are on the US market) ? What are some pros, ...
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Are “getting to know you” questions off topic, and is this question one of them?

https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/372/what-is-the-most-interesting-thing-you-have-found-when-opening-up-a-wall I voted to close on the premise that this question is too discussiony and doesn't ...
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Are appliance-related questions in scope?

Looking at: https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/appliances Raises the questions: Are appliance repair questions in scope? Are appliance installation questions in scope (eg, installing ...
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Why are there so many unanswered questions?

This beta seems to have an extremely high proportion of unanswered questions. Am I the only one concerned about this? It seems as if, especially during private beta, it's important to focus on ...
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Should question titles be questions?

Which will be the better title in the long run? "How to paint a ceiling" or "How can I paint a ceiling?" I am curious what yields better search results. Has this been worked out on other sites? For ...
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Should we allow questions about stuff “outside” of the home?

Questions about sheds, pole barns, retaining walls, decks, patios? All these are questions and issues that home owners have, and typical DIY'ers like us have to deal with. All the ones listed above ...
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Should this be a worldwide site or just USA? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Home Improvement going to be tied to suggestions for one geography, or will it be appropriate for everywhere? Already there are lot of questions that assume the reader is ...
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What should our site be called, and what should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...