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Why so many Community bumps? Can/should it be changed?

I know this has been asked before, but I wonder if there is something that can/should/could be done about it. I see a LOT of Community bumps bringing up old messages. I checked a minute ago - 21 out ...
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Image Shrinking/Upload

A very common problem we have here is people who can't upload images because they are too big. StackExchange has a long-standing limit of 2 MB (I don't know if this is 2,000,000 or 2,097,152 bytes, ...
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Is it possible for a non-OP to select an answer?

We seem to have a lot of questions here that get answers, but go years without an answer ever being given a check-mark. Every so often, these questions get bumped to the top of the stack by Community, ...
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why doesn't home improvement require a country tag?

where you are matters a lot for helping people with questions that require regulatory knowledge. for example framing, electrical, plumbing, building codes. even tenet law. why aren't location tags ...
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Change the site's primary URL to homeimprovement.stackexchange.com

From time to time we get questions that are not related to Home Improvement, asked by people that are misled by the "diy" in the site's URL and think that anything you do yourself is on-...
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New Tag Line: Pictures Before Removing Wires

I am only half-joking with this suggestion: Can we have a tag line on the home page of "Always Take Pictures Before Removing Wires"? Yes, that is (a) crazy and (b) electrical specific, which ...
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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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Possible to reward users for providing before and after pictures?

With all of the hard work that is put into answering relevant questions; would it be possible to reward users with upvotes for placing a second picture of their project to show what it looks like when ...
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Can the Tour be Improved?

I repeatedly find the same problems with questions, particularly (but not exclusively) from new users: No model #s listed - just "a new dimmer" or "a new light fixture", etc. With model #s, which are ...
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Hard to find “ask question” button

It seems like the site design is a little harder to use than the other Stack Exchange sites. Took me a while to find the "Ask question" button. All of its peers are navigation links, while it is an ...
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change the color of the “upvote” and “downvote” button?

When I voted up just now, I noticed the color of the upvote is almost the same blue as the background blue of the website and I can barely see if the upvote was clicked. Can the color of the upvote/...
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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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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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Is it possible to type equations in DIY (similar to that in math.stackexchange)?

It doesn't appear that the method that math.stackexchange.com uses for typing equations is available in the DIY stack. Is there another markup that's being used instead?
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Difference between legal questions and questions about building code

It has been suggested that my question about if a licensed contractor is required to pull permits is a legal question and therefore off topic. I read through the help center before asking and given ...
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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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How can we create a glossary of popular terms?

I say plasterboard, you say drywall I say uPVC, you say vinyl... let's call the whole thing off? Seriously. Should we find a way to create a glossary of DIY-related terms to help bridge the culture ...
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Can we discourage “Shop for me” type questions?

From time to time, questions pop up where the asker is having trouble locating a product they like. For the most part, it seems like they want the community to help them shop. Since these questions ...
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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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Why was my answer voted down?

My answer to a question was down voted. I realize it is not the apocalypse, but the answer did provide assistance to the OP's question with a concern for safety. Wouldn't it have a more positive ...
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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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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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Should we have a post notice added for anecdotal answers?

Recently, we've been getting a lot of new users who don't know the Stack Exchange way and provide answers to questions that are little more than anecdotes about a similar situation. These frequently ...
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Home automation

Since home automation closed is it considered in-scope to ask Home Automation questions here and all questions that were asked (answered and not) in Home Automation to be transfered here? (ok ...
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Modify badge criteria to motivate behavior that would improve this site

I suggested that the lack of voting is dampening the success of this SE site. Tester101 posted some query results suggesting that the phenomenon I observed is real. Previous studies show that badges ...
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Flag or markdown-tag for “Dangerous behaviour”

Looking at this questions led me to think that a flag should be introduced that marks questions / answers that describe dangerous behaviour, especially since the site promotes usage for amateurs. ...
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Tag for era of house (not just “old”)

What do people think of some tags like "pre-1950" or "1980s", giving an age range. I'm more interested in answering old house questions (1920's and 1930's), and also the tags might encourage a few ...
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Why are some @username's deleted when posting comments?

When I use @username in a comment, sometimes it is deleted when I post, and deleted again when I try to edit it back in. A case in point is @mac in this thread: How to fix a racked/sagging exterior ...
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Account setting for notifications of updates/changes to a Q/A

Someone may reply to me without including an @mike. A case in point is the Ridge Vent Q/A in which the OP replied to me: "The hot room is not vaulted. The entire attic has ventilation baffles. None ...
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messages between users?

I wanted to congratulate a friend that have join stackexchange but i couldn't find a way of doing so within the site. is there a way, and if not maybe it should be...
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Can we delete duplicate/typo tags?

I was doing some cleanup and noticed a typo tag. (plumbiing instead of plumbing) I retagged the question, but the old typo tag is still there, even though no question uses it. Does this require mod ...
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Details: Adding prompts for age and location of home, construction details, photos

A high fraction of DIY questions hinge on details that posters leave out: age of the home, jurisdiction (especially for electrical questions), and most of all a photo. What's the chance stack central ...
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Is it possible to display one's favorited questions?

Is it possible to display one's favorited questions? I recon not, but it would be useful to have a subtab under the Questions tab that implements this. By subtab, I mean these sort-tabs: 'newest' '...
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Why does “#” mess up in the editor?

I like using "#"s when answering a numbered question. Why does the # make everything big and bold and screw up formatting? Can we change the default editor formatting?
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New tag [interference] proposed

There are some questions related to electromagnetic interference (EMI). And there will be probably more, because the whole world becomes more and more electrified. Could anyone create a new tag [...
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Why do external links open in the same tab?

I don't understand why when I put a link on an answer that the link opens up in the same tab for the end user. There is hardly ever an instance where an end user wouldn't still be reading this site ...
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Should question-askers be required to state their location?

We've put it in the FAQ, but there's still a lot of questions being asked that need location data and don't have it. I'd like to suggest that we ask the SE team to ask the user to state their location ...
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Adjust FAQ for cost of a job

Please adjust the FAQ: Note, the following are considered off-topic: The cost of a job or the price of tools as these will vary between locations and over time. to include a clear comment regarding ...
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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 ...
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Tag merge [tag:kitchen] to [tag:kitchens]

I see two tags: kitchen and kitchens in the available tags. I'm pretty sure they mean the same thing.
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FAQ suggestion: Could we encourage askers to indicate their country or region?

There seems to be a bit of low-level confusion with questions about location-specific information. Specifically, most askers omit it. Whilst for some things it will be irrelevant or only vaguely ...
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Tag merge [tag:molding] to [tag:trim]

molding should be a synonym of trim, it looks like moulding already is.
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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 ...
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Can we add a way to automatically post blog links to Twitter, Google+ and Facebook?

It sounds like there are some changes to the blog in the works, so while work is being done I thought it might be time to re-request a feature. In a previous question I asked for WordPress plug-ins ...
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Change the image upload so that a thumbnail is shown and the full size image linked

The current image uploading creates markdown like this: ![alt text][1] [1]: http://i.stack.imgur.com/rstJD.jpg This means that a potentially large image - often the case with our images - is ...
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Can we make the blog more visible on the main site?

As @lqlarry mentioned in his answer to this question, it might help the blog gain traction if it were more visible. Is it possible to put a permanent link to the blog on the main site? Instead of ...
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Would it be useful to be able to embed YouTube videos in posts?

A number of other sites - Gaming being the first - have the ability to embed YouTube videos in questions and answers. I can see it being most useful in answers where we can post demonstrations of the ...
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Should the “Title:” label on the question entry form be changed to “Question:”?

RE: Should every question's title be edited into a short question? In my opinion, this would re-enforce the idea the question titles should be QUESTIONS.
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Fanatic badge being awarded to users with no activity

So I just got my "Fanatic" badge (yay), and I was looking at who else has this badge and I see there are a number of users who have this but only have 101 points which means that they registered ...
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Social Media plugins for WordPress

It would be useful to have WordPress plugins for FaceBook and Google+, so when new blog entries are posted readers could be informed through their chosen social media provider. These plugins should ...