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Are tool identification questions appropriate?

Noticing that there are no tool-identification or identification tags, I found this meta discussion where consensus was that such a tag wasn't needed or appropriate. However, nothing in that question ...
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Can we clean up tags relating to air conditioning?

All of the following tags exist, with potentially overlapping topics: air-conditioning, with 991 questions air-conditioner, with 9 questions air, with 45 questions hvac, with 2654 questions Some ...
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Are questions about safety-equipment testing off-topic?

A question I had asked about checking respirators awhile back was recently closed as "off-topic". From my understanding, it would fall under tools & best practices for home improvement ...
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Vandalism of good answers due to migration from related SE

A user seems to object to their (sometimes highly rated and accepted) answers on questions that were migrated to DIY from EE years ago (2016-2018), and is vandalizing these answers (editing them to ...
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Why was this question deemed "off-topic?"

This recent question was closed as off-topic. The question asked for help in removing a bathtub strainer, which seems to me a reasonable plumbing-related question. I agree that the question is not ...
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New redesign removes spaces between user, vote count, question & answer and vote count, and is as a result ugly

Some time in the last few weeks ugly things happened to the site pages. No spaces Between 1&Vote, 2&Answers, 2K&Views. No spaces between userhandle, votes, and asked, answered etc. Yet ...
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Merge (delete) misspelled [celing-fan] with [ceiling-fan]

The [celing-fan] tag i misspelled. It should be removed and where used instead be replaced by the [ceiling-fan] tag.
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Should this question remain in HNQ as a warning to others?

This question about testing a breaker by short circuiting it made it to the HNQ list. Looking at the edit history, I note that NialC removed it from that list. I fully understand that action from the ...
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Reason for dupe closing seems invalid

My question How to remove glue from temporary paper shades on vinyl windows? was just closed as being a duplicate of what is the easiest way too clean adhesive residue from glass? However my question ...
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Does SE understand what a pulse survey is?

Clicked on an SE ad from this site. Ensues a survey of my personal information which in the first 10 screens never attempted to talk about my view of SE or SE sites... Just mining personal details. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask how to fix a mechanical issue with an electric mulcher on this site?

I'm unsure whether a question like this would be appropriate for the home improvement site, so I'm clarifying first. The general nature of my intended question is described in the subject. I expect ...
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What happens when I vote "Leave Open"?

When I'm working through the Close Vote review queue, what happens when I vote to leave a question open? I know that it takes 3 votes to close the question, but does my vote to leave it open offset ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Do we need to require everyone to give a locale?

Let's go over how we got here. Harper posted this HNQ answer which says (in part) Do you follow any of the warnings we give around here about the danger of 3-prong (groundless) range receptacles... ...
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Is mould removal from furnishings on-topic?

I'd like to raise a question about how best to remove mould from this armchair. The chair has been placed for several months in an area where we suspect there is damp. Is this on-topic for Home ...
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There's no [us] in [usa]

There are two tags about questions pertaining specifically to the United States: us and usa. The latter is more popular (53 vs. 13 questions) and has a guidance excerpt; can the former be synonymized ...
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Should "this is what I did" be updates to the question or stand alone answers?

We get some people who will return to their asked question to post "this is what I ended up doing". Some update their original question, some post it as an answer. When I see it as an update ...
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Can we reopen this?

Replace pneumatic thermostat without running new wires While yes, in general shopping advice is not good, in specifics the argument that they tend to become obsolete quickly in this case doesn't hold ...
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Change a "Vote to Close" default option

As noted in this question, we sometimes get a message in the close vote review queue that: However, there is no "Vote to Close" system option stating: This question does not appear to be ...
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Where does this "close question" message come from?

When working through the Close Vote review queue, I often see questions with this message above them: Where does this text come from? It's not from any of the "not suited for [DIY]" close ...
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Where is the `Protect` option?

I've earned the Protect a question privilege, and it seems that this question would be a good candidate for it, with 14 answers already (and the opinion based nature of the question as shown by the ...
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Anxiously looking over my shoulder for a [backstab]

There are currently 37 questions which specifically mention backstab connectors, and given that there are over 400 answers using the word "backstab," there are probably many more questions ...
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Is Automotive body work ever on topic?

What's the best way to cut a circular porthole window into the sheet metal of a van? I VTC this as off topic as it is clearly a question about automotive body work, and not about home improvement. ...
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Should I delete/close this question and re-post?

In the following question I ask how to wire a switch/outlet combo. This is the question: Switch/outlet combo with constant power in outlet?? I guess the problem with the question was that it wasn't ...
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Duplicates that are a new view of an old question

This one Plumber drilled through exterior 2x4s - that's bad, right? I kind of like, because it's new detailed pictures of an old problem. It's like the answer is common but the question is unique ...
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What is the standard for determining a bad review (and subsequent suspension)?

The original answer: Such A Great Blog. Thank U For Sharing Useful Information. This Article Really Amazing And So Much Helpful For Me. In fact, I found the information I was looking for in your ...
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Should the How to Ask page be fleshed out a tad?

Compare our How to Ask page with that of Stack Overflow. I refer to the latter almost daily to assist and prod folks who post lazy questions lacking in critical detail. I'd like to do the same here, ...
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How should we handle edits that add info to an answer beyond what the OP intended?

What's the policy when a new person edits a post to add significant info to an answer that wasn't there in the first place. The info isn't wrong per se, it's just a notable chunk that's new. In ...
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Has there been a change to the Community bump rules?

In this question, I, somewhat awkwardly, asked about community bumps and how to slow the rate, since we seem to get so many questions without accepted answers. In this answer, our esteemed mod BMitch ...
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How can I view the comments and answers to How do these 9 LePage Super Glues differ?

I bookmarked https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/222511/how-do-these-9-lepage-super-glues-differ. I wrote down that it got comments and answers. But why can't I see them anymore? Can anyone ...
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Duplicate questions getting re-answered

This may come off as a rant - and I guess maybe it is one (at least a little bit), but here goes... Why do users re-answer questions which are clearly and obviously duplicates instead of flagging them ...
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No obvious indication how to help edit wikis for those without reputation

I came across the unidentifiable tag and noticed it lacks a wiki and the solicitation to help by creating one. The link goes to an About page with nothing there. I understand not having 20k reputation ...
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Is there a site for questions about appliance operation?

I asked this question a while ago which has reached 10,000 views, suggesting there is an audience for its information being useful. Is there a SE that includes appliance operation in the field of ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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How to blend 2 accounts together

How can I blend two accounts together? One account has 22,000 reputation points and the other account has 1. Both have the same name: Lee Sam
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Should "how do I DIY electrical work" questions be banned from this site?

Put simply, whenever I see a question like "how do I DIY my home's electrical system", I always give the same answer: call a professional, licensed electrician. I say this because it is ...
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Over the last few days, I've been seeing very old posts with 1,000s or more views suddenly show up on recent questions. Why? Bug in SE?

Recently I've seen questions that are quite old (1-5 years) suddenly appear on DIY recent questions. I don't seem to be able to close them as "late answers" , maybe I don't yet have enough ...
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How do these 9 LePage Super Glues differ?

I have a question about my Home Improvement Stack Exchange post: How do these 9 LePage Super Glues differ? Why was this closed? It's blindingly obvious that this doesn't duplicate How do these 5 ...
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How to ask a question about reasons behind electrical code?

Out of curiosity, and to learn something, I want to learn about reasons behind electrical codes (for this purpose, it doesn't matter which ones). Especially since it's often mentioned on the site that ...
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Why was my "Not an answer" flag declined?

Why does NEC require circuit breaker locks only on hard-wired appliance circuits? I flagged the third answer to this question as "not an answer". It was declined by a moderator who left a ...
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Why did I get 11 reputation points and no downvotes for my answer?

How did I get 11 reputation points for a single question’s answer?
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Should I create a fish-tape tag?

I have earned the right to create tags but not comfortable doing it without some discussion or review from those who have been around much longer than I. Hopefully asking here is useful. Would it be ...
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What is the policy for answers written as comments?

Different stacks seem to handle this to different degrees. I recently flagged a comment made under a question which was clearly meant to be an answer; after three existing answers had already been ...
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Is it ok to provide link-only answers on duplicate questions that are not closed as duplicates?

It seems like there is a hesitancy here to close questions as duplicates. I don't know if people are after more reputation or do not want to scare off newcomers, but it seems like even questions that ...
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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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Synonym [electricity] and [electrical]

Saw this HNQ post about neighbors stealing electricity. But we already have electrical, which better fits with the site. I have proposed a synonym and would appreciate votes on it.
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Why were flags on these conversational/argumentative comments declined?

Stack Exchange guidance on the use of comments specifies You should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive criticism that guides the author in ...
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Is it appropriate to regularly ask whether a person has permission to make changes to a building?

We regularly see comments below questions about apartments or condominiums asking whether the person has permission from the land owner. Here's a recent example. It's usually distracting and ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

Recently I've come across a large number of questions in the Home Improvement Stack Review Close Votes queue that are marked to be closed for "a community-specific reason", with the written-...
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