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"Hire a professional" answers

As long as the answer explains why you need to hire a professional then it should be OK, for example domestic electrical and gas work must be signed off by a registered person in the UK. However, ...
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"Hire a professional" answers

My standard response when someone suggests hiring a profession is: "While this may be accurate, just about every question on a DIY site can be answered "get a professional." If a project is ...
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New close reason "Resolved by professional"

I'm not so sure. Yes, the OP might not be back or interested in the solution, but other users might be - especially if there is an answer that doesn't involve calling a professional.
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Change the site's primary URL to homeimprovement.stackexchange.com

Good suggestion. However, my experience on multiple SE sites is that folks don't much care what the domain name reads. If they have a problem they want to plop it somewhere to get relief. The fact ...
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Why so many Community bumps? Can/should it be changed?

Community bumps questions that have no upvoted answers. The rationale behind this is that the question hasn't been satisfactorily answered yet so it needs more attention The way to stop the question ...
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Difference between legal questions and questions about building code

Contractors or tradespeople are generally licensed at the state level, but permitting is done at the city or county level, where it's even done at all. Permitting varies by jurisdiction, where some ...
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Can we add an identification tag?

Many other SE sites have identification tags for movies, shows, books, plants, etc. where physical/visual objects come into play. I could see tool-identification device-identification tags being ...
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Request Support for CircuitLab schematic editor

It agree that it would be great to have a tool for creating wiring diagrams, but I don't think that CircuitLab is well suited to the type of diagrams that we'd typically need on Home Improvement. ...
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Is it possible for a non-OP to select an answer?

Keep in mind that "disappearing OPs" are also an artifact of StackExchange's mellow approach to user accounts. Casual site visitors are given persistent cookies meant to survive 20 years or ...
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Get rid of house logo and make ask question stand out

We went to a lot of trouble to get our house back after the new profile changes went in. I'd hate to see it go. I agree with you about making the "Ask Question" link stand out more.
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Home automation

After stumbling upon the questions that @Shog9 migrated to the site, only one of them appear to be on topic here (at least in my opinion). These questions are all asking for a device, or group of ...
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"Hire a professional" answers

These are the absolute worst answers on the site. If this will be accepted then the DIY needs to be taken out of the subdomain. Sure there are lots of cases that something probably can only be ...
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Can we add an identification tag?

I could talk a bunch about ideas on strictness of criteria and such when it comes to identification questions across the network, but I think that's a genuinely different problem than what we're ...
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New close reason "Not enough information"

I have a propensity for allowing almost all questions on this SE but I have gone through a few and marked them closed - even if I had tried to provide an answer - because the author never responded to ...
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Should we have a post notice added for anecdotal answers?

I agree we can use something. Here's my first attempt at a custom notice, but maybe someone can do a little better job with the wording. Our goal is to guide users in the right direction, be ...
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Flag or markdown-tag for "Dangerous behaviour"

I agree with @BMitch in general. Specifically, I would recommend the following: Question suggesting dangerous behavior Vote down the question Write an answer as to why the proposed plan is dangerous ...
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Should the How to Ask page be fleshed out a tad?

Mods don't have the ability to update that page, but we can edit on-topic with custom content. The how to ask page appears to be the same for all the SE sites that I looked at (with the exception of ...
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Modify badge criteria to motivate behavior that would improve this site

In my opinion, the data showed that voting on new questions and answers was good (2 votes per post). Though you're right that voting on late answers is poor, but I think that's more to do with factors ...
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Flag or markdown-tag for "Dangerous behaviour"

By closing or deleting the question, we are not giving the community the option to tell the OP that their question or answer is dangerous. In doing so, we are indirectly removing the danger flags from ...
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Should we have a post notice added for anecdotal answers?

I'm going to repeat what my excellent colleague Tim said on the Pets post: Let's take a second, though, and talk about when we're going to use these - it could be a great tool but is also easily ...
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Can we add an identification tag?

I came here to ask this exact question. I would like to note that as of this time there are 944 results when searching for "what is tool" on the site. This seems like more than enough content to ...
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"Hire a professional" answers

The whole point if DIY is to LEARN to do things yourself without the professionals. If something requires a permit or license to be done legally you there might be a case but in some states like ...
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Hard to find "ask question" button

Stack Exchange is currently rolling out new site theme, "responsive design site themes" on all* SE Q&A sites, which basically looks like current Stack Overflow. You can see which sites have ...
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Is it possible for a non-OP to select an answer?

For Community to bump the question, it must be: non-negatively scored, open questions every hour that have at least one answer scoring 0 and none scoring more than that (Source) Therefore my ...
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Where does this "close question" message come from?

Our site is at our 3/3 custom close reasons, so one of the top three in that list would need to be first deactivated to add a new reason. Feel free to propose replacing on of our reasons here in meta. ...
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why doesn't home improvement require a country tag?

Because there are plenty of other questions where location really does not matter. Some recent examples: Increasing the distance from the wall of my pull up bar Does a regular (outlet) fan work for ...
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Possible to reward users for providing before and after pictures?

If I understand correctly, you want to reward an answer more than an upvote/acceptance? If it is, then you can put a bounty on the question after it has been posted for 2 days, then select "reward an ...
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Is it possible to type equations in DIY (similar to that in math.stackexchange)?

The math-typing feature (which is named MathJax, by the way) is enabled on a few SE sites, but not this one at the moment. Our standard procedure when we get any request for a special site plugin like ...
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Can we add an identification tag?

I'm opposed to this idea. Tags are supposed to be used as a way of categorizing questions, so that people with knowledge of a tag's subject matter can find them easily. We have electrical for people ...
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