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, providing an answer that explains what the professional will do is providing a benefit. It means that:
You've educated someone about a system they may have to ...
Shopping recommendations are normally off topic anywhere on Stack Exchange as outlined in this blog post:
Q&A is Hard, Let’s Go Shopping!
However, there are circumstances in DIY where you need to know what tool you need to complete a job - two out of my three questions on the site fit into this:
What can I use to drill dowel holes down the end of a ...
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 impractical for DIY (such as requiring specialized tools or a license to handle the equipment, e.g. HVAC coolant) then be sure to explain that. Otherwise, the answers we ...
It's the Markdown syntax for header styles. See https://diy.meta.stackexchange.com/editing-help#headers
Use a backslash '\' before the '#' to make it act like a number sign.
For example, #1 Doesn't work becomes:
1 Doesn't work
Whereas \#1 Does work becomes:
#1 Does work
I see three basic categories of these questions, in decreasing order of usefulness:
"I need to do a specific task; what do I need to buy?" Recent example:
What kind of light can I install in a small, low-ceiling coat closet?
"I have a specific product in mind, can't find it, but really I just want to do whatever the product is designed to help me with." ...
The fact that an old question can reappear and get new answers is by design. Things change, what was the best answer a year or two ago might not be any more. Admittedly this is less likely in the world of DIY, but it can still happen - especially if electrical codes change.
I too get thrown sometimes by old questions reappearing - they might have been ...
I'm not sure there's a way to require it. Would we close every question asking about how to paint a wall because they didn't specify where they live even if it's not relevant to the question?
Instead, I'd suggest following up with a comment asking for a person's location when it's relevant, and even casting a NARQ close vote when we don't have any feed back ...
Tags can't be created before they are needed. They only exist because they have been added to questions.
Therefore, if a tag is needed it should be just added to the question and it will exist to be used by everyone else.
However, (and it's a big however) these "decade" tags smell like meta tags which are a "bad thing". I'm not 100% sure they are meta tags,...
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 don't ever deal with homeowners (i.e., the contractor applies for and gets the permits), while some will (though maybe they prefer to deal with the contractor). ...
Since I've seen a lot of push back when enforcing this policy, here's my rule of thumb:
If the OP would consider their question answered by a link to a product, then it's likely shopping advice and I'll close it.
If the question is about what type of tools and materials would solve a problem, then I would consider it on topic. If someone needs a "...
I would suggest that we directly encourage people to put their region in their profile. This should be in the FAQ.
In the top section (What kind of questions can I ask here?) I'd suggest the following line be added to the bottom:
"In order to receive the best quality answers, it is important that you indicate your region. DIY questions, more than other ...
While questions and answers in video format seems like a good idea, Google (or other search engines for that matter) doesn't index video content and as such, finding relevant information from a Google search would be greatly impeded. I don't come to any Stack Exchange website without a quick "Google" first and, usually, I find a close enough question to what ...
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.
CircuitLab is designed for schematic capture and simulation; it offers symbols for electronic components like resistors and transistors, with individual wires ...
Many other SE sites have identification tags for movies, shows, books, plants, etc. where physical/visual objects come into play. I could see
tags being useful. Just different point of view.
Sounds great to me. Allowing video embedding just makes it easier to view what would otherwise be a simple link.
One example among questions I have up right now is What's the procedure for stripping wires with pliers?.
I would prefer users gloss videos with textual description as well, but I can't see any way to enforce that. I personally hate browsing to ...
We could suborn the Balsamiq mockup tool that's used on UX
It's already integrated into Stack Exchange.
It would require some configuration to remove a fair few elements we wouldn't need (menus, buttons etc.)
It can only produce 2D drawings, not 3D models.
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 devices that can accomplish a task. The user lists all the features they're looking for, and the answerers are meant to supply links to products that meet these ...
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 being bumped is therefore:
Upvote any existing answers - assuming they deserve upvoting is course.
Provide a good answer that someone else might upvote.
I've used the free tool called SketchUp. This originated via Google but can now be downloaded via the new integrated relationship between Google and Trimble. Here is the download link:
This 3D drawing tool takes some time to get used to and it is definitely recommended that one walk through the very good tutorials in an ...
Part of the challenge with a list like this is that it will never explicitly describe every single off topic question, and trying to do so would result in a l,000 item list that no one would ever read. Instead, we've tried to keep it high level and broad, when possible removing or consolidating items. So I'm inclined to decline this request, but I'm happy to ...
As best I know, there's no way to do this. You can follow the meta.SO request for this at Mark questions to receive notifications and updates?. Just don't get your hopes up that it will happen soon, that request was made back in 2009.
If this is for somebody making a video for the question then yes, but I think our problem would be videos that cover way more than the question, or somebody advertising their products or services.
Also, gaming can probably get away with that because recording your desktop and making a video of a small part of a game is a lot easier than filming electrical,...
The biggest advantage of the tags to me is how questions get grouped together, either browsing the tag itself or in the related questions. When viewing questions about 1920-era, you'll see some questions about door knobs, others about plaster walls, others about wood windows, etc. where the content in one question has very little to do with any other ...