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Closing because question "abandoned"?

tl;dr no, we shouldn't be closing well-written, on-topic questions. The longer answer: Judge each question on its own merits. If it's on-topic, and has enough detail to get good answers, then it ...
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What should we do when we see something in the OP's situation that is dangerous, but not necessarily the subject of the question?

Answer the question they've asked, and include a warning about the equipment. Leave a comment warning about the equipment. Down vote any dangerous answers you see, and leave a comment why it's ...
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Should "this is what I did" be updates to the question or stand alone answers?

That post came to my attention via a "not an answer" flag from another user. I agreed with the flag because the question the OP actually asked was: Is there a problem with using 18/2 wire ...
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When to close for product recommendations

Questions on the site should be of the form How do I solve this problem? with sufficient detail about the problem of course. Then the answer is how to solve that problem, be it Do this ...
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How much follow-up is it appropriate to expect/request from an answerer?

Post another question In a forum, it wouldn't be kosher, but SE isn't a forum. We prefer questions (even similar ones) be separate. Just make sure that There's something truly new to add You link to ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

We already have close reasons for those cases. Abandonment doesn't matter if the question is answerable That is, if there's enough there for answers to be meaningful, then that's it. Here's an ...
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Home Sales question in Home Improvement SE

This is not the place for that type of question, and I don't know of any SE sites where that question would be on topic. You should contact a local real estate agent, as they'll have more detailed ...
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I just want someone to check my work -- where do I post?

The issue isn't asking for reviews of your work (this is DIY after all, and it would be silly to say you can't ask for help). A question should be specific for what it's looking for in an answer. A ...
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Can I ask how to build a chair I saw on the web?

If the question was as broad as you make it out to be ( "How do I make this chair" ) with no details as to what you tried and research you have done, that would not be a good fit. You could ask: I ...
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On Topic - fixing a drill press?

It would definitely be on-topic: we have several questions about repairing tools or powertools already (there's some overlap in the queries because there are a few questions with both tags) and ...
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How do I add pictures to a question from my phone?

You'll have to use the appropriate markup, or wait until the feature is implemented. The mobile app currently does not support adding photos, at least not that I'm aware of. The markup is: ![Image ...
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Should "this is what I did" be updates to the question or stand alone answers?

My question is which is the preferred or official method of dealing with a "completion" update from an OP? If OP has a solution they want to share, they need to post it as an answer. If it'...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

In general, closing abandoned unclear questions without any good answer is often appropriate. In fact, it can sometimes be the only appropriate thing to do with them, if they cannot be answered or ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

I'm the guilty party, and I've had my hand well and truly slapped. I agree 100% with manassehkatz (on multiple counts...) about them being annoying, especially on posts that are 2+ years old by ...
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Duplicate questions getting re-answered

Partial answer, from my own experience ... Is it too difficult to find the duplicate(s)? Yes. SE's question/answer search feature feels extremely primitive and it's difficult to find similar related ...
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How do we get people to stop assuming that we have X-ray vision?

See this answer to what may be a duplicate question. It comes down to asking the user to post a photo in the comments, and if one is really needed to answer the question, then cast a vote to close ...
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Asking for non-brand specific tool qualities- on topic?

Seems to me this would invite a lot of subjective answers.
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Why close a question just because the same exact question has been asked and answered before?

Counterpoint: what good does it do to have the exact same question on two different pages, with answers scattered between the two? If you new information to provide that's not covered by the existing ...
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When to close for product recommendations

My personal dividing line is if the question invites products as a potential answer, making users unfamiliar with the site likely to be accidentally labeled as a spammer. The site feels more inviting ...
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Is a question about using the hammer function on a specific type of drill on-topic?

Questions about how to use a tool (which could be used for home improvement) are considered on-topic here. I'd recommend including a photo and steps you've taken to try to use it. Of course, if it's ...
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Would a question about where to report a contractor's behavior be on-topic?

This wouldn't be a good question for the site. It's not about how to improve your home, rather it's about how to take potentially legal action against a contractor. The answer depends on where you ...
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Hobby or not? How do I know if I can ask?

We tend to reject questions about furniture. However, we often accept questions about built-in furniture. Your question would probably be okay if you couched it in terms like, I am installing a ...
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Should we strongly encourage foundation questions to include a basic drawing?

Comments are the accepted way to request more information from the asker. Beyond that, users post what they think is important. The trouble really, is that most users lack experience in the ...
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How to handle posts asking multiple independent questions

If the user was asked to separate the question into multiple question, and the resulting question still asked multiple questions. Then the user should be asked again to separate the questions. There'...
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Reason for dupe closing seems invalid

I am not sure how you can ask a question about a specific set of circumstances without specific products being suggested as an answer. From your question: And I am looking for products in the USA ...
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How to ask a question about reasons behind electrical code?

The most accurate way would be to review the Code Making Panel documents on the website of the NFPA (owners of the NEC). The site is a bit clunky, and requires a free membership, but many documents ...
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Closing because question "abandoned"?

I don't know if it is the case with these particular questions, but I am constantly annoyed by the "Community bump". It has gotten to the point that when I scroll through the list of ...
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Is a question about a GFCI refrigerate outlet on topic?

You may want to take a look at the Home Improvement Help Page. To summarize what you can read there: It is considered on-topic to ask questions regarding the repair and maintenance of major ...
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How much follow-up is it appropriate to expect/request from an answerer?

This is a DIY site to help people complete actual projects. As you're working along, if you get stumped, ask a question. We'll try to answer it. You can update your question with additional info ...
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What should we do with OPs suffering from a case of utility futility?

Consider off-grid setups, sprawling home sites (West Texas, Australia), or developing countries. Where there is no utility, they have utility-like things on their own side of the demarcation line, or ...
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