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Is a question off topic when asked by professionals or corporations?

My own opinion is that decisions to close a question should be based on only the question and not the person asking it. In the above linked question, it was asking about gaps in floor boards. Answers ...
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Is Automotive body work ever on topic?

I see the result of this sometimes... A user will ask a question on the electronics site that does have merit there because they are asking about component level electronics or theory, but if they ...
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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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Is Automotive body work ever on topic?

The key here on this would be the scope of DIY. There's a couple of clear points I think we can all agree on Working on making an automobile (or any motor) run (or maintaining it) is off-topic Using ...
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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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Can I ask how to find someone else to do home improvement for me?

This sort of question should be off topic. Recommendation questions are hard and it's no surprise that most sites don't allow them. Those that do have very strict rules about what makes a good ...
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Are questions about modifying appliances on-topic?

I agree, these sort of questions should be off-topic. As you point out they're not installation questions nor are they trouble shooting questions. As to how it got so many upvotes - they were given ...
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What home automation questions are on topic?

My own opinion is that we stay with the site's core audience, people that are handy with fishing wires, fixing plumbing, and swinging hammers. A question about how to install some home automation ...
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Are questions about modifying appliances on-topic?

If this site is about home improvement or DIY, I would say improving one's appliances may be on topic.
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Could "cost estimate" questions be reworded to be on-topic and answerable?

Even time can be highly variable. Is there fire blocking in the wall preventing wires from being easily fished? Is the breaker panel at capacity requiring an upgrade to the entire panel? Is the ...
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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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Should asbestos identification questions be off-topic?

An elegant way to handle recurring questions would be to write a generic Q/A on how to proceed if something may or may not be made from asbestos, that can serve as duplicate target. Roughly ...
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Is Small Engine repair within the DIY scope?

The lawn-mower tag here includes questions about electric mowers, the self propel mechanism, the blades of the mower, the flywheel, and other topics not necessarily specific to a small engine. For ...
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Is upholstery on topic?

Upholstery is (almost) entirely used on furniture and other items that are not part of the house. This makes it decidedly off-topic here, as an arts & crafts type of question. Questions using the ...
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Can I ask about industrial construction on DIY.SE?

I think it depends on the context. In your situation, it sounds to me like it could be considered on topic. To me, it's quite similar to this question What is better for a roof plywood or osb. You'...
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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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Is furniture assembly off topic?

Furniture assembly is not really DIY, so these questions are off topic.
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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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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 Automotive body work ever on topic?

If the question is specifically about cutting a hole in sheet metal and didn't mention a car, it might be on-topic. Personally, I'm on the fence there. Questions about cars or car repair in general ...
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Is Automotive body work ever on topic?

RVs count as dwellings and are under NEC #VanLife is a thing. And VanLife means using a van, pickup, schoolie, box truck, RV, etc. as a house. And most "van-improvement" work is done with ...
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Should asbestos identification questions be off-topic?

I'm not sure there's many useful asbestos questions for the DIYer anyways Testing Testing means you have to go get a sample and send it off. There's no DIY method for this that's safe. Disturbing ...
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Is a question about HVAC filters on-topic?

I would say yes. It is just another tools used in a house. As long as you were comparing specs and not brands it would be just like 100s of other questions asked here. Air filters are all about ...
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Are questions about modifying appliances on-topic?

How to hack my garage power feed by bridging CBs? should definitely be off-topic. How do I increase the fill level on my washing machine? is (should be) on topic. IMO disallowing "Operation of major ...
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What home automation questions are on topic?

There is also the "Internet of Things" SE, well along in its beta process, in which a significant fraction of questions are about home automation. https://iot.stackexchange.com/
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What should be the status of questions about domestic appliances?

I don't believe everything can be so black and white. An example is this question I asked earlier today: The question itself suggests it's a hardware problem. The answer reveals some steps that the ...
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DIY vs Home Improvement?

Adding as an answer to restart the discussion: Here is an example of a healthy online discussion forum where "DIY" refers to more than "home improvement", the DIY subreddit. Has there ever been a ...
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