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Are novice questions acceptable?

Yes, all home improvement questions are welcome. However, take a look around first, as your question might already have an answer. Also make sure you're asking a single specific question, as broad ...
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Why does Home Improvement prevent my question from being deleted if its been closed and downvoted?

To answer the question in the title: Why does Home Improvement prevent my question from being deleted if its been closed and downvoted? Because (apparently, by the three upvotes and the accept vote) ...
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Mystery "reviews" that don't show up in any queue?

That number shows the total number of outstanding review tasks on the site. There are a couple of things going on that make it show up even though you see zero tasks in /review: It is possible for ...
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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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What causes an unupvote and why would I get one?

An 'unupvote' is when someone who previously upvoted your post later removed that vote. A user can retract or change a vote (up or down) for a short period after they cast it. However if the post is ...
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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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Why was this question not reconsidered after editing?

I'm afraid the question was not reopened, because even after the edit, it was still off topic. The first part of your question seems to be looking for a product to solve the problem. This type of ...
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Should reputation be reset for migrated question?

The copy of your question here on Home Improvement will be automatically deleted after 30 days (source: Delete old migrated questions), at which time you'll get those reputation points back. The most ...
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Built-in image uploader falls over

I had someone run into this on another site and when I investigated, it appears that Stack Exchange's relationship with imgur.com (the image hosting service that Stack Exchange uses) does not allow ...
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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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Rename 'refinsh' tag to refinish?

Good catch! I created a new tag, refinishing (because we have the other tags basement-refinishing and hardwood-refinishing this seemed like the logical choice for a name), and merged the typo tag ...
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What happened to the "not about home improvement" close option?

Are you talking about the "Blatantly off-topic" reason? That is shown to people without the close vote privilege who are flagging to close a question. An example from Engineering SE where I don't ...
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Should un responsive questions be removed?

Vote to close it, or flag it. Vote to close Click close (if it's available to you). Choose off topic because... Choose Not enough information. Then click the Vote To Close button. This will add ...
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Is it possible to directly communicate with another user?

Yes, Stack Exchange has a chat system. You can find the general room for Home Improvement at https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/111/home-improvement. There are also post-specific rooms created ...
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Flagged a not relevant answer, but flag declined

For the benefit of people that can't see it, that post reads: This tends to happen when the Flux Capacitor reaches 88 MPH. I declined your flag because that post is not spam. From the Meta Stack ...
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I'm fairly certain a high rep user retaliated against me because I didn't understand or agree with their answer. What can I do?

@lucasvw - It is hard to control the actions of others. I may suggest rather than dwelling on the apparent unfairness of those actions try to ignore it and move on. In fact the actual reputation ...
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Why was this question not reconsidered after editing?

A question goes from being marked as [on hold] to [closed] automatically after 5 days. There is no real change of state. The question is still closed, but the name has changed to reflect the fact ...
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I posted here, but it seems like a better fit for Woodworking Beta

You can flag the question using the "other" option for a moderator to migrate. However, you need to consider the following: Is your question actually off topic here. There is an overlap between the ...
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Banned from flagging due to old(er) flags that were recently acted on

The three flags you've shown here are all flags to close questions. Since you have less that 3,000 rep, this puts the question into the Close Votes review queue (note: 3,000 rep needed to access this ...
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kill the "electical" tag because it is a mis-spelling

I retagged the question with electrical. I don't think we need do any more than that. The system automatically removes unused tags after 24 hours, so by this time tomorrow it will no longer be ...
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How to make block quotes

As per the Formatting help center, Simple blockquotes Add a > to the beginning of any line to create a <blockquote>. > The syntax is based on the way email programs > usually do ...
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What does OP mean

"OP" stands for "Original Poster". It's used most often to refer to the asker of a question, as in "We need more clarification from the OP to answer this question". See also: What does OP mean?
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How to structure an answer?

While you might have a very good understanding of a subject, or a lot of knowledge about a topic. When it comes to answering questions, conveying that information, is more important than knowing it. ...
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How do I mark a link only answer for deletion?

Using "Very low quality" is fine for a link-only answer. If the answer can be salvaged with an edit, I'd recommend that over a flag. In this case, we could revert the answer to the previous ...
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Has there been a change to the Community bump rules?

The rules haven't changed (or at least this post isn't evidence that they have). The answer that has +2 score now had a score of 0 at the time of the most recent community bump. The timeline for the ...
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How should we handle edits that add info to an answer beyond what the OP intended?

This is a good question, and to me it comes down to individual ownership of answers or the opportunity to approve of content attributed to the individual. I tend to think of SE sites as wikis, with ...
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What is the "profile URL" field asking for when deleting an account?

It's the profile page, that you get to when you click on the section of the top bar with the avatar, reputation and badges. Yours is https://diy.stackexchange.com/users/23534/paperstreet and it should ...
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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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How to structure an answer?

Meta.SE: Six simple tips to get reputation fast on any Stack Exchange site. How do I format my posts using Markdown or HTML? I was raised at Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange. I would ...
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How to structure an answer?

Paragraphs are important. It can be very hard to read walls of text through tired eyes or on shaky mobile devices. In that regard I disagree somewhat with DMoore. Also, lengthy answers should be ...
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