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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 questions are difficult to answer in this format.


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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


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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) it produced a valuable answer, which somebody took the effort/time to write. It would not be fair to them if you could delete your question just because you ...


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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 any one post to be added to more than one review queue, but you can only act on one of those queues. For example, suppose a brand new user posts a really short ...


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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 the previous question Why not edit the old question? Because you might invalidate the answers. That's a problem, since your answerers might not check back to ...


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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 later edited, then they can retract or change their vote again. This allows you to upvote a previously bad answer if it's now good, or downvote a previously ...


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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 question is off topic, and should be closed as a "shop for me" type question. Then at the end, you seem to be fishing for any type of solution. Which in this ...


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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 highly upvoted feature request to change that behavior, Reset votes on migrated questions, has been declined, so the answer is to be patient, I'm afraid.


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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 for images greater than 2MBytes in size. Source (sadly, this was the best I could find at the time): "For security reasons, framing is not allowed; click OK ...


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It's because they are separated by an image and Markdown thinks that it needs to start a new list. If you indent the image by a space (like I've just done) then Markdown treats the image as part of the list and gets the numbering correct.


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You want this tab on your profile: https://diy.stackexchange.com/users/12820/mike?tab=favorites That should do what you want.


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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 saw this chair online, and I want to build it, but I can't seem to figure out how the slats in the back are fastened in place to give them strength. Glue only ...


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It has an outstanding suggested edit. In this case you can't edit the post until the edit has been approved or rejected.


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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 description][1] [1]: link to image Example: Sample image http://w3.org/Icons/valid-xhtml10 This functionality has been added to the Android app. When editing ...


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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 the question to the Close Votes review queue, where all eligible reviewers on the site can review the question. Flag Click flag (If the option is available to ...


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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 have enough rep to vote to close, reached by flagging the post, then selecting should be closed... > off-topic because... : From Shog9's answer on the Q&A on ...


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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 refinsh into it, without creating a synonym. End result: all the questions that had the bad tag on them now have the new tag instead.


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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 from time to time under certain circumstances (like when there's a lot of back-and-forth between two users) but none are active at the moment. To chat with ...


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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 Exchange FAQ on spam: A post should be marked as spam only if it advertises a product, service, or similar and is unsolicited or lacks disclosure. That post does ...


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"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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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 that after this time the question is more likely to remain closed. You did the right thing by editing, but as Tester101 pointed out, there aren't enough people ...


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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 sites and some questions will fit either. In this case you're probably right about where the best place is, but usually we don't migrate good on topic questions....


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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 queue) for people with that rep to review and decide whether to close it or leave it open. Once it's in the review queue, it will stay there until cleared by ...


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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 suggested when you start typing in the tags field. For now, when you type "elect" in the tags field, the electrical tag is the first one suggested at the top left. ...


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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.


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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. When writing an answer, think about it in terms of spoken language. If you went to an expert in a field, and asked them a question. Would you expect them to ...


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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 quotations. You don't need to hard-wrap > the paragraphs in your blockquotes, but it looks much nicer if you do. Depends how lazy you feel. (Note: the block ...


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@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 penalty of downvotes is really small and you can easily establish yourself here by continuing to participate posting questions and even answering from time to time ...


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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 content and add the link for context. However, I'm seeing the previous answer was considered invalid, so this is likely beyond rescue without the OP coming back ...


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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 question shows that the bump happened on August 23 2021 at 15:07. The timeline for the +2 answer shows that it got those two votes on August 23 2021. Looking at ...


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