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Are car repair questions on topic?
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The site has been defined as 'Home improvement', so I would say car questions are off topic.

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How to tell a user their answers are great, but unreadable?
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If you'd like to bring it up to a user, try posting a comment or two. Not everybody here is a "computer person", so they just might not understand how grammar/formatting can improve their posts, or ...

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Why 10k views and 2 upvotes?
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12 votes

Voting seems to be a bit different on this site (diy), as most of the users are not experts. This is especially true with plumbing, HVAC, and electrical questions. It seems that a majority of the ...

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Are novice questions acceptable?
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11 votes

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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How can I contribute to the DIY community blog?
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I'm glad you asked! Give the team some ideas The easiest way to contribute to the blog, is to simply send the team a topic you'd like to read about. You can submit blog post ideas to blog.diy.se [at] ...

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Should answers agreeing with other answers be added as a comment or edit instead
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I would say extra information should be added as a comment, and the original poster can choose to add it as an edit to their post. I think this would allow users searching for answers to a similar ...

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How can I add an image to a question/answer?
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When creating or editing questions/answers, you'll notice a bunch of strange images above the text field. Notice this one: When you click it, a dialog will be displayed so you can select the image ...

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Does image data get erased when uploaded?
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According to this Imgur help page, it should be. Due to privacy concerns, EXIF data/metadata is removed on upload. There is no setting available to retain the data. According to this post ...

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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?
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10 votes

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 the hot water heater be replaced?
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9 votes

"Water heater" is probably the best term to use. See Google Ngram Viewer

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What should be done with the word "Romex®"?
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In my opinion, using the form "Romex®" feels a bit like advertising. Because of this, I would lean towards using the generic term instead. Secondly, I think in most cases folks are not specifically ...

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For Safety's Sake, how do you answer an electrical question?
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I can't answer for you, but I can tell you how I try to handle this. First, I try to answer questions at the same level of detail that they were asked. For example. If the OP asks a very general broad ...

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How do I post images in chat?
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Step 1: Find an image you want to share. It can be on the internet, or on your computer. Step 2: If it's an image from the internet, right click the image and choose Copy image URL. If it's on your ...

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Is it OK to quote from NEC?
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Found This Thread where a user actually emailed an NFPA representative to ask this very question, and here is the response. An occasional use of a sentence or paragraph from the NEC(r) in a non-...

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When should a DIY question from a renter become a DIY question from the landlord?
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Another thing to consider when answering, is that the answer should be helpful to more than just the OP. So you may be helping the renter directly, but you might also be helping a bunch of homeowners ...

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Are questions about tool lists or supplies for a specific project on-topic?
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I think asking what tools are needed for a job is fine, as long as your asking for a specific job not just "It's Christmas, what tools should I ask for?". It could also be helpful to ask it as a ...

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Moderator Pro Tempore
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Eric Petroelje I'd be happy to do it. Moderating as little as necessary, but no less :)

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Why are product recommendation questions globally off topic in DIY forum?
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We decided long ago that "shop for me" type questions would be off topic. Answers for these types of questions typically include only links to products, which aren't very useful when the link ...

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Is changing a live Community Ad image frowned upon?
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This question should bring enough attention to the new ad, to get the required votes. You could also post a link in chat, to make sure folks see it. Just don't expect much attention until Monday or ...

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Are resale/worth questions OK or not?
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No, questions dealing with resale value are not typically considered on topic. Prices, preferences, and market values change far too much too quickly. These types of questions will be out of date ...

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Drain vs drainage
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Drain: A channel or pipe carrying off surplus liquid, esp. rainwater or liquid waste. Drainage: The means of removing surplus water or liquid waste; a system of drains. A drain would refer to a ...

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DIY vs Home Improvement?
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In my opinion and from seeing the type of questions that are closed by the community, the site is for DIY in and around the home. So questions about DIY car repair are off topic, DIY electronics ...

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Why are small appliance questions off topic?
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This is a DIY Home Improvement site. We cover aspects of building, repairing, and maintaining a home. While a small appliance (blender) might be found in a home, it's not actually part of the home. ...

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Why was this question not reconsidered after editing?
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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 ...

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Home Sales question in Home Improvement SE
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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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Should we break the [circuit]?
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I don't think circuit is a very useful tag, as I can't think of any time you'd use it as the only tag on a post. I also don't think many folks would use it to find questions they might be interested ...

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am not sure where to post this since I have no reputation
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Sometimes questions on the site have to be protected, for one reason or another. Part of the protection includes not allowing users with 0 reputation to answer. We're not trying to ignore good ...

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Can we discuss specifics like welding?
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I'm on the fence with this one. A welder is a tool, and questions about the use and maintenance of tools is on topic. However, I'm not sure welding is a common skill required for residential home ...

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Should we merge/synonymise the [fire-pit] and [hearth] tags into the more common [fireplace]?
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I think they're all slightly different. A fire pit is a hole in the ground where you burn things, which is not a fireplace. A hearth is part of a fireplace, so maybe it could use the same tag. ...

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What should we do about duplicates that are better questions than the original?
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According to Meta.StackOverflow... What if the duplicate is better than the original? [duplicate] Ideally, close the original as the duplicate of the new one. In this case flag one of the questions ...

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