From current answers on What is a lifehack?:

A lifehack is a quick solution to a problem.


I think that the very definition of what a lifehack is, is actually a solution, not a question.

Adi Bradfield

This reveals that questions with no solutions are problematic. Are they off-topic? What should we do about them?

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    How do you know that a question has no solution, or if a question is "unanswerable"? Dec 10, 2014 at 10:57
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    I did go on to say that even though the site is called life-hack, the scope doesn't have t be exclusively lifehacks. That would be near impossible to manage! Instead we should make a scope that is likely to lead to lifehack style answers Dec 10, 2014 at 11:00

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This same issue occurs on other Stack sites. Sometimes well written, on topic, full questions do not have a known answer.

Provided the question is in the scope of Lifehacks and is clear, we should leave questions that we don't think are answerable open. Simply because we don't think it will be answerable doesn't mean that it is.

If the question is off topic for another reason, please close it for said reason. But "unanswerable" is not a valid close reason because we don't know everything.

  • What scope is that that you're referring to, though?
    – hairboat
    Dec 10, 2014 at 16:26
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    @abbyhairboat The one the community decides on through the other meta posts and questions accepted. This question only deals with an "unanswerable" close reason, which I argue shouldn't be a thing Dec 10, 2014 at 16:32
  • OK, just checking.
    – hairboat
    Dec 10, 2014 at 16:32

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