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Could we make a space for (dis)proving life-hacks?

I'm thinking that disproving notable but bad life-hacks would be interesting ground for our site to cover. There are some "life-hacks" that seem to get repeated all over the internet even though ...
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A Lifehacks Manifesto

This is a gentle introduction to what this Lifehacks site is about. For a bit more detail about how we got here, see the Un-Manifesto. Welcome to Lifehacks! We can't teach you how to wire your stereo ...
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should there be a well established criterion for voting a question and an answer?

I was just thinking whether some questions really belongs to a life hack or not. I tried to find the criterion to select whether it belongs to a life hack or not but couldn't find an explanation for ...
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Redefining the scope of Lifehacks

From some of the earliest days of Lifehacks SE, we have been trying to define the scope of Lifehacks. We knew we would run into problems as we were different from the typical SE site. We've asked ...
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Could we/should we change our site to "Everyday Living"?

Given the (quite understandable) confusion over this site's scope, as well as due to convincing arguments by Gilles, and Jason's and Wipqozn's concerns with regard to low-quality answers by definition,...
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How to improve question quality?

There has been a lot of focus on answers on Lifehacks meta, with many discussions related to multiple solutions in an answer, are conventional solutions approved/disapproved, how to avoid polls, and ...
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How can we improve answer quality?

I've seen a lot of answers where it's just a random idea, with no way of telling whether this is a good tip, an old wives' tale, or something the answerer just made up on the spot. For example: ...
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Close reason request: They haven't tried anything

Can we have a close reason such as this: Questions that don't give information about what has been tried are off-topic for Lifehacks. Questions searching for a substitute tool require a reason why ...
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Close reason request: "See a professional"

In some areas, medical being a good example, people may ask for help related to an issue or idea that has the potential to be dangerous, or even life-threatening. I propose the following close reason ...
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What is the easiest way to find the scope of Lifehack site?

Sometimes when someone have off topic question and I want to send him a link to the page with Life-hack's scope, it is hard for me to find it. There is no link on visible place where everyone can ...
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Let's make this clear: this site is **not** the same as Lifehacker

Lifehacker is a cool website -- you can find how-to articles on just about anything from kitchen to computing. I've used it a bunch of times to help me figure out how to do several things with my ...
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Am I the only one that thinks the Scope is confusing?

From the beginning of the site we as a community have been trying to arrange a Scope that defines our site and makes it simple for our community to be run by that scope. So we came up with a Scope ...
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Should we be downvoting conventional answers?

This is a site about lifehacks. Currently, it sounds like the definition of a lifehack is that it's an unconventional solution to a problem. Does that mean that we should be downvoting answers that ...
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Is the lack of a narrow scope problematic for this site?

There are a couple of existing Meta questions on scope, and lots of ideas about what should or should not be in scope. But as a group we seem to be far from defining scope limits. Is the over ...
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What is a lifehack?

In-line with my other question: Is there anything that isn't on-topic here? Can we get a clear definition of what a lifehack is? I think if it's clear what a lifehack is, we can clearly define ...
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How medical is too medical?

So apparently, we've agreed that medical questions are off-topic here, largely because accuracy matters, and we can't take the responsibility to judge serious medical issues through the SE format -- ...
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Is there a psychological aspect of lifehacks?

In regards to this question: https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/181/what-tricks-can-i-use-to-increase-my-concentration-on-a-boring-topic And related to this previous discussion: What is a ...
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What should a good Lifehacks answer look like?

I've been answering questions here on and off since the private beta started. Going by reputation, I think I've done ok - but it doesn't feel that way. Quite frankly, I still have no clear idea of how ...
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How do we define what is on-topic without requiring the questioner to know the answer to their question?

It seems to me that we are still struggling to pin down exactly what a lifehack is, with questions like: What isn't a lifehack? Is there anything that isn't on-topic here? Do questions asking ...
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Why is a "psychological problem" off topic? [duplicate]

So I was pointed in the direction of this discussion on meta and I'm wondering why a 'psychological problem' is off topic? Why can't there be a life hack that can deal with such issues? In the ...
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Taking Action on Tag Synonyms

As you can see from this meta post I've already tried to take action on helping the site to get better tags. Now that we are in public beta, I believe that we need to actually take these actions now. ...
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What needs to be done to keep this site alive?

This is great - 40 minutes ago we became a public beta site! However, this site will need a lot of work to keep it alive. This is going to be quite different from a lot of the other SE sites, as we ...
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Is 'too specialized' a reason to close vote?

My question: How can I test for electrical current through bare wires without a meter? received a close vote for the reason: This question appears to be off-topic because it is about too ...
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Saving "Lifehacks" — Can we make this a topic space instead of a vague buzzword?

I've been an outspoken proponent for trying new sites like this since you launched, but so far the actual execution hasn't being coming together too well. This site is built on a buzzword, but there's ...
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Canonical Questions and Answers

Recently this questions has been opened to try to eliminate the different "getting sticky while eating" questions: How can I neatly eat messy food without "common" utensils? Is this the ...
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What happened to all of these questions?

So during the definition phase of Lifehacks.SE there was a place where people posted example questions: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/64409?phase=definition Are these going to be asked ...
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"I have problem X. I would try solution Y, but I can't because of Z"

Given the new scope here, that says (in part) that If the question is not looking for an alternative to a product or solution that they have tried, then that question is off-topic on this site. ...
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Are questions expecting cooking advises falls under the scope of lifehacks?

I am interested to know whether this question comes under the scope of lifehacks SE. My intentions of this thread is to emphasize user may get better answer if this question is posted in cooking.SE, ...
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Let's have some cake and eat it too

While it's a small sample size, I tried a little experiment today. Question 1: https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/1576/how-do-i-keep-pots-of-water-from-boiling-over No comments. No votes. ...
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Should questions dealing with how to speed up a process be on topic?

There are several examples thus far dealing with how to speed up a process. They provide a solution in the question itself but are asking about how to quicken this solution. They include https://...
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Time to stop unsubstantiated threats of closure?

One member of our community is posting comments threatening closure of questions they don't believe are appropriate. I applaud the effort to improve the site, but the comments imply that community ...
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Why is the quality of questions and answers not great right now?

Even though we're in a small group of somewhat enthusiastic supporters of the idea of Lifehacks, the quality of questions on Lifehacks in general is a bit lower than I expected it to be. Many ...
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Should we require a certain amount of research from people asking questions?

I think a majority of the questions that have been coming in are pretty poor in quality, and I think the problem is that people aren't asking questions about problems that they're actually having. It'...
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What's our stance on questions about tips?

Should questions about tips be allowed? ie: Tips for falling asleep, tips for waking up, tips for eating fruit without getting sticky. I asked this question about how to fall asleep quickly, and it ...
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What is the goal of this site?

I've been treating this site as a sort of "How-To" site. Where someone has a problem, and then people work to post the best solution. I've recently heard that it's meant to be treated as a "Challenge"...
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Are Tools/Products/Devices, when used by design, considered "Lifehacks"?

In relation to these questions: Should product recommendations be on-topic? Do questions asking for common-sense advice really count as asking about lifehacks?... Should we be downvoting ...
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Can we stop this close war?

Open a suitcase with a numeric lock when you forgot the key code This question has been closed, reopened, and closed again. Currently, it is in nomination for re-opening. I think we should just stop ...
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How is this question too broad

Open a suitcase with a numeric lock when you forgot the key code this question of mine has been closed now for the second time, this is not a rant, so please read the question as objectively as ...
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To the Questioners: Did you receive the kind of answers you expected?

This is kind of a poll question, but I think its important. Are the answers that were written in your question what you expected to get from a lifehackers community?
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Whats our target culture?

The way I perceive the term "lifehack" in the media around me is that they are solutions that are unexpected for regular(?) people in the US. For example the top ten of the 100 lifehacks list: Most (>...
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Is there anything that isn't on-topic here?

Admittedly I didn't follow the definition phase very closely. I just saw the site come into beta and thought I'd check it out. Just based on the questions I'm seeing, I'm not entirely sure that this ...
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Do questions asking for common-sense advice really count as asking about lifehacks?

In the continuing saga of trying to define what a lifehack is (What is a lifehack?). We've had a few questions where the answer has been extremely simple. For example: Question: What is the best ...
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Are devices considered life hacks?

I posted an answer to this question which is just saying "There are devices precisely for this", does this still count as a life hack? Should questions as such be on-topic when the "hack" is "go buy ...
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Why isn't this question about opening ketchup packets on-topic?

How can I keep from squirting myself with ketchup whenever I use ketchup packets? Per this meta, I think it fits the criteria. It is a problem most people encounter at some period in their life. It ...
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How much of an overlap can we have with other sites, and when do we migrate questions?

From what I'm understanding with What is a lifehack? and Is there anything that isn't on-topic here? A lifehack is a solution to a problem, so as long as there is a question being asked, it's on-...
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Whats required for a question to be of high quality

As the scope of this site is rather wide we will not run out of questions, but do we want to have them all? How short can a question be and still be acceptable? How detailed do you need to ask it? Is ...
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Do answers need explanations / does the answerer need to know why it works

Some answers on this site are kinda thin on the "why" it works. Sometimes its obvious and does not need an explanation, sometimes the explanation is there but sometimes its missing. The questions ...
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Let's think of a creative name for our chatroom

The chatroom name is so bland. "Lifehacks." Look at all the creative names others have thought up: "Root Access" for Super User "The DMZ" for Security "The Renderfarm" for Blender "The Litter Box" ...
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What if a question is unanswerable?

From current answers on What is a lifehack?: A lifehack is a quick solution to a problem. — Bobo I think that the very definition of what a lifehack is, is actually a solution, not a question. — Adi ...
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Who are the experts?

It is clear who experts are for Tex/LaTeX, Earth Science, or Christianity. However, for life hacks this is less clear, Is there such a thing as an expert for life hacks, or should we formulate it ...

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