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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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The scope of Lifehacks

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that this site is struggling. The problem: In the few days this site has been in private beta, we've been trying to: Figure out if there's anything that ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Who should be our Moderators Pro Tempore be? [duplicate]

This community needs to start contributing some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators. Please read this: Moderators Pro Tempore. Here are some basic guidelines: Each nomination ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What should the themes for our fortnightly topic challenges be?

Lifehacks SE will now be starting to do fortnightly topic challenges as many other SE sites have done over the years. We need to do a few things before the topic challenges can be started and one of ...
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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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What's the difference between a Lifehack and a DIY solution?

Two questions showed up recently that asked for DIY solutions to their problem. https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/2393/is-there-a-way-to-fix-the-broken-stand-for-an-apple-cinema-23-...
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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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Can someone point out why the answers to these questions are lifehacks?

I'm having trouble seeing what people think are lifehacks on many of the questions. To me, a lot of these answers are just the conventional answers, but they're getting upvoted so that must mean they'...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #1: Car

Our first fortnightly topic challenge is starting now. Topic: car Dates: April 24 - May 8 Proposed by: Car hacks have been only been mildly popular. I'm sure many people have questions about ...
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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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Does Lifehacks attract poor quality answers by its “hacky” nature?

I have noticed that there are several questions here which probably should have been asked on Home Improvement/DIY. These kind of questions seem to attract lower quality answers than they probably ...
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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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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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Should product recommendations be on-topic?

Should product recommendations be on-topic? On SE sites such as Super User, they are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. However, since this is not technology, that concern isn't ...
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Fortnightly Topic Challenge #2: Summer

Our second fortnightly topic challenge is starting now. Topic: summer Dates: May 9 - May 22 Proposed by: I think that since Summer is really close for some of the users here, some more questions ...
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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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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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Is no an answer?

Sometimes there are questions along the lines of "Is there a lifehack for [problem]". In such a case, is it okay to post an answer along the lines of "No"? It seems in a lot of cases where this has ...
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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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What isn't a lifehack? [duplicate]

So while we're working out what a lifehack is, it might be worth discussing what a lifehack isn't. For example, buying a cheap pack of mothballs to solve a moth problem doesn't seem to count as a ...
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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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Moderators Pro Tempore announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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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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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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Should answers contain multiple solutions?

Some users post a dump of solutions in one answer, and other users who post multiple answers to a question, each containing only one solution. Which is better for the site?
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How is an answer determined to be on-topic?

Look to this question, How can I not burn my hands in hot water when doing dishes?, for reference. I am having a problem with my question. If you go to the question, you can see that there are quite ...
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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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Fortnightly Topic Challenges #3: Camping

Our third fortnightly topic challenge is starting now. Topic: camping Dates: May 23 - June 5 Proposed by: This tag is not that popular, and I would love it get more popularity as outdoors and ...
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While the site is in beta, explain why you're closing a question

I keep seeing questions getting closed as off-topic without any real explanation about why they're off-topic. This site is in beta, and we're still struggling with nailing down the scope. Now more ...
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Some questions tend to turn into polls, is this bad and how can they be answered better?

I see a lot of questions here that essentially turn into polls. Often the nature of the question leads to poll-style answers but to me the "issue" seems to be in the answers themselves. An example of ...
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Can we eliminate contrived questions?

I know this is day one, but let's be honest... some of these feel a lot like questions asked simply for the sake of asking them and populating the site. Should we enable some sort of filtering system ...
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At what point does a hack become a common/standard method?

I guess my question is still a bit hypothetical at this point, but I'm wondering... At what point does a "hack" solution become so common that it it isn't really a "hack" anymore? As in the "life-...
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Does all questions require 'solutions already tried'?

What if I want to ask a question for which I haven't got any idea what to try but want simple solution? What if I want to ask a question for other gender's general problems which I can not try? (She ...
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Are questions about doing something cheaper on topic?

I was watching a show called Hacking the System on Nat Geo and the episode that was on was about saving money. Almost all of the hacks in the episode would not be on-topic here, but the show still led ...