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How to handle multiple solutions in one answer?

Given that one answer should contain one solution (with similar variants)1, how should we handle answers containing multiple solutions? Are we supposed to split them up, and how can we then give ...
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Moderators or old timers: what do you foresee regarding the future of Lifehacks SE?

As a relative newcomer to Lifehacks SE I see there has been lots of discussion regarding scope, question and answer quality, and similar. What I would really like to know from you moderators and old ...
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What do you think of Lifehacks SE?

We recently had our Lifehacks Site Self-Evaulation where we, the Lifehacks community, evaluated ten questions and their answers, rating and comparing them to other sites around the internet. Now, we, ...
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Not a problem but using object to achieve a task

I have asked the question Using electricity at night which has been put on hold with the reason "This question doesn't seem to be about a problem. — Questions should ask how to solve a problem ...
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Let's get critical: Jun 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Lifehacks Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what ...
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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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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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Fortnight Topic Challenge #4: Travel

Our fourth fortnightly topic challenge is starting now. Topic: travel Dates: June 6 - June 19 Proposed by: To me travelling opens up for lots of hacks, so maybe that could be a popular theme? ...
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Remove or clarify tags “cleaning” and “cleanliness”

Are there a reason why both cleaning and cleanliness exist? I do see why tags like holiday and chanukah and easter coexist, but shouldn't tags which only vary in word type be simplified into one?
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Burn the tag “hygeine” as it is wrongly spelled?

Shouldn't hygeine be burned as it is wrongly spelled? There already does exist another synonym, namely hygiene.
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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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How should similar answers be handled?

In Sleeping in a noisy environment, quite a lot of the answers are almost duplicates or very slight variations of the theme of ear plugs. How do we handle such cases? Should we downvote the similar ...
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Burn or tag “paint” and “painting” as synonymous tags

Isn't paint and painting so close that one of them should either be burned or marked as a synonym of the other? The definitions as of 2015-05-31 are: paint - Hacks related to applying and removing ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads

One great way to promote a site is through Community Promotion Ads on graduated Stack Exchange Sites. Here is part of the canonical spiel given on meta posts on graduated sites where we submit our ...
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We shouldn't be answering questions where incorrect information could harm the asker

So, I stumbled across this question about how to safely watch a solar eclipse, and it got me thinking. An incorrect answer to this question could lead to permanent eye damage, which is a fairly ...
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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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Moderators shouldn't be shutting down discussions before they even begin

I posted a meta earlier today outlining why I thought Food Preservation questions should be off-topic: Food preservation isn't a Lifehack I expected a lengthy discussion would follow, since I ...
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Food preservation isn't a Lifehack

tl;dr: Questions asking how to preserve food are looking for common solutions to common problems, therefore they're not looking for Lifehacks, therefore they fall outside of our scope. We've had a ...
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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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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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Should we have topic challenges?

The idea of topic challenges was originally suggested by Jon Ericson and has been used by many sites since. I also mentioned this in a recent post asking for ways to promote Lifehacks.SE. How does it ...
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Any ideas to promote Lifehacks?

Recently, Lifehacks has suffered from a lack traffic and quality posts. This site has the potential to do well, but we need a little push to get there. Throughout the years, many Stack Exchange ...
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Are “What can I do with…” questions on-topic?

There have been a handful of "What can I do with..." questions asked lately. Here are a few: What can I do with excessive amounts of glass jars? Alternative uses for shredded wheat cereal (deleted) ...
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Question / Answer voting patterns

TL;DR: (I don't blame you): Our voting on questions is 1.6 times that on answers. This is very different to Stack Overflow at 0.26 and Ask Ubuntu at 0.85. Do we need to do something about this? I am ...
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Time to take a step back from multiple answer criticism

I've noticed a few times now that people are enforcing (probably too much) the apparent policy about one answer per post. Here are a couple of examples: How to write in a straight line without lined ...
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Why was my comment on this answer deleted?

I was browsing through the active questions page today, and saw that Mooseman made an edit to this answer. He removed a link to an article an ebay. I figured it was due to our rule that we should ...
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Why was this question about USB ports closed as a duplicate of a newer question?

The question Correctly inserting a USB connector on the first try, was asked about a week ago, and it is a duplicate of the earlier question How can I make sure I get the USB plug in the right way up?....
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Is this question about iPad settings on-topic since it deals with the physical problem of vision?

What is the best setting on iPad for reading eBooks This question, in its current form, asks in both the title and the body what the best iPad settings are to reduce vision strain. Note: I'm ...
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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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Should we be regularly linking to online stores?

Earlier this morning a user edited my answer to add a couple words and a link to Amazon. The item I had recommended was a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie. This is a standard household item. I ...
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Should we be voting to close questions that don't appear to have a hack answer?

I've seen a couple of times now, questions being voted to be closed because the voters do no believe there to be a 'life hack' solution to the question. A recent example is here - How to determine if ...
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A close reason for silliness

I wanted to vote to close some questions because they were silly. Since there was no appropriate close category I did not vote to close. We need a close reason for this. Silliness might equate to ...
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What will happen on day 90 of Lifehacks public beta?

Now Lifehacks is 88 days in public beta and it will soon reach 90 days. In Area51 it is written "Sites remain in beta for at least 90 days to build up a critical mass of users, questions, and ...
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Is it right to delete the tags which are chosen by the users?

I see a lot of questions have their original tags deleted and then other tags added. I think we should leave the original tags of the questions if they are not offensive or have mistakes. I see ...
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Should a [cost-reduction] tag be created?

I was just reading this question regarding Money saving questions being on topic and general premise was: IF the question can reasonably be answered with an uncommon, inexpensive solution, I ...
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Would a “validate” button be beneficial for the site?

While I am aware that there is obviously the voting system for questions and answers across all the stack exchange sites, I thought having a sort of "validate" button or feature as a sort of "I've ...
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The “habits” tag should be removed

If this site will not contain psychology or mental-hacks, the "habits" tag should be deleted. The presence of it is misleading and conflates the scope of the site.
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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 ...
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It's Not a Life Hack Because Lifehacks Manifesto

I ran across the Lifehacks question How do I get rid of feet blisters? and thought it was odd that it was closed. One reason given is there is simply nothing about this question that needs "thinking ...
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The UN-MANIFESTO (commentary about the Lifehack site and how we got here)

I recently posted A Lifehacks Manifesto, but I wanted to post this commentary separately to keep that introduction free of the historical baggage about how we got here. Building a Lifehacks site is ...
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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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How elaborate is an on-topic hack?

Inspired by this question and this chat message. One example is that Stack Overflow is not a code-writing service. Although we are a hack-writing service, so to speak, how elaborate can such a hack ...
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How can we urge people to select an answer?

Isn't it better for people to choose an answer after awhile? Should we add comments to questions advising people to please pick one?
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write better titles, at least for the sake of creativity if for nothing else

337 of 476 (70%) questions contain the word "how" in their title. Most of them with "how" as the first word. These types of titles that start with how to how do how can are too bland. They fail ...
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Do we need something in the Help Center in place of our scope?

I was looking around at the LH Help Center and I realized that it does not give helpful information at all. In the on-topic question section all it says is Please look around to see if your ...
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Can we agree that product recommendations are NAA's?

In the first Likehacks meta question we agreed that product recommendations, especially those without usage guidance, are off-topic. However, my Not An Answer flags have returned disputed on all of ...
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How do we move questions away from endpoint-based closure?

We're starting to get an idea of what's on-topic. To summarize: Non-standard solutions to physical problems** that use common objects. Additionally, there is a general understanding that questions ...
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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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I asked and answered a question on how to do something and it was said to be off topic?

It said that I didn't follow the help center but not what I violated. I answered with how I solved it so others could come up with better solutions.