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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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Should questions asking for alternatives to products be on-topic?

As long as the question is not asking for a product recommendation that is. I forgot my toothpaste and it is impossible to buy in this situation, are there any substitutes? Is there any way to kill ...
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Do we need [fashion]?

I saw that a tag for fashion was created and used on one question, but it doesn't really have to do with lifehacks as far as I can tell. Something like clothing seems to fit a lot better. Should we ...
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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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Generic message for Low Quality Answers

Answers on this site can be a little weak at times, so I have begun to downvote the inappropriate ones for: Lacking Citations. Being to short (1-3 sentences long, I haven't done this yet, but may ...
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Are there too many users here?

I already brought this up in the Junk Drawer, though not too much happened from that discussion, so I'll bring it up here. Are there too many users here? I don't have much experience with sites in ...
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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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Who are the Moderators? [duplicate]

This proposal has a large amount of users, but none of them have over all of the Privileges if I am not mistaken. So this leads me to ask "Who are the Moderators? And how are they moderating? When I ...
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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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Isn't this considered vandalism?

This question is in line to be closed: How do I decelerate the ripening of bananas? The reason for closure is that it's a duplicate of this question: How can I accelerate the ripening of bananas?, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should [morning-hacks] be a tag?

Apart from losing the -hacks suffix, is this tag useful? If we allow it, does it allow for other temporal tags like night, evening, etc?
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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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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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Can we have a flag reason + queue for “This isn't a hack”?

Can we have a new flag reason and review queue for "This isn't a hack"? Inspired, somewhat, by this question, answers can be given that are 0.00% hackish. I think we can all agree that these don't ...
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Who should our pro-tem moderators be? [duplicate]

Who should be pro tempore moderators of this site until community elected moderators are appointed?
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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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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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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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vote early vote often - can we have the voting limit removed for private beta? [duplicate]

I have hit my voting limit (again) and I think there is much more that needs voting. If possible it would be great to have no voting limit for the next week or so, that way whats "good" and "bad" ...
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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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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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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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Do questions only have one answer? [duplicate]

As per the discussion on this answer, are we to consider that any answer, by default, claims to be the only possible solution? That, unless an answerer either prefaces each and every answer with "This ...
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Remove reputation cap for private beta sites?

While this site is still being defined and created, reputation is very important. It allows us to start getting up there and making the site what it is. However, reputation limits in private beta seem ...
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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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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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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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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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Synonymise [home] and [domestic-hacks]

As all the questions there should be about life hacks, -hacks postfix seems to be useless, as pointed in this question. So there is no need to separate domestic-hacks and home questions. Maybe ...
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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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Tags should not contain the words 'lifehacks' or 'hacks'

This is redundant tagging, and tags with 'hacks' or 'lifehacks' in them should be renamed.
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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 ...
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What should design of our icon be?

Current icon is quite meaningless: Even some beta sites (such as https://aviation.stackexchange.com/, https://chess.stackexchange.com/, https://stats.stackexchange.com/) have beautiful icons, maybe ...
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Merge [clothes] into [clothing]

I don't think any user could make a case to keep both synonyms as separate tags. I propose that clothes be made a synonym of clothing.
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To what extent can a question constraints be edited, after answers have already been received?

The question that has made me think about this is What is an inexpensive and non-electric way to warm my sheets before getting in them? If you look at the edit history, I initially posted an answer ...
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Who will do design for this lifehacks SE and Can I able to give suggestions?

Many SE sites have their own specific & meaningful designs on upvote/downvote arrows, fonts, header images, etc. I love Gaming, Christianity, travel etc.. I think these are designed by SE team ...
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What is a “domestic hack”?

We have a tag for domestic-hacks with no definition. Currently the questions that use this tag are: How to remove screws with stripped heads? How can I eat an apple without getting sticky fingers? ...
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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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removal - I'd like it removed

The tag removal seems to be of no lasting value. Usages of it are ill-defined and the tag is overly broad. It also has large overlap with cleaning in the way I saw it used. In chat I got positive ...
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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" ...