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What to do with troll answers?

So, as you may have noticed, there have been a number of answers that are obvious troll answers, as while they might possibly work, they are either highly inconvenient or provided simply for humor ...
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How to explain people why their answer is low quality?

There are some answers which are very short like these: https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/a/10977/1346 and https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/a/10640/1346 The people don't want to improve the ...
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Which is better: to edit spelling errors or to ask the OP to do it

I see so many questions with spelling and punctuation errors and I sometimes correct them. Is that right or it is better if I ask the one who has written the question/answer to edit it and improve it.
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Lifehacks Site and voting icons

I'd like to propose/suggest a light bulb to be the site's icon as well as for it's voting icons. Why a light bulb? Light bulbs are commonly related to ideas , I think that an out-of-the-box(life-...
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This finger eating question shouldn't be community wiki

So this question seems to be having all it's answers merged into one gian community wiki: How can I neatly eat messy food without "common" utensils? As outlined Death to Community wiki, CW ...
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What's so wrong about my comments?

There's been two questions where I comment a solution yet not a life-hack and mods have deleted them, I know comments aren't meant for solutions, but answers are meant for life-hack solutions. And ...
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The stationery tag is stationary

We have a tag stationary which is applied to just one, closed question. The tag, as used, is mis-spelled, it should clearly be stationery. Could we please either edit the tag to correct it or delete ...
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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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Winter Bash 2015

Winter Bash 2015 will be starting on December 14, 2015 and ending on January 3, 2016. And you know what that means? Hats! HATS!! AND MORE HATS!!!! I'm a big Winter Bash fan For those of you who aren't ...
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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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Would this question be on-topic here?

The question is: How can I speed-read while walking fast? I want to spend the time when I walk from m office to home, reading. So, are there any ways I can learn how to speed-read while walking fast?...
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Why is our definition of "lifehack" so obscure?

I discovered Lifehacks a few weeks ago and loved the idea. I posted a question, started to tell a friend about it, and then my first question got closed as "off-topic". ...I decided not to tell my ...
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Zealous image editing

I've noticed recently that a user has gone through all of my posts and resized the images. While I don't think it harmed (most) of the posts, it seems unnecessary, especially since this update. Is ...
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Suggestion on how to get illustrative images legally

From time to time when answering I so badly want to link in an image of a product to illustrate what kind of product I'm talking about. However I agree that we should not do product recommendations, ...
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Asymmetry of close voting. Shouldn't the majority decide? Proposal for 'Keep-Open' voting

I have a popular question Best (non-illegal!) ways to inconvenience cold callers? At the time of writing the question itself has 37 up-votes and a great deal of interest. However there are 3 close-...
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What is the most up-voted question and answer in this site?

Am just wondering, what is the most up-voted question and answer in this site?
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Post about substitution for eggs (if eggs aren't available) is on hold and possibly going to be closed.

Can my post be reopened if it closed already? If not, can you lift the hold? This definitely makes someone's life much easier if eggs aren't available or not enough money to buy a dozen of eggs. It ...
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Should I post an answer that is (in my opinion) useful but not necessarily a hack?

If I come across a question that I have what I think/hope is a useful answer but not necessarily a life hack, should I post it? I'm asking because I came across this question, and posted what I ...
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Can I ask this question about contact lenses?

I always insert my contact lenses while in front of a mirror. But how would I insert them if no mirror is around? I've never been able to do that. Would such a question be on-topic for this site?
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Are questions about legally questionable things on-topic?

For example, if I were to ask: What is cheapest way to get the new [movie] that recently came out? The possible answer would be to download it from a website using a certain software, even though ...
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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 ...
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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 ads ...
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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 ...