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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 question ...
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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.
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This question is off-topic go and read manual, in the meantime you will be voted down

Ok, this is not just a simple question but also my opinion over life hacks, and the same goes for every other stack exchange, but the reason I’m writing this on life hacks is because over here I have ...
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Please rename [sport] to [sports]

I think sport would be better found as sports. I attempted to retag the one question using the former tag, but was given this error:
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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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Answers which contain standard solutions and hacks

I've read a lot of answers in the last few days that predominantly recommend a non-hack answer to the question, but also save themselves with a paragraph or two containing some kind of hack. Here are ...
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Are 'Why?' questions on topic?

There are plenty of questions asking how to do something or what would be the best way to achieve a desired goal, but I thought there aren't really any questions regarding how something works. ...
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What is the general premise regarding lots of questions with answers from the same user?

I've been browsing through some of the questions on the Life Hack SE, and noticed that recently one particular user has been posting questions and then answering them themselves. I know self ...
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Are questions about SRS (spaced repetition memorization technology) on-topic?

Spaced repetition is a technique for remembering facts efficiently. Are questions about this technique and its implementation on-topic? For instance: How to split a long text for efficient ...
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Why don't we allow people to ask questions?

I am referring to the liquid soap question: https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/3848/how-to-make-your-own-liquid-soap If we don't allow people to ask questions, how are we supposed to get ...
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Are we running short of questions due to limited scope?

It is been around 35+ days since we are into Beta and I am monitoring/using this site regularly. The average number of questions/day now became 4 and it was above 7 for the first ten days. I could see ...
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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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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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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 a “There are no hacks” answer be flagged for deletion?

One of my questions garnered a "there are no hacks" answer and posted links to existing products. As explained here, "No" is a valid answer. However, since they answered, other users have posted ...
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Are purchasing questions Life Hacks?

I am having a healthy discussion over my question "What ways are there to maximize Gift Card values at Grocery Stores?", I want to improve it and also better understand the purpose of LifeHacks so I ...
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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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Why was this question about cleaning a sticky floor closed as off-topic?

This question has been closed as off-topic: How do I clean my sticky floor after a party night? The only reason justification given by the closers was from Zach, who said: Since cleaning it with ...
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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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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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Must “conventional answers” be off-topic, to avoid becoming a “catch-all” site?

Over the past few days, there's been a lot of discussion in Meta and chat about "conventional answers." Leaving the definition of "conventional" aside, for the moment, I'd like to explore an issue ...
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Is sex a taboo subject in Lifehacks?

I have asked a question about a problem which is somehow sexually related and there was considerable downvoting of this question without comments explaining why this happens. The question itself is ...
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Is this the right place to ask about clutter/home organizing?

It's a new year and I am about to start tackling removing old toys to make way for the new. I came to stack exchange looking for a site dedicated to home issues. The only sites I can think of that ...
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Metric or Imperial or both?

What kind of measurement to we want to have on the site? The most common ones are the metric measurements (Liter, Meter, Celsius) that are commonly used in most of Europe. the US-imperial ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are joke answers very low quality?

As we get into the more public realm, I see the potential for people posting pseudo-answers that are meant to be humorous more than helpful, like this one, becoming more commonplace. As I'd hate for ...
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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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After we elect new moderators what will the changing of the guard look like?

In general I'm wondering how the power shift works once the new mods are elected: Will the new mods go to work immediately? Is there any structured training or is it all "on-the-job" training? Will ...
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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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Did LifeHacks just become a public beta?

It appears that the various controls that were open to me during the private beta have changed. Does that mean that we have been promoted to a public beta?
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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 ...