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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 ...
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Is [cleaning] a meta tag?

Is cleaning a meta tag? The wiki says it is ambiguous and must be used with other tags. Doesn't this mean it's a meta tag? Or is the wiki incorrect?
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What about SE site links in tags?

So I have declared war on the un-defined tags to give the site more help and help people understand what questions are suppose to be about. Since we have off-topic questions I have been including a ...
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Close votes in the review queues

This image sums it up: Here we have an item in the review queue (link to review, link to question) You can see that we have 6 people voted - 3 for leave open and 3 for close. I voted to Leave Open ...
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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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Do we need better tags?

Since this site has started I feel that we have had too many pointless tags. Most of these tags only have one or two questions. An example of one of these tags is the waking-up tag. There can't be ...
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Another user downvoted me based on my gender [closed]

Another user downvoted me based on my gender. The comment can be found here. It reads: @Tim Since Tim is a male name I guess the question is not a real problem for you. I am sure that they are ...
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Trying to save off-topic questions with a new less-broad question

In reference to: https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/289/how-to-wake-up-quickly https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/239/what-are-some-waking-up-methods-for-non-morning-person Both ...
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Don't close as a duplicate if the duplicate doesn't work for the OP

This question: How can I add new keys to a keyring without hurting my fingernails? Has been closed as a duplicate of this: How can I (painlessly) add/remove keys to my key ring? Now from the ...
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Canonical Questions and Answers

Recently this questions has been opened to try to eliminate the different "getting sticky while eating" questions: How can I neatly eat messy food without "common" utensils? Is this the ...
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Are questions expecting cooking advises falls under the scope of lifehacks?

I am interested to know whether this question comes under the scope of lifehacks SE. My intentions of this thread is to emphasize user may get better answer if this question is posted in cooking.SE, ...
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“I have problem X. I would try solution Y, but I can't because of Z”

Given the new scope here, that says (in part) that If the question is not looking for an alternative to a product or solution that they have tried, then that question is off-topic on this site. ...
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Should you ask questions you already know the answer to?

Sometimes I want to ask a question that I already know the answer to, and I think it is a very good life hack. If the questions would help others and we already know the answer should we answer ...
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How do we phrase the clause about illegal activities?

Recently, we got a question asking about How to dispose of dead body quickly?1 I am on the run from the police in my home town of Springhurst, and I need to get rid of the bodies. I only have one, ...
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Insights: How we evaluate a private beta

If you haven't read, we are extending this private beta another week to see where this site is headed. During last week's evaluation, I shared some thoughts (internally) with the Community Team about ...
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Should questions dealing with how to speed up a process be on topic?

There are several examples thus far dealing with how to speed up a process. They provide a solution in the question itself but are asking about how to quicken this solution. They include https://...
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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 ...
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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 ...