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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should questions on how to circumvent safety mechanisms be discouraged?

Health.SE doesn't allow questions on personal health due to liability Law.SE doesn't allow questions on personal legal quandaries for similar reasons Mechanics.SE and DIY.SE Don't have active policies,...
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Should we be closing questions as duplicates to other questions, just because they may have an overlap in answers?

This is mainly in reference to this question being closed as a duplicate to this question. I understand that questions should not be asked again, because they don't like the answers, bounties are 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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What happens when comments become a conversation?

I would like to know from those who have this modding privilege, when a comment thread becomes a conversation, do comments get deleted or do they get moved to a chat for the involved users to see?
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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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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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What is our stance on questions that could pose a safety risk to someone trying it off-topic?

What is our stance on questions that could pose a safety risk to someone trying it off-topic? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example 1: What are some techniques and objects to make steering with one'...
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Do suggested edit rejections count against me?

Basically what the question says, if my suggestion was rejected cause of a subsequent edit does this rejection counts against me as an editor?
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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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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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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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Would a cheap DIY fitness hack to replace factory/ store bought exercise tool be valid on Life Hack?

E.g. Someone tried to build this DIY - https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/89864/diy-dip-station Because they count it as Hobby, and not Home Improvement (Is not exercise just as important at a ...
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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 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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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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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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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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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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If this answer is not low quality then what is it?

This answer was a one-line answer when posted, I replied on a comment mentioning how the answer didn't actually solved my problem and I explained why. User proceeded to edit his answer and in reality ...
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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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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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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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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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"How do I" vs "How to"

I've seen this question have a "how to" title. I edited it, and then the asker said the system said the title was "too subjective". Can we change it so that the system doesn't think it's "too ...
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I found a webpage with solution to a question. Should I summarize it in an answer, or link it in comments?

I found a webpage that lists many possible solutions to this question. I wonder, in such cases should I just post the link in comments, or write an answer summarizing the content with citation? I'd do ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Merge [odor] into [smell]

The tag smell is quite popular (86 questions, in the top 20 tags) and is to be used for Hacks related to dealing with smells and odours. There's also an odor tag with only four questions. Can it be ...
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Should questions which are on topic but whose purpose if off topic be closed?

The purpose of a question can off topic (for example wanting a way to solve a computing problem) while the question itself can be on topic (the person who knows the computing answer can be reached ...
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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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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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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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Celebrating 265 Famous Question badges

More than 10% of our open questions (1,744) are famous questions (265)! That means each of these questions have been seen over 10,000 times each! Some questions have been viewed hundreds of thousands ...
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How to view all good posts (on this site)

Disclaimer: This might belong on LifeHacks Meta I just went through every page/post on this site (about 1300 posts) over the past week-ish, looking for gems of knowledge. Sure, I found some good ...
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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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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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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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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 ...