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Questions tagged [scope]

Questions about the scope of Lifehacks SE such as "What questions are on-topic?", "What is a valid answer?", etc.

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In scope - is this a hoax

Would this is a hoax be an answer or is the question out of scope? hydrogen-in-a-gas-tank
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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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Dispute About Thread Closing

This thread was closed: https://lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/11725/fix-multi-page-web-articles And I don't understand why. I took a look at the Lifehacks Manifesto, but that only served to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should we be regularly linking to online stores?

Earlier this morning a user edited my answer to add a couple words and a link to Amazon. The item I had recommended was a permanent marker, such as a Sharpie. This is a standard household item. I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is a lifehack?

In-line with my other question: Is there anything that isn't on-topic here? Can we get a clear definition of what a lifehack is? I think if it's clear what a lifehack is, we can clearly define ...
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Is there anything that isn't on-topic here?

Admittedly I didn't follow the definition phase very closely. I just saw the site come into beta and thought I'd check it out. Just based on the questions I'm seeing, I'm not entirely sure that this ...
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Should product recommendations be on-topic?

Should product recommendations be on-topic? On SE sites such as Super User, they are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. However, since this is not technology, that concern isn't ...