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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 ...
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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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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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A close reason for silliness

I wanted to vote to close some questions because they were silly. Since there was no appropriate close category I did not vote to close. We need a close reason for this. Silliness might equate to ...
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What will happen on day 90 of Lifehacks public beta?

Now Lifehacks is 88 days in public beta and it will soon reach 90 days. In Area51 it is written "Sites remain in beta for at least 90 days to build up a critical mass of users, questions, and ...
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Is it right to delete the tags which are chosen by the users?

I see a lot of questions have their original tags deleted and then other tags added. I think we should leave the original tags of the questions if they are not offensive or have mistakes. I see ...
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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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Question count/average questions per day bug?

I was looking at the site stats today for Lifehacks and I was confused about the question count. It says we have 492 questions, we have been in beta for 79 days (78 according to Area 51), and we have ...
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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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When I click “review”, will my own substandard posts appear?

I have incessant anxiety over my own posts, and if substandard, whether they will appear anywhere. How am I to know? They may be presented to others and not me!
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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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Tag request for glue

I've seen various glues mentioned. There are quite a few different types of liquid bonding agents. Perhaps glue as a tag for an article on super-glue rather than adhesives would be more intuitive ...
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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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Why does my badge count disappear every time I enter Lifehacks Meta?

I have four badges in Lifehacks Meta. When I visit the site, they're not beside my user profile at the top of the page. If I enter the Help center and click on Tour, they reappear. It doesn't happen ...
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How do I delete my account on the beta?

I've removed any reputation-affecting posts, but I cannot delete my account. This site has so very little to do with any manner of hack in regards to life that I want to remove any semblance of ...
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Downscoring an answer removed a point from me

I did my first down vote on an answer and it removed a point from my reputation. Is this a glitch?
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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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