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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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Blank text boxes?

When trying to ask a question on the main site, I found this wierd bug. The text boxes appeard blank. Also, I entered a title with under 15 characters, and did not get a message saying Title must be ...
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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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The question number counter is funky

I swear the question counter on our main page is messed up. I checked last week and it said 234, and now it says like 201. Does it not go over 299? Or does it cycle weekly or something?
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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 ...
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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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Why is the “2 minute tour” comment a bad comment?

In the lifehacks 2 minute tour, there is a comment section near the bottom. However, I have noticed that the comment is a +1 comment. This is great and easy to do. +1 We are not to use comments ...
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Please undelete a meta post on videos

There is a user who recently had his account deleted. This causes various things to run, in particular a down voted post gets deleted. When this down voted post is a question, it deletes the ...
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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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