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Some thoughts here. Men are allowed to wear make-up and ask questions about it. As such, the comment implying that a 'cross-dressing male' should not post a makeup selfie has been deleted. (That was the truly offensive comment in that thread.) Jon is allowed to use his downvotes however he likes. His comment might not be well-written and it therefore comes ...


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J. Musser Meta He is active on both the main (1) and meta (2) sites. He was involved in the scope creation and took lead in closing the Off Topic questions. I respectfully accept. I'm a lawn care/landscaping guy from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I started on Stack Exchange because of Gardening & Landscaping (my account), a small new beta site at the time. ...


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I don't think this is a good use case for a close reason. Not every question needs a historical context or show of prior efforts. If I want to know what to do with those slivers of soap that are too small to bathe with, rubber-stamping everything with "what have you tried?" makes little sense. But adding it as an explicit close reason has the effect of doing ...


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This is a non-issue and y'all are wasting your time by talking about it. What, you're gonna have multiple meta discussions and a big poll in order to swat a mosquito-question? That's just silly. Wait until you get a question about alternative cancer treatments. Or someone asking how to set a splint on a broken leg while hiking through the wilderness. Then ...


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Going by the answer from @Bobo, I think that the very definition of what a lifehack is, is actually a solution, not a question. So we need to try and flip it around and think what sort of questions produce lifehack solutions. Looking at this list of top lifehacks, these are the questions that would have to have been asked first to receive these sorts of ...


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As one of the people who recommended this site be opened to public beta, I'm going to quote the relevant portion of my recommendation here on the off-chance it's useful to anyone: The best model for this site is Skeptics - no limit to the subject matter, but strict limits on the sorts of problems that can be solved and how they can be solved. Focus on real ...


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I'm sure this won't come as a surprise, given I've made my opinion of the site fairly obvious in meta posts like this one and this, but I find the quality of our site to be very low. Moderation Quality: I find the moderation on the site, both from the community and the mods, is very poor. Looking at our 50 newest questions, 17 of those have been closed. Of ...


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ZachSaucier Meta I have the second most questions/answers on meta (currently first in [participation](https://lifehacks.meta.stackexchange.com/users)), have the highest number of useful answers on meta so far, have rep on several different SE sites, review on Lifehacks (as well as SO and GD.SE) daily, and stay active in our chatroom. I was part of the ...


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Shokhet Meta He is active on meta, and has a good amount of rep on the main site, showing knowledge on the site topic, and an interest in supporting this site through participating in meta, as well as chat discussions. He was influential in our scope-building process, and has been very supportive, actively upholding the scope on the main site through ...


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How about "The Junk Drawer" You know, that drawer that every person in the world has, where all the weird and wonderful things that aren't currently useful get stored, because you know they might be some day! Typically this is the drawer where you will find the radiator bleeding key alongside a charger for a device that you can't even remember owning


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Pulling from Bobo's answer, MattS.'s answer, all of these meta posts, and a long discussion in the chatroom, here's my definition: A lifehack is a technique that can be implemented quickly and is used to make one's physical life more efficient when a more standard approach (as defined by that area's experts) or a product is either unavailable or ...


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How do we phrase the clause about illegal activities? At the moment I'd say, you don't. Is this really a problem worth enumerating a rule/clause for? I can appreciate the enthusiasm for working up a "policy" for anything that can ever possibly go wrong on this site, but be careful. You got one crazy, off-beat question (that probably wasn't even asked in ...


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The close votes for this reason haven't slowed down, despite this being rejected. Despite Robert's answer about why there should be no such custom close reason, I keep seeing this comment entered over and over on questions along with close votes. So people are still hammering and treating this like an indisputable rule... they're just using the Off-Topic ...


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I would strongly discourage folks from going too far outside the applied scope of this site. People come here looking for solutions, and delving into the into the teaching, skepticism, and science behind these solutions is going to add a lot "false hits" to folks just looking for the actual solution itself. In reality, the best answers are those that take ...


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To me, it seems many unclear and broad questions are receiving answers and upvotes because the community as a whole are not thinking critically about the quality of the question before posting an anwer. So long as there is some type of problem the OP needs help with, people seem overly emphatic to help out in pursuit of the votes and reputation that they can ...


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This looks very good. A lifehack is a technique that can be implemented quickly and is used to make one's physical life more efficient when a more standard approach (as defined by that area's experts) or a product is either unavailable or undesirable. Lifehacks are creative, meaning they use materials that are on hand for uses besides their intended use. ...


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The short answer is until you reach 10 questions/day. But the word "beta" doesn't really mean the same thing you've come to know in the typical software life cycle. I've been a long-time proponent of removing the "beta" label when the site is no longer in testing, but as it stands now, a site will continue to be in beta until it consistently receive about ...


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You only read half of the closing comment. The user asked how to do this <thing> in work, but your answer was essentially to get another job. Here is the comment I left in that regard: These types of "just don't have the problem" solutions don't answer the question asked… This is a problem on Lifehacks where folks ask (for example) how to get a ...


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I saw this comment on one of the answers. This is now included in the main CW answer - please can you delete it to keep all answers together as this is a Canonical question which is meant to have just one answer. – Tim 3 hours ago Yikes, that ⤴ is not how Stack Exchange is supposed to work. Each answer is supposed to stand on its own and each solution is ...


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I hope this is not the case: …as long as there is a question being asked, it's on-topic here. That's exactly what you have to protect against. If this site becomes a catch-all site where pretty much anything is on topic, this is going to be a non-starter. To me, a lifehack is an intriguing problem that can be (or has to be) solved by ...


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Viewing Lifehacks as a How-To is a much more appropriate fit. The purpose of a lifehack is to actually improve our lives in mostly small, but meaningful ways. This means that the questions should actually have a real life purpose behind them. Making questions into a challenge to come up with the most absurd answer that kind-of-still-works is not what this ...


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Yes, it's encouraged! So long as the question is on topic for Lifehacks and it fulfills all of our question requirements, please do so! There's even a button for posting your own answer along with the question below the content section of a new question. Asking questions that you answer yourself fulfills the purpose of the site - to build a knowledge base ...


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Courtesy of @OrigamiRobot on Arqade:


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I would strongly discourage going so far outside the stated scope of this site. The purpose of this site is to solve problems with your own brand of "life hacking." If someone answers with a hack that does not presumably work, it's perfectly fine to comment and discuss the validity of the answer within the scope of that question. The purpose of comments is ...


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Our scope is already broad enough, not to mention not really well defined. The lack of questions is probably just due to a low user count. So no, we don't want to broaden the scope. What we need to do is better define our scope, not increase it.


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Simply put, if you don't give people a reason to believe you, then they shouldn't believe you. You should be working to convince the asker that your answer is the correct one, and writing only a short statement is a poor way of doing so. If an answer is only one or two sentences and nothing more, then in my opinion it should be at the very least ignored for ...


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If the premise of a question is ill-advised, you should explain your concerns in a comment and either help fix the question or vote to close it as off topic (or whatever reason applies). But creating an explicit close reason for this is overkill. Not all medical questions are categorically off topic. We don't want to create a situation where everyone is ...


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Hang on. Under this scope, there is no way to share a tip (via ask + answer) that you can't relate back to an individual or recurring problem? For example, take my question (+ tip) about defrosting food. According to the definition, this tip (which relates to using a metal tray to conduct heat into the food) is a lifehack. However, it was recently closed, ...


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Yes. The emails announcing this are sent out in batches and should make their way out to everyone's mailboxes ... eventually.


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