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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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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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We shouldn't change this. I'd have invalidated those flags too (you know, if I had the rep to do so or actually took the time to look at the review queue). We've already determined that conventional answers are valid answers, even if people probably came here for something more "lifehacky". I don't see why saying "This product will solve the problem for you"...


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No. Why would we? Just because an answer cites a specific product doesn't make it not an answer. Neither does proposing to acquire a product of a particular category. The five posts that you cite do answer the question. They may not all be good answers, but they do answer the question. If you disagree that the product is a good solution, that makes it a ...


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TL;DR: Please flag to close or vote to close such questions as your reputation unlocks them. Full answer: I agree with you. In fact, one of our close reasons already uses similar verbage: This question doesn't seem to be about a problem. — Questions should ask how to solve a problem using everyday objects. Questions requesting new ways to use an ...


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I don't think so. Not so far as specific models/brands/etc unless it relates very specifically to the task at hand where other brands/models don't (i.e. you discover one brand of alcohol that can make you fly, then recommending that brand for people asking how to arrive places on time would fit). I think products that solve a problem being asked about is ...


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This is in no way authoritative, but... No. The scope is still being defined, but one thing that seems clear, thus far, is that questions on Stack Exchange need answers that are somewhat definitive. Questions like those tend to lead to opinionated and relative answers; as in what works for you may not work for anyone else and that leads to situations where ...


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I think that small-time medical questions should be on-topic on Lifehacks Non-serious questions do not pose a danger to question-askers, because there won't be any serious affects from bad advice given. This will also limit the "gerrymandering" of our scope, to an extent....cheap and easy bandaids where I don't have one certainly feels like a hack, and ...


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Answers are neither on- nor off-topic. They are just answers. Given they aren't falling into any of the flaggable/deletable categories (spam, offensive, not an answer, etc.) they are just good or bad answers. And there already is a way to show whether an answer is good or bad: Votes. That being said: downvote bad (not lifehack) answers and leave them at ...


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The use of product recommendations by way of example shouldn't be off topic though. Simply linking to a product without further explanation or ideas should be.


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I'm afraid that the answer to questions like this will always be "It depends". Each question will be judged by the community as to whether it is on or off topic. Your example about using four letters seems to be to be off-topic. There is no lifehack there that I can see. However, you will find many examples on the site of questions that seek to take a ...


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I'm not opposed to homework questions which are on-topic. Few homework questions are likely to be on-topic, however. As noted on the tour page: Don't ask about... Conventional "how to…" questions about skills that can commonly be learned elsewhere Questions about using products in the way they were designed to be used Most homework ...


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This was a comment, but I'm making it an answer. When I answer a question and a product is the answer, I try to obtain a picture of the item, plus I look at several places where the item can be bought and provide a link to which one represents what I would buy myself. This is as an example. It is also out of courtesy. I will keep doing this. Amazon is so ...


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Product recommendations are ok. I don't think spam will be much of a problem, simply because it seems that the products recommended will tend to be rather generic like recommending Ajax for something as an example. You will know spam when you see it, just flag it.


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