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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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Research: No Effort: Yes If you're going to ask how to cover a nail hole effectively, you had better specify why spackle will not work for you. - Robert Cartaino (Director of Community Development for the SE) in this meta post. As defined in our lifehack definition (implemented in our new scope) and other meta posts, in addition to a detailed ...


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In theory there's nothing wrong with answering your own questions, no matter how often you do it, provided that both your questions and answers meet quality standards. That said, in this case it does look like someone is copying a whole lot of content without giving attribution and some of the questions aren't great... We appreciate people trying to ...


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Stack Exchange sites are for questions. Lifehacks.SE is a Stack Exchange site that is primarily operated in English. In general, in English, questions are built around an interrogative word, which indicates what the question is. How is one of the most important of these interrogative words, and is the one closest to the heart of the mission of a site like ...


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I can understand your concern, but as a systemic ongoing problem, I think it's a bit of a stretch to draw that correlation widely — that someone whose answer has been down-voted is more inclined to (or should be prevented from) closing the question itself. But an issue I have seen is users knowingly answering questions they know are going to get ...


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I think that a question like that does fit the new scope, because it acknowledges that a "standard" option does exist, but can't be used because it is (in the wording of the scope question) "unavailable." So long as "Z" is well-explained (he's camping, and doesn't have access to a whetstone or knife steel; his shaver broke, and he can't use a razor/sharp ...


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I would prefer not to see such questions included in the scope of the site. The scope is already challenging to define, but at least we seem to agree it's about providing a novel solution to a physical problem. Extending the scope to include questions about why hacks work begins to jostle against the scope for other sites, like Physics or Chemistry. If you ...


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No, this question should not be on-topic, even though it deals with the physical problem of vision. Yes, the scope of Lifehacks is about physical problems, but it's also about lifehacks, not software configuration. The question specifically is asking for iPad settings to reduce eye strain... it is not looking for general eye-strain reduction advice. Just ...


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The only way to improve question quality is: Properly and frequently use upvotes and downvotes: Upvote good questions and downvote bad ones. This demonstrates to anyone visiting our site the level of quality we expect, as well as provides examples of how to form a good question. Using both types of votes is really important: Upvotes ensure good questions ...


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The point I raised in my comment is that simple "ingredient substitutions" are such a common and well-documented part of cooking, something you can simply look up in any number of recipe books or references didn't feel like a hack to me. Technically it is, I guess. But turn to the chapter on ingredient substitutions — I'll leave it up the the community ...


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This is partially covered on a Meta Stack Exchange FAQ Question: [A]s not all people on SE are from the same country and laws can be very diverse. I would comment on the answer that it breaks these [laws] in [country]. For Lifehacks, specifically, I encourage the downvote of answers that use thievery as a method. Flagging these as VLQ is also helpful.


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I agree with apaul's answer, but I think an additional point has to be made. SE explicitly encourages asking and answering your own question, and it's something that I do all the time, on this site and several others. However, at the same time, you need to make sure that quality is not compromised when you do that. Take, for example, this question that I ...


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This is a terrible idea. Titles are supposed to be clear and concise one line summary of the problem the user is facing. If there's a problem I'm having then I should be able to tell just by the title if a specific question is relevant. A user shouldn't need to click through to find out what the question is actually about. stripped screw heads That's a ...


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This would likely be closed as off topic. "Mind hacks" are off topic — Questions dealing with personal productivity and self-improvement tips, memorization and learning techniques, etc. are outside the scope of this site. You may want to have a look at Personal Productivity to see if your question is on topic there.


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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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I'm pretty impressed by the fact that the number of unique users who have posted an answer is more than double the number of unique users who have asked a question (Check it out!) It's very promising to see that Lifehacks SE is filled with so many people wanting give answers, not just get answers! (At the time of posting this, there were 1097 Askers and ...


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My concern especially applies to all the questions which are borderline howto-questions, and might show little (or no effort) in searching for solutions, or might not require lifehacks at all. The only "How to..." questions that are off-topic, according to the help center page, are those "about skills that can commonly be learned elsewhere". Questions such ...


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I believe the base issue at hand here, is that a lot of the questions do have various standard solutions, which the question does not address. This could have a lot of reasons, and could be a concern as I understand it is not the intention for Lifehacks to be a general howto-site. Some of these questions should most likely be closed, either as off-topic, ...


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I think this a subtle matter. If someone has genuinely found something interesting (and probably unique), then I'd welcome a Q&A-style post from them; it shares knowledge with the world. If someone posts a question and then, some time later, finds an answer, I welcome that being posted too. However, I don't particular enjoy reading questions that ...


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