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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a tricky question, but luckily... Based on other Metas, I don't think the answer to this question matters The answer to this question would be the basis for acting on this meta: Should we be downvoting conventional answers? The answer there was pretty much "no", though perhaps there is some more discussion to be had there. But going with that ...


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I agree with this very much. However, I don't think that something is off-topic just because it is on-topic on another SE site, inclusive of computer issues. For example, if I'm looking for a hack to keep a child from deleting my files, it could be on-topic at either of the following: Super User Parenting not to mention the platform-specific sites: ...


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Here's my definition of lifehack. Feel free to debate any of it. A lifehack is a quick solution to a problem. Usually the solution is an outside-the-box or unexpected solution, hence the term 'hack'. The problems tend to be trivial, yet irritating for those who have to deal with them. Lifehacks are simple and can apply to many people. This question is a ...


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No, it's not a taboo subject Pulling some from Shog's answer on a related question, Stack Exchange is a diverse community, and will likely host discussions that not all are comfortable with... But there's a time and a place, and if the room you're in goes off-topic and offends, try to deal with that diplomatically ... talk to each other in real-time without ...


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I feel these answers present a danger to a beta site that is struggling with its scope. There's a common tendency to see a collection of answers heading off the rails and say, "these answers are the problem - if it weren't for them, things would be fine here." Familiar examples include: Subjective questions attracting polarizing, opinionated ...


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In the Reddit community there is a subreddit called lifehacks which has a list of things they think should not be listed (and I agree with a lot of them). I have rewritten them to form a questionesk-guideline: The following are considered off-topic: Tips for problems which affect only 1 in a million people I don't particularly agree with this one for LHSE, ...


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I think yes. It's hard to say because for instance the broken glass you mention I do have a trick for; use wet paper towels, picks up all the tiny slivers leaving nothing behind. Some things we can't know there's a shortcut for until we ask. But the bigger problem with saying "common-sense advice" is not allowed is, that's about as loose and ambiguous a ...


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No is a valid answer, but rarely a useful one No is most certainly an answer. However, simply posting the word "No", or "No, you can't do that." doesn't add any value, and you should probably expect to have your answer downvoted. You haven't added anything to the question that the simple lack of a "yes" answer already shows. However, if you provide some ...


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I disagree. tl;dr: If the OP can show why the "common" or even "obvious" solution doesn't work, the question is more than welcome. Now for a full answer... In your post: Food preservation questions fail to meet any of these criteria. They're looking for common solutions to common problems, they're not asking for unusual ways to use ...


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No, that is not a valid reason to close a question. The thinking behind it might be a variation of the old "too localized" close reason. But that's a historical artifact we ejected quite some time ago, thank goodness. So let me provide a bit of historical context why we should not be rejecting stuff based on too hard or too specialized. Historical ...


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The problem we have here is that we don't want to rule out questions that fit in other sites because we want to provide "lifehack" answers instead of the standard answers they would get there. I feel like any question can be on topic as long as the questioner has done this: Clearly state the problem listing all details necessary to solve it. List what has ...


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No. Nearly everything we do can be related back to some psychological activity, allowing psychology to be on topic will open the scope to ... everything. Ever. At all. Moreover, opening it to psychology will make all sorts of medically related psychology questions on topic because how do you really differ between "How can I increase my concentration on a ...


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tl;dr all Life Hacks are DIY solutions, but not all DIY solutions (or questions) are Life Hacks. So are lifehacks just DIY solutions, or is there a difference? There damn well better be! This is the single most important discussion here - if we can't come to an understanding of what separates a question asking for a "hack" and a question asking for a ...


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These kinds of questions are by definition, too broad. There are too many possible answers for this format. Questions that are too broad don't really need to be considered categorically off-topic per se; they're already too broad. No sense in beating a dead horse. I suppose they may fit under "does not need a lifehack", maybe, but too broad is the most ...


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This same issue occurs on other Stack sites. Sometimes well written, on topic, full questions do not have a known answer. Provided the question is in the scope of Lifehacks and is clear, we should leave questions that we don't think are answerable open. Simply because we don't think it will be answerable doesn't mean that it is. If the question is off ...


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When I google "What is a lifehack" I get this definition: a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way. Which to me would imply that a lifehack is just the term used for the most efficient solution to a problem.


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I published a Meta post this morning summarizing everything that's been decided upon in Meta so far, and the discussion in chat that followed from this post. It should have a good building block for what the scope of this site is. The post can be found here: The scope of Lifehacks


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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 feel that we need very specific and actual problems that apply to yourself to be acceptable. The question should not be answerable sufficiently with common sense, that includes searching at least the SE Network for an answer before posting here. That means, for a question to be of high quality you must: Define exactly the problem you have. Show why ...


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Yes, we're limiting our scope to physical lifehacks. Our new scope defines a lifehack to be as follows: 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, ...


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Under the definition of a lifehack in our new scope, we can determine if a question is on topic or not by the following: The question is about a practical, physical problem. The question must implicitly demand unconventional and creative solutions, meaning the solutions use materials that are on hand for uses besides their intended use. This makes questions ...


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