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What to do with questions answered on other SE sites like DIY

I was about to ask a question about resin rings under paint when I found the same question answered on DIY.SE https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/11901/what-is-causing-caused-these-brown-circular-...
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How can we salvage the question about lumber sizes in different regions?

I think this is an interesting question but I'm struggling with how to make it fit the SE format, other than to ask for a reference that lists common dimensional lumber sizes in various countries. ...
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What else, if anything, needs to be clarified in the final dimensions (mm)-to-nominal-lumber-size question?

To me this question was very clear from the start, but I think too many people read the original title too literally and neglected to read and understand the first sentence of the body. Given final ...
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Same user answering question twice

Recently on this question How to bend chipboard into a cylinder without tearing it apart? A user answered the question twice with 2 different suggestions. I originally thought this was in bad form ...
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Is the scroll saw/sabre saw/jigsaw question a dupe of the sabre saw/jigsaw question?

Is Are there any differences between jigsaws, sabre saws, or scroll saws? a dupe of What is the difference between a sabre saw and a jig saw? I almost marked the new question a dupe of the older one, ...
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Is “best” a naughty word in questions?

The most recent question on Woodworking beta asks for the "best" surface to use on a large desk/workbench. It was put on hold as being to general. A couple of days ago someone asked about a good ...
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Do we really need a materials tag?

I see a few questions using the materials tag. This seems to me like the tools tag. I suppose it can give a question context. It just seems like a tag that adds very little to the question. The ...
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DIY questions vs Woodworking

I just asked a question that could easily be on DIY, but I asked it here because I felt it could fit and we need questions! I'm just wondering what others feel is the line between where the question ...
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Writing my own Q&A while expecting other answers

I have had a couple of questions in the past where I said something like I am having a problem with [blank]. I think I should probably do [second blank]. I usually write the second sentence with ...
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Should we ban the wood tag?

A continuation of question: Should we get rid of "wood" in our tags? I have seen the tag pop up a couple of times recently. It used to be on the following questions How would I go about ...
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How should we salvage the etymology question, if at all?

This question was originally closed as too broad: What do Kerf, Dado, Rabbet, Tenon and Mortise mean? It has been edited to reduce the scope, but now I think the wording does not achieve what the ...
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Answering Community Project Posts

If nothing else I am proof that doing to projects is insight for questions. Which was the goal in the first place. I have just made a workbench from the: Community Project: Lets build a workbench! ...
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Let's make the off topic close reasons more specific

According to the help center, we have some specific topics that are considered off topic: Help identifying a particular piece of wood (for example, by looking at a picture) Product or vendor ...
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Does the “every answer is equally valid” criterion apply?

I took a shot at answering In what cases is it NOT useful to have more than one of the same tool?, but I found it necessary to reframe the question somewhat in order to write an answer that didn't ...
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How can we improve upon the wood-identification tag?

We've decided to prohibit wood-identification questions, but we're using the wood-identification to help people identify an appropriate type of wood given some desired application or properties. I ...
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Is a question about cutting plexiglass on a table saw off-topic?

Title pretty much says it all. Would a question about cutting plexiglass on a table saw be off-topic for this site? Is it better to post it at the DIY site? Update with background info I'm ...
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Community Project: Let's make a birdhouse!

(This post is part of our community projects initiative to give users the opportunity to build something of value and in the process run into situations where they might have questions that our ...
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I think we should have a chatroom for showcasing our projects

I have been thinking about this for a while but didn't want to have another chatroom that no one frequented which would then fizzle and die. Now that community-projects is starting to take off this ...
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Is it okay to point to your own website?

I've got a website that I frequently post woodworking projects, tips, and tricks to. On occasion I've felt the need to direct people to that site but have avoided doing so to avoid coming across as ...
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How do we handle tool or construction identification questions?

I'm splitting this question off from the original question, Are wood identification questions allowed?, because the answers to that question only addressed wood identification and not the other ...
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Community Project: Lets build a workbench!

(This post is part of our community projects initiative to give users the opportunity to build something of value and in the process run into situations where they might have questions that our ...
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Should we answer question with no attached user?

The question Can I get some tips or criticisms of this couch plan? looks like the user account has been deleted. Is it a waste of effort to answer this? Especially since it would only serve the OP, ...
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Reopen question about milling yard trees

It's hard to understand the objection to What is the process, from start to finish, for milling a tree into boards?. It was closed as unclear due to feasible being too vague. But that word simply ...
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Lets drum up some content! Who's up for community projects?

I have to tell you all: I am in love with this site. I love that there is a Stack Exchange site that covers a topic that I am passionate about. So, I really want to help the site to succeed. In ...
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How can we ensure more specific questions get answered rather than being marked as duplicates and left unanswered?

A problem I've encountered too many times on superuser.com is that some broad questions are treated as catch-all questions, and any more specific questions are marked as duplicates even if the broad ...
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Is the question view counter actually accurate?

This is, potentially, a meta-meta question, but: Is the view counter actually correct? For this question about router direction as of the time of my noticing, there were 3 views noted and 4 answers ...
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Do we have a mechanism for getting pertinent background details on someone asking a question

With many of the questions people ask, the appropriate answer will largely depend on what tools and equipment they have access to. Should we answer questions in multiple sections, describing ...
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Should the repair tag be broken up into two categories

So people are using repair in question which is fine. Could there be a potential confusion issue? I would think there is a difference between Repair damage/imperfection to wood: How can I repair a ...
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Introducing the Woodworking Pro Tem Moderators

For every newly launched SE site, we need members who focus on helping with community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community to act as temporary, ...
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How can we maintain a healthy number of questions?

For quite a while we were getting a good number of new questions every day, but over the past week or so, the number of questions has fallen. A good Stack Exchange site should reach a critical mass ...
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What should our elevator pitch be?

Question 5 of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta pretty much says it all: What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You ...
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Are semi-relevant comments okay?

Comments on my question about SawStop alternatives seem less relevant to the question than they could be. I don't mind a quick safety note, i.e. "How do I hold a router with my teeth?": "This is ...
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Imposing views with tags

There was a recent discussion in chat about me adding the safety to the following post: How do you remove bed bugs from lumber? Originally I added it because the post was discussing potentially using ...
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When should I accept an answer?

In the help center, there's a fact about accepting an answer. Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. ...
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Are questions that may go out of date acceptable?

I'd like to ask about alternatives to SawStop. A correct answer to this may change in the coming years. Is this acceptable? If so, should I make my question time-specific? (Are there any ...
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Judgment call: is “what minimum specs should I be looking for” too opinion-based?

(Trying to decide whether to go minimum cost or midrange on a dust collector for 1-user small shop in particular -- cfpm, filter, what else. My real question, I admit, is whether the Harbor Freight ...
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Are questions about how tools work on topic?

I'd like to ask how a variable speed drill press, lathe, etc. works. Is this on topic? More examples: How does a SawStop work? What kind of motion does a random orbital sander have? How does a ...
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Should we allow tool acronyms such as SCMS, RAS, ROS, BS, and TS as tag synonyms?

There are several acronyms that are commonly used to describe tools, such as SCMS (sliding compound miter saw), RAS (radial arm saw), and ROS (random orbit sander). Do we want to allow these as tag ...
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Are questions of tool (and tool company) history off-topic?

I know I was having a little fun with the saw nib question, but now I'm wondering about serious questions that have more to do with tool history and lore. For example: Why are combination planes (...
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Where are the pre-beta questions

Way back before the site went beta, I submitted a few questions (that I actually knew the answer to.) I was thinking about submitting them to the site now that it's in full operation but I don't ...
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How can we grow this website now that it has made it to public beta?

Now that the site is open and usable to the public, how do we successfully grow it? I imagine it should be easier to promote it now than it was when it was just in the proposal stage, but that's not ...
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Milestone associated with Beta badge

Have we hit a milestone or something. Are we a public beta now? I see 33 people as of now have been awarded the beta badge. The requirements for most would have been met a while ago.
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Are questions about CNC and laser cutting on-topic?

My first inclination is to say that questions about computer-automated production belong under a different site, but Personal Manufacturing and Digital Fabrication didn't make it past beta. It could ...
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Non toxic staining and finishing solutions

At this point in my woodworking I am not comfortable nor do I have the proper setup to do this safely (That and my wife said no). Fumes and working temperature are my hurdles. Would 2 separate ...
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Is this question about end-grain cuting boards on-topic?

My question is what are the advantages and disadvantages of building and using an end-grain cutting board. The answer to this question will require knowledge of woodworking and wood, but may also ...
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Answering older questions

I'm relatively new to stackexchange. Although I've searched it for answers many times, I've only rarely contributed. My question is: should we answer older questions? How old does a question ...
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What should our documentation contain?

Of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta we seem to have at least touched on the others, but I don't think we have asked this one yet. The question "What should our documentation contain?" ...
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Wood usage question

What are the different uses for plain sawn (flat sawn), rift sawn, and quarter sawn boards? is starting to garner some comment discussion on its value. It was originally moving toward closure as a ...
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Sawn question impass

I have this Q&A that has received a lot of attention. What are the common cut patterns used to mill a log into boards? The problem is the community, and the internet it seems, are having an ...
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Who should our moderators be?

There are few tasks yet to complete in our bid to move from private to Public Beta. One of the questions that is always posted around now is asking people to volunteer and/or proposing others as ...