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Helping our new users make the transition

mechanics.SE is not a forum It's Q&A. Not Q&Q. Nor Q&Commentary. Nor Q&Chit-Chat. The seasoned SE veterans understand the rules, but the new users don't and we ought to help them ...
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Congratulations, Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair is graduated!

It's a big day, Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined that you're good to go. Reaching 'mature ...
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How can we increase the number of eligible voters?

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, we've announced a process we call design-independent graduation which allows us to confer all of the benefits (and drawbacks) of graduation without waiting for our ...
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The Great MAF Experiment

Keep on reading if you have access to an OBD-II reader and a fuel-injected vehicle As mentioned in this meta post, I'm on a mission to collect data for mass air flow values at idle. With sufficient ...
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What makes mechanics.SE so special?

I've been active on this site for almost two years now and have used it to get help, learn stuff and assist others. mechanics.SE is by no means the first website on automotive maintenance and I doubt ...
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Earn the Electorate Badge in January 2016 and get

This may be a little bit different, but I'm willing to put up a bounty to any user on here to earn the Electorate Badge in the month of January of 2016. The rules are simple and there are only two: ...
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Making a site for professionals

There are already a million places on the internet where you can type simple car maintenance questions and get a bunch of teenagers telling you some random nonsense that they have no reason to know ...
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Are driving questions on-topic?

Is this site specifically for maintenance and repair, or are we going to allow questions about driving practices?
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Why are we so mean to new users?

We all want the community to grow right? Then why are we mean to new users? They need guidance not snarky comments or piling on to close their questions as unclear what your asking or too broad ...
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Users Physical Safety, when and how should we address this?

Sometimes a question is asked and it fills me with worry for the person asking the question. Less frequently I'll see something suggested as an answer which is potentially fraught with danger. ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They'll be replacing the existing crew shortly — ...
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Congrats to Zaid for Making 10K

I just wanted to point out to everyone that Zaid has reached a point milestone! He has garnered 10,000 points! Everyone please take a moment and congratulate him! :D
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Are small engines on topic?

Are small engines such as found in many lawn care tools on topic? Lawn Mowers (Push and Riding) Back pack blowers Weed eaters Tractors (not so small)
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Ok when are we going to graduate?

Based on the stats from area51 at this moment we are 1912 days in beta and our stats are very good, well in my opinion: You can follow here but that leads me to ask my question. When are we going to ...
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The tour page is rubbish. Let's fix it

Could we add some of the close reasons to Don't ask about section of the tour page? As right now it is very generic, simply saying: Anything not directly related to motor vehicle maintenance or ...
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How should we handle questions where we think the OP might be a car jacker?

In this question, the OP wants to bypass their car security system. We have no way of telling whether they are the actual owner or not. How should we handle such questions?
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To clarify: Is heavy machinery on-topic here?

I'm currently rebuilding the engine on a John Deere 690B excavator. I've come across a few questions that I'd like to ask, but I'm seeing conflicting reports on what's on-topic here. Your help center ...
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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Are electric cars on topic here?

We've determined that small engines are on topic. Also, that Remote Control cars are off topic. However, with the advent of the Tesla, the Ford Focus Electric, the Chevrolet Volt, etc., one has to ...
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:::rolls down window::: pardon me, can you help me find

I hate to post this here, since it's not about MV's, but the very helpful Paulster2 said there were helpful people here and such and I honestly have looked in dozens of other places for an answer 🕵🏻....
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Congratulations to DucatiKiller for reaching 20k Points!

We've had a lot of congrats for @DucatiKiller over the past few months. This one is special. 20k is a milestone and you've reached it brother! Great job on making this site awesome!
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Getting Votes Back

If you have enough rep, you will be able to see this. https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/site-analytics Votes peaked at 488 on January 6th after this post from Jon Ericson How can we increase the ...
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Congrats to vini_i for reaching 5000 points!

I just wanted to take a second and congratulate @vini_i for reaching the 5000 point level! This is a great accomplishment and should be recognized!! Keep up the great work!
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OBD Code Only Questions

Recently we've had a couple of users who have asked questions where the only bit of information they give is the OBD code and the make/model of the vehicle, followed by "how can I fix it" or some such....
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Should I approve trivial edits?

Every once in a while when I go to review, I am prompted with edits that seem to be made just for the sake of editing, such that they fix simple typos but do nothing for the clarity or content. ...
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Should small engines grow?

In the tag wiki for the tag small-engine, it says that these engines are typically 15HP or less. However, many lawn tractors, which I would have thought would fit this category, frequently push 20-...
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What is going on here?

Motorcycle randomly loses power https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/review/close/19357 I am completely baffled. This question is in the close cue. The cited reason is, too broad. I could go on a ...
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Is tractor maintenance on-topic?

There's a related meta question (Are small engines on topic?), but that's more about small engines. How about questions on maintenance of compact tractors (not lawn tractors -- I'm thinking about >20-...
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Should we still provide answers to questions where an answer has been accepted?

What I mean is, say we come across a post that's fairly old and already has an answer that's been accepted. If we have something to say other than what's been already said in the accepted answer or if ...
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Frustrating site, why can't I vote or do anything?

I read the tour and all that but I have to say, it's frustrating that I can't do anything here except ask a question. I can't vote, I can't even comment. I feel like I'm wasting my time. It seems ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please ...
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Where do we go to troubleshoot?

Many of you have probably seen this question on the troubleshooting of my friends 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32). There was a ~15 comment 'thread' under the question that has since been moved to chat. ...
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Would the community welcome questions on Small engine repair and maintenance

There is an Area 51 Proposal for Small engine repair and maintenance I feel like the the questions currently listed would be on topic here. I left gas in my Toro mower over the winter, how do I get ...
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Strike down the 2-stroke tag (and 4-stroke)

Duplicate tags: 2-stroke and two-stroke Edit: Also 4-stroke and four-stroke two-stroke has 1 follower and 22 questions, and 2-stroke has no followers, and 9 questions. They seem to be pretty ...
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Canonical question for “Low beams don't work, high beams do.”

This comes up a lot: Low beams out high beams work High Beams work, Low beams don't, But . . No low beams but do have high beams Electrical - Low beams out, high beams still work Low beams don&#...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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What do we need to do to get out of Beta?

Is there anything to do besides wait? A peek at Area51 indicates the questions per days is too low, anything besides that?
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Motorcycle questions referred over from bicycles.se

With respect to this question https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/38695/why-do-some-2-wheelers-have-an-attachment-to-their-fork Its definitely off topic for the Bicycles.SE site. motorcycles....
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Would questions about car washing or detailing be on-topic?

As the title. I took a look at the tags and didn't see one for it that I could find. While washing motor vehicles does tend to be a bit more unique than washing other things, it's not really dealing ...
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Why is British English often 'corrected' to American English here?

Multiple times I have seen people 'correcting' British English words and terms in a question to their American equivalent. Words like colour are changed to color and customisation is changed to ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

You've graduated, and with graduation you get Community Promotion Ads to run on your site! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-vetted advertisements that will ...
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Up-vote questions

One thing we can do to make the site more inviting for new questioners is to up-vote their questions. I try to make a point of up-voting any question that's well-posed, in-line with our FAQ and ...
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How do we encourage question askers to be engaged with their questions?

It seems like a fairly common thing for somebody to ask an unanswerable-with-information-provided question and then "go away" and not respond to comments with questions or tentative ideas. I'm ...
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Is it legal/ethical to link to an online copy of a service manual?

Over the years I have seen questions on the main site that could be answered with a link to an online service manual. While I prefer to err on the side of caution, I feel there is a need to have an ...
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Congratulations to @Paulster2 for hitting 50,000 reputation!

50,000 Reputation Congratulations for your benchmark reputation hit! 50,000 rep is not trivial. I know you have contributed so much to this site and are emotionally invested in it's success. You have ...
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April Challenges

Alright, since today is April 2nd, I'm past due for the monthly challenges. This month isn't going to be too much different. We're still looking for voting improvements, so voting is where the main ...
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Regarding off-topic questions and the divide between “mechanics” and “motor vehicles.”

There have been a lot of questions regarding "Are XYZ questions on-topic for this site?" When this beta first started, the sub-domain was "garage" and now it's "mechanics." A bicycle mechanic ...
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February and March 2016 Challenges are here!

After talking with several people here on Mechanics.SE, we believe the January Challenge has gone very well. We want to follow it up with new challenges for the February/March time period so as to ...
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I'm burninating [data]

A recent tag wiki suggested edit review brought my attention to our data tag, which currently has the following two questions in it: What data are OBD-II scanners capable of logging? (this one is ...
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Congratulations to DucatiKiller for reaching 10,000 Points!

Everyone please congratulate DucatiKiller for reaching the 10k threshold! Good job brother! :D Your presence here has made a tremendous difference!

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