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Congrats to Handy Howie & Anarach for reaching the 3k point milestone!

Just a note of congratulations to both @HandyHowie and @Anarach for recently reaching the 3,000 point milestone. Please take a moment to throw them some love!
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What to do with “Fixed while Troubleshooting” questions?

Robert Barnes asked this question a while back. I recently asked him if he was able to fix the issue. He stated in the comments that the problem went away after a while. This to me is a term I've ...
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Quick Notes on the Stack Exchange

I may be overlooking something here, but sometimes I have a question that I know will take a long time to properly write up (composing, gathering resources etc.). So, wouldn't it be nice to have ...
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Votes being Locked In

Having voted quite a bit on this site now, I have noticed that you can't retract your vote after a certain amount of time. It is commited unless the answer is edited, as shown below: Not only that, ...
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Votes to Close a Question

I am able to vote to close my own questions where appropriate and I have 24 votes remaining at the moment. 24 seems like an odd number (though quite generous) to start with but I guess its just 25 ...
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How To Find the Site Statistics

I am interested in monitoring the growth of this site but I noticed that the Questions Per Day wasn't included in the little sidebar (example below). How can I find more in depth site statistics than ...
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LED lights question

https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/24309/led-lights-on-same-switch How do you deal with getting a question like this migrated to us? This is a chat exchange with CDE who followed the ...
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Request CircuitLab Schematic Editor for Mechanics.SE

EE.SE (electronics.stackexchange.com) has a WYSIWYG editor that allows stack users to create and edit schematics for posting. This should be requested for integration on Mechanics.SE. It would not ...
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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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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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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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Should each question be required to post a code as part of the FAQ?

Since this is a technical site and OBDII is a standard since 1996, shouldn't it be a requirement to post code(s) for each question, if any, rather than having to ask? The reason I'm asking is I ...
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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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When is a day in SE over?

I had a 200 rep day and I'm wondering when the clock get's reset in here. Based upon my observations regarding resetting the voting clock it doesn't seem to happen from the last vote. That the clock ...
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Winter Hats 2015 - Do they go away after the Holidays?

I think January 3rd is when the Winter Hat Bash is over. I was wondering, do the hats go away from our profiles on that date? I dug around meta and couldn't find the answer (not that it isn't there)...
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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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Announcing the Close Vote Café

Backdrop We get a lot of questions where the OP leaves much to be desired in terms of further information or clarification. In the hope that the OP gets back with further information the question ...
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Tire Size Calculator as a Stack Snippet?

We get tire size questions every now and again. It would be cool if we could create a runnable Stack Snippet that: takes in a tire size as input and generates a to-scale diagram of the wheel with ...
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Why do different review queues have different options?

Probably more a question for the main SE people, but why aren't all the options available to all the review queues? I just had an answer come up in the 'low quality posts' queue that appeared to be ...
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Is it wrong to suggest advanced solutions as an answer?

Would it be better to post technical solutions to questions from users? I see quite a few questions that people ask, and I can see that they may not have the monetary means or mechanical "know-how" to ...
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Is this a good answer?

I was reviewing first answers, and this answer came up My first instincts were that it wasn't a good answer, but on the other hand, it answers the question, by saying don't let the gas run low. It ...
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Is “pinking” a typo or a valid alternative to “pinging” or “knocking”?

I've seen several answers now that refer to "pinking" in what can only be a detonation context. I've heard of knocking referred to as "pinging," but never "pinking." So is this a typo that should be ...
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Should I leave a question open that I have just edited?

I have just edited this question: Buying an eight-year-old car with very low mileage?, as it has several close votes, to try and make it more specific. However, the edit has not been approved yet, ...
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Litre or liter?

Obviously when discussing volumes of fuel, oil, etc. the quantity can be specified in quarts, gallons, truck-loads, etc. I personally try to specify an international measure and a US measure (e.g. kms ...
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Are questions on security of embedded systems on topic here?

Several years ago I read a paper about some smaller American university that used a (self-developed, IIRC) CAN bus fuzzer on a US middle class car. In the lab / garage they found that they could ...
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Not sure what to make of this wiki-style question on penetrating oils

The question in question: https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/21140/675 I'm not sure how good a fit this type of question is for the following reasons: it refers to specific brands it attempts ...
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Should we retag gearbox related questions using the gear tag?

I have just created the gearbox tag for my question. It seems strange that there isnt one. The gears tag has many gearbox related questions. Should I/we retag the gearbox tag for these sort of ...
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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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Are electronic vehicle accessories questions on topic?

Question If I ask a question about an electronic vehicle accessory would the question be on topic? Example Question How do I open an app with the Kinivo BTC455 Bluetooth adapter?* Example car ...
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Should we make an FAQ question for reading battery date codes?

Maybe we should make an FAQ (or wiki) for reading battery date codes. Several similar questions about different brands: How do I know when a car battery was produced? Interpreting AC Delco's ...
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Huge number of open, unanswered low-quality questions

I just recently joined this site. There are a lot of posts that are low-quality or off-topic which haven't been moderated. I'm trying to flag new ones. Do we have moderators here? Are they active? I'm ...
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Should we have a field for specifying your vehicle when asking a question

In the short time its been since I've joined this site its been great! One thing I've noticed is that there are a lot of questions where the user neglects to specify their vehicle, wherein another ...
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Let's make a question template for repair-quote consultation

Motivation Many moons ago, I took my vehicle to the dealership to diagnose an electrical gremlin. They recommended a rather expensive repair - replace the fuel pump - which did not fix the issue at ...
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Permanence of links to e-commerce websites

We're seeing quite a few links to product pages and pictures from external, commercial websites and I'm not entirely convinced that the links will stay permanent. How could we ensure that the ...
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Can I ask “how to learn, what car to buy” question here?

I need to buy a new car since my old broke down and I have no idea of car mechanics. As I also have very few knowledge of cars in general I would like to learn the proper questions that I need to ask ...
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Do we need the 'car' tag?

As above - it seems fairly superfluous! Of course, that above sentence is too short... So I'll add this bit to make it pass the automated check...
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Unfair closing of question

So, today I ask my first question in the mechanics site. I am completely clueless when it comes to mechanics and I thought I could find help there. I had trouble identifying a part from my car that ...
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Disambiguate the Seat tag

There are currently 11 questions tagged seat, a tag which has no wiki. Of these, 8 are about the things you sit on in a vehicle and 3 are about models from the Spanish manufacturer. We do have model-...
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Tag synonym request: o2-sensor and lambda-sensor

We ought to have o2-sensor and lambda-sensor as synonyms. The former is more commonplace in street parlance, the latter is the more technically-correct term for this. Thoughts?
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Tag [fastner] should be [fastener] (missing an 'e')

There's a tag fastner on the site that is presumably a typo. It should be fastener, which doesn't exist. Can a mod please create the correctly-spelled version and synonymize the typo?
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Is “rpm” really tag-worthy?

I saw a wiki description review request today for rpm. At present there are 31 questions tagged with on Mechanics.SE and I wonder how useful it is. As it relates to engine speed, wouldn't engine-...
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New tags for MGs please

May I ask for some new tags for MG and ZS-180 I would like MG-ZS-180 but I know that does not fit the pattern of the site at the moment and I don't have the rep. I also apologize now for the blatant ...
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Tag Synonym Support for VW and Volkswagen

Can we create a tag synonym for vw and volkswagen, with vw as the main since there are already 130+ questions under it.
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Comment privileges for new user

Ever so often answers by new users turn up that are not really answers at all and would be better suited for comments. I've, on several occasions, commented on such answers to let them know this not ...
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How is the 'impact' number derived in our profiles?

When I look in my MVM&A profile it shows I have reached approximately 7000 users. When I look at my meta MVM&A profile it indicates I have reached 126,000 users. How is this number derived ...
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How do unanswered questions on meta effect the site?

I'm wondering if unanswered questions in meta effect the overall site ranking on percentage of questions answered. I know the current ranking is sub 90% and that's not good, we need to get it higher. ...
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Could Targeted Tags Help Here?

On another SE I'm on, I found this Meta Question: https://woodworking.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/192/lets-drum-up-some-content-whos-up-for-community-projects I would think it could work here ...
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Should I just go ahead and answer the question?

I have posted a lot of answers on here. I know some of them move into the realm of speculation (I would call them more along the lines of an educated guess). Because I deal in the realm of educated ...
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Tag synonym for tyre and tires

Can we get a tag synonym made for tyre and tires. I don't know which way should be the prevalent tag, but would suggest it should be the American version. Either way, it should be consolidated.
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Should Radio/Audio questions be off-topic?

Rory had said he would mark this question as off-topic: Radio stops playing when I change volume There have been questions answered about audio in the past ... I'm not seeing as why this is off ...

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