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Did not receive Enlightened badge

I was skimming through my badges and noticed that I have an accepted answer (for How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle) with 10+ up votes yet I do not have the Enlightened badge. Looking at the ...
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bug in tag synonyms page

I believe I found a bug while adding a tag synonym. When I was typing in a search for 'mercedes' I get this result: Not sure if this is normal behavior or if this is a bug.
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Pro Tempore Moderator Nomination Thread

As per the Moderator Pro Tempore blog post, I went ahead and created a thread to nominate Pro Tempore Moderators on this new site: This is the basic structure of a Moderator nomination thread: The ...
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How Do We Promote This Site?

What are some ideas and suggestions for promoting this site and encouraging experts to post questions and answers? The Stack Exchange Blog mentions Sharing Links to Questions to Earn The Announcer, ...
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Should the FAQ for this Site Contain Extra Information to Help Guide New Users?

Since this site is not designed specifically for programmers, we're likely to get many new users who are not as computer or tech-savvy as the user-base we would typically see lurking in one of the ...
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Appropriate question: What diesel SUVs are available in NA?

I recently asked on mechanics.stackexchange.com: What diesel SUVs are available in North America? I deleted the question because I was downvoted and the comments stated that this was an inappropriate ...
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If it's probably in a Chilton/Haynes manual, should it be here?

Example question: Coil Pack Location I think it's also fairly noteworthy that Google found the answer pretty quickly for me.
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does the ban on buying advice apply on mechanics?

I know on other *.stackexchange sites, buying advice is strongly discouraged. Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring I looked through the faq for mechanics and did not see that same ...
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missing retag option [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why Can I Edit One Question But Not Another? I have a rep of 637 and I have the ability to retag some questions but not others. I can see retag on Turn signal clicks randomly ...
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Why Can I Edit One Question But Not Another?

Background Information: We're still in private beta, so all users have all privileges. Both questions are not community wiki. They are standard, normal questions. No edit option on this question, ...
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“What's that noise?”

I've noticed a few questions along the lines of "What could [noise x] mean?" or "How can I fix [noise y]?". As this is a site dedicated to motor vehicle mechanical issues, I expect this will be a ...
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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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Are boat trailers on-topic for this site?

For example, how to wire a boat trailer so it will tolerate salt water, or replacing hub bearings. There's no motor but this is closely related to what you find in a car.
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Are RVs in the scope of this site?

I have an older motorhome that I want to maintain myself. Are questions about that vehicle appropriate for Mechanics SE? Here are some examples to consider: Why don't my house batteries get charged ...
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Drawing the line for “too localized” on this site.

When considering whether a question is worth closing, StackExchange provides the option of "too localized". This is described as: This question would only be relevant to a small geographic area, a ...
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URL change from garage.SE to mechanics.SE?

I noticed today that garage.SE now redirects to mechanics.SE. On a particular post on the Area 51 Discussion site, we discussed this and Garage.SE is the most upvoted answer at 16, where Mechanics.SE ...
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Name Our Chat Room [duplicate]

Soon enough, I'm sure this site will have a chat room made somewhere by someone. What should it be called? EDIT: Looks like we already do. Still, anyone want to suggest a rename?
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Maintenance/Repair Tags - Are they necessary?

Since this site is one where many questions will likely have at least three tags (make, model, part) to begin with, I think it is important to narrow down early which overly-common tags should not be ...
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Are body repair questions on-topic for this site?

This is brought up by a couple recently closed questions. Scratches - both light and deep How to remove a small dent in the front door of the car? Although these are closed for reasons under ...
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Tag synonym: fuel/petrol/gas

Just noticed this bit of tag redundancy on a question. What are the benefits of premium (high octane) petrol? That question has all of the following tags: fuelgaspetrol Could the powers that be ...
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Is the beta only for professionals?

There's something I'd like to get cleared up nice an dearly. The advise that pops up the first time we ask a questions states, in part, If the private beta doesn't produce enough high quality ...
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Are performance engineering questions on topic?

Would questions about performance engineering motors on topic here? For instance, questions like "What would be the best pistons to run in a supercharged Honda b16a motor?" (not sure if that's the ...
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Tags are for categorization

This site is still very new but we need a bit of help with tagging. I'm seeing a lot of this sort of thing: Unnecessarily Detailed, Dependent Tags Tags should help you place the question into a ...
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Tagging for Make/Model/Year specific questions?

I have started to see a trend emerge that folks are asking questions and tagging them with Make, model and year as separate tags. Should this practice be continued, or should we combine tags like "...
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CEL? OBD? OBD-II? Error codes?

What's the best tag to use for questions with a specific CEL (Check Engine Light) code? I've seen various terms for them on other forums and sites. more info
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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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