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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

The first full moderator election on Sustainable Living has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the winners are: Robotnik will be joining the existing crew shortly, and congrats to ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next ...
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We graduated! Now what?

As you may have seen a while back, 59 sites left beta in December 2021, and Sustainable Living is one of those sites. The linked Meta.SE post goes into all the details, but essentially this means that ...
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Earth Day 2022: What sustainable living choices have you made in the past year?

Earth Day 2022 is today, Friday, April 22. Continuing the tradition we started last year, we're asking folks to share something they did during the past year that contributed to the goal of ...
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Stepping down as moderator

Yesterday I sent in my resignation as a volunteer moderator of Sustainable Living. I've always loved moderating this website, but in the last year or so I noticed I was visiting the site much less. ...
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And the best new user of 2021 is

Inspired by this post on SciFi.SE, I went through the yearly reputation league to see who the best new user was each year -- the user with the highest reputation for that year, who was not previously ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Let's have a [baby]!

While posting this question about breastfeeding, I noticed that there is no baby. There are a number of good questions where it would apply: Is there a recent life cycle analysis for cloth diaper and ...
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Please do not answer in the comments

Please, do not answer in the comments. Stack Exchange sites are designed to have a question and answer(s) format; use the answer section to post answers to the question. Here are some reasons for this:...
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Vote early, vote often!

I cannot state this strongly enough. Voting is absolutely critical to the formation of a healthy SE site. And this is never more true than in Private and early Public beta. Vote on Questions Voting ...
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Should [battery-charging] be merged into [batteries]?

The battery-charging tag is redundant, and I propose that it should be merged into batteries. The process of charging and discharging is intrinsic to the concept of a battery, so I suggest that ...
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Please contribute to tag wikis (2021)

Hello Sustainable Living community! 👋 Our site has a many tags that could benefit from the addition of tag wikis and excerpts. Please consider contributing your expertise and writing skills to help ...
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What is, in your opinion, the best publication on environmental and climate news?

What is, in your opinion, the best publication on environmental and climate news? I enjoy reading BBC Future articles about sustainable technologies and solutions (like this one). I often discover new,...
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Earth Day 2021: What sustainable living choices have you made in the past year?

Earth Day takes place this week on Thursday, April 22. To celebrate, we're asking folks to share something they did during the past year that contributed to the goal of Sustainable Living: Some ...
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Suitable to ask about how to use a particular controller?

Is it on-topic here to ask how to set up a particular controller? This is a Resol Deltasol BX controller for my solar hot water. I'm confused by the wording.
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Merge battery and batteries tags?

I noticed there is a battery tag with 1 QA, and a batteries tag with many more. May I recommend merging the two tags, and creating a synonym?
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Should we lower the close/reopen vote threshold from five to three?

Update June 22, 2020: With no objection and consensus among the mods, we've decided to elevate this to the CM team. Background Currently, it takes five votes within 14 days from users with the ...
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Make [climate-change] a synonym of [global-warming]

We have both climate-change (3 questions) and global-warming (14 questions). Neither has a wiki. The lemma on Wikipedia is Global warming: Global warming is the long-term rise in the average ...
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Update to the help center's "What topics can I ask about here?"

Take a look at the current text of the help center page, What topics can I ask about here?. There are a few different issues with this page as it stands: Description The site description ("SL.SE is ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Sustainable Living's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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Is [waste] different to [waste-minimisation]? Should they be combined?

In the process of suggesting an edit to this question I noticed we have both a waste and waste-minimisation tags. Both have fairly substantial use (94 and 21 questions respectively). From what I can ...
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Should we keep the [aquarium] tag?

The aquarium tag is used on only two question. It may be overly specific. The best tags offer value beyond a simple keyword search, and in this case both questions already include the keyword in their ...
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Synonomize tags on Meta: on-topic vs. site-scope

We have two tags here on Meta that seem to cover exactly the same content. on-topic site-scope Could a moderator please add on-topic as a synonym of site-scope?
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Tag suggestion: "best practices"

After asking a question about types of dishwasher detergent, I realized that I see a lot of questions asking the "best way" to do something. For example: Best way to store vegetables in the fridge ...
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Map of related tags

I put together this mind map to represent approximate relationships I see between tags. Many tags do not fit well into a tree structure, so I've taken liberties in a few areas. Hopefully this is ...
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How long to wait before enacting decisions from Meta?

In general, how long should we wait for community feedback before confirming and enacting decisions on meta? For example, I recently asked whether we should burn a tag and the response was positive, ...
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Is air-conditioning a synonym for cooling?

We have two separate tags, cooling and air-conditioning. Right now these are not synonyms, but I wonder if they should be. Precedent The inverse tags, heating and space-heating have already been ...
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Should questions about perpetual motion machines be preserved?

We have two questions on this site about perpetual motion machines. Solar energy without the sun: Super LED light on top of solar panels? Getting power from an innovative new mechanism Both ...
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Should we keep the tag [green-construction]?

The tag green-construction doesn't seem to offer much specificity. It's clearly not about painting buildings green, so "green" in this sense really just means sustainable, which is already implied by ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Difference between 'carbon footprint' tag and 'greenhouse-gas-emissions'?

We have two related tags that I feel overlap largely but IMHO are distinct enough to keep them as separate tags; carbon-footprint and greenhouse-gas-emissions. Assuming other people agree the tags are ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Sustainable Living Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 24, 2020 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the ...
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Why so many new users from Vietnam?

I was looking at the new users reputation for this Meta site, and I noticed that most of the new users are from Hanoi, Việt Nam, and have exactly 1 reputation. Also, all of these user profiles have a ...
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2013, so it's been a while... In addition to that, the moderator team has reached out requesting extra hands on deck. Since moderators were last ...
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Should we merge [car] and [cars]?

car has 6 questions and no description. cars has 32 questions and a description. Should we merge these two?
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Are all these anti-wind questions coming from the same user?

Over the last few months I've noticed a number of questions from new users that seem to take an anti-wind power stance: Does the cost of wind energy double when calculated correctly? Have wind ...
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Why does a question on the main site take you to meta?

Recently a question was migrated from Earth Science to the main Sustainability.SE site, and it shows up on the main page: Then, it was migrated to meta, as you can see here. Now, the link is on both ...
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Is there demand for a Stack Exchange site for the Climate Crisis?

I belong to a group of Fulbright Scholars that has been entertaining the idea of an online massively collaborative approach to the climate change crisis. Particularly, imagine a stack exchange site ...
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Automatic clean-up of unanswered questions

I recently found this post on meta explaining that the Community user will automatically delete old abandoned / dead questions in the following circumstances: If the question is more than 30 ...
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Would this question on different forms of compensation for excess solar PV production be a good fit?

Over on electronics.se there's a question that might be a better fit over here: Difference between Net metering, Feed-in tariff and power purchase agreement There are just a couple of related ...
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Unable to close and migrate to any site besides meta

This question on solar power systems for a van would be a better fit for electronics.SE, as indeed some have suggested in comments. However, in going through the close dialog, when I select the reason ...
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How to flag Tags without posting them in meta

I note that a user has created a Tag with no attached wiki titled "Emergy". This raises the question of rigour, as the term itself is ill defined - that is not my question here. When flagging the ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Can we hold a contest to design and select a new site logo? What would the contest look like?

Why a new Logo and a Contest? To help move this Stack Exchange site (Sustainable Living beta) up from page 12 of 15 to at least page 6/15 of the ~170 sites by 'traffic',and move it off beta (status ...
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Can someone fix the technoloy in the tour?

In the Tour: for professionals in renewable energy and other clean technoloy
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Red dot for review queues doesn't go away

I've been having this issue for a while -- nothing in my review queues, but the red notification dot is there: Over on meta.stackexchange.com I found a post discussing the issue: Experiment: Review-...
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Would a question soliciting ideas be a bad fit?

I have a vision for a type of grocery store that would buy food in bulk and package on-site into packaging which is 100% reusable (at the store) or truly compostable (unlike many types of so-called "...
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