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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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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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, ...
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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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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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Home design thermal efficiency

If I just asked about thermal efficiency would this be a good question for this site? build up or build out
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Are there specific edit guidelines for this SE?

Have just found this SE and was reading through alot of the questions. I started editing a few questions to make for easier reading, as some of them are just a wall of text. I do have some experience ...
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Have any sustainability.SE questions ever made it to the hot network questions list?

Just curious as to whether this has ever happened, and if so, what the result was -- spammy answers, or increased engagement and new traffic?
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Is sustainable living SE sustainable?

I'm new to this site but I see that the last questions of this date were asked by myself 5 days ago. This suggests to me that this site is unlikely to break out of beta at its current level of ...
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Do questions about ethical living belong here – and if not, where?

Logically it seems to me that a question about ethical living, such as fair sharing of resources or welfare of farm animals need not be on topic for Sustainable Living, yet they seem very similar in ...
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Argumentation advice on topic?

Can I ask on sus.se for factual information (such as wattage/flight) argumentation patterns (such as diverting the "everyone is flying, not just me" strawman argument) lead-ups to 2) which try to ...
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Composting Question at at Gardening SE

I posted a question relevant to sustainability over at the gardening SE site. Is this the best way to solicit input from members of this SE?
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Educational book on science of climate change with action items?

Can anyone recommend a book or books, intended for a non-scientific audience, which covers some (or all) of these elements? Basic science of global warming Evidence from ice cores, temp readings, etc ...
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Definition for organic tag

(Prompted by this question) The organic tag has no definition here yet. What definition can we come up with? Things to consider: If there are no legal definitions, labeling something organic can ...
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Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Living

As a new member of the site, it occurred to me that someone just starting out with trying to live sustainable would not have a readily accessible way of finding out where to start on our site. I'm ...
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POLL: Should we participate in the 2016 “Winter Bash” Holiday hats promotion? [closed]

In 2016, Stack Exchange will continue its tradition of the "Winter Bash". Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for ...
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update the site description

At the top of the site tour, it currently says: Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for folks dedicated to a lifestyle that can be maintained indefinitely without ...
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Could related topics on other SE sites be used to drive traffic to sustainability.SE?

I found this site a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed the discussion, and searching out answers for new and interesting questions. But, there's just not enough activity! On the front page, rarely ...
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Disambiguation of the toilet tag?

I noticed that the toilet tag is currently used for two different purposes: questions about locations or objects used for urination and defication, e.g. composting toilets questions about personal ...
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Is “Sustainable Development Goals” modeling covered here?

There is a proposal going through the site-creation process that seems to be about the tools used for "sustainable development" modeling specifically: Open Modelling tools for Sustainable Development ...
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Are life cycle analysis questions 'doable' - how do we deal with them?

This inquiry was triggered by the question What is the scrap value of wind renewables?. The question essentially asks for the 'scrapping' part of the life cycle analysis of a wind turbine (a full LCA ...
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Do we want (community-wiki) resources posts?

Questions asking for specific resources are generally off-topic on StackExchange sites for various reasons: No definitive list is possible, you can always add one more resource Answers are often ...
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POLL: Should Sustainability.SE participate in the 2015 Winter Bash?

The following has shamelessly been copied from a message sent to all community moderators and was written by Kevin Chang. Please vote before December 10th whether you want Sustainability SE to ...
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Site maintenance: Focus on quality

I would like to point to this Meta announcement, which concerns graduation (i.e. loss of "beta" status) and site closures across the Stack Exchange network. For some time (about 830 days to be ...
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Difference between ecological footprint and environmental impact tag

I noticed that many questions that are tagged ecological-footprint are in fact questions about the ecological or environmental impact of a product. I think the problem is that the terms 'impact' and '...
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Should we ban medical questions on this site?

I know that on several StackExchange sites (e.g Martial Arts and Personal Productivity), medical questions are closed as off-topic. I think this is because for these types of questions incorrect ...
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Are questions and answers about “natural” solutions that are not based in science, on-topic?

Are questions and answers about “natural” alternatives that are not science-based, on-topic? For example, see What are the natural alternatives for toothpaste?. The author of the question considers ...
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Should we add 'shopping questions and product recommendations' to our Help Center dont-ask list?

This question is currently asking for product recommendations. I've placed the question on hold and wanted to refer the user to our Help Center page listing the types of questions people shouldn't ask....
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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Sustainable Living Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Why does this site have no decoration?

Is there a reason this site has no header? I know that greens appreciate austerity, but it seems unlikely that a bit of color will increase the site's carbon footprint by much. This "under ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: ask about cars and other transport!

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest suggestion is for cars and other transport. Please use the tags cars and/or transport when posting questions for this challenge,...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: ask about industrial-production! [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest suggestion is for industrial-production. Please use the tags industrial-production when posting questions for this challenge, ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: ask about electricity from renewables! [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest suggestion is for electricity from renewables. Please use the tags electricity and renewables when posting questions for this ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: ask about animals/husbandry! [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest suggestion is for animals and husbandry. Please use the tag animals and husbandry when posting questions for this challenge, ...
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POLL: Should Sustainability.SE participate in the 2014 “Winter Bash” holiday hats promotion?

The following post was written by ff254 over on meta.academia. I can't better it, so here it is in its entirety (except I've changed the site title): In 2014, Stack Exchange will continue its ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: ask about population! [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest suggestion is for population. This tag must be created for the first question, as it currently does not exist. Use/create other ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge - suggest a topic now!

Jon Ericson has come up with a wonderful way to boost the amount of questions on the site, and promote activity in topics that may otherwise receive only minimal attention. And it will be a lot of fun....
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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Sustainable Living Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Heating tag is only for space-heating or not?

Almost all questions with the tag heating are about heating a space (e.g. your home), but in this question the tag is used for heating food, as in cooking. What do you think? Should we use the ...
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Please combine or synonym tag: [air-conditioning] and [cooling]

Please synonym air-conditioning and cooling. Because of varying climates, I think it's appropriate to treat different environmental conditioning elements separately (i.e. heating, cooling, (proposing ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Sustainable Living Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Closing reason for off-topic questions

Yesterday I wanted to flag this question as being off-topic. However if I want to flag this as off topic I only have two options: It should be move to gardening It should be moved to meta The ...
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Should this site be renamed?

In Group focus level -- world or local, and this A51 discussion, and other comments that I've seen in other places (including the late "Renewable Technology" A51 proposal, now closed), it is asserted ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

What should our logo and site design look like? It's one of our seven essential meta questions, and the topic came up in another question recently.
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Sustainable Living Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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New Year's fun: virtual silly hats - should this site join in?

Across the Stack Exchange, at the end of December and start of January for the last two years, they've had virtual hats as rewards for various site participation activities. As a site, we can choose ...
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Should the “law” tag be country-specific?

When reading this question it struck me that the "law" tag was almost totally useless, and that a "law-usa" tag or similar would be far more helpful for anybody searching for things relevant to that ...
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Down to just one “needs work” category on Area51

Great news: our "visits/day" rating has just gone from "needs work" to "ok". That's a big step. We've only got one category that needs work now: questions per day. So, we need more questions, and ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Sustainable Living Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Is the question about storing plastic bags on-topic or not?

There has been some discussion whether this question (about storing plastic bags so you can retrieve them efficiently) is on-topic or not. The question was flagged as off-topic and I personally agree ...