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Should we be a high-voting site?
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I believe we should follow the advice of Scott Morrison: vote early, vote often. This is a way to express which questions are on- or off-topic, and the site needs high rep users. It's worth explicitly ...

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Do we want sustainability to be an evidence based stack exchange site?
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I think it's worth noting that Skeptics.SE allowed itself to build up a body of readers and contributors over months, before enforcing its referencing rule. So when it started enforcing the rule, it ...

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Environmentalism vs Sustainability
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Thanks to Chad for the chat session where we went through some of the issues. I agree with Chad on some issues, disagree on others, but can now at least see where Chad's coming from. My own ...

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Where do we draw the line between sustainable living and gardening?
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I don't think there will be a single line: there will be a crossover area, within which there are questions that would sit equally well on either site. But that just leads to the next question - ...

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Should this site be renamed?
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I do think that, since quite early on, we've had macro-scale questions here as well as micro ones. The oldest surviving macro questions I've found are from the first few weeks of the site: Which gases ...

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update the site description
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Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people trying to live a sustainable lifestyle, for professionals in renewable energy and other clean technology, and –&...

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Are "is X good for environment" questions okay here?
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Yes you can ask such questions here: It is, as across all Stack Exchange sites, very much a matter of how you ask the question. So it's important to get to the real nub of what you're trying to ask, ...

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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election
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Like Earthliŋ , I'm stepping down too. It's been an honour to serve this community, and I hope that the new mods will take the site onto much greater things than I've been able to.

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Should we standardise on SI units, with a metric fallback? Or are Imperial units acceptable
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Konrad Rudolph gave the following answer on skeptics.SE, and I think it's excellent. So here it is: Units should preferably be SI, being an international standard. The metric system as a fallback is ...

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Should the solar-power tag be changed to solar?
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I'd have thought: neither solar-power nor solar. solar-thermal and photovoltaics would seem to have it covered, between them. solar-electric should be a synonym for photovoltaics Solar cooking, and ...

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Is air-conditioning a synonym for cooling?
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It shouldn't be a synonym. That is, in careful technical usage, they mean different things. Cooling can be done without air conditioning. Air conditioning can be done without cooling the room: ...

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Please combine or synonym tag: [air-conditioning] and [cooling]
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It's potentially a good idea. It does set me wondering about what people mean by these terms. As gerrit mentions in a comment, cooling can refer to refrigeration and freezers. Furthermore, air-...

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How do we promote our site?
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Last year, over on the 2 Degrees network, Stephen Nemeth wrote an entertaining blog article that contains some messages we could learn from. His article title is 5 things your sustainability program ...

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Let's get critical: Sep 2014 Site Self-Evaluation
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Well, that didn't go well when I did it. I don't think any of the searches I did, for each question, had any results from this site in the first two pages of results (20 in total). I think this is ...

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How strict are we about "sustainable"?
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Plastics can be made from sustainable resources too. And plastics can be recycled. Saying that anything to do with plastics is off-topic would be insane. Similarly, driving can be sustainable too. ...

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How to flag Tags without posting them in meta
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If you want to flag a tag, then raising it on meta is the right thing to do usually. It is in this case, as the tag spans more than one question. And if a tag isn't obviously bad, then raising it on ...

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Home design thermal efficiency
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Yes, I think it would be a decent fit. You could extend it to be not just about thermal efficiency, but about overall energy efficiency, including the embodied energy of the building materials too, ...

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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation
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I found generally, searching for three keywords (not necessarily tags) from each question, they all appeared on the first page of results. Not all have more than one answer - we could do with some ...

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Group focus level -- world or local
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There's enough space for both world-scale and local-scale, and a large enough cross-over audience interested in both, as well as specialists in areas of each. As you've identified in your question, we'...

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Feature Request: Ability to Mirror Questions (with their answers) across sites
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I'm not going to be able to provide a better answer than Robert Cartaino, but I'd like to make a modest suggestion that we the community can implement to make things easier. Use identical tags across ...

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Would this question on different forms of compensation for excess solar PV production be a good fit?
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Yes, if it got closed there, then it could get migrated here:

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Can someone fix the technoloy in the tour?
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Thanks Jan. Well spotted. Fixed now.

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update the site description
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A while ago, HighlyIrregular proposed a wording change to: Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is all about working towards a way of living that enables humanity to live in equilibrium with the earth ...

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Is "Sustainable Development Goals" modeling covered here?
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I think it's a definite Maybe. I'm definitely in both spheres - my work covers a lot of the existing questions here, as well as the sort of things the proposal covers, so I'm pretty biased towards "...

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Let's get critical: Mar 2015 Site Self-Evaluation
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As with previous evaluations, our questions rarely ranked highly on google. Thanks to THelper for changing the title on our best evaluation question: to a British ear or eye, the question "is it ...

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POLL: Should Sustainability.SE participate in the 2014 “Winter Bash” holiday hats promotion?
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Right, I'm taking that as Yes, and have informed The Higher Powers.

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Biweekly Topic Challenge - suggest a topic now!
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electricity from renewables

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How do we promote our site?
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As Nate mentioned in a comment, one of the thing I've done is to advertise the site in my user profile. I've copied that profile to all my profiles across Stack Exchange - you can do that with a ...

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"Is x more sustainable than y" questions?
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It's easy for such questions to be not-so-great. They're easy to ask, hard to research if you don't know the answer, and often, when asking, one doesn't even know which factors are important and which ...

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What other active internet communities exist that overlap with this site?
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LinkedIn groups which may have interesting questions we could take here, and then point those groups to the answers here Note that these are discussion forums and we are not. So most of the questions ...

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