Life Hacks New Scope

Jan 9th, 2015
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  1. It has come to my attention that a lot of the Life Hacks Stack Exchange Scope is either outdated, not wanted, contradictory or otherwise. Since this is a problem that could wreck the site, I have decided to take the broken pieces of Scope and make a beginning mosaic that would be a idea of what the site should look like. So let's begin:
  3. This new scope is built from old pieces and takes the new changes and incorporates them into a bigger larger piece.
  5. [What is a Life Hack?](http://meta.lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/8/what-is-a-lifehack)
  7. Well the construction post for this question came about on Dec 9 '14 at 20:13. That was a while ago when a lot of our current members where not with us. And one of things that I think defines a Life Hack is [this response:](http://meta.lifehacks.stackexchange.com/a/1159/188)
  9. A lifehack is a technique that can be implemented quickly and is used to make one's physical life more efficient when a more standard approach (as defined by that area's experts) or a product is either unavailable or undesirable. Lifehacks are creative, meaning they use materials that are on hand for uses besides their intended use.
  11. But since we decided to use a definition that already exists to help other people understand a Life Hack more. This definition is coming from a [post](http://meta.lifehacks.stackexchange.com/a/2353/188) that got its inspiration from [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_hacking):
  15. If you have any suggestions or disagreements then suggest them in comments or answers. The definition for Life Hack was left simple and flexible for better changes to be made. I do not want force something down your throat I am just trying to show you how a idea of what we might make together.
  17. Now that we are finished with defining what a Life Hack is we can begin to decide what questions and topics are defined to be on-topic for a Life Hack:
  19. 1. Medical. Medical has always been a disputed problem for the site. That being said things that require a doctor's supervision, Antibiotics, Pain Medication or any oral or IV medications, as well as internal medical intervention to the body are considered off-topic. A list of On-topic and Off-topic medical questions are below: Feel free to add to them as you wish and the community will judge which agree with are scope.
  21. Another note on Medical is anything that could possibly cause infection, medical intervention or may be fatal is off-topic. Call your local doctor or go to a hospital for any serious medical problems. This site is not responsible for your health. Alternative medicines and herbal medicines are off-topic, as well. Some of these cannot be proven and unless governed by someone that can be widely trusted it is off-topic.
  23. 2. Product Suggestion. You may ask what is a product suggestion? Well, the answer is "any product or object that relates specifically to the job or method described in the answer. Taken from [this post](http://meta.lifehacks.stackexchange.com/a/35/188):
  25. Not so far as specific models/brands/etc unless it relates very specifically to the task at hand where other brands/models don't (i.e. you discover one brand of alcohol that can make you fly, then recommending that brand for people asking how to arrive places on time would fit).
  27. I think products that solve a problem being asked about is fine, but recommending one particular one over another rather than suggesting people find a form of that product with trait X which is the key to solving the hack (only use alcohol brands that can make you fly to enhance your punctuality).
  29. **[And](http://meta.lifehacks.stackexchange.com/a/17/188)**
  31. The use of product recommendations by way of example shouldn't be off topic though. Simply linking to a product without further explanation or ideas should be.
  33. If you have anything to add add it in the comments or answers. The community will decide what is particularity helpful and what is not.
  35. 3. [Psychological aspect of Life Hacks](http://meta.lifehacks.stackexchange.com/questions/40/is-there-a-psychological-aspect-of-lifehacks). In simple there is none. This was decided early and almost everybody on the site agreed that a Life Hack is something physical. That being said a Psychological Life Hack question would be more appropriate for a new site proposal.
  37. 4. Physical Problems. A Life Hack is a physical problem, that is something that I have been trying to stress throughout this whole Scope. A life Hack cannot be about something psychological. It can not pertain to the mind or psychological tasks like thinking better or improving speech.
  39. 5. A Life Hack has to be a definable problem. If the question you post is not defining a problem then it is officially off-topic. Life Hacks have to explain why they can't use a certain object. This explanation can be as simple the original product being to expensive. For more information on this see the "How to Write a Life Hack" post for more information.
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