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Incubator Q&A

Welcome to the staging ground for new communities! Each proposal has a description in the "Descriptions" category and a body of questions and answers in "Incubator Q&A". You can ask questions (and get answers, we hope!) right away, and start new proposals.

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Collecting sawdust in a garage

I want to do woodworking in my garage, but when I've done this before it created a lot of sawdust and everything else in the garage got very dusty. This is really annoying when doing polyurethane c...

0 answers  ·  posted 1d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 1d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How can I test a monopole timer switch?

I have a Lutron Maestro MA-T530G. I installed this to control an old bathroom fan which was malfunctioning. I'm planning to replace the fan anyway later, but I wanted to have a timer in the meanwh...

2 answers  ·  posted 11d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 5d ago by manassehkatz‭

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Why does water flow twist my shower hose?

I have a showerhead with a flexible, 5 foot hose. I don't know if this matters, but the flexible hose is made of metal rings. When you yank on it, it stretches a little (there's probably some elast...

1 answer  ·  posted 12d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 12d ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Why can't we use linear regression on logits for solving logistic regression problems?

Consider a machine learning problem with inputs $\boldsymbol{X} \in \mathbb{R}^{N \times D}$ and corresponding labels $\boldsymbol{y} \in \mathcal{Y}^N$. When the problem is to solve a regression ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by mr Tsjolder‭  ·  last activity 16d ago by mr Tsjolder‭

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Will an XML sitemap improve SEO in terms of crawling, indexing, and ranking?

I've heard that I should create an XML sitemap containing all the URLs from my site for SEO. My site needs to improve: The number of URLs that get crawled by search engine bots The number of U...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  edited 17d ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How do you test the quality of an ethernet cable?

How can I confirm that an ethernet cable is free of defects? I have a bunch of ethernet cables around my house. Some are apparently defective, and cause network problems when used. When these prob...

1 answer  ·  posted 27d ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 26d ago by manassehkatz‭

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How do you test the quality of a coax cable?

My internet is provided via a coax cable. The speeds are much less than advertised, and the ISP's technician said it's because my coax cables are low quality and degrade the signal. The cables are...

0 answers  ·  posted 27d ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Running cordless tools from the outlet

Is it possible to run cordless tools (which normally take a battery) from the outlet somehow? While obviously the intended use of these is cordless operation, occasionally you don't have a charged...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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How to properly store cordless tool batteries?

How should I store rechargeable lithium batteries for common cordless tools, to maximize their longevity? I use the tools occasionally, so they often go months without use. Is it better to keep th...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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What stages are important for water filters?

Many companies sell water filters for improving the composition of water received from city mains. There is a variety of models with different number and types of filter stages, and corresponding p...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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LEDs flicker even without a dimmer

The LEDs in some rooms of my house flicker when the switch is on. There is no dimmer, it's a basic toggle switch. When the switch is off, they stay off as normal. How can I troubleshoot and fix th...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Light fixture uses dimmable LEDs and a dimmer switch, but flickers -- how can I fix this?

My dining room includes a chandelier ceiling fixture with five sockets, controlled by a dimmer switch on the wall. I've lived here for 20 years and this was already in place when I moved in; I don...

1 answer  ·  posted 1mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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Alternatives to engineered wood wall sheathing

In North America, it is common to build wood-frame houses with pieces of lumber making up the frame and OSB boards acting as wall sheathing. The OSB sheathing reinforces the frame against various ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 1mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What is the blue dye on edges of OSB boards?

Oriented strand boards (OSB) are often sold with a blue dye on the edges: What is this? I'm assuming it's some kind of chemical protection. Does that mean that when you cut the board and leave a...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by manassehkatz‭

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What is "strength axis" on OSB boards?

OSB boards often have a stamp that says "strength axis" with an arrow, usually parallel with the longer dimension of the board. What is this strength axis? Should it be parallel or perpendicular t...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Calculating load for OSB flooring

I have a 1/2in OSB board with "32/16" stamped on it. This means that when used as flooring, it the supporting joists must be spaced 16in or denser (32 is for roofing). However, if I did put it on ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is it worth taking steps to reduce harmful vapors from OSB boards?

Suppose I want to use OSB for a home renovation project. The OSB will be permanently attached in a habitable part of the house. It will be exposed directly to the room, without any coating, films, ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Income tax when selling a house

When an ordinary person sells their house in the US, what happens to their tax situation? Usually, houses sell for half a million and up, and considering also regular (ie. salary) income, this woul...

2 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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How can I give an AI sandboxed file access?

I want to give an AI the ability to read, write and manipulate files on my computer, such as with the OpenAI function calling feature. The goal of this is to use the AI to work on a project compris...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How to get back only code from ChatGPT responses?

I want to use ChatGPT to edit individual source code files. When I give it the file and state what changes I want, it tends to do those quite well, but it's also very chatty and includes a lot of e...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What are the support vectors in a soft-margin SVM

I know what Support Vector Machines (SVMs) are and how they work, but I regularly get confused by what exactly the support vectors are. In case of linearly separable data, the support vectors are ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by mr Tsjolder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by mr Tsjolder‭

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Free alternatives to GPT-3/4?

What free alternatives are available to the GPT-3 and GPT-4 large language models (LLM)? Are there competing models with similar capabilities that I can download and run on my own computer?

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by mr Tsjolder‭

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What resources are available about prompt engineering?

Prompt engineering has emerged as a critical concept in the use of LLMs. Are there any good resources for learning prompt engineering techniques?

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What computational resources are needed to train GPT-NeoX?

GPT-NeoX is provided as open source software which you can train yourself: https://github.com/EleutherAI/gpt-neox What are the hardware requirements like for training this model within a reasonabl...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Parameters of openai.ChatCompletion.create

The Python library for OpenAI has a method openai.ChatCompletion.create which takes various parameters like messages, functions, and so on. I could not find documentation for these in the context o...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How to receive responses incrementally from OpenAI API?

Sometimes responses from the OpenAI API are large and it takes a long time to receive them. During this time the program appears to hang since there is no output. Is there a way to incrementally r...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is it possible to write a book with GPT-3?

The context window of various GPT-3 models is given as 4-16k tokens. One token corresponds to about 0.75 words of English text. However, if an average book is 64k words, the GPT-3's context is far ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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How viable is generic SEO in 2023?

I recall that back in the dark ages of web search (Altavista), search engines were naive and keywords were a huge thing in SEO. People would even create landing pages stuffed with keywords in tiny,...

1 answer  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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Should I buy down my mortgage rate?

Some lenders offer an option where one can pay additional money in closing costs to get a lower APR. This is often called a rate or point "buy down". Is this a good idea?

2 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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What income groups benefit from IRAs?

In the United States, there are various IRAs intended to help ordinary people save for retirement. It appears that generally, one funds these accounts and purchases securities with the funds. In ex...

0 answers  ·  posted 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is fresh content always needed for SEO?

I've seen recommendations that search engines like "fresh" content and that I should be continually launching new content on my website for SEO. Is that always the case? That seems to directly co...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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How do I build a wooden compass?

How can I make my own compass out of wood? (I mean the drawing tool, not the direction-finder.) Ideally, I'd like something that: Handles diameters from 3 in to 2 ft Has minimal non-wooden pa...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is time reverse possible in Minecraft?

Say I wanted to make a "time machine" using command blocks. I can use /time add to change the time and make things faster, but I don't know how to subtract time as a /time subtract command doesn't ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by General Sebast1an‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by General Sebast1an‭

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Does feeding multiple luminous stones to each dondon produce better gems in TotK?

In Zelda Tears of the Kingdom you can feed luminous stones to animals called "dondons" which then later produce gems. How do you optimize this process? You can feed each dondon up to 5 stones, bu...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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Will improving my domain authority (DA) as measured by Moz help SEO?

I've been working on improving my site's domain authority as reported by Moz in the hopes that it helps our Google rankings. I have some doubts about it though. Google won't be able to see Moz's c...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  last activity 2mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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Why won't setting a CNAME DNS record for the domain apex work?

I am setting up a domain that uses a CNAME record so that is hosted on the same server as another site. I seem to be able to set up the www subdomain just fine with a CNAME but I'm having trouble ...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  edited 2mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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How to fix spade bits wobbling in drill press?

I have a cheap drill press and a set of cheap spade bits. Some of the spade bits wobble, the tip makes a circle of as much as 5 mm in diameter for some of them. Others wobble less, 1-2 mm. Since t...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Is Google Analytics 4 able to integrate with domain properties from Google Search Console?

In the old Universal Analytics, I was unable to show stats from a "domain" property that I had created in Google Search Console. I was only able to integrate a "prefix" property. I haven't tried ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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Is there an abundant source for hearty food ingredients in TotK?

When cooked in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom or in Breath of the Wild, hearty ingredients produce food that completely fill up your hearts and give you extra temporary hearts. They are some of the mo...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  edited 3mo ago by trichoplax‭

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What is this electrical/ethernet conduit on the wall and how do I repair it?

My house has some conduits put in by previous residents. The conduits are plastic enclosures running along walls, which contain electrical outlets as well as ethernet plugs (actually it also has RH...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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Where can I find a simplified Railways of the World map for player reference?

I've just gotten a copy of Railways of the World after playing and enjoying a few games. The eastern-US map is physically very large and "artistic". I and some of my friends have vision problems ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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What is the difference between content aggregation and content syndication

When I use content from other sites on my own website, I don't know if I should call that "content aggregation" or "content syndication." What are the definitions of "content aggregation" and "con...

1 answer  ·  posted 4mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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In AWS, do you need to use IPv6 on EC2 to enable IPv6 with an ELB?

I have a website hosted in Amazon Web Services (AWS) that uses Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances behind an Elastic Load Balancer (ELB). The load balancer is the newer "application" type. I've...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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House-level battery backup now, solar panels later -- what do I need to know?

In the last few years my area has seen increased power outages -- usually a few hours, occasionally longer. I'd like to defend against these better so that a poorly-timed outage doesn't ruin my wh...

2 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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Are blue eggs special in Wingspan?

I played Wingspan at a convention recently and then bought a copy of the game. When unpacking it, I noticed that there was a large bag of mixed egg tokens and a smaller bag containing only blue eg...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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How should canonical URLs be used with comments?

Canonical URLS are highly recommended for SEO and to prevent competition between duplicate pages. I've been trying to implement this, but I'm unsure how to implement this for pages which repeat but...

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by Ullallulloo‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by Stephen Ostermiller‭

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What are the drawbacks of leaving wood unfinished?

I've mostly worked with pine wood, because it's cheap and easy to work with. I've had some projects where I finished it (polyurethane coat, sometimes a stain) and other projects where I didn't (jus...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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Electrical switches: Does it matter which wire it's on?

Most everyday electrical wiring has two wires, usually one white and one black/red. When installing a switch, does it matter which wire I put the switch on?

3 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭

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What does "wall fishing" mean?

I've heard the term "wall fishing" in the context of interior wiring of a house. What does this mean?

1 answer  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭  ·  last activity 3mo ago by manassehkatz‭

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How to finish a wood while preserving its natural scent?

Port Orford Cedar is a type of lumber which naturally emits a pleasant aroma. I'd like to make some wooden crafts with this wood, because the wood itself seems nice and I really enjoy the smell. ...

0 answers  ·  posted 3mo ago by matthewsnyder‭