I asked a question here: What are good techniques for coping with the loss of a dog?

Originally it pertained to just "pets" rather than "dogs", and I was told it was too broad, so I changed it.

There has been a small amount of controversy about whether this change was necessary.

So...Does a question have to specify a specific pet, or can it pertain to pets in general?

  • Maybe it depends on weather it makes sense for there to be an equivalent question for every single pet affected by the question.
    – Andrew
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 1:03
  • Don't accept my answer yet, let's leave it open and let the community offer some more insight. We need to decide if the community agrees with me or not. Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 1:16
  • @psubsee2003 done
    – Andrew
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 22:12
  • Related: meta.pets.stackexchange.com/questions/65/…
    – Andrew
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 22:13

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I think this depends entirely on the question.

Some questions are too broad because without a specific pet, or even a specific type (or breed) of the pet (like small dogs, or Golden Retrievers) to provide a frame of reference you could write novels about it. How you would respond about a dog is different than how you would respond if the question was about a cat or a goldfish.

However, there are some questions that are less about the pet and more about the human relationship with the animal, in which I don't necessarily think can or should necessarily be confined to a specific animal.

I've asked one myself:

And I wasn't told that it should be about a specific pet, because it is not about the specific pet but about getting the insight of animal lovers on how they recommend telling if my kids are ready for the responsibility of a pet (any pet)

  • I flagged your question for close as off topic, sorry if it's already done the rounds
    – user87
    Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 6:02
  • @Skippy whatever. I happen to think a question about choosing the appropriate time to get pets for a child might have a place on a site about pets. Commented Oct 16, 2013 at 8:13
  • I think your question could be saved. You could ask about what your children should know before acquiring a specific type of pet.
    – user9
    Commented Oct 29, 2013 at 21:54

The first question was originally about reptiles generally, it was flagged as too broad.

How do I determine when my tortoise is sated?

I've tried to give a cross sample of the variety of our posts to date:

What age of snake is best for a pet?

Would my fish benefit from snails in their pot pond?

What means do rabbits use to mark and defend their territory?

How to prepare a pond for crayfish?

When is declawing a viable option for cats?

Possible sign of dog-to-dog aggression in a 3 dog household

Abscess in horses hoof

I have posted this:


in response to these:

Can I give human medicine to chickens?

Can I use human medicine on dogs?

Given such an eclectic collection of pets, and the various permutations per pet species, I'd say generalized questions about pets that would be a fit for our site would be far and few between and generally should not be encouraged.

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