What specialised additions to the standard StackExchange FAQ do we need to append to our FAQ?
vital statistics blurb could be beneficial to our
faq. This might help us get the details we need to keep some questions on topic.
This name and format is an example only, it will need to be tweaked:
Have you given us your pet's vital statistics?
- Nature: placid, nervous, aggressive,...?
- Background: rescue? breeder? puppy mill? rehoming?
How is your pet homed:
- indoor, outdoor, apartment, house, rural...?
If it is a training issue or behavior problem:
- Do you have other pets?
- General behavior
- When does the problem occur?
- Where does the problem occur?
- What have you tried?
- What were the results?
One thing to remember is that most of the FAQ (now the Help page) cannot be edited - we are only allowed to edit (if I remember correctly) the "what questions are allowed here" section.
Keeping that in mind, some sort of over-arching definition of what we consider pets might be useful (whether or not livestock are included in the definition, and so on), along with any question types we have deemed completely unanswerable (because they are too specific, or because they are out of the depth of knowledge that we can legally provide, etc). Basically, I can see that it might be helpful to avoid any sort of question that could lead to a pet owner actively blaming this site and its community if anything should happen to their pet based on specific advice they got here. It is important to note that we are not a replacement for veterinary care.
Once the community determines those sorts of things, it will be easy to create a useful guide to what sort of questions we want on our awesome site!
No lolcats or other pet meme images in posts. That's what chat is for.
Exception: unless the image is explicitly used to demonstrate a behavior or symptom. See a valid example in the chosen answer to Why does my dog sing along to Final Jeopardy?