I was reading through How to title recommending fish Q and I thought to myself, is this even the place for "Recommend me a fish" questions?
Now, as part of what makes a good question, specifically what qualifies as a bad question is any question in which every answer is equally valid.
When it comes to fish, there are so many possibilities for tankmates that are all equally appropriate. Usually it comes down to, what class of fish would go well. I could suggest diamond tetras whereas someone else might suggest serpae tetras and there's no correct answer.
At first I thought, what about creating maybe some FAQ/Standard Profiles that describe the different:
- The classifications of fish (tetras, barbs, new world cichlids, old world cichlids, etc)
- Amount of space they need (tetras - small, medium; barbs - medium, large, XL; Africans - footprint; catfish - volume)
- Acceptable tankmates (Cichlids & cichlids, large old world + XL barbs, dwarf cichlids & catfish)
- habitats they do well in (hardscape, light plants, heavily planted)
and other useful classifications.
I love aquariums, I want to be involved in the fish tag, but I can't imagine other users want to see tons of "stock my tank" questions. Those could easily overrun the other categories and frustrate other users, forcing use of the ignore tag feature.
The more I think about it, the more I can relate to other aquarist forums that I participate in and how difficult it is to help someone pick tankmates without a back-and-forth conversation.
I am proposing that "Recommend Tank-mate" questions be considered off-topic.
I would love to hear other opinions on this. I couldn't find any previous discussions in meta on this, and admittedly I did not check Area51.