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What shall we do when an accepted answer gives dangerous advice?

This question has an accepted answer which might be considered dangerous: Big hound has eaten corn cobs what can I do to help him pass them? If you look at two of the other answers, the dogs ...
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What has happened to this site?

The currently weekly rep stats are the same as the quarterly rep stats for users, indicating there has not been a lot of dynamics over the past quarter. The chat room is empty, it used to be lively ...
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What's the policy on showing images of neglected or sick animals?

As simple as the title reads. There are many relevant cases of animal neglect which could well be on topic for the site. If showing images, should these be hidden? What sort of NSFW policy applies for ...
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Answering your own question, which has your own bounty

I posted This Question a while ago, after receiving 0 feedback I decided to put a bounty on it, still no feedback. During the weekend I had some free time from my work projects and decided to dig in ...
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Picking an answer

I posted This question a while ago, and both answers are really good, and both worked/are working pretty well. How can I go about accepting an answer if both answers are solving my problem?
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What do you do if a legitimate answer looks like spam to the forum software?

I typed up an answer to a question about feral cats and when I try to submit it I keep getting a red box saying it looks like spam. What do I do? What is it keying off of? I promise you that it is ...
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Is the culture of Pets SE in line with the rest of Stack Exchange?

Some Issues with the Pets SE Culture I've recently begun participating in Pets SE, and noticed a few key areas where the culture of Pets SE doesn't seem to fit into the general Stack Exchange culture....
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Why is my answer being down-voted or ignored?

Most of us have been here before. We've had an answer that hasn't been getting any up-votes (or maybe even getting nothing but down-votes). So what can a person do to get the internet points they ...
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what if I have the same answer for more than one question?

So I'd like to make sure that the people who land on "What is the optimal age to neuter a male dog?" also get the answer I put on "How does one determine when a female dog is appropriate to be spayed?"...
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Is it better to have one answer that covers everything, or multiple answers that are a bit different?

Watching the site grow on Area 51, our visits per day and the number of questions asked per day are rising steadily. But what I've noticed one number that doesn't change is the answer ratio (It's ...
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What can be done about misinformation in answers?

Being a peer-reviewed question and answer site sounds really good on paper (and works fantastic on Stack Overflow, where I am a major contributor). Unlike SO, where answers can be verified in a ...
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Consider carefully if story-sharing anecdotes are REALLY acceptable answers

This hasn't been a huge problem, but now that I've seen it a few times, I wanted to get this out there as more of cautionary tale than a dire warning. With a subject as popular as pets, there is ...
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Improving the quality of our answers to attract experts

The issue of trying to attract experts is one that Stack Exchange regularly addresses. We have a question about it here How do we get veterinarians to participate on our site?. What can we do to ...
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Copy, Paste, Link, One Liner Answers [duplicate]

There are many Copy, Paste, Link, One Liner Answers. If this is the best answer someone can post, I would strongly recommending not providing an answer. It is not an improvement on a google search, ...
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Poor quality advice in answers and comments

I have my concerns about some of the quality of the answers and advice being given on the site. Then we are faced with a barrage of questions, imploring more feedback about downvotes. At this stage (...
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Question edited to change question and now has two answers addressing two questions

This question Is there a way to prevent another dog from pooping on our grass? was edited to change the emphasis of the question. There are two answers one to the original, one to the second, what to ...
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Is consult a vet an appropriate answer?

I am seeing several answers that boil down to I do not know your answer you should consult a vet. The goal of this SE is to help answer questions about pets. If the question truly requires a vet ...
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Why aren't people answering using their own words?

Look, I can "Google search" for an answer to a question just as easily as you can, but the number of answers here on Pets that are blatant text dumps from other sites, several without references back ...
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Must answers provide citations if using external sources, and if so, how should the citing be done?

I've received an answer where at least 2 sentences were taken from an article on another site and the site was not credited in the answer. Much of the rest may or may not have been from the article. ...
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Is it okay to ask users to accept the answer that works for them?

Looking at questions, I found out that most questions don't have accepted answers. Is it okay to ask the OP (in a comment) to accept the answer that works for them?
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What should be our stance on “see tips here” answers

In the short time, I've seen a handful of answers that give some very general description of an answer, but very few details. The answer then pretty much ends with "See Here for some tips". One ...
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What kind of answers are we looking for?

Since I have received the beta invitation, I have tried my best at answering 2 questions, but I am far from being an expert. I rely on my recent experiences with my puppy and try to help out the ...