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Please vote: Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top of the list?

Stack Exchange staff have announced an upcoming change to the way answer acceptance works. Unpinning the accepted answer from the top of the list of answers Currently, the original poster of a ...
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What to do with old questions/answers providing out of date information?

I ask especially about crate training questions, which are around 6 years old. They most times look the same: I need my dog to stay in crate for night and workday, but the dog is not willing to do so ...
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The many pets of Pets SE

I am inspired by this Science Fiction & Fantasy SE post and wonder what kind of pets the regular users have. I for one can't really shut up about my cat(s), and I am sure many users here would ...
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Synonym request: [Age] to [Lifespan]?

We have two tags for the age of pets. age and lifespan. It makes sense to me that age should be a synonym of lifespan. Could we merge them?
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What is the criteria for upvoting questions?

I recently posted my first question on the site. I tried to follow site on-topic guidelines, explained my whole situation and what I tried, etc. The question received a number of comments, as well as ...
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What is our stance on answers recommending illegal actions?

There’s a question about a cat that is neglected by the legal owner and cared for by the asker. The question is whether the asker can or should take the cat with them in an upcoming move. The ...
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Trivial *Pet*suit Event

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE) offers many interesting insights into our site that would be impossible to gain otherwise. For one month (June 2021) we want to extract one interesting or ...
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Pets SE logo proposal

Let's start gathering ideas for the logo for this site. While I think that whatever logo we decide on should probably include some images of pets, it may be hard seeing as there are more than just ...
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Should we allow "shopping" or product/species recommendation questions?

This is a common issue for most stackexchange sites, and it is already rearing its head here. Should we allow questions that ask for recommendations, such as "what breed of dog is good for x?" or "...
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Why don't we use comments with down-vote in Pets SE?

I have seen various down votes on my answer, without stating what is the problem with it, in last days. Similarly, I have seen some down votes on some questions/answers of other people without ...
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How should we tag allergy-related questions?

There are two kinds of allergy-related questions: human allergies to pets, and pets' allergies. I asked a question about the former and tagged it allergies, but that doesn't leave room for separately ...
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Questioning the deletion of an answer

I refer to my answer in this question. The deletion undermines the right to freedom of expression. The answer was in no way against the rules. (If anyone thinks it was, please teach me which rule). ...
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About self-deleting answers

Deleting something is usually useful in any SE pages, as they tend to produce some clutter along the way. However, some users might be deleting their own well crafted answers just because (a) they are ...
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Are some moderators helping too much?

I clicked on the review link and noticed one person, who is a moderator, has the the most recent review history on all 6 review tasks. I wonder, if one person (particularly a moderator) can adversely ...
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Should there be a different tag for each of the competition venues?

Should there be a different tag for each of the competition venues? Or should we wait and see how it goes and split it out if needed? Some I can think of are: USDAA, NADAC, AKC, CPE, ASCA, AHBA... etc....
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Should we have tags for breeds?

It make sense to have a tag for "dogs", but what about individual breeds of dogs. For example there might questions specific to pugs, terriers, or poodles. Such questions could include both a "dogs" ...
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Product identification: should it be allowed?

Should we allow questions about product identification? This question Does anyone know what brand of dog toy this yellow, miniature, plush, duck toy is? was self answered it has collected 2 close ...
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Is posting citations a compulsion even when the post contains self experiences?

I have posted an answer for a post here, for which I got the below notification. Now, what I don't understand here is why am I being asked to add citations to reliable resources, when there is no ...
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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 ...
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Should we emphasize the need to go to a vet before a question asking for immediate help is posted?

We get questions from time to time, asking for solutions in regards to their pets acting either strangely or appearing as if they are not fine. A lot of them get the standard response, "go to vet now"....
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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 required ...
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Should questions which cannot be answered without follow up from OP, but OP never follows up, be closed?

I find many questions in this site where OP states about serious condition of his/her pet and asks for advice. Incidentally, no advice is possible without more information. So OP is requested for more ...
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Request for permission to ask questions on this site

I would like to request permission to ask questions on this site. Mine was rejected due to reputation issue after attempt to submit for the first time.
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Are questions about bees in scope?

There is a new site proposal at Area 51: Beekeeping. We have an existing meta question Are questions about horses and/or farm pets on topic? which does not clearly include or exclude bees. Looking at ...
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Dealing with questions that we find offensive - some thoughts

This discussion was triggered by the comment below, but actually it's something I've wanted to talk about for a while, so I'm not picking on (established member of the community). Many people believe ...
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What should we do about disturbing videos?

The question https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/12212/what-breed-of-cat-is-this has been closed, but it has a link to a very disturbing video of someone abusing a cat. I believe that the OP was ...
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Are questions asking for how to treat pets with vet treatments, e.g. medicines, on topic?

This question Amoxicillin dosage and length of treatment for cat? bothers me somewhat. We have a pet owner asking how to dose antibiotics for their pets, without having a vet checking the pets. I run ...
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Do we have experts here?

Before asking for help with our pets, especially before asking for medical advice, we should at least know if we have any professionals here. Having professionals will help us to get good answer and ...
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General question about different ways to entertain dogs

I would like to create a general question about different ways to entertain dogs following the example of this question about vet treatment options. Ideally, each answer should contain the instruction ...
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Hijacking of my question in comments

Some people have hijacked my question about cats using a cat flap and started talking about cats exterminating wild species. Is that really reasonable on a pets site? I feel it's rather insulting ...
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Should we have tags for questions about getting a pet?

We seem to get a steady input of "what kind of dog should I get?" questions, and I think it would be nice to have a tag for those, since they're kind of a more broad question, reliant on the ...
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Is the multi-pet-families tag too similar to the compatibility tag?

Tag wiki for multi-pet-families Regards concerns about households containing multiple pets of the same or different species and their interactions. Tag wiki for compatibility Questions about ...
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What is up with all the close votes?

It seems like there are always a bunch of questions in the close vote queue. As a Moderator, my vote has more weight, so I try to stay out of the queue completely. One of the questions (currently ...
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"Go see veterinarians" as a close reason?

I have seen several comments where someone is voting to close a question as off topic because the close voter feels that the OP should take their animal to a vet. If this is listed as out of scope ...
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Should the Off the Leash chat be abandoned?

Currently there are two official chat rooms for Pets SE: The Litter Box for all pets-related content; Pets Chat - Off the Leash for everything else. In theory, off-topic messages can be migrated ...
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Tag cleanup - Part 1 - Results

These are the current outcomes of my earlier tag cleanup proposal. Two of our beloved moderators, Elmy and Lila, both helped out with this as well. Thank you to Journeyman Geek for offering feedback (...
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Tag cleanup - Part 1 - Proposal

This proposal has been completed. The results can be found on Tag cleanup - Part 1 - Results This is the first step in cleaning up Pets' tags. Most steps I have sufficient rep to do myself, but I ...
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Standardizing units

There are starting to be more and more posts with numbers in them - often temperature and weight, but the argument can be extended to volume and length. Since Stack Exchange is an international ...
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Spring-cleaning campaign on Pets.SE

I noticed that during the last year the quality of our site (according to the official quality metrics of StackExchange) deteriorated. You can have a look at our current Beta status. We can't do much ...
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Chat room for dogs - the kennel

Pets SE now has a separate chat room, specifically to discuss issues about dogs that require extended discussion. As there has been some extended discussions in comments over dog training theories, ...
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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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Time to say goodbye - one less moderator

At the writing of this post I am a moderator and the second highest ranking contributor on this site. I'm leaving the network. I've requested to have my accounts deleted and want to move on with my ...
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Time to Say Goodbye - Henders

Dearest Pets Community, It is with a genuinely heavy heart that I am to resign my position as Moderator of Pets Stack Exchange. It staggers me to see that my joining date for this site is already 4 ...
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Did not one single person vote in the 2020 Moderator Election?

The Pets 2020 Community Moderator Election page found on Pets Meta states this: 1,167 voters were eligible, 0 visited the site during the election, 71 visited the election page, and 0 voted Is this ...
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Is there any possibilty to show the general location of the users?

This is actually Yvette Colomb's suggestion. Is there a possibility to make the general location of users shown in the Q&A section of the pages? And if it is possible to make this, is it possible ...
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Are questions about semi-domesticated wild animals on topic?

I routinely feed a group of wild magpies near my work and am able to hand feed some of them to the point that my workmates joke about them as my "work pets". Similarly there are people who ...
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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 ...
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The existential cat, Henri le Chat Noir, passed away at the age of 17

Henri was a tuxedo cat, who appeared on a series of short movies. He apparently died of multiple organ failure, at the age of 17. He was one of the early cat figures, predating many meme cats.
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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I wanna ask this question and I am not sure, if it fits the site's guidelines

I wanna ask a question, but I'm not sure, if I should. I don't wanna have it downvoted to oblivion or even deleted. So I figured I'd ask here first. This is what I'd like to ask: How to convince my ...

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