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Are “Recommend a fish” questions on topic?

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, ...
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Habitat - Redundant Synonym Tag or Eliminate?

Biweekly challenge brought attention to habitat, which not only has no wiki attached, but is only used in a few questions that are also tagged either aquarium or terrariums. Of the 7 questions tagged ...
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How much detail do we want in our questions?

There are some questions with little specifics: The question is being used, as it is an easy example: How would I deal with a choking cat? I am a little uneasy about questions being allowed that ...
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What kind of quality do we expect from people asking questions?

Related to, but not really the same as: What is the minimal amount of research we expect from our users? Personally, I don't really expect that much effort from a question, because I don't think it ...
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Animal Husbandry

We occasionally get questions about animals who are not pets, Some we point to Biology.SE but according to this Area51 post Animal husbandry is on-topic on Sustainability.SX we might also consider ...
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Editing answered questions to alter the original meaning

This is the edit history of a closed question: How hard will it be to train my parrot to talk? The question already had an accepted and voted answer. The edit made the answer redundant and also made ...
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Tag rename request: [crate] to [crate-training]?

We have a tag for crating animals, crate, but it makes more sense to me that it would be called crate-training. Could we get crate turned into crate-training?
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Do we have experts here?

Before asking about pet help specially medical advises. We should at least know if we have any professional here. Having professional will help us to get good answer and trust in the eye of new users. ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Junior-Pets [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the junior-pet tag. For the next two weeks (until midnight of April 19, 2015) you are challenged to ask and/or answer as ...
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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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Very answerable questions should not be closed as unanswerable (and this is happening)

Saw three closures today (one was mine and I think is the most borderline, but that's what got me on this topic): Best small pet for a fairly small space in a bedroom https://pets.stackexchange.com/...
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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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Split the [behavior] Tag?

I think we need to split the behavior tag into what I've seen are the two common uses for it: behavior - explain behavior of a pet and unwanted-behavior - refers to an undesirable behavior of a pet ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Senior-Pet [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the Senior-Pet tag. For the next two weeks (until January 26, 2015) you are challenged to ask or answer as many ...
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What should we do when we find unattributed text?

While looking for answers to select as the proper answer to questions I've asked recently, I discovered a post which qualifies for moderation review. Stemming from Why aren't people answering ...
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Why should I back up my answer with references?

I have quite a bit of experience and education and I feel that I am qualified to make statements of fact. So why should I or any of the other experts on the site back up my answers with references? ...
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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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How can we improve the [care] tag? [duplicate]

We have a tag for care... The tag wiki reads: For questions relating to the general care of a pet, in maintaining an optimum environment and lifestyle for a pet. For issues that may overlap ...
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How much medicine/drug advice is appropriate? [duplicate]

Can I give human medicine to chickens? is the question that has caused me to ask this. I answered the question saying that any human medicine should be prescribed and monitored by someone with direct ...
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Should I be creating questions and answers for topics easily found when googled?

I like to add questions and answers to help topics based on what I see people mentioning that they don't quite understand in questions, answers, and comments. Or if I just think it would be helpful to ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Training [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the training tag. For the next two weeks (until midnight of February 22, 2015) you are challenged to ask and/or answer ...
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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Should we be editing other users' posts for style?

This issue has come up a couple of times, and does not seem to have been resolved, so a meta discussion seems to be in order. I have noticed since private beta that there are a very large number of ...
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A few reminders: Voting, Flagging, Closing, Reviewing

Part of what makes the Stack Exchange format so great is the built in ability to vote for the quality of content and flag, close and review content that needs more attention. With this in mind, we ...
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Please refrain from using comments to answer

This is kind of a public service announcement, but I've seen a recent spike in people using comments, rather than answers, to actually answer questions. Please refrain from that activity and, if I ...
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Will you help moderate this site? Nominations needed

Update: We have accepted Rebecca RVT and Henders' nomination as a pro tem Moderators. Congratulations! Their access should be enabled shortly. We recently posted a nomination thread to appoint ...
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How should we tag aquarium-related questions?

Currently we have a single aquarium tag. However, there is a significant difference between freshwater aquariums, and saltwater aquariums. The care, maintenance, denizens, and level of expertise ...
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Do we need to add another Moderator Pro Tem?

Early on we gained 3 Moderator Pro Tem's Two are doing a great job, but one has been missing for a while. The site is very active and we have been getting our share of inappropriate posts. Should ...
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Who are the experts?

There are a lot of discussions on meta where the term expert is used. However, expert is a broad term, without a specific definition to what makes somebody an expert in a field. Some questions make it ...
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Moderator Position Open — Nominees Needed

Update: We have accepted Yvette's nomination as a pro tem Moderator. Congratulations! Access should be enabled shortly. We last had a pro tem nomination thread in late 2015, so it's time again to ...
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What's our position on aquaponics?

Stemming from this question on the Gardening site: Aquaponics: lobsters, clams, oysters and tilapia all in the same tank? I think animals being kept in aquaponics systems are borderline for us. They'...
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What are the classic/benchmark questions for our site

This question was asked: Can I use human medicine on dogs? I think this is a great question, as it is one of those questions that many people will google. I thought we might brain storm; what other ...
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Changes to Hot Network Questions

There are several changes, one that jumps out to me as potentially important for Pets.se is this one. Moderators have the ability to remove questions from the HNQ List. There are times when the ...
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Request mod-level synonyms be created for [spaying] / [neutering] / [fixing]

We have the desexing tag, which someone set-up a while back as the go-to tag for this sort of thing. Unfortunately, while it is the correct term, "desexing" is not the word the average person uses ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: Mental-Stimulation [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the Mental-Stimulation tag. For the next two weeks (until January 5, 2015) you are challenged to ask or answer as many ...
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Should we have a beta new question feed in chat?

Now that the question rate is dropping off. Should we have a beta new question feed in chat?
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Questions of moral, ethical and legal nature

This is an issue that is going to recur over and over on a site like this. The status of Animal Rights varies enormously from country to country. For this purpose, I am not saying that one country is ...
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How to structure acceptable list questions?

While we want to discourage list questions in general, it seems there are potentially legitimate ones that we might want to keep (not withstanding other issues with the questions I raised in a comment ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Would questions on keeping a colony of ants be on topic here?

Okay, where is the boundary drawn between animal care requirement questions on Biology (like How should I feed and keep an ant queen?) and this site? Is there some overlap? I know some questions (...
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Asking a generic pet question

I recently asked What signs should I look for in my children to know they are ready for a pet with the hope that it would be a somewhat canonical question for a question I think we are going to see ...
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What is the tagline for our site, what's our sales pitch?

5.What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? This is not quite the same as How do we promote our site?. This is what is the essence of our site? What can we provide that makes us different to other ...
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Use “diet”, “eating”, or create “inappropriate-diet” tag for these questions?

This post concerns several similar issues of pets eating inappropriate things that aren't their food and that aren't being fed to them: What are the problems associated with my cat eating paper? Do ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: Rescue Organizations [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for rescue organizations. For the next two weeks (until December 8, 2014) you are challenged to ask or answer as many ...
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Humor in questions/answers

Does humor have a place in the questions we post on the site. Occasionally I see it in comments or questions in reference to pets actions and want to know what other users think. Does it have a ...
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Tag synonyms and renames for shedding/molting

We currently have 4 questions tagged shedding and 1 tagged molt. They mean the same thing. Both terms can be applied to any species of animal that sheds its skin or fur. molt is inconsistent with ...
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Should “terrariums” tag be renamed to “terrarium”?

This question was asked today and tagged with the tag terrariums. Should that tag be renamed to terrarium?
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Opinions about organisations

Whether the organisation be wikipedia or the ASPCA; what is our stance on personal opinions about outside organisations? Taking a quote from this post When is declawing a viable option for cats? to ...
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fencing or containment?

We have a couple questions about fencing and such relating to keeping a pet (dog mostly) in the yard. Do invisible fences pose long term health risks to dogs? How can I keep vermin out of outdoor ...