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Cancer health question: Potentially too broad

Earlier today, How successful is Cancer treatment? was posted. At first, I thought about it and gave a little anecdote of my own in the comment about the success of treatments and what factors may ...
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Is there a distinction between questions on pets, and questions about professional/amateur breeding of pet animals for show or sale?

A related meta discussion was started over concerns about questions where euthanization of a healthy animal might be a possible outcome for issues relating to professional or amateur breeding. Up ...
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Should we exclude breeders of animals where 'cull' does not equal adopt as an industry standard?

A recent discussion, has highlighted that the industry standard for breeders of some species, knowingly create more animals then can be placed in homes. As best I can tell there are only two avenues ...
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What is the “Instinct” tag for?

We've got instinct, and I honestly have no idea what it's for or what the intent of the tag is. Two questions (one recently) were tagged with it. There is currently no tag wiki definition. ...
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Do we want a chat bot in The Litter Box?

Several popular rooms on the network are running a chat bot for some time now, including Root Access and JavaScript. There is a decent implementation of a chatbot, written in JavaScript, here. I run ...
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Should “Recommend a fish for my tank” questions be titled for differentiation, and if so, how?

Regarding "What other fish would be a good addition to my tank?". The information included in the question is very specific (the tank volume, current residents, environment, etc.), but I think the ...
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Usage and definition of Multi-Pet-Families tag

The tag multi-pet-families is currently applied to a broad set of questions, but I think some of them (especially different fish in aquariums) shouldn't be tagged with it. Regards concerns about ...
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Should “What is the best kind of pet to give as gift?” be converted to a community question then closed?

There have been a number of comments and edits to the question Is there anything I should know or consider before giving a pet as a gift? . It originated as a suggest by @JoshDM in chat a day or two ...
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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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What sort of language do we want on the site (euphemisms vs scientific words)?

There have been many questions where it seems people are using euphemisms for bodily functions and other things. For example, the big white porcelain bowl (for toilet), poop (for feces), fart (for ...
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What is our policy on Sock Puppets?

I noticed an account a couple weeks ago, that I thought might be a sock puppet. It had been inactive for a while, so I did not mention it. The account just made an edit, so I am bringing it up now. ...
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Do we want to have a no offensive content policy?

Recently a question was asked and quickly deleted because it asked about killing and eating a pet. But death is a part of life and part of raising animals will eventually involve the end of life and ...
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When are legal questions on-topic?

This answer from early in the private beta argues that legal questions should generally be off-topic, giving the following examples: Is keeping pet x in jurisdiction y illegal? What permits do I need ...
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We do need to start to firm up the idea of what is on topic or not

A very early question on this was closed as too broad, but I think we need to be bringing this back to the surface. There's a couple of reasons for this... Our help center is very thin on this ...
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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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Aquarists: What are we tagging questions about your tank's water quality?

I'm the wrong person to ask this, as I am completely inexperienced with aquariums, but I think I've caught something early that probably needs a standard. We have 2 questions regarding aquarium pH ...
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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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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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Do we need a “treatment” tag?

There are (at this writing) 8 questions tagged treatment. I'm having trouble seeing what this tag adds to questions that are already tagged health, behavior, care, safety, injury, etc. Do we need ...
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Should “sleep” and “sleeping” be synonymous?

I was posting my first question on this site, found here, and I saw that there was a tag sleep and a tag sleeping. Now, these are really two tags for one meaning, but are not yet synonyms, so I was ...
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Let's discuss some ideas for promotional flyers!

Parenting has flyers for promotion. I'm not saying we need to use the same media resource they did (Jin) as he might be backed up, but we can help by Nominating / Selecting 5-6 good, solid (to-the-...
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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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What common information should a question poster be expected to provide about their pet?

So far, it seems consistent that when a question about a pet is missing certain information, there usually follows a common comment requesting vitals. In lieu of being able to add this to a FAQ, I've ...
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Deleting downvoted posts

We have the facility to vote to delete downvoted posts. I am not sure what the moderators actual privileges extend to, whether they can delete with a magic button or need to vote. I have voted to ...
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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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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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High upvote percentage on questions

If you look on the main page of pets.stackexchange, almost all questions have a really high upvote rate. I have two questions; is this normal for a beta stackexchange site? If not, should something ...
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Do we need specific tags for live food?

I recently asked a question about storing crickets intended for use as pet food. I created a crickets, but I'm not certain this is necessary. My initial thought was that we may see a number of ...
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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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Prefix or Suffix Aquarium on tags? [closed]

Regarding How should we tag aquarium-related questions? , I have begun tagging aquarium questions with freshwater-aquarium and saltwater-aquarium, as that was the consensus in said question. In the ...
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Animal Sexuality Images

There have been a few questions on animal sexuality and one of the answers included some rough images that illustrated what the answerer was trying to explain. How should we handle potentially NSFW ...
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Community view on recall notices

Why is a Kraft String Cheese recall important to dog owners/trainers? (since deleted) raises a concern that may affect any of us with pets: getting the word of a recall affecting our friends out there....
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Do we need standardized IANAV / IAAV disclaimers?

IANAL - I am not a lawyer. IANAD - I am not a doctor. IANAV - I am not a veterinarian. Some of us are giving some form of even mild medical advice here. Those who do, or feel we should, need to ...
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Renaming The Litter Box? [duplicate]

Currently the chat room name is "The Litter Box". Some users think this is an inappropriate name. The "The Menagerie" has been the runner up for a few days now. "The Litter Box" has +18/-4 votes, "...
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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 edit “hi”, “thanks”, salutation from posts

It has been a general concensus on main meta that "hi","thanks" and salutations should be edited from posts. Should we do the same here?
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What is the minimal amount of research we expect from our users?

There are some questions popping up, to be quite honest a lot, where typing the title into Google yields some pretty good results. If you hover the cursor over the downvote button, its info text reads ...
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Do people want the meta posts to appear in the chat feed?

Now that the meta site has calmed down a bit, do people want the feed of new posts to automatically appear in our chat room? I know we do it on [cogsi.se] and it's not a bad way to keep people ...
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Should we have a biology, anatomy or physiology type tag?

Should we have a biology, anatomy or physiology type tag? To give a few examples: The answer to this is concerned with the rabbits physiology: Do bunnies eat their droppings? The asnwers to these ...
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This question is closed for the wrong reason, should we care?

There is a question on the main site whether trace amounts of onions can be harmful to pets. It's been closed as a duplicate of whether onions can be harmful in general despite the OP specifically ...
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If the kitty litter / pregnancy question was reworded, would it not have been migrated?

This question is in reference to this Pets question which was migrated to Parenting. Based on the way the original question was worded, "Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?", I ...
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The health tag and health of humans

The allergies is used for animals with allergies and human's with allergies to pets. Can the health be used in the same way or should we have a separate tag? Example questions: Can I get sick ...
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Behavior or Behaviour tag [duplicate]

We need to decide on whether we are going to use behaviour or behavior, then delete the unused one. Being from the UK, I'd propose that we use behaviour, but as it seems that the audience is more ...
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Is this answer a copyright violation?

This answer has most of its content come from a single source. Which is attributed, but the content is not released on CC (Attribution). Another user has placed a comment about the volume of copy and ...
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What should I do with a completely paraphrased version of a plagiarized answer?

This is really specific to a single question, it's not a duplicate meta post and for crap's sake people, it's meta, you can have a few uniques floating around. That having been said, Recommendations ...
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Should we remove the “cars” tag?

We currently have 4 questions tagged cars. We also have 2 questions tagged travel. One of those is also tagged cars, and the other mentions cars, so should have the cars tag if we decide to keep ...
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How should we tag the insurance question?

This question about pet insurance is currently tagged dogs, which is wrong -- there's nothing dog-specific in the question. Presumably this is because it needed to be tagged with something and "...
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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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Reputation change stats discrepancy

In my profile reputation change on Pets beta, It show -129 but In the user drop down it shows -24 What is the reason for this?
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Should we discourage pet breed / species identification questions?

The topic has come up in chat, so a meta discussion seems to be in order. Should we actively disallow questions asking for identification of a specific breed, or even species? Presumably users ...