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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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Should we make [definition] a synonym for [terminology]?

The meaning of both tags seems very close. So far there are two questions that use these tags, and they both use both tags. I suggest definition be a synonym for terminology since the latter is very ...
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Remove the tag community-aquarium?

There's a tag community-aquarium which mostly seems to be a special fish case of compatibility. We don't have special compatibility tags for other animals, so it seems inconsistent to have a special ...
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How can we tell if compatibility questions are too broad?

Here is an example question that at this time has a vote to close Neon Tetras what other species would work nicely with them. It's not a bad question really and Which fishes can live together with ...
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Promotion on Youtube

There are many training videos on Youtube and quite often many questions are asked in the comments. Is it OK to link back directly to pets.stackexchange? Is it considered spamming on Youtube?
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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 owner's ...
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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 ...
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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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If a question contains terms that will only be familiar to people familiar with the topic do we fix it?

I have asked a couple expert level questions and I want expert to answer them. But I have had comments on a couple of them asking me to explain the terms used. I think it might be a bad idea to ...
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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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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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What should we tag questions where a pet is doing an action that the asker wants stopped?

Related to Split the [behavior] Tag? , but not specific to splitting the behavior tag. This is a more thought-out proposal, with backing evidence. Someone asks a question about stopping or ...
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Should the synonym between [eating] and [chewing] be removed?

It was mentioned in chat that we have a couple questions that deal specifically with problems of dogs chewing on things, and in that case adding a [chewing] tag might be nice, but [chewing] already ...
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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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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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Is “Why does my pet do X?” on topic?

These questions are often unanswerable since the actual triggers for most of these activities are going to vary. For instance: Why is my dog afraid of other dogs? There are hundreds of potential ...
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What is the language preference in Pets?

The writing of some of the words in English is different depending on whether you use the British English or US English. When we edit the questions and answers in Pets we should respect the original ...
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So I created the “Emergency” tag today

Today there was a question which required immediate attention. The asker had incorrectly selected the "disaster" tag to label the question (disaster is for, well, disaster preparation and post-...
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Synonym [introducing-pets] with [compatibility]?

I just discovered the undefined tag "compatibility". I'm of the mind that it is quite similar, and potentially better than the more unwieldy "introducing-pets". I think they should be synonyms and ...
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Should we edit out company names when it is not relevant to the question?

Regarding How can I tell whether my dog was euthanized in a painful fashion? , the asker stated they went to PetSmart (a pet supply and in-house veterinarian chain) to handle their dog's euthanasia. ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Pets Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, what will ...
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Species identification and the Help Center

See Should we discourage pet breed / species identification questions? for the genesis of this. Given that this recently popped up with What is this Reptile/Lizard? and we had a similar, though not ...
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Is the Health tag too broad?

If you browse through the questions that have been tagged health, they cover a super wide range of topics and that tag doesn't seem particularly helpful in finding other questions that might be ...
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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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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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