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Should we close this question about statistics about vets?

This question "Scholarly article on the percentage of vets who recommend spaying/neutering" really annoys me but I'm not sure if it's acceptable on this site or not. The main question (among a lot ...
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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 will feed ...
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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 ...
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New tag literature

After much thought (preceding weeks), and the happenstance of events yesterday, Today I created the tag literature along with the post Do rabbits fight each other to the death? To the best of my ...
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Can we post a comment where we think the question should go to a proposal on area 51 where it fits the best?

I just want to know if we can post a comment on a question stating "This question can be best suited for the area 51 proposal i.e. XYZ on this particular topic..." Coz I think this will also help the ...
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Is there any reason why questions asking if a price for an animal is reasonable would be on-topic?

I had removed it from this question: What is the procedure for adopting a purebred dog in the United States?, because it was more of a side-comment than a part of the actual question, but it made me ...
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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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Where do we stand on lab animals?

We've already had some debate on the line between a pet and livestock, but I don't think it's come up before where the animal in question was a lab animal. (Note: By lab animal, I mean specifically an ...
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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's your take on “Stupid Pet Trick” questions

So this question, Why does my dog sing along to Final Jeopardy?, was asked a few hours ago. I think the intent of the question is good, and I think the actual question/answer is decent, but my ...
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What's our stance on questions about other people's pets?

We have this question from a while back: "How can I keep my neighbor's dogs out of my yard?" Which I think is a pretty good question and likewise generated a pretty good discussion. Now we have: "...
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When animal-identification questions are on-topic

Previously we've discussed whether or not we should allow species-identification questions on this site. (Species identification and the Help Center was raised when we had this question: What is this ...
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Are questions about horses and/or farm pets on topic?

Are questions about horses, or in some cases farm animals, such as pigs, sheep, and cows (which, believe is or not I have known individual cases where they have been kept as pets, rather than ...
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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, specifically ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Human medications on pets

I asked this: https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/723/is-it-safe-for-me-to-use-human-medication-on-my-pet In order to prevent the human medicine question appearing for every pet there is, e.g [....
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Should we have questions based on other questions?

I saw https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/723/is-it-safe-for-me-to-use-human-medication-on-my-pet that is like a response to two other questions. Although the OP already answered it, I feel we ...
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Are questions about pet loss (death, grieving) on topic?

Are questions about pet loss, grief, etc on topic for this site, or are they better suited for Cognitive Sciences? See: What are good techniques for coping with the loss of a dog?
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Should questions recommending grooming implements be on topic and how specific?

There is comments under these whether it is on topic and another, commenting that they are related. What is the most effective brush for knots in Bichon Frise fur? What kind of brush should be used ...
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Are questions asking for references on topic? [duplicate]

Is there a research-based book that discusses feline social interactions and cues? So, do we want these types of questions?
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Aquarium and pond questions that are not about pets

Before the pets proposal entered private Beta followers of the aquarium proposal were asked to join as all their questions would be on topic here. There are a few questions about aquariums or ponds I ...
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Birds being off topic?

This question has been closed twice.. Poultry is on topic... what about pet birds? birds https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/birds Why should I not give water or food to a wounded bird?
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Are questions about exotic pets on-topic? [duplicate]

Do we want questions about exotic and unconventional pets such as tigers, lions, alligators, large snakes, etc? Do we believe we have the expertise to answer questions about such animals?
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Asking retrospective questions

Some people are asking retrospective questions (I have) for various reasons, to get questions on the board, or to see if there may have been better solutions for an old problem. How should we go ...
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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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Hypothetical question of prospective pet owners

This question by a prospective puppy owner got put on hold even after being cleaned up and focused on one particular aspect because it is "hypothetical" rather than "a problem the OP actually faces". ...
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When are medical questions on-topic?

This is a fork from this more-general question about scope. There has been some discussion of whether questions seeking medical information should be on-topic at all, and if so under what conditions. ...
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Are questions about poultry birds on topic?

I want to know if questions about poultry birds like (chicken, turkey, etc) on topic for Pets?. The reason form my question is, in my opinion these poultry birds are not usually kept as pets but ...
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Are street animal question on topic here? [duplicate]

Some people like to interact with street animals like cats/dogs. By feeding them playing with them but doesn't adopt them because of liabilities. So the question regarding them going to be allowed or ...