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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...