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Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge

It seems to me like we're okay to start biweekly topic challenges here at Pets. The idea for these challenges can be found in this meta post, and the process has been nicely written out over at the ...
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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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What kind of answers are we looking for?

Since I have received the beta invitation, I have tried my best at answering 2 questions, but I am far from being an expert. I rely on my recent experiences with my puppy and try to help out the ...
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Why aren't people answering using their own words?

Look, I can "Google search" for an answer to a question just as easily as you can, but the number of answers here on Pets that are blatant text dumps from other sites, several without references back ...
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Should a cats/dogs tag always be added to kittens/puppies questions?

I was surprised that this question What is an acceptable flea treatment for kittens? was not displayed in blue despite the 'cats' tag being in my favorites list. So I quickly added a 'cats' tag to the ...
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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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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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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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Should our pet tags be plural or singular?

So far, there are more questions tagged as plural than singular. However, there is already a duplicate: cat and cats One should be made a synonym of the other. Additionally, we've got rabbit which ...
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Should we have tags for breeds?

It make sense to have a tag for "dogs", but what about individual breeds of dogs. For example there might questions specific to pugs, terriers, or poodles. Such questions could include both a "dogs" ...
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Should medical emergencies always be off-topic?

I don't really have a strong opinion on this but thought it was worth bringing up for discussion to clarify. I noticed the following question was closed just recently and some in the past have been ...
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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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How do we promote our site?

The biggest struggle for new sites is growing and maintaining a consistent and supportive user base. As many new sites are springing up on the internet, how can we encourage people to come to our site?...
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Should we allow “shopping” or product/species recommendation questions?

This is a common issue for most stackexchange sites, and it is already rearing its head here. Should we allow questions that ask for recommendations, such as "what breed of dog is good for x?" or "...
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What is on topic and what is not? [closed]

I'm looking for some idea of what the community thinks is on topic and what isn't. For example: On topic questions include pet behavior like training and house breaking. Off topic questions include ...
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Where is the line drawn for feeder animals?

In lines with this question: Would questions on keeping a colony of ants be on topic here? The discussion brought up the topic of raising feeder animals, and that they seem to be on the border of ...
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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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Why is my answer being down-voted or ignored?

Most of us have been here before. We've had an answer that hasn't been getting any up-votes (or maybe even getting nothing but down-votes). So what can a person do to get the internet points they ...
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Should we clean up “pooping” and “droppings”?

We have tags for pooping and droppings. These seem to be the same bucket of questions; should there be a synonym here? If so in which direction? I'm not sure how I feel about "poop" as a tag name. ...
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How can we create tag synonyms in these early stages?

We are having an increasing number of tags being created, many are a simple case of being synonyms. For example: cat and cats How can we create tag synonyms in these early stages?
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What should our chat room name be?

Right now, our chat room's name is just Pets. I think we can do better than that, what sort of clever and appropriate name could we use instead?
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Who do we want as moderators?

As one of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, I figured I post it out here. Please feel free to post nominations.
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Is the “care” tag useful?

I recently noticed the care tag, which has 58 questions currently. Its wiki excerpt says: For questions relating to the general care of a pet, in maintaining an optimum environment and lifestyle ...
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Must answers provide citations if using external sources, and if so, how should the citing be done?

I've received an answer where at least 2 sentences were taken from an article on another site and the site was not credited in the answer. Much of the rest may or may not have been from the article. ...
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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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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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What specialised additions do we need to append to our FAQ?

What specialised additions to the standard StackExchange FAQ do we need to append to our FAQ?
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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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Why is it better to ask all my questions separately, and not all at once?

So I have a bunch of questions about something. If they're all related to each other, then wouldn't it be better to ask them all together? I don't want to spam the site with all my questions!
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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 consult a vet an appropriate answer?

I am seeing several answers that boil down to I do not know your answer you should consult a vet. The goal of this SE is to help answer questions about pets. If the question truly requires a vet ...
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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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We're coming up on our anniversary, how should we mark the auspicious event?

@JamesJenkins raised this up in chat, so credit his forward thinking here, but given that we're coming up on our very fist anniversary it feels like we should do something to mark it, and not in the ...
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Should questions about history/descent of pets be on topic?

I wonder if these types of questions are good for this site. They don't directly have to do with pet care, or anything necessary to know in order to properly care for your pet. Will this type of ...
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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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Treat and Treatment tags

I noticed these two tags treat and treatment. A glance at this tags, one would think that they are talking about the same thing, Treatment. After looking at the questions in the tags, I realized they ...
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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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What do you think about list questions?

List questions often pop up to poll people for their opinion on "the best [resource]". What is the best book on lindworms? What can I feed my unicorn? A more recent and practical example is: What ...
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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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Feeding, nutrition, diet, eating and food tags?

Currently we have a feeding, nutrition, diet, eating and food tag. Which of these should we keep and/or synonymize, Suggestions?
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Do ALL tags need to be made plural?

I know that there was a question asked very early on in this sites life about the animal name tags: Should our pet tags be plural or singular? The general consensus there is that animal pet names ...
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How do we get veterinarians to participate on our site?

Although many questions can be answered by owners of the specified pet, some will definitely need the expertise of a vet. How do we introduce veterinarians to the site? Should we tell users to tell ...
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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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Should we start flagging comments that are acting as answers?

From the help center: What are comments? Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer. They can be up-voted (but not down-voted) and flagged, but do not generate ...
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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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Should we emphasize the need to go to a vet before a question asking for immediate help is posted?

We get questions from time to time, asking for solutions in regards to their pets acting either strangely or appearing as if they are not fine. A lot of them get the standard response, "go to vet now"....
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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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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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