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Could we have a close reason for “Not enough information”?

Currently these are our options for closing a question: Every so often we get a question that isn't really a good fit for the site, only because there's information that we're not getting. This ...
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Are “List of symptoms, any advice” questions on topic?

We've decided that medical questions are on topic, and especially when the pet already has a diagnosis, the questions can be very focused about how to manage that particular diagnosis. However, I'm ...
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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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What information is needed when asking a question? [duplicate]

Depending on what the question is about, there are certain things that the people who are going to answer the question will need to know first. Including this information should help skip over the ...
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Should me make the tag 'agility' a synonym of 'dog-agility'?

There are presently only two questions tagged agility and five taggeddog-agility'. Should we make dog-agility the master and agility a synonym?
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House-Moving a synonym of Travel?

I just noticed the tag for house-moving that only has a couple questions tagged with it. To me, I think those questions can just be tagged with travel because that's what it's about, travelling with ...
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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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What 'language' of terminology should we use?

Do all Siberian Huskies have blue eyes? This question got me thinking. We aren't supposed to make edits to Americanize words (e.g. behaviour to behavior), but what about terminology? In this case, ...
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What's the proper etiquette on editing people's updates to a question?

A couple days ago, there was a question that received an update from the person who asked the original question, giving the answer that was given to them by the vet. Part of the problem is that, with ...
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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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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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Cleaning vs Bathing

The tag wiki for cleaning: Questions about cleaning your pet or the environment he/she lives in. Use this tag when your question addresses cleaning methods, requirements, and other aspects that ...
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Would questions on keeping a colony of ants be on topic here?

Okay, where is the boundary drawn between animal care requirement questions on Biology (like How should I feed and keep an ant queen?) and this site? Is there some overlap? I know some questions (...
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Custom Post notice Request

Requesting a site specific post notice as suggested by Robert Cartaino in the Pets meta post Consider carefully if story-sharing anecdotes are REALLY acceptable answers Thank you sharing that ...
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How do we keep “Not quite help vampires” from becoming a hindrance?

So we can't really have help vampires because we're not a work related site, and people aren't coming to use for help with their work. But what I'm talking about are people who will come in and ask ...
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What kind of quality do we expect from people asking questions?

Related to, but not really the same as: What is the minimal amount of research we expect from our users? Personally, I don't really expect that much effort from a question, because I don't think it ...
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How do we add other SE sites as options for flagging?

I just flagged a post to close, as it belongs on biology. When I went to the "belongs on another site" flag, it only gave Pets Meta as an option. Does the system dynamically determine what sites ...
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So, I can't flag as a Low Quality Post anymore, eh?

An answer I had to review had a lot of text that was unsubstantiated and inferred it referred to two articles. One article link didn't go to anything, and the other one implied the user should search ...
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Are “aquarium” and “fish” tags redundant?

Are the aquarium and fish tags redundant, or do they have different purposes? You can have an aquarium with something other than fish in it (frogs, turtles, shellfish, etc.) However, the majority ...
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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 I split a symptoms question into individual symptoms, if so, should I leave the original?

Option 1: Single long question: Should I be concerned about my cats development because of A, B, C? Option 2: Multiple small questions: What is normal A for a cat? What is normal B for a cat? What ...
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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 asking what houseplants are toxic to cats too much of a list question to ask?

I was thinking about asking a question asking what houseplants I should avoid getting, but it's pretty obvious it's a list question. What I'm not sure about is whether it will be okay because the list ...
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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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How can I search for an image, or something like it?

In When animal-identification questions are on-topic it was asserted that photo identification is entirely non-searchable. Is there really no way to search the net for an image?
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Is it okay if I use a species-specific tag for a closely related species?

Yesterday I asked this question: What is the basic care needed for a siren? Sirens are an aquatic salamander very closely related to axolotls, which we do have a tag for (axolotl). I don't want to ...
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Should [holiday] be a synonym of [vacation]?

In the UK we'd talking about "going on holiday" whereas I understand US usage to be "going on vacation", with talk about a "holiday" being more in line with the UK's "public holiday" concept. Despite ...
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Should I be creating questions and answers for topics easily found when googled?

I like to add questions and answers to help topics based on what I see people mentioning that they don't quite understand in questions, answers, and comments. Or if I just think it would be helpful to ...
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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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Do we need a tag for boarding?

Recently the cattery tag was created. If we want to continue using it, it should be generalized. I'm not sure what the proper term would be, or if it would be covered in vacation.
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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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Do we really need a tag for “vermin”?

I'll be honest this is mostly just because I dislike the word itself, but.. We currently have 5 questions (1 is on hold) using the vermin tag: https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/4414/how-can-i-...
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Do we need to separate [pet-safety] from [safety]?

This question about vermin made me wonder whether we should have separate tags for questions relating to the safety of pets questions about human safety in the presence of pets The current safety ...
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Is [Mythbusting] a meta tag?

I'm concerned that mythbusting is actually a meta tag (and if so, it should be removed from use).
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Can we define [rescues] better?

rescues is used for 5 questions. Four of these questions it seems to describe that the pet in question is a rescue. How do I convince my dog that a collar or harness is not the end of the world? ...
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Should we require comments on close and/or down vote?

The Background In my participation in other areas of the StackExchange family of sites, I have seen some back and forth about requiring comments for close and/or down votes. The culture at ...
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When should the tag [toilet-training] be used and when should the tag [litter-box] be used?

We seem to have two tags for the same thing. toilet-training Issues related to housebreaking, training a pet to use certain areas and problems encountered with toileting issues, such as marking. ...
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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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Please welcome your new moderator, James Jenkins!

I'm pleased to announce a new addition to the Pets SE moderator team: James is joining the ranks of the team since Baarn doesn't seem able to continue. I've tried to contact him several times without ...
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Should there be a specific tag for leaving pets at home whilst you're away?

The travel tag wiki description says it's for travelling with pets, but there are a few questions where the owner is travelling and wants to arrange holiday care for the pet. Here are two that are ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why don't we use comments with down-vote in Pets.se?

I have seen various down vote on my answer without stating that what is problem with it in last days. Similarly i have seen some down vote on some questions/answer of other people without explanation. ...
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What measures can we take to prevent product comparisons?

Especially with this site, there will probably be many "product comparison" questions, from pet food to perfumes. As with any stack exchange site, these types of questions are opinionated and should ...
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What should we do when we find unattributed text?

While looking for answers to select as the proper answer to questions I've asked recently, I discovered a post which qualifies for moderation review. Stemming from Why aren't people answering ...

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