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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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Should question titles actually be questions?

I see a lot of questions with what I would consider bad titles. Couple examples. Shouldn't titles be actual questions and give you an understanding of what the question is about instead of broad ...
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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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Is it okay to ask users to accept the answer that works for them?

Looking at questions, I found out that most questions don't have accepted answers. Is it okay to ask the OP (in a comment) to accept the answer that works for them?
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Why is the edit to some posts inactive and not other?

Why are some of the edit buttons on some questions active and others not?
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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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Create a tag synonym for behavio(u)r

We have both the behavior and the behaviour tag. At the moment, American spelling is winning 6:2 but we should probably settle on the one and make the other a synonym. I'm not sure who has the power ...
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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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is the multi-pet-families tag too similar to the compatibility tag?

Tag wiki for multi-pet-families Regards concerns about households containing multiple pets of the same or different species and their interactions. Tag wiki for compatibility Questions about ...
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What is the tagline for our site, what's our sales pitch?

5.What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? This is not quite the same as How do we promote our site?. This is what is the essence of our site? What can we provide that makes us different to other ...
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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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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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Why was the hot dog question closed?

What are the consequences if my dog eats a hot dog? Was closed earlier today because it "was nothing more than a farce". While the question was written in a humorous fashion (because it's April Fool'...
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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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Please welcome your new moderator, Zaralynda!

While I'm sad to report the venerable Ashley Nunn stepping down as one of your moderators due to time and life constraints, it brings me great pleasure to announce that Zaralynda has volunteered to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we want to start creating tag synonyms

Any obvious tag synonyms the community thinks we can create yet? I have privilege to create tag synonyms, so we don't need to bother Community managers and can start forming these if the community so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Renaming The Litter Box? [duplicate]

Currently the chat room name is "The Litter Box". Some users think this is an inappropriate name. The "The Menagerie" has been the runner up for a few days now. "The Litter Box" has +18/-4 votes, "...
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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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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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