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Is it possible to merge meta questions?

I noticed we have to meta discussions about species identification. Should we discourage pet breed / species identification questions? Species identification and the Help Center Can we merge them ...
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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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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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Do we want topic challenges here on Pets?

Completed A great suggestion from Jon Ericson is to have Weekly Topic Challenges, these would involve 4 steps: Step 1: Ask for topic ideas. Step 2: Post a challenge. Step 3: Profit!!!! Tally the ...
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Can we make use of “Upcoming Events”?

There is a feature called 'Upcoming Events' that is used at Space, and possibly other sister sites. Their application of it is not completely without issue but it did get me wondering if we might ...
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Anonymous survey posted on Survey Monkey

An anonymous survey has been posted on Survey Monkey. It asks questions about your perception of the Pets.SE site https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YGCQKZF
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What's going on with our voting activity?

Note: data for graphs are taken from this query Here is the graph of our voting activity in the last year. As you can see, we have our normal jumps whenever a question hits the hot list, but overall ...
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Very answerable questions should not be closed as unanswerable (and this is happening)

Saw three closures today (one was mine and I think is the most borderline, but that's what got me on this topic): Best small pet for a fairly small space in a bedroom https://pets.stackexchange.com/...
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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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Interaction of tags with different levels of specificity

There are a couple groups of tags that have a general tag that covers a lot of cases, but a few specific subjects are asked about often, so they have also gotten an individual tag. The clearest case ...
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Is dog name history in scope? [duplicate]

The new question Why is "Blue" a traditional dog's name? pushes the limits of scope that is currently in place. I can see valid arguments to allow this to be in or out of scope. A meta ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 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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Is the culture of Pets SE in line with the rest of Stack Exchange?

Some Issues with the Pets SE Culture I've recently begun participating in Pets SE, and noticed a few key areas where the culture of Pets SE doesn't seem to fit into the general Stack Exchange culture....
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What should we do with “is X normal” questions?

Sort of spurred by a question today: Is it normal for a cat to eat moths? I'm not sure how well these types of questions really work. I mean, how do you definitively answer that a behaviour is normal?...
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Synonym request: [Age] to [Lifespan]?

We have two tags for the age of pets. age and lifespan. It makes sense to me that age should be a synonym of lifespan. Could we merge them?
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Tag rename request: [crate] to [crate-training]?

We have a tag for crating animals, crate, but it makes more sense to me that it would be called crate-training. Could we get crate turned into crate-training?
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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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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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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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Merge [laws] and [legal]?

So we have two tags: laws and legal. The first has a wiki: For questions related to laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations governing the behavior of pets and their handlers in public places. ...
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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 [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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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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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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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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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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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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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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