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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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