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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Hamsters [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the hamsters tag. For the next two weeks (until midnight of March 22, 2015) you are challenged to ask and/or answer as ...
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Tag pluralization list

Running this query on DataSE I found some tags I think that would make more sense to be pluralized based on the other tags we have. aquarium (Note: The similar tag terrariums is plural) bearded-...
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Eliminate or de-generalize "Equipment" tag

The equipment tag was applied a lot back in October 2014, to many (but not all) questions concerning "equipment" for pets, from leashes and blood meters to water filters and pumps to bird seed storage....
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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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Why was this closed as a duplicate?

This question: What's better than a spray bottle for negative reinforcement of a cat? Was marked a duplicate of: How should I discipline my cat for bad behavior? And the two questions are clearly, ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Habitat [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the habitat tag. For the next two weeks (until midnight of March 8, 2015) you are challenged to ask and/or answer as ...
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When should the topic challenges be ending?

Sorry for the kind of poll question but.. For the biweekly topic challenges, I've been ending the challenges on Monday, technically Sunday at midnight but I write the summary and post the new ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Training [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the training tag. For the next two weeks (until midnight of February 22, 2015) you are challenged to ask and/or answer ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: First-Aid [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the First-Aid tag. For the next two weeks (until February 9, 2015) you are challenged to ask or answer as many questions ...
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Relating/ Duplicating Own Questions

Is it allowed to duplicate your own question but where it won't get marked [duplicate]? ex. q: Can I give surgery to my fish Q: Is it ok to give surgery to a fish because I want to give surgery to my ...
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Are there sites in the network that we could submit community ads to?

I think it would be nice to have community ads to advertise our site on other sites in the network. But usually sites submit community ads to sites that tend to share the same interests. On one hand, ...
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Deleting your own chat room

Is it possible to delete your own chat room? I would like to know if you can or can't. If I can please tell me how to do it.
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Could we have community ads too?

On many of the other Stack Exchange sites I've seen meta posts collecting community ads to submit to help advertise their site across the network. Are community ads something that we would want to do?...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge: Senior-Pet [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the Senior-Pet tag. For the next two weeks (until January 26, 2015) you are challenged to ask or answer as many ...
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Buffalo questions off topic?

Will a buffalo question be allowed in a pet question because I own a buffalo and I have many questions about it?
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Animal Husbandry

We occasionally get questions about animals who are not pets, Some we point to Biology.SE but according to this Area51 post Animal husbandry is on-topic on Sustainability.SX we might also consider ...
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Can we post a comment where we think the question should go to a proposal on area 51 where it fits the best?

I just want to know if we can post a comment on a question stating "This question can be best suited for the area 51 proposal i.e. XYZ on this particular topic..." Coz I think this will also help the ...
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Is posting citations a compulsion even when the post contains self experiences?

I have posted an answer for a post here, for which I got the below notification. Now, what I don't understand here is why am I being asked to add citations to reliable resources, when there is no ...
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Possibly overlapping tags with [mental-stimulation]

The tags toys and play seem to heavily overlap with mental-stimulation. Are all three necessary, or can toys and play be merged into mental-stimulation?
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Biweekly topic challenge: Mental-Stimulation [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the Mental-Stimulation tag. For the next two weeks (until January 5, 2015) you are challenged to ask or answer as many ...
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Tag request - [gerbil]

I'm a little off the point where I can create tags here, so I thought I'd see if anyone here would create the tag gerbil, as animal-specific tags seem to be welcome(?), unless it's not likely it'd be ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: Molting [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for the molting tag. For the next two weeks (until December 22, 2014) you are challenged to ask or answer as many questions ...
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Tag synonyms and renames for shedding/molting

We currently have 4 questions tagged shedding and 1 tagged molt. They mean the same thing. Both terms can be applied to any species of animal that sheds its skin or fur. molt is inconsistent with ...
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Biweekly topic challenge: Rescue Organizations [Completed]

The current topic for the Pets: Biweekly Topic Challenge is the suggestion for rescue organizations. For the next two weeks (until December 8, 2014) you are challenged to ask or answer as many ...
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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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1st Year Anniversary Party!

Some of you may have seen We're coming up on our anniversary, how should we mark the auspicious event? Now it's time to start this rolling! So, here's what we're going to do... If you have any funny ...
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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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