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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the “Instinct” tag for?

We've got instinct, and I honestly have no idea what it's for or what the intent of the tag is. Two questions (one recently) were tagged with it. There is currently no tag wiki definition. ...
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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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Should “Recommend a fish for my tank” questions be titled for differentiation, and if so, how?

Regarding "What other fish would be a good addition to my tank?". The information included in the question is very specific (the tank volume, current residents, environment, etc.), but I think the ...
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How do I get back to the main site with this new format?

I worked out how to get to meta by clicking on the help tab. Where is the link back to the main site?
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Usage and definition of Multi-Pet-Families tag

The tag multi-pet-families is currently applied to a broad set of questions, but I think some of them (especially different fish in aquariums) shouldn't be tagged with it. Regards concerns about ...
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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 can be done about misinformation in answers?

Being a peer-reviewed question and answer site sounds really good on paper (and works fantastic on Stack Overflow, where I am a major contributor). Unlike SO, where answers can be verified in a ...
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What sort of language do we want on the site (euphemisms vs scientific words)?

There have been many questions where it seems people are using euphemisms for bodily functions and other things. For example, the big white porcelain bowl (for toilet), poop (for feces), fart (for ...
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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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Do we want to have a no offensive content policy?

Recently a question was asked and quickly deleted because it asked about killing and eating a pet. But death is a part of life and part of raising animals will eventually involve the end of life and ...
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When are legal questions on-topic?

This answer from early in the private beta argues that legal questions should generally be off-topic, giving the following examples: Is keeping pet x in jurisdiction y illegal? What permits do I need ...
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We do need to start to firm up the idea of what is on topic or not

A very early question on this was closed as too broad, but I think we need to be bringing this back to the surface. There's a couple of reasons for this... Our help center is very thin on this ...
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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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Aquarists: What are we tagging questions about your tank's water quality?

I'm the wrong person to ask this, as I am completely inexperienced with aquariums, but I think I've caught something early that probably needs a standard. We have 2 questions regarding aquarium pH ...
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Use “diet”, “eating”, or create “inappropriate-diet” tag for these questions?

This post concerns several similar issues of pets eating inappropriate things that aren't their food and that aren't being fed to them: What are the problems associated with my cat eating paper? Do ...
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Who are the experts?

There are a lot of discussions on meta where the term expert is used. However, expert is a broad term, without a specific definition to what makes somebody an expert in a field. Some questions make it ...
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Do we need a “treatment” tag?

There are (at this writing) 8 questions tagged treatment. I'm having trouble seeing what this tag adds to questions that are already tagged health, behavior, care, safety, injury, etc. Do we need ...
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Removing mistaken tag synonym

Quick housekeeping question. I have created two tag synonyms back to front (ie wrong master tag). Can I delete these or do we wait until they are downvoted and disappear?
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Should “sleep” and “sleeping” be synonymous?

I was posting my first question on this site, found here, and I saw that there was a tag sleep and a tag sleeping. Now, these are really two tags for one meaning, but are not yet synonyms, so I was ...
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Let's discuss some ideas for promotional flyers!

Parenting has flyers for promotion. I'm not saying we need to use the same media resource they did (Jin) as he might be backed up, but we can help by Nominating / Selecting 5-6 good, solid (to-the-...
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Why should I back up my answer with references?

I have quite a bit of experience and education and I feel that I am qualified to make statements of fact. So why should I or any of the other experts on the site back up my answers with references? ...
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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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Deleting downvoted posts

We have the facility to vote to delete downvoted posts. I am not sure what the moderators actual privileges extend to, whether they can delete with a magic button or need to vote. I have voted to ...
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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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Should we have a beta new question feed in chat?

Now that the question rate is dropping off. Should we have a beta new question feed in chat?
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High upvote percentage on questions

If you look on the main page of pets.stackexchange, almost all questions have a really high upvote rate. I have two questions; is this normal for a beta stackexchange site? If not, should something ...
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Can I ask questions on the biology of my pet?

I began asking a question on the biology of my fire-bellied toad regarding skin complexion. The question involved inquiries on melanin intake, certain diet patterns, and the biology/science behind ...
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Do we need specific tags for live food?

I recently asked a question about storing crickets intended for use as pet food. I created a crickets, but I'm not certain this is necessary. My initial thought was that we may see a number of ...
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Improving the quality of our answers to attract experts

The issue of trying to attract experts is one that Stack Exchange regularly addresses. We have a question about it here How do we get veterinarians to participate on our site?. What can we do to ...
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Prefix or Suffix Aquarium on tags? [closed]

Regarding How should we tag aquarium-related questions? , I have begun tagging aquarium questions with freshwater-aquarium and saltwater-aquarium, as that was the consensus in said question. In the ...
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Animal Sexuality Images

There have been a few questions on animal sexuality and one of the answers included some rough images that illustrated what the answerer was trying to explain. How should we handle potentially NSFW ...
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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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Do we need standardized IANAV / IAAV disclaimers?

IANAL - I am not a lawyer. IANAD - I am not a doctor. IANAV - I am not a veterinarian. Some of us are giving some form of even mild medical advice here. Those who do, or feel we should, need to ...

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