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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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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Should we edit “hi”, “thanks”, salutation from posts

It has been a general concensus on main meta that "hi","thanks" and salutations should be edited from posts. Should we do the same here?
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What is the minimal amount of research we expect from our users?

There are some questions popping up, to be quite honest a lot, where typing the title into Google yields some pretty good results. If you hover the cursor over the downvote button, its info text reads ...
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Do people want the meta posts to appear in the chat feed?

Now that the meta site has calmed down a bit, do people want the feed of new posts to automatically appear in our chat room? I know we do it on [cogsi.se] and it's not a bad way to keep people ...
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Should we have a biology, anatomy or physiology type tag?

Should we have a biology, anatomy or physiology type tag? To give a few examples: The answer to this is concerned with the rabbits physiology: Do bunnies eat their droppings? The asnwers to these ...
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This question is closed for the wrong reason, should we care?

There is a question on the main site whether trace amounts of onions can be harmful to pets. It's been closed as a duplicate of whether onions can be harmful in general despite the OP specifically ...
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If the kitty litter / pregnancy question was reworded, would it not have been migrated?

This question is in reference to this Pets question which was migrated to Parenting. Based on the way the original question was worded, "Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?", I ...
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The health tag and health of humans

The allergies is used for animals with allergies and human's with allergies to pets. Can the health be used in the same way or should we have a separate tag? Example questions: Can I get sick ...
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Behavior or Behaviour tag [duplicate]

We need to decide on whether we are going to use behaviour or behavior, then delete the unused one. Being from the UK, I'd propose that we use behaviour, but as it seems that the audience is more ...
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Is this answer a copyright violation?

This answer has most of its content come from a single source. Which is attributed, but the content is not released on CC (Attribution). Another user has placed a comment about the volume of copy and ...
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What should I do with a completely paraphrased version of a plagiarized answer?

This is really specific to a single question, it's not a duplicate meta post and for crap's sake people, it's meta, you can have a few uniques floating around. That having been said, Recommendations ...
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Should we remove the “cars” tag?

We currently have 4 questions tagged cars. We also have 2 questions tagged travel. One of those is also tagged cars, and the other mentions cars, so should have the cars tag if we decide to keep ...
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How should we tag the insurance question?

This question about pet insurance is currently tagged dogs, which is wrong -- there's nothing dog-specific in the question. Presumably this is because it needed to be tagged with something and "...
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How should we tag aquarium-related questions?

Currently we have a single aquarium tag. However, there is a significant difference between freshwater aquariums, and saltwater aquariums. The care, maintenance, denizens, and level of expertise ...
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Reputation change stats discrepancy

In my profile reputation change on Pets beta, It show -129 but In the user drop down it shows -24 What is the reason for this?
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Should we discourage pet breed / species identification questions?

The topic has come up in chat, so a meta discussion seems to be in order. Should we actively disallow questions asking for identification of a specific breed, or even species? Presumably users ...
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Redundancy like “For questions about” in tag wikis

Tag wikis are polluted with redundant words: "Questions related to" "Question regarding" "Refers to the question concerning about" (!) "For questions about" "Refers to the question regarding" "...
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Copy, Paste, Link, One Liner Answers [duplicate]

There are many Copy, Paste, Link, One Liner Answers. If this is the best answer someone can post, I would strongly recommending not providing an answer. It is not an improvement on a google search, ...
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Do ALL tags need to be made plural?

I know that there was a question asked very early on in this sites life about the animal name tags: Should our pet tags be plural or singular? The general consensus there is that animal pet names ...
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Should “terrariums” tag be renamed to “terrarium”?

This question was asked today and tagged with the tag terrariums. Should that tag be renamed to terrarium?
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How do we get veterinarians to participate on our site?

Although many questions can be answered by owners of the specified pet, some will definitely need the expertise of a vet. How do we introduce veterinarians to the site? Should we tell users to tell ...
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Poor quality advice in answers and comments

I have my concerns about some of the quality of the answers and advice being given on the site. Then we are faced with a barrage of questions, imploring more feedback about downvotes. At this stage (...
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Are we missing anything to end the Private Beta?

We are about a week into Private Beta, and seem to be doing great. Is there anything in particular we need to focus on addressing to get ready for public Beta?
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Chameleon(s) tag

For a question about chameleons I tried to remove the singular chameleon and instead add chameleons as per our meta discussion on tag plurals but I get a message saying You are attempting to ...
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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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Question edited to change question and now has two answers addressing two questions

This question Is there a way to prevent another dog from pooping on our grass? was edited to change the emphasis of the question. There are two answers one to the original, one to the second, what to ...
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Why don't we use comments with down-vote in Pets.se?

I have seen various down vote on my answer without stating that what is problem with it in last days. Similarly i have seen some down vote on some questions/answer of other people without explanation. ...
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Should we have questions based on other questions?

I saw https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/723/is-it-safe-for-me-to-use-human-medication-on-my-pet that is like a response to two other questions. Although the OP already answered it, I feel we ...
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Human medications on pets

I asked this: https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/723/is-it-safe-for-me-to-use-human-medication-on-my-pet In order to prevent the human medicine question appearing for every pet there is, e.g [....
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Does a question have to specify a specific pet, or can it pertain to pets in general?

I asked a question here: What are good techniques for coping with the loss of a dog? Originally it pertained to just "pets" rather than "dogs", and I was told it was too broad, so I changed it. ...
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Should questions recommending grooming implements be on topic and how specific?

There is comments under these whether it is on topic and another, commenting that they are related. What is the most effective brush for knots in Bichon Frise fur? What kind of brush should be used ...
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Are questions about pet loss (death, grieving) on topic?

Are questions about pet loss, grief, etc on topic for this site, or are they better suited for Cognitive Sciences? See: What are good techniques for coping with the loss of a dog?
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What should our “elevator pitch” be? [duplicate]

From http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/the-7-essential-meta-questions-of-every-beta/ : Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to describe ...
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What measures can we take to prevent product comparisons?

Especially with this site, there will probably be many "product comparison" questions, from pet food to perfumes. As with any stack exchange site, these types of questions are opinionated and should ...
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Should there be a brush tag

I noticed this question that has a brush tag. Do we need a brush tag? I think since there is already a grooming tag, there is no need for brush tag. What does the community think about this?
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Should there be a dead tag?

I noticed a dead tag that was used to tag a question about leaving a dead fish in an aquarium. Should there actually be a dead tag? I don't think we need this tag because it is more unlikely for the ...
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Is consult a vet an appropriate answer?

I am seeing several answers that boil down to I do not know your answer you should consult a vet. The goal of this SE is to help answer questions about pets. If the question truly requires a vet ...
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How much medicine/drug advice is appropriate? [duplicate]

Can I give human medicine to chickens? is the question that has caused me to ask this. I answered the question saying that any human medicine should be prescribed and monitored by someone with direct ...
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Chat room for dogs - the kennel

Pets SE now has a separate chat room, specifically to discuss issues about dogs that require extended discussion. As there has been some extended discussions in comments over dog training theories, ...

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