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Why aren't people answering using their own words?

Look, I can "Google search" for an answer to a question just as easily as you can, but the number of answers here on Pets that are blatant text dumps from other sites, several without references back ...
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Editing closed or off topic questions

I have made a few edits to questions that were closed or off topic, I always ask the OP if they are happy with the edit, and only offer it, after it's received a bit of attention and there seems to be ...
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Birds being off topic?

This question has been closed twice.. Poultry is on topic... what about pet birds? birds https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/birds Why should I not give water or food to a wounded bird?
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Should question titles actually be questions?

I see a lot of questions with what I would consider bad titles. Couple examples. Shouldn't titles be actual questions and give you an understanding of what the question is about instead of broad ...
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Are questions about exotic pets on-topic? [duplicate]

Do we want questions about exotic and unconventional pets such as tigers, lions, alligators, large snakes, etc? Do we believe we have the expertise to answer questions about such animals?
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Questions about desexing

Our current defacto tag about removing/inhibiting the reproductive ability of pets is desexing. I am wondering if that tag is adequate because of the terminology. The reason I bring it up is I was ...
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Editing answered questions to alter the original meaning

This is the edit history of a closed question: How hard will it be to train my parrot to talk? The question already had an accepted and voted answer. The edit made the answer redundant and also made ...
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Participation in user tab

How is the participation measured in the users tab?
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Opinions about organisations

Whether the organisation be wikipedia or the ASPCA; what is our stance on personal opinions about outside organisations? Taking a quote from this post When is declawing a viable option for cats? to ...
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Accepting answers on Meta

When asking about tags, on-topic subjects and the like. Is it best not to accept an answer and let the votes float the answers? Or do we accept an answer after one has [X] votes? What is the ...
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Asking retrospective questions

Some people are asking retrospective questions (I have) for various reasons, to get questions on the board, or to see if there may have been better solutions for an old problem. How should we go ...
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Is this question too broad

I asked this question and it already had 4 Close votes as too broad. I don't see how this question is too broad and I'm sure this question can be answered correctly (though I stand to be corrected). ...
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Why to post close vote so soon?

I recently have seen close-vote posting on question too soon. Even edits can work there. Why are some question even with enough upvotes facing close votes. We are in developing state all are new here, ...
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Is review history not public in private beta?

I just crossed 350 and now can see review queue but not able to see review history. On clicking History option for any review it only shows my own reviews. But in Other site graduated or Public beta i ...
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Are snails on topic?

Please advise. Are snails on topic? aka are snails on the menu?
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How to structure acceptable list questions?

While we want to discourage list questions in general, it seems there are potentially legitimate ones that we might want to keep (not withstanding other issues with the questions I raised in a comment ...
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Feeding, nutrition, diet, eating and food tags?

Currently we have a feeding, nutrition, diet, eating and food tag. Which of these should we keep and/or synonymize, Suggestions?
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Should we have an animal-ethics tag?

This question: When is declawing a viable option for cats? May be the beginning of more of these types of questions. Should we have an ethics or animal-ethics or pet-ethics` tag?
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Questions of moral, ethical and legal nature

This is an issue that is going to recur over and over on a site like this. The status of Animal Rights varies enormously from country to country. For this purpose, I am not saying that one country is ...
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What tag should we use for questions about buying pets?

This question didn't have a tag for buying a pet; I've made an edit suggestion to add adoption. It seems relevant in this case, but adoption to me has the connotation of transferring ownership from ...
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What's your take on “Stupid Pet Trick” questions

So this question, Why does my dog sing along to Final Jeopardy?, was asked a few hours ago. I think the intent of the question is good, and I think the actual question/answer is decent, but my ...
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Should we clean up “pooping” and “droppings”?

We have tags for pooping and droppings. These seem to be the same bucket of questions; should there be a synonym here? If so in which direction? I'm not sure how I feel about "poop" as a tag name. ...
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synonym request: “enclosure(s)” and “pens”

We have enclosure and pens, each with one question. Can we (a) pluralize the former ("enclosures") and (b) make the latter a synonym of it? "Enclosures" seems more general, and most of our counting-...
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Plagiarism on tags

fish WP: Fish snakes WP: Snake It always happens that user populate a tag with content plagiarized from Wikipedia. What should we do about this or any other plagiarism?
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Hypothetical question of prospective pet owners

This question by a prospective puppy owner got put on hold even after being cleaned up and focused on one particular aspect because it is "hypothetical" rather than "a problem the OP actually faces". ...
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Must answers provide citations if using external sources, and if so, how should the citing be done?

I've received an answer where at least 2 sentences were taken from an article on another site and the site was not credited in the answer. Much of the rest may or may not have been from the article. ...
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What do you think about list questions?

List questions often pop up to poll people for their opinion on "the best [resource]". What is the best book on lindworms? What can I feed my unicorn? A more recent and practical example is: What ...
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Is it okay to ask users to accept the answer that works for them?

Looking at questions, I found out that most questions don't have accepted answers. Is it okay to ask the OP (in a comment) to accept the answer that works for them?
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I didn't lose all reputation for deleted posts

This answer I posted was deleted by Robert Cartaino ♦ and I agree with the delete reason but the problem now is that in my reputation changes history it shows -28 for the deleted post but my change in ...
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Who should we invite to the private beta?

While we have a thread for How do we promote our site, we have the ability to invite others to the private beta to help create questions, etc. This is a more intimate time where we need to set ...
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Synonymize [dog] with [dogs] [duplicate]

Some idiot (who happens to look a lot like me) keeps creating/using a dog tag instead of using dogs forcing someone to edit it to dogs (and given the limited numbers of full edit users, we require the ...
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Tag synonyms fish-tank and aquarium

aquarium fish-tank are both used to describe indoor fish containers. I propose to make them synonyms. While I think that a fish-tank describes something bigger than an aquarium, the practical ...
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What are the classic/benchmark questions for our site

This question was asked: Can I use human medicine on dogs? I think this is a great question, as it is one of those questions that many people will google. I thought we might brain storm; what other ...
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Do we have review queues on private beta?

Do we have review queues on private beta? How are people finding suggested edits and close votes, other than stumbling upon them?
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Why is the edit to some posts inactive and not other?

Why are some of the edit buttons on some questions active and others not?
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How much detail do we want in our questions?

There are some questions with little specifics: The question is being used, as it is an easy example: How would I deal with a choking cat? I am a little uneasy about questions being allowed that ...
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Humor in questions/answers

Does humor have a place in the questions we post on the site. Occasionally I see it in comments or questions in reference to pets actions and want to know what other users think. Does it have a ...
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Why don't I see direct links for posts (on main or meta)?

On every other Stack Exchange site I see "share" links under questions and answers, which provide access to a short, direct URL. I don't see those links here, leading me to manually construct a URL ...
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When are medical questions on-topic?

This is a fork from this more-general question about scope. There has been some discussion of whether questions seeking medical information should be on-topic at all, and if so under what conditions. ...
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Are questions about poultry birds on topic?

I want to know if questions about poultry birds like (chicken, turkey, etc) on topic for Pets?. The reason form my question is, in my opinion these poultry birds are not usually kept as pets but ...
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How long does the private beta last?

At the time of this question, we're undergoing a private beta. How long does this private beta last? SE system requirements require me to elaborate on a short question. Burma shave.
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Should we allow “shopping” or product/species recommendation questions?

This is a common issue for most stackexchange sites, and it is already rearing its head here. Should we allow questions that ask for recommendations, such as "what breed of dog is good for x?" or "...
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Are questions relating to vermin offtopic?

I recently asked this question regarding keeping pets out of my chicken pen. I was told that it wasn't acceptable because it's based on rats. My point is this: it's not based on rats, it's based on ...
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Why isn't my profile on pets synching with my network profile?

Just joined the private beta here. I'm viewing my profile, but unable to synch it (avatar, about me, basic info, username, etc.) with the several other profiles I have on SE. I can click the Network ...
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What should be our stance on “see tips here” answers

In the short time, I've seen a handful of answers that give some very general description of an answer, but very few details. The answer then pretty much ends with "See Here for some tips". One ...
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Asking a generic pet question

I recently asked What signs should I look for in my children to know they are ready for a pet with the hope that it would be a somewhat canonical question for a question I think we are going to see ...
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How can we create tag synonyms in these early stages?

We are having an increasing number of tags being created, many are a simple case of being synonyms. For example: cat and cats How can we create tag synonyms in these early stages?
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Who do we want as moderators?

As one of The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta, I figured I post it out here. Please feel free to post nominations.
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What is the tagline for our site, what's our sales pitch?

5.What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? This is not quite the same as How do we promote our site?. This is what is the essence of our site? What can we provide that makes us different to other ...
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How do we promote our site?

The biggest struggle for new sites is growing and maintaining a consistent and supportive user base. As many new sites are springing up on the internet, how can we encourage people to come to our site?...

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