Joanne C
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Should questions about history/descent of pets be on topic?
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I'll preface this by stating that I basically agree with James, but I'd like to expand that concept a little bit. Reference a comment by Robert Cartaino on this answer to a legal question and in ...

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Humor in questions/answers
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Why not? I think humor helps to personalize responses and make them more accessible to people in general. The use of it, when appropriate and not over the top, creates a more welcoming environment in ...

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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?
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The Area 51 proposal is: Beta Q&A site for pet owners, caretakers, breeders, veterinarians, and trainers. I think we've overly narrowed the scope in recent weeks to largely focussing on the ...

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What should our chat room name be?
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Since I got convinced to propose it, how about "The Litter Box" which is oddly appropriate since chat is the place to go when it's not appropriate on the site...

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If a question contains terms that will only be familiar to people familiar with the topic do we fix it?
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If somebody asks a question in the comments that's a viable question, they should probably be encouraged to ask it as a real question rather than getting you to answer it as a part of your question. ...

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What is our policy on Sock Puppets?
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Generally, flag the post for moderator attention and supply what information you have to indicate why you think that. That will keep it private only to the moderating team. Some useful information ...

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How long does the private beta last?
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According to the email I got, the private beta lasts 1 to 2 weeks as the site scope gets formulated and there's an initial question base to guide newcomers.

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Who do we want as moderators?
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I'm with Ashley on this, when it comes to that. I'm an active moderator on Photo.SE and have had a lot of experience in helping keep the site moving (usually by not jumping in, but sometimes you have ...

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Are questions relating to vermin offtopic?
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As I started to think about this, I mentally made the comparison to another question about mites on a pet snake or the one about fleas. I think you're suggesting that this is the same basic question ...

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Can I ask questions on the biology of my pet?
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My initial view is that yes you can, but I think it's best if it is the kind of question that is more of interest from the perspective of a pet owner rather than a biologist. Your sample would seem to ...

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Should we allow "shopping" or product/species recommendation questions?
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I think asking some of these questions are valid, but ideally it has to be reasonably specific and answerable with facts. For example, I might ask if a house rabbit is a suitable pet for a small child ...

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Should medical emergencies always be off-topic?
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So full disclosure, I'm probably the user who answers the most medical questions and so I may be a little biased. :) Nevertheless, I have to admit that I don't know that I think all medical ...

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Split the [behavior] Tag?
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My sense is that every new visitor to the site, along with many regulars, would still select the behavior tag when talking about undesirable behavior, making the split a burden of work for the more ...

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Deleting downvoted posts
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Moderators can delete. Technically they vote, but their vote is instantaneous and binding, so it's effectively the "magic" button in that respect. The delete vote should show up in the review queues ...

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We're coming up on our anniversary, how should we mark the auspicious event?
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Following on the suggestions above, how about a "your best/funniest/heartwarming pet story" and encourage people to explain the story with pictures? That way you don't necessarily have to be a camera ...

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Should we require comments on close and/or down vote?
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None of the above. :) While I tend to leave comments when I downvote or close, I do it when I think the comment has a chance to correct the problem I think I see. However, if I do that, it's my ...

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What's our stance on questions about other people's pets?
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Do we think we need a stance on this? I don't think we do. Each question, I think, can be answered or closed on the merit of the question and some will undoubtably be unanswerable, but not all of them....

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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation
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The biggest thing I've noted is that we seem to have a large number of single answer questions. That may be a function of the nature of the questions (i.e. there really is only one answer), but I'm ...

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Should we exclude breeders of animals where 'cull' does not equal adopt as an industry standard?
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So, setting the morality of the activity aside for a moment, I don't think we should be excluding their questions. Issues raised by breeders may have applicability to standard pet owners and I think ...

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What has happened to this site?
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Well, the quarter just started with October, so don't read too much into that set of stats! However, yes, there's definitely a slow down from the initial days of the site and we could remain in ...

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How do I unscribe to this for I never signed up for this?
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The email you received was the account confirmation email based on your own actions to actually create the account, including clicking through the initial legal information and signing in with ...

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What is the language preference in Pets?
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Typically, at least in my experience on the Stack Exchange network, the spelling has been American (maybe in deference to our hosts). In general, though, I wouldn't edit a question or answer to change ...

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High upvote percentage on questions
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During the initial private beta phase there was a mad dash to create questions and vote, with a lot of enthusiasm as a part of it (Pets was especially enthusiastic). So many of us used up our entire ...

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Are questions about bees in scope?
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I'm of two minds on this, I have to admit. What it boils down to me is that I'm not sure that the scope of this site should just be "pets" as we commonly come to see them. I'm really inclined to think ...

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2nd Anniversary Party
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A little late in the sequence, but... A couple of months ago, the last of our cats, Junior, passed away and so we'd been petless since then. We had resolved to not get another cat for about 6 months, ...

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Buffalo questions off topic?
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We have allowed questions on other "livestock" type animals in the past, notably chickens and llamas, when they're specifically pets as opposed to stock for commercial purposes. So, on that basis, the ...

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Should [holiday] be a synonym of [vacation]?
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My chat response on this was: From a usage perspective, for here, probably. The meanings aren't always the same as, for example, Christmas is a holiday, but not necessarily a vacation. Nevertheless,...

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Use "diet", "eating", or create "inappropriate-diet" tag for these questions?
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I see diet as something you feed them, intended to be part of their regular eating cycle. If an animal is eating something outside of that scope, such as paper, it's not really about diet, it's about ...

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New tag literature
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I have to be honest, I don't think the intention of the site is really to address the question of fictional characters and their behaviors unless you can really draw a correlation to real pets such as ...

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We need another volunteer Moderator♦
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Monica Cellio Meta Profile Notes: Monica is clearly an experienced and knowledgeable pet owner who has been an active participant on the site since the very beginning and has supplied good questions ...

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