I just read through the FAQ and it looks to me that, technically, if I were ask questions about tools for gardening, then that would be off topic.

I'm not asking about specific brand recommendations but identification questions for odd tools. However, if I had a garden tool and I didn't know how to properly use it, would that apply on this site?

I could probably think of a few examples but, according to the FAQ, it doesn't perfectly fit.

I would assume such questions would certainly fit the essence of the site. Could someone please clarify and possibly update the FAQ.

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Questions about tools are certainly welcome; we have a couple of (albeit low-use) general-purpose tags for them: and .

We also have special purpose tags for a few types of tools: , , .

Often, the questions aren't tagged with the name of the tool, but with the action you'd use it for. So we have instead of , instead of , etc.

Updating the FAQ sounds reasonable, but given the low number of tool-related questions that we've had in the lifetime of the site, I'd be inclined to make it more general. Perhaps something like:

the practice of gardening, including timing, tools and techniques.

  • I agree. The problem is, there are many "picky" people who like to point out that people don't "perfectly" meet the faq. I've been on StackExchange for years. I hate getting downvotes after 2 years because some user can't see the forest for the proverbial trees.
    – RLH
    Jun 20, 2014 at 3:30
  • I'll wait for a while to see if there are any comments or suggestions for improvement on the FAQ wording.
    – Niall C. Mod
    Jun 20, 2014 at 4:15
  • @RLH I'm a fairly picky person regarding what is on/off topic, but I definitely think there is a place for questions on tool maintenance/use/choices. This is information that that has to do with gardening directly. You can't garden without tools of some kind.
    – J. Musser
    Jun 24, 2014 at 22:14
  • I agree with you JMusser...tools are such a big deal!!! Without tools, gardening wouldn't even be in the dictionary.
    – stormy
    Jul 6, 2014 at 3:01

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