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Android application for Gardeners

Precedents: Hello there. We are developing an Android (4.0 AKA Ice Cream Sandwich or above) application for gardeners and horticulturists. The application is currently is Beta stage and we need ...
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Are Questions About Making and Hanging garden gates in scope?

I would like to post questions about building and hanging a garden gate. I think this site is the best fit but I cannot see any similar questions. The Home Improvement site is the alternative but a ...
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Should old unanswered questions that need a photo for proper answers be closed?

I've noticed that many of our unanswered questions are practically unanswerable without a photo, or in some cases, a lot more detail. I would vote to close many of these, but I would like to know what ...
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Should duplicate or similar titles be allowed?

I was not allowed to ask this question with the title: "What kind of lily is this?" as a similar question exists. There are hundreds if not thousands of lily species so this seems a bit restrictive. ...
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Venus fly trap tag malfunctioning

The venus-fly-trap appears to exist, and dionaea the species name tag also exists and is a synonym of it. The issue is that neither of them can be used to tag a question. Searching the tags for venus-...
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Are tissue culture questions in the scope of this site?

Tissue culture is: the growth in an artificial medium of cells derived from living tissue. My question is whether or not tissue culture questions are appropriate for this site. One might argue ...
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Are questions regarding gardening tools off-topic?

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 ...
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Is the question “Where do trees get their shape?” on topic here?

The question "https://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/11045/where-do-trees-get-their-shape" seems to be off topic here, and on-topic for Biology Stack Exchange. Are we keeping it simply for ...
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Are questions about cartoons on-topic?

We've had a couple of questions recently about identifying plants from cartoons: https://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/9890/what-is-this-carnivorous-plant What is the flower just above the ...
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How can we improve quality in the [identification] tag?

The identification tag is the most widely used one on the site (as I write, there are 294 questions using it, and 200 for the next most popular, trees). However, many of them are little more than the ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Gardening & Landscaping 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 ...
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Is this question too localized?

This question only relates to buying an herbicide in California. Rather than flagging it I thought I would find out the opinions of others. Leaving aside the issue of only being valid in California ...
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Let's get critical: Jan 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Gardening & Landscaping 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 ...
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My wrong answer was accepted. Can it be fixed?

I supplied an answer here which I now believe is incorrect in the identification but correct in how to culture. Another user has the correct identification. I could delete my own answer which also ...
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Medical Marijuana [duplicate]

I read a couple of posts about the legality and so on related to growing marijuana but I don't think they were specific to the fact that in many states, including California, consumption and even ...
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Should the [seed-starting] and [germination] tags be synonyms?

I noticed today that we have tags for both seed-starting and germination (with the latter having a synonym, germinating). Both tags have wikis, but the one for germination has a lot more detail. The ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Gardening & Landscaping 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 ...
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Having a separate question when OP is asking several follow on questions

OP originally asked this question Shaping my new bonsai I provided an answer and OP asked several follow on questions. I updated my answer to include more information. However, one of the questions ...
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Seedling identification without clarification too broad?

I was looking at this identification question. The identification request includes a picture of a nondescript seedling growing at the edge of a pot. It has been inactive for more than a year, with no ...
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Announcement: new users can now post images

Since the beginning of Stack Exchange, new users—those with less than 10 rep—have not been allowed to add images to their posts. Since this can be a deterrent for them, other users on ...
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What are good answers?

The garden site seems to be somewhat lawless. There are a lack of experts, myths abound, and everyone has rules of thumb and old wives tales. It seems as though any kind of answer will be ok on the ...
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Q regarding CCASA License and third party photos

I didn't realize that when you add a photo to SE from another website that the photo is actually copied from the original website to imgur. How does this affect SE's TOS that require all subscriber ...
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How can we get more knowledgeable answers to questions?

I've been concerned about a lack of knowledgeable users on the site since, well, it was two days out of private beta. Looking at the most recent site evalutation, I'm not convinced that we have the ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Gardening & Landscaping 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 ...
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self promoting links again

I notice a user frequently links to their own site for articles they have written. They also sell gardening materials and make money from advertisements on the site. Although there is nothing wrong ...
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Can we declare that diagnosis and Id questions without a photo are off topic?

As a part of the new close changes that are forthcoming we are allowed to add some custom close reasons. However, the only custom reasons we are allowed are for "Off Topic" questions. I'd like to ...
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New close reasons: unclear, too broad, opinion-based, and custom sub-reasons off-topic

There are changes in the close reasons that have just gone live: “not constructive” and “not a real question” are replaced by: “unclear what you're asking” “too broad” “primarily opinion-based” "...
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Why was this seemingly on-topic answer deleted?

https://gardening.stackexchange.com/a/7609/51 This answer was deleted without comment, and I didn't see an immediate reason why. As far as I can tell there's nothing wrong with it: it answers the ...
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Close similar questions or answer with links to existing answers

As spring arrives in the Northern Hemisphere we are starting to see questions from first time users that have, in many respects, been asked and answered before. The choices are to answer the question ...
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Stepping down as moderator

I have decided to step down as pro-tem moderator of Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange and have informed the SE team of my decision (I will stay on until the new pro-tems are picked). When ...
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Do You Like Hats? [closed]

Last year around Christmas time arQAde had an awesome promotion in which they awarded hats for gravatars for completing basic tasks around the site. If you don't remember it, here is a link the promo ...
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Should there be individual tags for specific plants?

Should there be individual tags for specific plants? For example, I asked a question specifically about my Gardenia tree/bush/plant. I'd love to see other questions and answers about Gardenias. Does ...
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why do you need 10 rep to post an image?

I see new users unable to post a picture for identification because they only have one reputation like this and this This makes the question difficult to answer and frustrates the user. I realize ...
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Duplicates and the identfication tag

I just voted to close the question I found a plant in my garden that I am unable to Identify as a duplicate of What is this plant with long sharp leaves? Is it a weed?, but it got me to thinking if ...
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Gardening Anniversary Contest [closed]

Hello Gardening & Langscaping users! Following my last post asking for contest ideas, here's what we've come up with: The contest will start on 1st of August UTC (tomorrow) and last for 4 weeks, ...
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Gardening Self-Evaluation: Let's Get Critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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Ideas for Gardening & Landscaping's Anniversary Contest [closed]

Gardening & Landscaping turned 1 last Friday (8 June 2012) — a big round of applause to everyone who participated in the site! I've talked to SE Inc. and they've agreed to sponsor a site ...
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To what extent are garden/yard animal questions on-topic?

A recent question gives an the opportunity to define our scope just a bit more. How much should questions surrounding birds (and the feeding, housing etc of such) and other (potentially) beneficial ...
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What percentage of new users come from other SE sites?

I'm here because of stack overflow. I wonder how many of our first time questions come from people who have other accounts on SE?
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Any ideas why we have so few questions even with rising traffic?

I reviewed the area 51 stats on this beta and even though lots of people come to the site through Google searches they don't ask questions. A similar question was asked a year ago and the numbers ...
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Thoughts on self promoting links

I notice a recent post by a first time user where they give a one sentence answer and a link to their commercial site where an extensive and good answer to the question is given. On other SE sites it ...
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Are mushroom identification questions in scope?

Are mushroom identification questions in scope? Let's assume the question may or may not be in the context of a person's garden or soft landscaping project. I notice too there is a dead mycology ...
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Interest in How to build a water feature?

We have one question about water features but I will grant that it is a specialized aspect of gardening. If there is interest I can write up a series of posts that discuss: choice of materials how to ...
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How to improve the Q & A experience for lengthy posts

I found when doing the stone steps post that the format of Stack Exchange is not well suited for a series of questions on the same topic. Specifically: questions have to have a certain length and ...
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Any interest in a blog post on how to build stone steps?

I built a set of drystone steps last year for which I have extensive before, during and after pictures. We don't get many hard landscaping questions here so I'm not certain whether it would be ...
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How do you feel about sharing Gardening.SE content on Pinterest?

Update: I've started pinning things to a Gardening board on the Stack Exchange Pinterest account. If you're on Pinterest (or if you're just curious what this is all about), check it out: http://...
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Too many low use tags makes tag soup?

I see we now have a tag for paulownia. Nice that someone asks a question on an obscure species but I wonder if we can afford to have a tag for every one of the over 300,000 plant species? Should ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Rising traffic and the road to graduation

it's almost spring time now! If you've been watching our traffic stats, you would've noticed a near doubling of traffic in just about two months. Indeed, more and more folks are getting to know about ...
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Is it on topic to ask for the name of a plant?

Is it on topic to ask for the name of a plant? I asked for the name of my aloes, and the response was poor.