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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.
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“Containers” tag vs “Potting” tag

I think the Container tag is ambiguous with the Potting tag. Also (IMO) the container tag more accurately describes plants growing anywhere but inside the ground (eg 'contained' environments) better ...
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Are beekeeping/apiculture questions relevant?

Is it appropriate to post questions about beekeeping and apiculture on Gardening and Landscaping?
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Location is vital to most gardening questions, should location be a tag?

Stack Overflow is successful because of a combination of the SE technology and the meta-rules defining how to use that technology successfully given the topic at hand. The stack about Gardening ...
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Are questions about a marijuana garden allowed?

Given the fact that it is legal to grow in some states should questions regarding growing marijuana be allowed?
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What should the scope of our Blog be?

Following the track of this blog post, now that we have gauged community interest (and there is obviously some) now its time to begin talking about what our blog will look like? What topics should be ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

We're nearly 8 months into our beta phase, and we probably should aim for graduation this year. One of the steps involved is laying out our acceptable questions in the main FAQ clearly. As this ...
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How to know whether my questions are on topic or not?

My question https://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/3262/are-there-any-proven-health-benefits-of-eating-organically-grown-food was closed. I'm not too bothered, but would like to have a better ...
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How to group questions on sexual reproduction

I want to search for all questions about plant sexual reproduction, and the breeding of plants/cultivars via sexual reproduction as opposed to asexual reproduction or cloning (striking cuttings). Is ...
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Design ideas for gardening.stackexchange.com

Gardening may be some way off graduating from beta but it won't hurt to start thinking about design ideas. While we're still in beta our background theme is the generic "sketchy" design consisting ...
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Should we edit in both °C and °F where temperature is concerned?

Obviously a significant proportion of our audience (namely in the United States) prefer °F over °C, whereas the rest of us work in °C. If a question or answer features temperature, usually the author ...
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Should question titles (and some content) be expected to use globally-applicable season names?

I keep coming across questions where I'm not sure if the season being discussed is winter or summer, or autumn or spring, because the questioner (or answerer if it's in an answer) has assumed that ...
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Gardening self-evaluation: how ARE you doing?

Here in the secret Stack Exchange bunker (somewhere deep beneath the endless wind on the Great Plains) we like sit down now and then and do a quick check on various sites, to see how they stack up ...
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Should we split the tools tag?

Currently the tools tag is covering just about every kind tool, equipment or device in use in the garden. Do we carry on this way? Or should we think about splitting them out. I'm thinking lawnmower ...
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Are plant biology questions on topic?

We have had a couple of questions in the last few weeks that are about plant biology more than they are related to gardening. Should these questions be allowed or are they off topic? Here are the ...
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What do folks understand by the tag “backyard-garden”?

What do you understand by the tag backyard-garden? It means nothing to me and I can't see what the 3/4 questions under that tag have in common. But maybe it's a term in general use somewhere in the ...
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Should greywater be graywater?

I see we have a tag for greywater. Board policy is to use American spelling. Being a non-native I assume this should be graywater? I'm posting this as a question/discussion rather than to the ...
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Teaching a man to fish, garden, and … shop.

1. On the topic of "shopping" questions: For a bit of history, in the early days of beta, we had an explicit shopping question: Where to buy cane supports in London. The question is now deleted and ...
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Can this question be rephrased to be on-topic? [closed]

What are common places to try for alternatives to commercially available seeds? Would editing to remove the "Is there a place I can go online?" make this question not fall afoul of the "shopping" ban?...
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Should we avoid internetisms like TL;DR?

I saw an answer to an old question today which included a jokey TL;DR at the top. This StackExchange isn't superuser or webapps. Arguably we are reaching out to an audience which doesn't necessarily ...
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Why is it off-topic to ask for a source for a plant?

My question, 'Where can I find a source of Schlumbergera russeliana', was closed because it was thought to be unconstructive. What was unconstructive about it and why is it off topic?
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Creepers vs. Vines

I see we have a creepers tag. Should this be a synonym of vines? Seems like it should be, but are there other kinds of creepers that are not vines or vice versa?
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Are backyard chickens and other pet / fowl / livestock on topic?

Animals can be an important component of a sustainable food production system. However it is not clear from the faq if they are on topic here. Other than many questions related to manure, I found only ...
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No hard landscaping questions?

I don't see any questions about working with interlock or natural stone. Walkways, retaining walls: these all seem to be a natural fit for "Gardening and Landscaping". Are these outside the scope of ...
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“winter-gardening” tag vs “wintering”

Is winter-gardening meant to refer to active gardening only? Should there be another tag, perhaps wintering, to refer to questions about the care of plants that are dormant during the winter?
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Use the user info pop-up for geographic info

We've had requests in the past to include boxes on questions that indicate the user's geographic info. This helps in cases where the answer is tailored to their specific climate. Recently, ...
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Should the tag “bulbs” relate to things like Springtime flowers or root vegetables?

Currently the tag bulbs is mostly associated with "Onions", a bulb vegetable that is strictly speaking a subset of "Root Vegetables". Personally when I think of bulbs in a gardening context, the ...
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Are red mites and spider mites, the same thing?

if so, we need a tag synonym: Best practice to prevent aphids and spider mites? I tagged this spider-mites as per the question, but it was retagged red-mites.
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Is the [vegetables] tag useful? Or just another meta-tag?

One of my questions about peppers was recent retagged with vegetables (please don't be side tracked by this, it's just what prompted the post) Since I'm not particularly invested in this SE site, I'm ...
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Fall/winter gardening tag?

Would it be useful to have a fall/winter gardening tag? We've got a handful of questions that this would fit. If so, what should it be called? fall-gardening and winter-gardening would overlap, and ...
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Folks, we need to grow! Got fertilizers?

I - PREAMBLE We're now a little over 2/3rds into our beta phase and as of now, our site stats at Area51 show 3.6 questions/day, with 99% answered. There have been some concerns regarding the low ...
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Is there community interest in an SE gardening blog?

As we go through the year there will be topics that are borderline for our main Q&A site, but still have a lot of value to the gardening community at large and will help bring more traffic and ...
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Are questions about selling surplus vegetables / cut flowers permitted?

This time of year, around me, you get a lot of gardeners selling surpluses from outside their houses. Would questions about selling be on or off topic? e.g. Is it legal in Canada to sell surplus ...
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Should we start seasonal crop recommendation CW posts?

Fall is coming and we are wondering if a set of seasonal crop recommendation posts would be useful to the community at large. These would be a limited set of crop recommendations by season that ...
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Should questions tagged [sprinkler-system] or [sod] be migrated from Home Improvement?

We currently have 17 questions tagged sprinkler-system on Home Improvement. We also have 4 questions tagged sod (though there is some overlap). Would any (all?) of these be suitable for Gardening &...
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Is “natural” a useful tag?

Recently created on this question: What are some alternatives to under gravel filters for a 3000 gallon pond?
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On-topic? Questions about lawnmowers, tillers, and other machinery

Would questions about use and maintenance of gardening/landscaping machinery be on-topic? I believe we've established that questions about gardening tools are on-topic, but I'm curious whether I can ...
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As Fall Planting comes help promote Gardening.SE

Fall planting season is coming, there will hopefully be lots of gardeners planting fall gardens, and they'll have lots of questions. Essentially, this is a great time to recruit new members! What can ...
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Suggestions needed … name our chat room?

Cooking has The Frying Pan. Philosophy has Schrodinger's Discussion So it seems the other stacks have super duper names for their chat rooms, while currently our chat is branded Gardening & ...
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Why was the grow-lamp question closed?

I don't understand why What kind of a grow lamp can I use in my apartment? was closed recently. It doesn't ask for shopping recommendations or brands. In fact, it was edited from the original ...
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Would [urban-environment] be a useful tag?

for questions like these ones: What is the effect of streetlights on plants? Is it safe to grow food plants near the road? In fact, the "related questions" algorithm picked up the road question as ...
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My question about frost alerts via email

Obviously I'm missing something because I still think my question about frost alerts is an important gardening question. But it's been closed by my fellow moderator, Yoda, and he's not alone because ...
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Borderline questions, whats on topic and what is off?

As we have received more questions we have started to get a few more borderline questions. I think we are getting to the stage where we have to set some harder boundaries on questions. For instance ...
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Only 4.8 questions per day: something to be worried about?

The site currently generates fewer than 5 questions per day, although we have a good answer ratio (98% of them receive two answers), and a sufficient number of 'avid' users. Is this fairly normal ...
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Referrals to local experts

In a comment on this answer Mike Perry says: Rightly or wrongly, I am under the impression that one or two here don't like me directing people away from this site for answers [...] In what ...
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Would it be alright if the mods cleaned up comment clutter?

Of late there has been greater push towards keeping comments on-topic and deleting comments that are silly/make no sense/are way past their usefulness, etc on the different SE sites to keep the ...
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Indoor plants on-topic or off-topic?

Would a question about indoor plants, the selection & care thereof, be on or off-topic here?
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Are woodlot questions on-topic?

I manage a few wooded acres at the back of my property for firewood. I have some questions related to this acreage that are probably on-topic: tree diseases diagnosis plant identification My feeling ...
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Why “correct” lupin to lupine?

This bunch of revisions: https://gardening.stackexchange.com/posts/168/revisions shows that the original poster had consistently used the spelling lupin. Lupin appears to be one of the standard ...
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Should answers that look like questions be deleted because of form?

(Full disclosure: I have a horse in this race; I think the answer is 'no, but'.) An answer of mine was closed because a moderator thought it was a clarifying question. However, it was really a ...