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Let's get critical: Oct 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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Why is this off topic?

I posted this question yesterday and has since been marked as off topic, yet I fail to see why. It's about a garden/landscaping related issue that seems perfect for this SE. The issue of "urine smell" ...
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How should we evaluate claims' authority?

While reading this question and the only current answer, I was reminded of a standard set up on Cooking.SE that might be apropos here. What standards should we apply around gardening answers? ...
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How do some questions get 1000's of views vs. other's are in the 10's

I am not sure how many users are on Gardening & Landscape but I see that some questions get 1000's of views and others are in the low 10's or 100's at best. Where do these 1000's of views come ...
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Tag needed for “what's wrong with my plant, here are the symptoms” type questions

There is a category of Q which asks for help identifying the cause of a problem, here's three examples: Some of my ferns have brown spots on the tips of their leaves. What causes that? Why did the ...
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Why doesn't Gardening & Landscaping have a banner image?

Some other SE groups I'm part of, eg. Bicycles has a colorful themed background behind it. Presumably they can only be a good thing, making the site look more professional and retaining users. How ...
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Is US spelling prefered here?

Recently two questions about chil(l)i got edited to the word with single letter L. Is the US spelling preferred here and should be edited? Thanks
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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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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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Is there a difference between a shrub and a bush

We have a shrubs tag that is reasonably well used with 97 entries (44 this year), and we have a bush tag with 5 questions this year and none before. Is there any noteworthy difference between a shrub ...
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Are “Where to buy X in city Y” questions on topic?

This is in reference to this question. IMO it is ok to ask "what sort of X should I use to do Y to my plant Z", with the answers most likely containing suggestions to different products. But questions ...
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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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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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What should a community ad for gardening.stackexchange look like?

Fully launched StackExchange sites can show community ads for anything their community chooses. There are premade templates for ads for Area51 proposals: area51 ad http://area51.stackexchange.com/ads/...
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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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Additional Moderators Needed

The new replacements have been picked. See the updated Meta announcement for details. Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until this site reaches a critical mass to hold an election, ...
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What is the best way to distinguish a question as the definitive answer to a common issue

I frequently find myself repeating instructions about how to treat spider mites, mealybug and scale. These pests are common indoor and out on a wide range of species. For example there are many ...
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Why not name “Gardening and Landscaping” as “Horticulture” Instead?

I noticed many of the other stack exchanges are based on scientific disciplines and horticulture certainly encompasses both gardening and landscaping with some added produce farming and science. ...
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Should SI units generally be added to US customary units?

Due to the beta state of this site and its use of English† only, most questions and answers use United States customary units, particularly inch and feet, but also gallons and degrees Fahrenheit (the ...
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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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What's up with the frugal tag?

Scanning through the tags today, I noticed that there was a tag: frugal. There are 7 questions using the tag: How bad is it to use colour newsprint for paper pots? Do homemade paper pots for ...
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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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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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How should an editor handle adding a tag after an identification has been made? [duplicate]

As an editor, I'm seeking guidance as to the best practice for adding a tag to an identification question once the identification's been made. From the information section of the identification tag: ...
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Best practice for quoting an offline reference

I have an extensive library of books about plants and recently had occasion to quote a section from a book in an answer. As the content of the book is not available online I referred to a listing on ...
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Is the tag for Pots a synonym of the tag for Containers?

I just noticed there's a tag: pots Plant containers that are typically round and a tag: containers. Plant pots and boxes that hold soil and growing plants. It sounds to me like the tag for ...
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Are legal questions on-topic here?

The only previous discussions I can find about legal questions here are ones asking about questions involving growing illegal plants/drugs. Are questions about a marijuana garden allowed? What is the ...
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Geographic or Zone information

Should we recommend that folks add Zone information to their questions? Better yet, if we can automatically add it (based on their IP address or using their profile) to every question, that would be ...
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Gardening & Landscaping: Weekly Topic Challenge

Jon Ericson has come up with a wonderful way to boost the amount of questions on the site, and promote activity in topics that may otherwise receive only minimal attention. And it will be a lot of fun....
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Should Zone-Specific Tagging be allowed?

Will allowing tags for specific gardening hardiness zones be a good idea? I think so. For instance, someone may ask a question about when to plant some veggie/fruit and the answer may be wildly ...
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Should good answers contain references?

One of my advice questions was answered without references given, and I can only assume it's anecdotal. Is it expecting too much on this site to ask/expect people to provide references to back up ...
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High rep user acting like a noob

I asked a question yesterday and so far have received one answer. However, it doesn't actually answer my question. I was wondering how such a high rep user (over 25 000 points) could post such a low ...
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General Sprinkler questions welcome here?

This question came up today. I mentioned the author might be better served on the DIY site as its more of a plumbing question than anything else. Should we welcome general sprinkler system questions ...
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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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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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Pests tag too general?

The pests tag is proving popular but i'm tempted to retag/encourage more detailed tags. ants, mice, birds are all interesting and very different in the kinds of problems they generate, how to ...
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How can I reword this question so it follows guidelines?

I've been trying to grow fruit-bearing plants in pots on 400 sq-ft of outdoor space (all concrete), but where I live in the Caribbean, I haven't found a single place locally that will sell plants that ...
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Edit to correct Latin names not possible

I wanted to correct some Latin names because the species names also began with a cap (only genus should start with a cap, species not). But when I changed it, I got a message that I have to edit at ...
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What's the limit for what's on or off topic with aquaponics?

In regards to this question: https://gardening.stackexchange.com/q/14497/2984 We have other questions about aquaponics, but it seems like there are two kinds of aquaponic systems. One that's meant to ...
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What is the plant tag used for?

I noticed today that there is the tag: plant. There's currently no tag wiki for it, and from the questions that use the tag I'm not really sure what the tag is supposed to be used for. I would kind ...
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Need a new category on close reasons

There are some questions which need to be closed because information in the question is missing (e.g. pictures) and the user has not added the information despite reminders (comments) by other's. We ...
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What is the Cleanup merit badge?

I see a Cleanup merit badge, which is described as "First rollback", but it has no information on how to earn it and no explanation as to what a rollback means? Is this deleting your earlier question ...
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Will a question about why a plant flowers only after rain be on-topic?

With regards to this question about identifying a plant found in a garden in south India wich only flowers after rain, I'm planning to ask in a separate question why it does that. Will that be on-...
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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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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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What to do with the [diesease] tag?

I noticed there is a diesease tag on 3 questions: What happened? - Chilli plants are developing spots on leaves and the edges are curling Why is my philodendron getting these brown dry parts on its ...
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Do we really want questions asking for off-site resources?

We get a fair number of questions asking for off-site resources. Some recent examples: Competitions and lectures for garden designers A website for keeping track of my houseplants What good websites ...
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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 ...