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If you want the site to succeed, you need to VOTE!

This week there are two people that voted. Me and a user named Sue. If you want your site to succeed, you need to vote. Go look at all the meta articles describing the NEED to vote on questions. ...
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Are plant identification questions ok?

I have some photos of a weed that I'm having trouble identifying. Is that a valid question?
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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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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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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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What's the best way to promote more high rep users?

Looking at the users here, you'll notice something. There are 3 active users over 30k, and then the next active users are well under 6k. It's almost like tiers. This is unnatural. About 3/4 of the ...
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How to ask plant identification questions

This site will have a lot of plant identification questions. Please post your entries for common terms and phrases used to identify and describe plants below. Then, edit this post to provide links ...
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When should I post an answer and when should I post a comment?

I'm a new user to Gardening & Landscaping and I'm confused by "comments" and "answers" -- what is the difference between the two? When should I post a comment and when should I post an answer? ...
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When to upvote?

I saw this question. What is this bug on my adenium plant and what should I do? It had two responses to it and had no upvotes. I upvoted. It seemed odd that the question was worth flowing to and ...
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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 ...
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Where are the boundaries on-topic vs off-topic

Two question have sprung to mind as I have played around here the past two days, and I feel like they need to be defined fairly quickly and update our FAQ to reflect our definitions. Where is the ...
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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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"Accepting" Answers Too Quickly

Question authors are asked to "Accept" an answer to let others know that you have received a good answer to your question (see the faq). But accepting an answer too quickly has an unwanted side ...
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Are questions about birds and other animals in your garden on topic?

I'm thinking questions about maintaining a yard friendly to birds attracting different species of birds to your garden keeping birds from nesting in places in your garden keeping specific types of ...
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What is the policy on questions regarding generally illegal activity?

What is the appropriate response for questions regarding growing e.g. Opium Poppies, Cannabis, Coca, etc. and other behavior that is illegal in the US? I know over on the Homebrewing SE, pretty ...
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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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How can we encourage users to include images?

Especially in terms of gardening Q&A, a picture is worth a thousand words. Naturally, questions tagged identification will provide at least one image. But others don’t. How can we encourage ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Are area specific questions OK?

Are questions like "What is a fast-growing deciduous tree for shading house in summer? (Southern NY)" OK to ask here? On one side I can see them being very helpful, but I can also see them becoming ...
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Should references to particular commercial suppliers be allowed?

I (and others) have already used names like "Lowes" and "Home Depot" although in all such cases (and definitely mine) they have been more of a generic "you can find this at your local big box hardware/...
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Stack Exchange experimentation sandbox

This is a sandbox post for users to experiment with various Stack Exchange features. This question (and all answers) is a community wiki so that the reputation required to edit is lower. Also, the ...
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Congratulations, you're no longer in Beta!

This site started private beta before July 2012, so it is no longer "beta", it is a full site by our definition. We've removed the word "beta" from your site banner because we believe that you aren't ...
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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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Are questions about animals in garden maintenance or animal husbandry on topic?

Animals are part of nature, sometimes welcome in our gardens, sometimes not. Hence questions involving animals have always been part of our site, as far as they touch our everyday gardening actions. ...
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Are questions about installing artificial plants on-topic?

This question was just asked on the main site: Minimal install of artificial grass for small enclosed pet area As the title says, they're asking about installing a small area (from the photo, it ...
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Should we report plaigarism?

It's a little depressing to realize, but after this user was outed as having copied some bullet points off of about.com, I started googling some of his sentences and everything he's written so far has ...
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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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Better image embedding and viewing

I think I might understand why, or at least partially why, SE doesn't use something like "lightbox", but I do feel SE could make the upload and embed procedures a little bit more user friendly, and ...
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What should you do with answers that you no longer agree with?

As one's education advances, one may find that answers that one has provided in the past which have been upvoted and perhaps even accepted are no longer consistent with one's latest understanding of ...
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How to exit Beta, after 6 years?

Note: I don't mean beta as the scientific name of beet's genus. Looking at Area51, e.g. our page: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/1369/gardening-and-landscaping and comparing with other ...
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Is a sprinkler/pest question on topic?

This question was asked a few moments ago, and I am really tempted to click close as off topic, but since we are new here I wanted to check in with Meta.
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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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How do Bonsai Trees fit in?

Are questions on Bonsai Trees suitable for the gardening and landscaping exchange? Would they be considered off-topic? Are Bonsai Trees within the scope of gardening and landscaping?
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Questions about history of cultivation

Is it ok to ask questions on this site about the history of cultivation of a certain plant? If not, is there any other SE website more appropriate for that? The question I have in mind is: "How did ...
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Please blacklist the [plant] tag

Almost three years ago, we had a question What is the plant tag used for? with a couple of answers saying plant isn't useful because it's too general — it can apply to every question on the site ...
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Who can see the name of the users who voted to close a question, before the actual closure takes place?

I know that when a question is put on hold or closed, the list of those who voted to do that becomes public. During the process, meaning when there are not yet enough votes to cause closure, who can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is the 'gardening' tag going to be too broad?

I felt kind of dumb using the gardening, but I didn't feel too creative. Similar to the programming tag on programmers.SE. Every other question probably ought to have the tag right? Not sure if ...
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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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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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Include geographic information in user summary

Each post or question has a small box that shows the user's avatar, name, reputation, and badge count. It would be great if geographic location was included. The level of detail would be up to 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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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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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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Notify tag synonyms here

Tag synonyms are used when there are two different words used to mean the same thing. For e.g., hydration and watering mean the same thing. In this case, the more common word should be made the ...
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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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