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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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Weekly topic challenge: terminology [completed]

I made a post asking for topic ideas for the challenge, and the highest scoring suggestion is for terminology. So, we're going to build our base of terminology questions. These can be closer to ...
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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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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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Dropping “Landscaping” from the title?

Other questions on meta deal with whether or not certain kinds of landscaping or "hardscaping" (someone else's word, but I like it) are welcome here, or better asked on the diy site. I feel it's OK ...
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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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Negative points; User removed

I've just had 30 points removed because of 'USER REMOVED'. This is the only explanation I can access. What does 'User Removed' minus ten points mean?
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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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Are we losing tag wikis?

I thought I'd written a longer description for desert but this disappeared (thought someone might have deleted it as too long winded), but I'm pretty certain I wrote a tag wiki (long and short) for ...
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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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Getting email notifications for new questions

I'd like to receive email notifications when new questions are asked on Gardening&Landscaping, but I don't find this setting. Does this setting activate when a certain level of reputation is ...
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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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Can we ask new users where they live?

When a new user asks a question they could be writing from anywhere in the world. It would sure help to provide a good answer if they supplied the area of the world or climatic zone where they lived. ...
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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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A Gardening.SE showcase

For the sake of inspiration and admiration (and eventually new plantation), might it be an idea to set up a showcase of gardening? There is absolutely no doubt that some (if not most) members of this ...
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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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