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No, these are not gardening questions. These are questions about permaculture or Sustainability. We have an associated site, Sustainable living, where they already have similar questions such as How do I set myself up not to mow the lawn Should I raise my own animals or support a local farm numerous questions about permaculture The Sustainable living site ...


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Yes. We had that issue at Motor Vehicle. Other sites have the same. It's one of the things that seems to plague sites in beta and is a hump they need to get over among other things. Here is a message from @jonericson in the motor vehicle meta site that was posted by him regarding our end of year review and graduation that kicked off massive change in ...


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Here are my thoughts. So few people vote (compared to what would be ideal) that my method is this: If a question looks helpful in general, if not to you personally but it appears that it could help others, I upvote it. I end up upvoting the majority of the questions I come across (which is now 3,440 questions, out of the current total 4, 897). Even doing ...


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Build a Bigger User Base More users need to be pulled into the site and linger, using it as a resource and giving back by asking questions and answering them. The larger the user base the more of a hit it can take as some become disinterested in the site. You have to account for loss and find ways of having a higher retention rate on the users that have ...


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This limitation is present on the whole network for users with reputation less then 125 for the site in question. The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide


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I would like to nominate myself as a moderator. I have been active on the site since the early days and am still on the site on a regular basis. Although I no longer work as a commercial landscaper I still garden and am regularly surprised that those tiny seedlings got out of hand. I use Stack Overflow every day but prefer the Gardening and Landscaping ...


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15th July, 2012 - On one of the UK gardening sites I belong to, we have had a sudden influx from 14th July of questions from people living in America - seems the site was mentioned on a radio programme over there. I have been busy redirecting people to this site, for many of the questions are not ones ordinary gardening people in the UK can answer - for ...


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Yoda, First, I'd like to thank you personally for the contribution you made in getting this site and this community so far along. Despite your misgivings, I find this a great site and a valuable resource. I wanted to convey my appreciation for the important role you played in the formation of this site. I have a lot of respect for the work you folks do. I ...


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I think people googling will be impressed by the clean, relevant atmosphere here, especially if they have been on other free gardening Q/A sites. But most people, I think, will be a little intimidated trying to participate. It seems many people are watching the activity (over 3500 visits per day by different addresses), while only a few even read the about ...


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All SE "Beta Sites" are displayed in the Blueprint theme. When the site graduates then it can produce and display it's own unique design. If you would like to get involved, this Meta Discussion would be a good place to start.


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I see no reason why artificial turf questions should not be allowed. Its use is increasing in the UK, particularly since the advent of really good look alike artificial grass, and even the RHS allowed a show garden which used it at the Chelsea Flower Show two or three years ago. It's just another landscape surfacing which happens also to be permeable; this ...


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This section of our help center lists what types of questions are on topic here. Unfortunately, it clearly states that questions about the health and nutritional aspects of fruits/vegetables are not allowed. That said, if you've chosen something to grow for those purposes, please feel free to ask the same types of growth and care questions as you would ...


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I've been hesitant to jump in here because much of what I feel has already been said, and very well. This is an important issue, though, so please forgive any redundancies. (Parts of this also apply to a few meta posts, including this.) In addition to what J. Musser mentioned, there's a significant difference in some of the privileges once the site ...


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As a moderator of Sustainability SE I think that the 3 questions mentioned by the OP would fit nicely there. The moderators here can migrate the questions as far as I am concerned. For future reference, there are several StackExchange sites that take questions on animals. Where a question fits best depends on the rationale behind the question. ...


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Well, I didn't find a rule about this situation, so when it will happen to me I will edit my first answer with a line that more or less says that I consider it obsolete and that I will write another one. This way I can be sure that my second answer gets a chance to be read, since otherwise people might read only the most upvoted answers. I guess it would be ...


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Knowing localities helps people to know more about the pests, diseases, growing conditions, local plants, temperatures, rainfall, humidity, elevation, hardiness zone, pollution, etc. If you provide a lot of neat information instead of saying where you are, that would probably be at least as good, as long as it includes what the people asking are looking for. ...


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I suppose I could be considered an expert in gardening because I did the study and have qualifications, though I don't like the term. The point about horticulture is its variable, its not like coding - make a mistake with coding and the programme won't work, or will glitch, but that's not always true with horticulture. In the 40 years I've been in this field,...


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I'd like you to take a moment to re-read something you wrote in isolation: So let me get this straight, we cannot touch, inhale, or eat table salt. If we do, we should seek immediate medical attention. Before we salt our eggs in the morning, we should consult a specialist and wear splash goggles. Full suit. Dust respirator. Boots. Gloves. A self contained ...


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There is a way to get your questions to have that kind of attention You have to get the question into the HNQ (Hot Network Questions). All of the sites in Stack Exchange have an HNQ feed along the right side of the questions for the base URL. The Gardening & Landscaping HNQ feed can be seen here below the site stats. You need collaborates. In ...


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There should be an option to customize the gardening se so that you need to have xx number of points before you can post without an image. I think that should solve most of the problems with new users not knowing how to upload images.


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I’m Stephie and nominate myself as moderator for Gardening SE. After three and a half years on the site, I feel I have got a good idea of how this specific corner of Stack Exchange works. I want to help this comunity grow (no pun intended) and remain healthy, even in its beta state. And who knows? Perhaps we’ll see it graduate one day? My gardening ...


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There is also a Beekeeping proposal on Area 51. You can support it and spread the word to make it a real site.


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Is the answer you cited trying to be helpful, and is that reflected in the votes cast on the answer by the community? The answer doesn't seem to have any of the character flaws you outlined in the first paragraph of your question here. It does not appear to be illustrative of a lack of lawlessness on the site in general, nor does the poster appear to be a ...


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Yes, please prompt for separate questions. This is a pretty common issue around the network and the best solution is to ask the OP to create a new question. I've had a great deal of luck doing as you did: prompt the user in comments to ask another question. (The more common case is for a user to ask several questions in one question box. Your situation ...


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In my opinion, you can't make a scientific assessment of this type of picture, as the artists are usually not botanists, and do not draw plants consistent in all characteristics to the real things. I would prefer that these not be on topic. If they can't find a photograph, they can't get a great answer. I agree with @kevinsky that they are rather amusing. "...


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Greetings from the Stack Exchange Community Team! I realize this self-eval happened a good while ago but I'm circling back after a request came in for feedback about how close G&L is graduating. In an effort to be helpful, I'll be blunt. This site is not showing the hockey stick growth we look for as a prerequisite to graduation. And it is entirely okay....


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I think it will depend on the type of answer you expect. Our help center has this text in the "don't ask" section: plant biology, beyond what is generally gardening knowledge (try Biology instead) So if you're just looking for the environmental trigger that causes the plant to flower after rain, that would be on-topic here. If you're looking for the ...


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When I took courses it was called Horticulture or Arboriculture or Soil Science. However many of the questions posted here are from users with no formal training or education in Horticulture. I think Stack Exchange and the title of this exchange try to be inclusive to as many types of users as possible. By using a title associated with professional study ...


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A rollback is when you edit a post to revert it to an earlier version. If a post has previously been edited (such that it has at least two revisions), when you look at its edit history you'll see a rollback link underneath the older revisions. For example, my recent question about artificial plants has two revisions: Revision 1 shows the rollback link. ...


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I am reluctant to use Unclear what you're asking because it's very clear what the OP asks: why is his tree dieing, how to prune a shrub, where to place a flower container, etc. I feel that having a message like "Closed because it's unclear what you're asking" on a question that fails to provide enough info (although the question is comprehensible) only ...


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