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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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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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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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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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Knowing localities helps people to know more about the pests, diseases, growing conditions, local plants, temperatures, rainfall, humidity, elevation, hardiness zone, pollution, daylight hours, 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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I like to edit and I know that frustration. Sometimes you just want to correct one or two letters and that annoying 6 character message pops up. I think it might be because edits goes through the "suggested edits" queue, and they don't want tiny edits bothering the reviewers. Once we hit the 1,000 rep privilege, we can edit as many or few characters as we ...


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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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I agree with you, you want to improve your garden situation. This would fall in the category "garden or landscape planning and layout" from here. I don't know why it was closed, my guess is that the focus was too much on the dogs and not on the garden? If that was indeed the reason you can try SE pets.


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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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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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Good answers have these qualities: use the information provided in the question and if the answer contains speculation then this is clearly noted. Ask for more information if the question is unclear or too broad. where possible provide references that are long lasting to prevent link rot and, preferably, are published by academic or government sources where ...


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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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The policy also requests that you state the author(s) names as well. This is unrealistic when providing an embedded link, and hard to do when quoting from Wikipedia ( not that I do ) since there might be multiple authors. Even if this is considered a straw man argument, many papers have multiple authors when quoting from pubmed. Anyway, going back to your ...


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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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I think it should be deleted and the 3 questions edited with the correct tag.


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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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