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Are questions about animals in garden maintenance or animal husbandry on topic?

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

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 ...
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When to upvote?

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 ...
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What's the best way to promote more high rep users?

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 ...
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40-minute time limit

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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For id questions: Why should I tell where in the world a plant is growing?

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. ...
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Are questions about installing artificial plants on-topic?

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 ...
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Additional Moderators Needed

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 ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

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 ...
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What's the best way to promote more high rep users?

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 ...
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Why doesn't Gardening & Landscaping have a banner image?

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 ...
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What should you do with answers that you no longer agree with?

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 ...
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Why is this off topic?

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 ...
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Do questions about the benefits of a plant or herbs fit in this SE?

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 ...
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How do some questions get 1000's of views vs. other's are in the 10's

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 ...
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How can we encourage users to include images?

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 ...
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Are questions about animals in garden maintenance or animal husbandry on topic?

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 ...
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Edit to correct Latin names not possible

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 "...
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Additional Moderators Needed

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 ...
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Why is this off topic?

I would suggest that you edit the question. Remove, or downplay, the reference to dogs and emphasize the drainage issue. Editing a question will place it in the re-open review queue. With luck the ...
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Are questions about cartoons on-topic?

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 ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

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. ...
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Best practice for quoting an offline reference

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 ...
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Will a question about why a plant flowers only after rain be on-topic?

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) ...
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What to do with the [diesease] tag?

I think it should be deleted and the 3 questions edited with the correct tag.
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Why not name "Gardening and Landscaping" as "Horticulture" Instead?

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 ...
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What is the Cleanup merit badge?

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 ...
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Need a new category on close reasons

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 ...
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High rep user acting like a noob

I act in the same way regardless of the rep and activity: If it's an answer I learnt from, I upvote it. If I don't find it useful, I ignore it. If it's misleading, I downvote it. Misleading means ...
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How come nobody from Japan?

You could ask the same about China which contains nearly 1/4 of the world's population. Searching for China brings up zero hits. Yet, if you visit Chinese households they all seem to have ...
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