To build rep, your answers must be all of the following: factual, cited by linking to another page or photo (with context for the citation), and/or contain a photo of your own that supports the answer (again, with context). My own belief is that scientific citations are worth far more than citations to a random web page. An example would be your answer to ...
Ficus is the genus name. The questions tagged Figs are aimed at Ficus carica, the edible species of fig. We would loose context by merging the two although I am not in favour of species tags as if it was applied uniformly tags would be unusable.
We could create a tag synonym of Ficus carica <=> Figs but I am not sure what value it would have.
This is interesting but hard to evaluate without context. Specifically in percentage ratios by year for
total questions deleted/total questions
total answers deleted/total answers
and so on.
A comparison to other sites with a similar number of users would also be interesting if you are willing to assume that user behavior is the same regardless of topic
My first impulse is to say off topic, as explained below, but I invite the community to chime in.
We have in the past for example accepted questions on mosquito control (with some prior discussion and controversy), but decided that they are just this side of the fence because it’s both a very common problem, affecting the way gardeners use their garden and ...
Trimming and pruning are different actions.
Put crudely, you trim with one of these
You prune with one of these
Trimming is the action of keeping a plant in a desired shape and removing excess, untidy growth. Pruning is the removal of dead growth or the encouragement of new growth in a certain area. Pruning is a more targeted action than trimming.
I looked up the definitions and cloning appears to be a subset of propagation.
Cloning : producing individuals with identical or virtually identical DNA, either naturally or artificially.
Propagation : grows new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts. Plant propagation can also refer to the man-made or natural dispersal of ...
As you say, these asterisks and similar markdown codes are not handled in tag wiki excerpts. This is fine, there is no reason for them to be. Their existence in a tag wiki excerpt clouds rather than clears the meaning.
On another site, I have removed these asterisks from dozens of tag wikis. They had been added by an over-zealous editor who clearly didn't ...
The existing tags are all over the place and are not consistent for genus, species or name. We have apples but not malus, avocado but not persea, bell-pepper and bell-peppers, acer and maple.
Given that there is no standard it does appear that common name tags are more popular leading one to conclude that gardeners are not usually botanists.
Also, with the ...
I disagree as LED lights are "new" for use as plant lights and much of the advice does not carry over to the more traditional light sources such as HPS and fluorescent.
My take is the people asking about using LED's as a light source are urban dwellers who would not think to use or look for the grow lamp tag.
If we had a tag hierarchy then LED ...
The upload and formatting of images is poorly done by the StackExchange network in terms of a user friendly interface. Let's just walk through the knowledge that you need to have to upload a picture:
you must know the size of your picture before you try and upload it or you could find it is larger than the 2 Mb limit which is ten times smaller than the ...
You can use a built-in functionality of imgur (the Stack Exchange image hoster) to resize the pictures: see Resizing an image in a post? on Meta Stack Exchange. It requires a bit of fiddling with the Markdown of the post (changing links) but I did it e.g. here: What is this red flowering shrub?. You can check the revision history to see what I changed:
With the tables support, available via Show formatting tips -> Tables anyone can easily structure large number of images if needed.
Create tables using the GitHub-flavored markdown format
Here is structured format for the example mentioned in the question. Images if inserted using Ctrl + G, will be clickable if someone would like to zoom.
If you happen to find yourself with an answer that’s suddenly missing a question, you could write a corresponding question yourself (hello, Jeopardy!) and make sure that it’s on topic for the site. You must have seen something in the original post that prompted you to write an answer.
Admittedly, I am not sure how long the answer will be cached once the ...
Sorry Colin but it was definitely a cooking question. The original poster even wondered where it should go.
If it is any consolation I didn't have the question open for migration for more than the time it takes to type Seasoned Advice so I guess it's just bad timing.
You asked about the use of turf and sod. I reviewed the use of turf defined as
grass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots
Some of the questions and answers worked well if you substituted lawn for turf. The rest of them, many from users in Europe, used turf as a synonym for sod. So it seems that turf is used as a synonym for sod and ...
Thanks to everyone who voted and to all who ran for a moderator position.
May Stephanie, Kevin and Niall have a very fruitful moderation experience within the community.
Good Luck and keep sowing those seeds of patience!
I am not experienced enough, still I am sharing my thoughts.
I would like to see the current format of sorting answers, i.e., accepted answer pinned at the top and then the rest of the answers sorted according to the votes.
Suppose there are 20 answers for a question. We will think of two situations.
where the accepted answer has votes equal or near ...
Moderating a site can be seen similar to tending to a garden.
What’s your philosophy when handling weeds - both the green ones in the garden and the virtual ones on the site? How orderly should your garden be?
The word botanics seems to be used in different contexts.
as a synonym for Botany, the study of plants. The Free Dictionary
The singular word, botanic, is considered an adjective of botany by Wikipedia
botanical is defined as "a substance obtained or derived from a plant" by Merriam Webster
English being such a malleable language I believe that ...
My impression is that trimming is done on softer, newer growth, and pruning is done on stiffer, older growth, with bark, or branches, and stuff.
You'll note that you don't prune your lawn.
Trim is sometimes used as a synonym for prune (correctly or not), but the reverse doesn't seem true: Trimming might refer to a small amount of pruning, though.
While I'm at first inclined to say, no, it's not on-topic on G&L, the presence of hookworms in the soil could be a problem just as much as say, yellow jackets (and not just for pets). However, hookworms probably aren't something people usually think about in a gardening and landscaping context, since they don't typically interfere with gardening and ...
Sod also known as turf is grass. When harvested into rolls it is held
together by its roots and a thin layer of soil.
In Australian and British English, sod is more commonly known as turf,
and the word "sod" is limited mainly to agricultural senses.
A lawn is an area of soil-covered land planted with grasses and other
Weighing in a bit late here, but does any one use Symphyotricum instead of Aster? Hylotelephium instead of Sedum? Lamprocapnos spectabilis instead of Dicentra spectabilis? No. Just because some taxonomist has to write a paper doesn't mean that we need to follow blindly along. We need, IMO, to follow the Horticulture trade in these instances, or we can ...
I did not know the biologists had been at work and the article you referred to was published in 2014. There are a number of common references to the renaming so I guess it's not unknown.
I think your proposal has merit as long as we add information in the dracaena tag that this now includes Sanseveria.
Of note: the same web page indicates that "...