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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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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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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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Request to modify 'modified' to show more information at a glance

You can't see it because you don't have the privilege level to see deleted posts (2k rep for beta sites like this one, 10k rep for graduated sites), but that user has two answers on that question. ...
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Can I extend a bounty?

Unfortunately, there's no way to extend a bounty past the initial seven days. Placing a bounty on a question is analagous to buying advertising time on TV: you don't get a refund or extra air time if ...
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Can we ban questions on earth science in the help center?

I'm good with suggesting that Earth Science questions are better in another Stack Exchange site. As long as the distinction between soil science which is integral to good gardening and Earth Science ...
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Can we get MathJax here?

MathJax is a pretty substantial client side plugin and should only be activated on sites where a substantial number of questions and answers require it. It's pretty darn rare for us to need ...
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Please clarify the 'What topics can I ask about here?' section of the help center

At the risk of making the "on-topic" list too long to be easily digestible, I'd split that bullet point into two: one for identification and one for diagnosis/treatment of problems. As you've noted, ...
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How can we encourage users to include images?

In my experience of the site - and I've been here since the beginning - questions posted without images will quickly attract comments e.g. "please post an image". And that's fine. It's usually said ...
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How can we encourage users to include images?

Dakab, I agree with everything you said. I wish we had power to add/change more things in the Help Center or someplace, so people would know that pictures should be an expected part of asking a ...
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Can/should we change the standard message posted when a late answer by a new user doesn't answer the question?

I agree with you that the message should be changed. When I had time I have modified a few of these messages that were generated by my review, but for the most part of reviews I have kept the original ...
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Link Species Names to Wiki

I understand what you mean, by just typing a name in and it popping up the blue link to just go ahead and get right to it, but it really wouldnt be nessasary, you could just post the link or tell ...
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A Gardening.SE showcase

I like the header idea, copying what the photography stack exchange are doing. Providing a piece of factual iformation is surely a good way to promote engaged use of the site. It ties in well to the ...
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How should the help center let our users know they should add location data where appropriate?

'When appropriate' - if it's a question about plants or gardening, it's always appropriate, no question about that. Knowing where someone is gives all sorts of information to anyone who wants to ...
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Getting location data from users

As you can see this is a long running issue for us on this site. The best we can really do is ask folks to provide the information when it's relevant and if it's missing and important, we need to ...
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Getting location data from users

I agree that it's important to have some kind of location data for questions. In most cases, I don't think we need anything so specific, just the general plant zone that the person is in. For ...
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Can we have our own Formatting Sandbox, and make it easy to find?

Yoda started one when he was a mod. Here's the link: Stack Exchange experimentation sandbox Feel free to use this as your own.
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How can I find open questions and answers that I haven't seen?

It would mean losing functionality that you may, on balance, prefer to keep but you might choose to 'favourite' every Q once you have seen it and then select: -infavorites:mine Closed:0
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Should users be able to hide questions (to themselves only)?

I think it's a good idea and I hope that it will be implemented. There are a lot of questions that I don't know the answer to, or I'm not interested in the answers that might come up. Hiding these ...
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Geographic or Zone information

It would be nice. However, people tend to write their location in their profile mostly if they live in a country that guarantees the freedom of thought/expression also in practice, not only in theory (...
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Should users be able to hide questions (to themselves only)?

On some sites such as stackoverflow itself where question numbers are overwhelming my default view is by tags. So you could create a view that shows only the tags you're interested in but that would ...
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How can we encourage users to include images?

Pose a question of if your question needs any images to aid in the advice provided, and if so require they upload images before posting it, but allow someone to put it in a holding pattern until they ...
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How should the help center let our users know they should add location data where appropriate?

I think we can gently nudge people to give us location information in the "How do I ask a good question?" section of the Help Center. It may fit nicely at the end of the paragraph entitled "Be ...
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Can we get MathJax here?

This strikes me as an edge case where it would not be used by the majority of users who ask and answer questions. Stack Exchange has always seemed to design to the "less is more" theory of design and ...
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Do people who provide questions get notifications that we need more information?

Yes, when a comment is posted requesting more information (or anything else), it will go into their inbox. Many people, however, seem to post a question and then abandon it, in which case the OP ...
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Suggestion for new tag

They seem to be mentioned widely enough to warrant a tag; the proper name for them seems to be string trimmer, with strimmer being one of the synonyms, so I'll create them and add the tag to your post ...
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