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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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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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While I have no doubt that many of our members have wonderfully beautiful gardens, the main site is for questions and answers about gardens and landscapes, not a place for beauty contests. Community Wiki is not a band-aid for off topic questions. I'm also opposed to using meta in this manner it should not be used as a home for things that would off topic on ...


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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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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. They posted one at 09:00:28 UTC today, then posted another, almost identical one at 15:31:37 UTC, and finally deleted the original answer at 15:31:54 UTC. The ...


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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 everybody is watching the Superbowl on another channel when your advertisement is aired. After this bounty expires, you can always place another bounty on the ...


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As of September 5th, new users (those with less than 10 rep) can add images directly to their posts on most sites across the SE network. See here for details: Announcement: new users can now post images


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You could utilize the header to add an image of select gardens similar to how photo.stackexchange.com does it. We hold a weekly contest and the moderators add it to the header as the contest winners are selected in meta. Doing it monthly or quarterly might make sense depending on interest.


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To be honest, I'm not sold on this being a particularly useful function. I think it's far better for us to leave a comment and encourage the asker to post their on question. To do otherwise really would just encourage behavior that is not in our best interest. If the holdup was privileges (like the convert answer to comment feature), I could get behind ...


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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 is made.


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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 mathematical equations and representations in our questions. I'd recommend embedding images (as well as a textual representation if you could), of chemical formulas or ...


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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, we welcome lots of plant identification questions, though some types I don't see as being completely appropriate — seaweed or lichen, for example — ...


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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 reasonably politely. And mostly the OP will oblige. In fact, everyone's happy in such cases, as answerers do like to see the OP return and answer questions and ...


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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 question. It's made clear in the excerpt of the identification tag. The diagnosis and diseases tags have instructions in the body. These are positive things, but not ...


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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 someone to go to the link which takes no time at all. To have to go back in the programming and set that up and put the commands in would have no relevance. ...


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Here's a userscript that provides an improved upload dialog with resizing/linking options. https://stackapps.com/q/3507/10098


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'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 answer - the soil profile for that region, the average rainfall, the temperature norms, humidity levels, strength of uv light available, day length, what local pests ...


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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 close their question. I'm in favor of updating the help center pages with some text about adding location data when it's important, and we've already updated a ...


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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 question - whats the best way to promote more high rep users Since a substantial fraction of questions regard plant identification, rather than showcasing ...


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I think there would have to be a purpose other than putting up some pictures. The garden should be annotated with text that shows why it works well. A very short list of topics that would be relevant to understand why it's a good garden would include: design goals (pesticide free, xericulture, etc) timing (when do seedlings go out, when is cleanup) yearly ...


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It is generally the responsibility of the author to provide enough information to get their question answered. The best tools you have to educate new users is asking good questions yourself. Users will generally imitate what they see, so be sure your questions are always complete and include information like your location… and edit any questions that ...


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I think this might be helpful if it can be policed adequately. Also low rep users are welcome to upload their images to another site and link them in their question. Also, we really should start closing ID questions with no pictures. they aren't really helpful to anyone and can easily be reopened when they are edited with pictures.


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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 questions like identification requests, that's where it would be useful to have more specific locations. I'm not sure we ever need to have anything as specific as the ...


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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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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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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 (countries from North America, Western Europe, Australia and NZ). Since these are the areas that most users are from, I guess automatically adding location will ...


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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 text. I have noticed that a few of the modified ones had convinced the user to expand their answer, while the automated ones were completely ignored. Sometimes ...


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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 questions will decrease the risk of overlooking a question that I find interesting or that I intend to answer. Hiding tags is not useful enough because on a ...


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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 can get the photos.


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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 specific." For example: But if you give us details and context we can provide a useful answer. Your location is important, and pictures are often helpful.


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