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Our servers are in New York, US, where growing marijuana is illegal. We could get subpoena'd for your information and we'd be forced to give the authorities whatever they asked for. So while our audience is most definitely global, our company and corporation is not. I don't really think talking about growing marijuana is actually illegal, but I'm not sure ...


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From the /faq page: "Gardening and Landscaping - Stack Exchange is for gardeners and landscapers." We're not a community for biologists/botanists. While it's true that we have plants in common and that gardeners are reasonably familiar with the basics of plant biology, that is not our expertise. The StackExchange network of sites is built upon the idea ...


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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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There's a bunch of symbiotic relationships between animals and plants which are relevant to gardening and I don't think we should be too strict about banning these. So, for instance, a question like "how do I know if my chook is broody?" should not be allowed, but "what are the advantages of chooks in my garden?" should be totally okay. Same goes for ...


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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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Although there exists a dedicated History of science and mathematics SE site, the math or stats sites sometimes have questions about the history of a symbol, of a theorem. Those are quite interesting, to grow connections, rise interest. While I am not a high-level gardener, I believe such questions could be appropriate, and could be better by linking to ...


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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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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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I'd love to have a place to ask some of the "crossover" questions: Brush removal using goats. Use of blood/offal from butchering as fertilizer, or composting the same. Plant selection for stock-proof hedgerow to contain goats and horses. Maintenance of pastures. Grazing sheep & chickens on fallow garden space. As it stands, I'm not sure if these would ...


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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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One thing that ought to be on topic is the use of chickens hogs or goats for tilling your garden.


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Questions on chickens and all livestock are off-topic here. From the first line of the FAQ, Gardening and Landscaping - Stack Exchange is for gardeners and landscapers. So this is not a sustainable food production Q&A, but a gardening & landscaping one. While it is true that some aspects of gardening overlaps with food production, livestock ...


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I would say they're off-topic (others, please leave an answer if you have an alternate view point or upvote if you agree). The average gardener (or even experienced ones) is not a mycologist and will probably not know the different types of mushrooms and their properties. They're mostly just interested in recognizing it as one and inferring that it could ...


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They are amusing if nothing else. If we get lots of them I would think putting them outside of scope is reasonable but one or two now and then is not an issue when we are trying to build the user base. (That is if you agree that a user who got an answer here once is more likely to return in the future with another, hopefully on topic, question.)


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We don't need a blanket ban on mushrooms. I don't see why mushroom identification should be out of scope: Identification of plants, insects, weeds, disease, and fungi in other contexts is in scope. Identification of those other things requires specific expertise (we happen to have people with that expertise already on the site). Misidentification of plants ...


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I think it is reasonable to have these minimum standards: a picture a location Even indoor plants can be more easily identified if you know what part of the world the plant is located in.


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Questions about tools are certainly welcome; we have a couple of (albeit low-use) general-purpose tags for them: tools and tool-maintenance. We also have special purpose tags for a few types of tools: string-trimmer, lawn-mower, chainsaw. Often, the questions aren't tagged with the name of the tool, but with the action you'd use it for. So we have pruning ...


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Personally, I would limit it to the aspect of growing plants hydroponically, since that's the focus of this site. It shouldn't matter if the aquaponics system is intended as a source of plants, with water creatures as a side-effect, or if it's the other way around; so long as the question is about the plants in the system, it should be on-topic here. I ...


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This site is about growing things in a garden ( not farm ), and of landscaping. It's not usually about the processing of things that have been grown in a garden unless you're using those plants/trees/fungi for the purposes of growing something else. So, although there are questions about trees, it's about their growth and care. If the question were about ...


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Where the vast, vast majority of list questions go wrong is they stop being about a problem that needs a solution and veer drastically towards simply polling the community. So much so, that we simply choose to forgo them altogether. The blog post Good Subjective, Bad Subjective covers this. The earmarks of bad subjective is when the thread quickly fills ...


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Yes it is on topic, but it is very difficult to give a specific variety name. There's a strong chance your aloes don't have one - aloes hybridize easily. It would be like me trying to find a name for my prickly pears - I have a general idea but at the end of the day I use my own generic names to distinguish most of the types I have.


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Organic gardening is definitely on topic. However there are a couple of caveats to that. Nutrition is off topic here, so questions about the nutritional benefits of anything will be off topic. Things that should go on skeptics are probably off topic here. So a question like "does x really do y" probably will not fit here. However, feel free to ask ...


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Per yoda's pasted description of G&L scope, I think not. And I concur with yoda's reasoning too. Of course, there's nothing wrong with a user editing their question to turn it into a question about gardening. So, with regard to the "pith" question, it must be ensured that "how it is useful to them" is in the context of survival in a gardening/...


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The changes have just gone live, so we need to get working on this. Below is a first attempt at the text for this custom close reason. Any suggestions for improvement are welcome. A concern I have is that the linked questions aren't really formatted as FAQs and don't give the general advice that a newcomer might need to understand this site and how to ask ...


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I agree. I would hate to give an opinion that results in poisoning or death.


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I always edit these questions when I see them. I just did two today, changing "what is this plant?" to something that includes descriptive adjectives based on what I saw in the pictures. I do this for three reasons: to encourage possible answerers to click the link to leave a more searchable QA pair for future Googlers (and thus increase site traffic among ...


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This seems like a good and difficult question. I would be disappointed if identification questions were banned, but I do see that that is the easiest and possibly best way forward. The hardest part about trying to add a textual description to make the identification questions searchable is that visual descriptions can vary quite a bit for the same plant ...


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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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It's a question about propagating a plant, so it's on-topic. I think the person who answered was making a joke that it's a water plant, so it doesn't belong on a site about land-scaping, because "land" and "water" are opposites. Since that statement detracts from the answer, I've edited it out. I also cleaned up the comments because with that edit they ...


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I think sustainability would be better, particularly if you were to phrase the question in terms of landscape management and what you want to do with the land after tree removal. Check permaculture for some ideas. https://sustainability.stackexchange.com/questions


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