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When should I post an answer and when should I post a comment?
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The two can often be misleading and confusing, especially for those more familiar with traditional forums with sequential replies. I hope that the following examples will make it clear as to what ...

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Are plant biology questions on topic?
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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 ...

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How to ask plant identification questions
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I'd suggest keeping the use of highly technical terms to a minimum. If we must use it, it should either be followed by a good explanation of what it means, or be the secondary term (i.e., as an ...

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Are woodlot questions on-topic?
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I don't see any reason for them to be off-topic, but there might be the possibility that it is too localized. Let me put it this way: I probably wouldn't close it (as a mod) or vote to close it (as a ...

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Should we edit in both °C and °F where temperature is concerned?
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Editing rights are there for users who have earned it (and suggested edits for others) to make a post better. Here, clearly adding a conversion to ºC for non-US folks is making the post better, so ...

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Is the [vegetables] tag useful? Or just another meta-tag?
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I'm not sure I buy the whole "ooh! meta tag, let's burninate!" argument. I agree that on the trilogy, it's been (and is still) a problem with people creating tags like pre, post, etc., but we haven't ...

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Are questions about selling surplus vegetables / cut flowers permitted?
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I think all of the questions listed above would be off-topic for this site, because they fall outside the purview of gardening fair and square. 1) Is it legal in Canada to sell surplus beans ...

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Should answers that look like questions be deleted because of form?
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This is the question you're referring to, and your answer which was deleted was: I do agree with Robert here in that this should've only been a comment, asking the OP for clarification. However, I ...

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Pre-emptive meta question about book recommendations questions
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I don't think we should discourage such questions. While I too thought that no one read gardening books anymore, I recently chanced upon a gardening/landscaping book: "The Garden Book" by John Brookes ...

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Any interest in a blog post on how to build stone steps?
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Wow! Very topical! Asking and answering canonical questions has always been encouraged and now is officially supported by the engine. If you click the "Ask Question" button, you'll see a box under it ...

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Better image embedding and viewing
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Until we hear anything from the SE team, here's what I do, and others can follow this to resize pics if they so wish. If the original post is something like: text here ![image 1][1] ![image 2][2] ...

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Why was the grow-lamp question closed?
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A couple of days ago, I went through some of the posts from the first few days of private beta (when anything and everything was asked and tagged randomly) and re-edited/retagged/refined a lot of them ...

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Should good answers contain references?
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Well, while there might be references online, most people who are knowledgable in this area might not even be aware of them. For them, their knowledge mostly comes from experience and hanging around ...

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Where are the boundaries on-topic vs off-topic
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I think a small mental checklist along these lines would serve to decide if a question is on-topic or off-topic. Does the question pertain to: plants/planting/plant or weed identification? soil/...

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What percentage of new users come from other SE sites?
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Here's your info, thanks to Rebecca Chernoff: 1247 (non-employee) users on Gardening 1122 registered users 1030 users have an account on SO or SU or SF 1003 users had SO/SU/SF before Gardening I ...

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Are mushroom identification questions in scope?
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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 ...

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How to group questions on sexual reproduction
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We already have the pollination tag, which is equivalent to sexual-reproduction. I think the distinction is primarily botanical, and we've always leaned towards the gardening usage rather than the ...

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Image resizing gone wonky
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You're right, it did break on FF and I fixed it now. It looks fine on FF and Safari and Chrome. Normally I give a little bit of wiggle room for the images, but this time I made it a little too much of ...

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Are backyard chickens and other pet / fowl / livestock on topic?
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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 ...

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"winter-gardening" tag vs "wintering"
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The tag that you're looking for is over-wintering, and that would deal with the care of plants that are dormant during winter. winter-gardening is broader, in the sense that it could be anything you ...

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Are we losing tag wikis?
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You're correct, the creation of tomatoes and the subsequent merging of tomato as its synonym "orphaned" the wiki. Merging tags does these and it needs to be fixed manually (these slipped my radar). ...

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Should questions tagged [sprinkler-system] or [sod] be migrated from Home Improvement?
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We have only one question tagged sprinkler-system here, and it's on preventing garden critters from chewing up sprinkler valves. Since (garden) pest control is right up our alley, it was decided that ...

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Duplicates and the identfication tag
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I would recommend continuing to close as duplicate as you did here. The spirit behind the exact duplicate close reason is to have a single authoritative reference so that people don't have to read all ...

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Thoughts on self promoting links
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I just saw the massive link dump from a new user and flags from several users. In addition to my answer below, which is my general opinion on this issue, I think community members can also use some ...

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Creepers vs. Vines
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All creepers are vines, but not all vines are creepers. My understanding is that vines generally refers to any plant that requires support. Some vines are active climbers and crawl up their supports, ...

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Borderline questions, whats on topic and what is off?
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Firstly, I'd like everyone reading this to understand that just because a question is closed doesn't necessarily mean it was a bad question to begin with. It simply means that the question was not a ...

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Connecting two user logins
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I have confirmed that the two are indeed the same user and have gone ahead and merged sstNorwalk into suzanne. I found yet another unregistered account as sstNorwalk and have merged that too. Oct 20 ...

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To what extent are garden/yard animal questions on-topic?
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I was very surprised when I saw 3 votes, 0 flags and only one close vote and wondered if there was something there that I was missing. This question (and such questions) should be 100% off-topic ...

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Why did my avatar picture change when I changed my email?
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The avatar is generated from an MD5 hash of your email and is served by gravatar. If you change your email id, then logically, the avatar changes. The simplest way to have consistent gravatars that ...

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No hard landscaping questions?
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These aren't technically outside the scope of the forum, and this question has been discussed before, with nothing concrete ever coming out of it. For example: Discussion on examples of possible ...

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