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Site statistics

Following on from the great work of F'x over on Academia.SE, this meta post will track our stats on Area 51, fortnightly (previously weekly) or a bit longer if I forget and someone else updates it. ...
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Biweekly Topic Challenge - suggest a topic now!

Jon Ericson has come up with a wonderful way to boost the amount of questions on the site, and promote activity in topics that may otherwise receive only minimal attention. And it will be a lot of fun....
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What other active internet communities exist that overlap with this site?

It's worth getting a sense of what other fora already cover sustainable living. One use would be to mine them for questions that aren't well-addressed in that format, but would be well-addressed in ...
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Where do we draw the line between sustainable living and gardening?

We're already getting some questions like this that have heavy cross over - what should the policy be? We should probably decide sooner rather than later in order to have a clear aim going forward and ...
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Should this site be renamed?

In Group focus level -- world or local, and this A51 discussion, and other comments that I've seen in other places (including the late "Renewable Technology" A51 proposal, now closed), it is asserted ...
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Allow or not: “What are the most influential / canonical / must read books on sustainable living?”

I very much would like to ask a question on books about sustainable living, something like “What are the most influential / canonical / must read books on sustainable living?”. The problem with such a ...
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update the site description

At the top of the site tour, it currently says: Sustainable Living Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for folks dedicated to a lifestyle that can be maintained indefinitely without ...
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Who should our beta moderators be?

For details of who was appointed, see the Moderator Pro Tem Announcement. Since Sustainable Living Stack Exchange has now gone into public beta, soon it will be time for us to get our first crop of ...
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The 7 Essential Meta Questions for Sustainable Living Stack Exchange

Given the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta I think it is worth having a place where we can link together these essential meta questions. The 7 Essential Questions of Every Beta are: Are ...
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How do we promote our site?

How do we promote our site, sustainability.SE, both across the Stack Exchange network and beyond it? This is one of The 7 Essential Meta Questions for Sustainable Living Stack Exchange We've had a ...
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What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site?

From the The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What’s the “elevator pitch” for our site? Imagine you’ve just gotten on an elevator with a friendly stranger. You have precisely one floor to ...
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Map of related tags

I put together this mind map to represent approximate relationships I see between tags. Many tags do not fit well into a tree structure, so I've taken liberties in a few areas. Hopefully this is ...
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What the difference between the 'urban' and 'city-living' tags?

Is there a difference between these two tags? Should they be merged?
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How long to wait before enacting decisions from Meta?

In general, how long should we wait for community feedback before confirming and enacting decisions on meta? For example, I recently asked whether we should burn a tag and the response was positive, ...
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What should our logo and site design look like?

What should our logo and site design look like? It's one of our seven essential meta questions, and the topic came up in another question recently.
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Heating tag is only for space-heating or not?

Almost all questions with the tag heating are about heating a space (e.g. your home), but in this question the tag is used for heating food, as in cooking. What do you think? Should we use the ...
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Do we want sustainability to be an evidence based stack exchange site?

A recent question got me wondering what stance we want to take on the evidence requirements for answers (or indeed questions) on Sustainability. At the moments, as all stack exchange sites say, we ...
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Shall we ban shopping questions?

In general, Stack Exchanges don't do shopping questions - questions which ask for product or service recommendations. And for several good reasons. This is best explained in Jeff Atwood's ...
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Is sustainable economy on-topic?

This question on sustainable economy has received a close-vote. Is this site about sustainability in the narrow sense (resources of the Earth), or does it include sustainability in the wider sense: ...
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What should be the animal related tag(s) for this site?

I can see there is an animals tag already, but I have seen someone asking about animal-husbandry and I was also thinking about having livestock. Animals sounds a bit generic and doesn't provide ...
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POLL: Should Sustainability.SE participate in the 2014 “Winter Bash” holiday hats promotion?

The following post was written by ff254 over on meta.academia. I can't better it, so here it is in its entirety (except I've changed the site title): In 2014, Stack Exchange will continue its ...
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Let's get critical: Apr 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Sustainable Living Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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Disagreement on premises are a problem for this site

On the one hand, sustainability is a relatively new topic, and collectively we are just beginning to learn about it; there's not much we agree on yet. On the other hand, "sustainability" is a popular ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Please write more tag wikis

I'm a bit of a casual user. I don't load the front page of this site every day. It's more a case of if I have a question, I come here, ask a question, and hope I get a good answer. In my question Do &...
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Is there demand for a Stack Exchange site for the Climate Crisis?

I belong to a group of Fulbright Scholars that has been entertaining the idea of an online massively collaborative approach to the climate change crisis. Particularly, imagine a stack exchange site ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Sustainable Living's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Sustainable Living Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 24, 2020 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the ...
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What should our FAQ contain?

From The 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta: What should our FAQ contain? Much of the FAQ will be somewhat boilerplate: “be nice,” “how to create an account,” “how to ask questions” — it’s all ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Difference between 'carbon footprint' tag and 'greenhouse-gas-emissions'?

We have two related tags that I feel overlap largely but IMHO are distinct enough to keep them as separate tags; carbon-footprint and greenhouse-gas-emissions. Assuming other people agree the tags are ...
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What will our list of close reasons look like?

As per this meta.SO post, an overhaul of the close system is under way. Of the numerous changes that will take place, the following will no longer be reasons for closing: not a real question, not ...
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Should we lower the close/reopen vote threshold from five to three?

Update June 22, 2020: With no objection and consensus among the mods, we've decided to elevate this to the CM team. Background Currently, it takes five votes within 14 days from users with the ...
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Moderators needed

we have a problem: we can't find enough folks willing to moderate this site. That's... Kind of a bad sign. Background Every site needs people to handle moderation duties. While most of this can be ...
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Should we merge [car] and [cars]?

car has 6 questions and no description. cars has 32 questions and a description. Should we merge these two?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Should we add 'shopping questions and product recommendations' to our Help Center dont-ask list?

This question is currently asking for product recommendations. I've placed the question on hold and wanted to refer the user to our Help Center page listing the types of questions people shouldn't ask....
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Should we keep the tag [green-construction]?

The tag green-construction doesn't seem to offer much specificity. It's clearly not about painting buildings green, so "green" in this sense really just means sustainable, which is already implied by ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Tags diy and homemade seem to overlap

Both currently have the same two questions: diy homemade
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Disambiguation of the toilet tag?

I noticed that the toilet tag is currently used for two different purposes: questions about locations or objects used for urination and defication, e.g. composting toilets questions about personal ...
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POLL: Should Sustainability.SE participate in the 2015 Winter Bash?

The following has shamelessly been copied from a message sent to all community moderators and was written by Kevin Chang. Please vote before December 10th whether you want Sustainability SE to ...
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Are questions about research, perception, history regarding sustainable living ontopic?

I am curious if questions about the topic of living sustainable (whatever that may mean) would be ontopic or if the site's focus is more like a How-to and methodological advice approach. I'm thinking ...
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Group focus level -- world or local

I originally joined this group thinking that is was primarily about what I would call local practices. I find that most of it is involved in world practice. Now this is not a bad thing. I may have ...
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Customising the Help Centre's "What topics can I ask about here?"

In the help centre, in the section What topics can I ask about here?, there's a bunch of text that the moderators can edit. Is that text ok as it stands? What should be added to it? Note that there ...
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Please combine or synonym tag: [air-conditioning] and [cooling]

Please synonym air-conditioning and cooling. Because of varying climates, I think it's appropriate to treat different environmental conditioning elements separately (i.e. heating, cooling, (proposing ...
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What makes a question belong here as opposed to Home Improvement or Personal Finance and Money?

We have a problem. There are very few questions on here that are uniquely about sustainability. We've been having this out primarily over Gardening questions because there are a large cadre of users ...
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How do we handle Permaculture questions with respect to Gardening SE?

What species of mycorrhizal fungus do well with apple trees? How do I innoculate a 3 year old tree with a mycorrhizal fungus? These two questions were closed as off topic and pointed to Gardening.SE....
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Climate Change - Establishing a Neutral, Scientific Tone

Ok after much posting and voting, I've changed tact to get my point about neutrality across. I've taken my question about climate change benefits down (I may come back to this with another question ...