At the moment i cant decide whether it can be pinned or not, it IS a good article and i can see a lot of work has gone into into it BUT we have always preferred that articles and profiles are written by people with hands on experience with the animals.
I'm gonna put it to the other mods and see what they think before making a final decision.
I agree with CFC. When an article is pinned, in general, it has been the opinion and philosophy of most of us here that writer should have experience with the animals that he/she is writing about. Although we can write an article, there are nuances...or..just small things that you just can't get out of a textbook or web search. This article was well done, but, coming from an aquarist that has kept stingrays for a few years would carry much more weight. As an example, I pinned a piranha article here...an animal much maligned...by a TFF member here who keeps them, feeds them and treats them humanely and as pets.
An interesting dilemma is caused here. On the one hadn you want it to be experience so someone hasn't just gone around and plagiarised other sites for information on how to look after a fish and posted it without knowledge. However most of this information has been drawn from this very forum.
Seeing both sides of the coin I am more on the side of letting this be pinned, after all, what is to stop someone just saying they have kept them, making a couple of pics look low quality and putting the info there. So long as the info is correct...
Some of the things missing are subtle signs of what to look out for, with the classic "death curl" being one of them. Maybe if some of the more experienced ray keepers added on some of the more subtle signs they have found and these were incorporated it would become more pin worthy?
I'd say pin it. For one thing -- we all agree it covers all the basics, and if nothing else, it's somewhere to send newbies to read up on the common questions.
While I like the idea of TFF Index entries being done only by experienced keepers of the species in question, I think for FAQs and the like we can be a bit more flexibile. I've written ones here that discuss, for example, Endlers and swordtails, neither of which I've kept in my life. My brackish book includes stuff I've written about species I've never kept, but been given information by people I trust. Certainly no fishkeeping writer will have kept all the fish he or she writes about. To some extent, we all have to draw from other sources of experience other than out own.
The key thing is whether the writer is putting down hackneyed old stuff taken from other books and web sites, or actually quoting the experiences of serious, talented fishkeepers. I think this guide satisfies this criterion. The information is solid, the experienced stingray keepers have weighed in and made corrections where required, and the article is easily as good as anything in the average aquarium book. In short, it has the makings of a perfectly serviceable FAQ.
Andy, yes i havent yet put anything in about ray health, and how to know when things are wrong, but I know quite abit about the death curls, burying and the like so i could add it in (unless someone else wanted to...)