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Why was my post flagged as spam by a bot?

Why? Family tree for edible plants? It answers the OP with a non-commercial link.
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Expert opinion and answers to species identification questions. Why not?

The reputation system used by Stack Exchange to rate replies to questions, and to rate those who provide answers, is based on scores given by editors and users with sufficient reputation points. It is ...
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Help developing question about fishing and the carbon cycle

I have been reading about medieval fishing, and how it was so widespread they had to institute the first laws limiting how many fish could be taken. This got me thinking about the Pacific Northwest. ...
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Can we do something about the one-line “interesting” questions?

I have noticed that well-sourced and good questions get fewer votes compared to some "interesting" ones. For example, a one-liner question gets ~300 votes (the maximum number of upvotes for ...
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How are species accurately identified?

I have seen hundreds of species ID questions on this Stack Exchange site. Ranging from Plants ,fungi ,fishes ,reptiles ,insects; anything. From all over the world! My main question is that how are the ...
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Am I blocked? I am getting am image with a fish

When I click the button to post question I am getting an image with a fish. It is a drawing. And I cant post the question. Am I not allowed to post?
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Why am I still blocked to ask questions?

On the Biology SE-site, I was (and still am) blocked to ask questions: I have done editing, as required, but the block still has a grip on me. WHY?
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Why was I suspended for 30 days for “plagiarism”, when I linked to and blockquoted a Reddit comment?

I screenshot this now deleted post. As anyone could've seen then, and you can see now, I blockquoted, and linked to, that Reddit comment. Doubtless I never intended to "plagiarize". I admit ...
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Why was my question about internal body nerve biology just killed? I explained “actual problem I face”, with words others cited did too

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is the tube for anal and vaginal canal the same/equal sensitivity? I can feel a bowel's spatial dimensions; same ability to sense object ...
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Tags for species and families of mammals familiar to humans

At the moment, Biology SE has tags cat (species), dogs (species), feline (family), mammals (class). A bit messy. My proposal: Species — Either singular or plural. Hence, either tags cat and dog or ...
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What is the problem with breasts?

Until a few minutes ago, Biology SE had questions with the tag breasts. Then, a moderator swiftly orphaned the tag by editing the following questions in quick succession: What controls the size of ...
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Using google lens or an app for identification of species

A lot of questions are asked on Biology SE about species identification. In today's times it has become very easy to right click on the image and an option of 'search using google lens' appears. The ...
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Should I edit or 'revive' poorly written posts, even if they have been downvoted several times?

I had a search on various metas, but couldn't find an exact answer to this. Occasionally there are posts, such as this one Disproof mitochondrial eve is 6500 years old, that are poorly written and ...
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How to correctly format names of compounds?

What is the correct formatting for names of compounds in Biology.SE? Recently, this question has been edited multiple times on the basis of formatting. So, I think it would be best to decide on a ...
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Is the biology site the appropriate place to ask for book references and such

I'm curious as to whether the biology site is a suitable place for asking about book recommendations and other recommendations of similar variety such as websites, journals etc... I personally see the ...
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Are new users now unable to post answers?

Two comments by experienced users (high reputations on other SE sites) on this popular question claim they don't have sufficient reputation to post an answer. Since this is an open question I was ...
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Why are all of my answers downvoted?

I answer questions to my best ability, correctly, and with as much information as I am able to give, yet 90% of them are instantly shot down, saying it is "not detailed enough." Why does this keep ...
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Where do public policy questions related to biology go?

Background I asked this question on biology stack exchange to get the scientific reason behind Massachusetts' reopening policy of requiring masks even with a vaccine. I thought I made sense to ask ...
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Add a tag for scientific names

A tag for scientific names would be helpful. It would be appropriate for the first question I asked here. Please add it?
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Does there exist a substantial guide for how to write questions on biology.SE?

We can find that people ask if a specific topic is "on topic", and how they can improve their question. There are of course the children sites of help center, and a small list of general rules have ...
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What to do about polarizing questions?

I recently answered a one-line question. This question appears to have (very modestly) polarized the Bio.SE community: it has been up- and down-voted once each (not counting my upvote just now). My ...
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Can the Ebola, Measles, Coronaviruses somehow lead to a new deadlier virus?

After some research, I don't grasp how Can the Ebola, Measles, Coronaviruses somehow lead to a new deadlier virus? can be opinion-based. I didn't know it when I wrote the question, but it involves ...
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Why was my question migrated to medical science?

Why was my question migrated to medical science? My question was more about the condition( even if it is a condition in attention of the medical science) in itself( hypothesized causation by fungi) ...
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Communication with moderators over posts needing citations

Yesterday an answer I posted to a question was flagged with the following notice: Want to improve this post? Add citations from reputable sources by editing the post. Posts with unsourced content ...
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Handling “noisy” edit summaries in the “Suggested Edits” review queue

A user has recently been suggesting many edits (such as this one — screenshot below) with attempts to include links in the "Edit Summary". Many of these edits seem reasonable, but having links in ...
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Why is this question about terminology bad?

I wonder why the question What is the term for being younger than the body age? has 2 downvotes?
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Is Biology more like “expert answers to your questions” or more like “expert answers to your expert questions”?

When I open the Stack Exchange app on a mobile device it quickly shows a view with the following motto: Expert answers to your questions I have recently raised a question that got more attention ...
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Selectively deleting comments which a mod decided it is “biased”, acceptable?

What's the evidence against SARS-CoV-2 being engineered by humans? In this question, a mod deliberately deletes only certain comments (which presumably he thinks took a side), claiming "Please ...
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Bannering the main site for coronavirus

The community mod Jnat offers assistance in case we wish to have a banner, for example one that links to a meta post that explains what to ask here on Bio, what not to ask, and to resources where to ...
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is this question about epidemiology on-topic?

Having a small comment-debate about this question. All I can find in What topics can I ask about here? is that this site is for [questions about] biology and closely related fields, including ... ...
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Why was it hidden / deleted?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: What could it be? HPV? Hi. My question was hidden / deleted without any attempt to improve the question. Please can you help me understand or ...
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Reorganise/merge tags for coronavirus / COVID-19 / sars-cov-2 / others

The tagging of questions related to the 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak is a mess. I've seen at least five related tags in use as of 2020-03-06: coronavirus, 5 questions. I'm aware other coronavirii ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Are comments that partially answer the question discouraged?

Sometimes the comments below a question partially answer the question. I got a message from a moderator stating to refrain from answering in comments. Answering a question in the comment may be due ...
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I erroneously raised a “Duplicate” flag on a post, but I can't retract the flag — is this a bug?

I raised a duplicate flag on this question, but as the OP pointed out the question I had linked to wasn't actually a duplicate of their question. However, when I clicked on the "flag" link there was ...
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Information about coronaviruses (how to ask, and external resources)

Stack Exchange Biology receives many questions about the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19) that has spread worldwide. This is understandable. However, ...
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How exactly do respirators seal out pathogens?

Which Stack Exchange would befit How exactly do respirators seal out pathogens?? I'm uncertain why moderator Bryan Krause closed this question on pathogens as off-topic. It can be asked for any ...
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Should a question about human gene restoration be cut into several questions?

I plan to ask about how to restore some defunct human genes. The GULO pseudo gene is the first one I am going to ask about. Should the question maybe be split into several question? The intended ...
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Recent rejected edits - request for clarification

Yesterday, I edited various posts containing questions about ants, to add the "ant" tag. Four of these were rejected, with the same reason given: How do ants sense imminent rainfall? - the edit was ...
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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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When a user knows several different answers to one question

I recently posted an answer to the question "How do parasites reprogram brains?". After editing, my answer described three different examples from neuroparasitology. In each of these, the ...
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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

Would we rather have a close/reopen vote threshold lower than 5? Recently, Stack Overflow experimented with and decided to change the threshold for close/reopen votes from 5 to 3. They found an ...
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User comments on my username, starting off-topic discussion - flag declined

I disagreed with a comment suggesting an edit, and received a rather weird response: @TomášZato-ReinstateMonica It is not standard English. My arguments are clear. You make the site accessible to ...
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Proposal for rephrasing the “homework” off-topic explanation

There are various problems with ‘homework’ questions, several of which have been discussed before. I am addressing just one problem, focussing on this because I have what I think is a practical ...
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Handling low quality post queue

I am little confused about how to handle low quality post queue. I know there are already some posts like this which try to answer this same question. However, I have moral dilemma. On one hand, ...
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Why is my post labelled “Homework”?

My question had nothing to do with home-work, which the mods are well aware... as I had never alluded to it, nor am I enrolled in school. However the mods falsely labelled my post out of spite from ...
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Why has my reputation increased?

My reputation recently increased from around 2,100 when I checked yesterday to 2,935 now. Why is this the case?
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Does a question about vehicle catalytic converters environmental effect fit?

Catalytic converters in cars are catalyzing some nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons at the expense of engine efficiency and thus increasing net carbon dioxide emission. With today's focus ...
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What are we currently doing with old highly upvoted but kind of bad questions?

Out-of-date questions I came across this "How did the human brain evolve?" question. It is a 7-year-old question with about 16 upvotes. It is a great example of the Q&As I am talking about. ...
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“support” tag on meta

The "support" tag on https://meta.stackexchange.com/ is described as "A request for assistance with one of the site's features, or a question where you're expecting a concrete answer, and not ...

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