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Election of a new moderator

I will be stepping down as a moderator soon and have requested the community team to initiate an election for the post. It was really a wonderful experience for me, but I guess I am not able to find ...
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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, ...
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Please vote to make “Animal” tag synonymous with “Zoology” tag

At some point someone made an animal tag (now with 18 questions), which is silly given that we already have a zoology tag (1048 questions). I started a vote to make animal a synonym of zoology, but ...
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Is there anything I can do to improve my question?

Re: my question "What species is this gray bee?", I'd really like to know more about what I saw. I've seen a number of species-identification posts, and did my best to give useful information, but I'...
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What adjustments to the new site theme should we request?

As you're all aware, Stack Exchange has implemented a unified theme structure across all network sites, which impacted the appearance of Biology Stack. (See Biology updated site theme is ready for ...
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Are references needed for facts that we all learn as children aged 1-2?

Are references needed for any of the following facts that we all learn as children aged 1-2: Cubes don't roll Spheres roll Gravity makes spheres roll on slopes Gravity doesn't make spheres roll on ...
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Biology updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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Should “Too broad” be used when wanting to “just close it”?

So when I encountered this question it had four close-votes, all of them for its being "too broad". This struck me as inappropriate since the question didn't seem particularly broad to me (it was ...
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Reminder: questions about biological mechanisms behind medical conditions are explicitly on topic here

Every once in a while there are some close votes of human biology questions that are explicitly on topic here. It came up again today here. Not the best question, I'll admit, but it shouldn't be ...
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May I advertise my biology-learning app on meta or Biology Stack Exchange?

I developed an android app (game) that helps students memorize Neirenberg codon table. May I advertise my biology-learning app on meta or Biology Stack Exchange? Or is it off-topic? The app ...
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Increase in answers that donot have any references backing them

It has been quite some time that I visited Bio SE. But I have noticed that the number of answers lacking any references to their content have considerably increased. Well ofcourse there are so many ...
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Spam questions that aren't promotional

This post is in part to let moderators and the community know to be on the alert for a particular user and post, and in part a question about what the policy should be for this kind of behavior. tl;...
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Questions about hypothetical scenarios

I'm new to the biology SE but I thought that I could help answering questions about my research expertise (biophysics / neuroscience). But I`m surprised about the questions of the type: Can ...
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tag proposal: “c.elegans” or “caenorhabditis elegans”

Do you think interesting a tag "Caenorhabditis elegans" ( "c.elegans" for friends :-) ? It seems not available and my reputation is far from the necessary to create it.
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How should smartphone apps be cited as sources?

Two questions were posted that used a link to the Google Play store and a screenshot of the app as their citation. The same user also posted to the Chemistry Stack Exchange site with the same method. ...
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Your “code of conduct” appears very one-sided

You claim that you want a respectful environment where all feel welcome, and yet, as I read through some of the answers provided, I find all kinds of derogatory references towards creationists; ...
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Can we please do something about this username with a racial slur

This user's current display name is the most obvious violation of the Code of Conduct I can imagine. No bigotry. We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, ...
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Upvoting good/well-formatted questions

This is an almost exact duplicate of this question, which did not receive any answer. I find the fact that this problem is the same as 5 years ago very odd. I participate in this stack for more or ...
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Help redacting this question?

I want to make a question but I dont know which title to give it to be clear and I'm not sure if I will be able to explain it clearly in the body in the first try, so I was wondering if people can ...
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How does one challenge an unsourced answer?

I came across this answer on looking at a question in the sidebar. The answer was accepted and upvoted 6 times. There is a linked study, but it is a counter example (it is cited as a demonstration of ...
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Abbreviations used in Stack Exchange

I see that many short forms of words are used in Stack Exchange such as VLQ, POB, VTC, etc. When I search for them in Google , VTC gives Vocational Training Council, Virtual Training Company, etc. VLQ ...
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Should we create tags for popular animal models used for study? e.g fruit-flies

Q1: Should we create tags for popular animal models used for study? I think the use of some animal specific tags could attract answers from that animal expert. This would allow an expert of the ...
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Is an answer as good as a close vote?

I've been here a while, and I've seen some discussion, but don't know that we have a consensus as a community/site regarding answering basic questions. Really basic. Like, What is meant by "a codon ...
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Why do we need to provide weather conditions in ID questions?

I was kind of surprised to see that in one of _ID question someone provided weather conditions that occurred during the moment when picture in question was taken. Why do we need to provide such data? ...
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You can only post once every 40 minutes?

When trying to post the question with the topic, Answers with no references which have been contested for a long while, I got a message flagged up saying This was because 27 minutes prior to that, I ...
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Answers with no references which have been contested for a long while

I am well versed in the way that Psychology.SE and Health.SE work but I am new to Biology.SE so I am trying to find my feet a little here. I came across a question here, Why aren't we ...
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Why is the site name with the logo written with a lower-case 'b'?

Is it on purpose that the name of Biology.SE and Biology.meta are written with a lower-case 'b'?
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I was banned from asking questions again

I agree that my questions were not that good, but I learnt from my mistakes. I've been banned for a long time now and I'm not seeing any hopes of being unbanned. Shouldn't I get a 2nd chance?
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What is actually SE biology about?

When I first crossed SE biology, I was filled with excitement that I finally found a website, where I could share my questions with real researchers. I saw the opportunity to improve my rhetorical ...
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Implementing reading discussion threads for pros/grads/academics

I've just come from a question on the main site looking for references to a formal text on evolutionary theory. I answered with some of my own favourite books. It did get me thinking, however, that it ...
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What to do with out of scope wildlife questions

I recently suggested that the question How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly? be posted here, as the answer needed was out of scope at pets.se. It was closed here, as out of scope as well. ...
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In-line chemical formulae with subscripts and superscripts

Context This relates to a post including the compound FADH2, in a sentence within the main text (technically ‘in-line’), set as I have here, using HTML ‘sub’ markup to render the subscript, and thus ...
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How do I improve this questions?

https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/72679/which-one-is-the-correct-way-to-put-seatbelt-on-busty-women?noredirect=1#comment131141_72679 I think what I want to ask is not which way to put it "...
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A website similar to puzzling but for the sciences

I went through an old question today about biology SE vs biologists discussion. This got me wondering. The principle problem we have in the sciences is that we are segmented into our respective niches....
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“What are the good and bad cholesterol?” Why was this question closed?

I refer to this question by a new user to Biology-SE site. It was closed as being "unclear what you're asking". It seems to me, whatever else, it is very clear what is being asked: What do the terms ...
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Tag for synesthesia is mispelled

The tag currently reads synestesia. Can a mod please correct this, if possible?
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Is there a stack exchange site for aquarium management?

i.e. fish biology, marine chemistry for aquatic habitats, etc.? Just wondering. Would be a nice community. Biology is the closest I can think of.
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Is this SE site / community dead?

I'm new to this SE site and as a geneticist i liked the idea to be able to help newbies and explain simple genetic facts to the community. But after one week following this site activities, I found ...
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How can I improve my poorly received question

I'm not trying to revert the downvotes or convince users that it was a good question. I'm trying to understand what (if anything at all) can be improved. The (now auto-deleted) question was: Can ...
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Can we see the predominance of certain tags along time?

I would like to see the evolution of certain tags along time. For instance, questions involving genetics/biochemistry/DNA had grown, while those involving ecology/zoology/natural sciences declined? ...
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Are Cryo-EM questions on topic on biology.SE?

As some of you may have notice, the 3D-em proposal on Area51 got quite a number of followers (142 currently). It is for scientists doing biology 3D electron microscopy, from sample preparation to ...
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Existence of tags in relation to acceptability of questions

On a couple of occasions I or others have voted to close a question off-topic and the poster has responded by saying that the tag he has used exists and therefore he assumed the topic of the question ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Why are there so many poor questions?

I've noticed that on Biology.SE there are so many poor questions at Biology? See for example here, here, and here. They usually appear as first questions of new users, don't show the faintest sign of ...
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What happens to the bounty when a question gets closed?

When an open bounty is on a question and this question gets closed, will I get my reputation back or can people still answer this question?
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CogSci has changed its name

As of yesterday, Cognitive Sciences has been renamed into Psychology & Neuroscience There are various reasons for this. The most important reasons, imo, being that we wish to attract more ...
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Is it OK to repost question from some other SO if it wasn't answered there?

I have asked a question on https://health.stackexchange.com as I thought it belongs a best there. But also I believe it would be on-topic here. As the health SO has much fewer users than biology it ...
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Scientific names in the titles of questions — what to do?

We all know that scientific names must be italicised. However, Stack Exchange does not support markdown for question's title. This can create a problem in questions like this one, in which I edited ...
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What to do when another user copies your answer?

I tried to answer a question, and after a while another user gives almost exactly the same answer. What is the purpose of this? Why do other users replicate an answer? Is it normal that every question ...
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Can the link to the Help section be restored?

Since the new look of Biology SE there is no link from the main page to the Tour or the Help section. This is bad as it means that people who wish to cannot find the guidelines on asking (especially) ...

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