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Why was a question asking for further explanation on why a homework answer was wrong removed?

I was in the process of answering this question: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/104975/synthetic-biology-olympiad, when it was removed from the site, apparently "for reasons of ...
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Can we have the option to reccomend moving a post to se.bioinformatics?

Occasionally we get posts which would be more suited to the bioinformatics.se beta. However, there isn't an option to suggest the post should be moved under the 'community specific' flag: Can we get ...
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Would "How much ECM is there in the heart?" be well-received?

I asked How much extracellular matrix is there in the human body? and I haven't had any answers. So I thought I'd try an easier question, e.g. "How much ECM is there in the heart?". Would ...
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Is this popular question on mycotoxins in oatmeal off-topic?

How to reduce the quantity of (carcinogenic) mycotoxins in oatmeal? I'm surprised by the amount of attention this question has received. Currently, it has a score of +7, many thoughtful comments, and ...
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What should I do now that my question seems to be too difficult/big?

This is the question, asked nine days ago: A man of 100 kg, what will be the masses of his living human cells, dead human cells, extracellular matrix/matrices, bacteria, and the remainder? As I have ...
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Guidelines I’m missing?

I realize I’ve been gone for a while, but a no-comment close vote to my first question since coming back: Boost of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine increasing Immune Response to Vector Caught me by surprise. ...
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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

On Biology.SE, all other StackExchange sites, and until recently Stack Overflow, the answer that appears first is the accepted answer (if there is one), the one that the OP decides is to be marked &...
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On the recent appearance of Community Comments

Recently I have been seeing comments on questions signed "Community ♦". This seems to be a new thing (at least on SE Biology) and I am unsure how to react to them if, for example I feel I ...
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Voting down answers because you don't like the question

I have noticed a pattern that some people seem to vote down answers to questions not because they have any actual objection to the answer but because they do not approve of the question. A recent ...
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Do we need/want an overarching books question?

Echoing the Physics Meta question and Math.Meta.SE on this topic, does Biology.SE have the will and use case for building a community list of books? Such a list has successfully been curated on the ...
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Why is this question on blood supply in tendon downvoted?

Because of one downvote, the question got removed after 30 days. I reposted it and it got downvoted then removed again after 30 after days. The mods don't want me to repost the question as such for a ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Withdraw or edit an upvoted and accepted answer?

Consider the case of an answer that you have provided that receives half a dozen upvotes and is accepted by the original poster. However later you discover that your answer is incorrect. Nobody else ...
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How to tag questions about animals or other living things surviving being frozen for a long time? Is a new tag needed or just adjust cryonics tag?

Has the 2018 report of nematodes frozen for 30 to 40,000 years been confirmed? Has 14C dating confirmed their age? asks about a July 2018 paper in Doklady Biological Sciences Viable Nematodes from ...
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Tag bug: Replication

When I tried to add the listed tag “replication” to a question I had edited on viral RNA-dependent RNA replicase I discovered it had become “DNA-replication”! Attempts to edit it again failed. Why? ...
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Is it possible to see the comments of a deleted answer?

Some days ago, I received a new answer to one of my questions. I found this answer interesting and I wanted to check the comments associated to it if any. Unfortunately, this answer has been deleted. ...
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Is "Not applicable and here's why" valid as an answer?

Somebody asked how many different senses are now known to exist, having seen a vague remark on Wikipedia about how it used to be said that humans had five senses but "science had now discovered ...
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Why did a downvote ended up on my question?

I recently asked a question about identifying a plant, but for some reason I saw a downvote on it, and I didn’t know why it happened. It has only been a couple of minutes since my question was posted, ...
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Earth Day 2021: thinking about our planet, biology, and sustainability

Earth Day is celebrated this week on April 22nd. The day was created to bring focus to learning about environmental issues and more broadly to discuss the issues faced by any life sharing this planet, ...
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Where is a question on Radiobiology and Dosimetry going to best be answered?

I want to ask a purely theoretical question (Radiobiology and Dosimetry) on the Bragg Curves (plots of the energy loss of ionizing radiation (KeV/μm usually) on the y-axis during its travel through ...
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Problematic criteria related to "homework questions"

As I've been thinking about the challenge of interdisciplinary research on this site and beginning to review the closure queue, I've noticed two key areas of problematic definition, both of which are ...
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More about closed/deleted questions and how to improve them

After many badly received questions, I'm confused about how to ask questions in this site (not on other sites), need some suggestion (not some general rule, but about the specific questions) (1) About ...
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This website is incredibly unfriendly to interdisciplinary discourse

was excited to come to this website and start regularly sharing my in-depth knowledge of modern biological research, but it seems the biology sub frequently decides, inaccurately and inconsistently, ...
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Is there a clash between numerical citations and automatic image numbering?

I usually use in-text citations putting the linked text in square brackets followed by the link in normal brackets. This prevents the link showing. However for a recent post I thought I would use ...
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Why was my recent question downvoted?

Why is this downvoted? I'm not asking for an upvote and I'm aware this post can bring in more downvotes, just want to know the reason.
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Should this question be moved?

I'm referring to this one. Seems the English site is OK with getting it moved, unless someone here thinks otherwise. I think it is a good question, just needs to be asked at the right place.
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How come my question is opinion based and this question is on topic?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is there any biological reason why so many men find breasts sexually attractive? If you see, this question is accepted on this network: Why are ...
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Where there are so many downvotes on this question?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is there any biological/psychological reason why women find men's chests attractive? In just 25 views, you can see 7 downvotes. But when I had ...
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Is there any way I can improve my question and get the answer?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Do women also love men's chest/nipples at same extent as men's love for women's breasts? I really don't understand which part of my question is ...
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What's wrong with this question that was edited to include research?

The question, uhh... in question: If you only ate fruits, vegetables or smoothies would you be able to skip drinking water? You can follow along by looking at its timeline. Some parts may only be ...
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High number of closed questions

I saw an increase in the number of closed questions on the main page. From 46 questions I counted, 14 were closed. I understand biology overlaps with many fields so I checked "Computer Science&...
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Is this not considered evidence of effort?

I have to say I was completely taken aback by an exchange with a moderator: How does pressure travel through the cochlea exactly? "I downvoted because I see no evidence you tried to understand ...
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Would this site welcome an influx of technical synthetic biology Q&A?

We have decided to see if there is sufficient critical mass to start a complementary synthetic biology SE site (by analogy, "Electronics.SE" to this site's "Physics.SE"). If ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

I asked this question (A word that includes plants and fungi, but not animals) on the English language stackexchange, and they recommended I ask it here for a more technical answer. I got a more ...
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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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Are questions getting deleted too easily?

I believe I asked a question about whether in general, it is an evolutionary stable strategy in nature for all the individuals to get just barely enough food to eat, and have the population size ...
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Where should I ask questions related to biology but need explanation in chemistry also?

I read that banana contains Potassium-40 isotope. But most common isotope is K-39. K-40 makes up 0.012% (120 ppm) of the total amount of potassium found in nature. I need to ask why banana contains ...
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No answer on my SE question, posted it somewhere else, got an answer there: what should I do?

From time to time, a question I posted on some Stack Exchange website didn't get any useful answer or got too many comments that I don't find interesting, which led me to post it another Q&A ...
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Downvoting and recommending closure

Is it ethical to downvote a question and recommend closing it simultaneously? The reasons for downvoting a question are stated as "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear ...
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Why are questions about whether research without direct experience is scientific or not subjective?

Questions in question: Is it possible to conduct scientific research without actually getting close to the sample/specimen? Is it possible to have a scientific review of a method if the author doesn&#...
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Are questions about language interpretation on-topic?

Recently, I've provided answers to questions about the meaning of plain English words in a biological context. What does the term 'glycogen mobilisation' mean? What are the stretch of amino acids? ...
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Question get closed (with misunderstanding)

The question Where does RNA polymerase II CTD bind to the RNA modification proteins has too much question in a single question, then I split some content to another question How does RNA polymerase II ...
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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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