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Understanding how to avoid my question being closed

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: What components of an egg yolk would be likely candidates for causing dietary intolerance? I am new to posting on StackExchange so, obviously I ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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What's wrong with this question about gamete fusion?

This is my question. How can improve it? What is it that makes it bad?
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Discussion on my closed question

Related question in Meta Earth Science I am new in the site where I had posted only this question about DNA and computers. I reopened an account to post my second question in the site about ...
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How to handle a topic where a biology answer is neeed following a claim by an official entity?

A question of mine was closed because off-topic. While I understand the rationale for pointing me to Skeptics SE, I probably failed to express my question correctly, thus this post. The core of my ...
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Why so mean? Not a good first impressiong

So I just asked this question: How does a chicken egg go from one cell to many And rather than a response like "I know all about this, let me explain it to you" I just got downvoted, and ...
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Is linking to a related question an abuse of the comment box?

I was told that adding a comment to a question with a link to a related question that contains good answers was "an abuse of the comment box". That user flagged the comment for removal, and ...
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Inserting an _invented chromosome in a being to be born in and knowing it will be healthy

I would like to know whether it could be appropriate to ask whether: It is possible to make never existing before (in no other human or species), changes to DNA (and the corresponding DNA pair, of ...
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Question migration

This question was asked in Biology and migrated to the Gardening SE yesterday. https://gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/65239/stages-of-leaf-drop-in-trees As I note in a comment there: While this ...
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Would asking a question about potential environmental impacts a non-native species to an area would be?

I have a question about using an animal non-native to an area to try and combat an unwanted animal of the same species, and what the environmental impact would be, or how the ecosystem would change. ...
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Why is my question about causation downvoted?

I have a question on the main site that asks for studies that give a causative connection between two events/situations. In my opinion, causal inference is a viable field of research. However, the ...
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Moderators and community curators are on strike - how will it affect the site?

Many moderators, former moderators, and community curators (regular users who vote on, comment on, edit, flag, and close content) are on strike across the Stack Exchange network as of June 5, 2023. ...
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What is a moderator's job?

Ok this might be a little personal and not much useful but I am just curious so bear with me. First Is a moderator's job a full-time paying one or is it more like a hobby as for most other users? ...
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How can I improve the question about plants?

My question of the day is https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/112096/if-humans-and-animals-perform-their-actions-with-their-brains-how-do-plants-per. The question may have not received close ...
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I tried to explain my question very well, showing that I did my research and explain it thoroughy, but it's closed for not being focused and research?

I just posted a question to Stack Exchange (in "Biology") after a long time. Theoretical question: is it possible to be almost fully female (except reproductive organs), very feminine one, ...
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Is Bioethics on topic for biology stackexchange

I recently posted a question on the bioethics of brain organoids and was confused by a comment about bioethics being off topic? What does the community think? Is biology stack exchange not for ...
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Why was my question closed as homework, and what can I do?

I'd like to preface this question with the information that I'm not a student, and my question just arose from curiosity. I searched on Google and I found no answer, so I posted my question here. This ...
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What would be the correct tag for "underwater vertebrates" like whales, dolphins, etc.?

I had posted a question about whales, and I wondered which tags to use. In biology I had leaned that whales are not fish, so I didn't want to use the fish tag. However using the vertebrate tag seems ...
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To Answer, or not to answer (that is, the Question without research)

When I first joined this site, we didn't require prior research in questions. It was more fun. It felt inviting (ugh!) and encouraging of learning about the magnificence that is Biology. Sometime ...
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Line between evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology

What is the evolutionary explanation for why lions sometimes kill their own cubs when they acquire a new pride? Is definitely on-topic to Biology.SE What is the evolutionary explanation for why ...
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Is it standard policy here to remove links to well-written scientific articles from a question if they represent potential answers to the question?

I was asking a question about the 100+ definitions of "life" referenced in the Wikipedia article I am active on math.stackexchange where everyone is encouraged to show the thinking that they'...
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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Should book recommendation questions be allowed on Meta?

I have always been of the opinion that requests for book recommendations did not fit on SE biology, and have voted to close them on the technical basis that they are matters of opinion. My broader ...
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Answers left unvoted/unaccepted

My question is related to this post. However, for me, it is not about wanting my answer to be accepted. As a fairly new user in the stack exchange community, it would be very helpful to get feedback/...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on Biology.SE

See Ban ChatGPT network-wide for reference. Briefly, ChatGPT is a language model that uses the statistics of words in a training dataset to generate grammatically correct responses to plain language ...
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Pharmacokinetics question was closed and I'd like it re-opened

I asked a pharmacokinetics question in the stackexchange which another user decided to close. I believe this was unreasonable and request that the question be reopened. The question was regarding how ...
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Would this be on-topic?

Recently, I was asked to participate in an evolution vs. intelligent design debate as the representative for ID. As a result, I have been busily putting together some arguments. Being as I am a ...
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Proposal to split and retitle the community question on good and bad traits

Background In 2016 a Meta post discussed the problem of questions “that ask for why evolution did not lead to situation-X”. It was suggested that a community wiki question be created, and provided ...
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Questions from novices

I want to ask the following question on Biology Stack Exchange. However, I don't know whether I can post it without it being closed. My question is: Suppose a group of cells have the same shape. Will ...
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Are theoretical biochem/biophys questions "off-topic"?

I was just browsing through the biochemistry and biophysics tabs and noticed a question that was commented as being "off topic" and better posted in the Chemistry SE. How does one derive a ...
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Seemingly incorrect user is shown to have last modified post

On the front page, it showed a particular user was the last one to modify part of a question: But when I looked at the edit history, that user wasn’t there, and they hadn’t supplied an answer: What’...
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New bioacoustics SE site may be of interest to you

The Bioacoustics Stack Exchange has reached the Beta stage and is LIVE! It is also in a critical stage, and we need your help to keep it alive. It is related to the Biology SE, but really different ...
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Do you prefer to see a rigorously defined question in a textbook, or a less rigorous original question?

I feel that many SE communities are starting to encourage precisely and unambiguously defined questions with cute solutions, and discourage original, unpolished questions. The former questions usually ...
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Should we allow questions related to specific, experiment-related technologies?

I noticed this question, which has accumulated quite a few up and downvotes. My immediate thought was that it really doesn't have anything to do with biology and would be off-topic. Having said that, ...
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What is wrong with my question

https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/107934/pc2-lab-build-cost I put in the comments why I wrote the words, which lbh, were meaningless, my question is very related to biology - specifically ...
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Site aesthetics -- banner update has poor contrast

It seems like the banner on Biology.SE was updated to be a lighter color. Unfortunately, there is now poor contrast between the site logo and the banner background: Can this be reverted or fixed? Who ...
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Should the glymphatic system be covered by extending the lymphatic system tag? Does it warrant a separate tag? Neither?

Wikipedia's Glymphatic system includes the following: Glymphatic flow was initially believed to be the complete answer to the long-standing question of how the sensitive neural tissue of the CNS ...
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Asking to reopen a question closed by mistakes

One user initiated a closing vote to this question: What are some of the earliest known species on earth that display pecking order? One user explained that my question is "homework", ...
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New Bioacoustics Stack Exchange Proposal

We have created a new proposal on Area51 for a Stack Exchange site focusing on Bioacoustics. Bioacoustics is a multidisciplinary field focused on sounds produced by or affecting non-human animals, or ...
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What does "Be Nice" *mean* to you?

Seriously, does "Be Nice" = "Be Mean" on this site? Sometimes I just have to shake my head at the lack of simple kindness shown on this site. What pushed me over the edge into ...
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Why this question is closed as "health advice" and "medical advice"?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: How likely is a rabies virus from dog saliva will enter a human body through this kind of finger skin? This question is closed with following ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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My answer was flagged with a post notice as lacking sources. I added some, but the post notice wasn't removed. Why?

My answer here was flagged with a post notice as lacking sources. I added some, taking care to cite reliable sources. But the post notice remains. What is the issue? Why wasn't the post notice removed?...
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Replacement for "Homework" close reason

I'd like to prompt suggestions for replacement of the "homework" reason. I've taken the format from https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4710/new-audience-specific-texts-for-our-...
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What to do about Berg?

This is part (bad) news, part question. The publishers of Berg et al., Biochemistry have withdrawn the title from NCBI Bookshelf: This raises the question of what to do about all my answers that have ...
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Are questions about vaccine approval process on-topic?

Specifically my question is about how we can get a new flu shot approved every year when we've learned how difficult the process is in getting the COVID vaccines approved for non-emergency use. The ...
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Closing low effort, non-homework posts, as 'homework' is confusing and should be changed

It seems like the policy is to close posts as 'homework' if they are simple and don't show much effort. I'm fine with closing low-effort posts, but I think it's unnecessarily broad and potentially ...
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Is a source that must be viewed not good?

In this question that I deleted because of it being on minus two and having two different objections to it in the comments: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/105319/which-parts-if-any-of-...
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When is it appropriate for a moderator to take a side in an argument and delete only the half of the argument they disagree with?

I do no intend to make this post purely as a rant post (though it may at first come across that way) but rather because I genuinely find myself experiencing what is a definitively poor example of ...
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Why was my question closed?

Why was my question here closed? IT didn't even get a chance. It clearly asks a different question than the questions asked by the supposed duplicate. How do I appeal this, or am I just not going to ...
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