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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 question with cute solutions, and discourage original, unpolished questions. The former question 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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Someone just mass-downvoted some of my questions

I just got a few downvotes on different questions in a row without any explanation or suggestion. This kind of thing discourages new users and discourages people from learning about new things. Any ...
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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 recommend moving a post to se.bioinformatics?

Occasionally we get posts which would be more suited to the bioinformatics.se. However, there isn't an option to suggest the post should be moved under the 'community specific' flag: Can we get this ...
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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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