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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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Spirit behind the term “biological concept” in the Help Center

The Help Center states here that questions about "biological concepts" are allowed. (Also note that the list is non-exhaustive, as it is captioned "..., including:".) What is the spirit behind ...
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Are Fermi questions welcome?

Science does not always aim for exact numerical precision. So-called Fermi questions (questions that can be answered using Fermi's estimation technique) have been answered by science (not necessarily ...
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Why was the question “Is the morphology of the insertion of the gluteus minimus acquired or innate […]” closed as unclear?

Why was the question Is the morphology of the insertion of the gluteus minimus to the greater trochanter acquired or innate? If acquired, what are the factors? closed as unclear? No comment was left ...
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Where can I ask about the behavior of a snake?

My last question on main site (Can a certain snake kill human by 'drinking' his breaths?) has not been received well. So where can I ask about it? I don't think it's really a bad question. Many things ...
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Why can't I(and never could) add a bounty to my question?

I asked this question a while back: The afflictions of Tarrare It was fairly well received judging by votes, and think the subject matter is quite intriguing. However, where I am normally able to ...
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Are users allowed to edit questions to better suit the answer they can provide?

Disclaimer, I don't think this should be allowed, and should be discouraged. For my own edification, I'd like to get your insight on a little dispute here found in the comments to the question and to ...
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Asking a Microtaxonomy question

I am interested in the Species Problems that work well with Homo Sapiens as the concept is used by the Wikipedia Article A book by Ernst Mayr says that Microtaxonomy is the study of Species and the ...
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Why was the question “How do collagen fibrils become aligned during tendon formation or injury?” deleted even though it received no close vote?

Why was the question "How do collagen fibrils become aligned during tendon formation or following tendon injury?" deleted even though it received no close vote? The question had been previously posted ...
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In the Biology SE I have posted a question on may 31,2019.After some days it got deleted by community◆mod(system).Please,can you undelete it?

The question which I have posted got automatically deleted on June 21,2019 at 3am IST by community◆ moderator(system).Before that it got closed as too broad.I need to answer that question which was ...
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Why require at least 6 characters when improving answer?

I saw an answer to a question on this site, which I found difficult to read, due to the author not having split the text in to proper sections. So I simply added the paragraphs, where it made sense. ...
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Would this be a good community for SBOL Q&A?

The Synthetic Biology Open Language is an open representational standard for encoding biological designs. As this community has been growing, it has been trying to figure out a better way than FAQs to ...
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Should I simplify answers for people who are not biologists?

I am in an odd situation. I am not a biologist. But I have a family member who is so I have access to a raft of books. So I am a non qualified layperson and some kind of expert at the same time. So I ...
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Retrieving answers from deleted questions

There were two questions posted by someone recently on measles virus, to which I devoted several hours of work in producing answers. The questions and answers disappeared completely over the weekend. ...
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Migration back?

Recently I posted a question about preventing deer damage. It was migrated to Gardening. I considered that SE site when posting, but realized that my question was mostly about deer behaviour, and ...
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What is our stance on edits that only add one or several tags?

What is our stance on edits that only add one or several tags? Should they be accepted or rejected? Examples: accepted edit; rejected edit.
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Should there be a writing tag or similar?

All biologists have to write on biology (papers, thesis etc), and use words and conventions that are unfamiliar to those outside of the subject. Other stack exchanges have created tags like writing or ...
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Should we close questions that do not provide evidence of prior research?

Should we close questions that do not provide evidence of prior research? For example, Do stronger muscles lead to a decreased tendon load, and if so, why? seem to have been placed on hold for that ...
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Tidying up questions in a particular subject area

This question is directed mainly at the mods, but, of course anyone can express an opinion. Because of the work of our phantom editor, a number of old questions recently re-emerged, some of which ...
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Synonyme tags `sterilization`/`sterilisation`

I just noticed that there are the tags sterilisation× 14 Sterilization: any process that eliminates or kills all forms of life and other biological agents present ...
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cross-post question is deleted. why not to close instead?

please undelete my question https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/82604/genetical-distance-of-ones-parent-and-sibling-to-him-her-self and then close it, make it not possible to answer. why? ...
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Is it bad to mention if a specific article is open access or paywalled?

I received an edit on the question Why “Having chlorophyll without photosynthesis is actually very dangerous” and “like living with a bomb”? Removed reference to paywalling. Nature is a print ...
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Asking Homework like questions

I went through SE policy and found seemingly contradicting statement , homework-like question should show the attempt/research made by OP , the other statement says your not supposed ask “is my ...
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Finding a deleted question without enough rep

I'm asking here a similar question to this one. I'm pretty sure I've asked a question a while ago (years?) about the use of ammonia in agriculture where it is introduce directly into the soil. The ...
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Who is mucking about with the appearance of this site and why?

What on earth is this ghastly nonsense in aid of? And this? There’s enough junk on SE Biology without the management contributing too.
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Do we have a beauty troll?

I noticed myself and in the comments of higher-rep users that we seem to have a certain user (who keeps registering new usernames, i.e. "sockpuppets") and keeps asking questions about genes and beauty/...
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Small style and grammar edits to (still) poor questions

Here is an example of a recent suggested edit to a poor question that had just been closed. The user editing the question is not the user who asked the question, and doesn't appear to be editing it in ...
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New moderators, please be more reserved with your close hammer

As both of the new moderators indicated in their election Q&A, voting to close questions is the responsibility of the community, provided community members with sufficient reputation are actively ...
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Can more options be added for flagging for migration? [duplicate]

I review posts in the queue, and I am often am flagging some posts. I will sometimes flag posts as those that need to be closed because they are off-topic, but this is the only option available: ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Biology's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should this question about the proportion of biologists who believe x be re-opened?

What is the proportion of biologists... was closed by @Remi.b (gold tag close hammer) as a duplicate. There was some discussion in the comments about whether the question should have been closed.
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Tag for neurodegenerative disorders is misspelled

I just noticed that "neurodegerative-disorders" tag contains a misspelling (should be "neurodegenerative-disorders"). Could a mod fix it?
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Biology Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, February 18th. In connection with that election as we have done in previous years, we will be hosting a Q&A here for ...
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Is Dawkins' meme theory biology?

In The Selfish Gene Dawkins puts forward the idea that "replicators" are the cause of "life" and that the principles of replicators and Natural Selection are universal, not just across space, but ...
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Question about learning virology for industry?

I am applying for a QC virology job and I was trying to find learning resources. I was wondering if asking this question would be on topic for the biology stack exchange or should I change it?
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I see the Biosphere has frozen

So, apparently The Biosphere (our BIO.SE chat room) has been frozen due to inactivity. Obviously not a big deal (since apparently nobody used it frequently enough to avoid being frozen): Rooms ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: What's the current conclusion about humans being omnivores vs herbivores? Why was my answer deleted by the moderator ''Chris''? it didn't ...
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Virus-related tags

Are "virus" and "virology" sufficiently different to justify two tags? Similarly, is there a reason to have narrow tags like "retrovirus" and "lentivirus", especially when there is no tag "...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Asking for ideas on Biology.SE

I am a biological engineer, and I spend my time creating new technologies. Those who have worked in research will know that demonstrating a nice, real-life application of a new technology is an ...
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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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