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I have been looking for a reference that compares and contrasts brown and white adipose tissue (in humans) in a concise (preferably tabular, but that's not completely necessary) manner. I haven't found one yet. So I was thinking of posting a question asking for such a reference, along with my own simple table that I've been compiling along the way, in case anyone thought of commenting on it /critiquing it /adding to it . Is that an acceptable question ?

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Would "What are the differences between white and brown adipose tissue?" not be acceptable? This seems imminently answerable, and a table would suffice.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like a plan ! Thanks, I'll prepare the question now... $\endgroup$ – Robert Long May 18 '12 at 12:53
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That sounds useful, but I don't really think this fits into the Q+A format SE is going for: not only is it asking for a list with no clear "right" answer, if people post replies it has the potential to become a list of lists. I'm curious to know what you've been compiling it from: if your sources are well cited it seems like a perfect addition to Wikipedia.

As for the asking where you'd find such a reference: I'm not sure what the biology.SE stance is on asking for references (comments welcome).

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. On other SE sites, I would think this falls in the category of "community wiki" which exists on on stats.SE where I have also posted a little - for example see here - could I not just use the same tag on biology.se ? $\endgroup$ – Robert Long May 9 '12 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ It seems like you have two posts here: one is the question "where do I find this list?", the other is a community wiki in which the answers are the differences. You could cross link them, but I don't think they belong together. We don't seem to have a precedent on either of these uses, so I'd say go for it, see what people say. $\endgroup$ – Shep May 9 '12 at 14:44
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It seems ideal as a community wiki, no ?

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