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, we allow questions regarding laboratory techniques, for example, so why would questions about the technology required for other kind of field-based experiments be any different?

Are these posts on-topic or not?

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    $\begingroup$ I'll just initiate the response by saying : I don't think there's a 100% clear answer here. I hope many from the community weigh in! I would simply encourage anyone who is active on this meta post (whether reading, commenting, answering, or voting) to hold off final judgement until a couple of responses are given. You might be surprised by someone's response /rationale. (meta posts tend to receive slow response, so be patient) $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2022 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ A related question: Do 0.2 vs 0.5 ml epitubes require different PCR machines, incubators, etc? $\endgroup$
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I don't see why that question would be off-topic. It's about a tool used in biological research. Not all biology happens in an enclosed lab in a building - sometimes your lab is an open field, or a coral reef, or a cave. We have a tag with over 360 open questions that are presumably on-topic, and the referenced question here is about a lab technique, albeit one related to a specific piece of equipment. This is no different in my mind than a question about next-gen sequencing, specifically related to using an Illumina sequencer and its output.


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