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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are palaeontology/palaeobiology questions allowed?

I figured I'd want to ask fossil-related stuff, but I'm not sure if this would be within the purview of this SE site. Can I ask questions about, say, dinosaurs or pre-Holocene mammals?
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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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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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Where should I ask questions related to biology but need explanation in chemistry also?

I read that banana contains Potassium-40 isotope. But most common isotope is K-39. K-40 makes up 0.012% (120 ppm) of the total amount of potassium found in nature. I need to ask why banana contains ...
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Are questions about language interpretation on-topic?

Recently, I've provided answers to questions about the meaning of plain English words in a biological context. What does the term 'glycogen mobilisation' mean? What are the stretch of amino acids? ...
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What to do about polarizing questions?

I recently answered a one-line question. This question appears to have (very modestly) polarized the Bio.SE community: it has been up- and down-voted once each (not counting my upvote just now). My ...
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Help developing question about fishing and the carbon cycle

I have been reading about medieval fishing, and how it was so widespread they had to institute the first laws limiting how many fish could be taken. This got me thinking about the Pacific Northwest. ...
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Why was my question about internal body nerve biology just killed? I explained "actual problem I face", with words others cited did too

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is the tube for anal and vaginal canal the same/equal sensitivity? I can feel a bowel's spatial dimensions; same ability to sense object ...
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Does there exist a substantial guide for how to write questions on biology.SE?

We can find that people ask if a specific topic is "on topic", and how they can improve their question. There are of course the children sites of help center, and a small list of general rules have ...
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Why was my question migrated to medical science?

Why was my question migrated to medical science? My question was more about the condition( even if it is a condition in attention of the medical science) in itself( hypothesized causation by fungi) ...
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is this question about epidemiology on-topic?

Having a small comment-debate about this question. All I can find in What topics can I ask about here? is that this site is for [questions about] biology and closely related fields, including ... ...
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Is Biology more like "expert answers to your questions" or more like "expert answers to your expert questions"?

When I open the Stack Exchange app on a mobile device it quickly shows a view with the following motto: Expert answers to your questions I have recently raised a question that got more attention ...
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Reminder: questions about biological mechanisms behind medical conditions are explicitly on topic here

Every once in a while there are some close votes of human biology questions that are explicitly on topic here. It came up again today here. Not the best question, I'll admit, but it shouldn't be ...
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Should a question about human gene restoration be cut into several questions?

I plan to ask about how to restore some defunct human genes. The GULO pseudo gene is the first one I am going to ask about. Should the question maybe be split into several question? The intended ...
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Are questions about creationism or intelligent design on-topic here?

Our first creationism/intelligent design question https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/649/is-cell-division-irreducibly-complex#question has received a lot of downvotes, some close votes and a ...
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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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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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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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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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Questions about hypothetical scenarios

I'm new to the biology SE but I thought that I could help answering questions about my research expertise (biophysics / neuroscience). But I`m surprised about the questions of the type: Can ...
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CogSci has changed its name

As of yesterday, Cognitive Sciences has been renamed into Psychology & Neuroscience There are various reasons for this. The most important reasons, imo, being that we wish to attract more ...
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Are questions about identifying mushroom species on-topic here?

I've found a mushroom and will not going to eat it anyways but still quite interested in what kind of mushroom it's actually is. Does this count as an on-topic here? If not, can it still somehow to ...
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If a question has no scientific findings available for answering, is it okay to give a general opinion?

This question is in regards to this post, and more specifically, the answer provided by @Remi.b. I'm not quite sure where to begin (this is my first post in a meta.*.SE site), so I'll just start by ...
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Are general health-related question on topic?

I saw in the help center that personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic. Does "personal" pertain to both "medical questions" and "health advice"? In other words, is a "health ...
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A clarification on why isn't this question closed as not belonging to biology as science

I am sharing a screen shot of a question I found on biology.se some time back requesting the name of the TV series from the OP's description of animated characters. I was expecting this question to ...
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Is there a similar Se site that allows for general health questions?

I know that Biology.SE site is more about the science of biology and not about personal or general health, however, I was wondering if there was a site that you all tend to defer questioner's to if ...
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Are questions on zoologists bio on-topic here?

Can I ask questions about famous zoologist and biologists biographies or lives here, if they have very little or actually no impact on actual biology? For example, I'd like to know why Edward Turner ...
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Questions about teaching biology: Off-limits?

Are questions about how to teach/explain biology (so called soft questions) on topic here. I've noticed that some sites allow it. As an example I've noticed that Math SE allow question like, how to ...
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How to distinguish a question more appropriate for Biology-SE or CogSci-SE or Health-SE?

Recently going through this question (that has been put hold as off-topic; and commented for more appropriate to CogSci.SE) ; to me it looked highly like a biology (physiology) question such as this ...
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Should questions related to results from 23andMe and other Gene services be On-Topic?

In the past week or two I have seen a two posts asking questions related to information obtained from 23andMe or similar services. I previously expressed that I thought it was not a good idea to ...
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Should we have some instructions/codes before asking anthropology question dealing with human races/ phenotypes?

Anthropology-related questions like this or this may fall in unwanted trouble regarding racism or politics or such-kind of complications. So, before asking such kind of answer; how could we ...
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Are there any guideline about species-identification questions?

In this site are there any guideline about species-identification questions? Or any instructions about how to capture some important features of the organism (plant/animal/fungus/whatever)? How much ...
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Term paper and field work ideas

Can we post questions asking for ideas on term papers and field work on specific topics? I didn't find any related open question. The one that I found was closed and was tagged 'opinion based'.
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Can I ask questions about the practice of biology?

Naturally, we expect on a site like this that biology itself is discussed. But what about related things that concern biologists? What I do know is that: Equipment recommendations are off-topic, a ...
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Would a question asking for speculative answers be allowed?

The question would be something that goes like this: What would happen if a large percentage (greater than 20%) of all organisms on Earth die? The intent is to get general feedback on the impact ...