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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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Voting to close a question as off-topic because it is based on a faulty presupposition

Over the last maybe 6 months or so (I haven't really been keeping track), I've noticed a number of questions either nominated for closure or actually closed with some variant of this custom close ...
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Where do we draw the line for questions about medicine?

There is a large overlap between medicine and biology, a lot of medical questions are in the end questions about human biology. Where do we want to draw the line on medical questions, when are they ...
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Homework Policy for FAQ

The answer to this question explains how to ask your homework question here on Biology and have it well received by the community. Related: What is the policy regarding homework questions? (Old) Are ...
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Should bioinformatics related questions be considered off-topic?

I know there is biostar, which is specific to bioinformatics questions. However, I feel that there are quite a few parts of bioinformatics that have a lot of biological relevance. Perhaps we should ...
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Clarifying our scope with regards to medical questions

There is a rather large amount of overlap between biology and medicine, and as we get more questions that are rather far on the medical site it is time to revisit the issue and clarify where exactly ...
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Plant Identification Questions

Regarding this question: Help identifying the following plants, it seems like we should set a meta precedent for dealing with such posts should they arise in the future. Update The question was moved ...
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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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Species Identification Questions

Similarly to the discussion of plant identification questions, we now have examples of identify this animal type questions. What should the position be as to whether such discussions are on topic?
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Creationist "canard" refutation type questions?

Let's just say that proponents of creationism and "intelligent design" have a ready stable of canards and distortions out there. Would it be appropriate to post such canards here as questions, and ...
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Why are medical questions inherently off topic here?

I did a search of the meta posts and I couldn't find anything on this. In fact, what I found suggests that questions about things related to medicine or medical procedures are ok, as long as they ask ...
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Not all questions featuring something biological are biology questions

Something I think we need to clear up in terms of what is and is not on-topic, are questions where the user asks something that is not a biological question and then attempting to justify it being ...
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Edible species identification

Recently there was a few questions asking for identification of potentially edible species: What is the species of these mushrooms? What kind of fruit is this? I think that there is a similar ...
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How much should we enforce background research?

The first point under "How do I ask a good question?" in Help states that: Search, and research Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research ...
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Policy on health questions

We already declared personal medical advice as off-topic, I'm wondering if we should do the same for all health questions. By health questions I mean all questions of the type "Is eating X healthy?", ...
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How much research is generally required for it to stop being closed for homework?

This question was closed for being unresearched homework. I am not sure why this is the case. According to the Biology FAQ: What should I do before I ask the question? Research it yourself - ...
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Is it right to close "easy to look up" questions as homework?

A lot of times we get questions like - what is a bacteria etc. Typically "homework" questions that we get are mostly MCQs (because in contemporary schools nobody asks a homework question like - ...
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Can you ask questions about equipment recommendations?

This is pretty simple. I heard through the grapevine about a feature on a common piece of lab equipment (in this case a liquid N2 freezer). There are so many vendors so I want to simply ask if anyone ...
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Should questions about the history of biology be considered on topic?

Should we allow questions that are directly related to the history of our understanding of biology, rather than the biology itself? Where do we draw the line on historical questions? I don't have an ...
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Wild stab in the dark questions

After looking at this and the further misinformation it led to here, I really feel like the first question should have been closed. I don't feel it's the same as help me ID this species and here are ...
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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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What is the most appropriate forum for Biochemistry questions?

I'm interested in hearing opinions about how questions that could potentially be answered in multiple stack exchange forums should be answered. The following question was asked on the main biology ...
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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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Can this question about zombie virus be on topic on Biology StackExchange?

Engineered Zombie Virus possible? I asked this question at Skeptics StackExchange but it was put on hold. I asked for further explanation as references and specific expertise. They said that "...
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species identification - re-animated

There appear more and more species identification questions. There have been meta-posts before on this issue and the the general opinion seems to be these sort of questions should not be in Biology SE....
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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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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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