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This is the title of the meta post I just wrote

Annoying isn't it? The title on this question tells you nothing about the content of the post. Yet this happens. Its been happening a lot recently here on biology SE. And some users are repeat ...
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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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Are "is this picture of hippo-croc real?" questions useful for the community?

Title might suggest that I'm talking about trolling, but I'm - in fact - takling about questions asking whether quite possible mutations did really happen. The thing is, that there are lot of photos ...
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Is it standard policy here to remove links to well-written scientific articles from a question if they represent potential answers to the question?

I was asking a question about the 100+ definitions of "life" referenced in the Wikipedia article I am active on math.stackexchange where everyone is encouraged to show the thinking that they'...
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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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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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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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How can I improve my poorly received question

I'm not trying to revert the downvotes or convince users that it was a good question. I'm trying to understand what (if anything at all) can be improved. The (now auto-deleted) question was: Can data ...
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Can we do something about the one-line "interesting" questions?

I have noticed that well-sourced and good questions get fewer votes compared to some "interesting" ones. For example, a one-liner question gets ~300 votes (the maximum number of upvotes for ...
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Cutting edge research

I was thinking earlier of a reason why we don't get many questions. There are clearly quite a few researchers on the site, yet not many (if any?) ask questions they are currently interested in (...
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What to write in my attempt section?

In the guidelines of asking questions it is said that the op should show some previous research. I would like to want should be written in questions whose googling or Wikipedia doesn't show any ...
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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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Is it OK to repost question from some other SO if it wasn't answered there?

I have asked a question on https://health.stackexchange.com as I thought it belongs a best there. But also I believe it would be on-topic here. As the health SO has much fewer users than biology it ...
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Why is this question on blood supply in tendon downvoted?

Because of one downvote, the question got removed after 30 days. I reposted it and it got downvoted then removed again after 30 after days. The mods don't want me to repost the question as such for a ...
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Are personal experience questions (How is it to work in a lab) appropriate?

I'm at a crossroads in my career, and am interested in what the modern science is like for a person who's working in a lab. How is it to be a scientist: neurobiologist, neuroscientist, or work with ...
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Why do we need to provide weather conditions in ID questions?

I was kind of surprised to see that in one of _ID question someone provided weather conditions that occurred during the moment when picture in question was taken. Why do we need to provide such data? ...
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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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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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What is the policy regarding homework question?

This is a good question. Are we obliged to answer it?
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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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Inserting an _invented chromosome in a being to be born in and knowing it will be healthy

I would like to know whether it could be appropriate to ask whether: It is possible to make never existing before (in no other human or species), changes to DNA (and the corresponding DNA pair, of ...
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Policy on duplicates of unanswered questions

This question is the same as this unanswered question, all the way down to the asker's thoughts. I suppose it might be the case that a new user is trying to gain reputation by re-asking old questions,...
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Do questions on best cures (or cures in general) really belong here?

I was quite surprised to see this question at +4 score: It doesn't seem to show any initial research before asking a question. The question is too broad in this particular case and even if it wasn't: ...
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How broad can a question be?

Does anyone have any TOPO directional cloning tips? This question is board and essentially asking how to clone. However, it is practical and answerable but may be falling into a discussion. I was ...
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I tried to explain my question very well, showing that I did my research and explain it thoroughy, but it's closed for not being focused and research?

I just posted a question to Stack Exchange (in "Biology") after a long time. Theoretical question: is it possible to be almost fully female (except reproductive organs), very feminine one, ...
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How does one quit a stack exchange site completely and not just logging off?

How does one quit a stack exchange site completely and not just logging off? Any one willing to answer this question? How do you just delete the the individual sites like biology or english language.....
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