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Guidelines I’m missing?

I realize I’ve been gone for a while, but a no-comment close vote to my first question since coming back: Boost of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine increasing Immune Response to Vector Caught me by surprise. ...
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Problematic criteria related to "homework questions"

As I've been thinking about the challenge of interdisciplinary research on this site and beginning to review the closure queue, I've noticed two key areas of problematic definition, both of which are ...
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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 are we currently doing with old highly upvoted but kind of bad questions?

Out-of-date questions I came across this "How did the human brain evolve?" question. It is a 7-year-old question with about 16 upvotes. It is a great example of the Q&As I am talking about. ...
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Should "Too broad" be used when wanting to "just close it"?

So when I encountered this question it had four close-votes, all of them for its being "too broad". This struck me as inappropriate since the question didn't seem particularly broad to me (it was ...
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What's the point of closing well answered and well received questions?

It's about What are the advantages of forgetting? I just do not see any benefit of close voting a question that received an accepted answer 5 days before question closure; was well received by the ...
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Is "because it is too long" a reason for voting to close?

Consider the post Can the human chin have developed to protect against combat strangles?. I haven't read the post because it is too long and I don't feel like giving time to read it. There are two ...
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Reopen question now closed as duplicate, since the question it is pointing to has been deleted?

Shouldn't this question on the hunting of prairie dogs be reopened, since it is now closed as a duplicate and the question it is pointing to has been deleted? To have questions closed as duplicates ...
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Ethical considerations on use and abuse of animals

I wish to raise the attention on ethics and animals. It was fueled by https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/35902/producing-artificial-gunnison-prairie-dog-calls-or-scent-to-attract-the-prairie, ...
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Physics borderline questions

The borders between different sites is always an interesting point of dispute. The following question was [mod-] closed. Why is wind cold for humans? It was basically closed because it was about ...
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Questions asking for evolutionary reasons

We do get a lot of questions that ask for why evolution did not lead to situation-X? Recent examples: Why don't mosquitoes evolve towards muting themselves? https://biology.stackexchange.com/q/...
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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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Self help question

The question "What exactly is neuroplasticity, and can it be demonstrated with a simple experiment?" was closed because of off-topicness due to self-help. The only reference to a do-it-yourself was ...
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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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How to engage with discredited articles?

A recent question caught my attention relating to genetic IQ. At first glance its a reasonable question. It attracted 3 upvotes so far, more than many exceptional questions on this site. Disturbingly ...
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Updating statement on closed reason for no work shown

The statement for closing based on no work shown I believe shouldn't include the word homework. Not everyone posting a PSQ (problem statement question) is actually doing homework. When they read: ...
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Odd close reason for the following post

The following post was closed for we don't do personal medical advice. Unless we know this person has dark skin, we can't jump to the conclusion this is a personal question, and even if we know their ...
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How should we deal with posts that are fully answered on a different webpage

Let's consider this post as a study case. I think, the question is fully answered on the wikipedia page linked in the comments. A one-link-only answer is usually not accepted and I don't feel like ...
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Rethinking the "Homework" close reason

Reading through Meta after seeing a lot of homework-related closures, I found quite a few questions that address our community's confusion with the homework close reason: Is it right to close “easy ...
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Unclear question? please help

This question is about human body control. I don't understand what was so ambiguous about it. Maybe if someone made it easier for me I could have explained it better. Please help.
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How can bird behavior be opinion based?

Where do migratory birds go when it rains? It got 7700 views. It got 14 upvotes. And it got closed. This is sending me mixed messages. It got closed for being "primarily opinion-based". And maybe ...
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Including health advice in the personal medical questions off-topic reason

The current custom off-topic close reason for medical advice is the following Personal medical questions are off-topic on Biology. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation ...
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What factors do you consider when deciding whether to close a question?

I recently and quickly voted to close this question but after considering comments by @shigeta I voted to reopen. When I first read the question, I thought it was rather silly. Yet, I realized I would ...
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Is osmosis off-topic according to the Help Center?

My question is about this post. I would appreciate it if a few folks with strong biology backgrounds could weigh in. There are currently three close votes on what appears to me to be a classic SAT-...
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Question on comparing veggies and alcohol flagged as personal medical question

What's the difference between diuretic veggies and alcohol that make the latter bad? It's only remotely related to health, and even then it's just the context of the question, not the question ...
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Why is this question primarily opinion based?

I recently answered the question, Why are hens so different from other birds? When I came back to the question just a few minutes ago, I noticed it had been closed as 'primarily opinion-based'. Now, I ...
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Question that can be answered using commonly-available references on-topic here?

Should questions that can easily be answered through some commonly-available reference on-topic here? E.g: https://biology.stackexchange.com/q/14547/5431 And could the above stated example question ...
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How similar must a duplicate question be?

This question seems very similar to an earlier question, differing mainly in the earlier question asking why earlier species were giant (or why such is less common now). (The answers to the earlier ...
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Why questions about race do not belong to biology?

I wonder why my question about race was closed as off-topic https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/5630/does-europeoid-race-exhibit-greather-sexual-dimorphism-than-both-negroid-and-mon
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Just how (un)welcome is creationism here?

It's well established that creationism has no place here. I completely agree, but I came across a question which, so far as I can tell, is asking for examples of situations where evolution is an ...