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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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Migration back?

Recently I posted a question about preventing deer damage. It was migrated to Gardening. I considered that SE site when posting, but realized that my question was mostly about deer behaviour, and ...
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What is our stance on edits that only add one or several tags?

What is our stance on edits that only add one or several tags? Should they be accepted or rejected? Examples: accepted edit; rejected edit.
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Should there be a writing tag or similar?

All biologists have to write on biology (papers, thesis etc), and use words and conventions that are unfamiliar to those outside of the subject. Other stack exchanges have created tags like writing or ...
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Should we close questions that do not provide evidence of prior research?

Should we close questions that do not provide evidence of prior research? For example, Do stronger muscles lead to a decreased tendon load, and if so, why? seem to have been placed on hold for that ...
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Tidying up questions in a particular subject area

This question is directed mainly at the mods, but, of course anyone can express an opinion. Because of the work of our phantom editor, a number of old questions recently re-emerged, some of which ...
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Synonyme tags `sterilization`/`sterilisation`

I just noticed that there are the tags sterilisation× 14 Sterilization: any process that eliminates or kills all forms of life and other biological agents present ...
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Is it bad to mention if a specific article is open access or paywalled?

I received an edit on the question Why “Having chlorophyll without photosynthesis is actually very dangerous” and “like living with a bomb”? Removed reference to paywalling. Nature is a print ...
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Asking Homework like questions

I went through SE policy and found seemingly contradicting statement , homework-like question should show the attempt/research made by OP , the other statement says your not supposed ask “is my ...
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Who is mucking about with the appearance of this site and why?

What on earth is this ghastly nonsense in aid of? And this? There’s enough junk on SE Biology without the management contributing too.
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Do we have a beauty troll?

I noticed myself and in the comments of higher-rep users that we seem to have a certain user (who keeps registering new usernames, i.e. "sockpuppets") and keeps asking questions about genes and beauty/...
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Small style and grammar edits to (still) poor questions

Here is an example of a recent suggested edit to a poor question that had just been closed. The user editing the question is not the user who asked the question, and doesn't appear to be editing it in ...
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New moderators, please be more reserved with your close hammer

As both of the new moderators indicated in their election Q&A, voting to close questions is the responsibility of the community, provided community members with sufficient reputation are actively ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Biology's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Should this question about the proportion of biologists who believe x be re-opened?

What is the proportion of biologists... was closed by @Remi.b (gold tag close hammer) as a duplicate. There was some discussion in the comments about whether the question should have been closed.
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Biology Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election starting next week, February 18th. In connection with that election as we have done in previous years, we will be hosting a Q&A here for ...
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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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Why was my answer deleted?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: What's the current conclusion about humans being omnivores vs herbivores? Why was my answer deleted by the moderator ''Chris''? it didn't ...
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Virus-related tags

Are "virus" and "virology" sufficiently different to justify two tags? Similarly, is there a reason to have narrow tags like "retrovirus" and "lentivirus", especially when there is no tag "...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Asking for ideas on Biology.SE

I am a biological engineer, and I spend my time creating new technologies. Those who have worked in research will know that demonstrating a nice, real-life application of a new technology is an ...
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Election of a new moderator

I will be stepping down as a moderator soon and have requested the community team to initiate an election for the post. It was really a wonderful experience for me, but I guess I am not able to find ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Please vote to make “Animal” tag synonymous with “Zoology” tag

At some point someone made an animal tag (now with 18 questions), which is silly given that we already have a zoology tag (1048 questions). I started a vote to make animal a synonym of zoology, but ...
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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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What adjustments to the new site theme should we request?

As you're all aware, Stack Exchange has implemented a unified theme structure across all network sites, which impacted the appearance of Biology Stack. (See Biology updated site theme is ready for ...
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Are references needed for facts that we all learn as children aged 1-2?

Are references needed for any of the following facts that we all learn as children aged 1-2: Cubes don't roll Spheres roll Gravity makes spheres roll on slopes Gravity doesn't make spheres roll on ...
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Biology updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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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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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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May I advertise my biology-learning app on meta or Biology Stack Exchange?

I developed an android app (game) that helps students memorize Neirenberg codon table. May I advertise my biology-learning app on meta or Biology Stack Exchange? Or is it off-topic? The app ...
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Increase in answers that do not have any references backing them

It has been quite some time that I visited Bio SE. But I have noticed that the number of answers lacking any references to their content have considerably increased. Well of course there are so many ...
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Spam questions that aren't promotional

EDIT: Bumping because WillyA seems to have returned, though he is posting his aquagenic urticaria question on Medical Sciences and Skeptics for now. This post is in part to let moderators and the ...
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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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How should smartphone apps be cited as sources?

Two questions were posted that used a link to the Google Play store and a screenshot of the app as their citation. The same user also posted to the Chemistry Stack Exchange site with the same method. ...
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Your “code of conduct” appears very one-sided

You claim that you want a respectful environment where all feel welcome, and yet, as I read through some of the answers provided, I find all kinds of derogatory references towards creationists; ...
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Upvoting good/well-formatted questions

This is an almost exact duplicate of this question, which did not receive any answer. I find the fact that this problem is the same as 5 years ago very odd. I participate in this stack for more or ...
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Help redacting this question?

I want to make a question but I dont know which title to give it to be clear and I'm not sure if I will be able to explain it clearly in the body in the first try, so I was wondering if people can ...
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Abbreviations used in Stack Exchange

I see that many short forms of words are used in Stack Exchange such as VLQ, POB, VTC, etc. When I search for them in Google , VTC gives Vocational Training Council, Virtual Training Company, etc. VLQ ...
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Should we create tags for popular animal models used for study? e.g fruit-flies

Q1: Should we create tags for popular animal models used for study? I think the use of some animal specific tags could attract answers from that animal expert. This would allow an expert of the ...
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Is an answer as good as a close vote?

I've been here a while, and I've seen some discussion, but don't know that we have a consensus as a community/site regarding answering basic questions. Really basic. Like, What is meant by "a codon ...
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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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You can only post once every 40 minutes?

When trying to post the question with the topic, Answers with no references which have been contested for a long while, I got a message flagged up saying This was because 27 minutes prior to that, I ...
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Answers with no references which have been contested for a long while

I am well versed in the way that Psychology.SE and Health.SE work but I am new to Biology.SE so I am trying to find my feet a little here. I came across a question here, Why aren't we ...
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Why is the site name with the logo written with a lower-case 'b'?

Is it on purpose that the name of Biology.SE and Biology.meta are written with a lower-case 'b'?
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I was banned from asking questions again

I agree that my questions were not that good, but I learnt from my mistakes. I've been banned for a long time now and I'm not seeing any hopes of being unbanned. Shouldn't I get a 2nd chance?
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What is actually SE biology about?

When I first crossed SE biology, I was filled with excitement that I finally found a website, where I could share my questions with real researchers. I saw the opportunity to improve my rhetorical ...
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Implementing reading discussion threads for pros/grads/academics

I've just come from a question on the main site looking for references to a formal text on evolutionary theory. I answered with some of my own favourite books. It did get me thinking, however, that it ...