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Proposal to split and retitle the community question on good and bad traits

Background In 2016 a Meta post discussed the problem of questions “that ask for why evolution did not lead to situation-X”. It was suggested that a community wiki question be created, and provided ...
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Questions from novices

I want to ask the following question on Biology Stack Exchange. However, I don't know whether I can post it without it being closed. My question is: Suppose a group of cells have the same shape. Will ...
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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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New bioacoustics SE site may be of interest to you

The Bioacoustics Stack Exchange has reached the Beta stage and is LIVE! It is also in a critical stage, and we need your help to keep it alive. It is related to the Biology SE, but really different ...
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Do you prefer to see a rigorously defined question in a textbook, or a less rigorous original question?

I feel that many SE communities are starting to encourage precisely and unambiguously defined questions with cute solutions, and discourage original, unpolished questions. The former questions usually ...
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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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What is wrong with my question

https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/107934/pc2-lab-build-cost I put in the comments why I wrote the words, which lbh, were meaningless, my question is very related to biology - specifically ...
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Should the glymphatic system be covered by extending the lymphatic system tag? Does it warrant a separate tag? Neither?

Wikipedia's Glymphatic system includes the following: Glymphatic flow was initially believed to be the complete answer to the long-standing question of how the sensitive neural tissue of the CNS ...
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Asking to reopen a question closed by mistakes

One user initiated a closing vote to this question: What are some of the earliest known species on earth that display pecking order? One user explained that my question is "homework", ...
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What does "Be Nice" *mean* to you?

Seriously, does "Be Nice" = "Be Mean" on this site? Sometimes I just have to shake my head at the lack of simple kindness shown on this site. What pushed me over the edge into ...
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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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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Replacement for "Homework" close reason

I'd like to prompt suggestions for replacement of the "homework" reason. I've taken the format from https://academia.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4710/new-audience-specific-texts-for-our-...
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What to do about Berg?

This is part (bad) news, part question. The publishers of Berg et al., Biochemistry have withdrawn the title from NCBI Bookshelf: This raises the question of what to do about all my answers that have ...
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Closing low effort, non-homework posts, as 'homework' is confusing and should be changed

It seems like the policy is to close posts as 'homework' if they are simple and don't show much effort. I'm fine with closing low-effort posts, but I think it's unnecessarily broad and potentially ...
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Is a source that must be viewed not good?

In this question that I deleted because of it being on minus two and having two different objections to it in the comments: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/105319/which-parts-if-any-of-...
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When is it appropriate for a moderator to take a side in an argument and delete only the half of the argument they disagree with?

I do no intend to make this post purely as a rant post (though it may at first come across that way) but rather because I genuinely find myself experiencing what is a definitively poor example of ...
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Why was a question asking for further explanation on why a homework answer was wrong removed?

I was in the process of answering this question: https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/104975/synthetic-biology-olympiad, when it was removed from the site, apparently "for reasons of ...
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Is this popular question on mycotoxins in oatmeal off-topic?

How to reduce the quantity of (carcinogenic) mycotoxins in oatmeal? I'm surprised by the amount of attention this question has received. Currently, it has a score of +7, many thoughtful comments, and ...
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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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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

On Biology.SE, all other StackExchange sites, and until recently Stack Overflow, the answer that appears first is the accepted answer (if there is one), the one that the OP decides is to be marked &...
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On the recent appearance of Community Comments

Recently I have been seeing comments on questions signed "Community ♦". This seems to be a new thing (at least on SE Biology) and I am unsure how to react to them if, for example I feel I ...
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Voting down answers because you don't like the question

I have noticed a pattern that some people seem to vote down answers to questions not because they have any actual objection to the answer but because they do not approve of the question. A recent ...
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Do we need/want an overarching books question?

Echoing the Physics Meta question and Math.Meta.SE on this topic, does Biology.SE have the will and use case for building a community list of books? Such a list has successfully been curated on the ...
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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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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Withdraw or edit an upvoted and accepted answer?

Consider the case of an answer that you have provided that receives half a dozen upvotes and is accepted by the original poster. However later you discover that your answer is incorrect. Nobody else ...
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How to tag questions about animals or other living things surviving being frozen for a long time? Is a new tag needed or just adjust cryonics tag?

Has the 2018 report of nematodes frozen for 30 to 40,000 years been confirmed? Has 14C dating confirmed their age? asks about a July 2018 paper in Doklady Biological Sciences Viable Nematodes from ...
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Earth Day 2021: thinking about our planet, biology, and sustainability

Earth Day is celebrated this week on April 22nd. The day was created to bring focus to learning about environmental issues and more broadly to discuss the issues faced by any life sharing this planet, ...
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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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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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This website is incredibly unfriendly to interdisciplinary discourse

was excited to come to this website and start regularly sharing my in-depth knowledge of modern biological research, but it seems the biology sub frequently decides, inaccurately and inconsistently, ...
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Should this question be moved?

I'm referring to this one. Seems the English site is OK with getting it moved, unless someone here thinks otherwise. I think it is a good question, just needs to be asked at the right place.
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How come my question is opinion based and this question is on topic?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is there any biological reason why so many men find breasts sexually attractive? If you see, this question is accepted on this network: Why are ...
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Where there are so many downvotes on this question?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is there any biological/psychological reason why women find men's chests attractive? In just 25 views, you can see 7 downvotes. But when I had ...
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Is there any way I can improve my question and get the answer?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Do women also love men's chest/nipples at same extent as men's love for women's breasts? I really don't understand which part of my question is ...
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What's wrong with this question that was edited to include research?

The question, uhh... in question: If you only ate fruits, vegetables or smoothies would you be able to skip drinking water? You can follow along by looking at its timeline. Some parts may only be ...
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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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Would this site welcome an influx of technical synthetic biology Q&A?

We have decided to see if there is sufficient critical mass to start a complementary synthetic biology SE site (by analogy, "Electronics.SE" to this site's "Physics.SE"). If ...
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Why was my question downvoted?

I asked this question (A word that includes plants and fungi, but not animals) on the English language stackexchange, and they recommended I ask it here for a more technical answer. I got a more ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Are questions getting deleted too easily?

I believe I asked a question about whether in general, it is an evolutionary stable strategy in nature for all the individuals to get just barely enough food to eat, and have the population size ...
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No answer on my SE question, posted it somewhere else, got an answer there: what should I do?

From time to time, a question I posted on some Stack Exchange website didn't get any useful answer or got too many comments that I don't find interesting, which led me to post it another Q&A ...
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Downvoting and recommending closure

Is it ethical to downvote a question and recommend closing it simultaneously? The reasons for downvoting a question are stated as "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear ...
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Why are questions about whether research without direct experience is scientific or not subjective?

Questions in question: Is it possible to conduct scientific research without actually getting close to the sample/specimen? Is it possible to have a scientific review of a method if the author doesn&#...
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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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Expert opinion and answers to species identification questions. Why not?

The reputation system used by Stack Exchange to rate replies to questions, and to rate those who provide answers, is based on scores given by editors and users with sufficient reputation points. It is ...
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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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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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