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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Biology's 1st moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 3 new moderators are: They've replaced the pro tempore crew — please thank both teams for volunteering, ...
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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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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Biology's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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Drive for the use of correct English on Biology SE

I realise that for a great number of users English is not their native language, and therefore the English writing will frequently contain mistakes. I have no issue spending some of my time making ...
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Comment templates to provide to new users or users who need a reminder

This post inspired to start a comment template thread for Bio. Many SE sites make use of type of thread to added new and experienced users alike to provide clear, constructive comments to users who ...
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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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2015 Community Moderator Election

The 2015 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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Do site statistics still matter after graduation?- Revamp

I was am still wondering whether the much-pursued site statistics are still relevant now we are graduated? For example, I have been answering quite a few oldies just now (2013, 2014 29 revival ...
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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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Is it OK to ask if a recorded sound was emitted by a bat?

Note: the question is now posted on Biology.SE. For fun, I tried to record sounds emitted by bats in an area where bats were flying all around. By doing a few manipulations with the audio record (...
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Superscript / Subscript buttons

This is just technical and mainly for the site developers. $\TeX$ does take up some resource I believe, and its usage should be limited to only those places where it is really necessary. Most of the ...
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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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Please (no longer) downvote this post

Well, not this post, but rather this post. It was created to promote the recent moderator election. Now that the election is over we don't want to see the ad anymore. However, so that it may be ...
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How different should a biology-related SE proposal be?

I was recently alerted to the existence of a "History of science and mathematics" SE (currently in beta). I think I'm missing something about SE creation - why has this entered beta? It seems to fail ...
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Does it make sense to re-open a question and immediately re-close it to mark it as duplicate?

This question was fueled by below linked question. The idea behind this question, namely re-opening poorly posed closed questions and mark them as dupe instead, may be important as a general issue, ...
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Is “Stackoverflow modding itself out of existence”?

The title belongs to a blog post is trending today on Hacker News. Thousands of people are looking at it as I write this. I often feel that biology.se is destined to be a minor player compared to ...
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Is finding a common denominator of expert-level and popular-sciene questions necessary and crucial for a healthy experimental science SE site?

Some stackexchange science proposals are getting closed soon. Often on those sites a discusson/conflict between experts/students/laymen arises, what type of questions are off-topic or drive away ...
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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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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 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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Visual dynamic range question mod-closed - why?

I just wished to bring up this question - I didn't write it, I didn't answer it, but I think it's a valid question - How are colors outside the standard RGB color scheme perceived?. If it was ...
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Junk-DNA Tag proposal

Quoting @hippietrail Would anyone like to add junk-dna and/or noncoding-dna (or should that be non-coding-dna tags? I barely have enough rep here to breathe (-: I would like to have a tag of ...
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CogSci has changed its name

As of yesterday, Cognitive Sciences has been renamed into Psychology & Neuroscience There are various reasons for this. The most important reasons, imo, being that we wish to attract more ...
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Add a clear statement on references in the “How do I write a good answer?”

At the moment there isn't a clear statement on the help page "How do I write a good answer?" saying that answers should preferably include references to back them up. For "good answers" I would say ...
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Tag Wiki Excerpts

...the first two pages of tags should have excellent tag wiki excerpts at a minimum. If they have great, complete tag wikis, that’s even better, but you have to crawl before you can walk. We need ...
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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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Book recommendation questions

I'm aware of the necessities of a book recommendation question 'in order to not be considered opinion-based, and therefore closed, book recommendation questions must provide following information:'. (...
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How best to deal with factually incorrect accepted answer?

If someone posts an answer that is factually incorrect one can point this out in a comment on the answer and, if one feels so inclined, add one’s own answer. Another alternative would be to edit the ...
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Creating tags for taxonomy ranks?

Since this forum is welcoming ecologist (Do we accept the ecology community?) I suppose that a number of questions regarding the species or taxonomy rank will increase. It is creating specialsed ...
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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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Are click-bait question titles unacceptable?

Why is my son not an enormous wart?, whilst less precise and academic than: Why don't warts caused by HPV spread to the whole body? Why does a wart not spread laterally? I don't think it's ...
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How should the first clause of a tag wiki be formatted?

There are a lot of tag wikis that start with some variation on "The study of / a discipline that", "Questions related to / questions about", or "[tag] refers to / deals with / is /". It seems to me ...
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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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Is it acceptable to use comments to criticize accepted answers?

This question is especially for the moderators, but, of course, anyone is free to answer it. In a recent comment I criticized the accepted answer to a question arguing that it did not answer the ...
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Are medical terminology definitions considered off-topic?

This is the post in question. It's the first that I've seen a post of this kind since I've been active on Biology.SE, and I'm wondering: if the OP literally only asks for the meaning/origin of a ...
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How to distinguish a question more appropriate for Biology-SE or CogSci-SE or Health-SE?

Recently going through this question (that has been put hold as off-topic; and commented for more appropriate to CogSci.SE) ; to me it looked highly like a biology (physiology) question such as this ...
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If citations aren't provided, should I edit someone elses answer?

Over the last month or so there have been productive questions surrounding citation (When to use citations, how to combat unreferenced answers). In a recent answer regarding bad eyesight there was a ...
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Tag synonyms- separating computational biology from bioinformatics

I wish to point out that computational biology is presently synonymous with bioinformatics, however, the scientific community considers them different. Though computational biology does include ...
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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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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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Are Cryo-EM questions on topic on biology.SE?

As some of you may have notice, the 3D-em proposal on Area51 got quite a number of followers (142 currently). It is for scientists doing biology 3D electron microscopy, from sample preparation to ...
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When is it appropriate to ask a question at two different SE sites?

I once was told that asking a mathematical question simultaneously at MathOverflow and Mathematics SE was bad practice. It was recommended to first ask it at one of both sites. If the question was ...
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Create synonym between “mushroom” and "mycology

I think a user with sufficient rep on the mycology tag (or a mod) should create the synonym mushroom --> mycology (i.e. mycology as the main tag). fungi and fungus are already synonyms, but mushroom ...
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Remove the history tag?

This question was recently migrated to another site. I found this disappointing but, regardless, if such questions are not on-topic here, perhaps the history tag should be removed. Thoughts?
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A suitable way to rationalize tags concerning metabolism?

Until recently there were two tags relating to metabolism — one the original portmanteau ‘metabolism’ tag (that I realize has been discussed before) and the second a more specific category ‘fat ...
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Distinguishing what is meant by ‘why’: a proposal for editing questions for clarity

Often when questions on Biology SE ask “why” the answers indicate that there is ambiguity whether the question is asking for a mechanistic/factual answer or asking how one can rationalize a phenomenon....
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Should we prevent the use of “???”?

When submitting a question, the SE site check for classical words indicating that the question is potentially of low quality and in such case prevents the submission of the question and returns a ...
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Can we update the question guidelines to improve the quality of homework questions?

A rather disgruntled user posted a question on meta asking why their homework questions were being challenged. There were some good answers explaining why homework questions require more effort than ...
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Greenhouse/ growing question?

I tried asking this question on the gardening SE, but didn't receive any good results. I am not sure if this counts as cross posting, since I am asking a bit more in depth, so that is why I posted it ...
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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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Discussion of Biolological Literature

Is it within the scope of biology.SE to discuss specific academic literature in the biological sciences? Are there notable limits on the aspects of the literature that may be discussed, such as the ...