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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are palaeontology/palaeobiology questions allowed?

I figured I'd want to ask fossil-related stuff, but I'm not sure if this would be within the purview of this SE site. Can I ask questions about, say, dinosaurs or pre-Holocene mammals?
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020 [duplicate]

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

Would we rather have a close/reopen vote threshold lower than 5? Recently, Stack Overflow experimented with and decided to change the threshold for close/reopen votes from 5 to 3. They found an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to do about polarizing questions?

I recently answered a one-line question. This question appears to have (very modestly) polarized the Bio.SE community: it has been up- and down-voted once each (not counting my upvote just now). My ...
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How are species accurately identified?

I have seen hundreds of species ID questions on this Stack Exchange site. Ranging from Plants ,fungi ,fishes ,reptiles ,insects; anything. From all over the world! My main question is that how are the ...
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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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Why was I suspended for 30 days for "plagiarism", when I linked to and blockquoted a Reddit comment?

I screenshot this now deleted post. As anyone could've seen then, and you can see now, I blockquoted, and linked to, that Reddit comment. Doubtless I never intended to "plagiarize". I admit ...
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Should we have a unified format for references?

Should we come up with a site-wide standard for reference formatting? I'm talking about primary literature citations. The current situation is highly variable (I notice even within my own answers). ...
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Why was my question about internal body nerve biology just killed? I explained "actual problem I face", with words others cited did too

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Is the tube for anal and vaginal canal the same/equal sensitivity? I can feel a bowel's spatial dimensions; same ability to sense object ...
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Tags for species and families of mammals familiar to humans

At the moment, Biology SE has tags cat (species), dogs (species), feline (family), mammals (class). A bit messy. My proposal: Species — Either singular or plural. Hence, either tags cat and dog or ...
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What is the problem with breasts?

Until a few minutes ago, Biology SE had questions with the tag breasts. Then, a moderator swiftly orphaned the tag by editing the following questions in quick succession: What controls the size of ...
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Using google lens or an app for identification of species

A lot of questions are asked on Biology SE about species identification. In today's times it has become very easy to right click on the image and an option of 'search using google lens' appears. The ...
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Should I edit or 'revive' poorly written posts, even if they have been downvoted several times?

I had a search on various metas, but couldn't find an exact answer to this. Occasionally there are posts, such as this one Disproof mitochondrial eve is 6500 years old, that are poorly written and ...
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How to correctly format names of compounds?

What is the correct formatting for names of compounds in Biology.SE? Recently, this question has been edited multiple times on the basis of formatting. So, I think it would be best to decide on a ...
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Is the biology site the appropriate place to ask for book references and such

I'm curious as to whether the biology site is a suitable place for asking about book recommendations and other recommendations of similar variety such as websites, journals etc... I personally see the ...
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Are new users now unable to post answers?

Two comments by experienced users (high reputations on other SE sites) on this popular question claim they don't have sufficient reputation to post an answer. Since this is an open question I was ...
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Where do public policy questions related to biology go?

Background I asked this question on biology stack exchange to get the scientific reason behind Massachusetts' reopening policy of requiring masks even with a vaccine. I thought I made sense to ask ...
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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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Can the Ebola, Measles, Coronaviruses somehow lead to a new deadlier virus?

After some research, I don't grasp how Can the Ebola, Measles, Coronaviruses somehow lead to a new deadlier virus? can be opinion-based. I didn't know it when I wrote the question, but it involves ...

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