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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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Promoting voting for coming moderator election

I was wondering if it would be an idea to ask a question on the main site making users aware that they can, and should vote for the coming moderator election? In the last election round the number of ...
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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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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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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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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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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, in ...
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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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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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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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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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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 homepage ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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"What are the good and bad cholesterol?" Why was this question closed?

I refer to this question by a new user to Biology-SE site. It was closed as being "unclear what you're asking". It seems to me, whatever else, it is very clear what is being asked: What do ...
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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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In-line chemical formulae with subscripts and superscripts

Context This relates to a post including the compound FADH2, in a sentence within the main text (technically ‘in-line’), set as I have here, using HTML ‘sub’ markup to render the subscript, and thus ...
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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 ...
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What to do with out of scope wildlife questions

I recently suggested that the question How to help a wild baby parrot who cannot fly? be posted here, as the answer needed was out of scope at pets.se. It was closed here, as out of scope as well. ...
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How do I improve this questions?

https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/72679/which-one-is-the-correct-way-to-put-seatbelt-on-busty-women?noredirect=1#comment131141_72679 I think what I want to ask is not which way to put it "...
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A website similar to puzzling but for the sciences

I went through an old question today about biology SE vs biologists discussion. This got me wondering. The principle problem we have in the sciences is that we are segmented into our respective niches....
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Biology.SE and professional biologists?

@Terdon made an interesting observation in the chat room recently: The simple truth is that we've never been a site for biologists. Those of us who answer are usually biologists or in similar ...
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Is this SE site / community dead?

I'm new to this SE site and as a geneticist i liked the idea to be able to help newbies and explain simple genetic facts to the community. But after one week following this site activities, I found ...
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How can I improve my poorly received question

I'm not trying to revert the downvotes or convince users that it was a good question. I'm trying to understand what (if anything at all) can be improved. The (now auto-deleted) question was: Can data ...
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Is there a stack exchange site for aquarium management?

i.e. fish biology, marine chemistry for aquatic habitats, etc.? Just wondering. Would be a nice community. Biology is the closest I can think of.
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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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Existence of tags in relation to acceptability of questions

On a couple of occasions I or others have voted to close a question off-topic and the poster has responded by saying that the tag he has used exists and therefore he assumed the topic of the question ...
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Why are there so many poor questions?

I've noticed that on Biology.SE there are so many poor questions at Biology? See for example here, here, and here. They usually appear as first questions of new users, don't show the faintest sign of ...

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