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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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Tag description and wikis - is there a need to mention sources?

There has been a barrage of tag wiki edits by a user today and although they looked good when reviewing them, it made me wonder if it would be a good idea to mention the sources when constructing a ...
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2017 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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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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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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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement [closed]

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Impossible to flag question for migration to Cross Validated

I just found this question. I believe this question to be off-topic, because it is really a statistics question, belonging to Cross Validated. However I couldn't select Cross Validated in the list of ...
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Creating new tag synonyms for limnology

Not many casual biologists (and certainly very few non-biologists) know what the field of limnology refers to. As such, I would think that a number of questions that would appropriately receive the ...
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When should answers be deleted?

I sometimes see answers in the review queue that have apparently been flagged/voted for deletion with the boilerplate comment "this does not answer the question...", or something to that effect. In ...
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How to post an answer to a closed question?

Question is here, I commented my answer to it, But I want to post my answer in Answer box, Due to closed status, I can't do anything.
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Tag proposal: "troubleshooting"

This question just appeared on the site, and made me realise we don't have a 'troubleshooting' tag. How would people feel if I create one? It would identify questions where the poster has attempted a (...
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Re-tagging questions based on the answers

It often happens that a quite ill-posed question uses tags that are relevant to the question, but that the answer(s) lead(s) to the question core, which is often a different field of Biology. Take ...
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Are questions on zoologists bio on-topic here?

Can I ask questions about famous zoologist and biologists biographies or lives here, if they have very little or actually no impact on actual biology? For example, I'd like to know why Edward Turner ...
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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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Why don't many of 'us' users vote more often?

A comment by Rover Eye which can be found here got me thinking. I'll have to agree with @canadianer on this one. Bio SE has a bit of a lower voting and acceptance rate, in the SE ecosystem. – ...
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Why is this question voted as primarily opinion based?

Why are successful human rock climbers so dissimilar to Hominidae primates who spend extended time periods climbing? The question has been closed as "opinion-based" which feels overly hostile, and is ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Biology is scheduled for an election next week, March 20th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose ...
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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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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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Reopen closed ID question originally deemed "too blurry"

I was hoping to get enough votes to reopen this question: I found a bug on my bedroom floor. Is this a bedbug? It was originally closed primarilly because the picture quality is awful -- the ...
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Questions about teaching biology: Off-limits?

Are questions about how to teach/explain biology (so called soft questions) on topic here. I've noticed that some sites allow it. As an example I've noticed that Math SE allow question like, how to ...
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Are parental guidance questions allowed?

Would this question be too off topic for the biology stack exchange? My 12 year old son has shown a lot of enthusiasm for science, specifically biology. I am a software engineer, so I know what I ...
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How do you people identify all these critters?

I am always amazed at the answers in species-identification, especially for insects and plants. It seems like a grainy photo, a vague description, and very broad geographical location (often just a ...
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What's the point of closing well answered and well received questions?

It's about What are the advantages of forgetting? I just do not see any benefit of close voting a question that received an accepted answer 5 days before question closure; was well received by the ...
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Is this type of table allowed in Bio.SE?

Table1 Table2 Table3 Cell 1 ...
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Site Graduated!

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. We have also themed the twitter account ...
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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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Tagging hierarchy - best practices for adding more "general" tags

I'm curious about best practices for what I'll call tag "hierarchy." Is it appropriate or necessary to add more general tags to a question that has a more nuanced/specific tag already associated ...
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How to handle almost/mostly off-topic questions

Although I'm sure off-topic questions have been discussed many times previously, this discussion has its most recent origins from AliceD's Question on flicker-fusion put on hold Meta question. I've ...
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Question on flicker-fusion put on hold

Here is the question: How is the flicker fusion rate interpreted as an on-off rate? After 2 close-votes were in I edited it to stress it is all about flicker fusion. In my area of research a commonly ...
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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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What does reputation cap exactly mean?

A user can earn a maximum of 200 reputation, but my daily reputation gain never stops at 200, it always goes higher than 200 (whenever it gets chance ;). So what does repo cap exactly mean?
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Inadequate moderation by the community

Recently, I have been observing that moderation by community is not happening adequately and hence the review queue becomes quite long. Sometimes I have seen close to 80 items in the review queue (...
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Closing questions too quickly

I have recently seen a few cases where questions have been closed very quickly (after a few hours), usually with a "question unclear" motivation, but with no further comments to the OP. Examples are: ...
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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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The Amazing Migration of an English terminology question to Russian Language Stack Exchange

I've just discovered that my question asking about an English term that an English biotechnitian would use was migrated to, of all possible SEs, the Russian Language SE. This is just to register my ...
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Why is there a bio-informatics tag?

I see a lot of question tagged with "bio-informatics" and as far as I know there are always comments like: This is probably a better question for biostars.org ...
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Asking questions to deliberately attract users

I can think of quite a few questions which, if we had them on the site, would bring in new users from Google searches. I'm thinking of typical questions an undergrad or beginning PhD student might ask ...
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Publicizing homework policy

Although this has been a topic before I wanted to re-raise this issue as an ongoing concern in Biology.SE. Is there something we can do to make the homework policy more visible especially to first-...
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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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Minimum effort on "homework" questions - Multiple choice questions

With regard to homework questions, and specifically with multiple choice questions (MCQ) in mind, what are the minimum levels we are looking for in terms of effort to deduce an answer for ones self? ...
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Should questions related to results from 23andMe and other Gene services be On-Topic?

In the past week or two I have seen a two posts asking questions related to information obtained from 23andMe or similar services. I previously expressed that I thought it was not a good idea to ...
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Tag Map-Biology-SE

This seems pretty cool https://stats.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1467/tag-map-for-crossvalidated Our brothers at Chem.SE have something of the sort https://chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/q/...
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What's an Association Bonus?

Just what the question above says, what is an 'Association Bonus'? And why can't I click on it? I received loads of extra reputation just out of nowhere because of it... (p.s. I'm not complaining, ...
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Appeals to Authority?

I recently answered a question without providing specific sources. @MattDMo helpfully responded asking for me to update with sources, which seems appropriate, and I've added references. However, my ...
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Is "because it is too long" a reason for voting to close?

Consider the post Can the human chin have developed to protect against combat strangles?. I haven't read the post because it is too long and I don't feel like giving time to read it. There are two ...
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Should there be two tags for the same thing?

I found a tag named replication and another called dna-replication. Shouldn't they be merged?
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The "Homework Questions" page needs to be updated

The question What metric is used when quantifying muscle tightness? was put on hold on the grounds that, given that it is a homework question, the OP should show their attempt at an answer. In the ...
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Where (on the internet) should I ask for a broad question?

I'm already aware that StackExchange websites are not for advices/recommendations/broad questions and I enjoy this as a Stackoverflow user. However, as a complete ignorant toward biology I would like ...
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Is there an ideal flag for questions in the "avoid asking" category of Biology.SE?

It seems like there are many posts that are eventually flagged for removal because they are not the right type of questions for the site, as described here. The only flag I see that can apply to ...

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