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Scope differences between biology and (biological) anthropology

I noticed there was no site (or proposal) yet for Anthropology in Area 51, so I went ahead and created one. The first thing that happened was that all the biological anthropology questions were ...
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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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2019: 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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Why are so quick to kill posts that could be legitimate with a little bit of rewording?

Today this post on math.stackexchange was trending on the internet and Hacker News. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/416226/my-sister-absolutely-refuses-to-learn-math I was enjoying this ...
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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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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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Why was this answer moved to a comment?

Which of the two chromosomes in a pair is expressed? The first comment on this question was originally posted as an answer. Both statements made are correct and at the level that the question was ...
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What should we have as our custom close reasons?

As announced in these upcoming changes to the vote to close system, we will soon be able to give custom off-topic reasons to users: Off-topic closures will include feedback on what specifically is ...
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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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How do we improve chat?

Recently, many members of to community, including me, have noticed that our chat is very close to dead in terms of how active our chat is. I want to change that. I've seen how chats can be beneficial ...
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Spirit behind the term "biological concept" in the Help Center

The Help Center states here that questions about "biological concepts" are allowed. (Also note that the list is non-exhaustive, as it is captioned "..., including:".) What is the spirit behind ...
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Are we too harsh on new users?

I have created a query here: http://data.stackexchange.com/biology/query/328147/welcoming-index which compares the ratio of down-votes to up-votes received by new users (joined within the past 30 ...
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Is it OK to promote the site during the beta?

I thought I might promote the site a bit locally (by putting up flyers by the elevators, etc.). Is that OK to do during the beta, or should I wait for the site to launch before promoting it to people ...
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Materials for the beta promotion?

As it has been already discussed here, promotion of the beta site is not only allowed, it is much welcome in the community. In order to be able to successfully promote the site we need good materials....
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Should all questions tagged "enzymes" be tagged "proteins"?

It seems many SE sites have some sort of concept of what I call "sub-tags", but it seems to be slightly different for this site as one tag literally is a subset of another. Granted, I know that there ...
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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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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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species identification - re-animated

There appear more and more species identification questions. There have been meta-posts before on this issue and the the general opinion seems to be these sort of questions should not be in Biology SE....
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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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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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Should 'good' answers to questions asked by inactive users be automatically accepted?

It occurred to me whilst looking through some of the 'unanswered' questions that some of them have been answered, but the answer just hasn't been accepted because the user is inactive. I'm fairly new ...
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How similar must a duplicate question be?

This question seems very similar to an earlier question, differing mainly in the earlier question asking why earlier species were giant (or why such is less common now). (The answers to the earlier ...
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Should we have tags for nomenclature + taxonomy or only taxonomy?

There is an earlier tag synonym suggestion for taxonomy <- nomenclature. However, I see nomenclature as a more general term, for dealing with all sorts of naming/classification issues, while ...
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Chat sessions for Biology.SE

Note: This is a follow-up to my previous question, How do we improve chat? Brief description The briefest I can be is that I want a chat session. Let me add to that. Based on my previous question, our ...
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Questions related to biological models for educational purpose

Is biology.SE the right place for asking about availability, manufacturer, review, accuracy of various demonstration models in biology? Such as human skulls?
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Comment removal policy

I have seen two of my comments, asking for further details on the question asked, removed. The questions were these: How do Proteins migrate in MES vs. MOPS How do SDS-PAGE gels differ in a Bis-...
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Isn't it irritating not to know who is online?

For me, it is quite irritating when I have to wait for the reply to a comment thinking that the person is online. I often check the profile for knowing if a user have logged in recently but have no ...
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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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When do we mark a question a HW question?

I'm looking at the question Which concentration of BSA is recommended for dynamic light scattering experiments?. I really don't think that it is a HW questions but rather a very confused undergrad who ...
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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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Should the right to vote require a minimum reputation?

This topic has been discussed several times and what I present here is one possible solution to deal with the issue of ill-judged voting. I commented this on another meta post because it was ...
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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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Why are opinion based questions not allowed?

I was wondering, why opinion based questions are not allowed ? Can't we have discussion(s) on questions ? I understand this is question-answer community but if it is not good idea then can we request ...
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Possible idea for post-graduation favicon

Based on this question, it looks like we might want to have some discussion about the design for the site after moving from beta. I thought I'd take a stab at some ideas for the favicon, that little ...
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What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness?

What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness? Are they on-topic or off-topic? For example, the question: What metric is used when quantifying muscle tightness? attracted one close vote, ...
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Why is my post labelled “Homework”?

My question had nothing to do with home-work, which the mods are well aware... as I had never alluded to it, nor am I enrolled in school. However the mods falsely labelled my post out of spite from ...

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