Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
6
votes
4answers
404 views

Merging bioinformatics and computational-biology tags

There doesn't seem to be any difference between how bioinformatics and computational-biology are used, I would propose to merge those tags. Is there any argument against this? Which one should be the ...
2
votes
2answers
44 views

How rapidly should questions be flagged and closed?

I've asked a few questions on SE that have been quickly flagged and closed often within 6 hours. Perhaps, I'm used to the etiquette on Quora but I'm of the opinion that fresh questions that don't ...
1
vote
1answer
477 views

Thought experiments and hypothetical questions

We have a few of question on the site that are purely hypothetical, more like thought experiments. I don't want to pick on anyone specifically, but I'll add some examples to make clear what kind of ...
7
votes
3answers
96 views

Are bioethics questions on-topic?

I have a question that relates to bioethics and I'm wondering if it's on topic for this site. This particular question could potentially be asked in the "Intellectual Property Law" or "Laws and Legal ...
2
votes
3answers
74 views

How far should the site foray into laboratory equipment problems?

Within the proposed FAQ, there is an entry: questions about techniques in a biological or biochemical laboratory I think this is spot on. Certainly, if people have problems with a host of ...
11
votes
4answers
247 views

Plant Identification Questions

Regarding this question: Help identifying the following plants, it seems like we should set a meta precedent for dealing with such posts should they arise in the future. Update The question was moved ...
13
votes
4answers
139 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
72 views

Asking Soft questions about biological terminology

I have a soft question about biological terminology. I want to know if biologists anticipate 'simplifying and unifying' terms across all branches of biology, the way it's the case in mathematics or ...
1
vote
3answers
169 views

Why are medical questions inherently off topic here?

I did a search of the meta posts and I couldn't find anything on this. In fact, what I found suggests that questions about things related to medicine or medical procedures are ok, as long as they ask ...
2
votes
3answers
119 views

Organic Chemistry Questions

Because there are so many overlaps with organic chemistry and biological sciences, I was wondering if we should allow questions pertaining to organic chemistry on biology.se. Of course, in an ideal ...
4
votes
2answers
109 views

Line between cognitivesciences.se and biology.se?

I'm undecided on this question, less because of the question which was edited, more of the answer. It points to autism, a HUMAN abnormality, if the answer would give as example a physical trait also ...
2
votes
2answers
73 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

Preferred tag for Aging

Currently aging,senescence and gerontology are all in use covering pretty much the same questions. This seems redundant, so I'm intending to merge them into one tag in the near future. Does anyone ...
2
votes
2answers
43 views

A question on Mutually Exclusivity

Would questions of the mutually exclusivity of questions be better asked in Meta.Biology or on the site? So lets say, one were to ask if two questions would generate mutually exclusive answers: For ...
2
votes
3answers
92 views

Questions about programming/tweaking/using biological software?

We have got a nice question about PyMol with some upvotes already. I just wasn't sure whether these questions belong to our community. It is clear to me that the probability of spotting a person who ...
23
votes
8answers
526 views

Are questions about creationism or intelligent design on-topic here?

Our first creationism/intelligent design question https://biology.stackexchange.com/questions/649/is-cell-division-irreducibly-complex#question has received a lot of downvotes, some close votes and a ...
3
votes
1answer
44 views

Conflicted use of the learning tag

When looking at the learning tag, three questions are regarding the learning of biology as a science whereas one is using learning in the ethology sense. Clearly these two should be split up but ...
4
votes
2answers
92 views

Proper tag nice for eventually obsolete concepts in biology?

I am revising the tag system of our site and have discovered the history, which has the following description: Questions regarding early biology This is a little bit misguiding for me, because I ...
11
votes
0answers
179 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
110 views

Use of Abbreviations and Acronyms in answers?

I am wondering if we should be discouraging (or at least editing out) web abbreviations used in questions. Just to be clear I'm obviously not campaigning against biological abbreviations, more things ...
10
votes
2answers
680 views

Should "let-me-google-it-for-you" questions be tolerated?

There was a simple question about the initiation of gut flora, asked by an undergrad student. I just googled it and pasted a simple wiki explanation. On one hand, this site could be a good compilation ...
5
votes
2answers
60 views

Retagging questions?

I would like to standardize the usage of tags and re-tag some questions, but I don't see the "retag" option under the questions, I can only flag it or edit. Does it mean I should just edit the ...
0
votes
0answers
69 views

Is there a preferred citation style? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we have a unified format for references? Should links be given or a PMID is enough? Should the links point to PubMed or directly to the journal article? Is there a care-...
18
votes
5answers
276 views

Is wikipedia authoring here necessary and allowed?

I'm very glad this site finally launched after the long area51 odysee. But one of the first and highest voted questions I saw today looks very dissappointing to me, esp. when trying to attract experts ...
8
votes
2answers
138 views

Creationist "canard" refutation type questions?

Let's just say that proponents of creationism and "intelligent design" have a ready stable of canards and distortions out there. Would it be appropriate to post such canards here as questions, and ...
11
votes
1answer
86 views

Should we be encouraging people to wait before accepting answers?

Given that we are aiming for at least 2.5 answers per question, should we be pro-actively encouraging askers to give at least some time before choosing their preferred answer in order to encourage ...
5
votes
1answer
65 views

Are questions on abiogenesis acceptable at this site?

As I often point out to many people who have a tenuous grasp of biology, evolution deals with everything that happened after abiogenesis. And also that abiogenesis is a rather young field that we are ...
10
votes
2answers
166 views

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). ...
2
votes
2answers
79 views

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....
2
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
343 views

Who should the moderators be?

High time to obtain some pro tem mods. [In short, soon 4 users will be made temporary moderators. After site graduation (or earlier in case of heavy moderation problems), pro tem mods will become ...
0
votes
1answer
88 views

Can we have bio.stackexchange.com as a redirect?

This might sound a bit peculiar, but I was wondering if it's possible to have http://bio.stackexchange.com to redirect to this site. I was thinking "BioStackExchange" sounds nice, and thought having ...
3
votes
2answers
105 views

What exactly are we trying to achieve here?

OK, this is perhaps a provocative question. But looking at this question I think it is a fair one. The question "How many people's DNA were involved in the compilation of the reference human genome?" ...
7
votes
2answers
211 views

FAQ Section Working Draft

One of the 7 essential meta question of every beta is the question what the FAQ should contain. We should clearly, but succinctly define which questions are on-topic here and which questions would be ...
11
votes
1answer
96 views

Should questions about the history of biology be considered on topic?

Should we allow questions that are directly related to the history of our understanding of biology, rather than the biology itself? Where do we draw the line on historical questions? I don't have an ...
11
votes
3answers
113 views

Can we avoid counterproductive disciplinary fragmentation?

I am frankly concerned by the closure of this question: What are the olfactory chemicals in whiteboard/permanent markers and what do they bind to in the nose, lungs, and brain? and in particular by ...
4
votes
2answers
66 views

Should we be concerned about the number of answers per question in the long term?

I know we are only in private beta, so this may be premature, but should we be concerned about the number of answers per question that we will get in the long term? To put this in context, I had a ...
16
votes
2answers
204 views

Where do we draw the line for questions about medicine?

There is a large overlap between medicine and biology, a lot of medical questions are in the end questions about human biology. Where do we want to draw the line on medical questions, when are they ...
3
votes
2answers
51 views

Better tag than "immunology" for immunocytochemistry et al?

So, a question of mine: Recommended applications for commercial antibodies was edited to add the immunology tag. I'm all in favour of improving the tagging (my ...
-1
votes
4answers
104 views

What background do people here have? Ecology, molecular biology, neuroscience, others? [closed]

What is your level of education, and what field of biology do you know the most about?
4
votes
3answers
123 views

Philosophy of science questions

As per title, I would like to hear your opinion on question that could be classified as part of the philosophy of science. I know that there is a Philosophy SE site, but I think it is important to ...
3
votes
4answers
361 views

Should questions without definitive answers be closed?

My question was flagged for closing for, in part, not having a definitive answer. While there may not be a single definitive answer, there certainly can be a best answer of multiple possible correct ...
36
votes
3answers
281 views

"Vote early, vote often"

This is a reproduction of Scott Morrison's post on meta.tex.SE; I believe it is very much applicable to this community as well: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is ...
9
votes
2answers
136 views

Should bioinformatics related questions be considered off-topic?

I know there is biostar, which is specific to bioinformatics questions. However, I feel that there are quite a few parts of bioinformatics that have a lot of biological relevance. Perhaps we should ...
18
votes
6answers
634 views

Should we encourange the relevant questions from non-professionals?

There are already a couple of questions from non-professionals, like this question about action potental, for example. This question is likely to be closed soon, there are already some closing votes ...
6
votes
3answers
75 views

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?
5
votes
1answer
99 views

How will this Stack Exchange differ from competitor sites like Quora and Reddit AskScience?

What are some ideas that you have? And what will be the primary topics here?
26
votes
7answers
356 views

Shall we have MathJax?

For people not familiar with this name -- MathJax is a plugin which converts LaTeX math markup like $X_1^2$ into proper math notation, in this case . On one hand equations may appear here too rare to ...
6
votes
4answers
83 views

Are protocol recommendations on-topic?

We just had the first question asking about which protocol would be best for purifying DNA. We're likely to get more questions of that kind. Should we consider questions asking about which protocol ...
13
votes
4answers
110 views

Should we use broad categories for tagging?

Biology is an extremely wide field, questions ranging from zoology, botany to biochemistry are all on-topic here. A mechanism for users to get a rough selection of questions they are actually ...

1
9 10 11 12
13