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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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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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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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Should we prevent the use of “???”?

When submitting a question, the SE site check for classical words indicating that the question is potentially of low quality and in such case prevents the submission of the question and returns a ...
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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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Greenhouse/ growing question?

I tried asking this question on the gardening SE, but didn't receive any good results. I am not sure if this counts as cross posting, since I am asking a bit more in depth, so that is why I posted it ...
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Reopen question now closed as duplicate, since the question it is pointing to has been deleted?

Shouldn't this question on the hunting of prairie dogs be reopened, since it is now closed as a duplicate and the question it is pointing to has been deleted? To have questions closed as duplicates ...
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Discussion of Biolological Literature

Is it within the scope of biology.SE to discuss specific academic literature in the biological sciences? Are there notable limits on the aspects of the literature that may be discussed, such as the ...
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Re-opening a question

I edited this question: Why do fingers swell during cold winters? during the close-vote process. I think the question is valid as both heat and cold appear to cause swelling, which is counter-...
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Biology tag management, merging, and cleanup (2015)

In light of AliceD's question here, I decided to start a tag: management, merging, and cleanup post. The idea is being borrowed from math.SE. The rules of the game are: post your suggestion as an ...
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Heuristic Answers to Self-derived Questions

So I put in my first answer that I felt uncomfortable about, and it was to my question. I'm uncomfortable about it for a lot of reasons, mostly in that I don't think that it fully addresses the ...
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What is “Health Advice”?

In this post and this post, Health Advice as a close-reason was discussed: As discussed in this previous meta post, I think health questions are not a good fit for the site and should be closed. ...
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Relevant Question on Math Educators Stack Exchange

I recently asked a question on the Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange that might be of interest to the users here: How is calculus helpful for biology majors? We already have an answer from one ...
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Graphical Breakdown of BioSE Self Eval

I was playing around with making 3D scatter plots, and needed some data to play with. So I took the results from Oct. Self-Evaluation, but I scored it a different way. I took the net score from the ...
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Drugs or Pharmacology

drugs and pharmacology are both in use currently and both have tag wiki summaries. Personally I think they're synonyms in the context they are being used - should we jettison one and keep the other, ...
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Asking a Microtaxonomy question

I am interested in the Species Problems that work well with Homo Sapiens as the concept is used by the Wikipedia Article A book by Ernst Mayr says that Microtaxonomy is the study of Species and the ...
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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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Notifications from favourite questions

Wouldn't it better if we get notifications from the questions which we favourite ? It would help, by getting us notified about new answers to our favourite questions. Or, Is this feature already ...
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Is my question unclear? Or is it the term “opioid” itself that is unclear?

After reading the meta question General quality of BioSE questions vs other SEs I decided to try to be sure my questions focused on good, hard questions that addressed scientific principles in biology....
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Are general health-related question on topic?

I saw in the help center that personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic. Does "personal" pertain to both "medical questions" and "health advice"? In other words, is a "health ...
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Do we need a “Consult a Doctor” notice?

I've seen a few questions where people are essentially asking for medical advice. An online Q&A site is clearly not the best place for this and they should always consult a doctor. Might it be a ...
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Is this type of table allowed in Bio.SE?

Table1 Table2 Table3 Cell 1 ...
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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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Should we have some instructions/codes before asking anthropology question dealing with human races/ phenotypes?

Anthropology-related questions like this or this may fall in unwanted trouble regarding racism or politics or such-kind of complications. So, before asking such kind of answer; how could we ...
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How is this question opinion based?

Besides fruits and milk, what other things in nature are "intended" to be eaten? I understand that it initially could stir up some emotions regarding the use of language and lack of context,...
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How to be placed off hold

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Reference Request: Nucleotides as adjoints I followed up on the requests for an edit immediately after it was given by adding a significant ...
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How to answer a “Is this correct” question?

I am thinking about the post What is the probability of an XX female or XY male?. How are we supposed to answer this question other than by just stating "Yes you are correct"? One can probably teach ...
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Are questions about specific species allowed?

This refers to questions that concerns with pure information to individual species, where little thinking is needed from the answer-giver. The question "where and how to capture freshwater planarian?...
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Why is the question about killing orangutans on topic?

I noticed this question: Why would villagers attack Orangutans? It has 2 upvotes, and as far as I can see, no close votes (maybe I still don't have the reputation to view them though). The link ...
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15 votes difference

please take look at these questions; Are human fetuses more likely to be male? Why do we have more male infant born? These two question are similar, even one of them is marked as duplicate of other ...
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Do we want weekly topic challenges here on Biology?

A great suggestion from Jon Ericson is to have Weekly Topic Challenges, these would involve 4 steps: Step 1: Ask for topic ideas. Step 2: Post a challenge. Step 3: Profit!!!! Tally the results. ...
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How is the honey spoiling honey question a duplicate?

The question Why doesn't honey spoil quickly? was closed as a duplicate of Sugar as a defense against bacteria?. These questions are similar but really not duplicates. See my comment: One reason is ...
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Tag suggestion for “gerontology” or “anti-aging”

According to Wikipedia, Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the ...
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Tag suggestion for “extraterrestrial”

See the following questions relating to this tag: https://biology.stackexchange.com/search?q=extraterrestrial Which are in example: What would need to be discovered to prove there is ...
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Communication tag

I think a communication tag could be of use on this site. By "communication" I mean the way of living things to "talk" to one another by producing sounds, making gestures or posing, whatever can be ...
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Linking closely related topics

What's best practice here, just to post a cf. comment on the original post with a list of older and newer questions that are strongly related, so all of the questions show up in the "linked" menu? Or ...
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Site policies and faqs we can adopt from other SE sites?

The meta homework question trickered the idea to make a meta thread to gather useful or inspirational faqs and policies from older SE science site, but also sites like skeptics.se, which we can adopt ...
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Synonimizing the tags 'senses' and 'sensory systems'

Is it an idea to make the tag sensory systems the leading tag and synonimize the senses tag with it? I can't vote to do this, as I created the sensory systems tag. The senses tag info is currently not ...
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Why is this question about terminology bad?

I wonder why the question What is the term for being younger than the body age? has 2 downvotes?
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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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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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my question was marked as opinion based - I edited it - is it still opinion based

I asked a question How would you affect bulk DNA gene therapy for a human? I had worded the question in a way that might have been open to interpretations about the seriousness of the question or ...
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Should not I vote to close a quesion in which the sentence " I know it is off-topic' is written?

There are some question , the sentence " I know it is off-topic' is written at first ,but without no shown attempt. Sometimes I want to leave a comment to say if you know it is off-topic and you can ...
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Request to Reopen Question

I believe that I have fixed my question and that it deserves to be reopened. Could a mod please reopen this question? Duplicity Vs. Singularity of Mammals Organs
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Tag suggestion for “consciousness”

Consciousness according to Wikipedia: At one time consciousness was viewed with skepticism by many scientists, but in recent years it has become a significant topic of research in psychology, ...
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Would it be appropriate for me to ask the question in the body?

The question is: "Where could I find where the different drugs lie, pregnancy category wise, in Australia?" I want to ask this question because it is driving me mad trying to find a document ...
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Synonym suggestion: [senses] and [perception]

As title suggests. I was about to put senses and then realised that perception already exists. If you think they are sufficiently different to warrant two tags, I think senses should be created. Off-...
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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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