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Questions tagged [feature-request]

You have an idea for a new feature, or for a change to the existing functionality.

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Can more options be added for flagging for migration? [duplicate]

I review posts in the queue, and I am often am flagging some posts. I will sometimes flag posts as those that need to be closed because they are off-topic, but this is the only option available: ...
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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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tag proposal: “c.elegans” or “caenorhabditis elegans”

Do you think interesting a tag "Caenorhabditis elegans" ( "c.elegans" for friends :-) ? It seems not available and my reputation is far from the necessary to create it.
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Can we see the predominance of certain tags along time?

I would like to see the evolution of certain tags along time. For instance, questions involving genetics/biochemistry/DNA had grown, while those involving ecology/zoology/natural sciences declined? ...
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Can the link to the Help section be restored?

Since the new look of Biology SE there is no link from the main page to the Tour or the Help section. This is bad as it means that people who wish to cannot find the guidelines on asking (especially) ...
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Can we have a tag for “nurturing”?

As per the subject line - it's (very) applicable to my question here (and, I'm sure, many others), but isn't available!
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Is it possible to reverse the dominance of the “eyes” versus “vision” tags?

Right now "vision" is synonyming into "eyes" which to me is backward...there are a lot of vision-based questions that aren't really about eyes per se, whereas the inverse is not true. I don't know if ...
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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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Any way to embed sounds?

I would like to embed a sound (a bird song) for a question, but I could see how other people might want to embed sounds for other biological questions. Is there any way to do this?
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Species Identification tag warning proposal

One of my numerous proposals from the Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange Bio.Meta post was to create a template or instruction guide for species-identification questions. The goal is to improve the ...
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Recently I (and some others in chat) realised that there is some scope for improvement in the site's structure, graphics, fidgets, etc. So we have decided to give it a shot. But since Stack Exchange ...
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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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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 do I find Biology.SE's vital statistics?

Apologies if this is obvious, but I've had a look around and can't see it anywhere. I notice that some of the beta SEs listed on Area51 have summary statistics for users, average questions/day, % ...
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Feature suggestion: queued homework answers

We get a lot of homework questions which get closed for lack of research effort. Many of these are otherwise good questions and it would be valuable to have these remain open in the long term. This ...
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Change homework policy to disallow Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Current homework policy is to allow questions where the user has shown evidence of trying to answer the question. This is reasonable if there is a definite biological question, the answer to which may ...
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Feature Request: Modification to the “citations needed” banner

Following an upvoted answer on this question, I'm reposting as a feature request. I think the "citations needed" banner is too ineffectual (see examples in this post) in its current form, and should; ...
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Chat room access minimum rep override?

I just had an extended discussion with a new user about how to write good answers and how to earn rep etc. which had to take place in the comments section of a post. About 15-20 comments were ...
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Are there search tools for answers?

I have answered quite a few questions and what is bothering me more and more is that there are no search tools to sift through my answers. Some new questions overlap to some extent with old, answered ...
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Optional ordinary close votes for mods?

In recent times I have often noticed that some questions are heading for closure but it feels like they take a little longer to get over the line of five votes, or don't even get to closure, more so ...
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Functionality Request: Community Voting for Answers: Citations Need Banner

There have been a number of examples, (Why does evolution not make our life longer?, Is evolution a fact?, If evolution is not about increased complexity, why does so much complexity evolve?), where ...
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Orphaned Questions and a Method for Accepting Answers

Situation The Community ♦ user "pokes" old questions that do not have accepted answers. This occurs so that questions come to the front of the queue on the sites landing page so that it will receive ...
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May be time for a flag to Cognitive Sciences SE

I have been seeing a number of questions come up that are more neuroscience related and are likely more appropriate for Cognitive Sciences SE. I realize that this has come up before in this Biology ...
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Feature while asking questions

Currently, while asking any question on SE, you get suggestions from already existing questions. Is it good idea to show user quick wikipedia or google results for same query ? As I noticed, many user ...
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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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gentic-linkage is misspelled (filler text to please auto-filter)

The tag gentic-linkage is misspelled. It should be genetic-linkage. How can we fix this?
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Can we make the link to the homepage a different colour in the chat window [duplicate]

You may have noticed a link to the biology SE homepage when in the chat, but then again probably not, because it's near invisible! Could we change the colour of the green parts to make it visible ...
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Synomymize energy with bioenergetics

Can energy be made a synonym of bioenergetics. The former is a broad term and makes sense in biology only in the case of bioenergetics. Ironically the former had more tagged posts (which I retagged ...
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Hide answers for poor questions

I think one problem with our current system is that people can come here and post poor quality, off-topic, or homework questions etc. Normally these are closed fairly quickly, but often in the mean ...
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Closing personal questions

Often there are these very personal questions. They may be closed as home-work or as self-help, but often I have to write a personal message to OP. For example, these recent questions are 1) about the ...
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Proposed delay in close-voting [duplicate]

I find that Bio.SE is kind of harsh to newbies. An old topic, but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to include a delay of 48 hours before one can vote for question closure. As of now I see ...
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Move to Health SE custom offtopic

Now that the Health SE has opened, it seems that there is a good reason for questions to be moved there, since as far as I can tell there are a large number of questions here that get closed for the ...
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Difficulty based voting / reputation system

I think we all agree on, that not all question pose equal difficulty to answer, and yet upvoting these and the answer(s) to these result in the same reputation gain. Also I have noticed that many "pop ...
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Biology researcher survey?

I've just checked the Stack Overflow's developer survey and it was quite interesting, and I was wondering if Biology has something similar like "Researchers Survey'. Or this thing is specific to SO, ...
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How to remove or substitute a tag

I am wondering if the tags should be cleaned up. I made a few several unsuccessful attempts, because I don't know how to delete or merge tags. For example experiment is a tag with 5 hits or so, but ...
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Will there be a review counter / indicator feature?

I interested in that will there be a counter / small indicator around the review link for users who are eligible to review posts, to indicate that there are actions to be taken? I mean a small counter ...
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Is there Biology Careers like Stack Overflow Careers?

I'm quite a new user here on StackExchange. I just got an invitation the other day to Stack Overflow Careers and I was wondering if is there something similar for Biology as well? If there isn't, are ...
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Tag rename request

Can we rename pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, respectively? The current tag names are used as adjectives and are not the names of the fields of study.
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Moderator tools / mobile app

Are moderator tools available on mobile app (I'm using iOS)? If yes how do I access them? If no are there any plans for such?
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Do we have a questions per day and month limit here?

Do we have a question posts per day and month limit on Biology.SE? I thought system wide limits were adopted: max. 6 posts/day, max. 50 posts/month. It was kind of hush-hush, but I thought it was ...
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Private chatroom for trusted users?

Recently there has been a big drive to clean up the quality of the site by removing obsolete, low quality, off topic, and unanswerable questions. This has largely been down to the efforts a couple of ...
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Are we able to flag users?

Some users of Biology SE struggle to grasp how the site works and find it very hard to work within it's framework. Generally these will be new users, happening increasingly often, that come along ...
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Ability to retract flags

Is it possible to retract flags? It has happened a couple of times that I have flagged a post and in the time between flagging and a mod getting to it, it gets edited. I normally only flag if it looks ...
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Add a clear statement on references in the “How do I write a good answer?”

At the moment there isn't a clear statement on the help page "How do I write a good answer?" saying that answers should preferably include references to back them up. For "good answers" I would say ...
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How to deal with posters of consistent poor quality/incorrect answers

Sometimes new users are answering multiple questions in a short period of time but, as is often the case with new users, the quality is low (formatting, research, lack of good sources) or information ...
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Permanent Off-Topic criterion: Questions based on religious/mythical stories and intelligent design

This has been discussed before but these types of questions keep coming. Should we add questions about creationism/mythical stories/intelligent design as one of the permanently listed off topic ...
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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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To have Description of the Body

We discuss the Negative votes without explanation here. I think it is related to many challenges generally in the SO framework. In the answer, I propose how to improve collaboration here such that ...
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Does SE allow groups to follow users

I think this could possibly go against the philosophy of SE, but are you able to adjust setting to follow particular users: when they post and answer questions etc? Is this something that could be set ...
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Masking answer votes

I'm sure we've all noticed that there is a big advantage in being first to answer a question, it gives an opportunity for upvoting to occur before other (potentially better) answers are added. This ...