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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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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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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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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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Why is the homework policy hard to find in the help pages?

Has anyone else noticed it is hard to find the Biology SE help page which refers to homework questions? Go to the help centre and search for 'homework' and it will not show up - I think this should be ...
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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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This website is incredibly unfriendly to interdisciplinary discourse

was excited to come to this website and start regularly sharing my in-depth knowledge of modern biological research, but it seems the biology sub frequently decides, inaccurately and inconsistently, ...
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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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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 ...
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Why are all traces of deleted questions removed?

I'm wondering why all connected comments and answers(?) of questions that are deleted by the questions owner are also removed without a trace? This has happened to me twice recenty, and it is rather ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...