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Tags for species and families of mammals familiar to humans

At the moment, Biology SE has tags cat (species), dogs (species), feline (family), mammals (class). A bit messy. My proposal: Species — Either singular or plural. Hence, either tags cat and dog or ...
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What is the problem with breasts?

Until a few minutes ago, Biology SE had questions with the tag breasts. Then, a moderator swiftly orphaned the tag by editing the following questions in quick succession: What controls the size of ...
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Add a tag for scientific names

A tag for scientific names would be helpful. It would be appropriate for the first question I asked here. Please add it?
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Reorganise/merge tags for coronavirus / COVID-19 / sars-cov-2 / others

The tagging of questions related to the 2019-2020 coronavirus outbreak is a mess. I've seen at least five related tags in use as of 2020-03-06: coronavirus, 5 questions. I'm aware other coronavirii ...
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Recent rejected edits - request for clarification

Yesterday, I edited various posts containing questions about ants, to add the "ant" tag. Four of these were rejected, with the same reason given: How do ants sense imminent rainfall? - the edit was ...
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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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Should there be a writing tag or similar?

All biologists have to write on biology (papers, thesis etc), and use words and conventions that are unfamiliar to those outside of the subject. Other stack exchanges have created tags like writing or ...
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Synonyme tags `sterilization`/`sterilisation`

I just noticed that there are the tags sterilisation× 14 Sterilization: any process that eliminates or kills all forms of life and other biological agents present ...
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Tag for neurodegenerative disorders is misspelled

I just noticed that "neurodegerative-disorders" tag contains a misspelling (should be "neurodegenerative-disorders"). Could a mod fix it?
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Please vote to make “Animal” tag synonymous with “Zoology” tag

At some point someone made an animal tag (now with 18 questions), which is silly given that we already have a zoology tag (1048 questions). I started a vote to make animal a synonym of zoology, but ...
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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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Tag for synesthesia is mispelled

The tag currently reads synestesia. Can a mod please correct this, if possible?
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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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Create synonym between “mushroom” and "mycology

I think a user with sufficient rep on the mycology tag (or a mod) should create the synonym mushroom --> mycology (i.e. mycology as the main tag). fungi and fungus are already synonyms, but mushroom ...
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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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Book recommendation questions

I'm aware of the necessities of a book recommendation question 'in order to not be considered opinion-based, and therefore closed, book recommendation questions must provide following information:'. (...
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Arthropod tag - rename and use

While trying to tag this question which essentially asks for possible arthropods laying such stalked eggs I found two tags arthropod and entomology. Three questions are tagged arthropod and there ...
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Tag Synonym Suggestions

I've been doing some tag clean-up (sorry for all the bumps) and came across a few that, in my opinion, should be synonyms. I don't have the privilege to make these changes, but perhaps someone who ...
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Tag description and wikis - is there a need to mention sources?

There has been a barrage of tag wiki edits by a user today and although they looked good when reviewing them, it made me wonder if it would be a good idea to mention the sources when constructing a ...
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Cleaning up the literature tags

At the moment we have a couple of tags dealing with literature in different ways. The most common ones are book-recommendation and literature, where the first one deals specifically with ...
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Creating tags for taxonomy ranks?

Since this forum is welcoming ecologist (Do we accept the ecology community?) I suppose that a number of questions regarding the species or taxonomy rank will increase. It is creating specialsed ...
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Tagging hierarchy - best practices for adding more “general” tags

I'm curious about best practices for what I'll call tag "hierarchy." Is it appropriate or necessary to add more general tags to a question that has a more nuanced/specific tag already associated ...
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Updating tags relevant to answer but not question

Is it appropriate to update a question's tags given: the tag is technically irrelevant to the content of the question itself BUT is relevant to the answer (well voted or correct, of course)? Two ...
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Why is there a bio-informatics tag?

I see a lot of question tagged with "bio-informatics" and as far as I know there are always comments like: This is probably a better question for biostars.org ...
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Creating new tag synonyms for limnology

Not many casual biologists (and certainly very few non-biologists) know what the field of limnology refers to. As such, I would think that a number of questions that would appropriately receive the ...
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Etymology tag on-topic?

I've thought about creating a new tag for etymology on a number of occasions, but have always hesitated to do so. I've seen a number of questions on Bio.SE where etymology is specifically asked about ...
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What is the difference between the “inheritance” tag and the “genetics” tag

Is genetics a kind of meta-tag for inheritance? If a question is about how genes are passed to child, could I add both tags? If not, should inheritance be preferred each time it applies? But when ...
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Tag proposal: “troubleshooting”

This question just appeared on the site, and made me realise we don't have a 'troubleshooting' tag. How would people feel if I create one? It would identify questions where the poster has attempted a (...
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Are lncrna and ncrna worthwhile tags?

A user has just made the tags ncrna and lncrna for non-coding RNA and long-non-coding RNA respectively. Are these tags worth having? The abbreviations are obscure and not likely to be tried/used by ...
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Re-tagging questions based on the answers

It often happens that a quite ill-posed question uses tags that are relevant to the question, but that the answer(s) lead(s) to the question core, which is often a different field of Biology. Take ...
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Metabolism Tag: What is the appropriate use for this tag?

I approved an edit on this question where the metabolism tag was added. I am not 100% sure that I would agree that the essence of the question is about metabolism, but I did not disagree strongly ...
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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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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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Should something be done about the biostatistics, bioinformatics, and data tags?

A recent member VassiaAlk has posted numerous questions related to statistically analysis and software under these tags. Presently, their questions are on par with the tags but their questions aren't ...
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Should we merge the tags “mathematical-models” and “theoretical-biology”?

To me, these tags are used almost interchangeably at the moment, and I think any attempt to separate them would be awkward. The tag wikis are almost circular as well, which is another indication that ...
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Regarding [biofilm] and [extra-cellular-matrix]

I have just created the extra-cellular-matrix tag, because it best describes my question. Besides, even the basal lamina alone is important enough to warrant a tag, ...
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Tag synonyms- separating computational biology from bioinformatics

I wish to point out that computational biology is presently synonymous with bioinformatics, however, the scientific community considers them different. Though computational biology does include ...
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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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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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Tag suggestions “animal models” and “research”

I asked a question about the terminology in animal models of disease, and had lots of trouble finding tags. There were computational-models and mathematical-models, but no disease-models or animal-...
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Tag suggestion: ImageJ

ImageJ can be a powerful tool for biologists in almost any fields. I've got a few imageJ questions that don't really fall under any particular tags we have going here like 'lab techniques' and I'm ...
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Tag suggestion: forward/reverse genetics

I think it would be helpful to have forward-genetics and reverse-genetics tags. These are well-known concepts used informatively by researchers. They are more fine-grained than ...
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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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Could somebody create the tag synonym olfaction <- olfactory

Somebody with the privilege should create the tag synonym olfaction <- olfactory (I don't have the tag count to do so). I could retag all Qs that use "olfactory" but this would bring them all to ...
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Need tags like <sounds> <vocal> etc?

Questions like How did the roar evolve from snort? and others https://biology.stackexchange.com/search?q=roar could maybe use tags like sounds, vocals etc.?
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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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Pigments or Pigmentation Tag

I was going through some of the questions after answering this question, and I was noticing a lot of questions deal with pigments and pigmentation. Searching for color will bring up plenty, but some ...
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All questions relating to tag not shown?

When I search for the tag "conservation-biology" the preview states that 5 questions are using the tag ("conservation-biology × 5"). However, when I go to the tag site only one question is shown, and ...
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How should the first clause of a tag wiki be formatted?

There are a lot of tag wikis that start with some variation on "The study of / a discipline that", "Questions related to / questions about", or "[tag] refers to / deals with / is /". It seems to me ...