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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 ...
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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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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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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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Using well known tags or the 'ologies'

When considering previously tagged birds and fish that I have renamed to their respective 'ologies' (ornithology and ichthyology) in order to match the format of the 38 other ologies. I feel that ...
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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 ...
Oto Kaláb's user avatar
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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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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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How to tag questions about animals or other living things surviving being frozen for a long time? Is a new tag needed or just adjust cryonics tag?

Has the 2018 report of nematodes frozen for 30 to 40,000 years been confirmed? Has 14C dating confirmed their age? asks about a July 2018 paper in Doklady Biological Sciences Viable Nematodes from ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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