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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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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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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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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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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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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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Junk-DNA Tag proposal

Quoting @hippietrail Would anyone like to add junk-dna and/or noncoding-dna (or should that be non-coding-dna tags? I barely have enough rep here to breathe (-: I would like to have a tag of ...
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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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Tag for synesthesia is mispelled

The tag currently reads synestesia. Can a mod please correct this, if possible?
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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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Where is a question on Radiobiology and Dosimetry going to best be answered?

I want to ask a purely theoretical question (Radiobiology and Dosimetry) on the Bragg Curves (plots of the energy loss of ionizing radiation (KeV/μm usually) on the y-axis during its travel through ...
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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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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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Should there be an [experimental-procedure] tag?

We already have experimental-design. However there are a lot of questions that don't seem to fit that tag but would all be united by something along the lines of experimental-procedure. For example: ...
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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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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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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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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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Medicine as a tag

medicine has 7 questions and doesn't really add anything to the categorisation of any of them. More specific tags could easily be applied to all of them, therefore I'm inclined to burninate it. Can ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Better tag than “immunology” for immunocytochemistry et al?

So, a question of mine: Recommended applications for commercial antibodies was edited to add the immunology tag. I'm all in favour of improving the tagging (my ...
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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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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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Preferred tag for Aging

Currently aging,senescence and gerontology are all in use covering pretty much the same questions. This seems redundant, so I'm intending to merge them into one tag in the near future. Does anyone ...
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Conflicted use of the learning tag

When looking at the learning tag, three questions are regarding the learning of biology as a science whereas one is using learning in the ethology sense. Clearly these two should be split up but ...
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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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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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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 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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Neuroscience or Neurology

When tagging a question I was going to chose neurology - using the 'ology' as previously discussed but neuroscience is the preferred choice at present. Would anyone object to renaming neuroscience ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Chemical Biology vs. Biochemistry tag

biochemistry (53 questions) should have the following as a synonym: chemical-biology (2 questions) and maybe biological-chemistry as some departments like to call it
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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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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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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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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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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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Distinction between DNA sequencing and genome sequencing

Should the tags dna-sequencing and genome-sequencing be listed as synonyms? On one hand, genome sequencing is only one of ...