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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement [closed]

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Use of Abbreviations and Acronyms in answers?

I am wondering if we should be discouraging (or at least editing out) web abbreviations used in questions. Just to be clear I'm obviously not campaigning against biological abbreviations, more things ...
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Should “let-me-google-it-for-you” questions be tolerated?

There was a simple question about the initiation of gut flora, asked by an undergrad student. I just googled it and pasted a simple wiki explanation. On one hand, this site could be a good compilation ...
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Retagging questions?

I would like to standardize the usage of tags and re-tag some questions, but I don't see the "retag" option under the questions, I can only flag it or edit. Does it mean I should just edit the ...
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Is there a preferred citation style? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should we have a unified format for references? Should links be given or a PMID is enough? Should the links point to PubMed or directly to the journal article? Is there a care-...
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Is wikipedia authoring here necessary and allowed?

I'm very glad this site finally launched after the long area51 odysee. But one of the first and highest voted questions I saw today looks very dissappointing to me, esp. when trying to attract experts ...
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Can't edit a question?

Why do plants have green leaves and not red? For some reason, despite being able to do so for every other question I have come across (including others posted just before) I am unable to edit this ...
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Creationist “canard” refutation type questions?

Let's just say that proponents of creationism and "intelligent design" have a ready stable of canards and distortions out there. Would it be appropriate to post such canards here as questions, and ...
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Should we be encouraging people to wait before accepting answers?

Given that we are aiming for at least 2.5 answers per question, should we be pro-actively encouraging askers to give at least some time before choosing their preferred answer in order to encourage ...
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Are questions on abiogenesis acceptable at this site?

As I often point out to many people who have a tenuous grasp of biology, evolution deals with everything that happened after abiogenesis. And also that abiogenesis is a rather young field that we are ...
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Should we have a unified format for references?

Should we come up with a site-wide standard for reference formatting? I'm talking about primary literature citations. The current situation is highly variable (I notice even within my own answers). ...
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Change the site's subtitle

When a question is migrated away from biology.stackexchange.com, the following is shown: The subtitle of the site (currently “active researchers, academics, and students”) should be changed to ...
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Is there a syntax for adding wikipedia links?

For example: (wiki)[Deinococcus radiodurans] because normally I must do it this way: ...
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Materials for the beta promotion?

As it has been already discussed here, promotion of the beta site is not only allowed, it is much welcome in the community. In order to be able to successfully promote the site we need good materials....
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Is it OK to promote the site during the beta?

I thought I might promote the site a bit locally (by putting up flyers by the elevators, etc.). Is that OK to do during the beta, or should I wait for the site to launch before promoting it to people ...
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Tag synonym for palaeontology

Please consider adding paleontology as a tag synonym for palaeontology. I think both are valuable to have, as in the long run, people from the states might go searching for the spelling without the ...
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Can we have bio.stackexchange.com as a redirect?

This might sound a bit peculiar, but I was wondering if it's possible to have http://bio.stackexchange.com to redirect to this site. I was thinking "BioStackExchange" sounds nice, and thought having ...
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What exactly are we trying to achieve here?

OK, this is perhaps a provocative question. But looking at this question I think it is a fair one. The question "How many people's DNA were involved in the compilation of the reference human genome?" ...
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FAQ Section Working Draft

One of the 7 essential meta question of every beta is the question what the FAQ should contain. We should clearly, but succinctly define which questions are on-topic here and which questions would be ...
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Should questions about the history of biology be considered on topic?

Should we allow questions that are directly related to the history of our understanding of biology, rather than the biology itself? Where do we draw the line on historical questions? I don't have an ...
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Can we avoid counterproductive disciplinary fragmentation?

I am frankly concerned by the closure of this question: What are the olfactory chemicals in whiteboard/permanent markers and what do they bind to in the nose, lungs, and brain? and in particular by ...
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Should we be concerned about the number of answers per question in the long term?

I know we are only in private beta, so this may be premature, but should we be concerned about the number of answers per question that we will get in the long term? To put this in context, I had a ...
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Where do we draw the line for questions about medicine?

There is a large overlap between medicine and biology, a lot of medical questions are in the end questions about human biology. Where do we want to draw the line on medical questions, when are they ...
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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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What background do people here have? Ecology, molecular biology, neuroscience, others? [closed]

What is your level of education, and what field of biology do you know the most about?
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Philosophy of science questions

As per title, I would like to hear your opinion on question that could be classified as part of the philosophy of science. I know that there is a Philosophy SE site, but I think it is important to ...
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Should questions without definitive answers be closed?

My question was flagged for closing for, in part, not having a definitive answer. While there may not be a single definitive answer, there certainly can be a best answer of multiple possible correct ...
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“Vote early, vote often”

This is a reproduction of Scott Morrison's post on meta.tex.SE; I believe it is very much applicable to this community as well: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "question" is actually ...
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Should bioinformatics related questions be considered off-topic?

I know there is biostar, which is specific to bioinformatics questions. However, I feel that there are quite a few parts of bioinformatics that have a lot of biological relevance. Perhaps we should ...
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Should we encourange the relevant questions from non-professionals?

There are already a couple of questions from non-professionals, like this question about action potental, for example. This question is likely to be closed soon, there are already some closing votes ...
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Are palaeontology/palaeobiology questions allowed?

I figured I'd want to ask fossil-related stuff, but I'm not sure if this would be within the purview of this SE site. Can I ask questions about, say, dinosaurs or pre-Holocene mammals?
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How will this Stack Exchange differ from competitor sites like Quora and Reddit AskScience?

What are some ideas that you have? And what will be the primary topics here?
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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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Are protocol recommendations on-topic?

We just had the first question asking about which protocol would be best for purifying DNA. We're likely to get more questions of that kind. Should we consider questions asking about which protocol ...
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Should we use broad categories for tagging?

Biology is an extremely wide field, questions ranging from zoology, botany to biochemistry are all on-topic here. A mechanism for users to get a rough selection of questions they are actually ...

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