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Biology.SE's place now Bioinformatics.SE is in beta

Now Bioinformatics.SE has made it to beta, I'm wondering if the community/mods think that the remit of Bio.SE should change? (lets assume for the sake of argument, that Bioinformatics will persist ...
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Why was my reasonable comment deleted?

In the Gerardo Furtado answer to Why does it hurt the next day after doing significant exercise?, I had a comment asking about whether the mechanism described had sound scientific basis. This comment ...
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Are general health-related question on topic?

I saw in the help center that personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic. Does "personal" pertain to both "medical questions" and "health advice"? In other words, is a "health ...
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Trolls and censorship on SE Biology

There is a continual problem on SE Biology of people using (I would say trolls abusing) the site, not to ask real questions, but to express an opinion on a subject. The expression of opinion is then ...
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Community wiki answer for "Has human evolution stopped"?

On all the biology-related question/answer sites I've seen, one of the most common questions is a variant of the eugenics-tinged "Has medicine/society stopped human natural selection?" The most ...
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Why is my human physiology question off-topic?

My question on human physiology was closed as off-topic: Why are many unable to defecate and urinate simultaneously? The closing reason says: "Personal medical questions and health advice are off-...
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How are my top tags chosen?

My top question is a species identificatfion question with the fitting tag and 10 votes. Yet "toxicology" was and is shown as my top tag in my profile. Then all my tags were set to zero, possibly due ...
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Any way to embed sounds?

I would like to embed a sound (a bird song) for a question, but I could see how other people might want to embed sounds for other biological questions. Is there any way to do this?
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What program(s) do biologists use for statistics?

I'm trying to get a handle on what programs different fields of biology use to run statistical tests and other analyses. Ex: R, SPSS, SAS, GraphPad / PRISM, MATLAB, Python, MS Excel, PCORD, STATA, ...
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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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Another reload on species identification

We have had discussions about this before (the linked post mentions several other, even older posts), but I think it is time for another revamp. We have an increasing number of species ID questions ...
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How different should a biology-related SE proposal be?

I was recently alerted to the existence of a "History of science and mathematics" SE (currently in beta). I think I'm missing something about SE creation - why has this entered beta? It seems to fail ...
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Merging newer answer from closed duplicate question

Sooo, it seems like there was an interesting little dustup over the last couple of hours over which one of these duplicate question threads should be closed: Why do the major and minor groove exist ...
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When to use Flag as duplicate?

When should a question be flagged as duplicate and voted to close as duplicate?
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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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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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Remove the history tag?

This question was recently migrated to another site. I found this disappointing but, regardless, if such questions are not on-topic here, perhaps the history tag should be removed. Thoughts?
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Do we need a "Consult a Doctor" notice?

I've seen a few questions where people are essentially asking for medical advice. An online Q&A site is clearly not the best place for this and they should always consult a doctor. Might it be a ...
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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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Why was my flag for protecting a question declined despite the question becoming protected?

I recently flagged a question for protection. The flag was declined, however, the question became protected. My question is why is this the case? Is this a typical response to flagging for protection? ...
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Rejected edit: Should I just write my own answer?

This edit was rejected for the following reasons: Several terminologies like symbiosis are included that are arguably incorrectly applied. Making such drastic changes to an answer is unadvised. I ...
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A suitable way to rationalize tags concerning metabolism?

Until recently there were two tags relating to metabolism — one the original portmanteau ‘metabolism’ tag (that I realize has been discussed before) and the second a more specific category ‘fat ...
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Distinguishing what is meant by ‘why’: a proposal for editing questions for clarity

Often when questions on Biology SE ask “why” the answers indicate that there is ambiguity whether the question is asking for a mechanistic/factual answer or asking how one can rationalize a phenomenon....
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Biology's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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In what way is this question "too broad"?

I asked this question which, in essence, simply asks if lifestyle factors are controlled for in modern epidemiological studies. After first being flagged as "off-topic", then "more suitable for ...
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Impossible to flag question for migration to Cross Validated

I just found this question. I believe this question to be off-topic, because it is really a statistics question, belonging to Cross Validated. However I couldn't select Cross Validated in the list of ...
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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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How to post an answer to a closed question?

Question is here, I commented my answer to it, But I want to post my answer in Answer box, Due to closed status, I can't do anything.
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A clarification on why isn't this question closed as not belonging to biology as science

I am sharing a screen shot of a question I found on biology.se some time back requesting the name of the TV series from the OP's description of animated characters. I was expecting this question to ...
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How can I re-trace where the +1s in the recent achievements icon come from?

Perhaps I should go to chat for this, but I can imagine more users have this issue. How can I re-trace where the +1s come from in the reputation-change icon on top of the screen? Firstly, does it ...
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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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Promoting voting for coming moderator election

I was wondering if it would be an idea to ask a question on the main site making users aware that they can, and should vote for the coming moderator election? In the last election round the number of ...
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When should answers be deleted?

I sometimes see answers in the review queue that have apparently been flagged/voted for deletion with the boilerplate comment "this does not answer the question...", or something to that effect. In ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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How best to deal with factually incorrect accepted answer?

If someone posts an answer that is factually incorrect one can point this out in a comment on the answer and, if one feels so inclined, add one’s own answer. Another alternative would be to edit the ...
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Reopen closed ID question originally deemed "too blurry"

I was hoping to get enough votes to reopen this question: I found a bug on my bedroom floor. Is this a bedbug? It was originally closed primarilly because the picture quality is awful -- the ...
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Are parental guidance questions allowed?

Would this question be too off topic for the biology stack exchange? My 12 year old son has shown a lot of enthusiasm for science, specifically biology. I am a software engineer, so I know what I ...
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What's the point of closing well answered and well received questions?

It's about What are the advantages of forgetting? I just do not see any benefit of close voting a question that received an accepted answer 5 days before question closure; was well received by the ...
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Is this type of table allowed in Bio.SE?

Table1 Table2 Table3 Cell 1 ...
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How do you people identify all these critters?

I am always amazed at the answers in species-identification, especially for insects and plants. It seems like a grainy photo, a vague description, and very broad geographical location (often just a ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Biology is scheduled for an election next week, March 20th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose ...
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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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How to handle almost/mostly off-topic questions

Although I'm sure off-topic questions have been discussed many times previously, this discussion has its most recent origins from AliceD's Question on flicker-fusion put on hold Meta question. I've ...
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Question on flicker-fusion put on hold

Here is the question: How is the flicker fusion rate interpreted as an on-off rate? After 2 close-votes were in I edited it to stress it is all about flicker fusion. In my area of research a commonly ...
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What does reputation cap exactly mean?

A user can earn a maximum of 200 reputation, but my daily reputation gain never stops at 200, it always goes higher than 200 (whenever it gets chance ;). So what does repo cap exactly mean?
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Reason behind close vote got changed

I voted to close a question being too-broad (as far as I remember) but the close reason got changed. The system now states that the close reason is that the question was 'unclear'. From help I found ...
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Does it make sense to re-open a question and immediately re-close it to mark it as duplicate?

This question was fueled by below linked question. The idea behind this question, namely re-opening poorly posed closed questions and mark them as dupe instead, may be important as a general issue, ...
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Closing questions too quickly

I have recently seen a few cases where questions have been closed very quickly (after a few hours), usually with a "question unclear" motivation, but with no further comments to the OP. Examples are: ...

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