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Visual dynamic range question mod-closed - why?

I just wished to bring up this question - I didn't write it, I didn't answer it, but I think it's a valid question - How are colors outside the standard RGB color scheme perceived?. If it was ...
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Is there a list of generic help comments?

Is there a list of generic comments available to users with higher rep to use in instances of reviewing and general site moderation? I've seen some users re-use the same moderation comments (e.g., ...
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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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The Amazing Migration of an English terminology question to Russian Language Stack Exchange

I've just discovered that my question asking about an English term that an English biotechnitian would use was migrated to, of all possible SEs, the Russian Language SE. This is just to register my ...
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Publicizing homework policy

Although this has been a topic before I wanted to re-raise this issue as an ongoing concern in Biology.SE. Is there something we can do to make the homework policy more visible especially to first-...
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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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Why is this question voted as primarily opinion based?

Why are successful human rock climbers so dissimilar to Hominidae primates who spend extended time periods climbing? The question has been closed as "opinion-based" which feels overly hostile, and is ...
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How to distinguish a question more appropriate for Biology-SE or CogSci-SE or Health-SE?

Recently going through this question (that has been put hold as off-topic; and commented for more appropriate to CogSci.SE) ; to me it looked highly like a biology (physiology) question such as this ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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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's an Association Bonus?

Just what the question above says, what is an 'Association Bonus'? And why can't I click on it? I received loads of extra reputation just out of nowhere because of it... (p.s. I'm not complaining, ...
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Is “because it is too long” a reason for voting to close?

Consider the post Can the human chin have developed to protect against combat strangles?. I haven't read the post because it is too long and I don't feel like giving time to read it. There are two ...
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How to properly hyperlink in comments the hyperlinks that contains bracket?

To cite hyperlinks in comment; I use the command format: Here's an inline link to [Google](http://www.google.com/)., out of from total 3 formats. I've ...
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Should there be two tags for the same thing?

I found a tag named replication and another called dna-replication. Shouldn't they be merged?
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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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Appeals to Authority?

I recently answered a question without providing specific sources. @MattDMo helpfully responded asking for me to update with sources, which seems appropriate, and I've added references. However, my ...
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Where (on the internet) should I ask for a broad question?

I'm already aware that StackExchange websites are not for advices/recommendations/broad questions and I enjoy this as a Stackoverflow user. However, as a complete ignorant toward biology I would like ...
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Is there an ideal flag for questions in the “avoid asking” category of Biology.SE?

It seems like there are many posts that are eventually flagged for removal because they are not the right type of questions for the site, as described here. The only flag I see that can apply to ...
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The “Homework Questions” page needs to be updated

The question What metric is used when quantifying muscle tightness? was put on hold on the grounds that, given that it is a homework question, the OP should show their attempt at an answer. In the ...
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What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness?

What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness? Are they on-topic or off-topic? For example, the question: What metric is used when quantifying muscle tightness? attracted one close vote, ...
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Why is this question getting flagged ''too broad''?

A question to the moderators and top users : I made a post on identification of sunbirds that was downvoted twice and had been flagged as too broad. I would like to know what aspects of the question ...
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Why has this question been bumped by the community 6 times?

Why has this question been bumped by the community six times? To me this makes no sense, why would an "ordinary" question be bumped so many times, and therefore appear in the ...
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Five years of Biology Stack Exchange… what next for this community?

I decided to make a meta post here, so we can discuss the future of Biology Stack Exchange. As we approach 2017 perhaps it would be good to reflect on the successful five years of Biology SE and ...
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How do you flag questions which show no effort whatsoever? [duplicate]

I have been on bio stackexchange for little over a year now, and have encountered many great questions, but also many badly researched and trivial queries. Usually when I see something that goes ...
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Should we have some instructions/codes before asking anthropology question dealing with human races/ phenotypes?

Anthropology-related questions like this or this may fall in unwanted trouble regarding racism or politics or such-kind of complications. So, before asking such kind of answer; how could we ...
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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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Would there be more-specific SE branches (communities) for some broad branches of biology?

From these vast lot discussions (Scope differences between biology and (biological) anthropology , What is the most appropriate forum for Biochemistry questions? , Is this site open to questions that ...
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Should there be a limit of downvotes from one particular user?

Context I'm new here and giving this a try since the Neuroscience SE proposal has been shut down. For some reason I seemed to have pissed someone off. There was a bad answer in a question about ...
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When this rare message comes?

The brown message... "Have you considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty for this question?" . Many times I saw a question left for long time, but I rarely see this message, and it is only ...
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Want to know commands (codes) for following formatting tasks

Want to know commands (codes) for following formatting tasks. Degree Centigrade. Subscripts and superscripts like CO2, 14N , (6C13)6H12O6. Greek letters. a portion of text, with special characters ...
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Are questions on zoologists bio on-topic here?

Can I ask questions about famous zoologist and biologists biographies or lives here, if they have very little or actually no impact on actual biology? For example, I'd like to know why Edward Turner ...
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How is this question opinion based?

Besides fruits and milk, what other things in nature are "intended" to be eaten? I understand that it initially could stir up some emotions regarding the use of language and lack of context,...
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What are non-community and community wiki answers?

I was going through the Badges and stumbled upon 'non-community wiki answers' in the Tag Badges section. What does it mean?
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How to be placed off hold

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: Reference Request: Nucleotides as adjoints I followed up on the requests for an edit immediately after it was given by adding a significant ...
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Is it recommended to use answers to post long comments? [duplicate]

I often find useful to write very long comment, typically when a question contains several issues of semantic that cannot be addressed with 600 characters (or even 1200 or 1800 characters). In such ...
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When is our next election going to be held?

From the past posts on Biology meta one can make out that our first election took place last year around the month of Jun. It is going to be 1st Sept 2016 tomorrow.I'm curious to know how often does ...
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Are there any guideline about species-identification questions?

In this site are there any guideline about species-identification questions? Or any instructions about how to capture some important features of the organism (plant/animal/fungus/whatever)? How much ...
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How to suggest a Tag-edit without making any change in the main post?

Whenever I try to do any tag-edit for the first-time-on-a-question, an error-message comes "your edit should contain change in at-least 6 characters". When a little tag-edit-suggestion could make a ...
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Review and Reputation

I downvoted an answer while reviewing and found that my reputation went down by one. I don't get this. Why did this happen? Shouldn't the OP's reputation only change by upvoting or downvoting his/her ...
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Term paper and field work ideas

Can we post questions asking for ideas on term papers and field work on specific topics? I didn't find any related open question. The one that I found was closed and was tagged 'opinion based'.
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Biology.SE and professional biologists?

@Terdon made an interesting observation in the chat room recently: The simple truth is that we've never been a site for biologists. Those of us who answer are usually biologists or in similar ...
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Can I ask questions about the practice of biology?

Naturally, we expect on a site like this that biology itself is discussed. But what about related things that concern biologists? What I do know is that: Equipment recommendations are off-topic, a ...
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How to answer a “Is this correct” question?

I am thinking about the post What is the probability of an XX female or XY male?. How are we supposed to answer this question other than by just stating "Yes you are correct"? One can probably teach ...
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Are questions about specific species allowed?

This refers to questions that concerns with pure information to individual species, where little thinking is needed from the answer-giver. The question "where and how to capture freshwater planarian?...
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How can I open a closed question?

I have edited this question which was put on hold previously. Is there any possibility of opening the question. If there is,how?
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How do I find Biology.SE's vital statistics?

Apologies if this is obvious, but I've had a look around and can't see it anywhere. I notice that some of the beta SEs listed on Area51 have summary statistics for users, average questions/day, % ...
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Ecology and evolutionary methods proposal [closed]

Just spotted this proposal on Area 51. Any thoughts? It sounds like it would overlap pretty substantially with Biology.SE.
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population-dynamics versus population-ecology

The standard tag term for population studies is population-dynamics, however, it is also common to see the term "population ecology" for this subject. "Population ecology" is a somewhat more ...
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Questions on medical science belong here or on health beta?

I had recently asked a question on the biological basis of the Jendrassik's maneuver which is performed to reinforce reflexes. This question was migrated to stack health beta. As a medical student and ...

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