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Why are all of my answers downvoted?

I answer questions to my best ability, correctly, and with as much information as I am able to give, yet 90% of them are instantly shot down, saying it is "not detailed enough." Why does this keep ...
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Where do public policy questions related to biology go?

Background I asked this question on biology stack exchange to get the scientific reason behind Massachusetts' reopening policy of requiring masks even with a vaccine. I thought I made sense to ask ...
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Closure of question on Coronaviridae mutation

Why was https://biology.stackexchange.com/q/92737 closed and deleted, but not Can Coronaviridae mutate into something as dangerous as Flioviridae??
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Add a tag for scientific names

A tag for scientific names would be helpful. It would be appropriate for the first question I asked here. Please add it?
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Does there exist a substantial guide for how to write questions on biology.SE?

We can find that people ask if a specific topic is "on topic", and how they can improve their question. There are of course the children sites of help center, and a small list of general rules have ...
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What to do about polarizing questions?

I recently answered a one-line question. This question appears to have (very modestly) polarized the Bio.SE community: it has been up- and down-voted once each (not counting my upvote just now). My ...
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Can the Ebola, Measles, Coronaviruses somehow lead to a new deadlier virus?

After some research, I don't grasp how Can the Ebola, Measles, Coronaviruses somehow lead to a new deadlier virus? can be opinion-based. I didn't know it when I wrote the question, but it involves ...
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Why was my question migrated to medical science?

Why was my question migrated to medical science? My question was more about the condition( even if it is a condition in attention of the medical science) in itself( hypothesized causation by fungi) ...
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Communication with moderators over posts needing citations

Yesterday an answer I posted to a question was flagged with the following notice: Want to improve this post? Add citations from reputable sources by editing the post. Posts with unsourced content ...
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Handling “noisy” edit summaries in the “Suggested Edits” review queue

A user has recently been suggesting many edits (such as this one — screenshot below) with attempts to include links in the "Edit Summary". Many of these edits seem reasonable, but having links in ...
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Why is this question about terminology bad?

I wonder why the question What is the term for being younger than the body age? has 2 downvotes?
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Is Biology more like “expert answers to your questions” or more like “expert answers to your expert questions”?

When I open the Stack Exchange app on a mobile device it quickly shows a view with the following motto: Expert answers to your questions I have recently raised a question that got more attention ...
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Selectively deleting comments which a mod decided it is “biased”, acceptable?

What's the evidence against SARS-CoV-2 being engineered by humans? In this question, a mod deliberately deletes only certain comments (which presumably he thinks took a side), claiming "Please ...
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Bannering the main site for coronavirus

The community mod Jnat offers assistance in case we wish to have a banner, for example one that links to a meta post that explains what to ask here on Bio, what not to ask, and to resources where to ...
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is this question about epidemiology on-topic?

Having a small comment-debate about this question. All I can find in What topics can I ask about here? is that this site is for [questions about] biology and closely related fields, including ... ...
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Why was it hidden / deleted?

I have a question about my Biology Stack Exchange post: What could it be? HPV? Hi. My question was hidden / deleted without any attempt to improve the question. Please can you help me understand or ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Are comments that partially answer the question discouraged?

Sometimes the comments below a question partially answer the question. I got a message from a moderator stating to refrain from answering in comments. Answering a question in the comment may be due ...
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I erroneously raised a “Duplicate” flag on a post, but I can't retract the flag — is this a bug?

I raised a duplicate flag on this question, but as the OP pointed out the question I had linked to wasn't actually a duplicate of their question. However, when I clicked on the "flag" link there was ...
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Information about coronaviruses (how to ask, and external resources)

Stack Exchange Biology receives many questions about the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19) that has spread worldwide. This is understandable. However, ...
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How exactly do respirators seal out pathogens?

Which Stack Exchange would befit How exactly do respirators seal out pathogens?? I'm uncertain why moderator Bryan Krause closed this question on pathogens as off-topic. It can be asked for any ...
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Should a question about human gene restoration be cut into several questions?

I plan to ask about how to restore some defunct human genes. The GULO pseudo gene is the first one I am going to ask about. Should the question maybe be split into several question? The intended ...
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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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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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When a user knows several different answers to one question

I recently posted an answer to the question "How do parasites reprogram brains?". After editing, my answer described three different examples from neuroparasitology. In each of these, the way in which ...
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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

Would we rather have a close/reopen vote threshold lower than 5? Recently, Stack Overflow experimented with and decided to change the threshold for close/reopen votes from 5 to 3. They found an ...
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User comments on my username, starting off-topic discussion - flag declined

I disagreed with a comment suggesting an edit, and received a rather weird response: @TomášZato-ReinstateMonica It is not standard English. My arguments are clear. You make the site accessible to ...
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Proposal for rephrasing the “homework” off-topic explanation

There are various problems with ‘homework’ questions, several of which have been discussed before. I am addressing just one problem, focussing on this because I have what I think is a practical ...
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Handling low quality post queue

I am little confused about how to handle low quality post queue. I know there are already some posts like this which try to answer this same question. However, I have moral dilemma. On one hand, ...
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Why is my post labelled “Homework”?

My question had nothing to do with home-work, which the mods are well aware... as I had never alluded to it, nor am I enrolled in school. However the mods falsely labelled my post out of spite from ...
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Why has my reputation increased?

My reputation recently increased from around 2,100 when I checked yesterday to 2,935 now. Why is this the case?
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Does a question about vehicle catalytic converters environmental effect fit?

Catalytic converters in cars are catalyzing some nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons at the expense of engine efficiency and thus increasing net carbon dioxide emission. With today's focus ...
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What are we currently doing with old highly upvoted but kind of bad questions?

Out-of-date questions I came across this "How did the human brain evolve?" question. It is a 7-year-old question with about 16 upvotes. It is a great example of the Q&As I am talking about. ...
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“support” tag on meta

The "support" tag on https://meta.stackexchange.com/ is described as "A request for assistance with one of the site's features, or a question where you're expecting a concrete answer, and not ...
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Spirit behind the term “biological concept” in the Help Center

The Help Center states here that questions about "biological concepts" are allowed. (Also note that the list is non-exhaustive, as it is captioned "..., including:".) What is the spirit behind ...
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Are Fermi questions welcome?

Science does not always aim for exact numerical precision. So-called Fermi questions (questions that can be answered using Fermi's estimation technique) have been answered by science (not necessarily ...
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Why was the question “Is the morphology of the insertion of the gluteus minimus acquired or innate […]” closed as unclear?

Why was the question Is the morphology of the insertion of the gluteus minimus to the greater trochanter acquired or innate? If acquired, what are the factors? closed as unclear? No comment was left ...
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Where can I ask about the behavior of a snake?

My last question on main site (Can a certain snake kill human by 'drinking' his breaths?) has not been received well. So where can I ask about it? I don't think it's really a bad question. Many things ...
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Why can't I (and never could) add a bounty to my question?

I asked this question a while back: The afflictions of Tarrare It was fairly well received judging by votes, and think the subject matter is quite intriguing. However, where I am normally able to ...
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Are users allowed to edit questions to better suit the answer they can provide?

Disclaimer, I don't think this should be allowed, and should be discouraged. For my own edification, I'd like to get your insight on a little dispute here found in the comments to the question and to ...
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Asking a Microtaxonomy question

I am interested in the Species Problems that work well with Homo Sapiens as the concept is used by the Wikipedia Article A book by Ernst Mayr says that Microtaxonomy is the study of Species and the ...
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In the Biology SE I have posted a question on may 31,2019.After some days it got deleted by community◆mod(system).Please,can you undelete it?

The question which I have posted got automatically deleted on June 21,2019 at 3am IST by community◆ moderator(system).Before that it got closed as too broad.I need to answer that question which was ...
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Why require at least 6 characters when improving answer?

I saw an answer to a question on this site, which I found difficult to read, due to the author not having split the text in to proper sections. So I simply added the paragraphs, where it made sense. ...
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Would this be a good community for SBOL Q&A?

The Synthetic Biology Open Language is an open representational standard for encoding biological designs. As this community has been growing, it has been trying to figure out a better way than FAQs to ...
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Should I simplify answers for people who are not biologists?

I am in an odd situation. I am not a biologist. But I have a family member who is so I have access to a raft of books. So I am a non qualified layperson and some kind of expert at the same time. So I ...
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Retrieving answers from deleted questions

There were two questions posted by someone recently on measles virus, to which I devoted several hours of work in producing answers. The questions and answers disappeared completely over the weekend. ...
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Migration back?

Recently I posted a question about preventing deer damage. It was migrated to Gardening. I considered that SE site when posting, but realized that my question was mostly about deer behaviour, and ...
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What is our stance on edits that only add one or several tags?

What is our stance on edits that only add one or several tags? Should they be accepted or rejected? Examples: accepted edit; rejected edit.
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Should there be a writing tag or similar?

All biologists have to write on biology (papers, thesis etc), and use words and conventions that are unfamiliar to those outside of the subject. Other stack exchanges have created tags like writing or ...

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