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is this question about epidemiology on-topic?

In my opinion, yes, epidemiology can be on-topic because epidemiology has an interdisciplinary relationship with biology. Existing tags as a mark for what is on-topic can sometimes be misleading, but ...
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Are questions on zoologists bio on-topic here?

Such questions are off-topic here because they are not really about biology. Such questions may be asked in History of Science and Mathematics SE.
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Why this question is closed as "health advice" and "medical advice"?

I was not involved in the closing of this question. I think it's a well-written and supported question (thanks for that). However, I certainly could see how someone would consider closing this ...
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Why this question is closed as "health advice" and "medical advice"?

I used my moderator close vote to close this question. Some reasoning: Your question describes such a very specific circumstance that it seems unlikely to be specifically researched (that is, you will ...
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Are questions about vaccine approval process on-topic?

No, I don't think it's really a good fit for the Biology site. A similar question was asked (and I answered) at Medical Sciences.SE but has also been closed there: https://medicalsciences....
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High number of closed questions

I think some of this might be confusion due to a change in how SE displays the reasons questions are closed. I think they made this change to simplify things and because they got feedback that the old ...
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Are Fermi questions welcome?

Sure, Fermi questions are welcome. It's Fermi answers we should all be cautious about. The way I see it, many laypeople tend to look for answers without considering or checking the method critically, ...
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Would asking a question about potential environmental impacts a non-native species to an area would be?

That would be ontopic, yet the Q needs decent embedding in the literature. The risk of hypothetical case questions like this is that they are too broad and lack any prior research required to make the ...
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If a question has no scientific findings available for answering, is it okay to give a general opinion?

If there are no scientific findings available that address the concern(s) of an OP, is it okay to then provide nothing but opinion based answers? I personally have no problem with people providing ...
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Spirit behind the term "biological concept" in the Help Center

Other resources: In addition to finding a definition for "biological concept" be sure to check other relevant help topics: "Don't Ask" and "How to Ask" including: You should only ask practical,...
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Is Dawkins' meme theory biology?

I think some of the questions could be asked here at BioSE in a meaningful way, if it is done cautiously and focusing on the biological connections. For instance, I could see versions of #2 being ...
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Where should I ask questions related to biology but need explanation in chemistry also?

Welcome and thanks for your question. First of all, it is best practice to ask one question at a time. Secondly, many questions touch upon different disciplines; the physics of biology is a discipline ...
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Are questions about language interpretation on-topic?

I'd like to see users that ask these sorts of questions demonstrate some deeper attempt at the dictionary approach, although I do think it is important to allow them because indeed sometimes science ...
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Are questions about language interpretation on-topic?

I think this is a very good question. In the examples provided, I would consider them both to be on-topic. The first one is about a process basic to energy metabolism in cells and has a physiological ...
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What to do about polarizing questions?

I'll avoid addressing your two sub-questions because I think your answer is perfectly alright, and I wouldn't overthink it. We have a few conscientious users here who are sticklers and vote/answer ...
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Is Biology more like "expert answers to your questions" or more like "expert answers to your expert questions"?

From the on-topic help page: Biology Stack Exchange is for people studying biology at any level. Questions are from students, academics and active researchers in biology and closely related fields ...
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High number of closed questions

Welcome to Meta. I can address the questions here to motivate the mod-team's choices to close these questions. Importantly, you focus solely on the question whether the topic of the question suits ...
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Where is a question on Radiobiology and Dosimetry going to best be answered?

I think the question itself is kind of vaguely described and seems to consist of two separate sub-questions. Try to ask focused questions and I would recommend splitting them up. I think I read ...
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Should we allow questions related to specific, experiment-related technologies?

I don't see why that question would be off-topic. It's about a tool used in biological research. Not all biology happens in an enclosed lab in a building - sometimes your lab is an open field, or a ...
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Should book recommendation questions be allowed on Meta?

I think the Meta site should be used for what it's meant for, namely to ask questions or start discussions related to the main site. To me, Meta shouldn't become the scrap heap for borderline ontopic ...
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Is Bioethics on topic for biology stackexchange

https://biology.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic says explicitly that "off-topic" includes: philosophical or ethical questions related to biology I'd have to dig into the history, but I'm ...
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Understanding how to avoid my question being closed

It would help to reference academic papers or similar research to frame your question as a general question about a phenomenon. Basically, identify the phenomenon exists and that scientists talk about ...
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What to do about polarizing questions?

I would like to add here an inter-community perspective, which might be a bit too long to be added as a comment. There are striking difference between different stack exchange communities in how they ...
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Is this not considered evidence of effort?

Welcome to Meta. Personally, I think you have shown sufficient prior efforts, and from my point of view I think it contains a lot more background than many questions on this site. Further, cochlear ...
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Questions about hypothetical scenarios

Thanks for your question. I'll first quickly glance over your examples; Can mitochondria become cancerous? Yes, it's hypothetical, but I think it is a potentially interesting question, as it ...
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Are questions about identifying mushroom species on-topic here?

Yes they are on-topic, but please see https://biology.stackexchange.com/tags/species-identification/info and follow the guidelines there (including the one specific note about mycology). In general, ...
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Would a question asking for speculative answers be allowed?

You can ask speculative questions but they should not be too broad or open-ended. All the questions that you mentioned are very broad. Without a great amount of detail such questions are not ...
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Are theoretical biochem/biophys questions "off-topic"?

I don't think we do a very good job of handling these cases consistently. See a couple related questions on the borders of when something is "biology" vs not: Where should I ask questions ...
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Should book recommendation questions be allowed on Meta?

I would suggest we consider the way SE English Language and Usage operates on this. I posted a question on Meta there and received an instructive answer from one of the Mods. From this, the essence of ...
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