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Don't cite everything. In my undergraduate honours degree I came from the other end of the stick and referenced too much; an equally unhelpful filter. I cited almost every sentence and statement with many sources, even if a study simply mentioned an established fact that I was stating, I referenced it. The feed-back, which I now go by, was: Only cite the ...


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My opinion on when is citation needed. References are always appreciated but are strictly required in certain cases such as: Answers stating non-obvious facts and recent experimental findings. Answers related to a popular topic. (health related topics, evolution, wildlife conservation, etc). This is required in order to avoid any misinterpretation by non-...


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I have answered a number of questions on Stack Overflow by essentially saying "This is not possible" or "The software you're using doesn't have that feature" or something similar, and more often than not these get accepted as the correct answer. They aren't one-line answers, as I try to back up my assertion with proof, of course, citing any references I can. ...


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I disagree that posting LMGTFY answers to a question will be useful, for reasons dustin has already enumerated. What I would do to the case would be to vote to close the question as homework, followed by a comment that this answer is trivially googleable if I am so inclined.


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Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. So you can expect pretty well everything but keep in mind that this site is not solely for students and we wish to attract professionals as much as we do students. I think you can generally infer the level of detail required from the question; student ...


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I mostly scan the question and when it becomes clear OP is newbie and uninformed in Bio (e.g. How is DNA Read), I adapt my general tone and include links to accessible (but credible) websites when using jargon. Although wikipedia as a basis for answer content is not OK, it is encouraged to use it to explain jargon*. When OP asks a specific question ...


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Good point and referencing is not only appreciated, it's necessary on a scientific stack and vital to maintain this site's quality. Commenting and downvoting are the primary means to go about this. Downvoting seems to be done sparsely at Bio, but I always highly encourage it; it gives a slight nudge that something is wrong. A comment helps a lot, especially ...


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Summary: No, don't simplify. But please do explain! :). Long Answer: You can do as you please regarding this, but... I suggest and invite you to revisit our Tour page, which indicates for whom this site is meant for: Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students In other words, the posts are "...


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In situations of laziness, I tend not to even Google it for them since it is on the lines of teach a man to fish and they can eat for a life time. I generally just comment saying isn't this Googlable? I think they should do their own search. The most I will do is down vote and vote to close. LMGTFY may be sarcastic, but by doing this, the OP still doesn't ...


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It has to be re-opened first. I see the question image has been updated and I vote to re-open. Four other users need to vote-to-re-open and then you're good to go. You can delete your answer-in-comment disguise and post it as answer instead once the question is re-opened. Thanks for bringing this up here.


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I haven't previously seen your answers and didn't downvote, but with a quick look it looks like a lot of your answers are strongly overlapping with existing answers and don't really add anything by way of explanation or differentiate from other options. A lot of users don't appreciate that because it might look like you're digging for rep without adding ...


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I think the current banner is too ineffectual, and should i) Be more strongly worded ii) Answers with the banner should be faded out (the same as highly downvoted answers) to highlight to other users that there are issues with the answer before they read it. iii) Anyone who (up)votes on a banner-marked answer should get a pop-up notification that they ...


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I think it comes across as snarky and unprofessional, and overall doesn't match the tone of the rest of the website. That's just my opinion, of course. I think a better alternative would be to say "Try googling this with the keywords [such and such]"


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From How do I properly use the "Not an Answer" Flag, Robert Harvey stated the following here which I have quoted: What is the Not an Answer Flag? The Not an Answer flag is a moderator flag that community users can use to notify moderators that a posted answer is not an answer, and should be deleted. What is the purpose of the Not an Answer flag? ...


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I can see two problems with closing questions which are good but have what we deem to be unanswerable due to a lack of suitable research or scientific material: 1) It is based on an assumption that we have enough breadth of expertise among the very regular visitors, some questions may be answerable just not by people that are visiting the site (at all or ...


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Perhaps just follow the SE convention - downvote. I've done that, although it unfortunately did result in a discussion with remi (r: why are hi-rep users judged more stringently - me: you should be an example). But apart from remi, and to lead this discussion away from a personal critique - I see it happen quite a lot, by users all the way through the rep ...


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The user was removed, this is correct. Regarding your answer, you should be able to see your own answers, if not they are here and here. If you still can't see them, let me know, then I will copy+paste them to a place like pastebin, where you can copy them.


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To add to @BryanKrause's answer (to which I agree): Your posts are also of low quality relative to the expectations we have for answer posts on this site. See How do I write a good answer? in our help center for an introduction to minimal expectations. Notice that each of your down-voted posts has received one of the following post notices: Add citations ...


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So we now have rolling question rate limits network-wide, but I'm not sure if the same applies to answers, or if this has even been addressed (I searched through Meta.SE and Meta.SO without success). I think the best course of action for these sorts of answers is to downvote and/or flag as very low quality (or not an answer, if it truly doesn't even attempt ...


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I declined that specific flag. "Not an answer" doesn't really apply here as the post is clearly trying to answer the question. You could certainly argue that it misses the point and contains rather dubious statements, but it is still an answer, just not necessarily a good one. In general, moderators are not supposed to judge the correctness of an answer. ...


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OP here, First off, I HAVE NOT FORSAKEN YOU (as another answer suggested) But I have taken a bit of a leave of absence. The sudden flurry activity on this question has brought me back. So… Why did I accept the currently "accepted" answer? Well as has already been pointed out, there weren't any other high quality answers to the question: The most upvoted ...


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I'm only posting this answer to give my opinion and relevant information I have found. Obviously I would also like other people's opinions as well. If a post attempts to answer the question, it should not be deleted or moved to a comment. Wrong answers or "poor quality" right answers should be dealt with by voting and commenting. See these posts on meta: ...


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From the help: Why and how are some answers deleted? Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “thanks!” or “me too!” responses exact duplicates of other answers barely more than a link to an external site not even a ...


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You should be able to find them yourself using either of the following methods: Anyone can find their deleted recent (i.e. posted in the past 60 days) answers by going to the answer tab of their profile and clicking on "deleted recent answers". There is also a link for "deleted recent questions" on the question tab. As a 10k+ user, you can see a list of all ...


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Why was the answer converted to comment: The statement "This is true for most proteins, ignoring things like imprinting and X-inactivation, which is a bit more advanced to grasp", requires explanation. The first line of the answer is fine for the title "Which of the two chromosomes in a pair is expressed?" but having touched upon imprinting and not ...


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Deletion Deleting answers which do not meet the referencing standards we strive for. How it could work High rep users can vote to delete the post on the basis of lacking (suitable) references. After 3-5 votes the post is deleted. Pros Existing system for votes to delete Community democracy Effective mechanism against regular users and one timers Can be ...


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Citations and external material serve two purposes, to support claims and statements made in the post, and to allow easier follow-up reading by the readership. At the end of the day, we should be willing and able to support the validity of any statement we make in an answer, so we should bear that in mind when we write answers. For example, one could say: ...


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Sure we can discourage it but will that actually do anything? Moderators aren't here to edit verbage (unless it is disrespectful, hate speech, profanity, etc), and when they do a fire storm can brew, see this meta post on an outside mod correcting a questions wording on a math post. @madscientists has already seen the craziness since he was in the comment ...


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This problem is still relatively actual. It is a two-sided problem: I am not an expert in all fields which are discussed here (and I guess this applies to most people here), so on one day I can answer 5 or 6 questions (happened a few days ago) while on others I can not say anything useful. The other thing is that a lot of useful answers are not voted up, or ...


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I am coming to this question from this one by Remi.b on essentially the same topic. In the interest of maintaining the SE spirit, I've voted to close the other and answer here, as I must have missed this question the first time around. I've been a member of Biology for over 4 years, with various levels of involvement over that time, and I've pretty ...


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