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Should I simplify answers for people who are not biologists?

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 ...
theforestecologist's user avatar
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Increase in answers that do not have any references backing them

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. ...
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How to post an answer to a closed question?

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-...
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Why are all of my answers downvoted?

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 ...
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Retrieving answers from deleted questions

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+...
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On answers that are basically "extended comments"

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 ...
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Why are all of my answers downvoted?

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 ...
theforestecologist's user avatar
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When should answers be deleted?

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 ...
Bryan Krause's user avatar
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When should answers be deleted?

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 ...
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Retrieving answers from deleted questions

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 ...
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Increase in answers that do not have any references backing them

One way of improving things (fond hope) might be to revise the Help. If you look at the ‘How do I write a Good Answer’, you will see that providing references is not even mentioned. The only reference ...
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Increase in answers that do not have any references backing them

I'd like to see if we can revisit this discussion again. The participants in the highest voted meta question about this topic have all been absent for over a year, and I don't think the issue has ...
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On answers that are basically "extended comments"

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 ...
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How does one challenge an unsourced answer?

As discussed in the comments, the resolution here is: Users who would like to challenge an answer that doesn't have references should downvote (this is particularly important) leave a comment ...
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How do you people identify all these critters?

Some thoughts.... In general, having good overall knowledge of groups (orders/families etc) and their characteristics can quickly narrow down the answer set, which makes searching for traits more ...
fileunderwater's user avatar
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Are comments that partially answer the question discouraged?

Is there a policy regarding this in biology.stackexchange.com? Yes. The policy is quite clear. It is the general policy of Stack Exchange that appears in the question comment box of every Stack ...
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Are comments that partially answer the question discouraged?

I tend to say to users that have hidden answers in the comments that comments are for comments, answers are for answers It's a cliche, but it's just what it is. The help center is also quite ...
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Are comments that partially answer the question discouraged?

disclaimer: this is just my own opinion as a user and, though it may be reflected in how I currently think about comment flags, this is my own personal answer and not representative of the other mods ...
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Are comments that partially answer the question discouraged?

See here for a discussion on this from way back. What are the reasons to withhold answering in the comments? You already posed a few scenarios. They are all valid in my opinion. Some questions are ...
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