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I agree that we probably do need to enforce this rule to some extent. Part of the problem that I see is that a lot of asking the right question (that is, framing it in biological terms) requires knowing something of the field. There are times when you won't be able to find the answer on the internet if you don't know the right terminology. For non-...


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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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If the answer is appropriate for both sites (which happens), you can always ask a mod to migrate it to biology (or where ever you think it fits better). There is no need to repost a question. If the Mod agrees, it will be moved.


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This is my answer to your meta post We should be editing posts whenever they require it, making sure we leave informative edit summaries. The OP will get a message with the edit summary when their post is edited - whether they choose to act on/learn from it is up to them. I completely agree that there are some blatant repeat offenders (one immediately pops ...


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I don't see how this kind of question would be appropriate here. It is not really about understanding biology. We also have another site, Skeptics, where this kind of question would fit (as long as the notability criteria are met, which is probably not the case in this example).


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I think the request for "research" has less to do with necessarily looking for an answer to the problem, and more to do with showing that you understand what the problem actually is. I very much dislike the questions that ask a simple question and then say "I haven't found anything so please help." I hope @canadianer doesn't mind me using their example and ...


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There is a very helpful tag page for species identification questions: https://biology.stackexchange.com/tags/species-identification/info There is no requirement there for detailed weather information. There is a note to include: Additional useful info (e.g., behavior, time of day/year, etc...) as a catch-all category that could potentially include ...


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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 multiple questions: 1) I want to compare the Bragg Curves and posit that Radiation Therapy with Alpha Particles are a better alternative that either Proton Therapy ...


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The question is upvoted and perfectly ontopic here. In general, species ID questions are received well in this community. The information is sufficient and the only thing that will prevent it from being answered is the poor image quality and the image is the most important information I'm afraid.


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I agree that this is somewhat of a problem. Would it be appropriate for users to edit the post to have a more useful title, preferably using the OP's own words from the post body?


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I would like to bump this question, as well as try to answer. If we throw away all junk questions and surely homework-style ones, there are bunch of questions that don't offer any evidence of an effort from OP. And that is what for my view is not a good practice, not a good behavior to encourage. As @dd3 says, sometimes you lack terminology or language to ...


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It really depends on which community you're talking about. If you mean the wider community, then yes - a well-informed answer that increases the individual's - and any other readers' - scientific knowledge on biology is very useful. The layman has become if anything comparatively more ignorant in the 21st century, despite greater access to scientific ...


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There is generally two problems with this sort of question: 1) Is it medical advice? /Could the answer be used as medical advice? 2) How do we measure "best"? Additionally, I consider these questions highly trivial with little research effort - there's no attempt to understand biological concepts, or why and how certain treatments affect differently, so ...


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CONTEXT AND RESEARCH Maybe you can start by editing your question with what you just said there? Adding background and showing your research is a good way to have good answers (and less downvotes). DEFINITIONS Don't hesitate to say that you are not familiar with biology, people will forgive you more things and will begins by guiding you on the basics. ...


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You could explain "I have tried searching the web and Wikipedia and I haven't found any literature about it", and add what search terms you have used, that at least shows previous research. Add a link, or links, to any pages that you feel would be useful to illustrate how you are getting some of the way to answering your question, but how they don't quite do ...


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The very first sentence of https://biology.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic says: Biology Stack Exchange is for people studying biology at any level. The question How did these apples grow together? you referred to seems to be quite appropriate to a biology student. The more interesting questions you close, the more people you drive away from this site ...


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