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Biology.SE and professional biologists?

Good question. It's always a good idea to now and then reflect on what our purpose and target audience is, as it often changes over time. Basically, I agree with the OP that biology SE is not really a ...
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Is it bad to mention if a specific article is open access or paywalled?

If you are unsatisfied with the edit, please feel free to rollback the edit or simply re-edit your question as you please. I agree that the edit is inappropriate and likely would have been rejected ...
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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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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

The top-voted answer should appear on top, even if a different answer has been accepted (this is the new behavior on Stack Overflow). I've accepted this answer as the current meta consensus, total ...
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Replacement for "Homework" close reason

Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Needs references, support, or an attempt to solve This question needs further content before it can be ...
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Species ID question template Problem: Being especially focused on species ID questions here, I notice I spend a lot of my time asking for addition/ clarification of specimen details (e.g., better ...
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Is this SE site / community dead?

A long comment here really - First off, you're most active at puzzling. As a scientific stack, answers need to be backed up by references. For sites like puzzling, folks can just take a bash - their ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Congratulations to both new moderators, thanks for joining the mods. I would also like to thank WYSIWIG for being a mod since this site graduated and also for his effort to achieve graduation. I hope ...
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This website is incredibly unfriendly to interdisciplinary discourse

My overall experience has been unfriendly and negative. Lots of negative reinforcement, no positive reinforcement. It looks like you have seven active answers and one question. These all have a net ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

AliceD Question 1 Several posts in meta have raised the possibility that our closing policy is inconsistent and applied too often. However, no clear consensus seems to exist. Do you think this ...
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Do we have a beauty troll?

Always flag suspicious sock puppets so that the mod team can look into it. Mods have tools to cross-check users and identify such users. In fact, using multiple sign-ins, although not recommended, is ...
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Homework questions?

Jordi made some good points, I'd like to add a few. While preparing for our exams we dont have so much time to write each and every detail....why cant the community just provide the answer without ...
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General quality of BioSE questions vs other SEs

Biology is extremely influential It is easy for a science and tech savy person to overweight the technological impact of, say, computer science, and down weight the social impact of biology. The ...
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Biology —Top User Swag!

Wow! Thank you. I am pretty happy with this t-shirt and it feels good to receive a reward $\ddot \smile$. I will be happy to add a Biology.SE sticker on my laptop as well. How about an Award too? An ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

theforestecologist Several posts in meta have raised the possibility that our closing policy is inconsistent and applied too often. However, no clear consensus seems to exist. Do you think this ...
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Ability to search Species ID posts using pictures Problem: Most people coming to Bio.SE to have their unknown specimen identified have two options: either browse through dozens (or hundreds) of old ...
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You can only post once every 40 minutes?

Any user with less than 125 rep need to wait 40 minutes before posting a question anywhere in the SE network. It was implemented to slow down spammers from asking questions networkwide. See here for ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

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What does "Be Nice" *mean* to you?

Unfriendly? No, I wouldn't go that far. Not universally (especially compared to other SE sites). Needing improvement? -- certainly!!! This has always been an issue I've been passionate about across ...
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What is wrong with my question

a small PC2 laboratory We have no idea what this is. What's "small"? What is "PC2"? The "Programming Contest Control System"? Proprotein convertase 2? DDR2 RAM? A ...
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Homework questions?

Your misinterpretation of biology.se First of all, what I feel like that you are misunderstanding here, is that you think it is our duty to be on biology.se, and that we are probably even getting ...
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Five years of Biology Stack Exchange... what next for this community?

Personally, I think BioSE is beginning to loose it's way. Over recent months I've noticed a couple of possible worrying signs. In my opinion there has been a change in the type of questions we receive....
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Why are there so many poor questions?

I also have noticed a trend towards poor-quality questions becoming abundant. I think there are several reasons for the overall quality being relatively poor at this stage: The number of active ...
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Your "code of conduct" appears very one-sided

Context: this question from 2013 asks for clarification of some of Sanford's and other creationist's arguments. The top rated answer contains the words poppycock and bullheaded: 2 Genetic entropy ...
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Biology —Top User Swag!

Follow up request, could we get the swag with the current designs rather than the first draft of biology graphics (see: Site design for Biology community). The graphics shown on the t shirt and ...
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What's the point of closing well answered and well received questions?

I've reopened the question. The chosen close reason was that the question would fit better on a different site. That is generally an invalid reason to close, as long as the question isn't actually out ...
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Make it clear that basic and trivial questions are off-topic It seems obvious that if this site has any pretensions to quality, basic and trivial questions should be pulled. When I gained enough ...
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Your "code of conduct" appears very one-sided

Biology.SE is a place for people to ask and answer questions about the science of biology. It is not a chat, discussion, or debate site. There is no game to be played or field to be leveled. The site ...
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