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Species Identification tag warning proposal

Ok, I've read people's comments and made what I thought were necessary updates: The text was likely too long. As a result, I copied the detailed version from my original question post above to the ...
theforestecologist's user avatar
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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 ...
theforestecologist's user avatar
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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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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 ...
theforestecologist's user avatar
9 votes

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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Change homework policy to disallow Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

As answers are supposed to be well researched and citing sources, a bad multiple choice question might still prompt an interesting, well structured answer explaining not only which is the right choice ...
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Can we see the predominance of certain tags along time?

To query tag popularity or any other public data you can use StackExchange Data Explorer. Here is one query, as an example, that can show you the popularity of current top tags over time: Top tags ...
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tag proposal: "c.elegans" or "caenorhabditis elegans"

I am in general not a fan of tags for particular model organisms. From my perspective, the point of model organisms is that they are models - the relevant tags are to the biology being studied. ...
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Communication with moderators over posts needing citations

Nice update on the post! The banner is removed. Next time, you can simply flag your question for mod attention.
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Any way to embed sounds?

There is no such feature. You can upload the file somewhere and share the link.
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Improve Migration options This suggestion relates to those with sufficient reputation to vote to close, who see a ‘close’ link under a question. On clicking the ‘close’ link one gets a set of ...
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Greeting Bot How about having a bot that greets new users and provides them all the valuable information about the site in a short summary so that users tend to read it and post on-topic questions ...
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How do I find Biology.SE's vital statistics?

You can find some basic statistics about all sites on http://stackexchange.com/sites If you have at least 25k reputation or are a mod, you can see detailed site statistics at https://biology....
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Communication with moderators over posts needing citations

I agree with the other answers, but let me expand a bit for future users: Simply flag the post (selecting "in need of moderator intervention") and request that a moderator look at it to consider ...
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Feature suggestion: queued homework answers

In my opinion, these questions (poorly researched one-liner questions that nevertheless explore an interesting issue) are sufficiently rare that normal channels for improvement can be used to tackle ...
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Impossible to flag question for migration to Cross Validated

General answer on flagging for off-topic The off topic reasons are limited to Chemistry. Perhaps because of a long gone meta post or something, who knows. One way or another, if you wish to close vote ...
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Can more options be added for flagging for migration?

Normal users can only vote to migrate to sites which have graduated, but moderators can. Out of your examples, all the sites are in Beta except Chemistry.SE, so I think it could be added but there ...
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Communication with moderators over posts needing citations

Unfortunately there is no way to to see any changes automatically when this flag has been used. It is used regulary, so it simply happens that the removal is forgotten. I also don't have a look at ...
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Can we have the option to recommend moving a post to se.bioinformatics?

You can raise a custom flag (flag for moderator attention). Migration paths aren't allowed with beta sites and really haven't had much attention in a long time across all of SE, as far as I know. ...
Bryan Krause's user avatar
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Publicizing homework policy

I agree. When you ask a new question, there's a yellow box on the right titled "How to Ask". In there is a couple of sentences and links to the help center. I think we should greatly expand the ...
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Permanent Off-Topic criterion: Questions based on religious/mythical stories and intelligent design

Creationism/intelligent design is wrong a matter of opinion. Somewhat related is the recent PloS ONE retraction "Biomechanical Characteristics of Hand Coordination in Grasping Activities of Daily ...
James's user avatar
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Feature Request: Modification to the "citations needed" banner

Post-notices are basically templated comments that come with a box. They can be posted only by moderators. There are no custom post-notices. If you want a change in the statement then it has to be ...
WYSIWYG's user avatar
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Redesigning Biology Stack Exchange (extended)

Improve support for subscripts, superscripts and special characters This is a major annoyance which, in my opinion should have high priority in our wish list. There are three aspects to this: In ...
David's user avatar
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2 votes

Can the link to the Help section be restored?

I noticed the same thing. It is not Bio alone, though. The top bar has been replaced SE-wide. There is still a link to the help center when you click on the hamburger on the top right of your screen. ...
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Can we have a tag for "nurturing"?

A tag can be made by any user with 300 rep or more in case of graduated sites like Bio. To make a new tag just type it in and hit 'Enter'. In your case, you do not have enough rep here on Bio (you do ...
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Is it possible to reverse the dominance of the "eyes" versus "vision" tags?

I have de-synonymized the vision and eyes tags. Honesty, I do not know why, how and when the synomyzation happened. The vision tag is more appropriate for questions on visual function, physiology ...
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