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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 species-identification tag info page. I now link to this info page directly in the Tag warning text. (Links do work here). I also removed #5 ("Indication of ...


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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 photo, location, size, etc.). Although the species-identification tag suggests adding some detail Please include as much information as possible on habitat (...


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No. As I have already said here, in my opinion, such questions should be welcome here as long as they are good questions by the standards of SE. In my experience, such questions fall into two broad categories: Questions where the OP is honestly confused, has had the misfortune of being raised in a place where creationism or ID are taught in school and ...


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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 positive score. Your one question has an answer, though there are no votes on this answer (if it is helpful, you could upvote it; if you feel it sufficiently ...


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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 posts to see if they can find a match for their specimen, or (much more commonly) just ask a new question. This first option requires opening each post ...


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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 points to vote to close questions it appeared to me that there was no scope for doing this. Then I discovered others were voting to close questions of this type by ...


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Private chat rooms are reserved for moderation purposes, they are only meant for stuff diamond moderators can't talk about in public. While we have the ability to create private rooms and give regular users access, SE has told us moderators that private rooms for anything but actual moderation purposes are not allowed. A room like this would violate that ...


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I do not see the point. People respond when they have the time and knowledge to do so. Adding this kind of feature would/could also shift the focus of SE from good objective answers to personal relationships between users. I would personally dislike such a change, and there would have to be an option to opt-out of public online status. However, I do think (...


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Little bit improvement in fonts At-present the font being used for output / executed forms, creates some confusions places to places; such as the small-letter-L (EL) (l) and capital-letter-i (Aye) (I) are indistinguishable. For say, when to type Isoleucine or Ile (should be aye(i)-el(L)-ee(E)), Illicium sp or i-L-L-icium (and Illiceaceae)... it is quite ...


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Votes are a pretty flawed mechanic, the score of a post is much more determined by how many users see it than the quality of the post. Accessibility of the topic is the second major factor, users tend not to vote if they don't understand what the post is about. I still think that increasing the reputation required to vote would not be a good solution. The ...


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You can see who is in chat. Maybe the solution is to encourage people to use chat more (which is good since it is more accessible than comments). In general, I would like for the software to allow for more one-to-one communication in order to keep the comments on topic, but that seems like it would be a major change to the software that is used by all of ...


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Community moderation is meant for dealing with posts, not with users. That is something that falls into the responsibility of us diamond moderators. We have a much better view of the history of a specific user, e.g. we can see deleted posts on a user profile. We also can message and suspend users, if necessary. This kind of moderator actions are mostly ...


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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 and why but also why the wrong choices are wrong. Determining what could have been the 'pitfall' or 'trick' the instructor was trying to play can actually ...


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Short answer no there isn't a Bio careers. You can see from the drop down menu. Here is Bios and here is SO Will there every be a Bio careers? I can't say but I would think not. I say this because it is much easier to get a feel for a programmer from viewing their SO careers page which has a link to their SO account. Additionally, with programming careers, ...


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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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Some more button for the Visual editor tool-bar (for improved visual editor support for the formatting task). In a list form; some features that are important, so requires visual support. (Also the visual support works as a good tutorial, on the same time.) For special characters like degree sign or ° (as in °C or °F), greek letters like &...


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The auto-prettification of links has a few non-intuitive restrictions, I never know when it will kick in. In addition to not working in comments, there are also restrictions on the number of links, and those are different for internal and external links. So if you add many links, at some point it will stop working as well. For comments I just manually ...


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Health is a very early beta site, those never get a migration path. A new site should find their scope on their own, older sites pushing questions to a new site can be problematic. Migration paths are in general only established between graduated sites, and only if there is a clear need for them.


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We should have a consensus here. I do not think flagging every neuroscience related question cogsi.se is a great idea. There are specific areas that that suit cogsci.se better. I think we can migrate questions on following subjects: Behavioural studies Social neuroscience Psychology Neuropsychology Psychiatry We need not migrate neurophysiology, ...


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That is an easy one! Under Activity on your profile, click on the tags menu: Then from there click on any one of the tags you are interested in and it will show you only your posts related to that tag. Another way to accomplish the same thing is to use your user id and the tag you are interested in in the search box, so if you did user:9943 [neuroscience]...


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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 and write good referenced answers. I know that new users get notification about the tour page, but only some people read them and also the on-topic and off-topic ...


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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 options for one’s reason for doing this, one of which is “off-topic because...”. After clicking this one gets another set of options, one of which is: “This question ...


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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. Except for some very narrow cases relevant to the model organism itself (in which case the model-organism tag is appropriate), few people 'care' about C. elegans ...


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There are several rules around self-deleting posts, the most important one is that questions that have an answer with a score of at least 1 can't be self-deleted. The aim of this rule is to prevent useful content from being deleted while still allowing users to remove questions that are likely not useful. Visibility of deleted questions is almost zero, ...


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What I have done to prevent myself from falling prey to this effect is to view answers sorted by "active", not by "votes". Of course, this is not currently a viable solution for the larger problem, because it would require most people to make the switch themselves. There is a UX conflict in choosing the default answer ordering. If the reader is going to ...


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Found out you can rss subscribe users (link at bottom right on profile page). Looking for a good rss app. The ones I've come across are too spamy


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Users who have less than 1000 rep should already receive a pop-up similar to this one after they upvote an answer on their own question: It could be that users are not taking the hint, or it could be that the reputation threshold is different on non-graduated sites (which might need to be looked at by the SE team).


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Done, I renamed the tags. The tag wikis need to be redone as far as I can see.


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Yes there are limits see The Complete Rate-Limiting Guide. Below, I have added the information you are looking for from the meta. I also remember that SX goes by UTC time so the day changes at about 7pm for people in the US Eastern time zone. Additionally, there is no way around it according to Jeff Atwood since it goes by IP and account. So even if the said ...


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The "very low quality" flags are automatically dismissed if the post is edited. If you use those, these cases aren't a problem. Unnecessary flags are not really a problem on this site, the total volume is pretty low. I wouldn't worry about this at all.


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