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Moderators and community curators are on strike - how will it affect the site?

First off, info about the strike, with links to why AI-generated content is not trustworthy or welcome on the network: Open letter that you can sign Meta.SE post announcing strike Meta.SO question: ...
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What is a moderator's job?

https://biology.stackexchange.com/help/site-moderators This link tells you a bit about site moderators. Moderators are volunteers, not paid. They are elected from the community by users. Every subject ...
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Why was my reasonable comment deleted?

If the comment has been noted and included in an answer, the comment seems redundant. I always look if the comments are addressed in the question and/or the answers. If not, the comment may be ...
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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

NO: we should stick to the current threshold of 5. I have noticed wayy too many circumstances in which a question was being voted to be closed by 2-3 users inappropriately (i.e., the close votes were ...
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New moderators, please be more reserved with your close hammer

Of course mods should leave close-voting to the community, and they should close only Qs when blatantly oftopic. I plead guilty. However, over the last months the close queue on my end was often >50....
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Moderators and community curators are on strike - how will it affect the site?

I for one will not answer questions, edit questions to improve them, comment on questions or answers to improve them or request further information, vote on or flag questions or answers. I encourage ...
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What's wrong with this question that was edited to include research?

What's wrong with the question is that smoothies can contain any proportion of water. All the research added (in edits) somehow failed to look up "smoothie" on Wikipedia: A smoothie is a ...
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Biology.SE's place now Bioinformatics.SE is in beta

In short: No and no. First off, the site statistics of Bioinformatics are not too promising [yet] so I do not expect them to graduate any time soon. But to your question Should bioinformatics ...
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Why require at least 6 characters when improving answer?

It only applies to peer-reviewed edits. Once you reach the edit posts threshold (2,000), you can make edits of any size, and you don't need an edit summary. It's almost definitely a measure to ...
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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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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

This answer is in the nature of a reflection, with a suggestion that we try to accumulate more information on which to make a decision. To provide a one-liner: We should determine how difficult it is ...
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Downvoting and recommending closure

Short answer: Yes, committing both actions is not only OK but preferable when appropriate. Voting of any kind should be made in the interest of maintaining a high-quality site of accurate and on-topic ...
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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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Biology.SE's place now Bioinformatics.SE is in beta

This isn't a fully thought-out answer, sorry if it rambles a bit (anyone who wants to edit or add, feel free), but I just wanted to briefly draw attention to how we treat questions that fit other ...
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Is there a list of generic help comments?

In the review queue some verdicts end up with being accompanied by an automated comment, for example a delete vote on an answer. I can't find a good example online (many of mine indeed got deleted :-) ...
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Is this not considered evidence of effort?

Welcome to Meta. Personally, I think you have shown sufficient prior efforts, and from my point of view I think it contains a lot more background than many questions on this site. Further, cochlear ...
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Biology.SE's place now Bioinformatics.SE is in beta

Bioinformatics has never been on topic here! Only the biological concepts underlying a bioinformatics approach have been on topic so I see no reason to change anything at all. Yes, we have also ...
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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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Downvoting and recommending closure

I don't see any reason why you can't do both. In general I reserve such a dual penalty only for the worst cases. When there is still hope, downvote and comment. If there is no hope for rescue, close ...
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Downvoting and recommending closure

Downvoting ensures that the question is eventually deleted automatically as abandoned/low intererest by the system if it is not edited in the meantime. Otherwise these closed and not answered ...
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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

UPDATED ANSWER -- 2 years later (May 2021): Dropping vote-to-close thresholds has been a topic discussed across many SE sites for years. As of May 2021, there's now a formal effort to test minimizing ...
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Do we want to experiment with changing the close/reopen vote threshold?

Yes: we should try a reduced threshold of 3 votes In the last moderator election, one of the questions was about moderator use of the unilateral close vote. I think the general consensus has been ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I don't think this should have been deleted. For better or worse, on Stack Exchange, the voting system is supposed to decide the validity of answers, not deletion by moderators or even the community. ...
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