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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 important to keep as it adds something. If it's contained in the questions/answer, it's redundant. I remove my own redundant comments all the time, upvoted or not. ...


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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. Because close-votes are removed at a certain point (when there are <5), I'm always afraid that the few active voters start to think Why should I vote? ...


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Jeff Atwood (one of the founders of Stack Exchange) wrote this blog entry back in 2009 entitled A Theory of Moderation that kind of serves as a basis for all SE sites. For more info, browse around on the Stack Exchange Meta site, and especially check out the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites, which includes a lot of information that has been condensed into the ...


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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 questions be considered off-topic here now? New questions do not need, and should not be migrated when they are on-topic on both sites. They should be migrated ...


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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 drink made from pureed raw fruit and/or vegetables, using a blender.[1] A smoothie often has a liquid base such as water, fruit juice, plant milk, and sometimes ...


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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 prevent people from loading the queues (which are already loaded enough on some sites) with tiny edits. The best practice (and one I do fairly frequently) is on ...


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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 unfounded/not supported or the wrong close reason was chosen). Reasons for these inappropriate VTCs range from novice voters, rushed voting, malicious voting, ...


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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 :-) but it states: This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post; instead, ...


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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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Pro-tem moderators have to nominate themselves for the election if they want to stay moderators. They don't keep the diamond automatically.


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These are canned messages that are available to mods. They are: You can see who added it by checking the edit history of your answer. In this case, you will see that a notice was added by @WYSIWIG. Once you have addressed the issue raised by the notice, you can leave a comment, notifying @WYSIWIG and he can remove it.


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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 sites. For questions that need answers based purely in biology or physics, without any special biological consideration, we tend to close or migrate those ...


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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 biology information. Voting is not meant to relate at all to personal judgements or individual punishments (and as such any discussion about ethics, double ...


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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 mechanics is a hard topic and it took me quite a while to compile an answer. Especially because multiple theories are out there explaining the phenomenon of ...


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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 that it's best to let the community handle whatever is possible for the community to handle, and yet sometimes the moderators have to step in to prevent an ...


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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 vote. If there is reason to believe the question has serious issues, for instance OP doesn't respond to constructive comments, you can do both. If there are even ...


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Here's my current thoughts on this. I think it's wrong to be closing questions that have a reasonable chance of getting a quality answer. The responsibility of providing an answer which is factual, objective, and supported by evidence falls primarily to the user posting an answer, and secondarily to the wider community. Of course, the wording of some ...


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Yes, its possible through two different ways: If you have posted only once, you can self-delete the account from your profile page, see How do I delete my account?. If you have posted more than once or voted, you can request deletion through the contact page (select "I need to delete my user profile" in the drop down menu) Also see this meta.stackexchange ...


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Post notice is a very docile feature which a moderator can use to mark an answer. There are three types of post-notices: Current event: Marks the answer as one that may not be useful in future. Insufficient explanation: Marks the answer to be insufficient in content Citation needed These are pretty useless actually (mostly a fancy, templated comment) but ...


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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 decided that biological questions that can be faced by a bioinformatician while doing their job are on topic on Bioinformatics, but only if they are somehow also ...


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So is the Primarily Opinion-Based vote to close only there to censor questions we do not like or are we willing to enforce it when the question clearly demonstrates that the answers generated are opinion-based, even if the question itself may warrant some thoughtful response? Closing a question as POB should be based only on the fact that there is no ...


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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. This question is related, and I quote from another source in my answer: When should I delete an answer? Answers that are answers but are factually wrong or are ...


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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 questions will accumulate over time and they are not useful for the site.


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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 the threshold to 3 votes across the SE network. The 45-day 3-vote test will occur on 13 sites (Not Biology) throughout May and June 2021. We'll await the ...


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Either we should make alert BioSE users that "now there is a bioinformatics branch too" ; or beside the bioinformatics-tagged question-answer of BioSE, a poster with link to bioinformatics SE should be given. This would help corelate as well as filter bioinformatics questions. On other hand the bioinformatics site too should contain a search-filter to ...


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The overlap between the sites has been a topic of much debate. A recent meta post there has pointed out the consensus that every basic Neurobiology question is on-topic there (albeit it may fit Biology just as well, and arguably even better). More importantly, there is an active voting procedure ongoing there to change the name of the site and it looks ...


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