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Please adapt these for the situation at hand, and don't just post them blindly. Please read the comment editing help page for a list of shortcuts you can use in comments (some of which I use below). Things like [help], [tour], [edit], and shortcuts to other SE sites are very useful. This is organized into three sections: Questions, Answers, and Useful Links....


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I have divided my list of sources by degree of technicality — from standard scientific, popular scientific, to health advice. Specialized Scientific Sources Wikipedia has a general article on Coronaviruses including SARS and an article on 2019-nCoV. Although Wikipedia articles are only as good as the people who contribute to them (and anyone may do so), in ...


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COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2/coronavirus questions Personal medical questions (including "what should I do") are as always off topic on every SE site. On topic questions include: general questions about biological concepts questions about the biological mechanisms behind medical conditions questions about techniques in a biological or biochemical laboratory Any ...


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A lot SE have help templates for both user old and new. I don't think Bio has one yet but I haven't gone through every meta thread either to verify this. As for should you use the same canned comment or liven it up, that is entirely up to you. For a time on TeX.SE, I used to use the canned comments but they didn't always address my sentiment. Therefore, I no ...


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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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Please don't do this. As a general rule, we try to keep comments to a minimum on the SE sites. This type of comment, while polite and all, is just noise. It clutters up the site and gives nothing really useful. I would instead only leave such a comment if the OP seems to need it. If they need help formatting their question, point them to the formatting ...


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So we now have rolling question rate limits network-wide, but I'm not sure if the same applies to answers, or if this has even been addressed (I searched through Meta.SE and Meta.SO without success). I think the best course of action for these sorts of answers is to downvote and/or flag as very low quality (or not an answer, if it truly doesn't even attempt ...


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Sometimes closing for "homework" is confusing to users if they truly are not asking for a homework assignment. More often, the flagged post simply just does not indicate the OP performed any previous research effort. Here's a comment that captures this lack-of-research concern a little more clearly for users confused about "homework" ...


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I don't think there's an "official" answer here, if that's what you're looking for. However, if you think your answer(s) can stand on their own as each fully answering the question (in such a way that it/they follow(s) our answer guidelines), then I'd say splitting the answers is appropriate. We could also turn toward Meta StackExchange for more ...


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You're touching on a lot of points, and almost every example in your posts needs a different explanation. You're right that I would have likely closed a question like the one on Math.SE, but then MSE also seems conflicted about it as it has gone through one close-reopen cycle already. The fundamental issue to me with questions that are only related to ...


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It is not very difficult to understand what users that sparked this post, and in this case I would encourage you to just add short comments, downvote and maybe flag, especially after seeing the responses you've got to previous comments that suggested improvements. Engaging more in an extended discussion will just drain the life-force out of you.


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The Area51 for biology shows only an "okay" 86% proportion of questions answered and only an "okay" 1.5 answers per question. In other words there seem to be more questions on this site than answering capacity. The number of daily visitors and number of moderators are, however, classified as excellent. I guess the weak answering capacity ...


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Questions that are not vague/asking for tutorial but are too broad for the scope of the site. Your question appears very broad; you can find entire books/reviews dedicated to this topic. Please narrow your question down and add sufficient details such that it is restricted to a specific issue and can be answered in a few paragraphs.


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There is a mechanism that will stop any user with too many extremely low-quality answers from answering any further questions. I can't really provide more details here because only SE employees know those, and I'm not sure if the few details I actually know are meant to be public. I'll say that this answer ban was triggered very recently on this site. Apart ...


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