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Are Fermi questions welcome?

Sure, Fermi questions are welcome. It's Fermi answers we should all be cautious about. The way I see it, many laypeople tend to look for answers without considering or checking the method critically, ...
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Would this site welcome an influx of technical synthetic biology Q&A?

One point I'd like to emphasize is that this is not a tutorial site or discussion forum, which many of your your example questions seem to assume. I think most of them could be edited into decent ...
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Spirit behind the term "biological concept" in the Help Center

Other resources: In addition to finding a definition for "biological concept" be sure to check other relevant help topics: "Don't Ask" and "How to Ask" including: You should only ask practical,...
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Should we allow questions related to specific, experiment-related technologies?

I don't see why that question would be off-topic. It's about a tool used in biological research. Not all biology happens in an enclosed lab in a building - sometimes your lab is an open field, or a ...
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Are theoretical biochem/biophys questions "off-topic"?

I don't think we do a very good job of handling these cases consistently. See a couple related questions on the borders of when something is "biology" vs not: Where should I ask questions ...
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Would this site welcome an influx of technical synthetic biology Q&A?

DISCLAIMER: These are my personal (albeit informed) opinions. I would wait for additional comments, answers, and up/down voting to see what a more general community consensus might look like. To me, ...
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What to do with out of scope wildlife questions

I am not sure which site is the most appropriate for these questions. This question is off topic here because it does not focus on a biological fact or analytical method. It would also be off-topic on ...
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What is our stance on questions about muscle tightness?

Questions about muscle physiology and metrics to quantify the physiological aspects are on-topic. However, your question itself is quite poorly worded and contains no explanation whatsoever. I ...
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Do questions on best cures (or cures in general) really belong here?

There is generally two problems with this sort of question: 1) Is it medical advice? /Could the answer be used as medical advice? 2) How do we measure "best"? Additionally, I consider these ...
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Are Fermi questions welcome?

I looked up the definition of a Fermi question from the Wikipedia link you gave, and tried to think how the question "Approximately how many ribosomes are in a cell" would conform to such a definition....
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Why is my human physiology question off-topic?

I was the last one to add his close-vote and I'll explain my reasoning. The thing is that both defecation as well as urination are both under voluntary and involuntary control through the anal and ...
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