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 ...
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
I removed the entire conversation already as I don't think the comments were appropriate. You can find a bit more on my stance on the subject in this meta post from the opposite perspective.
In short, I don't see any problem with having "nurse" in the name, and I don't see any medical advice in the answer. There is no problem here in my opinion. As a site ...
Jordi made some good points, I'd like to add a few.
While preparing for our exams we dont have so much time to write each and every detail....why cant the community just provide the answer without counter agitation! [...] People preparing for their exams should be given their answers.
I'd like to point you to an excellent meta post on Programmers.SE. ...
Your misinterpretation of biology.se
First of all, what I feel like that you are misunderstanding here, is that you think it is our duty to be on biology.se, and that we are probably even getting paid for it. This is incorrect.
What biology.se is about
The active people on here are here to have an exchange about/on biology, and if possible help people....
Any user with less than 125 rep need to wait 40 minutes before posting a question anywhere in the SE network. It was implemented to slow down spammers from asking questions networkwide.
See here for more information.
If the issue is factual disagreement I don't think flagging is a useful way to go. This would mean that moderators would have to evaluate strength of evidence and factual content to act on the flag, and this is not a viable option in the long run. To me, answers that are factually incorrect should be commented on and downvoted, and a better answer should be ...
I agree that using "homework" as a close reason for all no-effort questions is misleading. However, Mad Scientist has mentioned in several posts, that a general "no-effort" close reason can be misused.
I think that a biology forum is likely to accumulate more drivel than any other science or tech forum because every person has some query about their ...
I think (at least) three different kinds of questions are muddled here; 1) please summarize this article for me, 2) please help me find literature on this topic and 3) are there any articles supporting this idea?
I think the first is similar to 'give me teh codes', but the other two can be fine as long as they show the honest efforts of the poster. For both ...
Many of the answers on this site can be answered by anyone knowing where to look for answers. That is not necessarily a bad thing, knowing exactly where to look and what to look for is often very difficult for someone new to the topic.
Wikipedia is not a special case, it is simply a very easy to find source of answers. But this issue is the same whether ...
Yes you will lose your privileges. You now have to regain them once more. This is also why SE waits a bit so there are enough regular users who do have enough rep to continue being a community moderator. Plus you are on the cusp of getting your 10k privileges back.
You will lose any privileges you now have if you don't meet the higher reputation requirements after graduation.
This is usually not a problem, as sites tend to have enough high reputation users to keep community moderation going. The only really important privilege is closing, and we have 41 users with 3k+ reputation that will still be able to close after ...
We do answer homework questions.
Nobody has mentioned this thus far. We actually do answer homework questions, which is somewhat unusual for stack exchange.
I am generally tolerant to homework questions; there have been interesting & impactful homework questions in the past and there will be plenty more to come. These range from zoology, to ...
There is a StackExchange Glossary for the terms used In SE that differ from Google.
Some of them are:
VLQ = Very Low Quality.
VTC = Vote To Close.
POB = Primarily opinion based.
OP = Original Poster.
NAA = Not an answer.
CW = Community Wiki.
Rep Recalc = Rechecking of rep by the system.
Roomba = Automatic deletion of posts by the Community User.
Winter bash =...
See Why isn't providing feedback mandatory on downvotes, and why are ideas suggesting such negatively received? about why it's not required for downvoters to explain.
I don't know who downvoted so these are just guesses, but it may have been because:
You did not follow the requirements for species ID questions at: https://biology.stackexchange.com/tags/...
We prefer answers from primary sources, scientific literature where possible. Wikipedia is not a primary source, and I think we should discourage this kind of meta-citation. Digging into papers cited there is a viable option, so that you aren't relying on someone else's translation into wiki-language.
I think the bigger issue is that questions that are ...
The system won't allow you to delete a question once someone else has answered it, since then you'd be deleting their work, too. You can flag it for a moderator to look at and they can decide whether to close it. My suggestion, though, is for you to make edits to improve the question so that it stops attracting downvotes. This way, both the question and the ...
If comments are obsolete, just flag them. You don't need to worry about moderator workload on a site as small as this.
I saw the flags and removed most of the comments. This specific question would also have attracted moderator attention anyway as it was automatically flagged for having more than 20 comments in a short time.
The maximum daily reputation is still capped at 200 per/day plus acceptance reputation plus bounties you receive on that day. For example you got 4 of your answers accepted, so your maximum daily reputation for today will be 260 (unless you have more answers accepted or receive bounties).
As far as I understand the purpose of the Stack Exchange model, it is to provide expert answers, subject to peer review, to questions that could be of interest to a population greater than that of OP.
That being said, the users that have built up reputation by providing quality, expert answers, are the ones also given the keys to making and approving edits. ...
This is because of a network-wide change to the reputation system Stack Exchange has made. Questions are now worth +10 rep (before it was +5 rep).
Read here for more information from the Stack Exchange team.
I haven't previously seen your answers and didn't downvote, but with a quick look it looks like a lot of your answers are strongly overlapping with existing answers and don't really add anything by way of explanation or differentiate from other options.
A lot of users don't appreciate that because it might look like you're digging for rep without adding ...
Presumably those who downvoted it thought what it says in the tool-tip
“This question does not show any research effort: it is not clear or
There is no obligation for down-voters to explain their actions, and although this can help the poster, people may be reluctant to do so to avoid getting into a vituperative exchange (aka ‘flame war’).
I've thought about the issue quite a bit in the meantime, and I still don't think this is a good idea. I'm not happy with the way the community has expanded the homework close reason beyond its original purpose.
I don't think categorically requiring users to prove they spent some effort before asking here is useful. Shog's answer on Meta SE makes many of ...
From How do I properly use the "Not an Answer" Flag, Robert Harvey stated the following here which I have quoted:
What is the Not an Answer Flag?
The Not an Answer flag is a moderator flag that community users can use to notify moderators that a posted answer is not an answer, and should be deleted.
What is the purpose of the Not an Answer flag?
The list of privileges and necessary reputation to earn them is given in https://biology.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/. Since we are still in beta, these are lower than those of graduated sites. See, for example, https://unix.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/.
So, while on beta sites, 4k gives access to the "Trusted User" privilege, on graduated sites,...