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Ok, I've read people's comments and made what I thought were necessary updates: The text was likely too long. As a result, I copied the detailed version from my original question post above to the species-identification tag info page. I now link to this info page directly in the Tag warning text. (Links do work here). I also removed #5 ("Indication of ...


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I suggest keeping covid-19 as well as coronavirus. COVID-19 is the disease caused by infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Since we cover both microbiology/virology and some health topics on this site, I can easily imagine on-topic questions where one of the tags is appropriate but not the other. Just my $2e-2.


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In principle, these are very different things. Plenty of theoretical biology contains little or no mathematics; the theory is verbal and conceptual. R.A. Fisher's original model of why there is an even sex ratio provides just one of many examples of elegant work in this vein. George Williams's 1957 paper on the evolution of senescence does include a ...


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I've edited the questions you linked and added a pigmentation tag to them. I chose that over "pigments" as the process of pigmentation is biological, while the word pigments seems to suggest the chemistry of pigment molecules. If you want to do a larger search and retag other questions, feel free. BTW, since you have greater than 150 reputation, you can ...


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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. ...


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This is a meta tag which are strongly discouraged on SE sites. There are various issues with meta tags, and in the long run they're just not worth the trouble. We haven't managed to avoid all meta tags on this site, but we should try to avoid creating any more. If we want to provide more guidance for troubleshooting questions, we don't need a tag for this, ...


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A short reaction; I'm bit hesitant. To me, tag wikis are short pointers to describe how tags should be used, and not a full introduction to a subject. For that we have textbooks, reviews, Wikipedia and other websites. While links or single refs in tag wikis might serve a purpose in very specific cases I see them as overkill and unnecessary clutter in general....


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I edited the tag. Thanks for notifying.


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Unless we get significantly more questions about the various kinds of non-coding RNA, I don't think we need more than the noncoding-rna tag for now. The abbreviations also don't work well as tags because they become all lowercase, and ncrna is harder to read than ncRNA.


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Oops, thanks for spotting this mistake and informing us. I merged the two tags, the now unused misspelled tag will be automatically removed by the system tomorrow night.


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I have merged questions tagged with inheritance with genetics. Also, I have synonymized inheritance with genetics (master tag).


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Done. I renamed the misspelt tag with the correct term.


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Done, I renamed the tags. The tag wikis need to be redone as far as I can see.


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I think it depends on the breadth of the tag and question and whether it would be helpful for people finding the question. So, for the first example, I would say yes, both human-anatomy and anatomy tags. For the second, I think it depends; if the question was purely about anatomy and nothing else, well it might be a bit of a boring question but I would ...


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I see the point of joining limnology and freshwater-biology, since they are so close to each other (as @BryanKrause points out, limnology is a bit broader though). However, freshwater-biology is sort of the parallel to the existing (and useful) tag marine-biology (so maybe freshwater-biology should be the "main" tag?). Placing aquatic-biology as a synonym ...


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We appreciate your efforts to improve this site's posts and why would you be frowned upon for asking for a clarification?. However... Tags are used to identify certain classes of questions. Questions on insects should carry the entomology tag. If we start making tags for every family out there family Formicidae in this case), we can start creating tags for ...


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I think the question itself is kind of vaguely described and seems to consist of two separate sub-questions. Try to ask focused questions and I would recommend splitting them up. I think I read multiple questions: 1) I want to compare the Bragg Curves and posit that Radiation Therapy with Alpha Particles are a better alternative that either Proton Therapy ...


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I agree that it can be a bit confusing, but I think the problem is that many people come here with questions about how to do bioinformatics, rather than how to relate bioinformatics results back to biology. The former is off-topic, the latter is not. I'm not sure if the issue can be resolved, because the tag is still appropriate when the question is on-topic....


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I've merged the two tags, I didn't create a synonym as I don't think this would provide any advantage. olfaction will be the only choice presented to users.


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There is communication and ethology, which are both relevant for all questions dealing with different forms of animal communication. Maybe we also need a more specific animal-communication (or zoosemiotics). For a tag dealing with auditory animal communication I would prefer animal-vocalization (or just vocalization). Some sort of vocalization tag would ...


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I've just had a look at the tags you mentioned and can't seem to reproduce your problem: conservation-biology shows 4 questions in the tag list and has 4 questions on the tag page. entomology shows 59 questions in the tag list and has 59 questions on the tag page. ecology shows 43 questions in the tag list and has 43 questions on the tag page. Are you ...


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I think animal-models is a good tag, and I have added that to your question. I agree that research is too vague. I followed your suggestion and split it. Feel free to add wiki summaries for all three.


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Great question and thanks for posting! My perspective is that of a physiologist who studies metabolism in general. I tagged the question specifically with the metabolism tag and didn't think twice about doing so. From my perspective, I consider "metabolism" to include not only the strict biochemical reactions (e.g. Glycolysis, Krebs Cycle, Glycogenolysis, ...


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Good question. I agree the formulation "The set of chemical reactions that happen in the cells of living organisms to sustain life" for this tag is way too broad. Pretty much all of biology is chemical reactions that happens in cells! I would define metabolism as the collection of chemical processes whose main purpose is to synthesize biomass or extract ...


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Merged oncology and tumor with cancer and also created oncology as a synonym of cancer. I chose to keep cancer as the primary tag because it is more common and better understood than oncology. Created a lymphatic-system and merged lymph and lymphatic with it. Also, synonymised lymph with lymphatic-system. Merged and synonymized identification with species-...


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Your activity relating this issue has escaped my notice - my apologies. I merged animal with zoology. The effects may take a while to become visible because of caching.


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I merged both tags to the british spelling (which was the more common one) and created a synonym.


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The poster writes: “…I'd like to see a tag created to allow…” He seems to be making the common mistake of thinking that tags determine whether a question is on topic, i.e. if a tag exists that can be given to a question it is on topic. This is not the case. The scope of this site is defined on the first page of the Tour: “we're working together to ...


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Since I removed the tags, I will explain why. This tag is pretty irrelevant and had only very few questions (3 before you added it to another two questions) and is thus not helpful. The tags are more of a general sorting, they don't have to be too specific. Also: Please avoid inventing new tags which are not or only sparsely used, as they are then relatively ...


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It should first be emphasized that retagging and adding tags to old posts has negative, as well as positive, consequences for the list. One negative consequence is that old retagged questions come to the top of the list again and dilute and displace new ones that then do not receive the attention they may deserve. This is unfair on posters who have put ...


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