Say you have a concern about your habit, what do you say when you meet a doctor?
Ok, since I was 3 years old, I have Had the habit of placing my pointer finger on my right and left temple. I used to put my right pointer finger on my right temple when I was watching something. [...]
This is a description taken from What do I have? Is this a habit or something weird?. Many many more examples like that are asked on Health. I don't have any number on hand to advocate my claim, but I think they have some commons:
- Asked from a new user, even they are "trusted" user who has 101 rep when opening their account on Health
- Mistakenly treat SE, a site for asking questions based on facts, as a doctor, someone who answers your problem
Yes we already have the disclaimer to remind them about that, but I think we need to find the source of misunderstanding. In my opinion, it's the site name. From a normal person who doesn't have much medical knowledge view point (like me), health buildings are hospitals, which will answer my problem. The places for gaining knowledge are medical universities.
So, if we want to discourage problem asking questions and encourage knowledge asking questions, we should make the site work more like a med school rather than a hospital. And in my opinion it should start right from the name.
My proposal: health reminds me to hospital, while medical reminds me to med school
If we decide to:
- Keep using Health: then I still hold my point in Should professionals answer non-professional questions in layman term?. If the site is organize like a hospital, then the answerers are somewhat like doctors. And doctors should explain easy to understand answers.
- Change to Medical: then we won't need the disclaimer, or reference in the answers. They are all good layers to protect our health, but a unnecessary hindrances for sharing knowledge. Looking at other sharing knowledge SE sites like Physics or Mathematics, how frequently do you see a link in an answer? And if you see one, do you think that that link is for "hey! I don't making things up, I have proof for my claims" or "hey! while this bit is not really relevant to the topic, but it is interesting. Check it out!”?
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