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The road to public beta: time to clean up Q&A on Health Stack Exchange

Well, this site's off to a roaring start! Kudos to everyone who has participated thus far; lotta great information here, and some promising signs of life from folks who are interested in helping each ...
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We need more Community Moderation

Health SE is advancing. We have our first community promotion ad running and we are getting close to implementing our disclaimer. We are finally beginning to work on some of the problems I talked ...
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How do we handle questions which invite orthorexic discussions?

What do I mean by "orthorexia" Yes, I know that orthorexia is not an established diagnosis. I'm using it here in a broader sense as a shorthand for a cultural phenomenon, a set of ingrained beliefs ...
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Preliminary update on transition

Just an update before the official word comes down, but it looks like the transition to Medical Sciences is being approved, and we can start to move the site in that direction. What does this mean ...
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Advancing Health SE

We are just over 50 days into our site's beta period, and over that period of time, we have advanced a lot. We've held a lot of discussions about our scope, shared a lot of great information, and have ...
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Modifications and mutability among this motley mob of (pro tempore) moderators

Some of you have noticed that diamonds around here have a tendency to vaporize and (now) recrystallize without apparent cause or explanation. It's not quite that bad.... I stepped down from ...
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Is the community moderating?

I flagged two questions as off-topic last week, the first flag is now almost 8 days old. Of course I don't necessarily expect the community to agree with me on these flags, but I'm surprised that they ...
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Can we clean up the tags?

I would really like to organize tags but agree with one answer on another meta question about tag management that this is going to take some leadership from high-rep users to maintain. I think that ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election for 2022

Summary: Medical Sciences Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 21, 2022 to bring in 2 more moderators. For full details of the process, see the ...
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I think the reason the site attracts personal questions is because of its name

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 ...
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Revisiting are health care systems and insurance on topic

Perhaps I'm the only one that sees some conflict between the meta answer on insurance and health care systems, but to me those two have quite a bit overlap. In fact on the idea that SE sites are a ...
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Medical Sciences has been launched to foster a community of experts - and we anticipate long-term benefits to Health.SE!

We are excited to announce that after long, detailed discussions in chat, meta, and comments: The new site Medical Sciences has been proposed in Area 51! It is designed to foster a community of ...
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Questions about animal health?

I'm surprised I can't find an answer to this. Are questions about animal health acceptable on this site, or only human health? The Tour page makes no mention either way, although the example question ...
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Change in my moderation practices

This is more of an announcement than a question, but there's really no other way to get this out there. A couple of years ago we went to great effort to revamp this site and dramatically alter its ...
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Why don't people do something? - questions

What questions am I talking about? There is a type of question which has been cropping up on Stack Exchange sites since long before Health was created. And I have never seen a good answer to one of ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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The pregnancy tag

When posting my question about Postpartum haemorrhages due to partial placenta detachment or tear it seemed that I couldn't create a obstetrics tag however, I later found that the tag was already ...
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Why are "joke" questions tolerated?

I don't understand why this question wasn't deleted outright to begin with since the OP readily admitted it wasn't a real question. It got moved to meta, where the OP is now using it as a vehicle to ...
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How is this question about flatulence off topic?

This question is not well written, and if read exactly as written may strike users as trivial. However, what if it's not a frat-guy-joke kind of question? What if the person has Irritable Bowed ...
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Are questions about drug approvals on-topic?

Are questions about drug approvals on-topic? E.g. Biafine is a topical non-steroidal medication, which has been used use in France for over 25 years. Why did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...
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Tag synonyms: toxicity, toxins, toxicology

I found these tags which should IMO be synonyms of each other or merged together: toxicity (19 questions, 1 follower) Excerpt: Questions related to being poisonous; relating to or caused by poison(...
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Great speedy reaction to Spam

Immediately after answering a question on ambulance response time targets, I saw a blatant spam posting which was immediately pounced on by our brilliant community. Just wanted to praise those who ...
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Wondering about the theme change?

Responsive design released for all Beta & Undesigned sites This is a new responsive theme that has been rolled out. If you have problems, or want to adjust some of your preferences (Such as ...
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Is this question worthy of reopening?

Irony of ironies, I posted comments below Jon Ericson's hopeful and optimistic meta answer saying I didn't mind answering questions about a sore throat because we all get them, and the answer is ...
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How do we handle questions primarily just asking for references?

This is in reference to this question: How effective was the 2014-2015 influenza vaccination? While interesting to me, and a well-worded question, it is in essence a request for references - are ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Personal advice request or not?

Sometimes, when reviewing a question, answering this question can be a little difficult, especially when the question being reviewed could be seen both ways. Example Let's take the recent question ...
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Are the review queues broken?

When looking at the top-bar button that is tagged as "Review queues –help improve the site" I get the impression that this thingy randomly changes its appearance. The dot appearance My current ...
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Please don't plagiarize text for tag wikis

I've been going through recent edit suggestions, and I noticed that a few users are being dedicated in their tag curation. That's fantastic; thank you. However, I've also noticed that some content is ...
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Why not "go see your doctor" as an answer?

I'm confused about this. On Stack Overflow a lot of question are "I've got a problem" type issues. People generally respond with code to fix the issue. Bad answers are voted down. Inexperienced ...
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How do you define an answer?

Here are two comments get deleted because of "being answers" in Why aren't superbugs weaker than their wild type? First, I want to say that I don't have any objection on deleting answers in comment. ...
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The need for a voting drive?

It is a very frustrating look at the voting tab in the users category. The last Hot Network Question attracted so many votes, even from users apparently only registering with this community to vote ...
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Facing the curtain (of the ICU)

I realised that Health.SE is not much fun for me anymore. Explaining why this is the case would take too long and feel somewhat like a rant, but this has been covered in multiple Meta threads and ...
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Edit questions and review your old downvotes!

I've been going through and aggressively editing questions to remove clinical context and personal information in order to bring out the (often valid) root question the person is asking. I think ...
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Why hyphenated tags and not synonyms

I am curious why the male-men-man-boy is used and not making them all synonyms of male? Was this approach discussed somewhere?
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Should I copy almost the whole question to ask an additional question?

I have written an ellaborate patient medical history and asked to explain one strange phenomenon (Explanation of normal CRP during neutrophilia?). Now it has been explained by Graham Chiu, I want to ...
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Is asking questions about a particular health dataset on-topic?

Is asking questions about a particular health dataset on-topic? I know they are on-topic on OpenData.SE, but I am curious to know whether they are allowed in in this Stack Exchange. Examples: ...
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Are questions about med school on-topic?

There is a question in Academia about the ranking of med schools: Does it matter where you go to medical school?. Does this question on-topic? We agree that question about health care system are on-...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Why am I banned from asking questions?

Why am I banned from asking questions? I am certain all of them are good. Most of them have a positive score. Most of them are not closed. Considering the fact that we have a pandemic going on, I find ...
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So what would be needed for a name change?

There are few meta users, and even I cannot promise to be around much. My participation is periodic based on clinic scheduling and down time from babysitting fellows. That said, what would actually ...
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Question about how to evaluate healthcare professional - On-topic?

I needed to find a new dentist as my previous dentist sold his practice to go work for the VA (he's an ex-Marine). I chose one based on very positive reviews on several sites such as healthgrades.com ...
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If I'm [baldness-balding-bald], does it not mean that I have [hairloss]?

I just happened to come along this question, which is tagged as both baldness-balding-bald and hairloss. I could've just gone ahead and retagged the former; it only contains six questions, but I see ...
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Is it on-topic to ask for factual online health resources?

I'm looking for online references describing the positive and negative health effects of common nutritional supplements. Is it on-topic to ask about this?
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SEO of tags and question titles

I just tried searching for a few of our questions that I know have a wider audience (for example questions on diet, smoking and pregnancy, exercise) on Google and Bing and we didn't show up very early....
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Answer A is the same with answer B, answer B has references. Would answer A be considered to have references?

Let's see this non-reference answer. It is agreed to be a good answer, but since it doesn't contain any reference, there is a comment below encourages the answerer to add. However, since there is ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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Size and length of the disclaimer

Q&A pages have - since the last time I visited the site - gained a large disclaimer panel to the side of the main content. While I suppose I can appreciate the decision to use a ubiquitous ...
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2019: a year in moderation

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