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Are questions about past personal medical issues on-topic?

Is it okay to ask a question based on COVID symptoms that I had well over a year ago? I wouldn't be asking for advice; I'm just curious how common a particular symptom I had is.
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Should we have a banner reminding answer authors that AI-generated content is not allowed?

As announced in this main Meta Stack Exchange post, an experiment was run on Stack Overflow which found that randomly selected users who were reminded that content generated by artificial intelligence ...
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Ban ChatGPT and AI-generated answers on MedicalSciences.SE

See Ban ChatGPT network-wide for reference. Briefly, ChatGPT is a language model that uses the statistics of words in a training dataset to generate grammatically correct responses to plain language ...
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Why has Medical Sciences SE being much less successful than Law.SE?

Medical Sciences SE and Law.SE were launched roughly at the same time, in March 2015 and May 2015 respectively. At the time of the launch, I thought the two sites would be equally successful, as ...
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Questions on Homosexuality

I am getting concerned with the fact that we now have 2 questions in quick succession by the same person about the normality of homosexuality What are the causes of being gay? and now Why doctors and ...
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Sex cell question, think before treating it like any other?

hey :-) I found this question and it feels a lot like troll question. However, I think it needs a solid answer. Speaking as a non-binary person who's seen this s*t over and over. "sex cells" ...
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Would it be appropriate to mention other websites that DO answer medical advice?

This question [ How to proceed when doctors can't help ] brought up an interesting question I've been wanting to ask. ((Please edit this if I'm not supposed to mention other sites. I looked and ...
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Thoughts on "siccing" students on questions?

one global pandemic later, and I thought I'd crawl out of the clinic to look at this site again. Seems mostly the same names fighting the good fight against mostly the same problems. I wanted to ...
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Ought moderator delete an answer, merely "because of no supporting references"?

Moderator Carey Gregory deleted my answer "because of no supporting references." . But see this dialogue, between him and Robert Carnes. The answers provided are established first ...
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Are shopping questions off-topic?

Are "shopping questions" off topic? Here is an example: Where can I buy diclofenac patches in the US at a good price?
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MedicalSciences.SE Moderation Strike

Update August 2nd, 2023: After intense negotiations with representatives elected by the striking moderators, Stack Overflow, the operator of the Stack Exchange network, has agreed to a number of ...
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Ought we keep our [legal] tag?

I have a question about my Medical Sciences Stack Exchange post: How can Plaintiff get a compounded medication tested, to determine if it was negligently compounded? I'm aware of Law Stack Exchange, ...
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Would be welcome Health Care Market Research Opportunities?

Would some paid market research opportunities about health conditions be welcome in this community? Patients and caregivers have the opportunity to take part in paid telephone interviews, focus groups,...
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Proposal for Clinical Informatics Stack

I have been developing an interest in clinical informatics in recent years, and I was thinking that this subject area would be a good fit for the Stack Exchange model. I am hoping to get feedback on ...
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can i make a question about this? tissue popped out in place of subungal hematoma

see these 4 photos of my finger: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JGrpqW4X6maUGUNc6 . the nail was pressed on may 3. at may 13 seems the tissue was normal. at may 22 or may 21 something strange appeared ...
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Why close 3 of my questions? How to improve them?

Is research being done on curing and reversing myopia, in adults ≥ 30 y.o.? Have there been any advances, or more recent research, on PERMANENTLY CURING AND REVERSING myopia in adults at least 30 ...
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How do we deal with major ethical issues within questions?

With questions such as Is there any options to keep someone awake against their will? I voted to close this question because as @Jan points out in the comments, the purpose of the question may be ...
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Should 'prior research prerequisite' policy be revisited?

Medical Sciences SE requires every question posted in it to demonstrate prior research, mainly to avoid extremely trivial questions that can be answered through the simplest Google search. While this ...
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2022: 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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Is this site suitable for laypeople asking questions and expecting non-technical answers?

I was expecting that Medical Sciences.SE to be a site for people at all levels to ask on topic questions, including laypeople and students, and where they can expect that a willing expert is trying to ...
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Did I insert the links wrong?

In my recent question, I had added 3 links. But the links didn't go well. The references are visible at the bottom of the question and the link descriptions aren't clickable. As far as I remember, I ...
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Is there a way to remove the banner for myself from the site?

The banner that says "do not share your persnoal medical information..." seems to be permanent. How can I remove it for myself?
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New custom closure reason "General nutrition or dieting" now live

Update 11/17/2022: Now live Given the relatively clear consensus of +4 (+5 for / + 1 again) we have implemented the closure reason. You can find it on the flag / close vote dialog box under "...
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A user has a different reputation on Meta compared to on Main. Could it be a bug?

I was curious about how this user had the necessary 5 points of rep required to participate in Meta , and indeed their Meta profile is showing that they have a reputation of 13: However the user ...
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Is it acceptable to give medical advice (or medical instructions) in an answer?

In the Meta discussion titled: What is a medical advice?, I found that Carey Gregory defined "medical advice" as a type of question: "Medical advice is any question that asks for a ...
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Would asking if a specific type of device exists be on-topic here?

On the Outdoors Stack, there is this question from a member with high reputation asking: Looking for Technical Information on a Gadget with Fall Detection and Reporting Capability I am old enough to ...
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Are resource questions about study documentation schemes on topic?

Question about on-topicness So I'm looking for an ontology (RDF/OWL) of potential conflicts of interest in medical research; and thought MedScience might be the most appropriate SE (but not sure). ...
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How deep into the skin does topical Benzoyl Peroxide penetrate?

Why close How deep into the skin does topical Benzoyl Peroxide penetrate? as off topic, when How deep into the skin do topical acne medications penetrate? isn't? The former is a hyponym of the latter.
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Can I ask medical questions about the courses I study here?

I'm new to this community! I was wondering if I can ask questions about the doubts I have in the courses I study, I'm 1st year MD student and I'm not sure if my questions are suitable for this ...
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If a question asking for personal medical advice is initially closed, but is then edited to be depersonalized, can it be reopened?

A user asked a question requesting personal medical advice, and it was closed. Since then, it has been edited such that it is very generic and does not include any personal details. Can the question ...
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Close-vote threshold lowered to three

The impetus for this question was this medical advice question which (as of the time of writing) had 3 votes to close but obviously remained open. As longtime users of this network know, it takes 5 ...
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Community for Medical Devices

I work in a medical device manufacturing company. I work in Regulatory and QA. Is there a Stack Exchange community for medical device manufacturing/ or Medical device Regulatory?
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Is it off-topic to ask about the plausibility of a medical diagnosis given in a movie?

Briefly, my specific question is: could two gunshot wounds go unnoticed by doctors if the patient has serious burns covering 60% of their body, and is admitted unconscious and alone? Is it inevitable ...
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Is there a reason this is not closed for medical advice?

fishy odor after consuming fish has the classic There's a condition I know of two siblings having it. [...] So I'd like to know: What's the name of this condition? I flagged it for closure for ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #2 on Medical Sciences has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Let's improve the question guidance for new users

As described in this Meta Stack Exchange post, individual Stack Exchange communities are able to customize particular elements of the "Ask a public question". The exact things that can be ...
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Is there a preferred referencing style to use?

Many questions and answers will involve citing journal articles and other scientific works. Clearly, it's desirable if there is a link to a free online version of the article. However, such links (e.g....
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Can my post be reopened now?

Deriving life expectancy from FLIPI index data for FLIPI(3) High Risk
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Discussion: What is needed for this site to work?

In a short exchange between @anongoodnurse and myself, it was mentioned that This site will never meet high expectations; it's a terrible fit with the SE network, and has been from the beginning ...
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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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How do I get out of Meta and back to the regular forums on medical sciences?

It put me here in Meta for no good reason. How do I navigate out of that and back into the regular eg medicinal chemistry or closest to it? I assume it's a bug in the system that put me here in meta? ...
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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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Tag wikis to be improved (or created)

There are many tags without a wiki or hyphenated names. In the month of July year 2017, we will try our best to get rid of all these. This way we ensure that no popular tag is left out. Below is a ...
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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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Are questions related to health technology assessment and health economics off topic?

I'm a mod from Economics.SE and thought it would be better to ask questions relating to health technology assessment and cost effectiveness analysis here since these arent the usual questions non ...
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Quality of References

The medical sciences are evidence-based, and because it is a field in which wrong information can be harmful, it is important that questions and answers also be evidence-based. The quality of ...
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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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The percentage of answered questions seems to have suddenly jumped, what happened?

When I asked whether or not our Beta label would be removed, we were at about 60% answered, and the answer was that we would remain in Beta because we weren't at 70% answered. Now we're "suddenly&...
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Is our Beta label being removed?

Since we learned that Matter Modeling is graduating and Quantum Computing is graduating and Freelancing is graduating and Retrocomputing is graduating and Economics is graduating, I'm curious if ...

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