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OMG... A site about Health?
True Story — For thousands of years, the world's professional societies and religions have disseminated its teachings in arcane languages understood by few. It was believed that such knowledge in the ...
Should we require references to back up all answers?
Health as a topic is a bit different than what most SE sites deal with. It is a lot more likely to attract users without a medical background than a programming site is to attract non-programmers. ...
What are reliable sources?
The first meta question asked Should we require references to back up all answer?. The general consensus was yes (most of the time). This is a quote from the top voted answer by @Jez I think the ...
Should mental health questions be allowed?
It could be argued that mental health is such a big subject in its own right that this site should not accept such questions and should stick to physical health. Should we accept mental health ...
How long can this site be popular if everybody is asked to see a doctor?
People come here to ask about queries related to their health. If doctor is so easily available nobody has to go online. But I see most of the time, giving medical advise is being refrained from and ...
Share with us. What is your impression of this site?
In the next week or two, we have to evaluate this site and its progress… but this is turning out to be one of the more difficult to figure out. So I'm opening a broad discussion asking you to ...
Refocusing from Health to Medical Sciences
I've talked with the moderators (as foreshadowed), consulted the rest of the community team and listened to users on meta about the difficulties faced by a site called "Health". The general consensus ...
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 ...
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 ...
Who should our Moderators Pro Tempore be? [duplicate]
This community needs to start contributing some names they would like to act as provisional Moderators. Please read this: Moderators Pro Tempore. Here are some basic guidelines: Each nomination ...
State of the site - moderators
Over a week ago, the Health.SE site lost two moderators, Susan and anongoodnurse, in quick succession (the same or subsequent days). As far as I can see this was never announced anywhere on Meta and ...
How can we prevent users from cherry-picking references?
A far larger number of answers than I expected use articles in scientific journals as references. And it turns out that there are several answers with a lot of references already that I consider very ...
Should the site have a clear disclaimer along the top?
I predict that one of the major criticisms of the site will be that bad medical information was provided, which could even open up the site to litigation. Might it be a good idea to have something ...
Moderators Pro Tempore, on a sturdy tray covered by plastic bowls
Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
Site Name Change & Scope Redefinition
This is an update post about the goings on of the site: Goings on 1 Goings on 2 Goings on 3 It's been a few months since all of this has been brought up and I wanted to share that it's now all back ...
Is Wikipedia a reliable source?
Sometimes I keep getting negative reactions/comments, because my answers contain links/sources to Wikipedia. Few examples: How much coffee can a healthy adult drink?, Is there any proof that ...
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 ...
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 ...
Are personal medical advice questions on topic here?
Should we allow personal medical advice question? I am inclined to say no. What are everyone else's thoughts? Consider this example question: What can I do to alleviate chronic migraine headaches? ...
Should answers without references be immediately deleted?
We have established that this site “strongly encourages” references in answers. Although it does not appear to reflect full consensus, I even upvoted the answer that states that we should require ...
Are questions about the practice of medicine on-topic?
A while back I was discussing Stack Exchange's goal of sites by and for experts with a friend who is in the health field, and in discussing a then-hypothetical health site she pointed out that the ...
Let's think of a creative name for our chatroom
Our current chatroom name is "The Drug Store." Look at all the creative names others have thought up: "Root Access" for Super User "The DMZ" for Security "The Renderfarm" for Blender "The Litter Box" ...
Are professional-to-professional questions within the site scope?
Rationales behind the order of applying the torso straps of a Kendrick Extrication Device This question refers to the above question on the main site. The main contention seems to be that it has low ...
How to deal with citations to research hidden behind paywalls?
A lot of research ends up behind expensive paywalls and not accessible to the public. How should we deal with this? Here's a few options: We could have no preference for publicly available ...
What kind of research is expected here before asking questions?
https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/1217/what-food-should-i-eat-before-going-to-bed-at-night-so-that-i-wake-up-full-of-en?noredirect=1#comment2365_1217 That question has been getting some ...
Site specific reason for deleting answers: Misinterpreted references
Misinterpretation is a major problem The Internet is swamped with misinformation on health matters, and we want to do better. So maybe we can pack one of the major sources at the root: laypeople ...
Who are you and why are you here?
This is inspired by this meta Worldbuilding post, which was inspired by this meta Data Science post. Health SE is an interesting site filled with lots of interesting people. I think that it would be ...
Should we have a "verified physician" tag next to certain users?
On a site like Health, it is particularly important to be able to identify which users have real qualifications and whose answers can be given more trust. I know it would be a new StackExchange ...
Moderation on Health.SE - do we need a different model?
Usually (and with good reason), mods are not expected to decide if an answer is incorrect. On some sites, though, the mod will take an action if a trusted user raises a flag. This occurs on occasion ...
Should we initiate assisted dying?
Health.SE is dying. Continuing the medical analogies, we are suffering from multiple organ failure: bad questions bad answers not enough activity by experienced users not enough experienced users We ...
Is Health.SE sick?
I see lots of active people complaining for unjustified and uncommented downvotes, questions that are easily closed, answers that are removed by mods (while the normal behaviour should be that users ...
How much overlap should there be with biology.SE?
As a test case, I was just looking at a question here that was similar to one that had been asked and answered at biology.SE. Health.SE question: What causes body parts to fall asleep? Biology.SE ...
39 questions of mine deleted, and counting. How do you expect users to write well written questions?
So far, the Stack Exchange automated deletion script have deleted 39 questions I posted. That's ~17% of the questions I posted. Most of these deleted 39 questions are of good quality and on-topic (...
Is a rep/user push needed
I found this question a bit confusing and meandering, so I thought I would post a more targeted question. Do we have a need for more users over the 500 rep level (needed to vote to close) to better ...
What to do about covid-19 questions?
There is currently a global pandemic in place caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus which is responsible for the disease COVID-19. There is a huge amount of anxiety regarding this illness, and a fair number ...
How can we help the community to develop a more discerning approach to ideas presented here?
This was prompted by Mad Scientist’s recently updated Meta post, a Meta answer by Anongoodnurse that has received disturbingly little attention, and my own recent response to a question on Main that ...
Voting for a new icon
Once Health.SE was started we quickly realized that we have the same logo as History.SE. In the answers of that post, many great ideas were brought up. @Tim made a few designs for the great ideas that ...
Should we try to reword "personalized" questions instead of closing?
On a site like Health, there will often likely be a temptation to close questions as being too personal, and not answerable because the advice would be too specific to that one person. I think we ...
Citations and Proving a Negative
Inspired by the comment left for my answer to this question: Can getting the flu shot make you sicker next year? Providing sources is within the spirit of the site, and something I've tried to do ...
Are shopping questions off-topic?
Example: Where can I buy diclofenac patches in the US at a good price?
Health SE Disclaimer
Near the beginning of Health SE's private beta, a discussion about whether or not we should have a disclaimer came up. There were people voting that we should have a disclaimer (+10/-2) and people for ...
Should alternative medicine be on-topic?
Alternative medicine is "any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method."1 Should questions about this ...
Did we cross over into Physical Fitness?
I am considering this question specifically: Why does walking/jogging seem to do so much more for you than only bicycling? When a question get into the mechanics of physical exercise choices or ...
Who is the target user of Health.SE?
There are a lot of questions on Health Meta regarding fundamental issues, not just minor improvements. In order for these discussions to be productive, and in order to avoid "talking past each other", ...
We need to change our attitude towards new users!
Disclaimer: Personal Opinion Below StackOverflow has been noted to not be very welcoming to new users. This is followed by meta discussions on the main meta. I think that we also should reconsider ...
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 ...
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 ...
Should we use medical terms or layman's terms as tags?
In this discussion about [renal-calculi] and [kidney-stones], the question has come up if we should use specialized medical terms or generic layman's terms for tagging. What do you think?
"Primarily opinion based" and the dangers of unknown unknowns
I recently ran across this question closed as “primarily opinion based.” At the time, it read: Some people don't sleep enough due to work, school, or personal issues. Regardless of the cause, what ...
Overlap, reliable sources, and attribution
Two questions: It is inevitable that there will be overlap between Health.SE and Biology.SE, and as a member of Biology, that is absolutely fine with me. This question is answered with an attributed ...