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Why is my question personal?

I have a question about my Medical Sciences Stack Exchange post: How to correctly use salicylic acid plasters against a plantar wart? I'm asking for clarification on what appears to be incomplete ...
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Is my answer missing credible references?

I've answered a general and speculative question: How long should a person keep blood test results? with an equally general and hypothetical answer (except for a tiny point which I've edited.) Yet -...
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Why is asking question “time gap between a meal and sleep” — considered off topic?

Originally I had asked below question in Fitness SE: What is the ideal time gap between lunch & power-nap as well as dinner & bedtime? Though I had a doubt, if it belonged to this SE. Later ...
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Why was my post about ALT-Levels closed as off-topic?

I have a question about my Medical Sciences Stack Exchange post: How can I lower my alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels? Why was this closed "as personal medical advice"? It can help anyone taking ...
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Updated help section needs review

I finally edited the help section to update the What topics can I ask about here section. This was largely a copy/paste from the Area 51 proposal with some minor changes, such as strongly emphasizing ...
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Are questions regarding medical office administration on topic?

I have some questions about medical scheduling and office administration. though not directly related to the medical sciences its related to its practice. Are such questions on topic?
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What sort of nutrition or environmental questions are suitable now?

The tour suggests that questions regarding Environmental or nutritional factors that affect health are now suited to HS now. Given that most of the unanswered questions before were about ...
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Should we edit Personal Medical Advice questions?

With the change of scope for this site, I am wondering if we should be more strict on Personal Medical Advice questions. What sparked my question was CBC showing Metamyelocytes at 2% (normal range is ...
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What should we do with questions tagged Home Remedies?

Now that the site has been renamed, what should we do with questions marked with the home-remedies tag?
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Is doctor-patient communication on topic?

Specifically, I'm referring to this question. I lean towards no, it is not on topic, but what do others think?
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What is our stance on questions based on some phony/scammy websites/webpages?

What is our stance on questions based on some phony/scammy websites/webpages? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Are closed plastic or wood blinds really not sufficient UVA protection? (mirror) ...
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“Give me a resource” questions

What's our position on "give me a resource" questions? For example, just today we've got... List of Medical Trade Shows and... Do medical laboratories determine accuracies for their blood tests? ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Medical Sciences's first moderator election has come to a close and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and share your ...
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How can a user with no medical knowledge participate?

Now that we have changed from Health.SE to MedicalScience.SE, I have a question for moderator candidates, but anyone can charm in as well: How can users with no medical knowledge participate on the ...
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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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Are “did my doctor do the wrong thing” questions off topic here?

This question asks about what a person should do after their psychiatrist brought up the concept of euthanasia. This is a tricky question, because at its heart, it's a question about whether an ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore election

Summary: Medical Sciences Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on October 22 to bring in one more moderator. For full details of the process, see the announcement on ...
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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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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 were my comments removed from this question?

Why were my comments removed from this question: How to calculate survivability of extremely harsh cold conditions?? My comment was along the lline of "'have' and 'die from' are not the same".
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Out of scope: “please identify my observed phenomenon” and other plausibility questions

A question that falls in the category of the MedicalSciences' equivalent of "identify this movie" seems to come up almost daily. I wanted to discuss where we want to draw the line for these questions....
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Use of acronyms in questions - and answers

Acronyms can be confusing at the best of times - see Why is HIV singled out from other STIs? yet, the field of medical science is full of them — *EHRs, PMHs, ADRs...just give a few. The tour page ...
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How is this requesting personal medical advice?

The question titled Somatosensation was flagged in my review queue by 2 people, presumably including @Narusan due to the comment, and I am wondering how it is requesting personal medical advice. I ...
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Site name/scope: what to do with old questions and answers

Things move forward. That's great. And it's uncharted territory. This is about the expected and perhaps even already ongoing cleanup. Currently my impression is that whenever community-diamond bumps ...
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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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Chat Room Name revisited

As we have done some changes to the nature of the site, I think we should revisit the name of the chat. „The Waiting Room“ is a creative name, but it does add up to the misconception of this being a ...
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Why is my question closed as “off-topic” for this site?

Why is my question closed as off-topic, really? (Right now it has 4 close votes, I'm sure by the time you read this it would have been closed already). First let me introduce a bit about myself. You ...
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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 ...
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was this a personal advice question?

this question was deleted: https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/15938/what-methods-of-healing-suturing-of-torn-male-internal-urethral-sphincter-are-th : what methods of healing/suturing of ...
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Please Communicate: What are the next steps for this site?

Let me start with just reiterating that we all want the best for this site. As the tone gets more and more hostile (or is perceived that way by me), this is something we should all remind ourselves of....
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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 (...
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Would any version of this particular question be on topic?

This, my first question on this site (but not on Stack Exchange) overall, was closed and got three downvotes, on the grounds that "questions requesting personal medical advice are off-topic here". (I ...
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Yet again, we have personal advice questions answered

I am concerned that we are still having personal advice questions answered by those who have been here a long time and therefore should know that these questions must never be answered, and they ...
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A challenge to vote

There are currently 28 individuals who have cast over 200 votes: https://health.stackexchange.com/users?page=1&tab=voters&filter=all and only 7 users with 1000+ votes cast. At a maximum of 40 ...
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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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Migration options

When I click the off-topic choice because I think a question belongs on another exchange, my only choice is meta.health. What about Biology, Psychology, Fitness, etc? What does it take to get those ...
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Aesthetics, cosmetics and psychology - on or off topic?

This question is linked to We need to change our attitude towards new users! as this is also about a question from a first time poster. Ok, let's start with the second half of a comment left on Can ...
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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 ...
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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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Is there an appropriate community to ask HIPAA related questions?

Is there an appropriate community to ask HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) related questions? I was thinking health.SO, but they don't have a tag for HIPAA. My specific ...
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Am I allowed to answer questions if I'm not a medical professional?

I've seen a couple of questions that I think I can answer, but I'm not a medical professional, just someone interested in medical sciences who likes to research and read scientific literature. If I ...
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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 ...
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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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I think we're done here

Every day it's an onslaught of new, asinine questions that are clearly off-topic requests for medical advice with zero value to anyone with medical interests. And every day my votes to close are ...
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To edit or not to edit?

I happened to look at the front page and saw an interesting (to me) question which was appropriately closed as seeking personal medical advice. I edited the post to remove that aspect. I haven't been ...
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Why should downvoting be a privilege?

This is an extend of my answer on Should we initiate assisted dying? As how I see, lack of experienced users is inevitable and we should have accepted that as a part of a growing site. The essence ...
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Common format for references

While we are attempting to reposition this site to a professional level, should we encourage the use of a common format for quoting references apart from or in addition to those that are inlined? In ...
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New ''Off-topic" close reasons

We clearly need a set of well thought out custom close reasons ("off-topic because…") to ease our lives. Currently we only have one: Questions requesting personal medical advice are off-topic here....
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Standard comment situations: suggestions for close votes and down votes

Downvotes and close votes should always be accompanied by a comment. While not strictly required as per SE policy this is especially important for new users. We should direct our criticism at bad or ...
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What would you want name and scope to be? (i.e. next steps)

Ok, from the sentiments expressed on this meta question and answer/comments, there does appear to be support for a change in direction on the site. I am going to talk with community moderators (...

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