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Add description to your own tag

I have just created a new tag. However, I'm not allowed to edit the tag description, it will need to be peer reviewed. If I have the permission to create a tag, wouldn't it make sense to also have ...
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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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The scope for questions listed on the tour page is weirdly narrow

The scope for questions is currently: Environmental or nutritional factors that affect health The ways that diseases and injuries affect people The health effects of processes such as ...
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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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Why there isn't any nootropic tag?

Nootropics is a nice pharmacology topic. I would be nice to have that tag. Opinions?
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Personal Diagnosis and Health.SE

First of all, what exactly is Health.SE's stand on personal diagnosis? How is it defined? Example: What can cause pimples? The OP might have pimples and is trying to find the correlating cause (I....
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Should we start merging duplicate tags?

I noticed while scrolling through the list of existing tags that weight, weight-loss, body-weight, overweight, and weight-gain all exist as separate tags, as do food-poisoning, foodborneillness, and ...
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Is this question a good fit for this site?

I have a question about a teenager friend who is greatly affected by the feelings of love he bears for a girl.She doesn't feel the same and this upsets him. You may say that this is a common story ...
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Is this group still viable?

If this question doesn't get closed fairly promptly without mods having to step in, I don't think this group is sustainable any longer. There just aren't enough high rep followers to police it, and ...
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Is the on-topic help page supposed to be exhaustive?

Is the on-topic help page supposed to be exhaustive? By exhaustive, I mean it contains all admissible topics, and any topic not listed there is off-topic.
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What is our stance on questions on ethics?

What is our stance on questions on ethics? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example (almost the same as Law and Ethics - Refusing to treat intoxicated patients, just removing the legal side): I am ...
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When asking about an advertised method, does refering to it necessary?

My question asks about the scientificity of an advertised method. A commenter says that there is no necessity to link that ad. I agree, but I guess linking it as a reference is not a wrong thing to do....
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Seriously, serial down voting?

After coming back and briefly jump back in the game, I get hit with serial down voting? I waited to see if the system would automatically catch it, and it did, but I wanted to clearly state that I'm ...
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How to encourage people to contribute?

Our site is facing an overrun of lack of moderation and few contributors. Of the ones who do, some of them may need guidance on how to develop quality answers. I'm not blaming anyone- we all have ...
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How to handle this copy issue?

I was informed by Prince that a copy of my question was put on the site www.sciencerr.com. I dit not do this and I do not have an account on this website (as suggerated by them). It seems that more ...
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What is our stance on questions “is it safe to do X with medical condition Y”?

What is our stance on questions "is it safe to do X with medical condition Y"? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Title: Is it safe to drive with a torn acl? Last week, I tore my ACL (...
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Could the first person to close-vote leave an explanatory comment?

This is more of an appeal than a question really. Namely, when a new user asks an off-topic question it is often close-voted without explanation or comments. To me, it makes sense that the first ...
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Should something be done about frozen main chat room?

The chat room for health.SE called Waiting Room has been frozen recently. As far as I know, the SE software keeps always at least one room, even if it is inactive for longer than 14 days. However, ...
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Can we please include tags that represent health concerns for both genders? The female anatomy is almost non-existing in tags

I know you have to earn enough reputation points to create "tags," and I do not have enough to do so, but I feel like there needs to be more options on tags before I have the authority/capacity to ...
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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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Not clear why this answer has been deleted

This question is about good oils to use for someone with ischemic heart disease. My answer here is that one should try to avoid all oils and stick to a plant based diet, basically do as Esselstyn is ...
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What is our stance on questions about software recommendations?

What is our stance on questions about software recommendations? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Title: Does Canada have the Good RX app? I recently moved to Canada from the USA, and ...
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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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How do I present a valid opinion that I don't have references for

I have a question about my Health Stack Exchange post: Safe alternatives to painkillers/nsaid? So I answer a question, there is something I say that I think is helpful but don't have the references ...
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What is our stance on questions about the rationale behind a drug's price?

What is our stance on questions about the rationale behind a drug's price? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example Question: Why is apokyn so expensive? I understand that Apomorphine has been ...
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Off Topic? Tools/Tutorials/Off-Site Resource

Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, software library, tutorial or other off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, ...
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Cross-Site Questions Reported

There have been others but here is a prolific one: https://fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/31648/arm-exercises-when-to-alternate-arms and Arm exercises: when to alternate arms? What is the ...
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What is our stance on questions about health policies?

What is our stance on questions about health policies? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: Why did the UK ban phenmetrazine? I used small doses everyday for years, it's the ...
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Can I ask a question about having symptoms for an unknown disease?

I'm wondering if I can ask a question as such: Symptoms, including known symptoms and description of self, with history Possible diseases that I could have I know that the best way to officially ...
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What is our stance on questions about asking for a specific number?

What is our stance on questions about asking for a specific number? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: Number of MRI scanners in the world today? How many MRI scanners are ...
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What is our stance on questions about assistive technology recommendations?

What is our stance on questions about assistive technology recommendations? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: Are there any tools/aids which can help deaf and mute people? ...
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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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The antibiotics tag is plural, thus should the probiotic tag be made plural as well?

The antibiotics tag is plural, thus should the probiotic tag be made plural to make them consistent?
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Supposedly incorrect answer?

Someone made a supposedly wrong answer on a post. I read that it is better not to argue in comments. Can I pm that person in order to discuss and be in agreement on the answer, or at least explain ...
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Why is arguing in comments not allowed?

I wonder why arguing in comments is not allowed on this Stack Exchange website. Example: I was reading the answer https://health.stackexchange.com/a/4332/43 and saw: since all comments got deleted, ...
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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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“Happy marriage” question and topicality

This question was closed by myself and one other community member: https://health.stackexchange.com/q/5505/165 The OP has edited and requested re-opening. To me, the question remains primarily ...
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Why is this question being closed?

How many times a week is masturbating good for health? I see this question is being marked for closure due to answers being "opinion based". So, what exactly is all the mountain of data on sexual ...
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Can the answer suggest a supplement which is not in the first line of therapy?

Since my answer has been removed and probable reason includes that: You are prescribing appetite suppressant where the first line of therapy is dietary modification and exercise. Also they are not ...
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Why my 5-HTP answer has been removed?

The question was: What are good ways to lose weight for people being mentally active? Are there any good diets for people being mentally active which won't affect the everyday brain activities? My ...
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Where to find more detail on personal medical conditions when doctors are too busy?

When I visit a doctor, the doctor appears primarily concerned with making a diagnoses and issuing treatment, particularly as there is a shortage of doctors in my city and there are always several ...
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No references needed to point out lack of evidence

An answer that points out that there is no evidence that some (quack) cure X works, doesn't need to be supported by references. Obviously, the burden of proof that X works should be on anyone making ...
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Handling Migrated Questions when User deletes the associated account

So this is the second time I've watched this personally, and I was wondering if there was a general way that such questions should be handled. My general impression of what happens is that a question ...
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What is our stance on questions about nutrition?

What is our stance on questions about nutrition? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: To what extent does the cooking time impact the nutritional content when boiling potatoes? ...
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Is “which doctor to go see” a personal medical advice?

I want to ask a question about which doctor to go see given that my family doctor is now clueless about it (second and third advices are also clueless). Is it on topic?
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Reversing downvotes for improved questions and answers

I understand that it is every user's prerogative to use down-votes with or without leaving a comment. Sometimes comments are left in vain, or even cause the OP's outrage. Yet, every once in a while a ...
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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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What to do with duplicates with no answers?

The question What is proper time for drinking water with meal? was asked yesterday, and in essence it asks the same thing as the question Drinking water during or after Meal, asked over 6 months ago. ...
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Is a bad answer better than no answer at all?

An active user posted an answer to this question: How to increase my gut bacteria? Are there any drugs available? It has been deleted now, but a comment made by this active user gave me pause. The ...
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Is it a problem that Health Stack Exchange has high rate of unanswered questions?

I have just noticed that Health Stack Exchange is in the top 5 of the SE websites with the smallest percentage of answered questions: Deleting answers, seems to me, has turning off potential ...

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