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Should we limit links for new users?

I am a new user, and struggling to cite references because users with less than 10 rep points are limited to posting only 2 links. I can see why this policy is in place, to prevent anonymous users/...
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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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Self-help questions

I am most active at Biology and Cognitive Sciences.SE. Both sites quite aggressively close every question on self-help, and I am one of those aggressive close voters, because I support the thought ...
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Should professionals answer non-professional questions in layman term?

A very example for this: Anti-inflammatory painkillers and healing I don't refute the fact that this is a scientific - based site, and it should encourage professional to answer, and should answer ...
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Reminding users to avoid copying text commend should link to a good explaination

For example, one of my answer is considered to only contain quotes. At that time, the only reason given was "the super mod says so". In deed, in the link, the super mod only said so, not giving a ...
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Shouldn't there be an "anatomy" tag?

It strikes me as one of the most fundamental topics imaginable on this site, but for whatever reason, there is no anatomy tag. Does this make sense to anyone?
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Are comments pointing to other potentially useful resources ephemeral?

Example: Is that kind of comment subject to deletion?
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Are personal anecdotes + general health questions on-topic?

We have established that personal medical advice questions are off topic. I’ve noticed that there are some (many) questions that provide a personal anecdote about a medical problem the OP faces but ...
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Should we answer questions about using illegal drugs (e.g. hallucinogenic drugs)

I could write a fairly good answer to the question Why does the weight matter when consuming a certain amount of a specific drug? quite easily, but in the body of this question the user states that ...
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Is addressing physician abuse on topic on Health.SE?

Within the past few days, an interesting case made headlines. It is horrific: an oncologist ordered chemotherapy on patients who did not have cancer, and over-prescribed chemotherapy on patients who ...
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Should recommendations be on-topic?

I have seen a few questions now that have been asking for a recommendation for things like an app or a resource. For example, https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/1520/cross-platform-pedometer-...
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Should I flag comments about lacking of reference if they are obsoleted, for the sake of future visitors?

For example, this strongly-encourage-references comment is obsoleted after the references have been added. Should I flag them (and delete them if I can)? They are obsoleted, obviously. But since in ...
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Should answers in comments be immediately deleted?

We have discussed what our policy should be towards answers without references here and here, and have discussed answers in comments here. There seems to be a general consensus that answers of any ...
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What constitutes a request for medical advice?

I've seen questions that were closed because mods felt they were asking for personal medical advice. For example, this question, which I edited in an attempt to salvage it, still remains closed. I ...
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I think the disclaimer does not attract enough attention

Will the disclaimer be effective, if it's not attracting attention? For me, it does not. I think the disclaimer should always attract notice, at least for those coming to the site at the first ...
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What if the doctor says: "I don't know"?

This happens to me this morning. When I ask about whether my legs are having lymphatic congestion or varicose veins, because the symptom of both two I read on the internet are similar, the answer the ...
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Do we need MathJax?

In an answer involving calculation, the math is quite ugly. Yes, most of the questions asked here won't need an integration, but maybe someday, when the site proliferates enough (hope so), there is a ...
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Do you really want a comment with your down vote?

How often have you seen a variation of this comment? Will the down voter please say what is wrong with my [question/answer]? I notice them fairly often, maybe because it’s a subject I have strong ...
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Should questions that cover a whole topic be too broad?

I asked a question about recommended daily intake and it is on hold for being "too broad", but in many other sites i participate on SE have some questions that cover a whole topic that would be ...
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Are we too harsh on new users?

I have developed a query to determine a SE site's "Welcoming Index", which is a measure of how well we treat new users compared to regulars. http://data.stackexchange.com/health/query/328147/...
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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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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 ...
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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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What unit should we use? Metric or imperial?

Example question: Can being cold or wet be a significant influence in getting the common cold? When I read that question, the "coldest" temperature in that question is 60 degree, while in my ...
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Are questions about the "Why" of certain practices on-topic?

I'm not referring to the ethics of certain medical practices. Just like "why doctors use Technique A as opposed to Technique B". Also, I already saw this post about whether health practices are on-...
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What if the only references are not available in English?

Should we allow the answer too? Traditional cures tend to be written in local language.
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Should deletions of answers be decided by moderators only?

I see in the chat log that 2 users agreed to flag answers in such a way that it allowed moderators to delete the answers themselves, instead of having the answers reviewed by the community: Should ...
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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 ...
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Why didn't these +1 comments get deleted?

I flagged these two +1 comments for deletion: +1 - This answer could not be any better. Great information and references Couldn't agree more. This is one of the best answers I've seen! Should be the ...
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Can we change our mods here?

First of all, I'd like to apologise if I offended anybody here by asking for the second opinion about my removed answer (I really do). Usually when you go to the doctor, you've right to do so. And ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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How much research are we expecting questioners to do? [duplicate]

I'm still working through the meta etc, having come over from Bio.SE. There seems to be a whole slew of what I would consider "low quality" questions, where it seems minimal effort was put into both ...
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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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Should this question be closed?

I saw Weird blue thing on my finger? today, and it struck me as a prime example of a personal medical question - not only that, but even asking for diagnosis, one of the hardest thing in medicine. I ...
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Community Promotion Ads

Here on Health.SE, we have suffered a drought of visitors. We are averaging less than 100 visitors a day. We should be around 500 at a minimum. We are doing okay question-wise, but we need more ...
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Why did my comment get deleted?

I had left a comment on the question Does this site want to succeed? but it got deleted. Why?
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Closing inconsistencies regarding question on sweeteners

I don't understand why https://health.stackexchange.com/q/967/43 got closed while Are artificial sweeteners safe? didn't. Can somebody explain why? I copy the questions here for convenience: Are ...
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Does this site want to succeed?

So I posted a question Push-ups at the office, more often or more at once? it was almost immediately closed as off topic (apparently doing things to stay healthy are not in scope). So I went looking ...
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Giving sources when you only trust them partially

I just wrote an answer to the question What are the natural and healthy ways to increase blood sugar?. I am not a health care professional, and most of my knowledge on the matter comes from popular ...
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Questions about equipment for personal use, when on topic?

This question of mine, about a cheap replacement for a fascia roll, was closed, apparantly "because it is about how to build your own equipment." I'm sure the closer will eloborate. I'd argue that ...
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Duplicate questions: what to do?

I asked a question, and I got an answer. However I then realized there were more medic studies about this issue, so I figured I should complete my question. However if I changed it, I had to remove ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Tag management: vitamins and micronutrients

"vitamins" and "micronutrients" tags were two separate tags before, and now Micronutrients redirects to Vitamins. This is erroneous because micronutrients are not only vitamins, there are also ...
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Sexuality in scope?

There is a Sexuality proposal at area 51. Proposed Q&A site for proposed Q&A site for frank and clinical information on human sexuality. Many of the questions could possibly live ...
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What's wrong with this answer about a cold?

I've posted the answer on the following question: Effect of the common cold on the immune system which was removed initially for lack of image references. Now I've been suggested that this answer ...
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Should questions that seem eminently googleable be closed?

Example 1: Is there any health risk in cellular phones? Cellular phones are taking ever increasing part in our lives, and I keep hearing people saying they are harmful to our health. Are there any ...

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