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Choosing custom off-topic close reasons

As discussed in this meta.SE post, the community needs to decide on a set of reasons that can be used to close questions that are off-topic. These can be adjusted or changed in the future, but already ...
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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 ...
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Are Meta downvotes discouraging users from improving their questions?

TL;DR Surely downvoting valid discussions is discouraging users from asking good questions? A couple of weeks ago, someone posted an answer on the main site. Because of the scope changes, it was ...
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Should my answers get removed, because of my personal style?

As Shog9 and JohnP suggested, my writing: appear to share the same characteristics such as: Start with a general-purpose explanation of the question's topic, paraphrased from another site. ...
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What is the current reason of answer removal: 'symptoms and how migraine is categorised'?

I've answered the following question: What are the symptoms of Migraine and how to categorise into severe or mild etc Initially it was removed by lack of interpretation of migraine stages (I guess) ...
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Glaucoma answer removed because of a shotgun approach?

I've answered the following question: Can electronic device help with glaucoma? Initially it was removed as it had too many cites included. I've improved answer as requested, but now moderators ...
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Are questions about hospital equipments off-topic?

Example: Does less than 10% of donated used medical equipment ultimately becomes operational? In its Guidelines for Donations of Health Care Equipment, the WHO says: The sense among ...
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Should mod remove answers which doesn't address all sub-questions?

I've answered the following question: Effect of the common cold on the immune system Sub-questions are: I've heard that once a person catches a cold, his whole immune system becomes weak and is ...
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What's wrong with my answer to cold in summers with nose bleeding issues?

Question: How to handle cold in summers with nose bleeding issues? Answer: Nosebleed (epistaxis) usually indicates body weakness and it can be caused by an infection, cold weather or the drying ...
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A system for systematizing tagging systems

As I was cleaning up tags and defining a few synonyms, I was again frustrated by the lack of consensus about two sets of tag names on answers to a prior meta question of mine. However, as I started ...
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Tags about food

I’m trying to clean up tags.* I noticed that we have: nutrition, diet, food, eating I think we probably don’t need all four, but I’m trying to decide what to merge where and what is a synonym of ...
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General reference questions

This was triggered by the question: Medications for asthma It has been raised that maybe it’s too broad because of the side effects bit. That may be. In a prior iteration it also asked for “best” ...
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My edit should not have been approved

I made an edit prior to carefully reading here. Before anyone one approved it, I edited the summary to say REJECT EDIT but none of the reviewers read my message. If you are going to review, do not be ...
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Confusing CPR question

There is this question: How are ratios for one person CPR arrived at? where it's divided to three different questions: Title question: How are ratios for one person CPR arrived at? How are the ...
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"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 ...
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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 ...
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Answers in comments for questions which you down vote or close vote?

(Sorry, me again.) I understand that it is not preferred on SE sites to post an answer in comments. I also recognize that it is often done anyway when someone knows the answer and doesn't want to ...
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How can we encourage better quality questions?

This is a hard one, and I think every SE site struggles with it. When a site is so large that it has a broad user base and gets many questions a day, closing and downvoting occur quickly enough to ...
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How do we handle questions primarily just asking for references?

This is in reference to this question: How effective was the 2014-2015 influenza vaccination? While interesting to me, and a well-worded question, it is in essence a request for references - are ...
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What to do when a question is precisely answered by a Wikipedia page or section?

Example: Is there any health risk in cellular phones? Is there any health risk in cellular phones? Cellular phones are taking ever increasing part in our lives, and I keep hearing people ...
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Do we need to explain self-explanatory quotes?

Example: I read Would butter on burns help or harm? and gave the following answer: which got deleted by Shog9: Do we need to explain self-explanatory quotes? For example, from a mod on Travel.SE: ...
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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 ...
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What are the benefits of eating food - closed?

What are the benefits of eating food? is apparently too broad. Why? How is it broader than these: Is there any health risk in cellular phones? Are there any health benefits to male circumcision? ...
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Can we clean up the tags?

I would really like to organize tags but agree with one answer on another meta question about tag management that this is going to take some leadership from high-rep users to maintain. I think that ...
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How should we decide whether a figure can be reproduced here under fair use?

I have been attempting to use published, peer-reviewed journal articles as the primary references for answers here. Frequently, it would be helpful to reproduce a figure published in one of these ...
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Should acronyms be used as tags?

My question was spurred by the following t1dm? For the average person, this tag will probably be useless. Should the name of the tag be more descriptive? If not, there are many medical terms that ...
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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 ...
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Should we allow anonymous questions?

A lot of people are likely to have embarrassing health issues that mean they want to ask the questions anonymously, rather than under their main Stack Exchange account. Now, I strongly suspect this ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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About Pro Tem moderator nominations... Is there a better way to discuss concerns with moderators?

Under one user's nomination (michaelpri) are some valid comments that might better be answered by a conversation with the users themselves. I don't know if this is done only for elected mods, but ...
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Does this site include questions relating to insurance, claims, the ACA etc? [duplicate]

Will this site include questions about health insurance? Claims, navigating the ACA etc?
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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 ...
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Question that should not be closed is being closed

At the time of writing, my question here is on the verge of being closed: https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/462/sudden-neck-pain-when-leaning-back This is exactly the kind of thing I was ...
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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 ...
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Why is the name of primary chatroom "The Waiting Room"? [duplicate]

The Waiting Room sounds like that of airport and railway station. Please, change the name to something else. It'd be best to have a polling. Post your idea as answer and let the community decide.
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

Several times now, I've seen an answer for a question that was not asked. A recent example deftly answers the excellent question of how to prevent the spread of influenza virus. The question asked ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What should we do with questions where the answer is clearly 'see a doctor'?

Many questions on this site are likely to have the same answer: see a doctor. What should we do with these questions? Some potential options: Close the questions as off-topic with a custom reason ...
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What is 'healthy'?

Many questions seem to be concerned with certain things being more or less 'healthy'. This seems very vague to me. What does healthy mean? Should we require people to clarify a particular metric (such ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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A system for tagging?

I realize tagging works differently on different sites, but at least on some sites there is a set of tags that logically encompass most of the questions on the site. On SO, there are programming ...
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What to do when the close voters don't comment?

My question Can I use a foot pedal to send mouse clicks and/or modifier keys ergonomically? got put on hold as "too broad". I modified the question to refine the scope, cast a reopen vote, but the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Should I delete my account as an Ayurvedic physician?

I'm a holistic healer, an Ayurvedic professional. Ayurveda is an ancient medical science of India (dating centuries back). While I thought to join Health stack exchange to provide tips from my 8 yr of ...
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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?

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