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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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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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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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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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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Defibrillating Health.SE

Several of us feel that we need to call a code on this site and assess viability. It's edging on unsustainable. UPDATE: This is an evolving process; please check the discussion in the chat room ...
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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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We Need a Crystal Clear “Rules for Asking Questions” - Agree or no?

I hesitate posting assertions/questions like this for fear of offending members who have worked hard to improve Health.SE and Stack Exchange in general. Therefore, please accept my suggestion in the ...
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Permissibility of non-medical sources

In the case that medical sources are unavailable, are non-medical sources permissible? If so, what minimum criteria must a non-medical source meet to be considered appropriate - for instance, must it ...
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Revisiting Research, A reason to close

So this is a subject that's come up before, twice, but I'm not so sure we got to anywhere actionable. As mentioned in a comment, the fact that this community is struggling with professional ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Improving our How To Ask page

Update: New How To Ask page is live. michaelpri asked the Community Managers how the changes we proposed could be implemented, and they strongly recommended us to fix our How To Ask page first. ...
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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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Are the questions threating the Health.Se Community?

I have noticed that Health.SE is being targeted by predominantly two types of questions: 1) Which are so-called blatantly off topic such as this, this and also this. All questions have been posted ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Rethinking our Site Name

We have previously discussed that the current site name does lead to the impression that our site might be concerned with personal health of users. As this is not the case and we do not want to ...
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Is it OK to ask questions that don't show any research?

Examples: - Can MRI scans be dangerous for one's health?: Can MRIs have any deleterious effect on one's health? Or would it be safe to have say 5 MRIs per year? Inferring vitamin D level ...
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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 ...
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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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Let's open a discussion on building in quality control measures that encourage higher quality posts/answers

The goal of this post is to have the Community decide which ideas should be tested on this site. Please participate! If you do not find the time to type an extensive answer, comment, write short ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Are questions about the health care system on-topic?

I was about to ask a question like What are the benefits of seeing a trans-specific primary care doctor? when I realized that all the questions on here are about health, not about health care ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Please don't answer questions that are off-topic

As Lucky has pointed out to me earlier: Since personal medical advice is strictly off-topic here, such questions: Should not be answered Should be closed Please, don't answer ...
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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 ...
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Are health insurance questions off-topic?

Are questions on health insurance off-topic? Example: What's the point of declaring a general practitioner ("médecin traitant") in France? What are the financial consequences not to declare a ...
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I think the reason the site attracts personal questions is because of its name

Say you have a concern about your habit, what do you say when you meet a doctor? Ok, since I was 3 years old, I have Had the habit of placing my pointer finger on my right and left temple. I used ...
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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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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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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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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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Please ONLY upvote if the question is good quality and on-topic.

I have noticed that recently, almost every single question and answer has received one upvote. However, the purpose of upvoting is to differentiate between good and bad posts. It is in principle ...
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Self-evaluation: September 2017

We think site introspection is a good idea once in a while and there's already been a lot of it here on Health. But now that there are a bunch of real questions from real users floating around, I ...
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Linking Personal Close Reason to DoctorWhom's answer

Currently, our close reason for personal medical advice links to this Meta question However, DoctorWhom's great answer seems to be better suited. Can we alter the link of the close reason to this? ...

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