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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is the community moderating?

I flagged two questions as off-topic last week, the first flag is now almost 8 days old. Of course I don't necessarily expect the community to agree with me on these flags, but I'm surprised that they ...
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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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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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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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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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Medical Sciences has been launched to foster a community of experts - and we anticipate long-term benefits to Health.SE!

We are excited to announce that after long, detailed discussions in chat, meta, and comments: The new site Medical Sciences has been proposed in Area 51! It is designed to foster a community of ...
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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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Why don't people do something? - questions

What questions am I talking about? There is a type of question which has been cropping up on Stack Exchange sites since long before Health was created. And I have never seen a good answer to one of ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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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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Why are “joke” questions tolerated?

I don't understand why this question wasn't deleted outright to begin with since the OP readily admitted it wasn't a real question. It got moved to meta, where the OP is now using it as a vehicle to ...
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How is this question about flatulence off topic?

This question is not well written, and if read exactly as written may strike users as trivial. However, what if it's not a frat-guy-joke kind of question? What if the person has Irritable Bowed ...
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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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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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Is this question worthy of reopening?

Irony of ironies, I posted comments below Jon Ericson's hopeful and optimistic meta answer saying I didn't mind answering questions about a sore throat because we all get them, and the answer is ...
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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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Update site name in disclaimer

The disclaimer page in the help center appears to show an older name for the site: The information, advice, links and/or any other materials (“Content”) made available through Health Stack Exchange ...
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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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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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Facing the curtain (of the ICU)

I realised that Health.SE is not much fun for me anymore. Explaining why this is the case would take too long and feel somewhat like a rant, but this has been covered in multiple Meta threads and ...
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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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Please don't plagiarize text for tag wikis

I've been going through recent edit suggestions, and I noticed that a few users are being dedicated in their tag curation. That's fantastic; thank you. However, I've also noticed that some content is ...
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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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How do you define an answer?

Here are two comments get deleted because of "being answers" in Why aren't superbugs weaker than their wild type? First, I want to say that I don't have any objection on deleting answers in comment. ...
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Re-opening edited closed personal advice questions

Postdormital (hypnopompic) Sleep Paralysis was closed as it was asking for personal advice. It was edited by the OP and has subsequently been reopened by Carey Gregory♦(see https://medicalsciences....
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To re-open antivirals/postherpetic pain question

Can someone help to re-open the question about famciclovir and postherpetic pain? I edited the question to be non-personal.
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Do we need a CAPTCHA here?

On the front page as of right now, of the 15 questions, 7 are either off-topic or are duplicates. This makes me wonder if the average person who asks a question on health.se ever reads the guidelines ...
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The need for a voting drive?

It is a very frustrating look at the voting tab in the users category. The last Hot Network Question attracted so many votes, even from users apparently only registering with this community to vote ...
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Edit questions and review your old downvotes!

I've been going through and aggressively editing questions to remove clinical context and personal information in order to bring out the (often valid) root question the person is asking. I think ...
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Why hyphenated tags and not synonyms

I am curious why the male-men-man-boy is used and not making them all synonyms of male? Was this approach discussed somewhere?
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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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Image link upload is broken

Trying to add an image from a link to a PNG is broken. It works if you download the image and re-upload it. When adding the link, it gives the error: Failed to upload image; the format is not ...
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Is asking questions about a particular health dataset on-topic?

Is asking questions about a particular health dataset on-topic? I know they are on-topic on OpenData.SE, but I am curious to know whether they are allowed in in this Stack Exchange. Examples: ...
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Typo in tour. “/li>”

There is a typo in the tour. "/li>" shouldn't be there.
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Are questions about med school on-topic?

There is a question in Academia about the ranking of med schools: Does it matter where you go to medical school?. Does this question on-topic? We agree that question about health care system are on-...
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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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Why was my edit rejected?

In this question: Is a child with chickenpox who is vaccinated still contagious?, the now edited question asks If a child is vaccinated for chickenpox but she gets the disease anyway, will her ...
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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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So what would be needed for a name change?

There are few meta users, and even I cannot promise to be around much. My participation is periodic based on clinic scheduling and down time from babysitting fellows. That said, what would actually ...
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Question about how to evaluate healthcare professional - On-topic?

I needed to find a new dentist as my previous dentist sold his practice to go work for the VA (he's an ex-Marine). I chose one based on very positive reviews on several sites such as healthgrades.com ...
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Fixing Request for Sources Problem

Recently, I requested a shortcut [sources] for the comments to include sources. Reading old questions and answers, I've come across the following banner below a question: I assume it has been placed ...
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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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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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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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