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How to deal with “wrong” answers that do attempt to answer the question?

Some popular good-quality questions on Health.SE have two liners as answers which go something like: I did it and I’m fine or This is not a problem. I’ve never encountered anyone that had ...
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Curbing spammy and often downright disgusting “NSFW”/indecent questions

Unfortunately, being designated as a health discussion forum will inevitably attract distasteful and sometimes disingenuous trolls asking NSFW questions (for those who have no idea what "NSFW" means, ...
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Your Input regarding the Future of Health.SE

This is somewhat a follow up from Defibrillating Health.SE. Until now, we have tried to set up a new site „MedicalSciences.SE“. The process of this isn’t all too far, we‘re still lacking quite a few ...
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Do we need a banner providing help for people considering suicide

This answer to Is death due to drug-induced respiratory arrest painful? made me think we need a banner that can be added to questions that basically says if you are thinking about suicide please get ...
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Spam Question from Toronto

Incidentally, I‘ve seen quite some spam that looks like the following: Irrelevant backstory. I‘ve seen this treatment in a clinic in Toronto. (It‘s always a „clinic in Toronto“) Has ...
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Feature Request: Remove Link Restriction

Update: The Limit has been increased network-wide to 8 lpp (links per post). Does that suffice us, or de we need more, like Sceptics.SE (current 50 lpp) We have a strict policy that answers need to ...
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Re-Evaluating Site Moderation

Let's face it: Health.SE has many, many, many, many problems. We've tried to resolve a few minor issues with minimal success, and even launched a "sister-site" as a new proposal at Area51. Here, I'll ...
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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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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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Canonical question about how to evaluate health benefits

Questions like this one that ask what are the benefits of X are probably on-topic, but there are a never ending stream of them. In the model of give a man a fish/teach a man to fish, I propose we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the date of this question a bug?

The following question has received 14 upvotes, the answer to it even 35 upvotes, and is allegedly only 1 day old. The amount of upvotes is just astronomical for our site. I have never seen this ...
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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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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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Does this site accept relationship questions?

Since Health Stack Exchange is about health, does it accept questions on relationships as a part of psychological help?
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What close reason for nonsense questions?

Imagine someone asks "what colour socks are best for reducing blood pressure?" We can't answer that, because the colour of your socks has no effect on your blood pressure. I want to close such ...
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Would it be appropriate to mention other websites that DO answer medical advice?

This question [ How to proceed when doctors can't help ] brought up an interesting question I've been wanting to ask. ((Please edit this if I'm not supposed to mention other sites. I looked and ...
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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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Is not researching before asking OK?

Many well-received questions in this site have very little evidence of researching. Just take the top voted question for an example: How can I protect my eyesight when using computers? My job ...
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When should a question be transferred to Chemistry.SE?

I've just asked a question that one could argue should be migrated to Chemistry.SE. What is the community's stand on that? Should we accept questions regarding drug metabolism and interaction of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Tag Year 2017

There are many tags without a wiki or hyphenated names. In the month of July year 2017, we will try our best to get rid of all these. This way we ensure that no popular tag is left out. Below is a ...
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The excellent answers of Health.SE

Inspired by the same Meta Threads on other Stackexchange sites Health.SE has many great answers. Below is a collection of answers that are well-researched and well-written. Each post should only ...
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Blood Test Results

Recently, there have been two questions on blood test results. First of all, I think stating whether numbers "look good" or recognising problems falls under the diagnosis part, which we opted is not ...
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Can anyone work on the closing questions queue?

After we have fixed the edit queue problem (thanks to JasonC and Kate), I suggest we tackle the next one. I'm flagging multiple of questions as off-topic almost every day, and none to almost none get ...
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Are personal medical questions about “imaginary” patients on-topic?

Personal medical advice questions are off-topic on Health Stack Exchange. The close reason states Questions requesting personal medical advice are off-topic here. Nobody here can properly address ...
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Can anyone work on the edit queue?

There are a LOT of questions that need an edit. Some have information added in comments that should be in the question, many are unclear, and some just aren't written in idiomatic English. But I can't ...
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Tag Wiki Marathon

Update: The whole month of Juli will be the time span. The motto: Re-Tagging and Tag Wiki It would be great if you could just reply in the comments if you're participating so that we all can asses ...
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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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Why was this question locked?

Why was this question locked? Why are cortisone injections deleterious for tendons? (mirror) The post was locked because I indicated I had crossposted the question on Quora. However, doing so is ...
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Could we request mods to step down?

Vital Update As I had just found out, the last seen for Meta and the Parent site is different. Therefore, the whole assumption my argument was based on is wrong. I'm leaving the question so that the ...
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What is breadth of pertinence for [mercury]?

I asked a question regarding a mercury thermometer, and it was retagged with mercury. The reason why I didn't do that was because I thought the tag was to be used for dietary concerns of mercury — and ...
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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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What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems?

What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Subject: Is there a list of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that ...
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Can mods accept unaccepted answers

Can we have mods force-accept answers that obviously answer the question to the full extend? There are many very old questions the OP just didn't bother visiting the site. These questions keep bumping ...
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Shortcut for Request to Include sources

As was decided in this meta post, answers on Health.SE must be backed up with verifiable references, sources or evidence. Because this is different in comparison to many other stack-exchange sites, ...
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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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