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A challenge to vote

There are currently 28 individuals who have cast over 200 votes: https://health.stackexchange.com/users?page=1&tab=voters&filter=all and only 7 users with 1000+ votes cast. At a maximum of 40 ...
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delete account also delete answers?

if I delete my account, will this also delete all my answers and activity in the site? Seems that the body of the question require more text. Well, I will leave this site.
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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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Migration options

When I click the off-topic choice because I think a question belongs on another exchange, my only choice is meta.health. What about Biology, Psychology, Fitness, etc? What does it take to get those ...
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Aesthetics, cosmetics and psychology - on or off topic?

This question is linked to We need to change our attitude towards new users! as this is also about a question from a first time poster. Ok, let's start with the second half of a comment left on Can ...
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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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Questions on Homosexuality

I am getting concerned with the fact that we now have 2 questions in quick succession by the same person about the normality of homosexuality What are the causes of being gay? and now Why doctors and ...
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Is there an appropriate community to ask HIPAA related questions?

Is there an appropriate community to ask HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) related questions? I was thinking health.SO, but they don't have a tag for HIPAA. My specific ...
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Am I allowed to answer questions if I'm not a medical professional?

I've seen a couple of questions that I think I can answer, but I'm not a medical professional, just someone interested in medical sciences who likes to research and read scientific literature. If I ...
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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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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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I think we're done here

Every day it's an onslaught of new, asinine questions that are clearly off-topic requests for medical advice with zero value to anyone with medical interests. And every day my votes to close are ...
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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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To edit or not to edit?

I happened to look at the front page and saw an interesting (to me) question which was appropriately closed as seeking personal medical advice. I edited the post to remove that aspect. I haven't been ...
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Why should downvoting be a privilege?

This is an extend of my answer on Should we initiate assisted dying? As how I see, lack of experienced users is inevitable and we should have accepted that as a part of a growing site. The essence ...
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Common format for references

While we are attempting to reposition this site to a professional level, should we encourage the use of a common format for quoting references apart from or in addition to those that are inlined? In ...
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New ''Off-topic" close reasons

We clearly need a set of well thought out custom close reasons ("off-topic because…") to ease our lives. Currently we only have one: Questions requesting personal medical advice are off-topic here....
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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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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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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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Can moderators put warnings on incorrect accepted answers?

StackExchange relies on community knowledge to arise at correct answers but this doesn't mean that the correct answer gets accepted by the OP. This is unavoidable due to the format used even though ...
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What differentiates my closed question from this non-closed question?

I have a question here that was closed for asking "personal medical advice" Why does yawning sometimes cause intense pain at the base of my neck? How is this one different? Right wrist pain from ...
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answer referring to hadithes deleted

my answer referring to stories about prophet muhammad is deleted. and why it is deleted? a comment refers to meta q. #112 and i think this is not enough to delete it, because it is just a question ...
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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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Question on hold versus closed

I have a question about my Health Stack Exchange post: Based on facts (not opinion), are bran flakes healthier than shredded wheat? My question had a notice saying that it was on hold, but a ...
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Where do we draw the line between personal diagnosis request and “made generic” “differential diagnosis”

Previously (Personal Diagnosis and Health.SE, Are differential diagnosis questions on topic? this has been discussed without a proper consensus building, as far as I understand it. The first link is ...
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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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Who is the target user of Health.SE?

There are a lot of questions on Health Meta regarding fundamental issues, not just minor improvements. In order for these discussions to be productive, and in order to avoid "talking past each other", ...
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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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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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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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Questions on health business

I am currently doing some research on business and procedures in the healthcare industry. For example, the role of different actors, how does money move, bundle payments, outcome-based contracts, etc....
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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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