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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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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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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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Should acupuncture meridian questions be on topic? [duplicate]

Here is example of the question: Can wisdom tooth cause hip ache? which relates to The meridian system (meridian-system?) in Chinese medicine which is based on kinesiology. Which obviously is about ...
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Purposefully asking possible community wiki questions?

Is there any proscription that I'm not aware of that says you shouldn't ask questions you know have a good chance of being a community wiki, or that you already know the answer to? I'm trying to come ...
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Are people being too quick to accept answers?

As referenced by this question: Would butter on burns help or harm? The question was asked, and a terse, bare bones answer was quickly upvoted and accepted, while a longer and (IMHO) better quality ...
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Are differential diagnosis questions on topic?

In the definition phase of this proposal, there were several questions on the differential diagnosis for various presenting complaints. I have noticed however that some questions here asking for a ...
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How much overlap should there be with biology.SE?

As a test case, I was just looking at a question here that was similar to one that had been asked and answered at biology.SE. Health.SE question: What causes body parts to fall asleep? Biology.SE ...
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Is GP a British only term?

I have added a comment explaining why I closed here: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is localised and is unlikely to help other people. If you are worried about a health ...
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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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Tag synonyms: [renal-calculi] and [kidney-stones]

I just noticed that there is a tag for renal-calculi and kidney-stones. To my understanding, they are the same exact thing. These are exact synonyms so we need to synonymize them. They are both tagged ...
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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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Tag discussion: arthritis and other wrist problems?

Thus far there are no tags for "arthritis", "carpal tunnel", or any other common wrist problems. What is the proposed tagging system here? A general 'catch-all' tag for "wrist problems"? Catch-all tag ...
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Tag management milk and dairy

Do we really need a tag for both milk and dairy? I think dairy would suffice since it would encompass milk; otherwise, people may be inclined to create cheese or some other tags that fall into a ...
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Are legal questions off-topic?

Example: Legal issues when using first aid techniques that require certification in foreign countries I am a certified first responder in France, but laws and protocol may differ from a country to ...
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Are shopping questions off-topic?

Example: Where can I buy diclofenac patches in the US at a good price?
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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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What's the purpose of Health.SE?

In order to determine the site's scope in specific instances, we need to have a unified, general, but short purpose for the site. For example, the purpose of StackOverflow is a "site for professional ...
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Are terminology question on-topic?

I asked https://health.stackexchange.com/q/146/43 and I see that I received one close vote saying the question is off-topic. Are terminology questions on-topic?
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Let's think of a creative name for our chatroom

Our current chatroom name is "The Drug Store." Look at all the creative names others have thought up: "Root Access" for Super User "The DMZ" for Security "The Renderfarm" for Blender "The Litter Box" ...
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Are questions about Medical History on-topic?

Though this question is completely unrelated, it got me thinking. Should we allow questions about Medical History to be asked here? I was thinking that one of these questions could be like When was ...
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A better way of presenting references

In a field like Health, references are obviously critical. That's not to say they should be necessary in every question (see here for that debate), but the hyperlink 'click here' format in the last ...
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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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Icon is identical to History

Our Icon is an "H" inside an SE bubble, this is identical to the icon of the already existing History.SE. The Icon for the Health site should be changed to avoid confusion.
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Should mental health questions be allowed?

It could be argued that mental health is such a big subject in its own right that this site should not accept such questions and should stick to physical health. Should we accept mental health ...
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Should we have a “verified physician” tag next to certain users?

On a site like Health, it is particularly important to be able to identify which users have real qualifications and whose answers can be given more trust. I know it would be a new StackExchange ...
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Should the site have a clear disclaimer along the top?

I predict that one of the major criticisms of the site will be that bad medical information was provided, which could even open up the site to litigation. Might it be a good idea to have something ...
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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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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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