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To me the (meta) question is not so much whether this health question is broader than any other one. The question is "can it receive an answer that is interesting, useful to others, not opinion-based and reasonably long". In this specific case, the answer to "What are the benefits of eating food" would consist in demontrating how/why eating is important ...


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As with all SE sites, we get fewer closed questions when users read the help section and understand site requirements before posting. In particular, the section entitled What topics can I ask about here should be read and understood. The community does close questions fairly regularly. Since a single moderator vote will close a question while it takes 5 ...


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The ban against medical advice is meant to promote safety and medical ethics as best we can; to reduce the risk that someone misuses content here to their own detriment, or chooses not to seek the consult of a medical professional because they think they already got an answer. There's a disclaimer that forbids people from using content here as medical advice,...


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Closing a question is not a bad thing if it is a bad question. Closing a question is not permanent: closed questions can be reopened if they are improved. Closing a question is to prevent answers before a question is improved. Not closing a question requesting personal medical advice is dangerous, because that allows it to be answered, and may require the ...


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Thank you for pointing this out. A few observations that may help clarify: Presentation does matter. The first question is well written and provides context. The newer one seems to be hastily thrown together. Although we have to choose a single close reason, factors such as unclear direction/motivation underlying the question can play into close decisions. ...


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Yes, you can. A "leave open" vote isn't really a vote, it's a way of signalling to the site's software that you don't think this question should be reviewed for potential closure. If enough "leave open" votes are cast, the question will be removed from the "close votes" queue, but you or anyone else can still vote to close it by visiting the question and ...


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I think that the question is definitely a personal medical question, and I just VTC'ed it. In addition I included a comment, because I think it's rude and not helpful to the OP if we don't give them a little more. Further, even if this question was taken in its general sense it should probably be closed for being too broad. IMO the generalization of the ...


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If it would take an entire book to answer a question in any meaningful way, it isn't likely "right sized" for a site like this. In this case, it would take an entire shelf of books to even begin to cover all the ways this question could be answered. That is the very definition of "too broad." Someone might be able to cherry-pick some generalizations that ...


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The key part of your quote from the Moderator is I think it would have been considered acceptable. Maybe after further thought it is not acceptable, and I agree. Asking for a substitute ointment that will be less uncomfortable is a personal advice question as It is asking for another ointment medically equivalent and suitable for you, and It may be less ...


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It was closed because it asks for personal medical advice. The question is inherently personal and the answer will be different for everyone, so it's just not a good fit for this site. I don't see another site here that will fit the question.


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I only get on the site every 3-4 months, but I'm working through the queue now, and it's always been atrocious. I'm sure I'll be hitting my review limit. There is a rep problem, and I suggest we go through users with several answers under their belts and try to up-vote the worthy ones a lot as a community. You might think "eh this seems like a +4 answer," ...


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