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Can I ask a question about making chocolate molds?

I'd like to make some chocolate moulds in the shape of a shop-bought chocolate bar, and thought maybe this stack would be a good place to ask about how to do that. Is this on topic for the stack?
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Was my question removed? If so, why?

I recently posted here on meta asking for us to consider why we down vote questions. I can't find it. Was it removed? Can I ask why? If, in fact, it was removed with no explanation, it sort of ...
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Why have the option to downvote a question?

This is tangentially addressed here, but it seems to me that allowing the down vote of a question only serves to discourage the asking of questions. It was the recent asking of this question (and the ...
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Why is a moderator unilaterally closing questions with existing topicality discussion?

This question was in the middle of a question about whether it was on-topic or not -- a discussion we needed to have because whether or not pet food is on topic is not addressed in our rules. Two ...
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What happened to moderator elections?

As far as I can tell, we haven't had a moderator election on SA since 2018. Is there a reason for that?
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Would it be on topic for this site if I were to ask which gases are produced by spoiled food?

In my question Detecting spoiled food in a refrigerator, I am asking for a sensor to detect spoiled food in a refrigerator, so that I can build a little gadget to detect it and alert me. There are ...
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We couldn't find anything for nutri-score - Is a discussion about nutri-score off-topic here?

I'd rather ask here than post the question and have it closed. There are no results to a search for nutri-score. I have just moved out of home and am starting my first attempts at cooking. Is this ...
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Do we want to unpin the accepted answer from the top?

Stack Overflow has changed the way the answers are sorted: We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes ...
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Why were all but one answer deleted on this question?

@rumtscho deleted all but one answer on this question: Is there some "trick" to be able to eat jalapenos without getting an "upset stomach"? Why? None of the other answers look ...
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Close - Duplicate, when more recent question is more useful

Came across this in the review queue: Can I freeze cream? It was VTC - Duplicate of Can I freeze bagna cauda (cream)? Now, both these questions are rather simple, but they do have pretty specific ...
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Why was this question about Neapolitan pizza ingredients closed?

I recently asked a question about Neapolitan pizza ingredients: What toppings can be added when cooking a traditional Neapolitan pizza?. I had a lengthy discussion with a mod in the comments, who was ...
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Any policy on good edits with bad comments?

I just reviewed an edit where the actual edit was good, but the comment that came with the edit was borderline offensive. Photo of the edit with its comment below. What I did was accept the edit and ...
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Is even asking whether two eatables are different in terms of nutrition off-topic?

I asked this question and got it closed. Let X and Y are two substances. Is it off-topic to ask whether X and Y are nutritionally different or not. The answer can be either yes or no. I am not asking ...
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Is it bad to edit a question later, when you realized you were confused/unclear to yourself what you wanted to ask?

There was an answer on this question but user removed it for some reasons (asking too many questions in comments and finally changing the question significantly). I didn't find anything wrong in the ...
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Is it bad to ask relevant questions in comments to clear doubts, here?

I have kind of problem that I keep asking for doubts until I understand the answer a good deal (one of the reasons is I'm not so good at English). On all SE sites where I ask questions. (Doesn't mean ...
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Mod edit that invalidated my answer (which sat there for hours to be judged) without adding any disclaimer

I'm really confused regarding this post I answered yesterday: Is it safe to wash meat packaging before throwing it away? The question was previously worded as Disposing of meat packaging, and its ...
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Are supplement questions on topic for the site?

I have found some questions like this here that mention supplements. https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/64486/what-is-the-approximate-shelf-life-for-herbal-infused-olive-oil-coconut-oil-gl ...
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2020: a year in moderation

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Proposal: which question to close with duplicates of unanswered questions

As a spinoff of my other Meta question: In the case of a new question, which duplicates other, unanswered questions (or questions with no good or accepted answer), we should close the older questions ...
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Closing questions as duplicates of unanswered questions

This question today offered an interesting circumstance: Crispy sweet potato (yam) fries in a deep fryer? There are 3 other questions that are duplicates of this question. However, none of those ...
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how to reopen a post closed as duplicate to a canonical

I've asked a question about food storage-lifetime: for how long can I store homemade chocolate mousse in the fridge? initially I wrote My chocolate mousse recipe includes just raw eggs (2 weeks until ...
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Why was my comment removed?

On this question: What causes pollution when cooking? Could whoever removed it elaborate on the reason why? Perhaps then I can post better comments in the future.
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Please don't close questions from new members without explaining

Example: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/113214/can-teflon-overheat-on-low That question, from a brand-new member, got two close votes (because of the medical aspects, I'm pretty sure) ...
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We have some weird rules

Allowed: How do I make dish X have lower sodium. Not Allowed: Name a dish of type Y that has low sodium. I realize that's in our printed rules, but it does feel very arbitrary to me; you can ask for ...
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Suggestion for making Seasoned Advice easier to find

I have been aware of Seasoned-Advice SE for some time because I occasionally see it mentioned in Hot Network Questions, however I am not a regular user. Recently I wanted to find your site and couldn'...
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Foraging/wild food - on topic? Should we/do we have a tag?

It appears that there's no tag for foraging or food (fruit/veg/fungi) from the wild. Likely questions would appear to be on topic, analagous to [ingredient-selection] for bought ingredients. While it'...
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Can we clarify questions that mention nutrition...again?

I realize a couple of folks have discussed this. However, that discussion does not resolve the issue for me. Here's why: A question was recently asked about nixtmalization and nutrition. It was ...
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Arbitrary question-closing practices on the cooking site by which standard just about any question would qualify to close as "recipe"

I had my question What is the process of obaining a quality traditional Romanian smântână from raw milk? closed, and this is not the first time I had a question closed on very thin ...
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What to do about the questions with lots of extraneous pictures and links to blog posts

I have noticed a few users posting low quality questions containing links to blogs, links to restaurants, and lots of pointless pictures. Example Example What should we do about them? Edit to remove ...
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Doesn't reduction unnecessarily waste resources?

A moderator closed Doesn't reduction unnecessarily waste resources?. How can I make it not opinion-based pls?
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How should we flag suspiciously low quality questions?

I've noticed a stream of extremely low quality questions recently that seem to be properly formed with fair grammar, but are frankly absurd. (Of the formula "I did this totally bad thing that I know ...
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Why is "leftovers" a tag-synonym for "culinary-uses" if the description for culinary uses explicitly says it's not for leftovers?

DO NOT use for everyday ingredients, leftovers, etc - this is off topic. First (and only) tag that comes up if you type in "leftov."
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How does Seasoned Advice categorise 'basic customer support' questions & how to handle them?

My Stack Exchange background is really on the 'computing' sites, Ask Different & Super User. I'm aware that different stacks have different requirements for off-topic, but searching Meta here for '...
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Blending peeled raw whole fruits (unfiltered) v. eating them whole?

How can I make Blending peeled raw whole fruits (unfiltered) v. eating them whole? on topic pls? Even if 1 is too subjective, 2 is objective.
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Really good answers that are not accepted?

I frequently come across a question that was asked years ago, for which someone wrote a really good answer, but the answer was never "accepted". In some cases, the answer would make an excellent ...
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Merge / synonymise [fat] + [fats]

I found fat with 25 questions and fats with 139, can a mod merge both? Perhaps keeping fats since it has more questions, with a nice description it can become a tag for asking about the use of ...
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What are the differences between [allowed-topics] and [scope]?

I see that we have two meta tags that are similar, if not synonym: allowed-topics and scope. Are they really different? If not, should we merge them? See also on Meta Stack Exchange: What is the ...
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Are questions about food criticism on-topic?

Some concepts that related to food critic such as gastronomy, food studies, culinary arts also seem to be absent in here. The What topics can I ask about here? doesn't explicitly mention this topic. ...
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Considering leaving Stack Exchange

I've been considering writing about this for a while, particularly as I haven't seen any discussion on this particular community about the larger goings-on at SE and Meta. I had heard various ...
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2019: 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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Botulism questions

I have seen quite a few questions recently about the safety of using garlic and olive oil together. I know there are (viable) concerns about making your own garlic oil with peeled garlic toes and ...
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How long is to long to wait to accept an answer?

I asked a question and it may be a while before I make the recipe again to test out the answer. There are also multiple answers that need testing to find the best one. How long is it acceptable to ...
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Why are there separate pickles and pickling tags?

I came across a question tagged both pickles and pickling. Pickles has no tag wiki / usage guidance, and 19 questions. Pickling has "Preserving food by immersion in vinegar or brine" which is just a ...
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Why doesn't this site come with a body-positivity disclaimer?

I've been thinking about why I found this site so very unhelpful and realized that this is because of the implied body-positivity of this SE. This should be made more explicit to improve user ...
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How poorly do Vitamix blenders grate/shred/slice winter squashes?

How poorly do Vitamix blenders grate/shred/slice winter squashes? pertains to just Vitamix blenders, and so is more specific than Blender vs food processor vs juicer. I'm uncertain how my post ...
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For a mod other user was rude. I objected but now my post is gone. Why is my post unable to be edited without peer review?

Why is my post not listed under my questions? Why can’t I delete it? I tried to put this in meta, but the site won't let me ask a question there. I was NOT permitted to add a comment to any post ...
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How do I determine if my knife must be honed and/or sharpened?

I don't think How do I determine if my knife must be honed and/or sharpened? duplicates How to test that a knife is sharp enough?? In the former, I'm asking when to use a honing steel vs. a whetstone/...
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Is asking for reliable sources taboo here?

Is asking for reliable sources taboo here? I have no other way to explain why my question got four downvotes (and the answer got two). When it comes to food safety, I'm just not very interested in ...
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