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which tag should we use [bbq] or [barbecue]

which tag should we use [bbq] or [barbecue] -currently there are 3 of each 9 for [barbecue] and 11 for [bbq] with no overlap. or something else entirely?
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Should restriction geography questions be duplicates?

Based on this question I think its worth a discussion about whether a question about Substitute for [X] in [Y] should duplicate Substitute for [X] questions?
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Should “I need a recipe for X?” questions be off-topic?

First discussed when the site was proposed: What's a good recipe for <insert some dish>? I believe that allowing recipe exchanges in a professional Q&A site would be a huge mistake. The "low-...
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Outside Link Useage

We should not allow links to outside Websites in either the questions or answers. The idea is that WE are the destination site for users - it seems a bit lazy!!
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Where do we draw the line on fun questions?

Now that the private beta is over, I see that the community is more open to light hearted questions that don't have definitive answers. For example: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2111/...
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Is it ok to change a question because of a great answer?

The specific example is: Can any harm come of eating watermelon seeds? The answer by hobodave is quite thorough so I was wondering, would it be alright to rewrite the question to be more general, ...
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Should I break up or group distinct questions on a single topic?

I have 3 distinct questions about a dish I made last night: What's the chemical process behind the dish? A specific question about my recipe: ingredient quantities and cooking time Are there any ...
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Complicated tag consolidations

This post is for tag groups which should probably be consolidated but are more complicated and/or involve more than two tags. Vote up if you think the group should be merged. Vote down if you the ...
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Tags that might be meta, indirect, or subjective

This post is to collect tags which are controversial. Please comment, or start an answer for specific entries. If you like the tag, vote it up. If you don't like the tag, vote it down.
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What are the tools for?

I don't come from the stackflow community and I have noticed that some of the etiquette and use patterns from that site have transfered over. Is there a question in one of the many meta sites that ...
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Tags that should probably be deleted

I think these tags are fairly uncontroversial deletes. Please comment out exceptions, or re-list them as an answer for separate voting. Same comment about a mod-updating these (I was going to do it ...
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resturant's kitchen administration (e.g. scheduling) questions ?

I was wondering if questions about a restaurant's kitchen management are on-topic or not. example: how can I prepare this faster ? can you suggest a better menu to reduce waste ? How can I ...
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American or British Spelling for Tags?

I recently had a question retagged from "Yogurt" the American spelling to "yoghurt" the British one. I can see this easily becoming a fairly epic war. As an American I was momentarily infuriated by ...
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Tag Voting: what you need to know

Per the recent spate of tag discussions, a list of retagging requests grew, as did calls for discussion of controversial tags/synonyms. Hobodave made clear that tag-voting functionality is built in ...
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Are questions that are easily answered with Google appropriate for the site?

I just answered the question "Buttermilk Substitute?". Typing the question in to Google turned up pages and pages of detailed discussion about what to substitute for buttermilk. Do these "easy" ...
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Correcting posts to remove downvotes

re: What is curried tapenade? First, let me say that I was not aware that recipes were protected under copyright law and learned something today and for that I am appreciative. I will not copy/paste ...
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What is a bounty by Community?

I just got a bounty worth of 25 points. Community, thank you very much! But I wonder: who can give such bounties and why? Edit: Aha! These things happened: Someone awarded a bounty to the fondue ...
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Meta tag for questions about buying things?

I was going through the tags, specifically those with low-usage, and trying to determine if they were worthwhile, or could be replaced with something else already in use. One which I removed was '...
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Quick note on recent edits

So, the first 100 or so edits are all updated last by me. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a semi-organized checking/adding of tags on old questions. It has the side-effect of kicking up primarily ...
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What is… link to Wikipedia

Would it be fair to consider "what is ... " style questions not useful if they are easily looked up? For e.g.: What is Turkey Bacon? They just seem like rep. bait and don't appear to add unique ...
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Should we point recipe request questions to the recipe stack exchange proposal?

this started out as a comment to an answer on this question but I think it might deserve its own question. We are all(!) agreed that we don't want this to become a recipe swap site, and we know we ...
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Questions about foraging

I guess this would be a "sub-question" to Food questions not related to how to cook, but, do we/should we allow questions regarding foraging / identifying food growing wild. There's a lot of food ...
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Recent “what is a good snack for ____?” questions

I've noticed a recent uptick in questions fitting this format in the past few days. Most have been closed (one I can't find), and the others are on their way to closure. Examples: https://cooking....
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The recipe issue: overview and an idea

Asking random, open-ended recipe questions is something many users fear will dilute the site, attract non-serious cooks, or create a muddled community which is indistinguishable from the rash of ...
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Is 'acceptance' going to be any use at all here?

I'm seeing a trend, but perhaps others won't agree. Most questions benefit from multiple answers. Here's an example. My proposal, which perhaps needs to go to the main meta site, is that cooking ...
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What defines 'too localized'?

I made some comments on this question for which I attracted a bit of stick (maybe quite rightly) for suggesting that as it was about a dish prepared in a few places in North America that it violated ...
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How do you see what has been edited on an anwser or question?

Is there anyway to to see what has been changed in an edit? I know that you can revert the edits if you own the question but it seems as thought there should be a way to see how the anwsers and ...
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Is this question about USDA grading on topic?

How does the USDA grading system work? I felt it was off topic because it felt more like a question regarding the history of the USDA than a "food & cooking" question. It seems too much like a ...
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Are we about serving, or just cooking/food preparation?

I think that we've been ignoring the elephant in the room. Underlying all of the current arguments about the inclusion of alcohol- and beverage-related questions (which, IMO, don't seem to be ...
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The “closed” tag

This question (How to make a salad olivier) has been tagged as "closed" a few hours ago. Is there a community consensus that tagging closed questions with "closed" is something we're now doing? I ...
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Something strange and is the scope of the site to narrow?

First up, I don't understand why people closed How to make Salad Olivier? [closed] A how to question, yet allowed: How to make large clear ice cubes How do you make General Tso’s chicken as ...
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Appropriate close etiquette?

I voted to close this question, as it is a call for recipe swapping, which we have in our faq as off-topic: What should our FAQ contain? I'd like to know if I was appropriate in my comments. I said: ...
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At what point are questions too subjective on a cooking site - aren't recipes and advice on types of foods subjective?

Of course my question on organic foods was closed as being too subjective, despite there being studies quoted in answers. There are plenty of objective materials out there which people would be able ...
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Is it appropriate/allowed to link your own websites in your answers to question

This seems like free advertising, which could get out of hand pretty quickly as the site grows. example here and here beside the obvious attempt to create traffic for their own websites, the answers ...
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If/When the 'Third place' extension rolls out will that be suitable for Recipe swaps?

I notice there was talk of a 'Third Place'. I missed the beta for this, but it seems like it could be suitable for the recipe swapping that everyone desperately craves. Would that be other peoples ...
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Moderator Nominations

Stemming from this question on the webapps meta: https://webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/271/moderator-nominations , I believe it's time to start nominating moderators. Copied as a template ...
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When is it appropriate to answer your own question?

Eeek, I'm getting a suggestion that this is "subjective and likely to be closed." I apologize if this is the wrong type of question, but since it's a "I'm a beginner, what's the etiquette" question, I ...
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What amount of editing of an OP's question is acceptable?

The reason behind this meta question stems from this question. The question as asked by the OP was rather poor by my standards. It was localized and subjective. I voted to close, downvoted, and left ...
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Are generic “resources for [beginners]” questions on-topic?

My imported belief from SOFU is that subjective questions are no-nos and should be closed. I kind of hate to bring this up, because I could really learn a lot from answers to Resources for a beginner ...
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Tagging: How to differentiate “spicy” foods from questions about spices?

This one's been bugging me for a while now and I have yet to think of a good solution. We have one question tagged [spiciness], another tagged [hot], and a few more tagged [spices] even though they ...
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How should we cope with internationalisation issues?

I asked a question , because I'd search for "kohl rabi" which is what the ingredient is called over here, and not found anything. I suspect there are hundreds of differences in ingredient names (what ...
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Are questions on alcohol beverages allowed?

Is it allowed to ask questions on: wine (eg. does red wine suits to chicken?) vodka (eg. how to make herbal liqueur from vodka?) beer (eg. what kind of beer is best for Beer Can Chicken - I know its ...
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Answers being accepted too quickly?

I've noticed that quite a few questions are only up for an hour or two before they get flagged as answered. Take for instance the recent : Why is there a watery run-off after cooking my bolognese? ...
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Food questions not related to how to cook

The majority of the site seems to be dominated by 'how to cook' questions. I don't think this is a bad thing, but should the site also cover other food realted questions such as food history, eating ...
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How should the community deal with the ethics of food?

How should the community treat the ethocs of food. The reason I ask is becasue of the following question and the recomendation for using Cod or Haddock: What is a good fish for cooking crumbed / ...
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Should this “recipe” question have been closed/deleted?

I just want to put it out there - even though I'm firmly in the camp of recipe-swapping being off-topic, that doesn't mean we immediately need to close every question with the word recipe. The ...
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How should we tag questions about ethnic cooking?

Simple tag-related question, but one that I suspect will become important over time: How should we tag questions that relate to recipes, techniques, or equipment from or relating to a specific culture ...
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How should we tag questions about specific techniques?

We had an earlier meta question about this, but (a) it didn't get a lot of attention, and (b) I don't think it really asked the right question. Right now I'm seeing a lot of inconsistency in the tags....
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Cooking for Engineers

I know this is a cooking site, but the seed population is probably from Stack Overflow and its "trilogy" and is thus technically inclined. If it's not already in the works, it seems a perfect match ...
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does “this will kill you” count as a flag reason?

This answer is dangerously unsafe. Is it valid to flag such a post as needing moderator attention?

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