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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Seasoned Advice's fifth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Is rhubarb a fruit (for the purposes of tags here)? And related fruit-tag questions

A misclick took me to the fruit tag, which has the definition: Refers to the culinary definition of fruit: a sweet seed-containing part of a plant that is commonly eaten raw. That seems like a ...
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We need to make our tags consistant by picking a country's terminology to use for them

After the success of my query about the chili-peppers tag and how to improve it, I'd like to try another tag clean-up but this one's a little bit bigger. In fact, this one already has 2010 and 2011 ...
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Questions pointing to video recipe (only) should be closed?

This question points to a Youtube video recipe. There is no recipe (not even a part) in the text of the question. IMO it should be closed (most likely as Unclear what you're asking). Like answers, ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Seasoned Advice is scheduled for an election next week, February 12th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Why was my answer deleted

Why was my answer to this question deleted by a moderator? For non-moderator do you think this should have been deleted? It is a direct answer to the stated question. I use finely chopped ...
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Suggestion to merge “knife” into “knives”

We use the plural form of nouns in tagging. Due to the non-standard pluralization, the system didn't prevent the creation of the knife tag but it should be merged into and a synonym of knives, which ...
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Is this cooking-adjacent question on-topic?

Is Which killing method of the lobster would cause the least pain and distress? on topic? It's clearly related to cooking, but: the subject matter is far from normal cooking expertise (actually ...
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Is the question on cooking turning food unsafe clear enough?

We have a recent question, Is anything made less safe by cooking?. I liked it at first, thinking it might bring to light interesting edge cases. However, seeing the comments and answers, I am very ...
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What to do about repeat answers?

Often when going thru the First Posts and Late Answers queue, I find that people frequently will give an answer that is completely covered by the other answers, like this one: I have found that if ...
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I wrote an answer that got downvoted

Should I ask in the comments for the reason, or is Meta the better place? For bonus meta points, I’d like to know how to phrase an answer so that It doesn’t get downvoted. Thanks
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Any way to .. refuse my answer to be accepted (green-checkmarked)?

Concerned about this regarding my answer to Can I save peanut oil from turkey fryer after rain?. It is not the best answer, since it describes no method to make the oil safe, just the fact that the ...
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Pregnancy (and other conditions relevant to food safety) and closing questions

I'm curious about the close vote for this question. I absolutely understand why the question is bad as it was posed: we cannot know why this particular woman made a particular request. However, I'm ...
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Ways of nudging a misplaced sub-question into its own post?

Example: User "Samir Patel"'s first question as a new user today. Deleted as it should have been since it was attached as an answer to another question, however it would have made a very answerable ...
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Questions with a false premise.

When I read Irish cream liqueur I was at a loss as to whether or not to answer or vote to close the question. Ultimately I chose to offer an answer, but only because some commercial brands did list ...
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Censorship on such an uncontroversial subject

I greatly suspect that this will not get through, but nothing is worse than self-elected censors. My post about the French passoir conique, a real-life unobjectionable object, was subjected to heavy-...
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What's more important, the title question or the question and concerns as asked in the body?

If an answer answers concerns posed in the question, and/or the question posed in the body, but does not answer the question as posed in the title, is it an acceptable answer?
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Resource for how different ingredients affect baking

Is the following question on-topic? Is there a good resource for how various common baking ingredients interact? For instance, I have a recipe which calls for creamed cottage cheese, and I'd like to ...
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Are comments like “this would do better on X.stackexchange” helpful?

We recently had a question, Why are the corks of some of my Muscat wines popping out?. And the first comment was, This would do better on homebrewing.se This is a pattern we see frequently - as ...
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Should a question about cookies tagged with both “cookies” and “biscuits”? [duplicate]

If a question is about cookies, is it correct to tag it with cookies and biscuits?
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Which countries are acceptable sources for food safety standards to reference?

Food safety standards of countries differ slightly: For example, some know a strict 2h rule, others a 2h/4h immediate rule. Some assume 4°C refrigeration, others 8°C. Some ingredients are considered ...
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What's the deal with open-ended questions?

There's a "too broad" close reason, for sure. And when voting to close, people sometimes to say "poll" questions are bad, and often mention something about "one correct answer" - what's the deal with ...
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What to do with dangerous wrong answer other than commenting?

Some of you might have seen this question coming. I am referring to the Boil an egg in the microwave shell-on question. I have no issue with wrong answers except when it is one with potentially ...
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How should we approach vague questions?

Sometimes we get vague questions, where someone tells us a symptom, but not much about the setup, e.g. they tell us how their recipe failed, but don't give much if any detail about the recipe used. A ...
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Should the “Differences” tag be removed?

6 questions tagged. People have used it to ask about differences between similar ingredients and end products as well as differences in cooking methods. https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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Is there a reason to have both a [history] tag and a [food-history] tag?

These tags are not broadly used - though this is not exactly unexpected, as we tend to focus on applied cooking than on cooking history. food-history has 14 questions and has a tag wiki excerpt ...
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Sauce canning question - concerned that answer accepted as the way to do it when not intended as such

Sauce canning question I am now concerned that an explanation about why an oven cannot be used for canning was misconstrued by the OP as a formula to do canning, especially when I quoted the ...
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Is this question about brand comparison on topic?

Today we got the question What food processor to buy Vitamix pro 750 or Revoblend RB 500, which asks people to say which of two blenders is better. It also lists the tasks for which the blender will ...
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Can I ask about how to use a specific ingredient? (AKA: Culinary Uses Guidelines)

I have an ingredient that I'm not sure what to do with, can I ask how to use it? Can I ask for recipes including it?
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How to respond to alarmingly naive food-safety and hygiene questions

Even as a newbie, I have noticed a few too many food-safety and hygiene questions that were alarming just by the fact that they needed asking. There are even more lurking in the unanswered list. I ...
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Do we want to answer evaporated/condensed milk substitutions individually or close as a duplicate?

We have an old, well-voted question about the general substitution situation between condensed milk and evaporated milk: Is sweetened condensed milk a substitute for evaporated milk? We also get ...
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enzymatic-browning tag would be a useful addition

I noted that @Divi had rejected the new tag because "This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the question is about, not just ...
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Are our food safety canonical questions being used well?

We get a lot of questions of the form "I left food out for some period of time, is it safe?" and generally close them as a duplicate of a canonical question with a comment about how it applies. The ...
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Why was “chinese-cuisine” tag removed from my question about 皮蛋?

I have recently created a question about how can one make century eggs at home, with eggs and chinese-cuisine tags. However, chinese-cuisine was shortly removed from question, and I assume this has ...
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What are “very low quality” flags for?

One of the options when flagging is "very low quality". What should that be used for? Does it include bad/misleading/unsupported answers?
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I added a hyperlink just now and can't see it

Look at this: How is sushi supposed to be eaten?, there is one hyperlink in the entire answer. If you can see it, your eyes are better than mine (which wouldn't take much). They used to be red or ...
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Is this an off-topic “what to make with X” question?

This question: Bananas - too many - so how can I preserve them? currently has some close votes, as an off-topic "What can I do with [ingredient]?" question. It does indeed ask for things to make with ...
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Should we have US-leaning preferences or assumptions?

It's been suggested that the US location of StackExchange offices somehow makes this a US site in some meaningful way, in terms of what assumptions we can make about users or their posts. Is that true?...
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Standardized Units?

I'm starting to see more and more answers with numbers in them - the most common being temperature, but the argument can be extended to volume and weight. I'm surprised it hasn't been asked before, ...
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What are our thoughts on questions asking for the laws as they relate to cooking?

This generally applies to questions about the laws as they relate to food preparation in commercial kitchens (e.g. restaurants). Here's a recent one: UK laws regarding consumption of food or beverages ...
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Anyone want to help fix image links?

Per Roadmap to HTTPS: serving and uploading HTTPS-images only, we need to help out to convert non-imgur http images to https. Assuming the images still exist, this is just trivially uploading them to ...
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Reject this edit

I was reviewing this edit and I found it to be 'racist'. It excludes Israel from the list of countries The etymology of the word Laban comes from Hebrew Posted here, just in case the other reviewers ...
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there should be a diabetic tag for diabetic users!

Should there be diabetic? I really believe there should be one! diabetic would allow questions featuring diabetes to be noted by users.
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How did we treat duplicates about difficult skills?

Today, we got the question Seasoning refuses to stick to carbon steel pan. Tried various techniques. The OP insists that he read our earlier questions on the same topic, but his is not a duplicate, ...
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Tags about safety

Some questions about food safety and kitchen safety are tagged with safety. Is retagging questions about food safety with the tag safety to food-safety and leaving all kitchen safety questions with ...
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Hostile Atmosphere

This isn't actually a question -- it's just an observation I'm putting out here for moderators to contemplate. I find cooking.SE the one and only SE site where the experience is decidedly negative, ...
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I've followed the rules, I've even edited but still put on hold - what gives?

So, I followed the rules, I even edited. But still the 'powers that be', even one of them stated clearly that they have 'special powers', have, in their wisdom put me on hold! They don't like my ...
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Is there a mechanism for asking for the re-call of a mod

I have a mod who is a real pain, who likes to down vote me and who generally makes my life (or tries to) a misery. Surely there should be some mechanism or community vote on this, or are they above ...