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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 ...
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Why are people here messing with my posts?

When I came here, I posted some questions and answers in good faith. Now others are interacting with what I posted in negative ways - downvoting, editing things out, telling me something was off topic,...
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Why are people here messing with my posts? (linkable subanswers) [duplicate]

I am a new user, and posted a few things. Some were well received, but sometimes I got a nasty surprise. People here downvote, or close my questions, when I see nothing wrong with my posts. I feel ...
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Over time, does SA become an archive of answers to nearly every question you could ask about cooking?

It seems like over time there needs to be more moderation of the community as a higher percentage of questions asked each year will possibly be duplicates. Eventually, there I'll be very few questions ...
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How feasible is a generic question on average portion size?

Every time we get a question about "how much X should I make for N people?" we go through the same dance with clarifications: what's the full menu? what kind of people are you serving to? Then we tend ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2017

It is a bit late into this new year, being that we're already in the second month, but we are now cycling the Community Promotion Ads for 2017! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion ...
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How feasible is a question on keeping produce fresh?

We have some great answers that serve as general lists on food safety, how long things last in the refrigerator, etc. Would it be a good idea to have one on how best to keep produce fresh? For example:...
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Are questions about short-term effects of food on your body on-topic?

We definitely do not allow questions about long-term effects of food on your body (aka health and nutrition), for a lot of very good reasons - notably, the science is often very unclear, so they tend ...
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How did I reach nearly a million people?

I'm just curious as to how exactly I have reached 823K people? That seems an incredible amount for only 35 answers and 31 question. Any further details on how the people reached tab is calculated ...
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What's the status of the Seasoned Blog?

I've been here for only a few weeks now, and am enjoying discovering the nooks and crannies of that the community has to offer. I noticed the blog hasn't been posted in since 2012. Who owns the blog ...
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Should we have a canonical answer on “partial cooking then reheat” type questions?

With the recent appearance of this question, it makes me wonder whether we should have a canonical question/answer somewhere on this type of question, i.e,. "I want to partially/fully cook my food in ...
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A Little Crossover Experiment [closed]

(I hope I'm not breaking any rules!) Hey there! I'm here coming from the Worldbuilding Exchange. We cover several topics about fantastic worlds and several forms of fiction. I came here to invite ...
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Flag helpful but obsolete comments?

Moderators and other well-meaning users often comment if they think a post can be improved. If the poster then takes the advice and makes the suggested edit, is it appropriate for the poster to then ...
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Should this general knife skills question be closed?

What are some good resources for learning Knife Skills? is a fairly old question, from when we were a lot more tolerant of wide-open questions inviting long lists of answers. It's recently been ...
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Can we handle questions about diabetic-friendly food?

A recent question: potato and carrot dumpling,how would you make it diabetic frendly? I don't think this is the first to ask for diabetic-friendly modifications to a recipe. Is this well-defined ...
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How should mods handle obviously off-topic questions?

Sometimes we get really blatantly off-topic questions, particularly in the recipe request category. Think of things like "how do I make good X?" with absolutely no detail, no starting recipe, no goals,...
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Should the mold tag be defined and divided?

The mold tag is used for two totally different type questions. Currently there are 56 questions tagged mold, 51 refer to the fungus and 5 refer to the piece of equipment used to form a particular ...
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Should we delete the tag “hot”?

I recently saw the tag "hot" in a question. However, looking at the questions tagged with this, both temperature-related and spiciness-related meanings are used. Either meanings have better tags, e.g....
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Is it okay to mention nutrition in a question?

Nutrition questions are off-topic, with a few narrow exceptions. However, sometimes people want to do something specific for nutritional reasons, e.g. omitting an ingredient, and ask questions ...
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How do I delete my account?

I signed up by mistake but do not wish to participate. How can I delete my account?
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I have a question about how chefs work at restaurants, not necessarily related to cooking. Is it off topic?

I was wondering if chefs are ever forced to compromise on quality due to time constraints and if there are any tricks they commonly use to speed up the cooking process. Would this fit well into ...
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Can I ask about recipe modification or flavor pairings?

I have a question about modifying a recipe ("what can I add to X?") or flavor pairing ("what tastes good with X?" - can I ask it here? Note: this is a summary of "Should 'what can I add to X' ...
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Is “when should I pick/harvest X” on topic?

I'm asking mainly because of https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/69381/what-is-the-ideal-age-for-cooking-with-hostas I've read that hostas can be fibrous, and stringy when they get to old, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Let's actually decide what “cleaning” means

I've found another tag that has two definitions. cleaning For questions about preparing food for cooking or about removing the results of cooking that food. Like with truffles, it is not useful ...
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Thanks to Aaronut for his years of service!

Aaronut was appointed as a pro tem moderator in 2010, then elected as a moderator in 2011 in our very first moderator election. Unfortunately he hasn't been active on the site in the last year, and it'...
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Are purely science based questions on topic?

I am more interested in the science behind cooking than how to make my food taste better. Would a question that is only for the sake of food science be on topic?
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Differentiating between “truffle” mushrooms and “truffle” chocolates

I just discovered the truffle tag. Mushrooms and chocolate goodies Apparently we've decided to manage questions about chocolate and mushrooms under the same tag. YAY! Not really... So, we ...
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Question about gas grill flame issues — on-topic?

I have a gas grill where the flame is strong and the right color but sputters and puffs randomly. I suspect asking for advice on what's wrong would be off-topic since it's not really cooking-related.....
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Why is [bbq] better than [barbecue]? Can we please reverse the synonyms?

So... I saw the bbq tag today... and was a bit mystified to see that apparently the decision was made to make the abbreviation "bbq" the primary tag rather than the full term "barbecue"... this was ...
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Should very old questions be closed as duplicates of FAQ posts (if appropriate)?

A new question was posted today that was a clear duplicate of the How do I know if food left at room temperature is still safe to eat? Question... Said question included a link to a similar old ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time to reset our Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community ...
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What is the category of “What is the difference between milk (simple) and milk drink?”

As per the help-center under what category does the question What is the difference between milk (simple) and milk drink? come under? i.e.: Cooking & food preparation methods Kitchen equipment ...
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just answer the question

Would it be too much to ask for an answer to my question, rather than multiple posts of answers I didn't ask for! I did not get an answer to my question about it being a foregone conclusion that the ...
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Is this question on-topic?

This question struck me as very unusual when compared to our other questions: Does handling a lot of flour cause fingernails to break? (unedited title was simply "Bread baking fanatic") What does ...
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Rewording questions on “Why do people do X”

Sometimes we get a question worded like "why do chefs do " when the OP really means "does doing X have any benefits". I feel that the difference between the two is important and goes well beyond ...
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Can I promote my own products here?

Can anybody tell me if a person is allowed promote (advertise) their own software to do with cooking on the site? I can't seem to find that answer.
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Is this question still primarily opinion-based?

I asked a question on chili peppers that was placed on hold as opinion-based. To myself and others it clearly was not, even especially after I edited it. No one commented why they feel it is still ...
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Has anybody else received abusive comments that were later edited or deleted?

On at least two occasions recently, a user (different users) left a totally inappropriate comment only to quickly edit it. In these particular cases the intended recipient was notified and saw the ...
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Are “how to use up a lot of [x] ingredient” questions on-topic?

I can't seem to find any guidelines on this, but I seem to recall seeing a few questions back in the early days of the "I just came into a large quantity of [x]. How do I use it up?" ilk. Are those ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Seasoned Advice's fourth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: She'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank her for volunteering,...
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Are “how can I modify my recipe to achieve X” questions off-topic?

I have a recipe that I want to modify to make it more fluffy/modify the flavors of, and I'm curious whether the modifications I plan to attempt will have my desired effect. I'm worried, however, that ...
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Should we delete the tag [uk]?

uk exists, and is often used for shopping-recommendations for people from the UK. However, this tag is not saying much as is. Do you agree it could be deleted? Sidenote: english-cuisine exists if ...
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Why was this ingredient subsitution question closed?

This is a meta discussion about the closure of this question. It was closed as "primarily opinion-based," but I think this is the question to be asked and answered in order to make an informed ...
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Should we combine or totally separate the tags [salt] and [seasoning]?

These two tags are somewhat redundant as written: salt: Questions about the use of culinary salt in the kitchen. seasoning: Questions about the use of salt, spices and other flavorings to ...
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What should we do with answers in comments on questions?

The intent on StackExchange sites is certainly that answers are posted as answers, and comments are used for less permanent things. As the placeholder text for comments on questions says: Use ...
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using other languages

I see there are rules against other language use. I think it would serve the international character of this site well to allow QandA in languages non english speakers can understand. I do not see how ...
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Is it allowed to write about health benefits of food as a justification?

Recently I gave an answer to the question What can I do with vegetable water?. In that now-deleted answer, I explained about the pros and cons of keeping boiled water. When deleting, one of the ...
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2016 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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Do questions have to be completely identical to be closed as duplicates?

The close reason is called "exact duplicate" and the banner says: This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a ...