Questions tagged [discussion]

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Should the baguette question be closed?

A brief history of What makes baguettes in the US different from those in France?: The question was originally written in a more subjective and rant-like form, with the title "Why can't I get a good ...
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How to start cooking question

This question has been put on hold as too broad. I don't think it's too broad at all and is a valid question. I posted an answer that I thought was appropriate, and I think it's a great way to start ...
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Should ingredients be added to the tags list?

There are a lot of ingredients that are hard to find at the supermarket and don't have tags. Should these kinds of rare ingredients be added to the tags list? For example: Durian Caciocavallo ...
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Should we revise the recipe recommendation close reason to include menu planning?

Recipe recommendations and menu planning essentially have the same problem on different scales. With recipe recommendations, there are a lot of different variations on a given recipe. With menu ...
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Discussion: Should “Plant identification” questions be acceptable here?

Very infrequently we get requests from users to identify whether a plant is a specific edible plant. Most recently, this question: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/63379/iis-this-mint-...
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Close questions that are too localised

I came across this question today: Can I store a fresh turkey in my garage for a few days?, and it just made me wonder if questions like these should be closed. It is such a specific and localised ...
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Late Answers review queue is full of old answers!

I just popped into the review queues and noticed that the Late Answers queue has way more answers included than I would have expected: On digging into the queue I quickly noticed that I was seeing ...
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A design update is coming!

You may have noticed some updates to the design lately, they are part of a SE network-wide update to a new base css framework. The updates allow us to: Have sharper / more beautiful design on retina ...
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Any better name for this platform?

I've just joined this platform. Cooking is my passion. Loving the chef's hat logo, it's related to the subject but not very keen on the word 'Seasoned' and noticed the word 'cooking' had to be in ...
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What's our policy on dead links?

Every so often I stumbled on some old answer with a dead link. My OCD kicks in and I want to fix it. Sometimes I can find an Internet Archive version of the page; other times what appears to be the ...
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How to treat ImageShack

See this meta discussion. I've just approved 3 edits involving ImageShack. We have tools to look for these images (see the above discussion). The question is, how to attack this? Divide and conquer?...
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Why was this comment-flag declined?

I flagged this comment as not constructive, since it doesn't contribute anything useful to future readers. Why was my flag declined?
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Can you provide links to FDA definition of organic that work?

None of your links to FDA definition of organic work. For example: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/42503/1672 https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/42544/1672
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Proper way to “fix” closed question

I messed up asking my first question on Seasoned Advice, which was rightfully put "on-hold" as off-topic. For reference: Can I use oil in marinades for dehydrated mushrooms? I think I fixed it, but ...
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Should we start closing substitution requests without a recipe?

Every now and then, we get a question like this one: Alternatives suggestions to apples and bananas As you are aware, lots of recipes call for apples, applesauce, bananas but I am severely ...
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Should we curate a list of recipe sites/ways to search for recipes?

Recipe requests are common enough that we have a custom close reason for it. Unfortunately, when we close these questions, we don't really help the user at all, not even by pointing them to a better ...
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Are minor edits accepted here if I have full edit privileges?

Several posts on meta say that edits should be substantive improvements addressing multiple issues in the post. This makes sense especially if this post is old and will be bumped although there is no ...
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Tag Cleanup - Chilli/Chili/Chiles, Pepper/Peppers/Peppercorn

Ok, there's a really old meta conversation (August 2010) that's sort of about this here: Chilli, Chili or Chile? When asking my question here I said I wasn't sure what tags I should use. But it ...
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Why is this question not closed as too broad or as opinion-based?

This is a pretty old question that came up in the active questions because someone updated their answer: What is the best way to make a perfect fried egg? It was originally asked in 2010, so long ...
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Is it appropriate to offer a bounty for an answer already given?

I've read over the general guidelines about bounties, and they mostly seem to be about drawing attention to a question and getting users motivated to write better answers. But what if a user has ...
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What auto-review comments do you use?

AutoReviewComments is an extension for Chrome or Firefox* which lets you save comments to save typing the same ones over and over again. The default ones aren't necessarily the best fit for every ...
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I was asking a question but I accidently did it under Answers, how can I rectify?

Earlier today I found your website but asked a question before I knew how it worked. See my title
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Are hospitality industry questions on-topic here?

I just started an Area 51 proposal for people working in the hospitality industry and I was wondering if questions dealing with restaurant management, menu balancing, food cost, and so on were already ...
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Are we keeping the old profile page?

I've noticed this is one of my few sites that's still using the "old" profile page. Is that by design or has the change just not happened yet? In case you're seeking opinions, I prefer it over the new ...
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Should we merge these two microwave convection questions?

There is the older Can I bake in a convection microwave? and the newer Can microwave with convection replace an actual oven?. We closed the newer as a duplicate. We have several questions on baking ...
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Making images “S” sized sometimes crops them - Is there an easy fix?

I edited in some images to an old answer by bikeboy389 Are there significant differences between different zesters?. I ended up making them "m" sized although I first tried to make them "s". They are ...
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Should this answer be kept?

A relatively new user wrote an answer to the question Why do my pastries come out flat when I use butter instead of margarine?. I found that the post had two problems: It was unstructured, so hard ...
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Should link-only answers be flagged?

I was about to flag the answer linked below but didn't find a suitable flag option. https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/54311/1549 Is it my imagination or did we once have "link-only answer" as one ...
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Food safety questions without acute consequences

A few months ago I happened upon this question, dealing with the safety of using hot tap water for food preparation. Since this primary goal of this site is food preparation and this is a common ...
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Are questions about raw food on-topic?

Are questions about raw food on-topic? As based on the domain prefix (cooking), the site looks like it's only about the cooking.
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Anthropology versus Culinary questions

Jefromi proposes in the commentary to: Is there a tradition where eating something sweet before something savory is the norm? that I would tend to say that food history is a reasonable question ...
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Would a simliar “freshness” question about onions be considered a duplicate?

I recently asked this question about how to keep a Tomato fresh, with the understanding that keeping it in the fridge would cause wilting, and that keeping it on the counter could lead to bacteria and ...
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Is this a good question for seasoned advice?

Three days ago I asked the question: Will my results differ when using a sourdough starter vs poolish for pizza dough? It only received a single upvote in that time, so I'm curious if this question ...
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Why does my question have so few votes? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question that attracted only a single upvote, and a single answer. Is there something wrong with my question that would help it to gain more attention? I want to ask questions that ...
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What questions were salvaged from answers?

Often new users post questions as answers instead. I've requested a way for mods to convert them to questions, instead of begging the user to do it, which they generally don't, or manually reposting ...
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Mystery Comment - Where is it?

On my iPad (app) I have the following comment in my inbox. I tapped on it and it took me to the question. I looked several times but can't find the comment. Then, I went to the site through my ...
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Second Edition, totally revised, new answer replacing a very highly upvoted one that doesn't answer the question as well

Here's a shocker, the answer involved concerns avocados. This Q&A has obviously been very rewarding: Browning Avocados - What Helps? The answers to that question other than my own caused me to ...
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Micro-blog for Cooking.SE members

Today some of the regulars have been talking in The Frying Pan chat room about possibly putting together a micro-blog that would feature things that are interesting, but not on-topic for the main site....
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How specific do we want questions on Cooking SE?

I've asked this question today. The title was a good summary of what I really wanted to ask: How to adjust stewing time for different weights of meat? I wanted to know if there are some good rules ...
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Do we have canonical questions for slow cooking conversions?

I am reasonably sure that I recently saw a question asking how to convert a slow cooker recipe for X pounds of meat into a recipe for 2X (or maybe 1/2 X) pounds of meat. I was quite sure that we have, ...
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Scope and/or tagging for “local ingredients” questions?

The following questions have been posted: Local special ingredients on Cape Cod (tagged local, recommendation; just posted) Ingredients: Danish local specials (tagged untagged, meaning original tags ...
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Old questions where comment should be an answer

I've been looking through unanswered questions, working my way from older ones. I seem to notice a trend where someone posted a good comment, that really could have been a legitimate answer. What ...
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Request to burninate the tag “Puree”

That tag is strange, while looking for a tag "purifying" that tag shows up. And I don't really know the purpose of that tag. Currently there are no questions under that tag. https://cooking....
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Should we accept questions on the safety of homemade health preparations?

We have a question on the safety of alkaline water. The recipe for this water comes from a health site (mix water with baking soda), and it is presented as a health product, not a tasty culinary ...
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What is a spoiler tag or spoiler quote and how would you create one?

I have seen spoiler tags or quotes (not sure if terminology is correct) on other SE sites. I can't find anything in the help topics that addresses them. Please see example . Any idea how to create ...
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Homework policy

While other sites on the network are plagued with them, we have a very low incidence of homework questions. But still, they crop up now and then. Just today, I had to close a "give me the exact ...
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What is this question intended to mean?

We recently had a small edit war on this question. As far as any of us can tell, we've edited it in a way that mostly preserves the meaning, and I've provided an answer that appears to answer it (...
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Should this old question be kept?

This question: Best online source for spices I'm looking or good online sources for spices. Good selection and good prices. can definitely produce useful information, but is a bit spam-prone. ...
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Text for a closing reason for culinary uses questions

We have used two of our three slots for reasons for closing questions as off topic. We hadn't thought of any special reason back when the list was made for the first time, but I have the feeling ...
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Should we keep this question about the amount of refrigerator space a person needs?

We just had a new question of a type we have never had before: What is 'adequate' refrigerated space for a single person I would normally argue that, if something is not forbidden, then it'...