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What should our FAQ contain?

Since this is one of the 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta... What should go in our FAQ? Most of the FAQ is boilerplate, but we need to determine the on-topic and off-topic subjects that go ...
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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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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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Restaurant mimicry questions allowed?

This is somewhat related to 'Should “I need a recipe for X?” questions be off-topic?'. The idea is, if I really like dish/sauce/etc at restaurant Y - is a question asking - 'what is the recipe for [...
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Suggest a domain name. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: ...
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(Discontinued) Weekly Topic Contest! Ask great questions, enter to win a prize

This weekly topic contest has been discontinued. Thank you all for your participation. The basic idea of a Topic of the Week contest is to increase the content we have about hot and/or ...
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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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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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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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Should “general reference” questions be asked and answered here?

For some background on the broader topic, see: Are questions that are easily answered with Google appropriate for the site? This is essentially a smaller subset of that. I want to state for the ...
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Are questions about equipment off topic?

There have been a few questions about knives, and these seem on topic but a question about an ice cream maker part, is this on or off topic? and for what reason?
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Should “what can I add to X” questions be closed by default?

We've had a few of these questions recently which are now closed. The latest one, which is actually one of our oldest questions but just resurfaced, was about mayonnaise, and - this is no surprise to ...
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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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Where do we draw the line on culinary uses questions?

Long ago, we decided that recipe requests were considered off topic as they are not objective, do not promote "expert" answers, and are highly susceptible to "me too" answers. However, there is a ...
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Question ideas for our blog

Have ideas for a post you'd like to see on a food & cooking blog? Post them here as answers! Try to provide a concise title at the beginning, followed by a sentence or two if necessary, so we can ...
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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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Please zap the meta-tags and dependent tags

I'm starting to see an alarming trend of what I feel is a major misuse of the tags. To recap what I've said in the past, tags exist for two reasons: To help other members determine whether or not a ...
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Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline

We closed the domain naming thread (click for details). Instead, let's start with a killer "elevator pitch!" Joel will be blogging about the elevator pitch approach to naming, but to get you started:...
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Scope of a hypothetical blog

What should the scope of a Food & Cooking blog be? Quoting the blog guidelines: Is the blog about the site? Is it about the site’s topic? Is it about the industry around the topic? Keep in ...
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Call for participation: Cooking blog

As discussed before, we would like to have our own blog. The StackExchange community team will probably be nice enough to create one for us - if we commit ourselves to creating good content in a ...
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Is cooking too subjective to work?

I received an email which specifically cited cooking as an example of a Stack Exchange site that "is awful". This person said: Meta-judgement is the ability to assess the quality of someone else's ...
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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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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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What is the purpose of tags? How do I use them appropriately?

I've created this question to address the intent and purpose of tags. There has been a lot of talk recently on the subject, and I'd like to address each aspect of tagging in one place. This is a CW, ...
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What blog post are you working on?

Since we're soon getting a blog, its probably a good idea to start thinking of the first articles we're writing. (If you haven't signed up to be an author, see Call for participation: Cooking blog. ...
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Get the word out - food blogs and press

Let's compile a list of food blogs and press to tell about the public beta. Ideally the writers would come participate in the site as regular (and hopefully avid) users; publicity would naturally ...
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What makes a great menu planning question?

This question is partly in response to Joe's recent discussion about the closure of a hiking question, but I have no axe to grind here, I just think it would help to put our heads together and try to ...
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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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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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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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2016 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose questions to the candidates on the topic ...
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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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Should we close questions structured like “What [compliments/does not work with] [XXX]”?

One of our regular question askers, who rarely has questions closed at least that I have noticed, asks: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/32277/what-spices-can-be-added-in-an-oats-dish-to-...
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What's the difference between these two “list of x” questions?

What to do with barbecue sauce What are some tasty ways to use up our [extra barbeque] sauce? and https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/6005/how-can-i-make-sandwiches-more-interesting ...
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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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Cooking terms glossary

Following this question, I propose to build a glossary of common (and not so common) cooking terms in english, so everybody can communicate on the same terms and resolve disagreements or ...
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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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Retagging Recap

Alot was discussed tagging and retagging wise, and a few things changed this week on SE, so I'd like to recap and consolidate everything into one post, which can be used by those of us doing tagging ...
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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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Closing for “nutrition or health”--where is the boundary?

There is a close vote in progress for this question: What kinds of milk are low in carbs? While obviously, we explicitly have health and nutrition questions as off topic, this one doesn't mention ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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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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Is it safe to eat X that has been left at Y for Z amount of time?

Perhaps it's just me, but I've been seeing more and more questions recently that fit this template: "Is it safe to eat X that has been left at Y for Z amount of time?" I think it's a perfectly good ...
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Is the site over moderated (closing)?

I posed a question about the Soufflé technique and flagged it as such. This was my first question on cooking.stackexchange and the response (it was closed) is very de-motivating. The comment I got ...
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Discouraging the proliferation of bad tags: Proposal

As some of you may have noticed, we've got some truly awful tags littering the parent site. I'm not talking about the little one-off tags where somebody pastes their question title into the tag box, ...
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What about creating a glossary of cooking terms in english?

I think it would be very helpful to avoid or resolve ambiguity in communication. I expect a lot of people participating here won't be native english speakers and cooking technical terms only make ...
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should i update with results?

So I've tried a recipe suggestion that I got from this site. 2 or 3 people have asked if I've done it yet. It turned out a great success and I have good pictures. Is it appropriate to share the ...
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Is asking to identify a food from a picture on-topic?

Here on the Black Sea in Romania people are eating a shellfish called in Romanian "rapane" which they translate as "oyster". But they are elongated spiral shells which to me look nothing like the ...
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Copyright — quoting cookbook versus referencing

Questions turn up for which a good answer is sitting on my bookshelf. Anyone care to comment on my decision to post a reference but not quote the material? EDIT Some thoughts in response to answers ...
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How similar does a question need to be to be closed as a duplicate?

I've noticed this a couple of times recently. There have been a number of steak questions, specifically Cooking steak on the grill, where I feel like the information has all been well trodden on the ...