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The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...