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Do we want to answer individual “how much alcohol is left in this dish” questions?

We have an old question Cooking away alcohol that gives general knowledge about the evaporation rates of alcohol. The answers there are quite extensive. We also get, every now and then, new ...
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Where can I read about the spirit of this site?

On the drive home yesterday I listened to a podcast where Jeff Atwood described the then incipient Area 51 and what Q&A sites are all about. That explained a lot I had not understood about the ...
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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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Rename [tag:ingredient-selection]

Well, I know that it also means the thing we want it to mean. But honestly, when a cook takes a look at it, what's the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it's clearly, "which ingredients should I ...
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It's not winter, why “Winter Bash”

It's the middle of summer, it's very hot and humid, it's not winter! SA is confused again?
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Help promote this site - ask your Thanksgiving / large group cooking questions here

Now that much of the world is entering a big holiday season where food is central to celebrations, people will have lots of cooking questions. We've already missed Canadian Thanksgiving and India's ...
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Should cooking with drugs (legal or illegal) questions be on topic?

Should cooking with drugs (such as this question - especially before the edit) (legal or illegal) questions be on topic? I'm just going to leave it simple and at that.
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Is it appropriate/allowed to link your own websites in your answers to question

This seems like free advertising, which could get out of hand pretty quickly as the site grows. example here and here beside the obvious attempt to create traffic for their own websites, the answers ...
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Book prizes for winning weekly competition

In the hope of attracting more entries into the competitions, I'd like to express my excitement over receiving three fantastic books for winning one of the weeks. The first one I've started reading ...
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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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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 amount of editing of an OP's question is acceptable?

The reason behind this meta question stems from this question. The question as asked by the OP was rather poor by my standards. It was localized and subjective. I voted to close, downvoted, and left ...
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Horse / dog / pet preparation questions

I thought this showed up as one of the example questions during the proposal phase, but can't recall the outcome (if there was one): is meat from animals Americans keep as pets considered "food" for ...
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Can I ask a recommendation question?

I want some advice on buying a juicer with certain specifications - ideally I'm looking for links to a few good ones. Are you allowed to ask recommendation questions here, i.e. "What is a good juicer ...
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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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How can we change the topics of Seasoned Advice?

I enjoy reading Seasoned Advice and answering questions. I even got a question answered here which has been bugging me for 6 years. So I like the exchange and plan to hang around. However, I'm ...
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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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Should we merge [bread] and [breadmaking]?

We actually had a previous meta question about this subject a very long time ago, in which the only response was that we shouldn't have separate tags to begin with. Now we do have separate tags, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reopen request on question about fried foods

What is the best way to keep the quality of fried food? was recently closed as a duplicate of Best way to hold deep-fried foods?. However the former is asking about storage methods of still hot food ...
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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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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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Chilli, Chili or Chile?

When asking my question here I said I wasn't sure what tags I should use. I then found my use of the word "chillis" renamed to "chiles" by someone. To me (British FYI), "chile" looks like is ...
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I just discovered the site and want to say something. What should I do?

I am glad that you want to participate. You are certainly welcome. But I want to point out that there are some rules you may find strange at first, especially if you are only accustomed to discussion ...
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Is there already a method for dealing with pile on answers?

So, this might be covered under one of the other sites, but is there a preferred way to deal with "pile on" answers? I speak specifically of those answers that say something like "as X said, restate ...
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Something strange and is the scope of the site to narrow?

First up, I don't understand why people closed How to make Salad Olivier? [closed] A how to question, yet allowed: How to make large clear ice cubes How do you make General Tso’s chicken as ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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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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New Design Launched

Hi guys, As you can see, the new design launched. Congrats and many thanks for your design inputs. Please let me know if you see any usability/CSS/Styling bugs. Please start a new question for these ...
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Why are hangovers off-topic?

This question asking for details of the biological/chemical causes of hangovers, and what causes variations in their severity, was closed as off-topic, with it being deemed a health question. What ...
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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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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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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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Do we need a special syntax highlighter for cooking?

Currently the syntax highlighter is the same used for programming languages. Which means that the following looks a bit weird: Fish and eggs Should the syntax highlighter be disabled, should we make ...
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Clarification of “Kitchen equipment” needed?

If we go by wording on the "on topic" page of our help center, the following question would be on topic: Refinishing Griswold No. 8 waffle iron handles A waffle iron is clearly a piece of kitchen ...
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may I ask for a meta-recipe here?

As background, I had recently read that typically curry dishes from Kerala always start with frying onions and curry leaves. I was hoping to find more information on this, imagining in my head some ...