Questions tagged [discussion]

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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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 we increase contest visibility?

I think that the contest we have is a great idea, and I have heard positive reactions from other users too. But except for cheese week, there doesn't seem to be much participation. And I suspect that ...
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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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How close to asking about chemistry can I get while remaining on-topic?

I want to ask a question like this: Raffinose is a sugar found in legumes that is indigestible by humans. Which is great, because I'm looking for a sweetener that 1) won't raise blood sugar and 2) ...
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Are shopping requests on-topic, or should them be considered too localized?

I am asking because I noticed the following question, but I am interested to understand in general if shopping questions are on-topic: Where can I buy fresh water prawns? I think that such questions ...
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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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Clarification on “Pastry” for Pastry Week

This week is Pastry week and as exciting as it is, I am unsure exactly what it entails. If one were to look up the definition for pastry, one would get: pas·try/ˈpāstrē/Noun: 1.A dough of flour, ...
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Answers being accepted too quickly?

I've noticed that quite a few questions are only up for an hour or two before they get flagged as answered. Take for instance the recent : Why is there a watery run-off after cooking my bolognese? ...
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Calling it a duplicate AND Giving an answer

Reasonable people may differ as to whether a given question is or is not a 'duplicate' in many cases, but is not inconsistent with the Stack Exchange "philosophy" to Both vote to close a question as a ...
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What sources are considered authoritative, on “Seasoned Advice”?

Which sources are considered authoritative, for questions asked on Seasoned Advice?
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What is… link to Wikipedia

Would it be fair to consider "what is ... " style questions not useful if they are easily looked up? For e.g.: What is Turkey Bacon? They just seem like rep. bait and don't appear to add unique ...
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Is 'acceptance' going to be any use at all here?

I'm seeing a trend, but perhaps others won't agree. Most questions benefit from multiple answers. Here's an example. My proposal, which perhaps needs to go to the main meta site, is that cooking ...
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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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What questions best show the value of Seasoned Advice?

Now that we have a domain redirect and a site name, I plan to be a little more active about sharing and proselytizing. What are some of the best questions that really show the value of the site when ...
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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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“What should i cook” type questions

Yesterday, this question was asked: How can I create a varied (or at least tasty) menu for a 12 day hike whilst using as few ingredients as possible? It was closed by a moderator, with the comment: ...
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What are the grounds to accept an answer?

What's a good basis to accept an answer? The clearest one is "I tried that, and it worked." Sometimes, you see an answer that is well sourced (USDA, McGee, etc) and that you can also understand, and ...
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Can we take questions about sous vide time/temperature?

Today we got this question about sous vide pork belly where the OP has explicitly said they're not looking for recipes, just times/temperatures. Of course, times/temperatures are often given as part ...
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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 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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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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Does everything on meta.stackoverflow.com apply to Seasoned Advice?

This meta.stackoverflow question says it does, but it's a bit old. Is this still the case? Should we ask non-cooking-specific meta questions here or there?
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Should we accept tag wikis/edits that are copied from Wikipedia?

Now that tag wikis are, for better or for worse, a prominent part of the tags page, we're starting to see the occasional edit or proposed edit. Sometimes these edits are original, other times they're ...
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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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resturant's kitchen administration (e.g. scheduling) questions ?

I was wondering if questions about a restaurant's kitchen management are on-topic or not. example: how can I prepare this faster ? can you suggest a better menu to reduce waste ? How can I ...
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How should food-difference tag be used?

Recently I tagged my question about the difference between soup and stew and I used the tag food-differences. As you can see in the edit, that tag was removed. I then went into the tag to see if there ...
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Tag Wikis — Tags that need clarification.

The new user page led me to contemplate our tag pages. In looking them over, I found a number of tags that could use some explanation of when to use which one. Rather than starting the individual ...
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Synonymize “crockpot” tag to “slow-cooker”? (It's a bit complicated)

Crock-Pot is the brand name of a particular manufacturer of slow cooker. We shouldn't be using the brand name in our tags since only people familiar with that specific brand will be able to find the ...
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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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Merging or closing multiple duplicates

When I saw this question today https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/30216/what-can-i-do-to-get-thicker-and-softer-chocolate-chip-cookies There are at least two duplicates, which are already (...
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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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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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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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Winners of Special Weekly Topic Contest: March 13 - April 3, 2012 (Pies, Cakes, Cookies!)

I'm going to be on vacation March 18 - 28, and without internet access for much of that time - which overlaps with what would be three separate weekly contests. In order to keep these running, ...
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Letters to Cuisinart

This is about Does the Cuisinart “Bold” setting result in bland, or even acrid, coffee?: Had I not seen Aaronut's comments on that question, I would have just flagged it, assuming a moderator hadn't ...
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Why the gender imbalance?

So, a cursory glance of the Food & Cooking Users reveals a lot of men and few women. What's the deal? Does this site generally reflect the SOFU gender mix? Are there aspects of the UI/moderation ...
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How Should An Active Member of Our Community Respond to Placeholder Answers

Since there is a significant amount of discussion in the comments on this answer that relate to our community, I thought it might be interesting to have a meta discussion about similar answers. If an ...
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Should some people have a louder voice in a community like this?

This may have been discussed previously, but my google fu isn't strong enough if it has been. The rather frustrating meta conversation about why this site sucks got me thinking about this. I guess ...
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I made a mistake in my answer, was corrected in the comments, should I edit it?

The question is what-is-substitute-for-rum-in-baking and I made a mistake while answering it, but I was corrected with a comment. I feel I should edit my answer to fix this, but then the comments ...
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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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Should moderators be eligible to win the weekly tag contest?

So, normally, when you run a contest, employees of the company running it aren't eligible. I assume employees of Stack Exchange, Inc. aren't eligible for the contest. But what about moderators who ...
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How should we refer to foods with regional names of questionable accuracy?

A specific, recent example of this is the following question: What is the name of the middle eastern salad containing Tomato and Cucumber? In it, the accepted answer states that it is called an ...
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Should questions about serving (rather than cooking) food be allowed?

This is partially inspired by the fried egg question which was closed. The question is: do we want questions about food presentation, or even preparation final touches, to be considered off-topic? ...
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Seasoned Advice updated site theme is ready for testing!

As part of implementing the new unified themes across the network, we're gradually rolling out updated site themes for each site. As of today, we have enabled your updated site theme for testing. If ...
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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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Possible Conference Speaking Sponsorships — 2011

We're evaluating the feasibility of sponsoring a member of the cooking community to speak at a conference in 2011. Speaking is a relatively big "ask", so this needs to be planned many months in ...
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Are recipe requests ok if they are fundamental enough?

Some recipes seem to be so fundamental that there is an objective answer. For instance, How do I make a risotto base, How do I make caramel, What are the basics of a soufflé? This question about ...
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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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Should questions that have a list of answers be allowed?

I've recently asked a few questions which deliberately push the boundaries of what is acceptable on the site because I was hoping to get a few good examples of what might be useful off-topic questions....
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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