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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Should we allow basic measurement unit conversion questions?

I don't think that questions like What is the measurement of 1 cup? add value to the site. I don't even know why some people point others to heavy sites like Wolfram Alpha, when you can literally ...
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What is the current practice on “how to use” or “what do with” questions?

According to one of our older meta questions, somtimes "how do I use" or "what do I do with" are on topic, when the ingredient is rare or special. Can I ask about how to use a specific ingredient? (...
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What are the guidelines for a good tag wiki?

With the update to the tagging feature, tag wikis have really come front and center. What are the guidelines for editing them? What info should go in there? What are some good examples of existing tag ...
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Are questions on cuisine of a specific country welcome here?

As I'm going to visit a country which is new for me, including its cuisine, I had the idea to ask about local specials, e.g. ingredients I can buy there which are hardly purchasable in other parts of ...
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Is this equipment question off-topic?

Good (cheaper) alternative to Vitamix Blender I think this should be closed for several reasons, but want to get some feedback about this general "style" of question. First, it seems to fall in the ...
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How should the community deal with the ethics of food?

How should the community treat the ethocs of food. The reason I ask is becasue of the following question and the recomendation for using Cod or Haddock: What is a good fish for cooking crumbed / ...
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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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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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Our newb orientation sucks, how do we improve it?

Our site offers some good information, but it can be confusing for new users. It has a different structure than traditional discussion forums. It happens frequently that a new user finds the site, has ...
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When should I retag a question?

This retagging privilege page - https://cooking.stackexchange.com/privileges/retag-questions - has a section called "When should I retag a question". I was hoping for an answer to the question I'm ...
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What is appropriate edit etiquette?

What are the cases when it is considered appropriate to edit someone else's question or answer? Specifically, I think there's a significant safety risk in the question about scallop preparation. I ...
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Is it ok to change a question because of a great answer?

The specific example is: Can any harm come of eating watermelon seeds? The answer by hobodave is quite thorough so I was wondering, would it be alright to rewrite the question to be more general, ...
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I Voted to close this question. Do you agree?

https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/1020/whats-your-go-to-recipe I voted to close despite it's CW status because it was too chit-chatty. I think CW only indicates that there may be many right ...
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How to respond to alarmingly naive food-safety and hygiene questions

Even as a newbie, I have noticed a few too many food-safety and hygiene questions that were alarming just by the fact that they needed asking. There are even more lurking in the unanswered list. I ...
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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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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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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 are the rules?

I have only been using Stack Exchange for a month or so and I have to admit I have not found it the most welcoming to newbies. Admittedly I only use the app so maybe that is where I am going wrong but ...
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Can I ask about recipe modification or flavor pairings?

I have a question about modifying a recipe ("what can I add to X?") or flavor pairing ("what tastes good with X?" - can I ask it here? Note: this is a summary of "Should 'what can I add to X' ...
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Why can't I follow a user the way I can follow a tag?

I would like to be able to follow a user on this site-- or any other Stack Exchange site for that matter. Why can't I do this? If I could receive e-mail notification when on of the users I follow ...
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“parent” seems a little ambiguous

I was just asking the question "I wonder if it would be useful having a link from meta SA to SA at the top." I didn't realise that "parent" was up there and meant the regular SA site. 'parent' in ...
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How should we tag “What can I do with [ingredient]?” questions?

I have no intention of reopening the discussion of whether or not these questions are appropriate at all. I don't love them, but I'm not really offended by them either. If we have to have just one ...
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Questions with multiple excellent answers

This question is the exact opposite of the one found here: What do I do about a question with several partial answers? I asked a question and all the answers were enlightening and well worded. If I ...
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What do I do about a question with several partial answers?

I asked this question and got a few answers that I think partially address the issue, all about equally well, but none that probably cover the full range of the issue. I hate to leave the question ...
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Should we point recipe request questions to the recipe stack exchange proposal?

this started out as a comment to an answer on this question but I think it might deserve its own question. We are all(!) agreed that we don't want this to become a recipe swap site, and we know we ...
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What's going on with the meta site in terms of badges/points?

This is probably meta-meta but we don't have a site for that (or is there some sort of meta area51 site for this?). I noticed my points from Cooking carry over to the meta site, but my badges don't. ...
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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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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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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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Clarification about recipe requests - why wasn't this post closed?

I'm confused about why this question wasn't closed as it seems to violate the recipe request policy. How do you make paneer? The accepted answer is a recipe which you could find using a google ...
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Does flagging for “community wiki” still make sense?

I have just flagged ideas-for-a-sweet-pizza even after reading what-is-community-wiki here and found that we can't create CW anymore. What should we do with questions like that? If it's not CW it ...
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Is just posting a recipe an answer?

See https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/43226/14401 Is simply posting a recipe an answer? We don't want to be a recipe exchange site, and there doesn't seem to be any reasoning or answers to the ...
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A question I'd like to ask - First Aid Kit for kitchens

I'd like to ask for recommendations concerning what should be included in a basic First Aid Kit for kitchens. I don't really need to know "the answer" - I have a medical background, many years of ...
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What should I do if I decide my upvoted answer is wrong?

I've answered a couple of questions about smoking recently. In one of the other answers, there's a pretty compelling argument against my answer. I haven't changed my mind just yet, but I definitely ...
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The End of a Contest and Beginning of Something Else

What's going on? I'm going to pull the plug on the Weekly Topic Contest as a Stack Exchange organized and funded activity. Effective tomorrow, July 10, 2012, I will no longer be running a weekly ...
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Where to place one's report? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: should i update with results? I haven't had this issue on other Stack Exchange sites, but cooking is maybe more clearly divided in a theoretical and practical side. When ...
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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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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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What's wrong with this question about handles?

The question What determines if the handle of a pan gets hot while in use?, seems to have picked up a lot of anonymous negative feedback, completely out of proportion to the actual score. For those ...
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How can we tag this question about patenting recipes?

The question I'm referring to is here: Is it possible to patent recipes? The recipe tag has got to go. But I honestly have no idea what should take its place. It has to be something that will ...
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How does the change out of Beta affect user rights based on rep?

I see that now Web Apps is out of beta, the bar has been raised for rep to achieve community rights (voting, tools, etc). When we come out of Beta in two days, will people retain the rights that they ...
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kombucha question

The post for kombucha is borderline on the Community Wiki / call for recipes. Is the question refining a problem or extending a technique in a Question and Answerable way? Is the question explaining ...
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Why are questions about making wine/mead/beer deleted?

It seems like the process of making wine and similar is about using food ingredients to make a food product. Are questions about this subject disallowed for some other reason(s)?
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Questions pointing to video recipe (only) should be closed?

This question points to a Youtube video recipe. There is no recipe (not even a part) in the text of the question. IMO it should be closed (most likely as Unclear what you're asking). Like answers, ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Are questions about food waste disposal on topic?

A recent example: throwing food down the drain. Are this question and others about properly disposing of food waste on topic?
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Resources to start with <topic> - ideas for blog link collections

@yossarian proposed a great idea in chat: Make collections of links curated by our community members. There was a discussion about whether we should explain some really basic stuff like "How to stir ...
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Call for Blog Posts for 4th of July

The Seasoned Advice Blog is looking for someone to write a 4th of July (US Independence Day) post. You get to pick the topic, though of course we're looking for something related to both the holiday ...
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Beta: public or private?

I thought we were in private beta. Today, I received an email saying Please share a link to the site with anyone you think might be interested in our community: http://cooking.stackexchange....
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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 ...