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What types of recipe questions are allowed?

I'm confused by the distinction being made between "recipe swapping" and "recipe comprehension/improvement/repairs". Why are some recipe questions allowed but not others? Aren't they all about ...
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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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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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Discussion: Should "Plant identification" questions be acceptable here?

Very infrequently we get requests from users to identify whether a plant is a specific edible plant. Most recently, this question: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/63379/iis-this-mint-...
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What are restaurant-mimicry questions?

It can seem that "restaurant mimicry" questions are requests for recipes. What is the difference, and how can we write restaurant mimicry questions which don't get closed?
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How can we make substitution questions more helpful?

There seem to be lots of questions asking for ingredient substitutions. What guidance should we give to make it easier for the askers to give the right information, so that they can get helpful ...
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My question was closed! What should I do?

Help! My question was closed, what should I do?!
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Is there a community chat room?

Is there any way to chat with moderators or other members of the community?
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Is there an appropriate/recommended question length?

This may seem like a strange question, but I want to make sure I'm sticking with the spirit of the site when I ask questions. I notice a lot of questions are extremely short, sometimes even just ...
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What is Community Wiki?

Sometimes I see questions or answers marked as "Community Wiki", or comments from other members saying that something should be Community Wiki. What does this mean, and how/when I should I be using ...
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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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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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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 should I do if a question has no answers?

Is there anything that can be done to bring a question back to the top when it has received no answers?
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How do I address a user so they see it?

So I understand that putting @username in a comment gives that user a notification of the comment. But I'd like some more specifics on this. Does using a partial name work? If so, which partial ...
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What types of equipment questions are allowed?

I want to ask a question about kitchen equipment, which is listed as on-topic in the main FAQ. However, I noticed a few equipment questions being closed as off-topic. How do I know if I my (...
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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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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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How can I create a tag for [X]?

I have an idea for a new tag that is so mind-blowingly important and brilliant that every passing second without it fills me with unfathomable, suicidal sorrow. What can I do to add this wellspring ...
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Is it okay to have an extended debate or discussion in comments?

Sometimes a post is controversial for one reason or another, and people want to debate it. Sometimes a side issue comes up and people want to discuss it. Are comments a good place to do this?
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Why did those comments get deleted? Can I still see them?

A discussion in comments got deleted. Why? Can I see a copy for posterity somewhere? (If you've been linked to this question, it's because you asked about some specific instance of this - it's a ...
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Community wiki? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is Community Wiki? I see "community wiki" mentioned, and I gather it is the place we put questions that are interesting but are more polls or lists rather than those that ...
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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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