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Would it be on topic for this site if I were to ask which gases are produced by spoiled food?

In my question Detecting spoiled food in a refrigerator, I am asking for a sensor to detect spoiled food in a refrigerator, so that I can build a little gadget to detect it and alert me. There are ...
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We couldn't find anything for nutri-score - Is a discussion about nutri-score off-topic here?

I'd rather ask here than post the question and have it closed. There are no results to a search for nutri-score. I have just moved out of home and am starting my first attempts at cooking. Is this ...
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Why was this question about Neapolitan pizza ingredients closed?

I recently asked a question about Neapolitan pizza ingredients: What toppings can be added when cooking a traditional Neapolitan pizza?. I had a lengthy discussion with a mod in the comments, who was ...
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Can we make "electrical safety" offtopic?

We just got another "is this equipment safe to use" question (https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/115859/burn-mark-inside-microwave-still-safe-to-use) . Since we are not qualified to ...
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What makes this off-topic?

Sorry, but I'm new to Seasoned Advice, so please be a bit nicer. I answered a question which seems like an on-topic question, and I recently found out that it got closed as off-topic. The reason I ...
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Is even asking whether two eatables are different in terms of nutrition off-topic?

I asked this question and got it closed. Let X and Y are two substances. Is it off-topic to ask whether X and Y are nutritionally different or not. The answer can be either yes or no. I am not asking ...
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Are supplement questions on topic for the site?

I have found some questions like this here that mention supplements. https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/64486/what-is-the-approximate-shelf-life-for-herbal-infused-olive-oil-coconut-oil-gl ...
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Why is "leftovers" a tag-synonym for "culinary-uses" if the description for culinary uses explicitly says it's not for leftovers?

DO NOT use for everyday ingredients, leftovers, etc - this is off topic. First (and only) tag that comes up if you type in "leftov."
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What are the differences between [allowed-topics] and [scope]?

I see that we have two meta tags that are similar, if not synonym: allowed-topics and scope. Are they really different? If not, should we merge them? See also on Meta Stack Exchange: What is the ...
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Are questions about food criticism on-topic?

Some concepts that related to food critic such as gastronomy, food studies, culinary arts also seem to be absent in here. The What topics can I ask about here? doesn't explicitly mention this topic. ...
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Why doesn't this site come with a body-positivity disclaimer?

I've been thinking about why I found this site so very unhelpful and realized that this is because of the implied body-positivity of this SE. This should be made more explicit to improve user ...
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Are questions about making cooking equipment on topic?

Related to this question: Home-made gas grill burners? Are questions about how to make equipment (either components, as in this case, or hypothetically a more complete object like a chef's knife or ...
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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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Are food regulations on topic?

I might have dietary restrictions that affect my choice of ingredients. Many countries have regulatory bodies (like the FDA in America) that encourage or require food vendors to respect these ...
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Is this cooking-adjacent question on-topic?

Is Which killing method of the lobster would cause the least pain and distress? on topic? It's clearly related to cooking, but: the subject matter is far from normal cooking expertise (actually ...
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Resource for how different ingredients affect baking

Is the following question on-topic? Is there a good resource for how various common baking ingredients interact? For instance, I have a recipe which calls for creamed cottage cheese, and I'd like to ...
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Is this question about brand comparison on topic?

Today we got the question What food processor to buy Vitamix pro 750 or Revoblend RB 500, which asks people to say which of two blenders is better. It also lists the tasks for which the blender will ...
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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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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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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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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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Scope - valid questions

Cooking moderators are diligent about managing scope / valid questions. I am not questioning current scope. May I ask if that was the scope going into beta or during beta did you find the need to ...
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How much science happens on this site

I'm trying to gauge what the ratio of "in my experience, _____" and "According to _____, ________" is on this site. For example, rpg.stackexchange bans "in my experience, ______" answers. Food ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Are "how can I modify my recipe to achieve X" questions off-topic?

I have a recipe that I want to modify to make it more fluffy/modify the flavors of, and I'm curious whether the modifications I plan to attempt will have my desired effect. I'm worried, however, that ...
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Migrating questions to and from coffee.stackexchange.com

Corresponding post on coffee: https://coffee.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1169/230 https://coffee.stackexchange.com/ has now been in beta for nearly a year and while they're still pretty small, questions ...
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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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Are fermented foods off topic for Seasoned Advice?

I have a question about making miso paste but fermentation is marked as off-topic. Does that include fermented foods? Miso paste is fermented soy bean paste Source: http://japanese-cooking-class-...
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Are questions about economical cooking welcome here?

By economical cooking, I am thinking about utensils, cookwares, stoves, ovens, electricity and gas consumption, etc... - the cheapest good quality stuff. I am also talking about cooking methods that ...
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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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Are questions about raw food on-topic?

Are questions about raw food on-topic? As based on the domain prefix (cooking), the site looks like it's only about the cooking.
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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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Should we keep this question about the amount of refrigerator space a person needs?

We just had a new question of a type we have never had before: What is 'adequate' refrigerated space for a single person I would normally argue that, if something is not forbidden, then it'...
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Are questions about "use of leftovers" allowed here?

Are questions about uses and ideas for leftovers allowed or are they off-topic. I asked a question about leftover cakes once (maybe 1-2 years ago) and it was deleted as being too broad. I can't even ...
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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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questions about shows

Are questions about shows like hell's kitchen allowed? For example I wanted to ask if dishes like risotto or beef Wellington are really hard to cook because the contestants often fail at this. Is it ...
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Good opinion/poll questions

This question recently surfaced: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/2799/resources-for-a-beginner-learning-to-cook and I had to vote to close, as it is quite obviously an open ended opinion ...
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On topic: product feature question?

Regarding: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/14402 Is this question a good question for SA? I don't know whether to vote to close or not. It is dangerously near the line of ...
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Keyword filter for frequent off topic issues

On SA, we have a guideline that health and medical related questions (for example, is it better to eat green beans raw or cooked?) are off topic. However, many new posters don't read the FAQ and ...
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Should we answer questions about biology, if they are food-related?

There was a very long comments-discussion on an answer of Can you develop an immunity to chopping onions causing tears?, which triggered an automatic flag. I will delete the discussion from there, 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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Delete prank question - Keep salad cool in microwave

Regarding How can I keep my salad cold in the microwave? I think this was never intended to be a real question. Physics should NOT have migrated it to us. I am sure it was a joke or a prank. The ...
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In which kind of food item can x be used - offtopic?

What's the difference between green, white, and red onions? has received 2 close votes. In which kind of food items can Asafoetida be used? didn't receive any. Can mods clear the air here as to ...
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Anthropology versus Culinary questions

Jefromi proposes in the commentary to: Is there a tradition where eating something sweet before something savory is the norm? that I would tend to say that food history is a reasonable question ...
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Would a question about food digestion be on topic?

I have a question about the mechanics of digesting food. Would that be on topic here? I'm thinking no, am I right?
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Staying on topic

I recently answered this question about crushing coffee beans. My final suggestion was to use a hammer, and I added a picture of MC Hammer for a little levity. A user edited out both hammer pictures ...
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What types of sourcing questions should be allowed? (Revisit: March 2013 -- Please read again)

I have edited this question to bring it to the top of the meta-SA list, because it never seems to have come to consensus, and is relevant again (March 2013). We have had two sourcing questions lately:...
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