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What should our FAQ contain?

Since this is one of the 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta... What should go in our FAQ? Most of the FAQ is boilerplate, but we need to determine the on-topic and off-topic subjects that go ...
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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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Should "I need a recipe for X?" questions be off-topic?

First discussed when the site was proposed: What's a good recipe for <insert some dish>? I believe that allowing recipe exchanges in a professional Q&A site would be a huge mistake. The "low-...
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Restaurant mimicry questions allowed?

This is somewhat related to 'Should “I need a recipe for X?” questions be off-topic?'. The idea is, if I really like dish/sauce/etc at restaurant Y - is a question asking - 'what is the recipe for [...
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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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Are we about serving, or just cooking/food preparation?

I think that we've been ignoring the elephant in the room. Underlying all of the current arguments about the inclusion of alcohol- and beverage-related questions (which, IMO, don't seem to be ...
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Should "general reference" questions be asked and answered here?

For some background on the broader topic, see: Are questions that are easily answered with Google appropriate for the site? This is essentially a smaller subset of that. I want to state for the ...
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Where do we draw the line on culinary uses questions?

Long ago, we decided that recipe requests were considered off topic as they are not objective, do not promote "expert" answers, and are highly susceptible to "me too" answers. However, there is a ...
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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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Food questions not related to how to cook

The majority of the site seems to be dominated by 'how to cook' questions. I don't think this is a bad thing, but should the site also cover other food realted questions such as food history, eating ...
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Would a question regarding making homemade pet (kitten/cat) food be considered off-topic?

After recently acquiring a kitten and buying kitten food, I looked at the ingredients and was pretty grossed out at what it actually listed. Would I be able to ask a question pertaining to how to ...
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What makes a great menu planning question?

This question is partly in response to Joe's recent discussion about the closure of a hiking question, but I have no axe to grind here, I just think it would help to put our heads together and try 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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Recent "what is a good snack for ____?" questions

I've noticed a recent uptick in questions fitting this format in the past few days. Most have been closed (one I can't find), and the others are on their way to closure. Examples: https://cooking....
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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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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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Are questions about food presentation and table setting on- or off- topic?

I wanted to ask a question about how to present a steak at a dinner we are hosting tonight for another couple. (This fancy dinner thing is new to me and we're trying out the new settings we got from ...
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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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What kind of "how to use ingredient X" questions are appropriate?

This is in regard to a question I just posted: Recommended cooking uses for applejack? . It's a "how can I use ingredient X" question, which I imagine we'll see a lot of. It's an area of perennial ...
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Why is "what is a sub for parsley" ok but "what goes with green tea" not?

Possible Duplicate: What's the point of cooking.stackexchange.com? I find it useless so far. See Also: What's the difference between these two "list of X" questions This question has been ...
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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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What are the guidelines for questions about nutrition / nutritional content?

The FAQ states that 'General health and diet issue (e.g. "Is cauliflower healthy?")' questions are off-topic. This answer backs that up. This question (Google's cache for non-10K folks) about ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Should this "recipe" question have been closed/deleted?

I just want to put it out there - even though I'm firmly in the camp of recipe-swapping being off-topic, that doesn't mean we immediately need to close every question with the word recipe. The ...
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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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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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Are Questions About Appliance or Equipment Repair On Topic?

This question about ice maker repair seems off-topic to me. I went to check the FAQ, but it says the "equipment" questions are on topic. Does that include repair? That seems more appropriate for ...
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"Uses of X" questions - are they just recipe swaps in disguise?

EDIT: There is an FAQ question based on the results of this discussion. I just came across the Chocolate Peppers question and have been trying to figure out what to make of it. I can see how this ...
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What type of drink related questions are on topic?

While its still too early to say for sure... and I happen to personally disagree with the sentiment... In what can only be called a stunning reversal from Area51 sentiment, it appears the community ...
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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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Why was this question closed?

Why is this question considered ok: How do you care for your knives? Yet this isn't, and was closed: Cutting boards: What are some general tips on purchasing and using a cutting board? I would ...
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Should place-setting questions be closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are questions about food presentation and table setting on- or off- topic? This question refers to Tine's Arrow with regard to forks which was just asked on Seasoned Advice. ...
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