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My list would be similar to Jefromi's but with a few important differences. Here is my list, with explanations and rationale: General Food Question Seasoned Advice is a site for culinary Q&A. We expect questions here to relate to some aspect of cooking or food preparation. This question appears to be about some other aspect of food, such as ...


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Personally, what one person considers a "pro" or a "con" is an opinion. Let's use apples as an example... Person A really likes Red Delicious. Person B really likes Granny Smith. For Person A the "pro list" for an apple might look like: soft flesh predominantly sweet flavor And the "con list" might look like: firm flesh sour or tart flavor As you ...


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FYI: Aaronut's answer contains full descriptions, essentially matching these. Think of this answer more as background, demonstrating why something like these should be our top three choices. My suggestions (full descriptions to be determined): Health/nutrition Recipe/menu requests - "a recipe for X", "what's for dinner", "dishes using X" (culinary uses) ...


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This is a draft wording to try to get discussion going. We don't have to use this, but it might be easier to decide whether we want to make a change if we hash out a reasonably good possible wording first. Requests for recipe recommendations and meal planning are off-topic. Whether you ask "how do I make X?" or "what should I make?", there are plenty of ...


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I think this is probably one of the places where trying to make explicit rules is going to do more harm than good; what we need to do is look at each question and ask whether it's too broad/unclear and actually act on it, rather than letting the questions linger getting no answers or bad vague answers. We have those close reasons, and we're certainly allowed ...


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I'm sorry you're having trouble dealing with our site and community. We'd really like to make it work for you, and are very happy to explain anything you're having trouble with. However, that does require you coming to us with an open mind, and acknowledge that you have a couple things to learn, and it's not just an issue of mods being overbearing. If you'...


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I could go either way on this one. What I'd really prefer is to see the question edited a bit and reopened. (And I've now done this, since the OP seems to in principle be okay with it.) You really were asking an opinion-based question: when you ask for pros and cons, you're unfortunately asking for people's opinions about what's good and bad. Different ...


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I think you might want to have a look at that question post-editing. It's actually not that localized at all; this is the kind of question a lot of people might ask during the holiday season. Turkeys are huge, and no one ever has enough fridge space to store them and everything else they want to cook. So this question seems like a clear example of something ...


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That doesn't seem particularly satisfying to me, but on the other hand neither does rehashing the same conversations over and over. This is the crux of the matter; if the regulars are bored with providing repetitive answers, there is a duplicate problem. The textbook definition of a duplicate question, to me, is a question where all the answers on question ...


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sorry about the mixup. I thought that you are able to view comments on your own deleted answers. I was the one who deleted the answer, and left the comment as an explanation to why it was deleted. Here is the full text: Hello Jon, you are discussing the health effects of iron leaching into food. Health discussions are off topic here. If the OP has his ...


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I hope so, because I voted to close too! In all seriousness, I believe this is the right thing to do. The primary purpose of marking duplicates is to help guide people to the good answers. The more questions we point toward the FAQ, the higher the chance of people actually managing to find it, and the less the chance of them thinking their new question ...


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There are examples of sites on the network which close questions with too little context There are also stacks which close questions for being so narrow that the answer won't help anyone but the OP. I think that promoting the inclusion of a full recipe is very much in that territory: people who do find the question via Google but have a different recipe ...


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I think that this is something of a special case - from what I can tell, this sort of post-ingestion question doesn't come up that often. However, it may be worth revising the stock answer included above to include a note about urgent assistance, and possibly a link to Google with localized results like so. Even if uncommon, I don't think this is the type ...


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Well, putting aside for the moment the argument over whether or not this should be allowed, it's definitely not a bug. Sites have specific "migration paths", which are a reflection of which off-topic questions actually get asked. Stack Overflow used to collect a lot of tech-support questions and some sysadmin questions, which now belong on Super User and ...


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For inappropriate answers (also in the scope of this discussion), most of this is already in the pro-forma comments script, which currently includes comments for: Answers just to say Thanks! Nothing but a URL (and isn't spam) Request to OP for further information OP using an answer for further information OP adding a new question as answer Another user ...


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I almost closed it myself, and while I decided to see what course it will take, I stil, think this is the best thing. The first problem is that it can really be mistaken for a flavor question. That is, it invites answers like You cannot make a Meyer lemon meringue, as the taste really doesn't pair well. Meyer lemon lemonade is great though, the ...


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We generally close B as a duplicate of A if conceptually, everything that B asks is also asked by A, i.e. (good) answers to A are guaranteed to completely and clearly answer B. That "completely and clearly" part is really important. It's not enough for questions to just have the same bottom-line answer ("it's safe!"). It's the whole of the potential answers:...


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What Joel really argues for is editing, which not a lot of people here do. In other words, if there are 10 mostly-insignificant variations on the same question, choose one to be the "canonical" question and edit it (both question and answers) so that it answers all the variants as well. This is the conversation we were having around the endless stream of ...


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