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Is this cooking-adjacent question on-topic?

For me, this is still on topic. Our help center states: Cooking & food preparation methods Food handling and storage I would argue that it can even fall into both categories. We cooks ...
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Discussion: Should "Plant identification" questions be acceptable here?

I believe these questions should be considered off-topic if the gist of the plant identification question is "is this edible?". Because we're food specialists and not necessarily plant ...
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Are questions about raw food on-topic?

Any questions on food preparation are on-topic. Indeed, this is our core topic, with a few related ones also being in scope. English doesn't have a word which is unique to food preparation, so it ...
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Why doesn't this site come with a body-positivity disclaimer?

This site is not about asking what we should and shouldn't eat, and it's certainly not about telling people what they should and shouldn't eat. It's about, once you know something about what you want ...
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Question about gas grill flame issues -- on-topic?

We do equipment questions here, so I think the question you mean will be on-topic. Some equipment questions don't fare that well here, but it is mostly ones which are way too model specific for ...
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Can we make "electrical safety" offtopic?

Narrow definition Currently, the community tends to close questions about damaged electrical equipment, since that would need an electrician to look at the specific piece of equipment before labeling ...
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Are hospitality industry questions on-topic here?

No, we don't generally take questions about the business aspects of making food, just the culinary ones. I'm sure there would end up being some overlap, but we definitely don't cover it all. (Your two ...
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Should we allow basic measurement unit conversion questions?

Yes let's close those, and point to a canonical question that points to everyone's favorite calculators. It's helpful and if they're dups we don't have to keep convincing people they're bad questions.
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Are "how can I modify my recipe to achieve X" questions off-topic?

This is a good type of question, and not at all off topic. We would be happy to have it. The one caveat is that you should know what "X" is and be able to describe it. So, question which work well ...
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Why doesn't this site come with a body-positivity disclaimer?

Body positivity? I am afraid that you under- and overestimate this site and its users. Underestimate in the sense that we will always and without exception strive to be as welcoming and positive as ...
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Are fermented foods off topic for Seasoned Advice?

Fermented foods are on topic. You are welcome to ask about miso, and also other fermented food such as sauerkraut and pickles. I guess the confusion may come from the point Wine-making, Brewing, ...
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Are questions about economical cooking welcome here?

Sure, that's what the budget-cooking tag is for. Please do note, however, that all of the usual expectations around specificity and constructiveness still apply. So questions of the form recommend me ...
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Are "how to use up a lot of [x] ingredient" questions on-topic?

My inclination here is no, we should deem these examples off-topic under the "what can I do with X" custom close reason. If no dish would normally contain large quantities of X, however, that might ...
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Why was this question about Neapolitan pizza ingredients closed?

I'm glad that we have a meta question on it, since the comments on the original question seemed to go off on too many tangents. TL;DR The reason the question was closed that it is what we nowadays ...
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Are "how to use up a lot of [x] ingredient" questions on-topic?

I don't see how this is any different from the close explanation: Questions of the form "What can I do with [ingredient]?" are off-topic because they are subjective and lead to a long list of ...
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Is "when should I pick/harvest X" on topic?

I say it's a case-by-case basis: the overall category can be on topic on both sites, but some such questions belong much more on one site than the other. For the specific questions under ...
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Is this an off-topic "what to make with X" question?

The purpose of the rules is to avoid unanswerable questions. The kind that solicit opinion based answers or unending lists of equally valid answers. In my opinion the rule of thumb is- would this ...
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Is this question on-topic?

I'd say yes, though it could probably use editing (hint hint): it's about something potentially happening because of the actual cooking, not just a health question about eating food, and it's a ...
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Scope - valid questions

One small correction: this isn't a moderator thing. We have plenty of users with enough reputation to help close questions, and the site scope was decided by users, not just moderators. We moderators ...
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What are our thoughts on questions asking for the laws as they relate to cooking?

I'm kind of inclined to say no, let's not take them. I don't think anyone's ever been wild about these, and food laws are very localized, so people tend to not have the expertise to answer even if ...
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Are questions about food criticism on-topic?

I'd say: Food criticism in general is not on topic, since it's not really anything to do with preparing food. We don't do recipe reviews or restaurant reviews, and food criticism is pretty much just ...
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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?

The tag synonym was created on September 3rd 2010, a couple of months after the site was launched. We one of the first nontech sites (I think the first that survived until now), and even SO was so ...
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Is even asking whether two eatables are different in terms of nutrition off-topic?

If you ask about the differences, answers about the “nutritional benefits” - as phrased in your original question - would be off topic (as are questions, as you learned earlier). They properties from ...
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What's the deal with open-ended questions?

It's fine, and often even good if a question can have multiple good answers. There is no rule that questions have to have a single correct answer. Many problems in the kitchen can have multiple good ...
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Are questions about short-term effects of food on your body on-topic?

As an oversimplified standard, I'd suggest: Do I need to know this in order to reasonably serve X to people without immediate, observable consequences? The "immediate" is important - we only want ...
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How much science happens on this site

Links to additional resources are basically always helpful, though sometimes they may be overkill. On many questions, optimal answers would probably provide more support than average answers do, but ...
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Is "when should I pick/harvest X" on topic?

I'm not very active here so feel free to ignore me, but I thought I'd add my perspective of how I treat similar questions on other sites. (I partially discussed this with Jefromi already.) My rule of ...
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Is this an off-topic "what to make with X" question?

My personal opinion: I would like to be able to take questions like this, but it would be an exception to an existing policy, so we might have to err on the side of considering them off-topic for now. ...
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Can we take questions about sous vide time/temperature?

I had a quick discussion with rumtscho in chat, arguing for allowing this sort of thing. She at least partially agrees! My overall view is that we should take questions like this, and clarify that ...
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Can we make "electrical safety" offtopic?

This sounds like a reasonable idea. Before we proceed, I would like us to make sure that we are on the same page about what we are declaring out of scope, as this will guide future closure behavior, ...
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