11 votes

Should certain tags automatically require answers to use SI Units rather than other, more traditional, systems of measurement?

No, tags should not add more implicit requirements to questions/answers We already have problems with explaining to people that hard-science is different from every other tag that exists on the main ...
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9 votes

Can post notices on the hard-science tag actually do something?

This is one of those areas where a topic breaks the model a bit. For questions, we have essentially two axes for voting: Closing a question - possible even if highly upvoted - makes it eligible for ...
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Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

No, suggestion of answer is not a valid comment. If you hover the mouse over the "add a comment" you will see the following help text Use comments to ask for clarification or add more ...
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5 votes
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Hard-science answers. Are they always good?

In general It's . . . a judgement call - and that's coming from someone who probably makes some poor judgement calls in this area from time to time. If you're going to write an answer that you think ...
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5 votes

Hard-science tag, possible approach, changing how to ask these particular types of questions

One of the problems which I think new users using the tag face is that they don't necessarily know much about it. Stack Exchange can be a bit complicated to understand when you first join, and a tag ...
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5 votes

Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

I think there's a balance needed here - how many other good answers are there? If a question has 10 decent answers, a comment with half an answer probably doesn't add anything. If a question has no ...
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Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

I concur with L. Dutch on this: basically, piss or get off the pot. In other words, if you're going to put enough effort into a query such that you're basically answering the query, just write it as ...
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3 votes

Are comments for suggested, but inadequate, answers?

In my opinion, it really depends on how much of a comment purist you are. In practise comments tend to be more speech than prose, and as such in their purpose they may straddle the line between ...
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3 votes

Should this question have the hard-science tag?

There is, in fact, a lot going on in this question. In increasing order of importance (in my mind): There is a good non-hard-science answer (Schwern's). Deleting good answers with good information ...
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3 votes

Should this question have the hard-science tag?

Question itself does not adhere to quality I would expect from hard-science. OP asks about "average animal" without explaining what's average for him. Between wasp and monkey differences are enormous....
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3 votes

Hard-science answers. Are they always good?

It is always nice to provide details Math, papers, specific scientific references are always OK. They are not always needed, but are always something nice to have. Problem is not in hard content, but ...
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3 votes

Hard-science answers. Are they always good?

I think that doing more than you need to do cannot hurt. To cite from the hard-science tag: However, do not remove hard-science from a question that has the tag and science-based. Instead remove ...
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1 vote
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Best Practice for Helping OP's with Science-Based Fantasy Requests

I think in a way it's a request to help think of creatively explaining a thing using and maybe even exaggerating what we know in the world. For the example question you had, an answer could be ...
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