Are questions not directly related to a health problem on-topic? For example, take the question

When I spend many hours in the sun, why do I feel fatigued afterwards?

or Brian Rushton's question

What is the purpose of the small holes in the maxilla?

Should these be considered on-topic? It seems like such questions would fit in well with the rest of the site, but would we need to modify the title or description of the site? Or would people assume such questions fit into "health-related questions"?

Should the description be something like "...or anyone with questions about health or human biology"?

Proposal: Health

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    Wouldn't such questions be on-topic on Biology.SE? Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 13:37
  • I suppose they would be. In fact, the Biology SE's most popular tag is human-biology, followed by evolution, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology.
    – Garrett
    Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 7:37
  • Perhaps there are questions more suited for a doctor (that may not pertain to a health question) such as the first question above, whereas other questions are more suited for a biologist such as Brian Rushton's question above. Is it possible that allowing questions of the first kind on this site would help to keep the Biology SE free of questions that "active researchers, academics, and students" may not be interested in? This could be similar to Math Overflow vs Math SE.
    – Garrett
    Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 7:43

2 Answers 2


I don't think human biology questions are suited to health.SE, but rather to biology.SE.

I do believe the first question asked however is a health question, because it involves someone feeling fatigued.

That said, I believe answers on health related questions will/should often include references to knowledge from human biology and other sciences.

  • Good point, the first question does appear to be health-related anyway.
    – Garrett
    Commented Mar 26, 2014 at 4:43

It seems that the users who have the expertise to answer health-related questions, ie. "physicians, doctors, medical specialists" are also the people most suited to answering questions on human biology. Therefore, the site would benefit from the slightly expanded scope.

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