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It sometimes happens that people mistake Skeptics for a medical forum, and ask medical advice.

While this doesn't happen that often, if we had a custom reason, we could make sure all these questions are closed with the same advice, along the lines of:

This question is about medical advice.

We are not doctors. Don't ask for medical advice on line. Consult your physician.

Or something similar.

Is this a good idea? What would be an appropriate text to use?

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    Biology's close reason, for reference: "Personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic on Biology. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice." That's only for personal medical advice, though. – HDE 226868 Mar 7 '15 at 20:14
  • @HDE226868 let's try it. – Sklivvz Mar 8 '15 at 17:27
  • Ah, I see it's been put into action. – HDE 226868 Mar 8 '15 at 17:29
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Biology's close reason was first used on Skeptics here:

Personal medical questions and health advice are off-topic on Skeptics. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice."

I think that works nicely. In addition, the reason

"This question doesn't identify a specific notable claim. Please add a reference to and quote from the published text which contains the specific claim you want to question."

was used by the other close voters. But I think the medical advice reason works better.

Anyway, this post is for voting on the suggestion of the wording used in that question.


Also, perhaps this could be worked into the tag, though I don't know if that's been an issue before.

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