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Should [courses] be a synonym of [coursework]?

I noticed two very similar but distinct tags — coursework and courses. The tag courses is less than a year old, is used on only twelve questions (two of which are also tagged with coursework), has no ...
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Would asking about the rigor of the CDC fall under the “inner workings of research departments” scope of this site?

I wanted to ask a question about why this page on the CDC does not have rigorous citations (but only generic content sources) that I would expect to be part of a scientific organization: https://www....
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Should I answer a question that is likely to be closed?

We get many questions on Academia SE which are closed because they depend too much on the individual who is asking and thus cannot be sufficiently generalised to be helpful to a wider audience. ...
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Question hammered closed by community

Today, I noticed two questions being hammered closed by “community;” here is one example: How can I appropriately call my professor?. While both questions might have been candidates for closure for ...
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

It happens quite often that new posters are confused about the scope of this site, for instance mistaking it for a "you can ask about every possible study topic here" site, or a "here's ...
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Daily vote limit reached before Vox Populi badge earned

I just received a notification while attempting to upvote a post on the main site that I've reached my daily vote limit. I've not been voting "today" (which I realize is delimited in UTC) ...
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My question disappeared and my rep went 100 points down without any information/notification given to me, even post deletion. Why?

I had recently asked a question about authenticity/information about a scientific research abstracts database called inexsy (www.inexsy.com) (They call it information exchange system on their site). I ...
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Is a question about a specific web service, relating to academic integrity, a shopping question?

I asked and suggested an answer to this question about whether instructors should use a newly-presented academic-integrity web service from the Chegg company (the "Honor Shield"). The ...
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Where is the “not suitable for this site” flag?

I flagged this question. When I did, there were 5 or so flags available, including "need of moderator intervention". I picked this one because I could not find the option "not suitable ...
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Reopening this question on MDPI

I've not voted but I'm thinking of doing so: Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher? Reason is that MDPI has grown really big. It's roughly the fifth biggest publisher overall now, which is incredible ...
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Are questions requesting reviews of flaws in exams on-topic?

I recently sat a statistical/machine learning exam where, I believe, the instructions and questions were clearly flawed (to the point of being logically incoherent). The problems with the instructions ...
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Are questions about non-academic sites using research publications off-topic?

I don't understand why my question about Google knowledge panel was closed as off-topic. The only reason I can think of is that the question is about a non-academic site. I would like to understand in ...
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Closing questions that are not questions: what to pick?

It happens regularly that a user complains about something but does not have a question. When voting to close, would it make sense to have the option "not a question", or otherwise at least ...
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Seeking advice on removing tags (especially new ones)

While I have no official status here, I spend a fair amount of effort on maintenance of questions, editing and such, including changing tags. But I would like advice on the issue of removing tags ...
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Are any of these questions about working hours duplicates?

Can I be a good scientist if I only work in working hours? Stay in academia or become professor without overworking, is it possible? How hard do early-career academics in the United States work, ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Thank you Dr. Buffy, Academia.SE's GOAT

Yesterday, Buffy officially became Academia.SE's user with the greatest all-time reputation score: nearly 169K reputation! In just 2.5 years, Buffy has authored a stunning 3,742 answers and earned 48 ...
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Looking for a general academic term on “technology trees” and related research and not sure where to ask best

I'm not sure where better to ask this, maybe Philosophy either English SE are better places than Academia? My question: From computer games like Civilizations, we know the concept of the technology ...
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Patronizing and irrelevant comments and closing questions out of spite

Please, take look at this question: What is a good rule of thumb for the cost of a Postdoc, in the US at an R1 university The first comment said that it is apparently a well known fact that the ...
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Was the edit removing religious aspects OK?

I was reading an answer to a question (https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/160520/15446) when it got edited to remove the religious aspects. The answer is very poor and does not bring anything new (...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

StackExchange generally requires professional, respectful discourse. As such, profanity is generally disallowed site-wide. But, this is applied differently on different sites: as noted here, for ...
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Is “US” the default location here?

Edit: In the question I linked to, the dublicate was accepted by the OP. However, there are other questions like this one How do academics (faculty members, PhD students, etc.) balance their work and ...
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Can I ask questions regarding products related to academia?

I am in search of a height adjustable hands free book holder in my country and searched a lot. My search is unsuccessful. I can get height adjustable orchestral stands, height adjustable laptop stands,...
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Do we want a canonical question on “what to do if accused of misconduct”?

There are a number of questions on Academia.SE from students who have just been accused of cheating, or of some other form of misconduct. While the specifics of the allegations and circumstances ...
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Why was my question (“Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?”) closed?

My question (Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?) was closed as off-topic today. To be honest, I hesitated before posting it because it felt not quite like an exact fit for this SE ...
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Downvoting without commenting

I had asked a question a few days ago on the main site. However, it was downvoted. I'd edited the answer to fit what the comments wanted me to clarify but it was downvoted yet again. I'd also ...
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Comment templates

I know some Stacks have comment templates to leave when a question or an answer has a problem. For example, Interpersonal Skills has this Meta question with comment templates for several common ...
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Is there a canonical answer about selecting a journal for publication? (If not, should we have one?)

Every so often we get a shopping question (e.g. this one) about finding a suitable journal to publish some specific paper in. It's a good thing to close these as off-topic. However, can we also point ...
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Is academia the right place to get help for dealing with classmates?

I have an issue with someone in my group project (a non-ESL student who writes in broken English) Is this the right SE for this? Is there even an SE for this?
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Language choice: “Deal with” vs. “Improving” a situation

Questions regularly ask how to deal with a situation, rather than how to improve a situation. My understanding of the phrase "deal with" is that there must exist something that is causing a ...
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Comment vs Answers: how to use and moderation

Why people use comments to answer the questions? I am already read this question, which is very close to what I am saying here. But I want to go further because I don't get how the community uses the ...
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Is It Appropriate To Ask About Wording In A Statement Of Purpose?

I am writing a SToP for doctoral studies and I have a bit of a contentious opening paragraph that I would like to get opinions on from the ASE community. I’m wondering if it is okay to post the ...
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About questions that are not questions

How does this site feel about questions posted only in order to share the related answer, added by OP as they post their question, as in How should I respond to an offer to pay a bribe for authorship ...
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Academia SE is the best SE! As a student, how can I effectively contribute?

I've never found a Stack Exchange site or a QA site comparable with this SE. Every one is super friendly. Every question is either well-crafted, or concise and precise. Every answer is super helpful. ...
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Does the main site can't understand non-western?

I am getting this opinion after asking this question on the main site that. Some users received it well. And many others are just down-voting and closing the question. What is the issue with the ...
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Conflict of interest questions

There seems to be an increase in questions along the lines of "Is this a conflict of interest?" where the answer is "No." Is there, or should their be, a way to close these as ...
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Policy suggestion: No personal advice

After getting enough of these, I am thinking maybe having a blanket policy such as the following would help: We do not offer personal advice. Questions asking what to do in your own situation will be ...
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Should [coauthors] be a synonym of [authorship]?

I just noticed that there are two highly similar but distinct tags on the main site: authorship, which has 893 questions, and co-authors, autorship, and equal-authors as synonyms. coauthors, which ...
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Controversial question getting worse

Mod's notice: Given the clear outcome of the poll below, I've now closed the question (MO). I have the highest voted answer to this controversial post regarding racism against an Indian student. The ...
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Is there any issue with this question?

Is there anything wrong with this question? In particular, is there anything wrong in asking about an educated guess about the possible future impact factor of a new journal? What niche is PRResearch ...
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Complaint about Academia Stack Exchange

I had a falling-out with a professor last year, and the situation has been quite distressing for me. I'm trying to deal with the situation in real life, but so far I haven't gotten answers, so I was ...
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Please undo the synonymisation of the tag disability with health-issues

The tag disability is currently synonymised with health-issues (see the full list of synonyms for health-issues). Based on the list of tag synonyms, this synonym was created on 22 June 2019, so it ...
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Low contrast of post titles are making them hard to read

The color #3FABC4 of post titles is very difficult to read against a white background. It only produces a contrast ratio of 2.68:1. Can we use a darker color, that is easier on the eyes?
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Where comment? What is the Latin term “pace” used for when referencing other scholars?

citations - What is the Latin term "pace" used for when referencing other scholars? - Academia Stack Exchange However, I can imagine that some authors simply use pace for variation from &...
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If your essay limits 1500 words, can you just reference essay prompt without discussing it, then criticize it?

Apology for If your essay limits 1500 words, can you just reference essay prompt without discussing it, then criticize it?. How can I edit it so it doesn't strongly depend on individual factors? My ...
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Why has this been voted down?

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: Concern data is too limited for thesis chapter I asked a question yesterday requesting advice from anyone who has experience writing a PhD ...
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Did this question have a thank-you note added by somebody other than the person who asked it?

The revision history of this question seems to be saying that edit #6 is the addition of a thank-you note where the question-asker apparently thanks the people who answered the question: Thank you to ...
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Should we have a canonical question about degree revocation?

A first draft of the requested canonical question is now live here. Please help us out by editing the wiki and adding information. Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being ...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

Due to recurring problems with questions that contain allegations against named individuals or organisations, we moderators would like to implement a policy against these. This should only affect a ...
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Can the predefined off topic reason for closing please link to the on topics description?

I'm not sure who is actually responsible for the 'reasons for closing' choices when voting to close so I don't know how to get it edited. One of the options is that it is off topic. But that reason ...

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