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What about directing advice-seeking questions immediately to chat?

The Q&A format of academia.SE is limited when it comes to questions where someone just needs advice or a brief therapy session from a formless elder in the ivory tower. Yet many people (...
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Contesting a duplicate question: non-standard career path and two PhDs

Some time ago, I had a question closed and marked as a duplicate. I found the experience to be quite bizarre-- the post many claimed answered my question did not, from my view-- I had in fact read ...
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A request for SE employees and CMs

I am taking my mod hat off for a moment and am asking this question as a regular user. This question does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the other moderators or other users of Academia.SE as ...
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Is the word “Bizarre” too loaded with negative meaning?

I find myself uncomfortable with the title of this question, but don't want to get into an edit war, and the question is at the moment both protected and close to closure: Is it bizarre that a ...
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In support of Academia's moderator on hiatus, Eykanal

I encourage everyone at Academia to take a look at the proposed Day of Silence which some frustrated StackExchange participants will be observing for 24 hours, starting tonight at midnight (Eastern ...
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How many users state preferred pronouns on Academia?

Now that The code of conduct has been changed, I found myself wondering to what extent non/gendered pronouns are a concern for people on Academia.SE. Do we have any data/rough idea about how many ...
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The code of conduct has been changed

The SE Code of Conduct has been changed in regards to the use of pronouns when referring to users. There is a fair amount of discussion at MSE What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns? and on ...
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The 'liberal arts' tag

The small 'liberal arts' tag is defined in the tag wiki as: Questions having to do with liberal arts subjects such as literature, languages, art, music, philosophy, and history. However, several ...
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Which kinds of answers in comments (if any) do we want to keep?

As I already said here, if we want to better define our stance on answers in comments, this has to be a community effort. We have to clarify how we react to users posting comments as answers, how, if, ...
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How should we handle answers in the comments?

I have never understood why some answers-in-the-comments (or partial answers, or empirical data) are apparently allowed, while others get deleted. As I practice swinging this hammer, I find myself ...
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Leave of absence

The past few days have been kind of a whirlwind on the SE network. I'm not sure there's a brief summary of events anywhere, but this meta post provides the best I've seen yet. The tl;dr version is ...
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How are different disciplines represented on this site?

I am pure mathematician, and my impression (which I'm sure is not unique) from frequenting this site for some time is Academia.SE there seem to be a relatively large number of mathematicians on this ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Academia's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Stack Exchange support of the community

Recently there has be a lot of discussion regarding Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?. A number of moderators have resigned or ...
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Is this question about citations on-topic or off-topic?

This question was first closed as off-topic and then reopened. The edits did not change the topic of the question, they only added and removed details. So if the question was off-topic, by keeping the ...
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Why is there not an equal approach to judge which questions are off-topic or primarily-opinion based?

Recently, this question attracted a lot of attentions, surprisingly not just from new users even from experienced users with moderation capabilities, despite the fact that it is obviously off-topic ...
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Who decided for these elections?

As you probably know, moderator elections on SE are held "periodically", where this confusing word is used in the sense of "from time to time", and not "at regular intervals". Just for information: ...
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What happens if there are too few candidates for moderator?

At the moment there are fewer candidates for moderator than there are slots. What happens if this remains so? There are, potentially, a few members here that others, including myself, would not like ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Was this answer edited too heavily?

This question about patent infringement yielded a few moderately contentious answers, as judged by the number of flags on the question. One of them simply stated that China was a dictatorship with ...
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Why is Stackexchange Academia so unwelcoming to new users?

For a site about academia and helping users out with academic related questions, I have tried posting 6-7 times on that forum and each time have had my questions flagged as off topic or too specific. ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Academia is scheduled for an election next week, September 16. In ...
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What's it like being a moderator on Academia Stack Exchange?

For the upcoming and future elections, could you please describe what it is like being a moderator on Academia Stack Exchange? In particular: What are your most time-consuming or challenging duties? ...
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After someone moves your comments to chat, you lose the right to delete them. This is unfair. How to regain this right?

After someone moves your comments to chat (without asking you), you lose the right to delete these comments yourself. This is unfair; after all, you've done nothing wrong that would justify losing ...
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Can I ask about my previous employer asking me not to publish?

I want to ask the following question, but am not sure if it is appropriate for this site. Can you help me tell if it is okay to ask here? If not, can you point to a better forum? I consider ...
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Is Stack Exchange Academia based on a flawed premise?

I have been thinking about the general model on which the stack exchange sites work and I feel like academia.stackexchange is rather flawed. The model is essentially that lay practitioners are able to ...
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Why this question is closed?

Reopen Request for this Question. Its not apparent why this question was closed in the first place.
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How does one differentiate from question writers and trolls?

If a question provokes a large no of viewers to comment it gets upvoted or downvoted more often. Isn't this similar to trolling? Pardon me if I have hurt any feelings.
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Big list question for reference managers

This recent question on reference managers and note taking has got me thinking again. I am on the record of not liking big-list questions and really not liking big-list software questions. Questions ...
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How to save the question “Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?”

Many apologies for Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?. How do I edit it and make it on-topic? Thanks!
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Request on rephrasing

Hеllo, I am asking here regarding the answer of user B. Goddard to the following question: Should I intervene when a colleague in a different department makes students run laps as part of their ...
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Disclosing one's field and privacy issues

I've been using academic.stackexchange quite enthusiastically during a rough postdoc devoid of mentorship. However, since I am a young researcher and since some of the questions I want to ask are ...
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What is our stance regarding questions asking for survey of institution’s regulations?

What is our stance regarding questions asking for survey of institution’s regulations? Are they on-topic or off-topic? For example, the question When an academic researcher receives a gift funding ...
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How far should we go when editing somebody else’s question to prevent closure?

This is a follow-up to Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?, where Buffy remarked: Let me note that there have been other questions here ...
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Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?

A user heavily edited someone else's closed question I want a book to be translated into my native language? to change the question from focusing on a popular fiction book (which seems clearly off ...
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Tag badges and closing questions

I have a gold badge for the phd tag. I'm not a moderator. But it seems that if I vote to close a question tagged with phd (at least as a duplicate), I can do it on my own, without votes from others. ...
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Why my profile is missing?

I have joined this site two years before, but now i am no more able to continue with my old profile. Please help me to get my profile back. Thank you.
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New chat room for the HNQ list

Since we have had the ability to track the hot network question (HNQ) list, we have been doing this in a private moderator room. The idea being that it would help us stay on top of potentially ...
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Why am I anonymous on Academia but not on other Stack Exchange sites?

I post mainly on Mathematics Stack Exchange, under my own name, and less frequently on other SE sites. I notice that, although signed in via Math SE, my posts on Academia SE go under a user number ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Introduction One of the actualities of academia that is important to be aware of when using this site is: Academia varies more than you think it does. More explicitly: Academic practices strongly ...
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Can we reopen the question about reducing PhD positions?

Can we reopen this question? Originally it presented some arguments for reducing the number of PhD positions offered, and asked, "What's your opinions about this". It's been edited so it's fairly ...
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Do we need to merge the tags about Asia?

Recently I was reading and answering the question Do I need to sit for TOEFL or SAT? I searched for relevant tags and saw we have three tags: Asia with 22 questions South-East-Asia with 1 question: ...
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Yet another list question: Collection of links to LaTeX templates repositories acceptable on Academia SE?

My recent question LaTeX template collection for scientific conferences has been put on hold for being too broad. Apparently, there has been a discussion about whether "big-list questions" (1, 2) are ...
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Is putting drafts and links on questions fine?

I have a question to ask on the main site, and I want to ask on the meta first. My concern is that I may need to put links to my works, which can be perceived as hidden advertisement or making the ...
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Moderators can now exclude questions from the HNQ list – when should we use this?

The mechanics Hot Network Questions (HNQ) are questions shown in the bottom right sidebar featuring from other sites of the Stack Exchange network that are considered “hot” by a heuristic that takes ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

I have fairly frequently been in the situation of being in the middle of providing an answer to a question when it is closed, leaving me no option but to discard my contribution or hope that the ...
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Why is this unclear when it is perfectly clear?

This question was marked unclear, but is a good, clear and concise question with great answers. Does closing a question like this a way to get it out of public view more? Why are academics not paid ...
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Add tag “reference-letter” as a synonym for “recommendation-letter”

Can someone please create the tag reference-letter as a synonym for recommendation-letter? The tag-info excerpt at recommendation-letter begins: Questions on recommendation or reference letters ......
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Why are there so many “guests”?

There seems to be a huge number of very low-rep users called "guest." Is this the same individual, or a small number of individuals, who are using "guest" as a burner account? Does this violate either ...

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