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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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Why do I have a “vote limit”?

I'm very mildly curious why I seem to have a "daily vote limit"... when one might view "voting" (for what it's worth) as the primary feedback mechanism here... and to go through many questions-and-...
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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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Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor? — How save this question?

Many apologies for Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?. How to 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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Comments deleted, not moved to chat [duplicate]

I've just noticed that comments have been removed from this question : Do authors have to be politically correct in article-writing? I posted 2 comments, and agree that 1 should have been moved to ...
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A question was deleted by Community - why?

A question from a new user was recently deleted by Community. It had 0 votes to close and was seemingly a good question to me (I answered it). I am curious why it was deleted. Was something wrong with ...
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Is a bologna-process tag justified?

There is a bunch of questions about the Bologna process on this SE, they tend to have rather broad tags: Israel and the Bologna Process phdisrael Post-Bologna process, is my sociology degree an ...
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What to do with “is plagiarism plagiarism” questions?

We have seen the definition of plagiarism numerous times on this site, more or less elaborated, but always in its core: Plagiarism is passing someone else's work as your own I am all for questions ...
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Canonical question about adding unrequested changes during revision

This very recent question: Is it acceptable to add a result to a paper when a journal asks for revisions? prompted a short discussion in the comments about it being a duplicate. As I wrote the (...
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Should we have a tag for degree revocation questions?

Related : Should we have a canonical question about degree revocations? Considering the high number of questions on whether, how, and when degrees can be revoked, would it be helpful to have a degree-...
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Survey: reading answers before voting

Motivated by these questions: Case Study: First Answer Bias and Are upvotes skewed towards the first answer to a question? I propose a biased (biased towards people who use the meta site) study of ...
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Why is this question about bullying still on hold?

I have tried to re-cast this question to make it more general, and less related to my own experience. Do I need to do something further to trigger a 're-evaluation'? What can be done about the ...
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Is there a way to change my review decision?

Just now, I clicked on the wrong button in the reopen review queue (I intended to vote for reopening, but instead I clicked "leave closed"). Irresponsible and thoughtless as it may be, this is the ...
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How do I find out which user I had this conversation with?

In this chatroom I'd expect there to be a short exchange between me and another user about the issue of comments being deleted because they express opinions that offend someone. However, those ...
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Should we have a canonical question about degree revocations?

It seems like we've got a lot of questions about degree revocations recently (1, 2, 3, for example). It seems like the answer is consistently "No, unless you intentionally committed fraud (which you ...
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Why can't I answer question about gender pronouns?

I found Am I conveying disrespect if I omit my gender pronoun from a conference nametag? through the Hot Questions list. I was interested in posting an answer, but I don't see the answer box. I have ...
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Case Study: First Answer Bias

This is to share a case study about the "fastest gun in the west" issue discussed on Academia.SE here and more broadly here. On this question, the sequence of events was: Buffy, Guest, and I all ...
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Why was “I slept with my advisor's daughter” reopened?

I slept with my advisor's daughter and she is blackmailing me now. What can I do? was reopened even when the poster desperately wants the question deleted (see edit 5). This is a very personal ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Technical support: rational vs emotion

(Just to be clear, although all of the link here are about my question, I no longer have interest in the original question and only want to generalize the problem.) According to Are questions asking ...
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How to deal with the “research at highly productive institutions” question?

Why is research at highly productive research institutions better than those at not-so-highly productive research institutions? Unfortunately the answers to that question focus on critiquing how the ...
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Can I create [tag:canonical-question]? [duplicate]

Today I wanted to vote to close a question as a duplicate of the canonical one "how do I send an e-mail message to a professor" that was written some time ago. I don't remember exactly the words in ...
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What happened to the winter bash hat polls?

Up until 2016, there were polls asking if we wanted to participate in the annual Winter Bash Hat Festivals. Why haven't there polls the past couple of years? I realize the votes have been ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Please vote for synonym suggestions

As I post this, we have ten outstanding suggestions for tag synonyms, some of them for more than four years. I therefore think it is more than time to urge a decision on these. This is the first part ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

I'm a bit concerned about a recent post (now deleted, link for 10 k users only) which was a pretty aggressive accusation with both the specific supervisor and accuser clearly identified. I think most ...
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On-topicness of the content of research when the subject of research is academia itself

This question asks about studies about peer reviewing. It was voted to close as off-topic and one of the close voters gave the argument: This reads as if you want people here to do your research on ...
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What makes this question about time spent on writing reviews primarily opinion-based?

This question was closed as being primarily opinion-based. The question originally asked "how much time do you spend on reviewing a paper?". Put this way, the question was a bad fit for the Q&A, ...
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Please help me correct my question

I removed the GRE and focused on the US specifically. For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology?

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