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Why was this question closed as "unclear?"

Can I use Trebuchet MS font for my manuscript on arvix? I strongly disliked the question, but it seems to me that it is completely clear what is being asked. The only visible "request" for ...
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Are any of these questions about citing non-academic sources duplicates? [closed]

Should I Cite Logos? Should I cite logos and clip-art in my thesis? Should I cite or credit images I found online for a conference presentation? Bibliography in master thesis Should I cite all R ...
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Passing the torch

Twelve years ago I stumbled across a proposal on Area 51 for a site called "Academia". As a soon-to-be-graduated grad student at the time, I was super intrigued. My own experience as a grad ...
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Questions about old, hard to find sources

Every once in a while, questions about (very) old papers or books pop up and the inability of the OP of said question to find them, e.g. this one or this one, posted recently only a day apart. The ...
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Do we have even high level guidelines on how controversial posts are moderated?

I've been somewhat confused by how the moderation on our controversial questions is conducted. That's not to say that the mods need to be superhuman, but I really do think things are frequently ...
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Is this question about printing an e-book on topic?

Is it legal if I print PDF files of Springer books for personal use?
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Tag Wiki review. Help wanted

I've taken a pass over all of the current tags on this site and provided some wiki for many of those that were without any. Unless I missed one or two, I think every tag now has something. For a few, ...
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Created [supplementary-information] tag then discovered [supporting-information] (it didn't show up in the autocomplete). What next? Synonymization?

I created a supplementary-information tag and attached it to this question. I then discovered that there is a supporting-information tag with 29 questions already. The earlier tag did not show up in ...
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Rename [errors-erratum] to [errata] with respective synonyms

Currently we have a tag errors-erratum with erratum being the sole synonym. I see no reason to have tag with such a convoluted name and not use the synonym system for this. I thus propose to: Rename ...
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Why is this particular question closed as rude?

Why was https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/184049 marked as spam or rude or abusive and is therefore not shown I can see closing it as off topic for this stackexchange site but I think ...
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Grammar error in close-dialogue

So this is surely not the most important problem ever, but ever since I noticed I cannot unsee it. Shouldn't the close-question dialogue window (see screenshot below) not rather say: This question ...
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Why was this answer marked as "spam or rude or abusive?"

It seems unremarkable to me. https://academia.stackexchange.com/revisions/183046/1 Question: Invitation to a new conference: possible scam?
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Why was the "monetary benefit for winning grants" question closed?

This question seems very straightforward to me: do professors get any financial "rewards" for winning grants? It seems like OP was wondering whether this explained why professors (who ...
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On closing questions that Google can answer immediately

There are some questions on the site that can be answered with a few seconds spent with a search engine such as Google or Duck Duck Go. There is no obvious way to close them that I can see. Here is an ...
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modification date / date asked

I pay attention to the active question queue. Posts there are marked with the modification date, which is always essentially "now" since this is the active question queue. I would rather see ...
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conference / url answer deletion

I'm not sure my answer got deleted on the right grounds (rather abruptly I might add). Why would the organizers of an online conference ask poster presenters not to include any URLs or hyperlinks in ...
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How to deal with a plagiarized answer?

The answer at https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/182163/15446 is a copy/paste from https://www.modernintimacy.com/13-tips-for-how-to-heal-from-a-toxic-relationship/ (as noted in the comments by @...
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Two very similar are asked. Which one shall be closed?

The first question was asked, with all possible tags, but received no long answers. A few months later, the second question was asked without address the first one. However, the second one received ...
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Are questions related to college preparation on topic?

I had a question about the existence of college prep style schools in Europe, but in reading the on-topic list it's not clear to me whether I can ask such a question. This question here clearly ...
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Is it Desirable to Extend the Purpose of this Stack Exchange?

In the tour of this stack exchange, it is suggested that questions covering these topics should be posted: academic careers, requirements and expectations of students, postdocs, or professors, inner ...
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Why is "Opinion-based" listed separately within the Close vote dialog, instead of under "A community-specific reason"?

Why is "Opinion-based" listed as a close reason in its own right in the Close vote dialog, and not instead found under "A community-specific reason" (along with other, similar ...
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Questions on drawing software

Questions about drawing software appear periodically on this site, and get either closed as off-topic or closed as duplicate of this one, which is again closed. I think that this state of affairs is ...
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A question with a lot of non-answers

This question here is asking whether there exists an example of researcher meeting particular criteria, in particular having solved a relevant open problem in the last 30 years and having initally ...
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Is there a way to easily propose tag deletion except by making a meta post?

This post had the tag t on it - I have edited the post and deleted the tag. But once created, the tag continues to exist. From the looks of it, this tag was created by mistake and should thus be ...
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On answers to reference requests that do not provide references

I have noticed several instances (and there have been a few flags) where the question says quite clearly something like: I am looking for references about [some topic]. I'm not really interested in ...
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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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What can/should be done to improve usage of the tag [professors]?

Following up on the analogous question about the students tag. In the linked question, we decided to deprecate the students tag, since over half the questions on this site involve students in some ...
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Which stackexchange should I use?

This stackexchange is "meant" for people working in academia or PhD students. One can feel that undergraduates are only "somewhat tolerated". I have written several questions that ...
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How to word my question so it won't get closed?

Earlier today I posted a question asking for links to examples of 45 minute presentations for the defense of an MSc in maths. This post was later closed for being a "shopping question". So I ...
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Request to re-open a legitimate answer that was closed with no justification given

Please vote for reopening my answer to: What is a nice phrase to use instead of "ladies and gentlemen" to be more inclusive? My answer claims that the traditional term "ladies and ...
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On discouraging "let me repeat that" answers

I've noticed several instances lately, though I suspect it has always been the case, that someone will give a new answer that adds nothing new. The worst cases are when someone just gives a subset of ...
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tag cleanup and harmonization of country/region/continent tags

I have some suggestions for tag cleanup and for the harmonization of location-specific tag wikis, what are your thoughts? Tag Wiki entry issues Suggested Action Decision industrial no tag only used ...
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A (IMHO) very obvious shopping question was not closed, but heavily upvoted - why?

Why has this not been closed as a shopping question? It asks for a list/examples of people fitting a certain criterion. This is so very obvious a shopping question to me, yet, instead of closing it, ...
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Should there be a mandatory explanation for why a question should be reopened if there were no changes made to the question after closing?

Quite often, questions in the "reopen" review queue have no explanation at all as to why they should be reopened. Sometimes, it is possible to find a comment along the lines of "voting ...
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What can/should be done to improve usage of the tag [students]?

This is a bag-o-worms I know. The tag students has been applied to nearly 500 questions, but the usage is extremely inconsistent. It doesn't seem to have any consistency at all and could be applied (...
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Why does SE misspell "occurred" as "occured"?

To see examples of the misspelling, visit this link: https://academia.stackexchange.com/posts/55665/revisions On the right hand side, you should see the word, e.g. "occured Dec 13 '20 at 1:05&...
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Regarding the tag: submission

I suggest that the 20 questions with tag submission be retagged as necessary and the tag itself deleted. Some are properly tagged with paper-submission or other tags that already seem to be sufficient....
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What is the use of the tag [guaranteed-admissions]?

I came across the tag guaranteed-admissions. Currently, it has fourteen questions (three of which are closed), and apparently, it doesn't make sense in any of them except this one (probably the tag ...
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Delete misspelled tag synonyms

Resulting from a discussion on this tag-related question I propose the deletion of several misspelled tag synonyms: Tag Misspelled Synonym undergraduate undergradute authorship autorship etiquette ...
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Questions related to ADHD among students and academics

Should questions that focus on the effects of ADHD on academics and students be on or off topic? For example: Survive the postdoc stage having ADHD. And the OP has added a new tag. I'm of mixed ...
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Tag synonym suggestions for redundant tags

I had suggested a tag synonym for a tag that was likely created due to a typo a few months ago, but it seems that the queue is not monitored. I also had a few more suggestions to clean up some ...
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Canonical question on how admissions works in different countries

By far our most useful canonical question is: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? Recently, Buffy drafted a new canonical ...
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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

A question was recently asked about the gender distribution of the 2021 Nobel Prize laureates. I cast the deciding "close as off-topic" vote on this question. I felt this question was off-...
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Contacting a user to share very valuable info with them

I want to notify a user that would I am worried will flabbergast his education opportunity, having more chance of if the answers also forget this. I maybe overreacting, sorry. An user asked this ...
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Are baseless allegations of racism allowed here?

Recently I have posted this answer to this question. I was accused of racism (source: "And, expecting everyone in the world to accept western ideas and practice is also racist/classist and there ...
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How do I make this "academia" question not opinion based?

Standard practices to turn a career of research in pure maths into fundamental physics? Many popular questions in SE academia seems to have the same level of "possibly opinion based". I don'...
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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

UPDATE: Having gotten mixed feedback on this change across the network, SE has decided as a default to keep the "old way", but sites can have a discussion like this one to request the "...
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About saving one question for others access (google index and ...)

I think I have asked a good question which could be useful for others, and be in google index. But the question has been recognized as a shopping question, as you can see below: Finding a classmate to ...
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Is there a generic question for people who are worried about alleged misconduct years ago?

Recently I realised that with some regularity there seem to be question of people who seem to be obsessively worried about some alleged misconduct which happend many years ago. A very recent example ...
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Implement "umbrella" question-collections for similar questions?

This questions has brought up something that I have thought of before: There are recurring questions tackling the same general question, in this case: How to include (whatever) papers in a CV? A ...
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