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Controversial question getting worse

I have the highest voted answer to this controversial post regarding racism against an Indian student. The claims in the OP are quite extraordinary, but the poster deserves the benefit of the doubt, ...
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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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About shopping questions

My question Is this website that claims to provide paper writing services real and legal? was (rightly) closed as shopping question (I'm a dumb newbie in Academics SE). I'm not interested in reopening ...
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The perpetuation of the 60h week workloads myth for PhD students

Recently there has been few questions (that I will avoid linking) about PhD student workload expectations and how that can compare to a "normal" 40h/w job. Generally, this comes from PhD ...
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How do people here feel about chain-reaction downvoting of posts?

Personally I think downvoting should only be done in very exceptional circumstances: I've been on this site for over 2 years and only picked up the critic badge about 1 month ago (meaning I never ...
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How is this offensive?

https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/150925/25124 Do Japanese-Americans not want people to talk about what happened to them during WW2? If that is the case, I want a source.
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On the closure of “Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments?”

Yesterday, I asked a question in Academia.SE: Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments? Disclaimer: I am not racist, and I am fully aware that ...
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Why am I getting a message about citations from reputable sources?

Want to improve this post? Add citations from reputable sources by editing the post. Posts with unsourced content may be edited or deleted. This message appeared on one of my answers. This is on a ...
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A user is pushing personal beliefs about legality without referencing debate

In accepted answer to this question: A free papers search engine @Allure states that: Your friend is probably thinking of Sci-Hub. Warning: it's likely illegal, including to use the service (as ...
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Two answers per day get downvoted – will the system notice this?

So I have noticed that two of my answers get downvoted each day. I have seen other posts that mention the system notices serial downvoting, but will the system notice two a day across several days? I ...
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Should we turn the cap the other way?

I was noticing something just now around the toolbar. This is what it looks like for me on the regular site: and this is what it looks like for me on the meta site: Looking at those pictures, do I ...
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Moderator said I can vote to close, but I cannot due to bounty

How can we close questions with bounties? The meta discussion says that to close a question with a bounty, you should raise a flag. I did that. The flag was declined. This question is not about ...
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Answering trivial questions with trivial answers in comments. Bad habit?

I may have fallen into a bad habit. A few questions get asked that don't require much thought or analysis to answer. Often the answer is "ask your advisor" or "contact that journal". The OP needs some ...
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Why is this comment not deleted?

Link to comment in question I've already flagged the comment, but it's still there, so I'm guessing the moderators decided it's acceptable. I don't see why. It effectively associates World Scientific ...
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New audience-specific texts for our custom close reasons

Background With recent changes to the closing system, we can now tailor the texts for custom close reasons to different audiences: One text that informs close flaggers, voters, and reviewers when ...
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Can we reopen “Is this statement on doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics?”?

Is this statement on doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics? was closed for being primarily opinion-based. It actually failed to be closed in the close queue, receiving three ...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

We regularly get questions from people who describe symptoms of depression or anxiety. These are very common mental health problems. Some askers explicitly say they are depressed or anxious and it ...
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Is asking advice from experienced people considered as off-topic?

This question entitled as "Leaving academia at 39" basically asks advice from people who had similar experience during their academic career. I believe that his question is highly relevant to academia,...
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Should one post two (conflicting) answers to a question? [duplicate]

In answer to a recent question, a user has posted two different (conflicting and quite short) answers. I'm wondering if this is recommended behavior. The question has the form What is the best way ...
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I have a set of questions about writing a journal paper, how to ask?

I have a set of questions about different aspects of a journal paper (eg. What must be included in an introduction... how to write two papers based on the same model, without repeating yourself in the ...
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Request for moderator apology

A low reputation user posted a very short answer. The answer had a net 13 upvotes. A moderator deleted the answer giving the reason that "It adds nothing whatsoever to the earlier answers and has no ...
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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

The current COVID-19 crisis impacts academia in several ways: teaching and exams are moved online, conferences are cancelled, travel is restricted, etc. If you are here because of this, here is a ...
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What are the limits of “shopping” questions when it comes to software?

I posted the gist of this as an answer to the meta thread on faculty support during the corona virus, but it was suggested that it might make sense as its own question. What questions should be ...
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Can we help support faculty suddenly thrust into online learning?

I don't know how much help I can be, but I've created a chat room where people who suddenly find themselves in a situation where they have to entirely change their teaching toolset in the next few ...
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Can we have a “show your work” close reason?

Many of the citation-style questions, some of which are erroneously tagged citations, show little or no research effort and can be answered by consulting the appropriate style guide. Some recent ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is a question about a situation in which a decision should or should not be made to drop a student's grade appropriate for the exchange?

This question stems from a personal situation however I will attempt to make it generalizable if I make a post. Let me make it clear that I am not the one tasked with making this decision, I am ...
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Fade out of questions?

Recently I noticed questions on the front page that appear faded out: What is that supposed to indicate? Is it some new feature and I missed the announcement?
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Dealing with the “diversity question” answer

The question How to answer the diversity question during faculty interview has attracted a few answers, but one in particular stands out as being both rather non-politically correct and also quite ...
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Why do faculty in the sciences seem dismissive of the humanities on this site?

Why do so many of the CS and STEM members on here treat humanities and social science disciplines as if they were useless? Where does this overt prejudice come from? And why does Academia seem to give ...
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Resigning and leaving SE

I have decided that I can no longer contribute my efforts to Stack Exchange and therefore I am stepping down as a moderator and planning on leaving the community. I will not be deleting my accounts or ...
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

The question was closed. Currently, my closure reason comment has 25 upvotes. There are several bad answers. I cannot find any comments about reopening (too many to read them all carefully.) Why ...
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2019: 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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Identifying Universities

I was preparing an ethics question and realized that while I was carefully anonymizing the people involved, I was identifying the universities, etc. Personally, I believe that knowing the ...
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Is it okay to ask about PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am gearing up to apply for PhD programs and I am trying to find schools and faculty that work in the area that I want to. The areas I want to work in are conservation and invasive species management ...
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No “academic writing” tag?

I was just editing tags for a question with only the “untagged” tag, and I noticed that there doesn’t seem to be an “academic-writing” tag. Given that a number of our questions seem to be about the ...
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Resuming activity

It's really hard to do the right thing, especially when "the right thing" isn't even known. When I announced my leave of absence along with over 30 other moderators, I hoped that SE would to recognize ...
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What are implication for Academia SE users of recent licence changes and moderators disatisfaction and revolt?

One moderator suspended activity 'm a mod on Academia.SE. After reading the official SE response, I'm going to temporarily suspend my mod activities as well. The disrespect being shown to a well-...
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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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