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You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or keep them around. Given this, let's take a hard look at the questions and answers here and make sure newcomers see the site at its best!

Below you'll find ten questions randomly selected from this site. What do you think about each of them and their answers? Are they the best they can be or can they be improved? Would they look interesting and inviting to an outsider or are they a little embarrassing?

Upvote the corresponding post here on meta when we're awesome. Downvote when our content just isn't quite up to par.

Oh, and do comment to let everyone know your thoughts and take part in this conversation. :)

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How important are citations when applying for jobs or promotions?

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  • Well-written question, solid answers, not easily google-able. – eykanal May 24 '12 at 23:31
  • Interesting question, good answers. – user102 May 25 '12 at 7:56
  • The answer must start "it varies", and it invites discussion rather than a single right objective answer. In short, not suited to the StackExchange format. – EnergyNumbers May 30 '12 at 7:28
  • @EnergyNumbers - The "SE format" you refer to varies from site to site, and this community has reached a general consensus that these types of question and answers are acceptable here. I wouldn't compare Stack Overflow's closing criterion to this site. – eykanal May 31 '12 at 17:25
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    @EnergyNumbers: For any reasonable question about academia, the correct answer begins "It varies". By your standard, we should close the site entirely. – JeffE May 31 '12 at 19:40
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What do principal investigators (PIs) look for in prospective post docs?

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  • Good question, solid answers. +1. – eykanal May 29 '12 at 15:01
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At what point do you decide to jump into research?

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  • This question is a good question, and the answers–though somewhat opinion-based–are good advice. – eykanal May 24 '12 at 23:24
  • Subjective, the answer must start "it varies", and it invites discussion rather than a single right objective answer. In short, not suited to the StackExchange format. – EnergyNumbers May 30 '12 at 7:28
  • See previous comments. – JeffE May 31 '12 at 19:44
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A major journal in my field is published by Elsevier. How can we move the field to a less objectionable, more open publisher?

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  • I'm on the fence about this one. It's a political question, which might not be the best to showcase our site, but the question and answers are comprehensive and solid. – eykanal May 24 '12 at 23:40
  • This is more a discussion than a question (the fact that the OP also posted an answer is a good clue). – user102 May 25 '12 at 8:00
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    @CharlesMorisset: OP's are allowed, and sometimes encouraged, to answer their own questions! – aeismail May 27 '12 at 17:46
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    I don't understand the downvotes here, given the large number of upvotes (and no downvotes) on the original post. (Yes, it's a political question, but politics is an unavoidable aspect of academia.) – JeffE May 29 '12 at 7:56
  • @aeismail Yes, actually, I've answered some of my own questions, so I'm not in good position to criticize it :) My point was more than the way the question/answer was put: "Here is a current hot topic, and here is what I think about it". – user102 May 29 '12 at 14:48
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    @JeffE Personally, I think this question fits Academia SE, and that's why I didn't downvote it there, but I don't think it represents Academia SE the best, or that it's the first question I would show to a first-time visitor, which is why I downvoted here. – user102 May 29 '12 at 14:51
  • It invites discussion rather than a single right objective answer. In short, not suited to the StackExchange format. – EnergyNumbers May 30 '12 at 7:29
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How should students approach quals?

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  • This question is quite specific to the US system, but that seems like a good question, with good answers. – user102 May 25 '12 at 7:52
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Priority of application materials for admission decision

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  • The title isn't even a question - that's a pretty bad start – EnergyNumbers May 30 '12 at 7:33
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Data publication basics - where, why, how, and when should I publish my unpublished data?

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Can a researcher get his full salary from a European Project?

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  • Well, I actually found the answer to this question very recently, and I'm going to put the answer. I can't objectively tell if it's a good question, but at least, it was a genuine one :) – user102 May 25 '12 at 8:03
  • Very helpful. These kind of rules are very often buried deep in 100s of pages of documentation. A nice concise answer like this one is really helpful. – Dave Clarke May 26 '12 at 19:02
  • +1 Finally, a question that actually has an objectively correct answer – EnergyNumbers May 30 '12 at 7:30
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Interview strategies for faculty positions - to focus on their research or your own?

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Considerations when negotiating a promotion from postdoc to researcher?

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  • Good answer, but the question highlights the difficulty here with differences in practice across disciplines. – eykanal May 31 '12 at 19:35

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