I recently involve more in Reddit, and surprisingly find out a subreddit named AskAcademia. I know that Stack Exchange is not Reddit, and the way Reddit works is different to the way SE works. In SE, people ask and answer. In Reddit, people post a link/thinking and comment. However, in Q&A subreddit like AskAcademia, I see no different to here. Bad questions may never be closed, but they will never be raised. Can you tell me when should I ask questions on Reddit rather than Stack Exchange?

  • There's also ResearchGate.
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 19:55
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    @gerrit ResearchGate is where questions go to die.
    – xLeitix
    Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 10:16

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You should ask a question on Reddit whenever you feel like it, regardless of whether you ask the question on Academia.SE.

Academia.SE doesn't make any claim to be the only site you should ask a question on. It only asks that you not ask the same question on any other SE site, because that is general SE policy.

  • I know that Reddit doesn't have so much restrictions. I want to know which questions would be best to ask here, not there. The restrictions of Stack Exchange are born with reason anyway.
    – Ooker
    Commented Feb 1, 2015 at 22:03
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    Though as a courtesy to potential answerers, it is a good idea to mention the cross-posting both places, to avoid duplication of effort. Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 9:20


  • Born for open-ended discussions
  • After 6 months posts are automatically locked so discussions are "fossilized" to reflect what happened in that time
  • No way for users to improve others' posts
  • Downvotes can (and usually?) mean "I don't like this" or "this is uninteresting"
  • The only way to have links to relevant posts within the subreddit is by having other users provide
  • More active users in my opinion

Stack Exchange

  • Born for Q&A
  • Posts can always be improved until the Sun dies
  • Contributions from users are encouraged and peer-reviewed
  • Downvotes mean "This post is wrong/not useful"
  • Have tag system, related questions to categorize and discover more questions/answers
  • Posts can have images, HTML. The site overall is nicely designed
  • Posts can be improved... until the site gets shut down. Which could (theoretically) happen tomorrow.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 0:02
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    Theoretically, the Sun could shut down tomorrow too.
    – Ooker
    Commented Feb 4, 2019 at 2:34

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