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I like asking questions on random sites to figure things out and pick other people's brains, but I'm new to this site so I'm trying to figure it out so I don't get my questions shut down all the time.

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    Perhaps migrate / re-ask the question on the meta Academia site? – mkennedy Aug 16 '16 at 17:54
  • OK, I'll figure out what that is. – whatsinaname Aug 16 '16 at 18:08
  • So what exactly is the Academia Stack Exchange supposed to be about? Just the inner workings of academia? – whatsinaname Aug 16 '16 at 18:08
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    @user60445 Yes. – user60356 Aug 16 '16 at 19:30
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  1. Go to top questions.
  2. Sort by votes.
  3. Read the highest rated questions and see what they have in common.
  4. ???
  5. Rep points!
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    The highest voted questions basically have in common that they were featured in "hot network questions" and got a lot of views and thus, a lot of votes. Not necessarily the best way to figure out how to ask a question. – ff524 Aug 16 '16 at 19:31
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    Your answer explains why so many people have so much difficulty asking good questions on SE. They make invalid assumptions like "votes equal quality," and "if a tag exists, it means a question is on-topic." – user8762 Aug 16 '16 at 19:52

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