We have a few canonical questions on this site, i.e., questions that are often used as a target of duplicate closure or were even specifically designed for this purpose. What are they? Are there any non-obvious use cases?

  • Can we make this more visible to askers? Apr 7 '20 at 7:13
  • @AnonymousPhysicist: We could use these new features (which is something we should do anyway), but keep in mind that this Q&A in its current state are directed at reviewers, not at askers.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Apr 7 '20 at 7:40

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Questions asking for the reputability of an individual publisher are not suited for this site due to being shopping questions. However, instead of closing them as such, they can be closed as duplicate of one of the following, which will give the asker sufficient guidance to answer the question themselves.


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  • I am not sure Is it acceptable to ask how a professor would like to be addressed through email? needs to be one. Please consider putting it in Others.
    – Nobody
    Apr 3 '18 at 7:41
  • @scaaahu: I wouldn’t include it. It has been used as a duplicate target once so far and it doesn’t strike me as a question we get asked frequently either.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Apr 3 '18 at 10:48
  • There do seem to be a large number of questions about addressing professors....
    – Dawn
    Apr 6 '18 at 22:10
  • @Dawn: Okay, but that’s not exactly what the question suggested by Scaaahu is asking. Do you think it would be a good canonical anyway; if yes why? Otherwise, what question would be? Or do we need a dedicated one?
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Apr 7 '18 at 4:58
  • I think the answers on this one are pretty good. academia.stackexchange.com/questions/12346/… Although perhaps a dedicated one could be more comprehensive as a canonical post.
    – Dawn
    Apr 9 '18 at 15:16
  • @Dawn: Please create a separate Meta question for this, asking whether we should use one of the existing questions as a canonical or create a dedicated one.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Apr 10 '18 at 5:03
  • Is there a good pointer for mental health issues?? Nov 3 '21 at 15:16
  • @ScottSeidman: Do you have any specific issue in mind that gets reiterated frequently?
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Nov 3 '21 at 16:13
  • depression, anxiety, adhd, ... Nov 3 '21 at 16:15
  • @ScottSeidman: But those are broad topics themselves. For example, there certainly isn’t one anxiety question to end all anxiety questions. This FAQ is for cases we have a bunch of very similar questions that can all be answered by one canonical Q&A or where questions are not suitable for this site and a canonical Q&A helps the asker to help themselves (or similar). I am not saying that there is no potential for canonical Q&As within mental health, but right now I don’t see it.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Nov 3 '21 at 16:25

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