This question about representation of experimental data was migrated to CrossValidated, the SE site for “statisticians, data miners and data analysis”. Below, I make the case that this question is actually a pretty good fit for our site, too, and that it should be reöpened. I welcome comments on this position, and would like to know the feeling of the community at large.
First, let me state that there is no doubt that the question is on-topic on CrossValidated. However, I think it is not off-topic for Academia.SE. That case (a question on topic on two or more sites) happens from time to time (for example between Physics and Chemistry), and the SE policy for such a case is clear: the first step for migrating a question is “is it off-topic?”. If it's not, it stays, even if it might be a “better fit” for the other SE site.
Now, is that specific question on-topic at Academia? Our FAQ says on-topic categories of questions include:
- Requirements and expectations of academicians
The question is exactly about the requirements and expectations of plotting data in an academic context. It's a common question for people to ask, an usually a topic about which people have not received formal training, even if great books exist (see: Tufte, E.R.). So, in my opinion, it is both on-topic and of great interest. It's not a specialized data-analysis question (which would probably be off-topic), but rather a common question.
I welcome other people's comments, in particular those of people who voted to close and migrate. I genuinely don't understand how this question was judged off-topic, so I'd be happy if you could explain it to me. In particular, if it is judged off-topic, how can it be modified to be on-topic? (I know it cannot be edited now that it's migrated, but it can be reäsked.)