Could we reopen Is there anything I can do about an unreasonably severe teacher??

According to the help center, questions about "Requirements and expectations of academicians" are specifically on topic. The way I see it, this fits squarely into that category. It doesn't seem to fit into any of the off-topic categories either (although I realize that doesn't mean specifically that it's on topic).

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I just edited out the undergraduate references and hit it with a mod hammer. Seems like a perfectly fine question to me and I am guessing it got closed by the contingent that believes any question asked by an undergraduate is off topic.

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    I absolutely agree, in fact I had voted to reopen shortly before your action. Notwithstanding the now-no-longer-new policy about undergraduate questions, we still get questions closed for mentioning the word undergraduate. I propose to make it a taboo word for this site: the u-word!
    – Massimo Ortolano Mod
    Aug 22, 2018 at 20:43

I don't see why this site needs a rant about "scary teacher I heard horror stories about". I don't know that it's an especially relevant question for grad students, or at least the answers will be very different than for undergraduates.

Also, I don't really know what kind of answer they are looking for, since they seem to have no choice but to take the class. They work hard and either they pass or they don't. Either the teacher is as strict as the rumors suggest, or they aren't.

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    "I don't know that it's an especially relevant question for grad students": You may have missed that undergraduate education is (luckily) no longer off-topic on this site.
    – Massimo Ortolano Mod
    Aug 28, 2018 at 20:37
  • @MassimoOrtolano Does that mean that the education of undergraduates is not off topic (this makes sense), or that education questions concerning undergraduates is also not off topic (this would bum me out)? I still have "Our scope particularly excludes the content of research, education outside of a university setting, and undergraduate admissions, life, and culture." as a close option, which to me covers this question. Aug 28, 2018 at 22:11
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    That question is certainly not about undergraduate admissions, nor about life or culture.
    – Massimo Ortolano Mod
    Aug 28, 2018 at 22:34
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    @MassimoOrtolano Okay, if it's on topic then I stand corrected. I was not aware of the change, I find it strange. It leaves me wondering what the purpose of Academia Stackexchange is. Aug 29, 2018 at 0:50
  • I'm sorry; I just raised a NAA flag on this answer by mistake and can't figure out how to retract it. Forgot this was the meta question not the main. Oh well. It'll get declined I'm sure.
    – Cullub
    Aug 29, 2018 at 3:39
  • This is the relevant discussion: academia.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3799/20058 Also this one: academia.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3300/20058
    – Massimo Ortolano Mod
    Aug 29, 2018 at 5:49

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