The new display at the bottom is not very good, in my opinion: I would expect to see "Academia" under "Professional," but that's not even in one of the categories shown in the display below—you have to click through to get to a site where you then have to hunt around to find it. That's not a very good system in my opinion.

But, at the very least, we should list Academia where it makes more sense. But is that "Professional" rather than "Life/Arts?"

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    If it's listed in "Life/Arts", I would at least cross-list it in "Science" as well.
    – eykanal
    Commented May 12, 2013 at 22:24
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    I don't think we get to pick multiple options. Otherwise it should already be there! But I guess we can find out. I'll look into this.
    – aeismail
    Commented May 12, 2013 at 23:57
  • With respect to Daniel E Shub's answer, I think of being an academic as my profession. I spend my working hours in academia and I continue to improve myself, professionally, as an academic. Life/arts seems more appropriate to hobbies. I would not put this site under 'science' since academia (and this site) is not limited to science. I hope we will have many more members from many more branches than just the sciences.
    – earthling
    Commented May 19, 2013 at 9:18
  • Our Academia community is still listed under life/arts... Professional or Science are the most suitable categories. Why no request is posted on the main site's meta to change the website's category?
    – enthu
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 11:22

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I have to say that I feel that Professional is a better fit. The reason I say so is that research is our job, and academia is the enveloping name for the network we operate in.

Whether or not being an academic is a lifestyle is an abstract discussion in my opinion. Anyone might feel that their job describes their lifestyle; a banker might feel that banking is not a job but a lifestyle, likewise a construction worker might feel that pouring concrete is way beyond a 9-to-5 job. What is an indisputable fact is that a majority of us are in research as a permanent, or temporary, career path. That alone makes my perspective to Academia.SE a site where professional questions/opinions/experiences are voiced.

That's only my opinion of course.


If we can only get one category, then considering the current content of Academia.SE, it seems we would be a better fit in Science than in Life/Arts.

I agree with Daniel that we should aim at being in both, but if we can select only one, we can point out with this poll question that people currently involved in the community are mostly scientific.

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    As time marches on, I hope we will have many more members from many more branches than just the sciences.
    – earthling
    Commented May 19, 2013 at 9:21
  • I think the people arguing against the "Science" moniker are perhaps using a limited definition (perhaps associated with particular fields in the natural and social sciences?). The second paragraph the wikipedia article has some discussion about the differences in the scope of the term in different contexts.
    – Andy W
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 13:08

It looks like the full list of categories are:

  • Technology
  • Culture/Recreation
  • Life/Arts
  • Science
  • Business
  • Professional

I think Technology, Culture, and Business would be really bad categories for us. While Science might be a reasonable category for us now, I would hope in the future academia.se will cover more than just the sciences. This leaves, as aeismail points out life/arts and professional. I think life/arts is much better than professional. I do not think of being an academic as my profession as much as my life style.

  • I'm surprised you don't think of being an academic as your profession. From the high quality of your answers, I would assume you were a full-time academic.
    – earthling
    Commented May 19, 2013 at 9:21
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    @earthling I am a full time academic. My point was that I think of being an academic as being an all encompassing lifestyle.
    – StrongBad
    Commented May 19, 2013 at 12:28

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