A question, if I may, about my question about data backups and security here, (which has now 5 upvotes, 1 downvote = 23 rep; 2 very full replies- also upvoted) based on my understanding that asking questions relating to academic tools were okay.

It seems to have attracted a comment discussion about where to move it to - why is not alright here?

But if you decide to move it to ux.SE or wherever (another suggestion in the comments was superuser.SE), a practical question if I may - does it mean that the 23 rep that I have earned would be lost, especially as I am not a member of either of these sites? (seriously not sure how that works).

  • Well, that is now 2 downvotes for the question - so please, if you are going to migrate/delete/close the question, just do what you want to do. (I'll just stick to answering questions)
    – user7130
    Jun 28, 2013 at 23:33

1 Answer 1


Downvotes are not the same as close votes.

The issue is that you haven't done anything to make the question specific to this board. The situation you describe, as you've described it, could apply to anyone.

Asking, however, if universities offer tools to help with this, however, would make the question more relevant to this board.

  • so, it is going to be migrated, deleted or closed? I have added in specific references to PhD and journal-research.
    – user7130
    Jun 29, 2013 at 6:38
  • I can't guarantee anything—this is a community board, after all—but the fact that you already have several answers makes it an unlikely candidate for any of those fates.
    – aeismail
    Jun 29, 2013 at 7:19
  • I've also added a bit asking if universities offer the services you're looking for. (For instance, in grad school, my school's IT service allowed us to back up our on-campus machines, and it turned out to be a lifesaver!)
    – aeismail
    Jun 29, 2013 at 7:20
  • fair enough. A bit of background - the reference to my MSc submission was about when I was due to submit my thesis, I was right in the middle of the Queensland floods of 2011, and was in one of the worst hit areas - almost lost everything (including my own life).
    – user7130
    Jun 29, 2013 at 7:50
  • I think this question does have academia-specific sides to it and thus is relevant for this site. For example, see my comment there on how publishing your work is, in a way, the "ultimate" backup.
    – Bitwise
    Jul 17, 2013 at 1:28

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