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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

Due to recurring problems with questions that contain allegations against named individuals or organisations, we moderators would like to implement a policy against these. This should only affect a ...
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Is a question about a specific web service, relating to academic integrity, a shopping question?

I asked and suggested an answer to this question about whether instructors should use a newly-presented academic-integrity web service from the Chegg company (the "Honor Shield"). The ...
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What are the limits of "shopping" questions when it comes to software?

I posted the gist of this as an answer to the meta thread on faculty support during the corona virus, but it was suggested that it might make sense as its own question. What questions should be ...
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What to do with questions asking to evaluate commercial online services?

We have at least one old unclosed question asking to evaluate some commercial online services: Is Academia.edu useful? This was cited in favour of questions going into the same direction: Is Peer.us ...
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How far should we go when editing somebody else’s question to prevent closure?

This is a follow-up to Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?, where Buffy remarked: Let me note that there have been other questions here ...
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A (IMHO) very obvious shopping question was not closed, but heavily upvoted - why?

Why has this not been closed as a shopping question? It asks for a list/examples of people fitting a certain criterion. This is so very obvious a shopping question to me, yet, instead of closing it, ...
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A question with a lot of non-answers

This question here is asking whether there exists an example of researcher meeting particular criteria, in particular having solved a relevant open problem in the last 30 years and having initally ...
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Can I mention the name of a potentially predatory journal in an academia.SE question?

In the following question, I describe how I believe to be the target of a possibly predatory journal: Can an academic journal with low reputation be a scam? I was informed in the subsequent answers ...
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I asked for a software solution, question was closed as "shopping" - legit?

I asked this: How can I generate an elegant (academic) static CV web page? which got a couple of answers, including a very relevant one. The question was closed as a "shopping question", but ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

Somebody posted a question that makes an assumption I disagree with or think might be wrong. How do I best inform the asker of this? Do I post a comment or an answer, or should I vote to close the ...
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New audience-specific texts for our custom close reasons

Background With recent changes to the closing system, we can now tailor the texts for custom close reasons to different audiences: One text that informs close flaggers, voters, and reviewers when ...
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Can I ask questions regarding products related to academia?

I am in search of a height adjustable hands free book holder in my country and searched a lot. My search is unsuccessful. I can get height adjustable orchestral stands, height adjustable laptop stands,...
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On the closure of “Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments?”

Yesterday, I asked a question in Academia.SE: Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments? Disclaimer: I am not racist, and I am fully aware that ...
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Shopping question vs Resource request

Some questions, like this one get closed as Shopping Questions. But the OP, here, was asking how to get something done, not for a list of things. So, my view is that isn't really a shopping question ...
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Defining Shopping again

Recently, my question was closed for shopping. However, how shopping is described on meta does not seem to match my question. The meta question I link to outlines three possible characteristics of a ...
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