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Moderators can now exclude questions from the HNQ list – when should we use this?

The mechanics Hot Network Questions (HNQ) are questions shown in the bottom right sidebar featuring from other sites of the Stack Exchange network that are considered “hot” by a heuristic that takes ...
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"How do I engage in rudimentary-human-interaction when dealing with this Professor?"

The title of my question exaggerates a bit to stress its point, but it concerns a class of questions where the OP seeks advice on basic human communication with a professor. I have seen many many ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Academia is scheduled for an election next week, September 16. In ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are creating a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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I'm annoyed by what I feel is a farce of question

"Is it acceptable to shoot people if they annoy you?" Well, that's not exactly what was asked, but it's pretty close. And then people write serious answers saying "No, that's not ok at all" - as if ...
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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

According to this meta post, the SE staff has implemented for a couple of communities a post notice for sensitive, possibly controversial topics. The notice recites: Controversial Post — You may ...
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Could we please reopen these questions about salary and treat all salary questions in a uniform way?

This question and this other one have been recently put on hold for being strongly dependent on individual factors. I think that the closure of the above questions is unfair and unwarranted, given ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Should I delete a bad answer even though I don't understand why it is bad?

Example: The question and my answer. I was writing a lengthy post about "Why downvotes? Please explain so I can improve!" but I noticed it had a very nagging character. Instead, let's do it more ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

I have fairly frequently been in the situation of being in the middle of providing an answer to a question when it is closed, leaving me no option but to discard my contribution or hope that the ...
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Who is upvoting that?

Can someone please explain the philosophy of stackoverflow and why such questions get upvotes? Is it appreciated that people shut down their brains and get totally paralyzed until someone tells them ...
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Gender survey question- two similar answers, opposite reception

This has to do with this question on conducting surveys and asking gender-related questions. I am confused about two answers (one mine-user153812, and the other, later answer by jakebeal). To ...
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Double degree: why was this question closed as duplicate?

I think that the closure of the question Double PhD: is it really worth it? as duplicate of Is doing two PhD's a good path? is based on a wrong assumption. A double PhD degree is a single PhD ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Can visibility and responsiveness of tag warnings be improved?

As per this feature request we now have a warning for the graduate-admissions tag. I'm happy for the warning, and I thank all those who have contributed, but I'm concerned by its low visibility. Most ...
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