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Can I ask about my previous employer asking me not to publish?

I want to ask the following question, but am not sure if it is appropriate for this site. Can you help me tell if it is okay to ask here? If not, can you point to a better forum? I consider ...
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Yet another list question: Collection of links to LaTeX templates repositories acceptable on Academia SE?

My recent question LaTeX template collection for scientific conferences has been put on hold for being too broad. Apparently, there has been a discussion about whether "big-list questions" (1, 2) are ...
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Could this huge attention to a gender related question be marked as sexist in Academia.SE?

Recently, this question has received a huge attention which is related to relation of a woman with her male colleagues in some European universities. I believe this question is written in a selfish ...
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What are the criteria that determine which questions will receive so much attention?

Recently, I posted a question which at the first time I didn't expect that it will receive this huge ~ 12k attention. Now, I'm wondering why it received this amount of popularity among the academic ...
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How do I ask a good question?

I asked a few questions on this website and I think all of them got deleted. I have no idea how to ask a good question on this site. I'm not a researcher. Maybe researchers have knowledge that I don't ...
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Can I ask about the research level of a certain university here?

For some reasons I need to know about the level of research conducted in a certain university (not because I want to study there: I got my Ph.D. years ago). Specifically, I'm interested in a certain ...
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Why is the content of my question out of scope?

What are the criteria for effective academic journal websites? This question was put on hold yesterday, the reason being: "This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help ...
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How can a question about TA workloads be asked?

In a recent question, an OP asked Do I have to take courses before I can start doing research despite having a master and highly relevant skills for the topic in question? I commented Generally ...
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Country-Specific Answers

A question was UK specific, but I wanted to know if it would be appropriate to ask an identical question but for US universities for a US-Answer.
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Recommendations for master thesis

Let me frame my situation. At the moment, I write my master thesis (pure mathematics). According to my advisor, the content of my thesis is already "good enough". But I still feel that the content is ...
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Where and how to discuss choices of software workflow for academia use?

Disclosure: I recently posted a question on software recommendations on Academia SE, and got it marked as a "shopping question" perhaps quite justifiably based on the guidelines. I appreciate the in ...
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If the the readers of every kind of BOOKS (scientific, tech, humanistic etc) finds something to clarify; how to find help or even to contact authors?

I think, many of us, as students or researchers or even as simple intersted persons, during reading of Scientific, technical or humanistic books, (academical or not academical) find often something ...
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Is my question about which degree best fits my non-academic career goal appropriate for this site?

I have a question about the software development job market. I am interested in knowing whether (in particular) a big company would value a software developer with a degree in a development-related ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

Should the "Black Nodes Matter" question, which mocks the Black Lives Matter protesters, be removed? Here's the link: Is it appropriate to make a pun that references a highly charged topic in ...
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Questions comparing publications between different field of research?

Is a question such as "which current fields are producing the most research?" appropriate? For Example, I am primarily interested in comparing the different 'amounts' of research (publications?) being ...
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is this question for academia or linguistic part of SE?

What is a difference between scientist and researcher? I would like to know if this is adequate part of stack exchange forum to ask such a question or it is better to ask in English language part?
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Should down-votes be used to punish bad questioner behavior?

A recent question received a number of rapid down-votes, which I guess was likely due to annoyance of voters because it was the third in a sequence of effectively duplicate postings by the same author ...
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comparison between the admission of a degree in two countries

Is it really off-topic to ask a comparison between the admission process of a degree in two countries ?
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Are questions on features offered by a website related to academic research on-topic?

Are questions on features offered by a website related to academic research on-topic? Some are closed, some are open, so I wonder what the scope of this Stack Exchange website is on that kind of ...
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How do I seek advice for the following question?

My question was closed as a duplicate and I was told that it's too personalized to be a helpful question to the community. Where can I find an answer to my question? Does it not belong on SE at all? ...
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Has the stance on questions pertaining to legal issues changed?

On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia? seems to say questions pertaining to legal issues are on-topic. However, the question below got closed on the grounds that it is a ...
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Where can I ask question about offshore USA medical school or colleges?

I would like to know which part of stackexchange is most suitable for posing a question about credibility of offshore medical schools, their accreditation and acceptance in USA and if it is easier to ...
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Are visa and study permits considered off topic?

Would it be considered off topic if I ask questions about F1, J1 visas and study permits? From my experience the travel stackexchange community frowns upon such questions.
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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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Write a new question or start a bounty?

I was drafting a question entitled, "How to make a group or department women-friendly?" when I noticed that the wonderful "Questions that may already have your answer" feature was pointing me ...
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Should we remove or modify content that distracts from the question?

There have been, especially in potentially controversial posts, several situations where the content of an asker's question has contained what can really only be described as a rant or a subjective ...
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Poor writing style in questions. What can be done to improve it?

I notice that a large proportion of questions are poorly written. By "poorly written" I mean both poor English grammar and usage, and also poor composition. I realize that many questioners are not ...
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How to increase the visibility of my academia question and get more responses?

I made a mistake in my thesis and posted a question here, I was expecting to get several (considerable) answers; but unfortunately, I only received two, therefore I invite all academia users to visit ...
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Properly Re-Asking My On-Hold Question

I'm new to AE, so I am still learning the ropes of asking questions and the proper format of it. So far, I find the guidelines helpful, not only for getting better answers but for improving my own ...
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Why exactly was my question off-topic?

A while ago, I asked this question. As pointed out in the comments or edit revisions, I initially geared the question slightly more towards undergraduates. However, as pointed out by commentors, the ...
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When did DOI questions become off-topic here?

My question on DOIs for time series was migrated to Open Data. That's annoying. If I'd wanted it there, I'd have asked it there myself. I have an account there. But instead of being here, where it ...
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Is the seemingly high prevalence of clinical depression cases in A.SE askers normal?

I recently ran a simple Google search for instances of the word 'depression' on this site, and was shocked to see how frequent they were. Does anyone else finds it surprising? Is it just an artifact, ...
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Is my question inappropriate for Academia S.E.?

Next September I will be starting the most important part of my Ph.D in Mathematics: the "go and do something original!" part. To be honest, as someone who never did reseach before, I am a bit scared ...
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When should we ask questions on Reddit?

I recently involve more in Reddit, and surprisingly find out a subreddit named AskAcademia. I know that Stack Exchange is not Reddit, and the way Reddit works is different to the way SE works. In SE, ...
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Questions on writing: should I ask them in here or in writers.SE?

Recently, I find that in the writers.SE, there is a academic tag. Its description says: Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others. ...
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Community type list for evaluations

It was suggested to me to make a meta post first and see the community response for this type of question. I would like to know what types of quantitative evaluations exist for researchers. I do not ...
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Providing evidence of my efforts when asking reference-request questions for which I have found no useful information so far

When I ask a reference-request question, before asking I generally Google + Google Scholar a bunch of words I put in the question. It sounds a bit tedious to list all queries I have made, and it might ...
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The question you are asking appears subjective and it is likely to be closed

I tried to post a question on the main site with the title "How to compare recommendation letters" or "How to grade recommendation letters" and some similar titles from the view points of a selecting ...
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Personal advices instead of general questions means low reusability

I note that this question implicitly prefers questions with a general topic but in fact very localized content (one's life story + a question of type 'What should I do?'). For example, one I asked a ...
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Keeping up with our progress on Area 51. Keep the good questions coming!

The Area 51 site has various metrics by which the stack overflow teams assesses the viability and growth of our community (our site profile can be found here). After the flurry of initial questions ...