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What to do when you disagree with close reason?

I'm relatively new here. Compared to Math Overflow, I've noticed that Academia has more frequent "tug of war" situations with closing and reopening questions. A question of mine was just ...
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Tag [admission] is seemingly a synonym for [graduate-admissions]. Is this good?

I was looking for a tag admission, for a question which is perhaps related to the subject. Stack Exchange suggested the tag graduate-admissions instead. In fine print at the bottom, it said: "...
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I have a question on US elementary schools. Would it be on topic?

The question I have in mind is inspired by this article. Would it be on topic? It deals with teaching at a US elementary school, so not at tertiary level, but presumably many users here are familiar ...
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Positive feedback for Ph.D. students, negative feedback for me

There are many questions on the Academia forum by Ph.D. students, who have run into mental or physical problems. Or who have a dispute with their Ph.D. professors. Usually these questions are well ...
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Do we need a plagiarism-checker tag?

There are a number of threads here containing "plagiarism checker". The combination of the plagiarism and the software tags goes in the right direction, but both tags are a bit broader... ...
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Update the "What topics can I ask about here?" section?

In the help centre, there's a page giving advice on what topic to ask or not ask about : https://academia.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic Specifically, in the "What topics should I avoid?", ...
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What to do when the question is unbelievable?

I'm not sure if other people have noticed, but there have been quite a few questions which pose a scenario that seems borderline unbelievable. Example. They [Springer] accepted the project, I signed ...
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Questions about practices related to specific computer science subfield -- when are they on topic?

There were recently two questions about specific, different, computer science subfield. Why do a lot of publications ignore better results from other papers // compare only to old results (example in ...
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Inconsistent outcomes on two similar questions

We've recently had two extremely similar, indeed related questions concerning mathematics culture: How do you respond to people who say pure mathematics has less value than applied mathematics ...
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Rethinking "opinion-based"?

I recently asked a on academia.se "[If] people still read monographic dissertations (in the Natural Sciences)?", which was fairly well received. It seemed to have hit a nerve as it sparked a ...
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Would it make sense to be able to close for being "too trivial"?

I have sometimes wondered if it wouldn't make sense to be able to close questions just because they are either too unimportant (asking for very, very minor things like e.g. "Should I have put a ...
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Deciphering time

In August 24, 2022 I asked a question on the main site, https://academia.stackexchange.com/q/188081/8575, that was summarized as Do you know of other scientific journals (in any field) that "...
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Why was this question mod hammered 7+ years after the fact?

This question was unilaterally deleted by a mod 7 years after it was asked. It was brought up over at MO meta as an example of a moderator (in this case me) not allowing a user to delete content. That ...
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Should we reopen the "cold temperature on exam performance" question?

A question titled Effect of cold temperatures on exam performance was recently closed. The question is decoupled from the "inciting incident" and simply asks if there is any scholarship on ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Should we request a pop-up to warn users about creating new tags?

Given all the recent discussion about banners and tags, I raise the following question: should we request a warning pop-up whenever someone tries to create a new tag? Apparently this is possible and ...
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Should we create the tag open-source

In the wake of another recent question about tags (Specific tags for subfields: desirable?) and the suggestion in the answer to discuss new tags here first, there was a new tag created here today, ...
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Why the reopen queue takes a long time to clear?

I've noticed that the reopen queue typically takes longer to clear than other review tasks. Because of that, this queue often accumulates more questions to be reviewed than others (see the figure ...
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Specific tags for subfields: desirable?

A new tag appeared today human-computer-interaction. HCI is actually a subfield of computer science, and maybe psychology as well. Here is the new question I did a brief scan of all of our tags (ugh) ...
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Should we request a banner to warn about our policy on AI-generated content?

As announced here, sites are allowed to request a banner that would remind answerers about our policy on AI-generated content. The text would say something like: Reminder: Answers generated by ...
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Possible changes to professorship tag

The professorship tag is currently being overused, I think. It is used for anything from the duties of professors to questions seeking advisors, who just happen to be professors. I'd like to add a bit ...
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Why were my comments deleted?

I wrote two comments on this question. Both were deleted. The moderators provided no justification for this deletion. Which "rules" did those comments violate? Related Is deleting ...
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Tag for Ph.D. studies pursued concurrently to employment

Some people do a Ph.D. while working (almost) full time in non-academic industry. This usually involves going part-time, and having buy-in from one's employer, and of course the Ph.D. will take longer ...
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Delete [best-practice tag] or improve description - the status quo doesn't make much sense

I came across the tag best-practice and in the description it says: (DO NOT USE: this tag has been applied very inconsistently, and probably should not be used.) Standard or recommended practices in ...
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Do we need a canonical question on "Statement of Purpose"?

I am finding many questions on the site relating to what should be included and omitted in a Statement of Purpose (SoP) for doctoral admissions. I think that many people are confused. They want to ...
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We have no [press], [press-release], [popular-press], [public-relations], [publicity] tags even though these are regularly leveraged by universities

Major universities frequently have departments and staff and web pages for press releases related to notable ("hot") publications by faculty. They make sure that the popular press has the ...
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Can we improve advice to those asking questions?

Quite a few questions asked generate comments that the OP doesn't answer. Let me suggest adding a bit to the Help Center advice on asking questions to say that responding to such comments will likely ...
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Should we make Google Scholar questions off topic?

I am wondering why we should keep on answering questions related to Google Scholar (GS). This is a product from a well known advertising company (Alphabet) which is poorly documented, absolutely ...
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User keeps on suggesting offensive edit, can this be stopped?

For the third time in less than 2 days there is an attempt to get an highly offensive edit through for this question: On re-instating a suspended scientist Me and any other reviewer so far rejected ...
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How are "poor reviews" leading to Review suspension identified?

Because of a comment I recently had a look at some FAQs in the "help" section and stumbled upon this post about review suspensions. It states the following: Review suspensions are not ...
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How does this question have 2k views in spite of not being a HNQ?

How can an independent researcher publish a well-written research paper / proof in a respected mathematical publication? I'm curious how this question has 2k views in spite of not being a HNQ & ...
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Please flag spam as spam; it doesn't matter if it is AI-generated as well

A long-running spam trend is to embed a malicious or merely promotional link inside some block of text, either written by low-wage workers in a spam farm or by stringing semi-random text along ...
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What should we do about questions asking for career advice outside of academia?

I felt like questions involving careers outside of academia have been received inconsistently in recent times. To look more systematically, I went through the industry tag specifically over the past 9 ...
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Can we hint to OPs that their question might be overly long?

Maybe it's just me, but I have the feeling that there is an increase in very long, very, very detailed posts, often not even formatted but wall-of-text style. I often stop reading midway through ...
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How can I improve my question about " 'inclusive' access", textbook self-destruction, and resale prevention?

Not too long ago, I posted the question: Why don't " 'inclusive' access" textbook publishers find a way to prevent resale, without requiring automatic textbook self-destruction after a year?...
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Is a question requesting an endorsement (or other similar benefit to the OP) spam?

I recently encountered a question that was just a request to be endorsed in arxiv. I flagged as spam on the basis that it's not a real question, just "pure" self-promotion. Was that the ...
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Why was this answer about IEEE CPS deleted?

On this current question about IEEE CPS, an answer that looks pretty good to me has been deleted by @Wrzlprmft with no explanatory comment (deleted answer visible only to high-reputation users). Since ...
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Why was my answer to how to evaluate journals deleted by one mod?

I left the following answer (mirror) to the question Asked to be part of Editorial Board. How to evaluate journal?: If the journal is paywalled, I recommend to refuse so that you don't become one of ...
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How much slang is acceptable in a question or answer?

The answer posted by Thomas Chen for the question below has several slang words and phrases. The OP doesn't have an origin specified in their profile. I want to downvote it because of the slang and ...
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Moderation Strike is Over

Subject says it all: the moderation strike announced here is over. We moderators are satisfied with the negotiation results and are back at work. Flags raised during the strike will be handled over ...
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Should we create a tag for ChatGPT-related questions?

At the moment, there are 81 posts with the phrase "chatGPT". Although it is generally not a favourite topic around here (but still will probably only become more relevant), I would say it is ...
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suggest: function to cite a question on academia.se

Triggered by a recent question about a possibly AI generated paper (link), and the presence of a cite handle below the questions on mattermodelling.se to provide a snippet of BibTeX, e.g. (screen ...
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Are purely hypothetical questions allowed?

I recently ran into the following question: What happens if one of your committee members die after your initial submission? My understanding is that open-ended, hypothetical questions are not ...
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Strike stopgap -- will this work, and is it OK?

I've seen what I consider a few abusive questions that would ordinarily attract moderator attention and possible deletion. Does flagging them as abusive trigger an auto-delete, if there are enough ...
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Why were people upvoting spam

Earlier today there was a massive spam attack. One very disturbing thing that I noticed was people upvoting spam. This isn't actually only happening here, I've seen it a bit on other sites too. So, ...
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Only flag spam, that's it

I've been seeing way to many people editing spam, upvoting spam, downvoting spam, closing spam, and using the wrong flags for spam. So, this is a reminder. If you are not on strike, flag spam, that's ...
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Spam attack on Academia Stack Exchange?

I've noticed that in the past week or so, numerous questions pop up that are spam. I flagged around 30 of them so far (or more) but they keep popping up in the Questions section, shadowing proper ...
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After a month of moderator strike, is there any update on the situation?

It's been more than a month now that the events that led to a moderator strike here on academia SE and other sites on the network took place. Is there any movement towards a resolvement of the ...
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What is the best way for high rep users to support the moderation strike?

I'm way behind the curve because I just found out today about the moderation strike (I don't visit Meta much...). I'd like to know what actions or lack of actions are best to take in order to support ...
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Would question asking about using the code of a research project be on-topic?

Here is the draft of my question: The WE1S (WhatEvery1Says) project is so resourceful and well documented that I really want to use it. Unfortunately, I still don't know where is the repo that the ...
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