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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

A question was recently asked about the gender distribution of the 2021 Nobel Prize laureates. I cast the deciding "close as off-topic" vote on this question. I felt this question was off-...
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Contacting a user to share very valuable info with them

I want to notify a user that would I am worried will flabbergast his education opportunity, having more chance of if the answers also forget this. I maybe overreacting, sorry. An user asked this ...
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Are baseless allegations of racism allowed here?

Recently I have posted this answer to this question. I was accused of racism (source: "And, expecting everyone in the world to accept western ideas and practice is also racist/classist and there ...
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How do I make this "academia" question not opinion based?

Standard practices to turn a career of research in pure maths into fundamental physics? Many popular questions in SE academia seems to have the same level of "possibly opinion based". I don'...
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Should the answer that appears on "top" be the OP's "accepted answer" or the answer with most votes?

UPDATE: Having gotten mixed feedback on this change across the network, SE has decided as a default to keep the "old way", but sites can have a discussion like this one to request the "...
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About saving one question for others access (google index and ...)

I think I have asked a good question which could be useful for others, and be in google index. But the question has been recognized as a shopping question, as you can see below: Finding a classmate to ...
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Is there a generic question for people who are worried about alleged misconduct years ago?

Recently I realised that with some regularity there seem to be question of people who seem to be obsessively worried about some alleged misconduct which happend many years ago. A very recent example ...
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My question about the position of a glossary of variables inside a thesis has been closed as "off-topic", while a similar question is open and popular

Why was my question closed as "off-topic", whereas this similar question is open? Sure, the other question was posted 9 years ago, but I don't think it should have been closed if it were ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #4 on Academia has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering and ...
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Closed shopping question (?) has no closure reason and odd explanatory closure text

This question Warwick or Durham University for Mathematics was (presumably) closed as a shopping question. The resulting system generated text however does not say so (only curtly remarks “this ...
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Moderator-only tags, such as "canonical-question"

Some (perhaps many) questions get asked over and over and we have an informal concept of a canonical-question. I've been trying to think of a way for people to find those more easily. I'm terrible at ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 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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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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2021 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 Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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Does a user's experience/qualification matter when answering? [duplicate]

I have recently finished my undergraduate degree, and will join a graduate degree in Fall 2021. I have hung around the main site long enough (even before I became a member) that I (kind of) know what ...
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Frame-challenge – guidelines proposal [duplicate]

Update: The FAQ is now live. Please do not make changes or discuss them here anymore. This is a follow up to the idea collection, please see that post as to what this is about. First of all, thanks ...
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Would you be interested in becoming a moderator?

We're thinking of running a moderator election. The moderation workload for this site is not too burdensome, but having one more moderator on the team would allow a better redistribution of the ...
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Does intention of a question matters while closing it?

Recently I asked a question on our main site: Proper salutation in email for requesting a resource. Today, it has been closed as a duplicate to another question: How should I phrase an important ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection [duplicate]

Update: The FAQ is now live. Please do not make changes or discuss them here anymore. A frame challenge is an answer, comment (or part thereof) that doesn’t attempt to answer the question as is, but ...
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Handling of off-topic content in an answer

In this highly active question about how to respond to misrepresentation of one's research, one of the answers dwells on the scientific substance of the matter rather than on the question of how to ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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"off-topic" flag was declined, but post was migrated anyway? [duplicate]

I recently flagged a post as "off-topic and unrelated to academia". The flag was declined. The post in question was migrated to another SE site, though, indicating that it was in fact off-...
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Meta tag descriptions

This is a Meta Meta question. I just reviewed a number of tag guidance edits for several of the standard tags that are used on this meta site. However, most of these tags like discussion, feature-...
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Are questions about reach, target, and safety schools acceptable?

That was the intent of this question, which was closed (as a "duplicate"). Perhaps I did not make this intent clear enough, and I would welcome any suggestions in that direction. Assuming I ...
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Should we focus on having more objective answers?

This critical answer on Academia.SE from Meta.mathoverflow deserves some attention, in my view: The problem with academia.SE is that it is very different in style from MO and other SE sites. The ...
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Is this question about studying techniques on topic here?

I'm a moderator on Medical Sciences.SE and I encountered a question today that is off topic for our site, but I believe it would be on topic here. However, I notice a lot of "how to study" ...
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Should veteran (that is high-reputation) users take a back seat with easy to answer questions, allowing newer users to answer them?

I am fairly new to Academia SE and have found it to be a great resource and a nice and respectful community. My issue is the following: I have noticed that a lot of questions get answered very fast (...
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Should the definition of the tag "professors" be changed?

I noticed that the definition of the tag professors is: Queries related to professors, a highly accomplished and recognized academic and an expert in their respective discipline. I don't really like ...
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Should [courses] be a synonym of [coursework]?

I noticed two very similar but distinct tags — coursework and courses. The tag courses is less than a year old, is used on only twelve questions (two of which are also tagged with coursework), has no ...
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Would asking about the rigor of the CDC fall under the "inner workings of research departments" scope of this site?

I wanted to ask a question about why this page on the CDC does not have rigorous citations (but only generic content sources) that I would expect to be part of a scientific organization: https://www....
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Should I answer a question that is likely to be closed?

We get many questions on Academia SE which are closed because they depend too much on the individual who is asking and thus cannot be sufficiently generalised to be helpful to a wider audience. ...
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Question hammered closed by community

Today, I noticed two questions being hammered closed by “community;” here is one example: How can I appropriately call my professor?. While both questions might have been candidates for closure for ...
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My question disappeared and my rep went 100 points down without any information/notification given to me, even post deletion. Why?

I had recently asked a question about authenticity/information about a scientific research abstracts database called inexsy (www.inexsy.com) (They call it information exchange system on their site). I ...
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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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Where is the "not suitable for this site" flag?

I flagged this question. When I did, there were 5 or so flags available, including "need of moderator intervention". I picked this one because I could not find the option "not suitable ...
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Reopening this question on MDPI

I've not voted but I'm thinking of doing so: Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher? Reason is that MDPI has grown really big. It's roughly the fifth biggest publisher overall now, which is incredible ...
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Are questions requesting reviews of flaws in exams on-topic?

I recently sat a statistical/machine learning exam where, I believe, the instructions and questions were clearly flawed (to the point of being logically incoherent). The problems with the instructions ...
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Are questions about non-academic sites using research publications off-topic?

I don't understand why my question about Google knowledge panel was closed as off-topic. The only reason I can think of is that the question is about a non-academic site. I would like to understand in ...
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Seeking advice on removing tags (especially new ones)

While I have no official status here, I spend a fair amount of effort on maintenance of questions, editing and such, including changing tags. But I would like advice on the issue of removing tags ...
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Are any of these questions about working hours duplicates?

Can I be a good scientist if I only work in working hours? Stay in academia or become professor without overworking, is it possible? How hard do early-career academics in the United States work, ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Thank you Dr. Buffy, Academia.SE's GOAT

Yesterday, Buffy officially became Academia.SE's user with the greatest all-time reputation score: nearly 169K reputation! In just 2.5 years, Buffy has authored a stunning 3,742 answers and earned 48 ...
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Looking for a general academic term on "technology trees" and related research and not sure where to ask best

I'm not sure where better to ask this, maybe Philosophy either English SE are better places than Academia? My question: From computer games like Civilizations, we know the concept of the technology ...
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Patronizing and irrelevant comments and closing questions out of spite

Please, take look at this question: What is a good rule of thumb for the cost of a Postdoc, in the US at an R1 university The first comment said that it is apparently a well known fact that the ...
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Was the edit removing religious aspects OK?

I was reading an answer to a question (https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/160520/15446) when it got edited to remove the religious aspects. The answer is very poor and does not bring anything new (...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

StackExchange generally requires professional, respectful discourse. As such, profanity is generally disallowed site-wide. But, this is applied differently on different sites: as noted here, for ...
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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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Do we want a canonical question on "what to do if accused of misconduct"?

There are a number of questions on Academia.SE from students who have just been accused of cheating, or of some other form of misconduct. While the specifics of the allegations and circumstances ...
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Why was my question ("Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?") closed?

My question (Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?) was closed as off-topic today. To be honest, I hesitated before posting it because it felt not quite like an exact fit for this SE ...
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Downvoting without commenting

I had asked a question a few days ago on the main site. However, it was downvoted. I'd edited the answer to fit what the comments wanted me to clarify but it was downvoted yet again. I'd also ...

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