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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 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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Comment templates

I know some Stacks have comment templates to leave when a question or an answer has a problem. For example, Interpersonal Skills has this Meta question with comment templates for several common ...
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Is there a canonical answer about selecting a journal for publication? (If not, should we have one?)

Every so often we get a shopping question (e.g. this one) about finding a suitable journal to publish some specific paper in. It's a good thing to close these as off-topic. However, can we also point ...
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is academia the right place to get help for dealing with classmates?

I have an issue with someone in my group project (non-esl student who writes in broken english) Is this the right SE for this? Is there even an SE for this?
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Language choice: “Deal with” vs. “Improving” a situation

Questions regularly ask how to deal with a situation, rather than how to improve a situation. My understanding of the phrase "deal with" is that there must exist something that is causing a ...
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Comment vs Answers: how to use and moderation

Why people use comments to answer the questions? I am already read this question, which is very close to what I am saying here. But I want to go further because I don't get how the community uses the ...
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Is It Appropriate To Ask About Wording In A Statement Of Purpose?

I am writing a SToP for doctoral studies and I have a bit of a contentious opening paragraph that I would like to get opinions on from the ASE community. I’m wondering if it is okay to post the ...
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About questions that are not questions

How does this site feel about questions posted only in order to share the related answer, added by OP as they post their question, as in How should I respond to an offer to pay a bribe for authorship ...
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Academia SE is the best SE! As a student, how can I effectively contribute?

I've never found a Stack Exchange site or a QA site comparable with this SE. Every one is super friendly. Every question is either well-crafted, or concise and precise. Every answer is super helpful. ...
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Does the main site can't understand non-western?

I am getting this opinion after asking this question on the main site that. Some users received it well. And many others are just down-voting and closing the question. What is the issue with the ...
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Conflict of interest questions

There seems to be an increase in questions along the lines of "Is this a conflict of interest?" where the answer is "No." Is there, or should their be, a way to close these as ...
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Policy suggestion: No personal advice

After getting enough of these, I am thinking maybe having a blanket policy such as the following would help: We do not offer personal advice. Questions asking what to do in your own situation will be ...
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Should [coauthors] be a synonym of [authorship]?

I just noticed that there are two highly similar but distinct tags on the main site: authorship, which has 893 questions, and co-authors, autorship, and equal-authors as synonyms. coauthors, which ...
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Controversial question getting worse

Mod's notice: Given the clear outcome of the poll below, I've now closed the question (MO). I have the highest voted answer to this controversial post regarding racism against an Indian student. The ...
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Is there any issue with this question?

Is there anything wrong with this question? In particular, is there anything wrong in asking about an educated guess about the possible future impact factor of a new journal? What niche is PRResearch ...
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Complaint about Academia Stack Exchange

I had a falling-out with a professor last year, and the situation has been quite distressing for me. I'm trying to deal with the situation in real life, but so far I haven't gotten answers, so I was ...
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Please undo the synonymisation of the tag disability with health-issues

The tag disability is currently synonymised with health-issues (see the full list of synonyms for health-issues). Based on the list of tag synonyms, this synonym was created on 22 June 2019, so it ...
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Where comment? What is the Latin term “pace” used for when referencing other scholars?

citations - What is the Latin term "pace" used for when referencing other scholars? - Academia Stack Exchange However, I can imagine that some authors simply use pace for variation from &...
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Why has this been voted down?

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: Concern data is too limited for thesis chapter I asked a question yesterday requesting advice from anyone who has experience writing a PhD ...
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Did this question have a thank-you note added by somebody other than the person who asked it?

The revision history of this question seems to be saying that edit #6 is the addition of a thank-you note where the question-asker apparently thanks the people who answered the question: Thank you to ...
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Should we have a canonical question about degree revocation?

A first draft of the requested canonical question is now live here. Please help us out by editing the wiki and adding information. Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being ...
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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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The perpetuation of the 60h week workloads myth for PhD students

Recently there has been few questions (that I will avoid linking) about PhD student workload expectations and how that can compare to a "normal" 40h/w job. Generally, this comes from PhD ...
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How do people here feel about chain-reaction downvoting of posts?

Personally I think downvoting should only be done in very exceptional circumstances: I've been on this site for over 2 years and only picked up the critic badge about 1 month ago (meaning I never ...
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How is this offensive?

https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/150925/25124 Do Japanese-Americans not want people to talk about what happened to them during WW2? If that is the case, I want a source.
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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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A user is pushing personal beliefs about legality without referencing debate

In accepted answer to this question: A free papers search engine @Allure states that: Your friend is probably thinking of Sci-Hub. Warning: it's likely illegal, including to use the service (as ...
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Two answers per day get downvoted – will the system notice this?

So I have noticed that two of my answers get downvoted each day. I have seen other posts that mention the system notices serial downvoting, but will the system notice two a day across several days? I ...
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Answering trivial questions with trivial answers in comments. Bad habit?

I may have fallen into a bad habit. A few questions get asked that don't require much thought or analysis to answer. Often the answer is "ask your advisor" or "contact that journal". The OP needs some ...
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Why is this comment not deleted?

Link to comment in question I've already flagged the comment, but it's still there, so I'm guessing the moderators decided it's acceptable. I don't see why. It effectively associates World Scientific ...
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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 we reopen “Is this statement on doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics?”?

Is this statement on doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics? was closed for being primarily opinion-based. It actually failed to be closed in the close queue, receiving three ...
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Is asking advice from experienced people considered as off-topic?

This question entitled as "Leaving academia at 39" basically asks advice from people who had similar experience during their academic career. I believe that his question is highly relevant to academia,...
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Should one post two (conflicting) answers to a question? [duplicate]

In answer to a recent question, a user has posted two different (conflicting and quite short) answers. I'm wondering if this is recommended behavior. The question has the form What is the best way ...
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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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Can we help support faculty suddenly thrust into online learning?

I don't know how much help I can be, but I've created a chat room where people who suddenly find themselves in a situation where they have to entirely change their teaching toolset in the next few ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is a question about a situation in which a decision should or should not be made to drop a student's grade appropriate for the exchange?

This question stems from a personal situation however I will attempt to make it generalizable if I make a post. Let me make it clear that I am not the one tasked with making this decision, I am ...
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Dealing with the “diversity question” answer

The question How to answer the diversity question during faculty interview has attracted a few answers, but one in particular stands out as being both rather non-politically correct and also quite ...
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Why do faculty in the sciences seem dismissive of the humanities on this site?

Why do so many of the CS and STEM members on here treat humanities and social science disciplines as if they were useless? Where does this overt prejudice come from? And why does Academia seem to give ...
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Resigning and leaving SE

I have decided that I can no longer contribute my efforts to Stack Exchange and therefore I am stepping down as a moderator and planning on leaving the community. I will not be deleting my accounts or ...
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

The question was closed. Currently, my closure reason comment has 25 upvotes. There are several bad answers. I cannot find any comments about reopening (too many to read them all carefully.) Why ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Identifying Universities

I was preparing an ethics question and realized that while I was carefully anonymizing the people involved, I was identifying the universities, etc. Personally, I believe that knowing the ...
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Is it okay to ask about PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am gearing up to apply for PhD programs and I am trying to find schools and faculty that work in the area that I want to. The areas I want to work in are conservation and invasive species management ...
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No “academic writing” tag?

I was just editing tags for a question with only the “untagged” tag, and I noticed that there doesn’t seem to be an “academic-writing” tag. Given that a number of our questions seem to be about the ...
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Resuming activity

It's really hard to do the right thing, especially when "the right thing" isn't even known. When I announced my leave of absence along with over 30 other moderators, I hoped that SE would to recognize ...
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What are implication for Academia SE users of recent licence changes and moderators disatisfaction and revolt?

One moderator suspended activity 'm a mod on Academia.SE. After reading the official SE response, I'm going to temporarily suspend my mod activities as well. The disrespect being shown to a well-...

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