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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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Modifying the definition of a “shopping questions” to allow reference questions involving lists

I propose that the definition of a "shopping question" be modified to avoid confusion and inconsistency with respect to which questions are closed as shopping questions, and which are not. ...
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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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Contesting a duplicate question: non-standard career path and two PhDs

Some time ago, I had a question closed and marked as a duplicate. I found the experience to be quite bizarre-- the post many claimed answered my question did not, from my view-- I had in fact read ...
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A request for SE employees and CMs

I am taking my mod hat off for a moment and am asking this question as a regular user. This question does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the other moderators or other users of Academia.SE as ...
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Is the word “Bizarre” too loaded with negative meaning?

I find myself uncomfortable with the title of this question, but don't want to get into an edit war, and the question is at the moment both protected and close to closure: Is it bizarre that a ...
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In support of Academia's moderator on hiatus, Eykanal

I encourage everyone at Academia to take a look at the proposed Day of Silence which some frustrated StackExchange participants will be observing for 24 hours, starting tonight at midnight (Eastern ...
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How many users state preferred pronouns on Academia?

Now that The code of conduct has been changed, I found myself wondering to what extent non/gendered pronouns are a concern for people on Academia.SE. Do we have any data/rough idea about how many ...
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The code of conduct has been changed

The SE Code of Conduct has been changed in regards to the use of pronouns when referring to users. There is a fair amount of discussion at MSE What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns? and on ...
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The 'liberal arts' tag

The small 'liberal arts' tag is defined in the tag wiki as: Questions having to do with liberal arts subjects such as literature, languages, art, music, philosophy, and history. However, several ...
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Which kinds of answers in comments (if any) do we want to keep?

As I already said here, if we want to better define our stance on answers in comments, this has to be a community effort. We have to clarify how we react to users posting comments as answers, how, if, ...
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How should we handle answers in the comments?

I have never understood why some answers-in-the-comments (or partial answers, or empirical data) are apparently allowed, while others get deleted. As I practice swinging this hammer, I find myself ...
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Leave of absence

The past few days have been kind of a whirlwind on the SE network. I'm not sure there's a brief summary of events anywhere, but this meta post provides the best I've seen yet. The tl;dr version is ...
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How are different disciplines represented on this site?

I am pure mathematician, and my impression (which I'm sure is not unique) from frequenting this site for some time is Academia.SE there seem to be a relatively large number of mathematicians on this ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Academia's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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Stack Exchange support of the community

Recently there has be a lot of discussion regarding Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?. A number of moderators have resigned or ...
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Is this question about citations on-topic or off-topic?

This question was first closed as off-topic and then reopened. The edits did not change the topic of the question, they only added and removed details. So if the question was off-topic, by keeping the ...
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Why is there not an equal approach to judge which questions are off-topic or primarily-opinion based?

Recently, this question attracted a lot of attentions, surprisingly not just from new users even from experienced users with moderation capabilities, despite the fact that it is obviously off-topic ...
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Who decided for these elections?

As you probably know, moderator elections on SE are held "periodically", where this confusing word is used in the sense of "from time to time", and not "at regular intervals". Just for information: ...
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What happens if there are too few candidates for moderator?

At the moment there are fewer candidates for moderator than there are slots. What happens if this remains so? There are, potentially, a few members here that others, including myself, would not like ...
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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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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding 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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Was this answer edited too heavily?

This question about patent infringement yielded a few moderately contentious answers, as judged by the number of flags on the question. One of them simply stated that China was a dictatorship with ...
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Why is Stackexchange Academia so unwelcoming to new users?

For a site about academia and helping users out with academic related questions, I have tried posting 6-7 times on that forum and each time have had my questions flagged as off topic or too specific. ...
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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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What's it like being a moderator on Academia Stack Exchange?

For the upcoming and future elections, could you please describe what it is like being a moderator on Academia Stack Exchange? In particular: What are your most time-consuming or challenging duties? ...

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