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How to deal with the “research at highly productive institutions” question?

Why is research at highly productive research institutions better than those at not-so-highly productive research institutions? Unfortunately the answers to that question focus on critiquing how the ...
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Can I create [tag:canonical-question]? [duplicate]

Today I wanted to vote to close a question as a duplicate of the canonical one "how do I send an e-mail message to a professor" that was written some time ago. I don't remember exactly the words in ...
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What happened to the winter bash hat polls?

Up until 2016, there were polls asking if we wanted to participate in the annual Winter Bash Hat Festivals. Why haven't there polls the past couple of years? I realize the votes have been ...
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2018: 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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Please vote for synonym suggestions

As I post this, we have ten outstanding suggestions for tag synonyms, some of them for more than four years. I therefore think it is more than time to urge a decision on these. This is the first part ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

I'm a bit concerned about a recent post (now deleted, link for 10 k users only) which was a pretty aggressive accusation with both the specific supervisor and accuser clearly identified. I think most ...
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On-topicness of the content of research when the subject of research is academia itself

This question asks about studies about peer reviewing. It was voted to close as off-topic and one of the close voters gave the argument: This reads as if you want people here to do your research on ...
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What makes this question about time spent on writing reviews primarily opinion-based?

This question was closed as being primarily opinion-based. The question originally asked "how much time do you spend on reviewing a paper?". Put this way, the question was a bad fit for the Q&A, ...
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Please help me correct my question

I removed the GRE and focused on the US specifically. For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology?
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I'm annoyed by what I feel is a farce of question

"Is it acceptable to shoot people if they annoy you?" Well, that's not exactly what was asked, but it's pretty close. And then people write serious answers saying "No, that's not ok at all" - as if ...
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Can we improve the tag/idea of “reproducible-research”?

A recent question has caused me to think about the idea of reproducible-research and what the concept means. I think that, while it may be fairly common to use this term, that a better term would be ...
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Do we need a tag for classroom behavior/etiquette/discipline?

Do we need a tag for classroom behavior/etiquette/discipline? When retagging What to do about a professor who doesn't seem to grasp the concept of e-books?, I was unsure of what to use.
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On the generality of answers and the targeted reader.

Proposition: The targeted reader of an answer isn't necessarily the OP who asked the question and therefore a general answer may be appropriate. Background: Some commenters (and down voters) object ...
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What's the difference between “supervision” and “advisor”?

It's clear that you could reasonably use supervision without using advisor, but I'm confused as to how one would use advisor without using supervision as the advisor's job is to provide supervision (...
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Should we react when somebody says they're contemplating suicide?

I really wanted to avoid posting this on meta and avoid drawing too much attention to it, but I've flagged the question in question yesterday and no action was taken. I checked the moderation rules; ...
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Academia.SX-like question(s) on Slashdot

https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/11/06/1452238/ask-slashdot-how-to-fix-an-outdated-college-tech-curriculum An anonymous reader writes: As a student, what's the best way to bring change to an ...
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Why there is only one option in Closing > Off-topic > Migration? [duplicate]

I want to close this question as belonging to another Stack Exchange site: But when I click on it, there is only one option to choose: Is this normal? There is no information stating that I can only ...
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A recent Academia post may be better suited on IPS

There was recently a post on Main: How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman? The question gives some detail about their position in work ...
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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's wrong about my methodology?

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: is my spreadsheet considered a framework? I posted a question about my methodology for generating a theoretical framework but some lads ...
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Avoiding conflicts with supervisors

Quite a few questions at Academia are about conflicts with Supervisors, both for students and for post-docs. A question there about how to avoid such conflicts from arising, starting on the first day, ...
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Is academia.stackexchange suited to help interpret papers?

Let's say there is a specific paper that I'm having trouble understanding. Perhaps it's out of my field, or perhaps not. Is it suitable to the purpose of this StackExchange site that I could post a ...
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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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Do the answers and opinions on Academia Stack Exchange reflect the opinion of whole academic community?

I'm wondering what is the similarity percentage of answers and opinions, which are given on Academia Stack Exchange to users, to the opinion of academic community as a bigger entity? In other words, ...
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Link to view all possible badges on the site

It seems that with a user interface update, we no longer have a link to view all possible badges available on the site. The only way to view the possible badges seems to now be to click on a badge I ...
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Revamping the on-topic section of the help centre

What happened I reworked the on-topic section of the help centre to make it more helpful for its intended audience (new users), more specifically: I referred to FAQs or other relevant Meta ...
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What is the main goal of academia stackexchange?

I'm deleting my academia stackexchange account so I don't really care if this my last question will be marked as duplicate or off-topic. The reason why I'm asking this question is that I feel the ...
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If the original poster of a question wishes to delete it, do we delete?

The relevant question is this one. The OP tried to delete it, but was reverted. Should we delete it, or leave it as is (with potential negative consequences for the OP if identified)?
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Selective deleting of comments

Often a question that hits the hot network questions list or otherwise becomes controversial, attracts a lot of low-quality comments. I understand that this puts the moderators in a difficult ...
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How to prevent censorship in a StackExchange forum?

I have made a question very clair (and interesting) as the answer and comments shows (Why publishing in a journal instead of arxiv or in my blog?), but 4 users flag this as unclear. I feel that this ...
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Academia's updated site theme is now live for everyone

Update - the theme and layout is now live for everyone. Thanks for your feedback in this process. If there's additional feedback, please feel free to add to the answers below. As part of ...
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Why was my question closed to death?

See this: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the UK, particularly for weak or borderline students? And, compare it with this: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. ...
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Can I ask a question about guidance for looking for a PhD?

I have an engineering background but I want to do a Ph.D. in psychology. Can I ask a question about this giving the details?
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Links to Beall's List are broken and need to be fixed

Beall's List was an influential list of predatory journals, but it doesn't exist any more (and hasn't since mid January 2017). You might already know that, but did you know that there are over 60 ...
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Could we reopen this question (“unreasonably severe teacher”)?

Could we reopen Is there anything I can do about an unreasonably severe teacher?? According to the help center, questions about "Requirements and expectations of academicians" are specifically on ...
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Why was this closed (“Do I have to sit again for TOEFL”)

What is the motivation behind the close votes to Do I have to sit again for TOEFL?? It seems like a perfectly reasonable question to me. Please explain. "The answer to this question strongly depends ...
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My reason to quit

I closed my account and it will be effectuated within 24 hours. I received an indirect personal attack on my posts. I also do not like how quickly sincere questions of (new) participants are downvoted ...
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Could we please reopen these questions about salary and treat all salary questions in a uniform way?

This question and this other one have been recently put on hold for being strongly dependent on individual factors. I think that the closure of the above questions is unfair and unwarranted, given ...
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Wrote an essay with the exact opinions I have posted in a question and Turnitin found it and said it is plagiarized

I have posted a question a few months ago and I would like to get it deleted. In the question I have posted my own opinion and views that I have used in an essay. I have been told that there have ...
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Are questions about research administration on topic?

I think it's clear from the Help and actual questions/answers here that questions about the academic side of research are on topic. However, are questions about research administration on topic? By "...
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How to answer two questions where the same answer is appropriate, but the questions themselves aren't duplicates?

Context I recently updated my answer to the question Do all countries have the same gender imbalance in science? with additional information. Basically, my answer contains the following position : ...
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Gender survey question- two similar answers, opposite reception

This has to do with this question on conducting surveys and asking gender-related questions. I am confused about two answers (one mine-user153812, and the other, later answer by jakebeal). To ...
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Should I ask a separate question instead of awarding a bounty for the Brexit question?

I started a bounty recently for this question. The reason is explained in the bounty notice: most of the answers are passionately anti-Brexit. However if the answers provide the entire story, then ...
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Community Wiki post on interpreting GRE scores?

In response to this meta question, I decided to create a generic question and answer for posts that ask whether a particular GRE score is good enough for entry to a particular degree. The goal of the ...
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Why do we redirect all “what is happening to my paper” questions?

We commonly redirect questions such as "Manuscript status changed from Review in progress to Ready for review" to "What does the typical workflow of a journal look like". However they are not similar ...
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Work-around for migrating outside of Academia SE?

This question asks how to treat certain ambiguous answers in a research survey, and I regard it as off-topic on Academia, and should be migrated to Cross Validated. When I tried to put in a close-vote ...
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Why questions about race is on topic, but about LGBTQ not?

Latino is not even race, Is this statistic about how many Latinos/Hispanics have a PhD in the USA correct? and it was only referenced via social media, my question Is there any relible evidence of ...
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Why do the moderators move comments to chat and how should I behave afterwards?

On highly visited posts, one often finds a comment: Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. What’s the reason for this, and how should I deal with this ...
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What should be done about highly controversial answers which attract many comments?

My answer to this question has been quite controversial, attracting several hundred positive and negative votes and a long thread of comments. An initial batch of comments was moved to chat per the ...
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Would this questions be on topic here?

I want to ask a question, but I'm wondering if it's on topic here. It's a question about if I should even bother writing up a paper, but the work is in Abstract Algebra, so maybe MathOverflow would be ...