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Site graduated! New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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Academia — Top User Swag!

I come bringing good news! If your name is on the first two pages of: https://academia.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all ...you'll be getting an e-mail from me soon to send you a ...
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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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Text shade is too light

I don't know if I share this experience with other members of the Academia.SE community, but for me text shade is way too light. For me, it makes it harder to read (and focus on content) plus, after ...
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Launched? Launched!

I started up this SE just because it crossed my mind that it might be useful and with little hope to see it succeed. Apparently, it's now fully decorated and with a great and established community. I ...
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Upcoming graduation

Here's a short update on my earlier comment on Meta regarding the future of the site, including our graduation… The SE team decided, a few months ago, that Academia Stack Exchange is ready for ...
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Third "excellent" on Area 51 - congratulations to all - nearly ready for graduation

Over on Area 51, this site has just achieved its third "Excellent" category, having just passed 150 users with a score of at least 200. We just need to get questions per day up above 5 (currently 3.8,...
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Should we discourage simultaneously answering a question and voting to close?

I've been thinking of writing this for a while. It doesn't happen frequently but, yes, it happens: a user answers a question and also votes to close it. Though not forbidden by the system, I think ...
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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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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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New chat room for the HNQ list

Since we have had the ability to track the hot network question (HNQ) list, we have been doing this in a private moderator room. The idea being that it would help us stay on top of potentially ...
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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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Should we create some community wiki questions on meta to help new "power users"

As users gain reputation new "privileges" become available to them including flagging posts (reputation of 15), editing CWs (reputation of 100), creating tags (reputation of 300), and editing ...
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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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Recent spam for sport blog

Recently, there has been a surge of spam posts for a sport blog, broadcasting illegal streaming. Although such posts have always been correctly flagged as spam and the corresponding accounts destroyed ...
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Why was the "monetary benefit for winning grants" question closed?

This question seems very straightforward to me: do professors get any financial "rewards" for winning grants? It seems like OP was wondering whether this explained why professors (who ...
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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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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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2021: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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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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Is Coaching Class(Tutoring) on-topic?

I am asking if the "coaching class" part of the question https://academia.stackexchange.com/q/16596/546 is on-topic on our site? In case you have no idea what this coaching (tutoring) class is about, ...
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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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Deciphering status in manuscript handling systems

We keep getting questions in which we are asked to decipher the status messages in some online submission management system (latest one). I find it slightly annoying that we have to do the job of ...
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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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Migration of Content from Open Science SE

I just wanted to give you a heads up that I am about to start migrating selected questions from the closure of the Open Science site to this site. I would also note that you are under no obligation ...
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Deleting [advice-request] tag

There is a tag advice-request, which in my opinion is useless, as: it is a meta-tag, in general, much content here is in fact an advice request, I have no idea how should it help. Any pros or cons ...
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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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2022: 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 preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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Is my question really too broad or is it something else?

I asked a question about the proportion of BAs vs BSs awarded in anthropology and linguistics (Do more people earn BAs or BSs in Linguistics?). It was almost instantly put on hold by several people ...
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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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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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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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Are questions on research methodology on topic?

This question about whether (in this case statistical) research always needs a hypothesis made we wonder: Are questions about research methodology on topic? In general, questions on specific research ...
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Community ads for 2013

Last year, we managed to get a nice campaign of community ads to run on other sites of the Stack Exchange network (Physics, Mathematics, English L&U, TeX and Mathematica). But every year, the ...
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Regarding the tag: submission

I suggest that the 20 questions with tag submission be retagged as necessary and the tag itself deleted. Some are properly tagged with paper-submission or other tags that already seem to be sufficient....
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New Semester publicity contest

With the semester starting around now for most universities, this site is now relevant to a whole bunch of new first-year grad students. We should try to capitalize on that by some targeted marketing, ...
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Publicity Poster

I was browsing through the Meta questions and among other things, a publicity poster seemed to be appearing a lot. This question seemed to have a lot of poster suggestions. Eynakal had a sample ...
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Job Site Community Wiki?

Inspired by this question: Are there any good job directories for academic work? This question has a number of very specific answers based on field - and while general answers like "Check Science and ...
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Question about BSc in preparation for research career closed as "undergrad" question?

This question asks about qualities to consider in an undergrad degree, in order to get into AI research in the future: What factors are important in an online BSc for eventual goal of AI research? ...
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Spamming the front-page for the purpose of creating a tag

Is it appropriate to edit many questions at once for the purpose of creating a tag? At the moment, 12 (!) questions are on the front-page because of this, all edited within the last hour. (Some even ...
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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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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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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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Mod election process: set up of existing mods and how candidates compare to that

I seemingly have missed the right timing for the question collection but something I came to think about when reading candidates presentations was "how do these folks compare to the already existing ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 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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Do we need a canonical borderline admissions question for MA programs?

We do have one for PhD programs, but, as far as I know, no canonical question exists about the admission to MA programs with an emphasis on "weak" students. We frequently have questions like this one, ...
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FAQ for authorship standards

This is inspired by: Can PhD students publish papers as sole author without including their supervisor? Authorship standards come up often, and I think there are at least two issues which are ...
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Is time of submission of a question or an answer associated with more or less views and votes?

I have submitted several posts to Academia and received very variable feedbacks in terms of views and votes. It seems to me that choosing a specific time of submission (typically working hours in US ...
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Are questions about the Vitae Researcher Development Framework on-topic?

I have a fairly specific question about how a common activity for academics (reviewing grants) maps onto to the Researcher Development Framework run by Vitae. Is this too narrow for Academia? Vitae ...
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Difference between 'evaluation' and 'evaluation-criteria' tags

The evaluation and evaluation-criteria tags seem extremely similar to me. evaluation is used in 30 questions. Its description is Questions relating to academic evaluation and the process of ...
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