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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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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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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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Don't walk. Don't run either

If we have a meme on this site, it's "Don't walk. Run." It is like an inside joke for the community ... but the joke might not be clear to newcomers. If we could get past the semantic satiation for ...
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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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UPDATED (APRIL 14): Design for Academia.se

I’m Stéphane, senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to congratulate you because this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! Well ...
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My answer on “Writing ads to attract female PhD candidates” was deleted; why?

I posted an answer to this question: Writing ads to attract female PhD candidates, which boiled down to "How do I write job ads to attract female PhD candidates". My answer was as follows: Don't ...
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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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Welcome to Academia.SE!

Welcome to Academia.SE, the free, community-driven Questions and Answers site for academics of all levels - from aspiring graduate and professional students to senior researchers - as well as anyone ...
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Are we presenting an idealised view of academia?

In a comment to this answer, rocinante wrote: And while I get that the site is heavily skewed to ignore or shut down any hint of criticism of professors in academia, rosy pictures of idyllic ...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Introduction One of the actualities of academia that is important to be aware of when using this site is: Academia varies more than you think it does. More explicitly: Academic practices strongly vary ...
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Academia Community Polls

Welcome to the academia.SE Community Poll thread! (shamelessly stolen from TeX.SX) This thread is used for opinion and usage polls around Academia and academia.SE. The poll questions are added as "...
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Is this kind of retaliatory behavior allowed? Is allowing it, in effect, discouraging questions?

In this question, How to withdraw an under review manuscript from a journal when you decide you want to submit to another journal with a higher impact factor?, the asker is told pretty clearly—in ...
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What do we want Academia.SE to be?

Edit: This was not intended to be a "Choose #1 or #2 proposal." This was intended to be a prompt for discussion about what the current community wants from this site. #1 and #2 are just things I've ...
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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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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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Do we need a 'women' tag?

A new tag: women has been created and applied to several questions. The tag wiki excerpt says: Questions specifically about gender issues in higher education and those involved in academic ...
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People denying the situation in the questions instead of answering

I have recently noticed a trend in the answers on academia.se to question the situation about which OP is asking because not every single detail is provided, instead of answering what is being asked. ...
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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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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Academia's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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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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Should we name names when talking about bad publishers and researchers? [duplicate]

In this question: My paper was withdrawn from predatory journal after publication, what should I do? the OP is considering naming the publisher and a high rep user has recommended them to do this. I ...
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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. or a post notice: Controversial Post — You may use ...
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Canonical Q&A suggestion: “I've been admitted to multiple graduate programs, how to choose between them?”

This question is now live: I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them? In March/early April, we often get (highly specific) questions from students who have been ...
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How sustainable is Academia.SE?

Allow me to ponder on the future of Academia(.SE): I don't claim to be an integral or representative user of this site, but I've noticed I personally haven't been using Academia as much lately. This ...
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Time to Expressly Ban “I want to do X, Here's My Life Story…” questions?

Inspired by talking to a fellow Academia user at SciPy: Every SE site seems to have a particular genre of questions that are essentially unanswerable. I've come to believe that the questions we get ...
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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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Do we want a canonical question for general journal workflows?

We often get questions from people who are not aware how a journal works and do not understand some step in the editiorial process¹, think some step takes too long² or are just very worried³. We also ...
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Why do people on academia.SE often suggest courses of action that are very different from what most people would do in real life?

When browsing this site, I see a lot of questions like Should I let a senior student/professor/etc be a coauthor on my paper when he didn't do any work/made only negative contributions to the ...
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Let’s specify our scope with respect to undergraduates

Proposal Currently the definition of our scope with respect to undergraduate questions is: [do not ask questions about] Undergraduate-specific issues that could not apply to graduate or ...
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Do we want a canonical question for how to react to long paper-handling times?

We get a considerable amount of questions, where the asker submitted a paper to some journal and gets impatient because it appears to be stuck at a some stage: What to do when you have not received a ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

What advice do you have for users who have just discovered the edit capability? What makes a "good edit" on Academia.SE? Note: I have made one suggestion per answer, so that people can vote on them ...
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Is the seemingly high prevalence of clinical depression cases in A.SE askers normal?

I recently ran a simple Google search for instances of the word 'depression' on this site, and was shocked to see how frequent they were. Does anyone else finds it surprising? Is it just an artifact, ...
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Should we make country tags visually distinct?

Higher ed systems differ quite substantially between countries, and we have country tags like united-states or germany, which serve to indicate questions that are specific to certain countries. ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

I find the reaction to this question quite unreasonable. The responses were overwhelmingly negative and focused on trying to prove that OP is wrong in assessing whether a given situation was possibly ...
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What to do with “is plagiarism plagiarism” questions?

We have seen the definition of plagiarism numerous times on this site, more or less elaborated, but always in its core: Plagiarism is passing someone else's work as your own I am all for questions ...
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Case Study: First Answer Bias

This is to share a case study about the "fastest gun in the west" issue discussed on Academia.SE here and more broadly here. On this question, the sequence of events was: Buffy, Guest, and I all ...
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Keeping track of our stats

Moderators have a view of the site's statistics, but they cannot share the specifics. So, I'm starting this post to keep track of the evolution of our statistics over time. Please feel free to update ...
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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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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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Question predicated on the OP being a well known contemporary person

I have flagged this question and voted it for closure. It purports to be about an older incarcerated felon asking tips for how to get into law school. My issue with the question is that the OP ...
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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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Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?

I frequently see questions from this stack in the Hot Network Questions list (the network-wide list of questions in the right sidebar) that I find interesting. I sometimes answer them and have ...
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Could we please have a limit on negative voting for a newcomer's question?

Here's a question written by a newcomer with a small starting rep. It currently has a total negative score of -7, and four close votes (including the one I just cast). It was written 13 hours ago ...
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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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Map of 32 Tags of Academia.SE

I made a map of Academia.SE, basing on tag co-occurrences. Some more description e.g. on a respective post on meta.math.SE. The project is on GitHub: https://github.com/stared/tag-graph-map-of-...
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Moderators can now exclude questions from the HNQ list – when should we use this?

The mechanics Hot Network Questions (HNQ) are questions shown in the bottom right sidebar featuring from other sites of the Stack Exchange network that are considered “hot” by a heuristic that takes ...
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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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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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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

According to this meta post, the SE staff has implemented for a couple of communities a post notice for sensitive, possibly controversial topics. The notice recites: Controversial Post — You may ...

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