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Low contrast of post titles are making them hard to read

The color #3FABC4 of post titles is very difficult to read against a white background. It only produces a contrast ratio of 2.68:1. Can we use a darker color, that is easier on the eyes?
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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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Can the predefined off topic reason for closing please link to the on topics description?

I'm not sure who is actually responsible for the 'reasons for closing' choices when voting to close so I don't know how to get it edited. One of the options is that it is off topic. But that reason ...
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About shopping questions

My question Is this website that claims to provide paper writing services real and legal? was (rightly) closed as shopping question (I'm a dumb newbie in Academics SE). I'm not interested in reopening ...
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Should we turn the cap the other way?

I was noticing something just now around the toolbar. This is what it looks like for me on the regular site: and this is what it looks like for me on the meta site: Looking at those pictures, do I ...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

We regularly get questions from people who describe symptoms of depression or anxiety. These are very common mental health problems. Some askers explicitly say they are depressed or anxious and it ...
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Can we have a “show your work” close reason?

Many of the citation-style questions, some of which are erroneously tagged citations, show little or no research effort and can be answered by consulting the appropriate style guide. Some recent ...
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What about directing advice-seeking questions immediately to chat?

The Q&A format of academia.SE is limited when it comes to questions where someone just needs advice or a brief therapy session from a formless elder in the ivory tower. Yet many people (...
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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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After someone moves your comments to chat, you lose the right to delete them. This is unfair. How to regain this right?

After someone moves your comments to chat (without asking you), you lose the right to delete these comments yourself. This is unfair; after all, you've done nothing wrong that would justify losing ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

I have fairly frequently been in the situation of being in the middle of providing an answer to a question when it is closed, leaving me no option but to discard my contribution or hope that 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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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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Do more to encourage questions tagged with [conference] to tell us if they are in CS

On some large portion of all questions about conferences, it becomes important to know if the conference is in Computer Science, or one of the other fields, that takes conferences seriously as a ...
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Shouldn't there be a way to prevent false duplicate flags?

A few people flagged the last couple of questions I asked as duplicates of other questions, while they clearly weren't duplicates and the people flagging it had apparently misunderstood/missed the ...
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Reorganising research-related tags a bit

Proposal I would like to implement the following tag structure as already suggested and reasoned in this answer. An arrow means that the respective tags are merged and synonymised, with the right tag ...
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How do I announce the new subreddit “Indian Academia” here, as nothing other than questions seem to be allowed here?

I haven't found a subreddit with dense source of data on Indian academia (career, education, research education questions) in reddit or in other sites. Sites related to academy (like https://academia....
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Would like to add “faq” and/or “canonical-question” and/or “canonical-post” tag to these questions

We have a helpful list of standard Q&As, which makes it easier for questioners to find out what they want to know, and write non-duplicate questions. The list also helps with identifying ...
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Ability to filter by career stage on academia stackexchange

Coming to Academia StackExchange from StackOverflow, I am a bit confused about being the frequent lack of tags allowing to best sort the questions for relevance to me. Whereas on StackOverflow almost ...
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How should we deal with “cross-cutting” questions?

With more and more "soft" Stack Exchange sites popping up, it feels there is an increasing amount of questions that "could" in principle be on-topic in multiple sites. A recent example is this ...
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Could we use an equal-contribution tag?

I have found 61 questions searching for "equal contribution". Since, I don't have the required reputation, maybe someone else wants to add this tag.
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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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Are upvotes skewed towards the first answer to a question?

We often see that upvotes are skewed towards the first answer to any question. I have observed the following reason in this regard: There are many random visitors -- They just click upvote for the ...
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Replace “undergraduate” with a more general out-of-scope close reason

Statistical background The following is extracted from the question close stats (10 k only). In the last three months: the undergraduate close reason¹ was used 18 times (that’s only about 3 % of ...
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Getting points or reputation for comments on academia.SE

In academia.SE the upvotes of the questions and answers have some points associated. However, there are no points associated with the comments on the questions or the answers. Why am I asking this ...
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Sorting according to the score introduces an unwanted bias

I noticed that: answers on this site usually get sorted descendingly according to their score, in general, answers are either upvoted or left untouched rather than downvoted, and I (and, presumably, ...
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Shouldn't the deleted questions always be visible to their authors, regardless of the author's reputation?

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: Circumventing the funding limitations of my potential supervising faculty for Master's project I'm used to IRC & various other ...
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Shouldn't certain privileges depend not only on reps on academia, but also other SE sites?

Perhaps this is a meta meta question, but I wonder whether experience and reputation on other SE sites should not be taken into consideration when granting certain privileges, such as those to review ...
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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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Low upvote contrast under the “Linked” and “Related” headings

This is my first meta post, so if I have done anything wrong, please alert me. While browsing a question, I noticed that the upvote counts for the links under the "Related" and "Linked" heading have ...
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Is there something more radical than “protecting” a question?

As you probably have noticed, the question What to do with a student coming to class in revealing clothing, to the degree that it disrupts the teaching environment? has attracted 16k views and 19 ...
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My advisor is using and reading academia.stackexchange, how safely I can ask questions?

Few days ago my advisor shared on social media this platform, and also recommended for everyone at my uni to use it as a source of information and how something should be done in academia. I am ...
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Are we integrating persistent identifiers? [duplicate]

Academia is all about research output, and for whatever gets published, good practice is to assign a persistent identifier to it, so that you can cite it in a futureproof way. My question is : are we ...
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Edit/Delete timeout on chat

I was in an awkward position a few weeks ago when I tried to introduce a colleague of mine to Academia Stack Exchange. This colleague has a neuro/muscular disorder that makes typing quite difficult. ...
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Please consider supporting arXiv trackbacks on the mother Meta

One long-standing feature requests for the Stack Exchange engine is the implementation of trackbacks for mentions of the arXiv on Stack Exchange sites. In general, if you have a blog and you blog ...
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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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is this question for academia or linguistic part of SE?

What is a difference between scientist and researcher? I would like to know if this is adequate part of stack exchange forum to ask such a question or it is better to ask in English language part?
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Notification for edits on questions I downvoted?

I ask this question here, since the downvotes on this answer triggered my question. However, although it is a general issue with the stackexchange site, the issue has already been discussed in ...
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Dedicated “This belongs on Cross Validated” off-topic option?

Inspired by, but not particularly picking on, this question: https://academia.stackexchange.com/posts/65930/revisions We currently have a very small list of default "off-topic" options - namely, just ...
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Using h-index style score as SE users performance indicator

I suggest to use an h-index-style to indicate SE users performance. As with publications, it gives a direct indication of activity level and users interest. The h-index for answers (for example) is ...
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Can visibility and responsiveness of tag warnings be improved?

As per this feature request we now have a warning for the graduate-admissions tag. I'm happy for the warning, and I thank all those who have contributed, but I'm concerned by its low visibility. Most ...
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Removing emphasis from blockquotes

Currently, quoted text (paragraphs starting with > in Markdown) is displayed with a wider margin and a very visible yellowish background in the main site. This has led some users to think that it ...
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Advertising academic jobs in Academic SE

I've seen that stackoverflow has one section for advertising jobs. I think it would be very interesting to have a similar thing here for academic open positions. Please check http://careers....
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More options for low quality posts

As I have recently passed the 10k reputation threshold, Stack Exchange is now asking me for more moderation work, including handling low quality posts. The interface for this task seems inadequate to ...
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Rename [research] to [researching]

research is frequently used for almost all sorts of questions only marginally related to research, such as publishing a research paper. In hope to reduce this misuse, I suggest to rename it to ...
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Wording of close reason off-topic as “problems facing undergraduate students” seems not ideal

I realize that there is always an 'Other' option, allowing to specify why one believes a question should be closed. However, there is a reason why boilerplate suggestions are used - to streamline the ...
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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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How is a question or answer is sent to First Question and Late Answer review queues?

How are these queues maintained? It seems to be always empty whenever I get to them. Could there be a facility to notify the moderator with this right as soon as this queue fills up? Is it possible to ...
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Saying thanks to comments and answers?

Hope that my question fits to this site (as it is the first time that I ask a question here.) I feel guilty when I don't say thanks to a very good comment or answer given by users on academia....
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For which tags (if any) do we want tag warnings?

Introduction In another discussion, a Stack Exchange employee indicated that we might get so-called tag warnings, if we want them. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time ...