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Moderation strike

There is currently a moderation strike on this site: Academia.SE Moderation Strike Which is part of a moderation strike network-wide: Moderation Strike: Stack Overflow, Inc. cannot consistently ignore,...
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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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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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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

A question was recently asked about the gender distribution of the 2021 Nobel Prize laureates. I cast the deciding "close as off-topic" vote on this question. I felt this question was off-...
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What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An "Academia varies more than you think" perspective)

A remarkable point of this community is that it makes people realize that academia varies more than you think it does. One of these variations is the structure of the different education levels. ...
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Controversial question getting worse

Mod's notice: Given the clear outcome of the poll below, I've now closed the question (MO). I have the highest voted answer to this controversial post regarding racism against an Indian student. The ...
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What is the impact of the moderation strike on Academia.SE?

Academia.SE is quite particular in the sense that all its moderators seem to be on strike it is not one of the highest-volume sites, so SE might not see it as a priority to intervene here however, ...
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What is the best way for high rep users to support the moderation strike?

I'm way behind the curve because I just found out today about the moderation strike (I don't visit Meta much...). I'd like to know what actions or lack of actions are best to take in order to support ...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

StackExchange generally requires professional, respectful discourse. As such, profanity is generally disallowed site-wide. But, this is applied differently on different sites: as noted here, for ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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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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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Boat. (Or not)

One of my questions—Topical tag cloud generator for researchers/academics—was migrated to a site I'm not a member of and have no intention of signing up for. Thus I can no longer interact ...
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How does one appeal an account suspension?

Although rare, account suspensions can happen to users on SE sites. In most cases the reason has been discussed in length by the defendant, site moderators, and SE team admins. With details privy to ...
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Under what conditions should "thank you" comments be deleted?

Users of this site sometimes flag comments that say Thank you or +1, good answer for moderator deletion as 'too chatty.' There are varying opinions on MSE as to when such comments should ...
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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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Should moderators delete comments that are about moderation, once they become obsolete with respect to the question they're posted on?

Questions on Academia.SE are often closed, and then reopened after they have been edited and improved (either by the original poster or by other users). Usually this involves an extended discussion in ...
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consistency in voting to close

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place to raise this issue, but: The stated purpose of the forum seems to be that the questions should benefit both undegraduates, graduate students and ...
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What should we do about questions asking for career advice outside of academia?

I felt like questions involving careers outside of academia have been received inconsistently in recent times. To look more systematically, I went through the industry tag specifically over the past 9 ...
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Why was this question mod hammered 7+ years after the fact?

This question was unilaterally deleted by a mod 7 years after it was asked. It was brought up over at MO meta as an example of a moderator (in this case me) not allowing a user to delete content. That ...
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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, in ...
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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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Removing useful but not immediately on-topic comments

I recently deleted a few comments (mods, you can see them here) which had been flagged as off-topic. Briefly, the OP had asked a question, a community member answered, and then a separate discussion ...
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Is deleting comments a form of censorship?

Fellow Users of Academia.SE, Recently on academia.SE and meta.academia.SE, I wrote that I was unwilling to have longterm participation in a site for which content -- specifically comments, although ...
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Should we be more welcoming of "technical" questions?

Following up a recent meta post wondering about the direction this site is taking, I wanted to discuss the possibility of changing one of our current habit, which is to close "technical" questions as ...
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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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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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Close questions on cheating as "primarily opinion-based"?

We've had a few cheating-related questions lately (this, this, tangentially this). Almost all of these end up yielding a number of answers to the effect of "I think X, because Y". While the reasons ...
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Moderator election

I was under the impression that with graduation came the election of moderators, since the current moderating team has been nominated by SE. Does anybody know the exact process?
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How do I make this "academia" question not opinion based?

Standard practices to turn a career of research in pure maths into fundamental physics? Many popular questions in SE academia seems to have the same level of "possibly opinion based". I don'...
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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 it apropriate to use the reference-request tag to prevent discussion-like questions from being closed?

I noticed some users like to ask opinion-based or discussion-like "questions" and systematically use the reference-request tag to prevent them from being closed as such. I'm talking about cases ...
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When should answers be deleted

The help center provides some guidance about deleting answers Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: commentary on the question or ...
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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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Disappearing question?

I vaguely remember answering a question along the lines of "What can you get from university that you cannot get elsewhere?". The question didn't seem particularly well expressed and probably a ...
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There was a way to flag questions as 'difficult to be generalized'

This applies to a few questions out there, especially the ones asking for personal career advice. Was this function removed during graduation of the site? Or is it just me who can't access it ...
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I do not understand why this question was put on hold

Recently my question here was put on hold due to "shopping-question", but I have the following reasons to claim that this is not: In the first paragraph, I mentioned a school and I am having a hard ...
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Flagging etiquette

This is a follow on to What's the difference between down-vote, vote to close and flag ? and a recent issue about moderator action: Answer that *is* an answer deleted by mod because "it does ...
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Quick mod mcgraw

I am worried that the rep system is leading to careless moderators coming into power. Part of my answer was:"What is unclear to me is whether someone like you who feels somewhat unsure is even less ...
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Why has this controversial answer been deleted by a moderator?

https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/98458/958 ? I don't see any outstanding reason for deletion. It's been downvoted, but that doesn't mean it has to disappear from the website.
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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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Why am I getting a message about citations from reputable sources?

Want to improve this post? Add citations from reputable sources by editing the post. Posts with unsourced content may be edited or deleted. This message appeared on one of my answers. This is on a ...
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Should the comments on this question be deleted?

Given some of our recent discussions on meta, it seems the community is particularly sensitive to moderator deleting comments that are related to moderator behaviour. This question has a "not ...
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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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Can I ask a question about Researchgate social network?

Some members expressed concerns and criticized RG network, is it alowed to open special topic about Researchgate, and to discuss about this problems? Examples: There is actually an old ...
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Where can I ask question about offshore USA medical school or colleges?

I would like to know which part of stackexchange is most suitable for posing a question about credibility of offshore medical schools, their accreditation and acceptance in USA and if it is easier to ...
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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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A question was deleted by Community - why?

A question from a new user was recently deleted by Community. It had 0 votes to close and was seemingly a good question to me (I answered it). I am curious why it was deleted. Was something wrong with ...
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Why is this question about bullying still on hold?

I have tried to re-cast this question to make it more general, and less related to my own experience. Do I need to do something further to trigger a 're-evaluation'? What can be done about the ...
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By what process was this question reopened?

It took a while to gather the 5 close votes to close this question: What rights do students in the U.S. have re gender pronouns? My comment giving my reason to vote to close it was voted up 15 times ...
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Do we have even high level guidelines on how controversial posts are moderated?

I've been somewhat confused by how the moderation on our controversial questions is conducted. That's not to say that the mods need to be superhuman, but I really do think things are frequently ...
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