Questions tagged [on-topic-ness]

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Can I ask about my previous employer asking me not to publish?

I want to ask the following question, but am not sure if it is appropriate for this site. Can you help me tell if it is okay to ask here? If not, can you point to a better forum? I consider ...
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Big list question for reference managers

This recent question on reference managers and note taking has got me thinking again. I am on the record of not liking big-list questions and really not liking big-list software questions. Questions ...
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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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How do I ask a good question?

I asked a few questions on this website and I think all of them got deleted. I have no idea how to ask a good question on this site. I'm not a researcher. Maybe researchers have knowledge that I don't ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Should this question on the OSF system be reopened?

There is a closed question on the OSF system: Is there a way to move a preprint from one service to another within the OSF system? that has spawned a number of comments as well as two meta questions: ...
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Follow on to the lingerie–elevator question

The original question about the lingerie joke made in an elevator was controversial leading to a lively meta discussion. The consensus appeared to be to ask a new, but related, question on issue. This ...
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Can I ask about the research level of a certain university here?

For some reasons I need to know about the level of research conducted in a certain university (not because I want to study there: I got my Ph.D. years ago). Specifically, I'm interested in a certain ...
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How to proceed with the lingerie–elevator question?

The question What was offensive about the "ladies lingerie department" joke, and how can I avoid offending people in a similar way? has caused a lot of controversy in comments and answers, ...
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Need a couple of examples of questions that are too hypothetical to keep open

I've read several questions here about whether a certain question is too hypothetical. A nice rule of thumb I read at one of these was that in a not-too-hypothetical question (i.e. an acceptable ...
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What to do with questions asking to evaluate commercial online services?

We have at least one old unclosed question asking to evaluate some commercial online services: Is Academia.edu useful? This was cited in favour of questions going into the same direction: Is Peer.us ...
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Why is this question about discrimination still open?

I ran across this questions in the Hot Network Questions: Is it discrimination to hold someone from a minority or underprivileged background to the same academic standard as regular students? It ...
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Reopening question about becoming a good advisor?

I recently asked a question which recieved some attention. But was closed as off-topic (Shopping question). Basically my question is about training or which steps I can take to become a good advisor. ...
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Why is the content of my question out of scope?

What are the criteria for effective academic journal websites? This question was put on hold yesterday, the reason being: "This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help ...
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On-topic-ness of GRE conventions

I recently asked a question about GRE wording conventions and was immediately told that I was off-topic. I promptly removed the question to avoid clutter, and decided instead to ask here: Are ...
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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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Can I post an ad for a postdoc position blurring the name of uni and person, to point out illegal activity?

An ad that one of my advisors shared contains a sentence that is against law and working ethic, and I am surprised to see an associate professor request from a postdoc to stay more than 10 h per day. ...
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Does Academia S.E. have an equivalent of SO's “boat programming” questions?

I'm curious about questions such as this one, which asks about the author of a particular academia-related quote: Quote about recruiting academics – looking for original I'm of the opinion that ...
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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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Lab journal best practices - on topic?

I had a question about best practices for keeping a lab journal (specifically, should one only record experiments, or should one also include research for experiments, or time spent looking around on ...
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Request for closure

Are non-citizen Muslim professors and students going to be removed from US universities and subsequently deported by Trump's ban? This post has several problems: It mischaracterizes the problem, ...
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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

My question was put on hold for the following reason: "Shopping" questions, which seek recommendations or lists of individual universities, academic programs, publishers, journals, research topics ...
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Where and how to discuss choices of software workflow for academia use?

Disclosure: I recently posted a question on software recommendations on Academia SE, and got it marked as a "shopping question" perhaps quite justifiably based on the guidelines. I appreciate the in ...
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Are questions about formatting and presenting results off-topic?

I recently asked this question about formatting presentation of tables contents in academic publications. I saw that those tags exist on this site and each one has a set of questions. I saw in the ...
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Why was my question put on hold for depending on individual factors?

My question was put on hold for the following reason: The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as a certain person’s preferences, a given institution’s regulations, ...
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“Attitudes of academics towards X?” On or off topic?

Is a "What are the attitudes of academics towards X?" question on or off -topic? The question in question: What are the social norms associated with stealing free coffee? OP says: Note: I'm not ...
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Is my question about which degree best fits my non-academic career goal appropriate for this site?

I have a question about the software development job market. I am interested in knowing whether (in particular) a big company would value a software developer with a degree in a development-related ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

Should the "Black Nodes Matter" question, which mocks the Black Lives Matter protesters, be removed? Here's the link: Is it appropriate to make a pun that references a highly charged topic in ...
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Would this question about data storage be on-topic?

Is the following question on-topic for Academia? I am from Biology field and our lab uses microscopy as a tool extensively. Our lab data is increasing exponentially. I want to ask other academia ...
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Questions comparing publications between different field of research?

Is a question such as "which current fields are producing the most research?" appropriate? For Example, I am primarily interested in comparing the different 'amounts' of research (publications?) being ...
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Is asking for guidance in completing a thesis on-topic?

Imagine a graduate student who is struggling to complete a thesis. The subject of his/her thesis is a relatively new subject in the field and is yet to be discussed widely. It even lacks a scientific ...
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Is backup of a scientific book on-topic?

Is this question on topic? I am an amateur mathematician. Currently I have two Git repositories (at BitBucket.org and GitHub.com) with copies of my book. Is it worth to add even more Git ...
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Are Science Fair Questions On-Topic?

Are questions about middle and high school science fairs on-topic? Of course, they wouldn't be about the content, they would be about the process of doing the research in the fair.
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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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Is this question about dissertationwriting.com on topic?

I found a website, http://dissertationwriting.com/, that claims to be a service to help students write theses and dissertations without breaking academic integrity. I'm skeptical, largely because as a ...
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A question about a typographical arrangement

Where can I ask a question about arrangement of numbered lists of axioms in a mathematical manuscript? tex.stackexchange.com? (i think no, because it is not specific to TeX) academia.stackexchange....
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Do questions need to be about “actual problems that you face”

This question is potentially related to Should seemingly hard-to-answer questions be downvoted (and closed)? Our help center don't ask section includes some generic text that is used SE wide: You ...
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Expanding shopping criteria

Based on earlier discussions on defining shopping (in a specific case), I suggest that the Shopping needs to be expanded. At the moment, the Asking section suggests not asking shopping questions of ...
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comparison between the admission of a degree in two countries

Is it really off-topic to ask a comparison between the admission process of a degree in two countries ?
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Would a question about review and response to manuscripts be on topic?

I have recently been asked to review a paper, and realistically, it's got flaws. I am going to suggest in my review that the paper is rejected. However, I have had a previous experience where I ...
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Is the question about speaking problem on-topic?

I tend to lack coherence and get stumble when talking in thoughtful topics. Unless I really take note, cat always got my tongue, even thought I know what to say. My writing is, nonetheless, not having ...
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Are visa and study permits considered off topic?

Would it be considered off topic if I ask questions about F1, J1 visas and study permits? From my experience the travel stackexchange community frowns upon such questions.
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Should we specify that questions where “expert” answers are from experts outside of academia are off-topic?

Occasionally we get questions that are about the on-topic areas listed in the help center, but that are considered off-topic here because an expert answer to such a question would come from an expert ...
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Specific vs general question: where does the line go?

A recent question of mine was apparently put on-hold with the following motivation: "The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as a certain person’s preferences, a ...
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Would there be a way to save this question that generated the weirdest thread I've seen here?

I saw this question: Why not outsource the research projects to phd students? It's so badly formulated that it generated a series of comments and answers that have no real connection with each ...
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Are book reviews on topic?

On the subway to work today I saw someone reading a book about motherhood as a scientist that I thought looked interesting from the cover. While I can look at book reviews in lots of places, I was ...
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Undergrad course exemption with interest in grad school

I believe this question about wanting to have a undergrad humanities course requirement exemption to be off-topic as it is primarily about undergraduate life. Is it reasonable to request an exemption ...
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How to make users of other SE sites more aware of what Academia.SE is about?

I have observed the following on several occasions: New user posts a very broad, subjective, and/or open-ended question (and not the "good subjective" type, either). When the question is closed, the ...