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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

My question was put on hold for the following reason: This question is what we call a shopping question. It is currently not accepting answers. What does this mean? Why are shopping questions not ...
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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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Why was my question put on hold for depending on individual factors?

My question was put on hold for the following reason: This question was closed for strongly depending on individual factors. It is currently not accepting answers. The answer to your question ...
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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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Are questions asking technical issues on academic services on-topic?

The question Is there a way to change preprint service within OSF system? is about to closed and I suspect the reason is that it's a technical question. Perhaps the close voters think that it's better ...
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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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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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Are we migrating away too many questions?

Recently, it seems that a number of questions are being flagged for migration because they are a better fit someplace else. My personal view on migration is it should only be used for questions that ...
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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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Questions about old, hard to find sources

Every once in a while, questions about (very) old papers or books pop up and the inability of the OP of said question to find them, e.g. this one or this one, posted recently only a day apart. The ...
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Which closing reasons have higher priority?

In some questions on Academia, it happens that some questions should be closed for more than one reason. For instance, a questions is about undergraduates, and at the same time it should be closed ...
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Dealing with "What should I do?" questions

There is a lot of questions asking for life advice, e.g. describing a problem with their PhD advisor (or the head of the department). It's very common that there is a list of possible decisions and ...
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When did DOI questions become off-topic here?

My question on DOIs for time series was migrated to Open Data. That's annoying. If I'd wanted it there, I'd have asked it there myself. I have an account there. But instead of being here, where it ...
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Just how high is "higher education"?

By looking at the site today, it seems that "higher education" is an euphemism for "doctorate". The definition stage however doesn't imply that (1 2 3...) Is Academia only about PhD, postdoc and ...
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Appropriateness of an overly specific series of questions that appear to have a single theme

I've now seen a series of questions from user10694 that paint a picture of a completely dysfunctional advisor-advisee relationship (Rather than list them here, it might be easier just go to the user ...
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Are questions about conduct in university-level coursework on topic?

Whenever we get a question asked by a student about exams, studying, cheating, disputing grades, or other aspects of university-level coursework, I see flags and comments along the lines of: The ...
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Questions about practices related to specific computer science subfield -- when are they on topic?

There were recently two questions about specific, different, computer science subfield. Why do a lot of publications ignore better results from other papers // compare only to old results (example in ...
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Are questions on the theory of academic research on-topic?

Working in academia is not just navigating university politics. It is also about conducting research and teaching one's field to students. Academia already has an explicit policy of accepting ...
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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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"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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Questions on drawing software

Questions about drawing software appear periodically on this site, and get either closed as off-topic or closed as duplicate of this one, which is again closed. I think that this state of affairs is ...
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Questions about particular institutions

The guidelines state: As a general rule, if you're asking about a particular institution...it's likely your question is too limited in scope Can this rule be made more precise? In particular, ...
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College undergraduate advice questions [duplicate]

We've had a couple questions since the dawn of Academia.SE asking for advice about undergraduate-related topics, the most recent being this well-formulated and generally pretty solid question. In the ...
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Are questions about figures and statistics in academia (e.g. number of students, researchers, etc.) off-topic?

To give some context, I have a quite simple question (i.e. the number of international doctoral students in the US), but I have two different sources that give apparently conflicting figures. Would it ...
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Why was my question ("Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?") closed?

My question (Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?) was closed as off-topic today. To be honest, I hesitated before posting it because it felt not quite like an exact fit for this SE ...
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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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How about allowing more localized questions?

Currently, most of questions here are very general. It also reflects in upvotes per question (which is very, very high, compared to any other SE site I know.) It is good that we are able to produce ...
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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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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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Why does AC.SE exclude undergraduate students?

It seems SE users that are not particularly involved in AC.SE are often confused that while questions pertaining to undergraduate students, classes and degrees are relevant to academia, we generally ...
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Are questions about non-academic sites using research publications off-topic?

I don't understand why my question about Google knowledge panel was closed as off-topic. The only reason I can think of is that the question is about a non-academic site. I would like to understand in ...
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Are realistic hypothetical situation based questions permitted?

The question would have to be very specific and answerable, but would hypothetical (and realistic) questions be permitted? What I mean by this is, would situations that do not necessarily happen to ...
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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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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 ...
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Questions related to ADHD among students and academics

Should questions that focus on the effects of ADHD on academics and students be on or off topic? For example: Survive the postdoc stage having ADHD. And the OP has added a new tag. I'm of mixed ...
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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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On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia?

We seem to have a very inconsistent policy with respect to questions on legal issues related to academia. I am not referring to questions asking for legal advice for a particular situation (these ...
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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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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

Is there a (text)book on how academia works? I agree that it looks like a shopping request as its current form, but it is stemmed from the question "how to have a systematic understanding on how ...
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Are questions about the reputability of individual journals, publishers or conferences on topic?

Yesterday, we closed this question about an individual conference’s reputability, i.e., as to whether the conference is a scam or not. The author correctly remarked that a similar questions remained ...
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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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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 questions requesting reviews of flaws in exams on-topic?

I recently sat a statistical/machine learning exam where, I believe, the instructions and questions were clearly flawed (to the point of being logically incoherent). The problems with the instructions ...
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Are questions on features offered by a website related to academic research on-topic?

Are questions on features offered by a website related to academic research on-topic? Some are closed, some are open, so I wonder what the scope of this Stack Exchange website is on that kind of ...
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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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Has the stance on questions pertaining to legal issues changed?

On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia? seems to say questions pertaining to legal issues are on-topic. However, the question below got closed on the grounds that it is a legal ...
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Where is the line between "a question about doing research" and "a question about the content of research"?

My question (How can physicists help in theoretical biology, besides math and fresh perspectives?) is decided to be off topic because of this reason: However, please do not ask questions about: The ...
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Why was “Physics research journal for undergraduates” not closed?

A few days ago, this question was asked. While the author is somewhat unclear about what he is actually looking for, he is certainly looking for an individual journal or a list of journals as an ...
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