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Discussing whether a type of question is on-topic on this site

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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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Academia questions from posters below certain age off-topic?

In a question asking How to stop sexual harassment by teacher? there was a lot of down-votes so I asked why. A comment was made that (1) We do not handle high school problems. (2) The post contains ...
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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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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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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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Are questions about K-12 (pre-college) education on-topic here?

Subject line says it all -- I do not recall seeing any questions here about K-12 education here, but I also do not know if there is a better Stack Exchange site for that purpose.
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What is our stance on questions that can be used for legal and illegal purposes?

What is our stance on questions that can be used for legal and illegal purposes? Are they on-topic or off-topic? The other Stack Exchange websites that I am aware of where this issue has been ...
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What is our stance on questions asking about MOOCs?

What is our stance on questions asking about MOOCs? Are they on-topic or off-topic? To put it otherwise, are MOOCs regarded as part of academia by this Stack Exchange community? (or do you prefer to ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Are questions about a reference system for academic documents off-topic?

Are questions about a reference system for academic documents off-topic? Example, in reference to this question: PubMed IDs (a.k.a. PMIDs) seem to have been assigned sequentially: https://...
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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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Questions on writing: should I ask them in here or in writers.SE?

Recently, I find that in the writers.SE, there is a academic tag. Its description says: Writing texts in a scientific or educational setting: peer-reviewed articles, theses, text books, and others. ...
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Are questions on government research labs on-topic?

One definition of academia defines it as: The environment or community concerned with the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship. Whereas others would relate it more strictly to ...
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Should my question (How can physicists help in biology…) be reopened?

Here is my original question: How can physicists help in theoretical biology, besides math and fresh perspectives? As stated in jakebeal's answer in the meta question I ask: Your question was then ...
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Are questions specific to a university acceptable?

I'm interested in applying to ETHZ for my master degree in mathematics, and for this reason I would like to know some details on the program of the bachelor degree in mathematics held at this ...
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How broad is too broad?

I am going to do research in Japan for 4 months, as such I want to ask questions about Japanese academia. How broad can I make my question? For example: What do I need to know before travelling to ...
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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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Are questions about doing research related to academia?

The question is rather straight forward. Are questions, related to doing research, related to academia? Academia is, after all, the main place where research is done and which often sets the standards ...
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Are questions about standard syllabus on a course on-topic for the site?

I want to ask a question about a standard syllabus for a research methods and technical writing course; but I am not sure whether it is on-topic for this site or not. I seek advices on how the course ...
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Question about BSc in preparation for research career closed as “undergrad” question?

This question asks about qualities to consider in an undergrad degree, in order to get into AI research in the future: What factors are important in an online BSc for eventual goal of AI research? ...
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Questions on fairness: opinionated/subjective or not?

This question here is practically asking whether or not a particular scheme used at his/her school is fair/ethical. Specifically the heart of the question says (emphasis mine): Do you think this ...
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merge the research-undergraduate tag into research

We currently have 76 questions tagged research-undergraduate. By the definition of the site scope, either: these questions are about research that's not applicable to postgrad students and academic ...
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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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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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Are questions of college admission and application submission allowed?

I am 31 year old and graduated with an Bachelors Degree nearly 10 years ago. I'd like to go back to school for an entirely different field of expertise and earn a doctorate. Are questions regarding ...
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Are questions on student success/retention or recruitment on-topic, particularly if they are about research in those areas?

As a followup to DQdlM's question about pedagogy, are questions about student recruitment, success, or retention on topic even if they are not related to curriculum development or instructional design?...
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College undergraduate advice questions

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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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 ...