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Why were my comments deleted?

I wrote two comments on this question. Both were deleted. The moderators provided no justification for this deletion. Which "rules" did those comments violate? Related Is deleting ...
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May I ask this question or will it be closed?

I'd like to know if I can get more specific than a checklist to understand whether or not my research paper (at the graduate level for getting my M.Sc.) is good enough to publish anywhere. It's been ...
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How does this question have 2k views in spite of not being a HNQ?

How can an independent researcher publish a well-written research paper / proof in a respected mathematical publication? I'm curious how this question has 2k views in spite of not being a HNQ & ...
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How can I improve my question about " 'inclusive' access", textbook self-destruction, and resale prevention?

Not too long ago, I posted the question: Why don't " 'inclusive' access" textbook publishers find a way to prevent resale, without requiring automatic textbook self-destruction after a year?...
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Is a question requesting an endorsement (or other similar benefit to the OP) spam?

I recently encountered a question that was just a request to be endorsed in arxiv. I flagged as spam on the basis that it's not a real question, just "pure" self-promotion. Was that the ...
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Are purely hypothetical questions allowed?

I recently ran into the following question: What happens if one of your committee members die after your initial submission? My understanding is that open-ended, hypothetical questions are not ...
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Why was this offensive?

Why would I ever create a new exam when I can just re-use an old exam and then accuse any student of obtaining a copy as cheating? was deleted as rude or abusive. Why?
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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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Contacting a user to share very valuable info with them

I want to notify a user that would I am worried will flabbergast his education opportunity, having more chance of if the answers also forget this. I maybe overreacting, sorry. An user asked this ...
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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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If your essay limits 1500 words, can you just reference essay prompt without discussing it, then criticize it?

Apology for If your essay limits 1500 words, can you just reference essay prompt without discussing it, then criticize it?. How can I edit it so it doesn't strongly depend on individual factors? My ...
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Did this question have a thank-you note added by somebody other than the person who asked it?

The revision history of this question seems to be saying that edit #6 is the addition of a thank-you note where the question-asker apparently thanks the people who answered the question: Thank you to ...
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On the closure of “Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments?”

Yesterday, I asked a question in Academia.SE: Are there any scientific papers that were retracted by the publisher due to the reader comments? Disclaimer: I am not racist, and I am fully aware that ...
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Can we reopen “Is this statement on doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics?”?

Is this statement on doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics? was closed for being primarily opinion-based. It actually failed to be closed in the close queue, receiving three ...
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How to save the question "Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?"

Many apologies for Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?. How do I edit it and make it on-topic? Thanks!
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Should we reject an edit that fundamentally changes an off topic question on translating books?

A user heavily edited someone else's closed question I want a book to be translated into my native language? to change the question from focusing on a popular fiction book (which seems clearly off ...
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Can we reopen the question about reducing PhD positions?

Can we reopen this question? Originally it presented some arguments for reducing the number of PhD positions offered, and asked, "What's your opinions about this". It's been edited so it's fairly ...
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Is putting drafts and links on questions fine?

I have a question to ask on the main site, and I want to ask on the meta first. My concern is that I may need to put links to my works, which can be perceived as hidden advertisement or making the ...
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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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How to deal with the "research at highly productive institutions" question?

Why is research at highly productive research institutions better than those at not-so-highly productive research institutions? Unfortunately the answers to that question focus on critiquing how the ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals [duplicate]

I'm a bit concerned about a recent post (now deleted, link for 10 k users only) which was a pretty aggressive accusation with both the specific supervisor and accuser clearly identified. I think most ...
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Please help me correct my question

I removed the GRE and focused on the US specifically. For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology?
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Could this huge attention to a gender related question be marked as sexist in Academia.SE?

Recently, this question has received a huge attention which is related to relation of a woman with her male colleagues in some European universities. I believe this question is written in a selfish ...
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I cannot find question, is it deleted?

there was a question about problem with industrial partner in Marie Curie program, I tried search menu, but nothing came out both times. Can anyone help me find? thank you
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Why was “Funding in mathematics from large companies as undergraduate” closed?

When I browse the questions on the issue of research funding, I found that this question was closed (I am not the author). Since I want to be more familiar with the norms of Academia Stack Exchange, I ...
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Why is “What are illegal or/and inappropriate question on job interview?” too broad?

The irony of putting on hold this question How should I handle questions about family/spouse on the job market? is that it limits my right to apply for any position without being the questioned why I ...
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How to continue with the “political attitudes of academics” question?

The question What research explains political attitudes of academics? has attracted a lot of debate and undergone quite some change since it was posted. In particular, some of the answers do not fit ...
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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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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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What is unclear about my question?

My question about the application process at the CNRS has been "put on hold" for being "unclear". I am truly at a loss regarding what is supposedly unclear about it. I'm asking what is expected about ...
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My question about zbMATH is closed as duplicate but it is not

I'd like to have my question ZbMATH and conflict of interest reopened. It needs a vote or two more. The claimed duplicate is Under what circumstances is there a conflict of interest for a researcher ...
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Why was the recent question about dealing with common postdoc advice put on hold?

The community has recently put the question Post-doc priorities: “Laundry list” vs. “Research trumps all” on hold. The given reason was that the question depends strongly on individual factors. Other ...
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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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Was there a clear consensus on gender neutral edits?

Following How do we feel about gender specific terms? I surmise that editing in gender neutral wordings is not appreciated. In the case of this question however, I believe it is one gender neutral ...
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On topic to ask for feedback on draft of degree project report?

I do a degree project in computer science. We are around halfway done. I'd like somebody who is knowledgeable to give feedback on our work so far. Could that be on topic for this site or somewhere ...
Niklas Rosencrantz's user avatar
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Locked question with many downvotes but good answers

The question "How to deal with instructor forcing me to do an uninteresting optional exercise?" has been locked recently. The question is kind a of mirrored question to How to deal with uninterested ...
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Why are we challenging the premise rather than answering the question (question on potential sexist remarks)?

I find the reaction to this question quite unreasonable. The responses were overwhelmingly negative and focused on trying to prove that OP is wrong in assessing whether a given situation was possibly ...
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Double degree: why was this question closed as duplicate?

I think that the closure of the question Double PhD: is it really worth it? as duplicate of Is doing two PhD's a good path? is based on a wrong assumption. A double PhD degree is a single PhD ...
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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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Should we revive the "canonical" question about authorship standards across fields and regions?

We have this tentative at a canonical answer to authorship standards: Compiling ethical standards for coauthorship across academic fields and regions But it's been inactive since 2014. There are ...
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Why is that question too broad?

I don't understand what the following question got closed as too broad. It simply asks for some studies on a specific question. Since no close voter left a comment regarding the "too broad" ...
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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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I am struggling to understand the question of user Quang Thinh Ha, can you help me figure it out?

According to this question, UK is not providing funding for international student, which is malicious and not true, all my advisory team, mentor and two co-mentors, all 3 of them, plus head of ...
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How do I seek advice for the following question?

My question was closed as a duplicate and I was told that it's too personalized to be a helpful question to the community. Where can I find an answer to my question? Does it not belong on SE at all? ...
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How can I improve this question?

I wonder how I can improve this question. Unfortunately, I cannot ask it as a comment as the post is locked. By how, I mean in terms of content (what is unclear?), as well as technically (how can I ...
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I am unsure if this question is not being answered due to a specific date

I posted the question How to ask for a change in administrative graduate pay politely? I am unsure if this question is not being answered due to a specific date. Should I remove the part that ...
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Bilingual confusion question to community wiki?

This question about confusion in science from language differences got some really interesting answers before it was put on hold. I think putting it on hold was a good thing, as it doesn't fit the ...
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Is asking for help how to complete a degree off-topic?

I'm 80 % done with a B.Sc. in computer science and I want to know how I should finish it, in what order, or if you think that I shouldn't complete the degree at all because I'm already employed full-...
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The modafinil question

I am unsure about the appropriateness of the question https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/16215/modafinil-for-academics. For background, Wikipedia informs us that modafinil is better known ...
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What's up with "Academic dismissal from PhD program. What next?"

The question Academic dismissal from PhD program. What next? is currently marked as locked. (While it is locked, the rest of us are prevented from voting or editing.) The message says: This post ...
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