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Do we want a canonical question for general journal workflows?

We often get questions from people who are not aware how a journal works and do not understand some step in the editiorial process¹, think some step takes too long² or are just very worried³. We also ...
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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

According to this meta post, the SE staff has implemented for a couple of communities a post notice for sensitive, possibly controversial topics. The notice recites: Controversial Post — You may ...
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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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"south-africa" tag

I propose the creation of a south-africa tag. There are not many questions that target South Africa, but the few that do are sometimes tagged with africa, which is far too general. Examples of ...
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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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What should we call our chat room

Our chat room has the default name of academia. Some sites have come up with creative names for their chat rooms. It was suggested that we rename our chat room. Should we rename our chat room and if ...
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For which tags (if any) do we want tag warnings?

Introduction In another discussion, a Stack Exchange employee indicated that we might get so-called tag warnings, if we want them. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time ...
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Dealing with "how long until I hear back?" questions

We frequently get questions like this one, along the lines of "I submitted an application / had an interview, but haven't heard back after X days / weeks / months. Have I been rejected? At what ...
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Should we request a banner to warn about our policy on AI-generated content?

As announced here, sites are allowed to request a banner that would remind answerers about our policy on AI-generated content. The text would say something like: Reminder: Answers generated by ...
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Should we have a canonical question about changing fields after PhD?

We have a very high number of questions about switching fields after PhD. Most of these are duplicates except for the fields in question. Here are some examples (by no means a complete list, I just ...
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POLL: Should we participate in the 2015 “Winter Bash” Holiday hats promotion?

In 2015, Stack Exchange will continue its tradition of the "Winter Bash". Winter Bash is an annual event that can run on any Stack Exchange site that chooses to participate. Users earn “hats” for ...
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Should we have a canonical question about degree revocation?

A first draft of the requested canonical question is now live here. Please help us out by editing the wiki and adding information. Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being ...
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Should we reopen the "cold temperature on exam performance" question?

A question titled Effect of cold temperatures on exam performance was recently closed. The question is decoupled from the "inciting incident" and simply asks if there is any scholarship on ...
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Updating our "What topics can I ask about here?" help center page to be explicit about what **not** to ask

When recently voting to close an off-topic undergraduate question, I saw this screen: with the phrase: Questions about problems facing undergraduate students are off-topic unless they can also ...
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Hot Network Questions is now a bulleted list

Something changed, and now the HNQ list in the sidebar is a bulleted list: This looks a little awkward to me, since the site icons already do the job of a bullet. I don't see this happening on ...
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Should we request a pop-up to warn users about creating new tags?

Given all the recent discussion about banners and tags, I raise the following question: should we request a warning pop-up whenever someone tries to create a new tag? Apparently this is possible and ...
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2014 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Why was the "monetary benefit for winning grants" question closed?

This question seems very straightforward to me: do professors get any financial "rewards" for winning grants? It seems like OP was wondering whether this explained why professors (who ...
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New custom close reason

There seems to be a strong consensus that we need a new custom close reason to ban “I want to do X, Here's My Life Story…” questions. See the meta discussion here. User Emrakul proposed the following:...
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A tag jungle: formatting, typography, typesetting?

I have noticed that we have got three tags with very similar topics: formatting (61×) typesetting (17×) typography (18×) (Only very few questions are tagged by more of them.) I see a large overlap, ...
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Delete misspelled tag synonyms

Resulting from a discussion on this tag-related question I propose the deletion of several misspelled tag synonyms: Tag Misspelled Synonym undergraduate undergradute authorship autorship etiquette ...
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Do we need a plagiarism-checker tag?

There are a number of threads here containing "plagiarism checker". The combination of the plagiarism and the software tags goes in the right direction, but both tags are a bit broader... ...
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Tag synonym suggestions for redundant tags

I had suggested a tag synonym for a tag that was likely created due to a typo a few months ago, but it seems that the queue is not monitored. I also had a few more suggestions to clean up some ...
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Why does SE misspell "occurred" as "occured"?

To see examples of the misspelling, visit this link: https://academia.stackexchange.com/posts/55665/revisions On the right hand side, you should see the word, e.g. "occured Dec 13 '20 at 1:05&...
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"Can I apply to field X with an undergraduate degree in Y" type questions

We seem (to me) to be getting more and more question of this general form. Recent examples: I have a Bachelors and Masters in electrical engineering: Is pursuing a PhD in computer science possible? ...
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Reopening this question on MDPI

I've not voted but I'm thinking of doing so: Is MDPI a reputable Academic Publisher? Reason is that MDPI has grown really big. It's roughly the fifth biggest publisher overall now, which is incredible ...
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I asked for a software solution, question was closed as "shopping" - legit?

I asked this: How can I generate an elegant (academic) static CV web page? which got a couple of answers, including a very relevant one. The question was closed as a "shopping question", but ...
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Adding a new humanities tag

I added a new humanities tag. I was about to retag a few questions every day so I don't bump-flood the landing page, which I dimly remembered to be accepted practice - when it occurred to me to look ...
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Academia self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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Should [coauthors] be a synonym of [authorship]?

I just noticed that there are two highly similar but distinct tags on the main site: authorship, which has 893 questions, and co-authors, autorship, and equal-authors as synonyms. coauthors, which ...
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What can/should be done to improve usage of the tag [professors]?

Following up on the analogous question about the students tag. In the linked question, we decided to deprecate the students tag, since over half the questions on this site involve students in some ...
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What can/should be done to improve usage of the tag [students]?

This is a bag-o-worms I know. The tag students has been applied to nearly 500 questions, but the usage is extremely inconsistent. It doesn't seem to have any consistency at all and could be applied (...
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Deleting [advice-request] tag

There is a tag advice-request, which in my opinion is useless, as: it is a meta-tag, in general, much content here is in fact an advice request, I have no idea how should it help. Any pros or cons ...
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Delete [best-practice tag] or improve description - the status quo doesn't make much sense

I came across the tag best-practice and in the description it says: (DO NOT USE: this tag has been applied very inconsistently, and probably should not be used.) Standard or recommended practices in ...
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Is it Desirable to Extend the Purpose of this Stack Exchange?

In the tour of this stack exchange, it is suggested that questions covering these topics should be posted: academic careers, requirements and expectations of students, postdocs, or professors, inner ...
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Why can't I answer question about gender pronouns?

I found Am I conveying disrespect if I omit my gender pronoun from a conference nametag? through the Hot Questions list. I was interested in posting an answer, but I don't see the answer box. I have ...
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What is the use of the tag [guaranteed-admissions]?

I came across the tag guaranteed-admissions. Currently, it has fourteen questions (three of which are closed), and apparently, it doesn't make sense in any of them except this one (probably the tag ...
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Merge [us] and [united-states] tags

us and united-states I think the later is better; in any case, both are synonymous.
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Clarify or delete the "advice" tag

By definition, almost all questions here ask about advice. Some questions are tagged "advice", some aren't. I suggest that the "advice" tag is not useful and should be deleted. One alternative would ...
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Tag cleanup: is the [paperwork] tag really necessary?

I just stumbled upon the tag paperwork when reviewing a question and I am unsure if that tag really makes sense to keep. In many instances the tag is (IMHO) misused for questions related to (...
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Add tag "reference-letter" as a synonym for "recommendation-letter"

Can someone please create the tag reference-letter as a synonym for recommendation-letter? The tag-info excerpt at recommendation-letter begins: Questions on recommendation or reference letters ......
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Rename tag [paperwork] and create new tag for "organizing/structuring" files, papers etc

This is a follow-up to: Is the paperwork tag really necessary? After removing the tag paperwork from questions where the tag was misused I had a look at the remaing questions and other questions as ...
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Reorganising research-related tags a bit

Proposal I would like to implement the following tag structure as already suggested and reasoned in this answer. An arrow means that the respective tags are merged and synonymised, with the right tag ...
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Removing emphasis from blockquotes

Currently, quoted text (paragraphs starting with > in Markdown) is displayed with a wider margin and a very visible yellowish background in the main site. This has led some users to think that it ...
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Proposed FAQ "What kind of questions can I ask here?" entry

The In the spirit of how other SE communities expanded on their current FAQ entry of "What kind of questions can I ask here?", I propose that ours read as follows: This site is for academics of all ...
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Regarding the tag: submission

I suggest that the 20 questions with tag submission be retagged as necessary and the tag itself deleted. Some are properly tagged with paper-submission or other tags that already seem to be sufficient....
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Proposal to merge 'cheating', 'fraud', and maybe 'plagiarism' into 'academic-dishonesty'?

Currently, the tag wiki excerpt for cheating reads: Pertaining to preventing, punishing, or handling the consequences of academic dishonesty. Also, defining what constitutes academic dishonesty. ...
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Can the predefined off topic reason for closing please link to the on topics description?

I'm not sure who is actually responsible for the 'reasons for closing' choices when voting to close so I don't know how to get it edited. One of the options is that it is off topic. But that reason ...
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Update: tag [paperwork] can be deleted - new tag [document-organization] created

This is a follow-up of this question about how to proceed with the tag paperwork. Sorry for the series of questions, but as every one of them is slightly different I thought it best to create a new ...
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Can the linked duplicate question on a closed question be changed afterwards?

This question was recently closed as a duplicate of the canonical "Journal Workflow" question. Yet, when looking into it due to it being in the "reopen" cue, I think there are some ...
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