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Deleting misspelled tags

How can tags that are misspelled be deleted? There is a tag plagarism as well as the correctly spelled plagiarism. It seems setting the misspelled as synonymous would not be a useful way out.
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Is a trivia about a university or academic institution considered as off-topic?

I wonder if not-so-academic questions about academic institutions are allowed here. For example, there are such questions like: Why is the logo of DBLP (a computer science bibliography) written in ...
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Redundant answers

This question is related to Answering etiquette After a helpful answer and some helpful comments to my other question, I realize I need to articulate an additional question. On the flip side (and this ...
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Can this question be re-opened?

I edited this question to make it as less opinion-based as possible. I think this question would really be helpful for users more generally, and although the answers do have some opinion attached to ...
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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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Can a mod redact the edit history of this answer?

I think I put too much information into an answer originally (the mods know which one), and would like to redact the journal names + fields from the edit history.
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What potential duplicate targets should I know about as a reviewer?

We have a few canonical questions on this site, i.e., questions that are often used as a target of duplicate closure or were even specifically designed for this purpose. What are they? Are there any ...
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Can a controversial post become an HNQ later?

There is a post on "Possible Grading Discrimination" on the main site which has been marked "Controversial Post" Controversial Post — You may use comments ONLY to suggest ...
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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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How to lift an "answer ban" / why banned at all?

I am new to this Stack, though I have been participating in other stacks before. I answered a couple of question but have got constantly bad reactions, which for some reason are not very well liked. ...
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Tag Wiki review. Help wanted

I've taken a pass over all of the current tags on this site and provided some wiki for many of those that were without any. Unless I missed one or two, I think every tag now has something. For a few, ...
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Created [supplementary-information] tag then discovered [supporting-information] (it didn't show up in the autocomplete). What next? Synonymization?

I created a supplementary-information tag and attached it to this question. I then discovered that there is a supporting-information tag with 29 questions already. The earlier tag did not show up in ...
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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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Is there a way to easily propose tag deletion except by making a meta post?

This post had the tag t on it - I have edited the post and deleted the tag. But once created, the tag continues to exist. From the looks of it, this tag was created by mistake and should thus be ...
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How to word my question so it won't get closed?

Earlier today I posted a question asking for links to examples of 45 minute presentations for the defense of an MSc in maths. This post was later closed for being a "shopping question". So I ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

Somebody posted a question that makes an assumption I disagree with or think might be wrong. How do I best inform the asker of this? Do I post a comment or an answer, or should I vote to close the ...
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Are baseless allegations of racism allowed here?

Recently I have posted this answer to this question. I was accused of racism (source: "And, expecting everyone in the world to accept western ideas and practice is also racist/classist and there ...
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Voting for just one candidate in Mod election

It does not seem possible to vote for just one candidate in the current election. How can one do this?
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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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Removal of answer content by moderator --- edit detracts from the answer

My recent answer to a question about how to address racist comments has been edited by a moderator (eykanal) to remove a substantial portion of the content. As authority for the edit the moderator ...
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Can I dissociate my username from a question?

I made a "burner" account to ask a question on this exchange, since I wanted to keep it separate from my personal account. However, upon completing email verification, it seems to be linked ...
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Where is the "not suitable for this site" flag?

I flagged this question. When I did, there were 5 or so flags available, including "need of moderator intervention". I picked this one because I could not find the option "not suitable ...
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Is "US" the default location here?

Edit: In the question I linked to, the dublicate was accepted by the OP. However, there are other questions like this one How do academics (faculty members, PhD students, etc.) balance their work and ...
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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

The current COVID-19 crisis impacts academia in several ways: teaching and exams are moved online, conferences are cancelled, travel is restricted, etc. If you are here because of this, here is a ...
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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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Why am I getting a message about citations from reputable sources?

Want to improve this post? Add citations from reputable sources by editing the post. Posts with unsourced content may be edited or deleted. This message appeared on one of my answers. This is on a ...
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Two answers per day get downvoted – will the system notice this?

So I have noticed that two of my answers get downvoted each day. I have seen other posts that mention the system notices serial downvoting, but will the system notice two a day across several days? I ...
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Moderator said I can vote to close, but I cannot due to bounty

How can we close questions with bounties? The meta discussion says that to close a question with a bounty, you should raise a flag. I did that. The flag was declined. This question is not about ...
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I have a set of questions about writing a journal paper, how to ask?

I have a set of questions about different aspects of a journal paper (eg. What must be included in an introduction... how to write two papers based on the same model, without repeating yourself in the ...
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Fade out of questions?

Recently I noticed questions on the front page that appear faded out: What is that supposed to indicate? Is it some new feature and I missed the announcement?
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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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Request on rephrasing

Hеllo, I am asking here regarding the answer of user B. Goddard to the following question: Should I intervene when a colleague in a different department makes students run laps as part of their ...
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Why am I anonymous on Academia but not on other Stack Exchange sites?

I post mainly on Mathematics Stack Exchange, under my own name, and less frequently on other SE sites. I notice that, although signed in via Math SE, my posts on Academia SE go under a user number ...
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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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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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Why is this question about bullying still on hold?

I have tried to re-cast this question to make it more general, and less related to my own experience. Do I need to do something further to trigger a 're-evaluation'? What can be done about the ...
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Is there a way to change my review decision?

Just now, I clicked on the wrong button in the reopen review queue (I intended to vote for reopening, but instead I clicked "leave closed"). Irresponsible and thoughtless as it may be, this is the ...
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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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Can I ask questions about finding specific contents in a book?

I have this electronics book. I never read it since its like a college text book. But I am holding onto this book anyway since I know there might be knowledge that I want somewhere in there. But if it ...
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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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How to answer two questions where the same answer is appropriate, but the questions themselves aren't duplicates?

Context I recently updated my answer to the question Do all countries have the same gender imbalance in science? with additional information. Basically, my answer contains the following position : ...
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why my question have star?

Is putting a star contrast with close vote? How to deal with people in academia that have anti-science or opposing views from mainstream science?
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Rename review-articles tag to literature-review-articles

I subscribe to the review-articles tag, whose description is this: "Survey" or "review" articles are academic publications that organize and summarize the current state of research on a given ...
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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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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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Election questions

I wanted to do some copy-editing of https://academia.stackexchange.com/election but there is no "edit" button. How was the text generated? How may I contribute with some minimal copy editing? We ...
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I cannot reply to chat? why?

Please explain to me why I cannot answer to chat? people will think I don't want to reply to their oversimplification and false info about subject.
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"delete account" documentation is out of date

https://academia.stackexchange.com/help/deleting-account But the top bar is now different.
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Can I ask here regarding a high school teacher?

I have many problems with a high school teacher of mine in which I feel that some of the actions he performs are undignified and report-worthy. It closely follows the interpersonal issues tag in ...
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How can a question about TA workloads be asked?

In a recent question, an OP asked Do I have to take courses before I can start doing research despite having a master and highly relevant skills for the topic in question? I commented Generally ...