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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: The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as a certain person’s preferences, a given institution’s regulations, ...
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Obviously insincere posts – how should users/reviewers react?

Sometimes, malicious (usually new) users post a question that is obviously not about a real situation or even a hypothetical situation that the asker is honestly interested in (note that I am not ...
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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

My question was put on hold for the following reason: "Shopping" questions, which seek recommendations or lists of individual universities, academic programs, publishers, journals, research topics ...
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Stronger visual divider between answers

A nitpick but with the new format, when I'm reading answers, I keep seeing the answer below as a comment. I scroll down and I get the realisation "oh it's an answer, not a comment". To give an idea ...
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My advisor is using and reading academia.stackexchange, how safely I can ask questions?

Few days ago my advisor shared on social media this platform, and also recommended for everyone at my uni to use it as a source of information and how something should be done in academia. I am ...
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Asking a question anonymously

I would like to ask a delicate question on the main site. This question involves professional issues at my department which border the personal level, and involve what you would call academic "...
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How should a user with a problem contact a moderator?

I am a user, and I have a problem. I want to contact a moderator to discuss it further. What is the best way to do this?
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Why do I not see an “other” option when flagging a question as off-topic?

Today I tried to flag a question as off-topic, because it has nothing to do with academia. The three options given to me for the reason for this were, cannot be generalized to apply to others in ...
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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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Other than flagging them, what can we do about blatant advertisers

There is a lot of spam in the replies here, the reply from Ian Pack is a blatant one as a quick search shows he works for the company that he is "recommending", I would not be surprised if more are ...
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What can be done to address provocative behavior by OP?

Regarding: Am I being a "mean" instructor, denying an extension on a take home exam Discussion has been extensive and the tone has been ramping up. But that's not what motivates my Meta ...
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Too many edits - You have already edited 5 of your own posts today

I am seeing this message after I've re-added appropriate tags to my migrated posts: Too many edits You have already edited 5 of your own posts today (not including very recent posts). Further ...
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Shouldn't the deleted questions always be visible to their authors, regardless of the author's reputation?

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: Circumventing the funding limitations of my potential supervising faculty for Master's project I'm used to IRC & various other ...
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About “Preparation for a non-academic career”

I was just about to ask a question having to do with "Preparation for a non-academic career". Specifically, I was going to ask how an academic can tell what's the salary range for a potential research ...
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Revealing details about other people

In my answer to "How to write a white paper for a non-academic". I mentioned that I know a true story, an example of such a situation with a "happy end". Now, it was requested that I relieve more ...
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How to suggest another StackExchange site during flag as “off-topic”?

Not all the SE sites are in the option when flagging a question as off topic. It would be nicer to suggest the exact SE site when flagging off-topic questions. Or am I missing something? Is such an ...
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Why did many simultaneously earn the generalist badge?

It appears that 20 hours ago, 75 people earned the generalist badge. For all who currently have the generalist badge, it was awarded at this time. What event or sequence of events caused the ...
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Are questions about campus facilities on-topic?

I have a question that is not a problem, but rather something that I'm curious about and could elicit a good answer. I would like to know the reasons for what I believe is a trend relating to the ...
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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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The GRE Program discontinued the Computer Science Test

According to the ETS they have discontinued the computer science GRE test as of April 2013 https://www.ets.org/gre/subject/faq and there are some questions regarding the computer science GRE test and ...
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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 a non-patronizing way of suggesting that an OP accept one of the answers?

I have from time to time been politely reminded on various SE sites to accept one of the answers I've received to a question I've written. I ventured to do the same yesterday, on Academia SE, asking ...
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What ages am I allowed to ask about here?

The help center say that this is on topic: If you have a question about... Life as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, university professor Transitioning from undergraduate to ...
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I just got downvoted on 10 questions - why would that be?

I just got downvoted on 10 answers on this site with no comment added to any of them. I assume it's not a mere coincidence. Possible reasons as far as I can tell: Something happened to a user who had ...
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Is it okay to add tags when I am contributing an answer?

Here's a specific example: I wrote an answer to this question: How to professionally handle sexist remarks by a student? The OP only included one tag. I can think of at least one more tag but I'm ...
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Why does this question not appear when I am not logged in?

I accidentally noted that a particular question does not appear on the list of questions when I am not signed in. The question comes up in the top five once I am logged in. Why is this so? Is it a ...
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What does a “well-received question” and a “positive question record” mean?

I see that I was just awarded the "Inquisitive" badge. Looking at the explanation of this badge, it says: Asked a well-received question on 30 separate days, and maintained a positive question ...
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Is dogpiling flaggable?

This question is motivated by an interesting answer to another Academia Meta question. My question is, if I see "dogpiling" going on, i.e. more and more people are jumping on a bandwagon, ganging up ...
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Can't find my answer after question was deleted; question has now been re-posted

A user is experiencing high anxiety about an academic issue. He has expressed clearly, multiple times, that (a) he is in agreement with everyone who has tried to reassure him, but that (b) his ...
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Flag declined, “Please use the closing vote mechanism” but I don't have enough reputation

I flagged a question as off-topic but it was declined, with the comment: declined - Please use the closing vote mechanism Close votes require 500 reputation, correct? Why would this be declined if ...
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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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There was a way to flag questions as 'difficult to be generalized'

This applies to a few questions out there, especially the ones asking for personal career advice. Was this function removed during graduation of the site? Or is it just me who can't access it ...
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Questions tagged with only the tag “untagged”

There are five questions that are tagged with the tag "untagged" I strongly believe that this tag should be removed and the accompanying five questions tagged properly! Is there a reason why this tag ...
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Font used academia

Can someone tell me what is the font used by academia.SE? It is very elegant.. Why it is not used throughout the stack exchange network? Edit: This is a screenshot of what my browser renders.
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How and why should a question be made a community wiki?

I wrote this question: How should academics handle communication with the media? and think it would benefit from people editing it by adding their personal experience so that we can cover more aspects ...
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On-topic-ness of GRE conventions

I recently asked a question about GRE wording conventions and was immediately told that I was off-topic. I promptly removed the question to avoid clutter, and decided instead to ask here: Are ...
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Need help focusing question

This question has four close votes. Back when it had one close vote, I attempted to explain why it was not a duplicate of a similar question. I'd like to ask for some help editing it so it's clearer ...
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What will happen to the daily reputation over 200 units?

Assume, someone's reputation within a day exceeds the threshold 200 units. What will happen to the rest of it?... Will it be considered for the next day to be applied or it will be lost?
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Questions regarding Locked Post

My yesterday's post https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/45882/complain-or-endure is locked I request an edit to make it re-open. In my understanding, the question does not generalize to ...
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Merge figures and graphics tags

The tags figures and graphics have the same description on their infotab. Although the tag-info of figures mentions that graphics is a synonym, they are actually not listed as synonyms. So far, I ...
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Unjustified trend of labelling too many questions as “duplicates”

I'll keep this very short: I believe there is a tendency here to label every similarity between questions as "duplication". This seems to harm the intention of this site and is overall unjustified. ...
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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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Can question x be marked as a duplicate of question y if x predates y?

A recent question was asked for which I wondered if it hadn't already been asked by somebody else. In searching, I found a more specific, unanswered question. It seems appropriate to merge the ...
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Where does the “0 down vote” in front of my comment come from?

I'm pretty sure I didn't type "0 down vote" in front of this comment: Is this a feature to indicate that I commented but didn't down vote? Or did I lower-backside-dial this at some point? I have ...
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Why was my upvoted answer deleted?

This is quite discouraging. Why was my answer to this thread deleted? It says converted to comment, but I do not see it anywhere. This is the 2nd time (according to my reputation record) that an ...
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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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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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Recommend to be Protected

I am familiar with the privilege. But for users without the rep, is the 'flag' function a viable means to recommend to a Moderator that a question should be protected, or is this not the right method?...
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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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Please re-open deleted answer

Please re-open deleted answer provided by self-same OP: Caregiver of disabled teenager returning to study, but can't find funding. (UK) Any thoughts? There is material in the deleted answer that ...