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Case Study: First Answer Bias

This is to share a case study about the "fastest gun in the west" issue discussed on Academia.SE here and more broadly here. On this question, the sequence of events was: Buffy, Guest, and I all ...
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How do people here feel about chain-reaction downvoting of posts?

Personally I think downvoting should only be done in very exceptional circumstances: I've been on this site for over 2 years and only picked up the critic badge about 1 month ago (meaning I never ...
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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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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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How is this offensive?

https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/150925/25124 Do Japanese-Americans not want people to talk about what happened to them during WW2? If that is the case, I want a source.
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Modifying the definition of a “shopping questions” to allow reference questions involving lists

I propose that the definition of a "shopping question" be modified to avoid confusion and inconsistency with respect to which questions are closed as shopping questions, and which are 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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Academia Community Polls

Welcome to the academia.SE Community Poll thread! (shamelessly stolen from TeX.SX) This thread is used for opinion and usage polls around Academia and academia.SE. The poll questions are added as "...
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Academia varies more than you think it does – The Movie

Introduction One of the actualities of academia that is important to be aware of when using this site is: Academia varies more than you think it does. More explicitly: Academic practices strongly vary ...
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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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A user is pushing personal beliefs about legality without referencing debate

In accepted answer to this question: A free papers search engine @Allure states that: Your friend is probably thinking of Sci-Hub. Warning: it's likely illegal, including to use the service (as ...
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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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Leave of absence

The past few days have been kind of a whirlwind on the SE network. I'm not sure there's a brief summary of events anywhere, but this meta post provides the best I've seen yet. The tl;dr version is ...
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Should we turn the cap the other way?

I was noticing something just now around the toolbar. This is what it looks like for me on the regular site: and this is what it looks like for me on the meta site: Looking at those pictures, do I ...
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Is this question OK to be asked?

A user answered/commented in https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/8819/2643 that (paraphrasing) one's reputation might suffer if they publish in not-so-highly-ranked conferences. Based on this I want ...
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New audience-specific texts for our custom close reasons

Background With recent changes to the closing system, we can now tailor the texts for custom close reasons to different audiences: One text that informs close flaggers, voters, and reviewers when ...
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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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Answering trivial questions with trivial answers in comments. Bad habit?

I may have fallen into a bad habit. A few questions get asked that don't require much thought or analysis to answer. Often the answer is "ask your advisor" or "contact that journal". The OP needs some ...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

We regularly get questions from people who describe symptoms of depression or anxiety. These are very common mental health problems. Some askers explicitly say they are depressed or anxious and it ...
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Why is this comment not deleted?

Link to comment in question I've already flagged the comment, but it's still there, so I'm guessing the moderators decided it's acceptable. I don't see why. It effectively associates World Scientific ...
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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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Is asking advice from experienced people considered as off-topic?

This question entitled as "Leaving academia at 39" basically asks advice from people who had similar experience during their academic career. I believe that his question is highly relevant to academia,...
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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 your are here because of this, here is a ...
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Can we help support faculty suddenly thrust into online learning?

I don't know how much help I can be, but I've created a chat room where people who suddenly find themselves in a situation where they have to entirely change their teaching toolset in the next few ...
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Resigning and leaving SE

I have decided that I can no longer contribute my efforts to Stack Exchange and therefore I am stepping down as a moderator and planning on leaving the community. I will not be deleting my accounts or ...
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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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Should one post two (conflicting) answers to a question? [duplicate]

In answer to a recent question, a user has posted two different (conflicting and quite short) answers. I'm wondering if this is recommended behavior. The question has the form What is the best way ...
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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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Request for moderator apology

A low reputation user posted a very short answer. The answer had a net 13 upvotes. A moderator deleted the answer giving the reason that "It adds nothing whatsoever to the earlier answers and has no ...
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What are the limits of “shopping” questions when it comes to software?

I posted the gist of this as an answer to the meta thread on faculty support during the corona virus, but it was suggested that it might make sense as its own question. What questions should be ...
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Is a question about a situation in which a decision should or should not be made to drop a student's grade appropriate for the exchange?

This question stems from a personal situation however I will attempt to make it generalizable if I make a post. Let me make it clear that I am not the one tasked with making this decision, I am ...
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Can we have a “show your work” close reason?

Many of the citation-style questions, some of which are erroneously tagged citations, show little or no research effort and can be answered by consulting the appropriate style guide. Some recent ...
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

The question was closed. Currently, my closure reason comment has 25 upvotes. There are several bad answers. I cannot find any comments about reopening (too many to read them all carefully.) Why ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Dealing with the “diversity question” answer

The question How to answer the diversity question during faculty interview has attracted a few answers, but one in particular stands out as being both rather non-politically correct and also quite ...
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Dealing with “In my experience…” answers

This particular SE has the significant problem that many answers will be "soft" in nature; there's no real literature on much of this, making many questions answerable only through "in my experience......
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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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Why do faculty in the sciences seem dismissive of the humanities on this site?

Why do so many of the CS and STEM members on here treat humanities and social science disciplines as if they were useless? Where does this overt prejudice come from? And why does Academia seem to give ...
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Contesting a duplicate question: non-standard career path and two PhDs

Some time ago, I had a question closed and marked as a duplicate. I found the experience to be quite bizarre-- the post many claimed answered my question did not, from my view-- I had in fact read ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Identifying Universities

I was preparing an ethics question and realized that while I was carefully anonymizing the people involved, I was identifying the universities, etc. Personally, I believe that knowing the ...
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Is it okay to ask about PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am gearing up to apply for PhD programs and I am trying to find schools and faculty that work in the area that I want to. The areas I want to work in are conservation and invasive species management ...
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No “academic writing” tag?

I was just editing tags for a question with only the “untagged” tag, and I noticed that there doesn’t seem to be an “academic-writing” tag. Given that a number of our questions seem to be about the ...
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A request for SE employees and CMs

I am taking my mod hat off for a moment and am asking this question as a regular user. This question does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the other moderators or other users of Academia.SE as ...
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Resuming activity

It's really hard to do the right thing, especially when "the right thing" isn't even known. When I announced my leave of absence along with over 30 other moderators, I hoped that SE would to recognize ...
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What are implication for Academia SE users of recent licence changes and moderators disatisfaction and revolt?

One moderator suspended activity 'm a mod on Academia.SE. After reading the official SE response, I'm going to temporarily suspend my mod activities as well. The disrespect being shown to a well-...
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What about directing advice-seeking questions immediately to chat?

The Q&A format of academia.SE is limited when it comes to questions where someone just needs advice or a brief therapy session from a formless elder in the ivory tower. Yet many people (...
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Which kinds of answers in comments (if any) do we want to keep?

As I already said here, if we want to better define our stance on answers in comments, this has to be a community effort. We have to clarify how we react to users posting comments as answers, how, if, ...
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The code of conduct has been changed

The SE Code of Conduct has been changed in regards to the use of pronouns when referring to users. There is a fair amount of discussion at MSE What does the Code of Conduct say about pronouns? and on ...
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Is the word “Bizarre” too loaded with negative meaning?

I find myself uncomfortable with the title of this question, but don't want to get into an edit war, and the question is at the moment both protected and close to closure: Is it bizarre that a ...

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