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Welcome to Academia.SE!

Welcome to Academia.SE, the free, community-driven Questions and Answers site for academics of all levels - from aspiring graduate and professional students to senior researchers - as well as anyone ...
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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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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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Is deleting comments a form of censorship?

Fellow Users of Academia.SE, Recently on academia.SE and meta.academia.SE, I wrote that I was unwilling to have longterm participation in a site for which content -- specifically comments, although ...
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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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Which of these posts should be deleted?

There has been some discussion recently here about deletion. What I could suggest, in order to avoid having one question here for each content we might want to delete, is to post as an answer to this ...
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Modifying the “Ask Question” page to include tagging recommendation

Based on my answer in this question, I propose that we modify the tag placeholder text (currently "at least one tag (graduate-school note-taking science), max 5 tags") to strongly encourage the poster ...
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What should happen to closed questions?

What is this community’s take on deleting closed questions? What are the criteria for deletion? In the past few days, I have voted on deleting some of the closed questions that seemed to have ...
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Publicizing the site

This site should be pretty easy to publicize; simply post flyers around the various departments. Would someone with design skills be willing to throw together a flyer to be around the various campuses ...
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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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Keeping track of our stats

Moderators have a view of the site's statistics, but they cannot share the specifics. So, I'm starting this post to keep track of the evolution of our statistics over time. Please feel free to update ...
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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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Time to Expressly Ban “I want to do X, Here's My Life Story…” questions?

Inspired by talking to a fellow Academia user at SciPy: Every SE site seems to have a particular genre of questions that are essentially unanswerable. I've come to believe that the questions we get ...
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What are we generally looking for in answers?

I am interested in learning what users of this site look for and appreciate in an answer. On this site, what are the characteristics of a good answer? (Examples of exceptionally good answers, and ...
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Removing useful but not immediately on-topic comments

I recently deleted a few comments (mods, you can see them here) which had been flagged as off-topic. Briefly, the OP had asked a question, a community member answered, and then a separate discussion ...
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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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What's the difference between down-vote, vote to close and flag ?

For some questions, I'm not sure whether I should down-vote it, vote to close or flag for moderator attention? Which one should I choose?
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UPDATED (APRIL 14): Design for Academia.se

I’m Stéphane, senior product designer at Stack Exchange. First, I wanted to congratulate you because this site is now starting the process of moving out of beta to become a fully-graduated site! Well ...
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Don't walk. Don't run either

If we have a meme on this site, it's "Don't walk. Run." It is like an inside joke for the community ... but the joke might not be clear to newcomers. If we could get past the semantic satiation for ...
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People denying the situation in the questions instead of answering

I have recently noticed a trend in the answers on academia.se to question the situation about which OP is asking because not every single detail is provided, instead of answering what is being asked. ...
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What should we do with the “Can I get into X program with 3.xx GPA?”

There's been a couple of questions along the lines of "Can I get into X program with x.xx GPA?" Is it possible to get into a good masters program in computer science with a 3-3.5 GPA? Can I get a ...
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Let’s specify our scope with respect to undergraduates

Proposal Currently the definition of our scope with respect to undergraduate questions is: [do not ask questions about] Undergraduate-specific issues that could not apply to graduate or ...
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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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When is an edit not an edit any more?

As a community, where do we want to draw the line between editing old off-topic closed questions and changing them completely? This recently edited question has received many comments (well, a few ...
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Are realistic hypothetical situation based questions permitted?

The question would have to be very specific and answerable, but would hypothetical (and realistic) questions be permitted? What I mean by this is, would situations that do not necessarily happen to ...
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Workplace.SE and boat-programming questions

The question "Is it more difficult for teetotalers to develop academic contacts?" has a couple of close votes suggesting it should be migrated to workplace.se. It appears the question is a boat ...
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Suggestions for avoiding disruption when retagging?

There has been general agreement here on meta that our tags are not in great shape, to say the least. Big tags like phd and graduate-school are beyond the scope of this particular post, and need ...
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Discussion about Academia Community Polls

Please discuss any ideas and issues about Academia Community Polls in this thread to keep it tidy.
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Are questions asking technical issues on academic services on-topic?

The question Is there a way to change preprint service within OSF system? is about to closed and I suspect the reason is that it's a technical question. Perhaps the close voters think that it's better ...
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Revisiting custom close reasons

It's been a while since these have been looked at, but I think that it's appropriate to revisit the issue. Right now, we have two custom close reasons that are very similar to one another in scope: ...
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Are US-specific questions OK?

Are questions that are US-specific on-topic on this site? (i.e., only relevant to academia in the United States) (Do people want to see those kinds of questions tagged or marked in any particular ...
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Big list questions

We have talked about big list type questions in the past. This question is now on the front page again: Software to draw illustrative figures in papers I don't particularly like big list questions, ...
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“If your question is not about…”: proposed change to help center text

Some time ago, Ben Norris proposed here on meta that we update the help center text to be explicit about what not to ask. That proposal currently appears to have the community's approval. Several ...
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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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OpenScience and Academia Q&A sites

It is interesting to learn what is the viewpoint of Academia.SE community on the following situation. There is an Area 51 proposal for OpenScience which recently went into the private beta. As we ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2015

The dawn of a new year, 2015, now approaches, or has already approached, either way it means that it is now time for the site's first new cycle of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community ...
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Why do the moderators move comments to chat and how should I behave afterwards?

On highly visited posts, one often finds a comment: Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. or a post notice: Controversial Post — You may use ...
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Minor edits of other people's questions

I am confused by the instructions about editing Edits are expected to be substantial and to leave the post better than you found it. Common reasons for edits include: To fix grammar and spelling ...
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Boat. (Or not)

One of my questions—Topical tag cloud generator for researchers/academics—was migrated to a site I'm not a member of and have no intention of signing up for. Thus I can no longer interact ...
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Comments deletion in Academia SE

I know that extended comment discussions are discouraged and by SE rules they should be continued in chat. A prime example of this situation was the recent I was caught cheating on an exam, how can I ...
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Should we edit questions to match how they were answered?

Consider this question: Best strategy to learn programing for graduate research data analysis in biology This question attracted interesting answers (I'm excluding mine from this judgment). Most of ...
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Undergraduate questions

I think we have discussed undergraduate questions a couple of times on meta, but I cannot find anything that looks relevant. I think we are closing questions by undergraduate too quickly. The ...
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Should we name names when talking about bad publishers and researchers?

In this question: My paper was withdrawn from predatory journal after publication, what should I do? the OP is considering naming the publisher and a high rep user has recommended them to do this. I ...
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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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The more comments, the better!

There has been a few questions recently which have been closed and then reopened (How to physically handle hundreds and hundreds of papers, How to deal with the frustration of doing PhD at a low-...
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Gendered pronoun usage

One of the community members has approached the moderators with a concern about gendered pronoun usage amongst our Academia members. Specifically, this individual felt that calling out gender in ...
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What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An “Academia varies more than you think” perspective)

A remarkable point of this community is that it makes people realize that academia varies more than you think it does. One of these variations is the structure of the different education levels. ...
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Are questions on software on topic

Are questions on software on topic? This question on writing software seems almost identical to questions on poster, illustration, notebook, citation, and data analysis software. The citation and ...
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Vote on tag synonyms!

We have some tag synonym suggestions that have not been voted on, despite being quite old. I'd like to suggest people visit the tag synonym page and vote on existing suggestions:      Click on the ...
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Closing/migration criteria

There has been much discussion recently over when to to migrate questions away from the site. A while back, I found a question on meta.stackexchange which outlined the criteria one should use to make ...

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