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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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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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My answer on “Writing ads to attract female PhD candidates” was deleted; why?

I posted an answer to this question: Writing ads to attract female PhD candidates, which boiled down to "How do I write job ads to attract female PhD candidates". My answer was as follows: Don't ...
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Site graduated! New design launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback. If you're still seeing the old favicons,...
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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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Are we presenting an idealised view of academia?

In a comment to this answer, rocinante wrote: And while I get that the site is heavily skewed to ignore or shut down any hint of criticism of professors in academia, rosy pictures of idyllic ...
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Academia — Top User Swag!

I come bringing good news! If your name is on the first two pages of: https://academia.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all ...you'll be getting an e-mail from me soon to send you a ...
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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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What do we want Academia.SE to be?

Edit: This was not intended to be a "Choose #1 or #2 proposal." This was intended to be a prompt for discussion about what the current community wants from this site. #1 and #2 are just things I've ...
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Is this kind of retaliatory behavior allowed? Is allowing it, in effect, discouraging questions?

In this question, How to withdraw an under review manuscript from a journal when you decide you want to submit to another journal with a higher impact factor?, the asker is told pretty clearly—in ...
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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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Do we need a 'women' tag?

A new tag: women has been created and applied to several questions. The tag wiki excerpt says: Questions specifically about gender issues in higher education and those involved in academic ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Academia's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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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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Should we react when somebody says they're contemplating suicide?

I really wanted to avoid posting this on meta and avoid drawing too much attention to it, but I've flagged the question in question yesterday and no action was taken. I checked the moderation rules; ...
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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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Canonical Q&A suggestion: “I've been admitted to multiple graduate programs, how to choose between them?”

This question is now live: I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them? In March/early April, we often get (highly specific) questions from students who have been ...
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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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How sustainable is Academia.SE?

Allow me to ponder on the future of Academia(.SE): I don't claim to be an integral or representative user of this site, but I've noticed I personally haven't been using Academia as much lately. This ...
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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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Why do people on academia.SE often suggest courses of action that are very different from what most people would do in real life?

When browsing this site, I see a lot of questions like Should I let a senior student/professor/etc be a coauthor on my paper when he didn't do any work/made only negative contributions to the ...
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Is the seemingly high prevalence of clinical depression cases in A.SE askers normal?

I recently ran a simple Google search for instances of the word 'depression' on this site, and was shocked to see how frequent they were. Does anyone else finds it surprising? Is it just an artifact, ...
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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 ...
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Do we want a canonical question for how to react to long paper-handling times?

We get a considerable amount of questions, where the asker submitted a paper to some journal and gets impatient because it appears to be stuck at a some stage: What to do when you have not received a ...
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I have just discovered that I can edit other users' posts! Is there anything I should know before I start some serious editing?

What advice do you have for users who have just discovered the edit capability? What makes a "good edit" on Academia.SE? Note: I have made one suggestion per answer, so that people can vote on them ...
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Should we make country tags visually distinct?

Higher ed systems differ quite substantially between countries, and we have country tags like united-states or germany, which serve to indicate questions that are specific to certain countries. ...
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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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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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Question predicated on the OP being a well known contemporary person

I have flagged this question and voted it for closure. It purports to be about an older incarcerated felon asking tips for how to get into law school. My issue with the question is that the OP ...
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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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Text shade is too light

I don't know if I share this experience with other members of the Academia.SE community, but for me text shade is way too light. For me, it makes it harder to read (and focus on content) plus, after ...
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Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?

I frequently see questions from this stack in the Hot Network Questions list (the network-wide list of questions in the right sidebar) that I find interesting. I sometimes answer them and have ...
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What to do with “is plagiarism plagiarism” questions?

We have seen the definition of plagiarism numerous times on this site, more or less elaborated, but always in its core: Plagiarism is passing someone else's work as your own I am all for questions ...
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Should we have a canonical question for “should I quit my PhD”?

I've seen a lot of posts on here where someone is in a PhD programme, and they're very stressed and unhappy, and want to know if they should quit. Typically, there are a number of complicating factors,...
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Could we please have a limit on negative voting for a newcomer's question?

Here's a question written by a newcomer with a small starting rep. It currently has a total negative score of -7, and four close votes (including the one I just cast). It was written 13 hours ago ...
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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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What should be done about highly controversial answers which attract many comments?

My answer to this question has been quite controversial, attracting several hundred positive and negative votes and a long thread of comments. An initial batch of comments was moved to chat per the ...
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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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Map of 32 Tags of Academia.SE

I made a map of Academia.SE, basing on tag co-occurrences. Some more description e.g. on a respective post on meta.math.SE. The project is on GitHub: https://github.com/stared/tag-graph-map-of-...
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What should we do with questions that are out of scope but apparently of great interest to the community?

Following the suggestion of @Davidmh, I want to start a discussion about this recently holded question. First of, the facts (as I see them): The question has been put on hold (with 5 community votes,...
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Undergrad research is on topic?

In this question, JeffE says that academic research questions are firmly on topic. However, this question is about undergrad research and it seems the question could just as easily relate to graduate ...
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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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Upcoming graduation

Here's a short update on my earlier comment on Meta regarding the future of the site, including our graduation… The SE team decided, a few months ago, that Academia Stack Exchange is ready for ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

You guys have gotten your own design and graduated, hurrah! And with that, you now have the opportunity to setup Community Promotion Ads for your own site, not just to apply to other sites. What are ...
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What to do with questions that are likely to be made-up click bait?

For example: Student doesn't want to take credit for his own extraordinary paper – 269 views and +9/−0 votes in 11 hours. My paper was too revolutionary - reviewers at a top journal rejected it &...
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Why are there so many “Is it appropriate to…” questions on Academia.SE?

I am not an academic, I am however a regular SE user. I see several Academia.SE questions in the "hot questions" sidebar. It seems that many of these questions go something like: "Is it appropriate ...
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On the over use of “ethics”/“ethical”

I've been struggling recently with the use of "ethics" on this site - I think it's overused to the point of the tag itself being much less useful than it could be (it's currently our 12th most popular ...
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POLL: Should we participate in the 2016 “Winter Bash” Holiday hats promotion?

In 2016, 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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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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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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