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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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In support of Academia's moderator on hiatus, Eykanal

I encourage everyone at Academia to take a look at the proposed Day of Silence which some frustrated StackExchange participants will be observing for 24 hours, starting tonight at midnight (Eastern ...
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The 'liberal arts' tag

The small 'liberal arts' tag is defined in the tag wiki as: Questions having to do with liberal arts subjects such as literature, languages, art, music, philosophy, and history. However, several ...
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How many users state preferred pronouns on Academia?

Now that The code of conduct has been changed, I found myself wondering to what extent non/gendered pronouns are a concern for people on Academia.SE. Do we have any data/rough idea about how many ...
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Stack Exchange support of the community

Recently there has be a lot of discussion regarding Firing mods and forced relicensing: is Stack Exchange still interested in cooperating with the community?. A number of moderators have resigned or ...
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How should we handle answers in the comments?

I have never understood why some answers-in-the-comments (or partial answers, or empirical data) are apparently allowed, while others get deleted. As I practice swinging this hammer, I find myself ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Academia's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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How are different disciplines represented on this site?

I am pure mathematician, and my impression (which I'm sure is not unique) from frequenting this site for some time is Academia.SE there seem to be a relatively large number of mathematicians on this ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election

The 2019 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Is this question about citations on-topic or off-topic?

This question was first closed as off-topic and then reopened. The edits did not change the topic of the question, they only added and removed details. So if the question was off-topic, by keeping the ...
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Why is there not an equal approach to judge which questions are off-topic or primarily-opinion based?

Recently, this question attracted a lot of attentions, surprisingly not just from new users even from experienced users with moderation capabilities, despite the fact that it is obviously off-topic ...
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Who decided for these elections?

As you probably know, moderator elections on SE are held "periodically", where this confusing word is used in the sense of "from time to time", and not "at regular intervals". Just for information: ...
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What happens if there are too few candidates for moderator?

At the moment there are fewer candidates for moderator than there are slots. What happens if this remains so? There are, potentially, a few members here that others, including myself, would not like ...
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Why is Stackexchange Academia so unwelcoming to new users?

For a site about academia and helping users out with academic related questions, I have tried posting 6-7 times on that forum and each time have had my questions flagged as off topic or too specific. ...
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I'm annoyed by what I feel is a farce of question

"Is it acceptable to shoot people if they annoy you?" Well, that's not exactly what was asked, but it's pretty close. And then people write serious answers saying "No, that's not ok at all" - as if ...
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Do we need to merge the tags about Asia?

Recently I was reading and answering the question Do I need to sit for TOEFL or SAT? I searched for relevant tags and saw we have three tags: Asia with 22 questions South-East-Asia with 1 question: ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Academia is scheduled for an election next week, September 16. In ...
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Was this answer edited too heavily?

This question about patent infringement yielded a few moderately contentious answers, as judged by the number of flags on the question. One of them simply stated that China was a dictatorship with ...
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What's it like being a moderator on Academia Stack Exchange?

For the upcoming and future elections, could you please describe what it is like being a moderator on Academia Stack Exchange? In particular: What are your most time-consuming or challenging duties? ...
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How to save the question “Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?”

Many apologies for Daughter wants to advocate physician-assisted suicide as her life goal. Shall she be professor?. How do I edit it and make it on-topic? Thanks!
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After someone moves your comments to chat, you lose the right to delete them. This is unfair. How to regain this right?

After someone moves your comments to chat (without asking you), you lose the right to delete these comments yourself. This is unfair; after all, you've done nothing wrong that would justify losing ...
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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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Is Stack Exchange Academia based on a flawed premise?

I have been thinking about the general model on which the stack exchange sites work and I feel like academia.stackexchange is rather flawed. The model is essentially that lay practitioners are able to ...
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Why this question is closed?

Reopen Request for this Question. Its not apparent why this question was closed in the first place.
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How does one differentiate from question writers and trolls?

If a question provokes a large no of viewers to comment it gets upvoted or downvoted more often. Isn't this similar to trolling? Pardon me if I have hurt any feelings.
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Big list question for reference managers

This recent question on reference managers and note taking has got me thinking again. I am on the record of not liking big-list questions and really not liking big-list software questions. Questions ...
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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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Mod-protection as a precautionary measure

Lately, we've had a number of questions show up at the top of the "hot questions" list: When this happens, things tend to get messy. Because of that, I often protect questions that are turning into ...
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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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Formatting sandbox — please test stuff here

This post is provided so that people can, in the answers and comments below, test formatting features of Academia Stack Exchange.
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Here's an opportunity to think constructively about how to support diversity at SE

There was a recent SE blog post about promoting diversity and niceness at SE, and an associated SE Meta question. Food for thought for us at Academia SE! Could someone provide some recent stats ...
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Disclosing one's field and privacy issues

I've been using academic.stackexchange quite enthusiastically during a rough postdoc devoid of mentorship. However, since I am a young researcher and since some of the questions I want to ask are ...
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Technical support: rational vs emotion

(Just to be clear, although all of the link here are about my question, I no longer have interest in the original question and only want to generalize the problem.) According to Are questions asking ...

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