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how to get the closing voters attention

Here I got a close vote. I have no issue with it but how can I know the intention behind closing voters. How to get their attention. Are voters required to explicitly justify their actions? ...
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Getting out of beta

Is there any sense of when we'll be able to leave beta ? I've been watching the stats, and while the number of questions/day bounces around the magic 5.0 mark, all the other markers seem quite strong (...
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Answering without real experience

I am new to the academia and read a lot of how to be a good student/researcher and teacher. This said, I really have no real experience in some questions on Academia.SE but I do have a sense on how ...
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Are questions being deleted too quickly?

I have recently acquired moderator privileges. Academia is the first SE site where I do so, so I was curious to see what they are like. One thing that struck me is how quickly some questions get ...
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Accepting answers from soft-questions

What all we know, we (i.e. academia.SE) are hacking the system for objective verifiable Q&A for the purpose of advise questions. (And, IMHO, we have hacked it successfully). However, I have some ...
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Can I ask which universities offer programs that specialize in X? (X = software development processes)

I am currently in my grad program in CS, and I am interested in studying software engineering processes, project management, and metrics in a PhD program. Can I ask here or on the main Academia site ...
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College undergraduate advice questions

We've had a couple questions since the dawn of Academia.SE asking for advice about undergraduate-related topics, the most recent being this well-formulated and generally pretty solid question. In the ...
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Abusive content

Maybe some of you have notice that we've had some abusive content lately, which was caused a particular user. I have destroyed all of the corresponding accounts, including some content that might not ...
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No more “needs work” categories

Along the lines of "Third excellent...", we now have no more "needs work" categories, having just bumped over the 5 questions/day mark. This is more of an announcement than a question, so it can be ...
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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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Is a question on the current usage of academic indicators (h-index, impact factor, etc) too loose a question for Academia.SE?

I would be interested to know if anyone has objective facts and reports on how academic workplaces are currently using these academic indicators. For instance in the upcoming REF2014, academics are ...
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Can we learn anything from our “Greatest Hits” to date?

Here's a list of the so-called "greatest hits" on academia.SE These are, roughly speaking, the questions that have got the most positive attention from non-StackExchangers. So, these the most ...
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Tag for closed questions?

Following up on our recent discussion on closed questions, I'm wondering if it might not be a bad idea to create a tag for closed questions. This might help us to "corral" them a bit better. Thoughts?...
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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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How to deal with different disciplines / fields?

Many of the current answers begin with "It depends on your field" / "There is no one answer". Indeed, each field is unique, although they share common grounds. For questions that depend on the ...
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Does the question on the ethicality of Googling one's homework belong to Acad.SE?

I saw a question on the ethic of googling one's homework. The questioner, though having posted it on Math.SE, asks about the "pedagogical" merit of doing the same. This question has been closed as not ...
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Are questions on opportunities in industry after a doctorate on-topic?

In this question, the OP wants to know the opportunities in industrial R&D after a PhD in organic chemistry. In general, industry vacancies and requirements do not have anything to do with ...
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Third “excellent” on Area 51 - congratulations to all - nearly ready for graduation

Over on Area 51, this site has just achieved its third "Excellent" category, having just passed 150 users with a score of at least 200. We just need to get questions per day up above 5 (currently 3.8,...
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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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where can I track site visits over time?

I know that the site stats (on the left side of the front page) include visitors/day. I'm guessing that is averaged over some time frame. Is there a place that I can see the number of visitors on ...
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What does the “application” tag mean (and what should it mean)?

I noticed that questions labeled with the application tag generally fall into the category of applications for a course of study or fellowship. However, a few (I think two currently) use this tag to ...
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Are questions of college admission and application submission allowed?

I am 31 year old and graduated with an Bachelors Degree nearly 10 years ago. I'd like to go back to school for an entirely different field of expertise and earn a doctorate. Are questions regarding ...
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Do we need an EVENTS tag

I was going to ask a question about graduation and I didn't find the tag I was looking for. I was thinking that an "events" tag would be useful for questions about different events that academics go ...
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Are questions about preparing for industry on topic?

Lots of people go to "grad school" to get a job in "industry", where industry might include business (MBA), medicine (MD), and law (JD). Even many who are pursuing a PhD want an industry job ...
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Providing qualifications with answers

In this answer, the user has decided to provide a evidence for what makes him qualified for answering the question. While I can see it as potentially useful, I am not sure it is needed or desirable. ...
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Is it fine to judge academia.SE by the same yardstick as that of others?

I've just been to the stats of travel.SE and I found their stats phenomenally better than ours. While 8 questions and 1800 visits per day is excellent, I do think that some part of this has to do with ...
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Are questions on student success/retention or recruitment on-topic, particularly if they are about research in those areas?

As a followup to DQdlM's question about pedagogy, are questions about student recruitment, success, or retention on topic even if they are not related to curriculum development or instructional design?...
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Transfer of question from The Workplace to Academia?

Well the other day I was asking this question on The Workplace. However my gut feeling told me the question didn't really belong there, and they introduced me to this SE site instead. Here's my ...
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Discussion based questions

Well this question is bound to be controversial. What should we do? What is being done to make the academic environment more women friendly?
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Contesting a duplicate question: Being a Journal Reviewer

The following question is being considered to be a duplicate of the second. How do I become a journal reviewer? How do you earn opportunites to review journals or conference papers? I was basing ...
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Academia self-evaluation: let's get critical! [closed]

You love your site and we love your site, but there is a whole world of people out there who might not even know it exists. When they do find it, their first impression will either scare them away or ...
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Asking about a discussion on tenure system

I would love to ask a question on the tenure system that is in vogue in US. I see a few publications in Google, and also a few blog posts talking about the pros and cons of the system. I wish to ...
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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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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Fixing up the postdoc treatment question

How can we fix this question to be more focused on helping postdocs and less argumentative and provocative?
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Are questions about journals and citation management on-topic?

I saw this question on the computational science stack exchange. I thought the question (about finding DOIs from a list of formatted citations) would be a good fit for the site, but one of the other ...
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Is it time to start adding moderators?

Since we're about two weeks into the public beta now, I would think that it would be time to start considering adding more moderators (right now, I believe Anna is the only moderator, and she's with ...
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What are existing online forums where academics congregate that would welcome being informed about this site?

In order to promote the site, it would be good to post a notification on some of the existing online forums where academics congregate. What online forums exist? As side points What community does ...
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Just how high is “higher education”?

By looking at the site today, it seems that "higher education" is an euphemism for "doctorate". The definition stage however doesn't imply that (1 2 3...) Is Academia only about PhD, postdoc and ...
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Keeping up with our progress on Area 51. Keep the good questions coming!

The Area 51 site has various metrics by which the stack overflow teams assesses the viability and growth of our community (our site profile can be found here). After the flurry of initial questions ...
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Questions with “assignment” in them should have automatic warning

On the main SO site, any questions with the word "best" in them have a warning automatically displayed: Based on some recent questions [1][2], I want to propose a similar warning for our site if ...
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Expand scope of site to include academics searching for info on industry jobs

I was wondering whether we should allow questions about academics searching for industry positions. This question on jobs outside of academia was closed, based on our brand-new FAQ, but I thought the ...
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Including country/region and discipline in Q&A for which it is relevant

Some issues are likely to be different for different countries and different disciplines, e.g.: funding, career path and opportunities, academic degrees, compulsory exams. I think it is worth to ...
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Proposed FAQ “What kind of questions should I not ask here?” entry

It looks like most sites have boilerplate text for the "don't ask this", but given the recent discussion involving the "too localized" flag, I thought we may want to consider adding some text about ...
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Proposed FAQ “What kind of questions can I ask here?” entry

The In the spirit of how other SE communities expanded on their current FAQ entry of "What kind of questions can I ask here?", I propose that ours read as follows: This site is for academics of all ...
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Questions involving lists

I think that some question involving list are actually good this site (not that the baseline level of objectiveness is shifted with respect to e.g. SO), as: objective, useful, of general interest, ...
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What to do about belligerent users?

We have a new user who is being more disruptive than helpful: First question The initial question was not ideal for SE, so people voted it down and to close it. That sparked outrage and: Second "...
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Vote early and often!

I belive we shold follow the advice of Scott Morrison: vote early, vote often. This is a way to express which questions are on- or off-topic, and the site needs high rep users.
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“advantages and disadvantages” questions

In reference to this question about being a professor, this is impossible to answer within the context of how SE wants us to answer questions. There's no definite answer, and even more so, there's no "...
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Scope Questions

Are the following questions within our scope: Questions regarding a particular region or university X vs Y questions with subjective answers. Like "Where do I get my PhD from USA or Europe" List ...

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