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Academia's updated site theme is now live for everyone

Update - the theme and layout is now live for everyone. Thanks for your feedback in this process. If there's additional feedback, please feel free to add to the answers below. As part of ...
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What are the criteria that determine which questions will receive so much attention?

Recently, I posted a question which at the first time I didn't expect that it will receive this huge ~ 12k attention. Now, I'm wondering why it received this amount of popularity among the academic ...
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Is academia.stackexchange suited to help interpret papers?

Let's say there is a specific paper that I'm having trouble understanding. Perhaps it's out of my field, or perhaps not. Is it suitable to the purpose of this StackExchange site that I could post a ...
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Revamping the on-topic section of the help centre

What happened I reworked the on-topic section of the help centre to make it more helpful for its intended audience (new users), more specifically: I referred to FAQs or other relevant Meta ...
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Link to view all possible badges on the site

It seems that with a user interface update, we no longer have a link to view all possible badges available on the site. The only way to view the possible badges seems to now be to click on a badge I ...
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Why was this closed (“Do I have to sit again for TOEFL”)

What is the motivation behind the close votes to Do I have to sit again for TOEFL?? It seems like a perfectly reasonable question to me. Please explain. "The answer to this question strongly depends ...
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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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If the original poster of a question wishes to delete it, do we delete?

The relevant question is this one. The OP tried to delete it, but was reverted. Should we delete it, or leave it as is (with potential negative consequences for the OP if identified)?
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Selective deleting of comments

Often a question that hits the hot network questions list or otherwise becomes controversial, attracts a lot of low-quality comments. I understand that this puts the moderators in a difficult ...
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Do more to encourage questions tagged with [conference] to tell us if they are in CS

On some large portion of all questions about conferences, it becomes important to know if the conference is in Computer Science, or one of the other fields, that takes conferences seriously as a ...
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Why was my question closed to death?

See this: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the UK, particularly for weak or borderline students? And, compare it with this: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. ...
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How to prevent censorship in a StackExchange forum?

I have made a question very clair (and interesting) as the answer and comments shows (Why publishing in a journal instead of arxiv or in my blog?), but 4 users flag this as unclear. I feel that this ...
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How do I ask a good question?

I asked a few questions on this website and I think all of them got deleted. I have no idea how to ask a good question on this site. I'm not a researcher. Maybe researchers have knowledge that I don't ...
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Could we reopen this question (“unreasonably severe teacher”)?

Could we reopen Is there anything I can do about an unreasonably severe teacher?? According to the help center, questions about "Requirements and expectations of academicians" are specifically on ...
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Can I ask a question about guidance for looking for a PhD?

I have an engineering background but I want to do a Ph.D. in psychology. Can I ask a question about this giving the details?
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Links to Beall's List are broken and need to be fixed

Beall's List was an influential list of predatory journals, but it doesn't exist any more (and hasn't since mid January 2017). You might already know that, but did you know that there are over 60 ...
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Could we please reopen these questions about salary and treat all salary questions in a uniform way?

This question and this other one have been recently put on hold for being strongly dependent on individual factors. I think that the closure of the above questions is unfair and unwarranted, given ...
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Are questions about research administration on topic?

I think it's clear from the Help and actual questions/answers here that questions about the academic side of research are on topic. However, are questions about research administration on topic? By "...
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Wrote an essay with the exact opinions I have posted in a question and Turnitin found it and said it is plagiarized

I have posted a question a few months ago and I would like to get it deleted. In the question I have posted my own opinion and views that I have used in an essay. I have been told that there have ...
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How to answer two questions where the same answer is appropriate, but the questions themselves aren't duplicates?

Context I recently updated my answer to the question Do all countries have the same gender imbalance in science? with additional information. Basically, my answer contains the following position : ...
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Gender survey question- two similar answers, opposite reception

This has to do with this question on conducting surveys and asking gender-related questions. I am confused about two answers (one mine-user153812, and the other, later answer by jakebeal). To ...
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Should I ask a separate question instead of awarding a bounty for the Brexit question?

I started a bounty recently for this question. The reason is explained in the bounty notice: most of the answers are passionately anti-Brexit. However if the answers provide the entire story, then ...
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why my question have star?

Is putting a star contrast with close vote? How to deal with people in academia that have anti-science or opposing views from mainstream science?
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Why do we redirect all “what is happening to my paper” questions?

We commonly redirect questions such as "Manuscript status changed from Review in progress to Ready for review" to "What does the typical workflow of a journal look like". However they are not similar ...
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Community Wiki post on interpreting GRE scores?

In response to this meta question, I decided to create a generic question and answer for posts that ask whether a particular GRE score is good enough for entry to a particular degree. The goal of the ...
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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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Question now close, after complaing of why is put on hold, what to do next? [duplicate]

I dont understand now Is there any relible evidence of underrepresentation of LGBTQ scientists in STEM fields? [closed] is closed, with no explanation how is this out of scope when the question about ...
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Why questions about race is on topic, but about LGBTQ not?

Latino is not even race, Is this statistic about how many Latinos/Hispanics have a PhD in the USA correct? and it was only referenced via social media, my question Is there any relible evidence of ...
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Rename review-articles tag to literature-review-articles

I subscribe to the review-articles tag, whose description is this: "Survey" or "review" articles are academic publications that organize and summarize the current state of research on a given ...
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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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Would this questions be on topic here?

I want to ask a question, but I'm wondering if it's on topic here. It's a question about if I should even bother writing up a paper, but the work is in Abstract Algebra, so maybe MathOverflow would be ...
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What does consensus mean if there is no action?

This is quite funny, because although whether the original question about the OSF system is reopened or not, I think the meta series is more interesting. First, let's recap: Are questions asking ...
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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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Reorganising research-related tags a bit

Proposal I would like to implement the following tag structure as already suggested and reasoned in this answer. An arrow means that the respective tags are merged and synonymised, with the right tag ...
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Should this question on the OSF system be reopened?

There is a closed question on the OSF system: Is there a way to move a preprint from one service to another within the OSF system? that has spawned a number of comments as well as two meta questions: ...
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I cannot find question, is it deleted?

there was a question about problem with industrial partner in Marie Curie program, I tried search menu, but nothing came out both times. Can anyone help me find? thank you
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Shouldn't there be a way to prevent false duplicate flags?

A few people flagged the last couple of questions I asked as duplicates of other questions, while they clearly weren't duplicates and the people flagging it had apparently misunderstood/missed the ...
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Why are the majority of questions here related to either CS or mathematics?

I have been here for about 1-2 months, and clearly see that most of the questions come from mathematicians or computer scientists. Am I wrong? Is it because these disciplines are on their computers ...
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Questions about admissions procedure in different countries

Part of the questions on the Academia.SX mainly focus on admissions procedure in different countries. One of the best questions, succeeded to cover questions about application procedure in the United ...
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Can I mention the name of a potentially predatory journal in an academia.SE question?

In the following question, I describe how I believe to be the target of a possibly predatory journal: Can an academic journal with low reputation be a scam? I was informed in the subsequent answers ...
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Why was “Funding in mathematics from large companies as undergraduate” closed?

When I browse the questions on the issue of research funding, I found that this question was closed (I am not the author). Since I want to be more familiar with the norms of Academia Stack Exchange, I ...
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Why has D.Hutchinson been banned for 28 years?

@scaaahu noticed in the Ivory Tower chat that https://academia.stackexchange.com/users/91603/d-hutchinson?tab=profile has been banned for 28 years. Incredible! I took a look at D.Hutchinson's posts at ...
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Why is “What are illegal or/and inappropriate question on job interview?” too broad?

The irony of putting on hold this question How should I handle questions about family/spouse on the job market? is that it limits my right to apply for any position without being the questioned why I ...
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How to proceed with the lingerie–elevator question?

The question What was offensive about the "ladies lingerie department" joke, and how can I avoid offending people in a similar way? has caused a lot of controversy in comments and answers, ...
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How to continue with the “political attitudes of academics” question?

The question What research explains political attitudes of academics? has attracted a lot of debate and undergone quite some change since it was posted. In particular, some of the answers do not fit ...
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Follow on to the lingerie–elevator question

The original question about the lingerie joke made in an elevator was controversial leading to a lively meta discussion. The consensus appeared to be to ask a new, but related, question on issue. This ...
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Misrepresented as making a post community wiki

Mi answer is labeled as been made a community wiki by me. Post Made Community Wiki by Jose Antonio Dura Olmos That is not the case, I did not make the answer community wiki. There may be good ...
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Can I ask about the research level of a certain university here?

For some reasons I need to know about the level of research conducted in a certain university (not because I want to study there: I got my Ph.D. years ago). Specifically, I'm interested in a certain ...
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I do not understand why this question was put on hold

Recently my question here was put on hold due to "shopping-question", but I have the following reasons to claim that this is not: In the first paragraph, I mentioned a school and I am having a hard ...
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The “controversial post” mechanism seems to facilitate the misuse of power and consequently I oppose its use

I noticed that this question was marked as a "controversial post." The text says: Controversial Post — You may use comments ONLY to suggest improvements. You may use answers ONLY to provide a ...

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