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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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How can we be more welcoming to new users?

In light of the recent Stack Overflow post on being more welcoming to newcomers, I believe it is worthwhile for us to explore what we can do to help new visitors ease into the site. While I do not ...
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What are the demographics of Academia SE? [duplicate]

Do we have any information about user demographics, such as: (1) Fraction of early-career/mid-career/senior academicians, (2) Fraction of doctoral students/University professors/scientists at ...
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On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia?

We seem to have a very inconsistent policy with respect to questions on legal issues related to academia. I am not referring to questions asking for legal advice for a particular situation (these ...
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“How do I engage in rudimentary-human-interaction when dealing with this Professor?”

The title of my question exaggerates a bit to stress its point, but it concerns a class of questions where the OP seeks advice on basic human communication with a professor. I have seen many many ...
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Love this site? I think, too much.

"Love this site?" is too wide, it appears. OS: Windows 7 Browser: Chrome Version 66.0.3359.139
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Is this sort of blatant trolling common on Academia SE?

There was recently a deleted answer to a question of mine based on a blog post I read, to which I also attached a bounty. The answer in question is just a verbatim copy-paste from the blog post with ...
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Would LMS-specific tags be appropriate (Moodle in particular)?

I use Moodle at my institution. I often struggle to find online support to get Moodle to do interesting things. Moodle has a pretty decent forum, but (like almost every other help forum out there), it ...
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Hot Network Questions is now a bulleted list

Something changed, and now the HNQ list in the sidebar is a bulleted list: This looks a little awkward to me, since the site icons already do the job of a bullet. I don't see this happening on ...
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Forced authorship questions

This question: What a PhD student should do when their supervisor orders them to have a name on their paper just because of grant purposes? seems very related to What should PhD students do when ...
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How do I announce the new subreddit “Indian Academia” here, as nothing other than questions seem to be allowed here?

I haven't found a subreddit with dense source of data on Indian academia (career, education, research education questions) in reddit or in other sites. Sites related to academy (like https://academia....
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Closure: Which academic subjects examine human reading?

Can Which academic subjects examine human reading?. please be reopened? I've tried to edit it for clarity. Please LMK how else I can improve?
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How to improve closed question?

What can I do, to make How can I seek permanent Personalised Assessment Arrangements, rather than applying each year? helpful to others? I don't think that PAA is specific to my case. Many others at ...
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What to do with questions asking to evaluate commercial online services?

We have at least one old unclosed question asking to evaluate some commercial online services: Is Academia.edu useful? This was cited in favour of questions going into the same direction: Is Peer.us ...
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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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Please support development of new “Education” site

We get so many questions that are about education but that are off topic.... Well, I noticed that Site 51 has a proposed "Education" site. If this gets off the ground, we'll finally have someplace to ...
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Why they put this question on hold?If it is vague how to know what they see vague?

I have asked a question. In this question, I provide details about what I mean and even a link to the content I am talking about. Some people put the question OnHold because they say It is not clear ...
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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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Would like to add “faq” and/or “canonical-question” and/or “canonical-post” tag to these questions

We have a helpful list of standard Q&As, which makes it easier for questioners to find out what they want to know, and write non-duplicate questions. The list also helps with identifying ...
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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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Need a couple of examples of questions that are too hypothetical to keep open

I've read several questions here about whether a certain question is too hypothetical. A nice rule of thumb I read at one of these was that in a not-too-hypothetical question (i.e. an acceptable ...
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Should we discourage simultaneously answering a question and voting to close?

I've been thinking of writing this for a while. It doesn't happen frequently but, yes, it happens: a user answers a question and also votes to close it. Though not forbidden by the system, I think ...
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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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What's the deal with this ducking duck?

Not sure how unique it is to Academia.SE but it didn't show up in MathOverflow. To get rid of it, I had to click on it which involved giving it access to the microphone. How do I know this website has ...
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Closed Question - How can I seek permanent Personalised Assessment Arrangements, rather than applying each year? [duplicate]

I improved How can I seek permanent Personalised Assessment Arrangements, rather than applying each year? after others' helpful edits. What else can I do to make it fit for reopening? Thanks.
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Please help edit this question so it can be reopened

This question is about getting educational disability accommodations in the UK. Come on, people. This is an area Academia SE needs to get stronger in. We have pretty good coverage about Section 504 ...
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Should the tag [united-kingdom] be removed, and replaced with its 4 countries?

https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/united-kingdom contains the warning: Note that the UK does not have a common legal system across its jurisdictions - consider using [scotland] or [...
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Two questions close without any notification? Why?

I dont understand, there was an attack on my profile while the whole controversy about the election when some of my questions are closed although edited and approved by the moderators jakebeal and ...
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Is it okay to ask this question?

I want to ask a question asking whether I should go for a PhD or not depending on many factors, if I ask this question would it be on-topic?
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Should I delete a bad answer even though I don't understand why it is bad?

Example: The question and my answer. I was writing a lengthy post about "Why downvotes? Please explain so I can improve!" but I noticed it had a very nagging character. Instead, let's do it more ...
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Should we create questions that ask to cover some educational system of a country comprehensively?

A recent question that, in a sense, relied crucially on some details of the general Dutch educations system, got me thinking: Wouldn't it be nice if this community knew more about the Dutch education ...
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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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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are creating 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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Reopening question about becoming a good advisor?

I recently asked a question which recieved some attention. But was closed as off-topic (Shopping question). Basically my question is about training or which steps I can take to become a good advisor. ...
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Is my question really too broad or is it something else?

I asked a question about the proportion of BAs vs BSs awarded in anthropology and linguistics (Do more people earn BAs or BSs in Linguistics?). It was almost instantly put on hold by several people ...
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There is a proposal for a paranormal SE [closed]

It would be interesting to learn what is the viewpoint of Academia.SE community on the following situation. There is an Area 51 proposal for Paranormal Phenomenons. Please follow the links from ...
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Someone is down-voting my old low-scored questions in Academia

This question may not be well fitted here. But I am wondering why someone is perhaps intentionally down-voting my old low-scored questions asked here? I wouldn't surprise if the down-votes appears at ...
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Should the question looking for ArXiv alternatives for math and physics be reopened?

What are pre-print repositories for math and physics alternative to ArXiv? As the question is focus on math and physics solely, it isn't a dupe of the other question. Should it be reopened?
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Could we just stop editting old questions?

I was just informed that I got a "Revival" bag. I didn't notice that I answered a question that was asked 11 months ago. This question went on top again because somebody edited some trivial typos. ...
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Double suggestions on comment

Problem: Question: How do researchers ask others for comments and advices for their research?
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Mod election process: set up of existing mods and how candidates compare to that

I seemingly have missed the right timing for the question collection but something I came to think about when reading candidates presentations was "how do these folks compare to the already existing ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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Should I remove my answer which has been invalidated by an edit to the question?

For the question Should I report a PhD student’s incompetence to their supervisor? I gave an answer based on an assumption that the OP and a supervisor were based at the same institution - information ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Academia is scheduled for an election next week, March 5th. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose ...

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