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Ability to filter by career stage on academia stackexchange

Coming to Academia StackExchange from StackOverflow, I am a bit confused about being the frequent lack of tags allowing to best sort the questions for relevance to me. Whereas on StackOverflow almost ...
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Answers in comments

I have noticed a tendency on this site for people to post answers as comments. I don't know why this is, but it happens often, and then the comment gets many "up-votes" as an "answer." My approach ...
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Spamming the front-page for the purpose of creating a tag

Is it appropriate to edit many questions at once for the purpose of creating a tag? At the moment, 12 (!) questions are on the front-page because of this, all edited within the last hour. (Some even ...
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Why is this question about discrimination still open?

I ran across this questions in the Hot Network Questions: Is it discrimination to hold someone from a minority or underprivileged background to the same academic standard as regular students? It ...
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I cannot reply to chat? why?

Please explain to me why I cannot answer to chat? people will think I don't want to reply to their oversimplification and false info about subject.
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Should there be a warning before a user attempts to modify an older post?

A second ago I was one click away from commenting on a question from 2012, because I did not notice it was so old. Incidentally, I stumbled upon it via the side bar. As far, as I understand, "late ...
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Do questions become unclear if the asker rejects the answers given?

While going through the review queue, I just noticed two questions back-to-back that were flagged as "unclear". These questions seem well-articulated on their face, and have answers that align with my ...
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My “Then fix it dear Henry”-type answer get massively upvoted

Sometimes I read questions here on the site which require thought, and empathy, and are helped much by varigated experience. And if I have an answer for those, I'm glad to get some upvotes (and I ...
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How should we deal with good answers given just as comments?

Recently I was browsing through the "unanswered questions" section, and I found many questions which had good answeres - but those were given as comments. Some of them are very short, but still a ...
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“delete account” documentation is out of date

https://academia.stackexchange.com/help/deleting-account But the top bar is now different.
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Is this a shopping question?

The original version of this question How will the academic boycot of Israel (BDS) infulence my career if I get a PhD in Israel received two close votes (among the other votes) for the following ...
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Do we need a canonical borderline admissions question for MA programs?

We do have one for PhD programs, but, as far as I know, no canonical question exists about the admission to MA programs with an emphasis on "weak" students. We frequently have questions like this one, ...
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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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Deleting comments versus moving them to chat

The banner for controversial posts that was recently introduced says: Controversial Post — You may use comments ONLY to suggest improvements. You may use answers ONLY to provide a solution to the ...
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Can I ask here regarding a high school teacher?

I have many problems with a high school teacher of mine in which I feel that some of the actions he performs are undignified and report-worthy. It closely follows the interpersonal issues tag in ...
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How should we deal with “cross-cutting” questions?

With more and more "soft" Stack Exchange sites popping up, it feels there is an increasing amount of questions that "could" in principle be on-topic in multiple sites. A recent example is this ...
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Do we need a “borderline admissions” question for countries other than the US?

We already have a question that outlines the US admissions process for students with a weak background. However, I’m beginning to wonder if we need a similar question for the UK and German systems as ...
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Why is the content of my question out of scope?

What are the criteria for effective academic journal websites? This question was put on hold yesterday, the reason being: "This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help ...
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Could we use an equal-contribution tag?

I have found 61 questions searching for "equal contribution". Since, I don't have the required reputation, maybe someone else wants to add this tag.
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How can a question about TA workloads be asked?

In a recent question, an OP asked Do I have to take courses before I can start doing research despite having a master and highly relevant skills for the topic in question? I commented Generally ...
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I have anxiety and hard time asking questions because I am concerned that I can be identified

This is not my first question about privacy at Meta. In the recent year, I got more paranoid, but the following question where a user asked something, and literally, everyone can find out who he is, ...
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Where does niceness stop?

Are the following phrases considered nice on this site? Dont be egositic But continue to think that you're special. your latest edit is rather childish
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Why did Leon Meier get suspended for a year for “voting irregularities”?

I know this user was argumentative and seemed to be not-so-subtly trolling the site in many ways but his profile says he was suspended for "voting irregularities". What does that mean? Does that mean ...
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When should answers be deleted

The help center provides some guidance about deleting answers Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are: commentary on the ...
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How does one appeal an account suspension?

Although rare, account suspensions can happen to users on SE sites. In most cases the reason has been discussed in length by the defendant, site moderators, and SE team admins. With details privy to ...
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At what point should an answer be considered a non-answer?

the question came up to me when seeing following answer: https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/90807/74774 This is edited by the mod Eykanal, removing over half of the (I admit, quite funny) post. I ...
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My answer was deleted, and I cannot ask the person who did, why

User ff524 deleted my answer, that I think is relevant to the question, which is If I request a paper through my university library, must they pay a substantial amount of money? . If you can see it, ...
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On the failure of downvoting

How to prevent students from using modified calculators to cheat on exams? We had a (now-deleted) answer to this question that was at +28 with the author requesting that it be un-accepted so he could ...
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Should we delete too questions which have too extensive answers, but it's difficult to know that beforehands?

Sometimes we get questions which can be deemed too broad. Broad not precisely because the question is too general and thus would have many specific partial answers, or be subjective, but too broad ...
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Why was my upvoted answer deleted?

This is quite discouraging. Why was my answer to this thread deleted? It says converted to comment, but I do not see it anywhere. This is the 2nd time (according to my reputation record) that an ...
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a moderator deleted my answer under false pretence: offensive/spam

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: Is "Assistant Professor Position (Tenure Track) for a female Researcher" illegal in Austria? A moderator kept deleting my answer ...
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Why was this answer locked and deleted?

The answer at https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/17086/64 has 19 upvotes and no downvotes, and yet was locked by Community then deleted. I'm not pushing for the answer to be unlocked and undeleted. ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

I posted an answer to this question: What can a student do to respond to faculty/administration decisions based on current political events? MY answer was based on logic and included a link to a ...
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Please re-open deleted answer

Please re-open deleted answer provided by self-same OP: Caregiver of disabled teenager returning to study, but can't find funding. (UK) Any thoughts? There is material in the deleted answer that ...
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Why has this controversial answer been deleted by a moderator?

https://academia.stackexchange.com/a/98458/958 ? I don't see any outstanding reason for deletion. It's been downvoted, but that doesn't mean it has to disappear from the website.
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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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2017 Year in Review

With the new year behind, I wanted to ask what are some topics of discussion that Academia has addressed this past year and should be summarized in a year in review. With this in mind, what are some ...
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Deciphering status in manuscript handling systems

We keep getting questions in which we are asked to decipher the status messages in some online submission management system (latest one). I find it slightly annoying that we have to do the job of ...
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Where can I ask to help me to look for resourses like books, scientific articles and so on?

Where can I ask to help me to look for resourses like books, scientific articles and so on? For example, if I want resourses on a specific topic (Does oxygen induce coagulation?), what tag I have to ...
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Recommend to be Protected

I am familiar with the privilege. But for users without the rep, is the 'flag' function a viable means to recommend to a Moderator that a question should be protected, or is this not the right method?...
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How narrow should narrow be?

Some folks considered the prior installments of the question Worst cover-letter mistakes of continental-European applicants for tenure-track assistant professorship positions in CS in USA as too broad....
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Country-Specific Answers

A question was UK specific, but I wanted to know if it would be appropriate to ask an identical question but for US universities for a US-Answer.
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Equal treatment of comment sections in a question/answer page

This question Should I answer this question about diversity? got both positive ("Use the opportunity") as negative answers ("Leave it blank"). Now comments sections have been replaced with Comments ...
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Are upvotes skewed towards the first answer to a question?

We often see that upvotes are skewed towards the first answer to any question. I have observed the following reason in this regard: There are many random visitors -- They just click upvote for the ...
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Has the stance on questions pertaining to legal issues changed?

On-topic-ness of questions on legal issues related to academia? seems to say questions pertaining to legal issues are on-topic. However, the question below got closed on the grounds that it is a ...
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Should my comment have been deleted?

In this this question, Federico Poloni's wrote an answer: You can write an e-mail to the authors and ask for a copy of their published paper. Almost everyone will be happy to send you one. [...] ...
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What is unclear about my question?

My question about the application process at the CNRS has been "put on hold" for being "unclear". I am truly at a loss regarding what is supposedly unclear about it. I'm asking what is expected about ...
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Questions about particular institutions

The guidelines state: As a general rule, if you're asking about a particular institution...it's likely your question is too limited in scope Can this rule be made more precise? In particular, ...
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Should unneeded provocative content be removed from answers

A couple of flags have been raised on this answer that suggests that the OP's example title is not appropriate. I have edited the title which I think conveys the same information, but in a more ...
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Are recommendation for services for Statement of Purpose writing allowed?

I recently saw the question on Quora: https://www.quora.com/I-need-help-editing-and-rewriting-my-statement-of-purpose-for-graduate-school-What-online-services-are-available and thus it was unclear ...

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