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Why is this unclear when it is perfectly clear?

This question was marked unclear, but is a good, clear and concise question with great answers. Does closing a question like this a way to get it out of public view more? Why are academics not paid ...
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Add tag “reference-letter” as a synonym for “recommendation-letter”

Can someone please create the tag reference-letter as a synonym for recommendation-letter? The tag-info excerpt at recommendation-letter begins: Questions on recommendation or reference letters ......
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Why are there so many “guests”?

There seems to be a huge number of very low-rep users called "guest." Is this the same individual, or a small number of individuals, who are using "guest" as a burner account? Does this violate either ...
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Comments deleted, not moved to chat [duplicate]

I've just noticed that comments have been removed from this question : Do authors have to be politically correct in article-writing? I posted 2 comments, and agree that 1 should have been moved to ...
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A question was deleted by Community - why?

A question from a new user was recently deleted by Community. It had 0 votes to close and was seemingly a good question to me (I answered it). I am curious why it was deleted. Was something wrong with ...
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Is a bologna-process tag justified?

There is a bunch of questions about the Bologna process on this SE, they tend to have rather broad tags: Israel and the Bologna Process phdisrael Post-Bologna process, is my sociology degree an ...
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What to do with “is plagiarism plagiarism” questions?

We have seen the definition of plagiarism numerous times on this site, more or less elaborated, but always in its core: Plagiarism is passing someone else's work as your own I am all for questions ...
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Canonical question about adding unrequested changes during revision

This very recent question: Is it acceptable to add a result to a paper when a journal asks for revisions? prompted a short discussion in the comments about it being a duplicate. As I wrote the (...
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Should we have a tag for degree revocation questions?

Related : Should we have a canonical question about degree revocations? Considering the high number of questions on whether, how, and when degrees can be revoked, would it be helpful to have a degree-...
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Survey: reading answers before voting

Motivated by these questions: Case Study: First Answer Bias and Are upvotes skewed towards the first answer to a question? I propose a biased (biased towards people who use the meta site) study of ...
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Why is this question about bullying still on hold?

I have tried to re-cast this question to make it more general, and less related to my own experience. Do I need to do something further to trigger a 're-evaluation'? What can be done about the ...
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Is there a way to change my review decision?

Just now, I clicked on the wrong button in the reopen review queue (I intended to vote for reopening, but instead I clicked "leave closed"). Irresponsible and thoughtless as it may be, this is the ...
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How do I find out which user I had this conversation with?

In this chatroom I'd expect there to be a short exchange between me and another user about the issue of comments being deleted because they express opinions that offend someone. However, those ...
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Should we have a canonical question about degree revocations?

It seems like we've got a lot of questions about degree revocations recently (1, 2, 3, for example). It seems like the answer is consistently "No, unless you intentionally committed fraud (which you ...
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Why can't I answer question about gender pronouns?

I found Am I conveying disrespect if I omit my gender pronoun from a conference nametag? through the Hot Questions list. I was interested in posting an answer, but I don't see the answer box. I have ...
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Case Study: First Answer Bias

This is to share a case study about the "fastest gun in the west" issue discussed on Academia.SE here and more broadly here. On this question, the sequence of events was: Buffy, Guest, and I all ...
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Why was “I slept with my advisor's daughter” reopened?

I slept with my advisor's daughter and she is blackmailing me now. What can I do? was reopened even when the poster desperately wants the question deleted (see edit 5). This is a very personal ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

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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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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How to deal with the “research at highly productive institutions” question?

Why is research at highly productive research institutions better than those at not-so-highly productive research institutions? Unfortunately the answers to that question focus on critiquing how the ...
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Can I create [tag:canonical-question]? [duplicate]

Today I wanted to vote to close a question as a duplicate of the canonical one "how do I send an e-mail message to a professor" that was written some time ago. I don't remember exactly the words in ...
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What happened to the winter bash hat polls?

Up until 2016, there were polls asking if we wanted to participate in the annual Winter Bash Hat Festivals. Why haven't there polls the past couple of years? I realize the votes have been ...
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2018: 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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Please vote for synonym suggestions

As I post this, we have ten outstanding suggestions for tag synonyms, some of them for more than four years. I therefore think it is more than time to urge a decision on these. This is the first part ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

I'm a bit concerned about a recent post (now deleted, link for 10 k users only) which was a pretty aggressive accusation with both the specific supervisor and accuser clearly identified. I think most ...
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On-topicness of the content of research when the subject of research is academia itself

This question asks about studies about peer reviewing. It was voted to close as off-topic and one of the close voters gave the argument: This reads as if you want people here to do your research on ...
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What makes this question about time spent on writing reviews primarily opinion-based?

This question was closed as being primarily opinion-based. The question originally asked "how much time do you spend on reviewing a paper?". Put this way, the question was a bad fit for the Q&A, ...
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Please help me correct my question

I removed the GRE and focused on the US specifically. For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after basics topics of complex analysis, abstract algebra and topology?
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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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Can we improve the tag/idea of “reproducible-research”?

A recent question has caused me to think about the idea of reproducible-research and what the concept means. I think that, while it may be fairly common to use this term, that a better term would be ...
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Do we need a tag for classroom behavior/etiquette/discipline?

Do we need a tag for classroom behavior/etiquette/discipline? When retagging What to do about a professor who doesn't seem to grasp the concept of e-books?, I was unsure of what to use.
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On the generality of answers and the targeted reader.

Proposition: The targeted reader of an answer isn't necessarily the OP who asked the question and therefore a general answer may be appropriate. Background: Some commenters (and down voters) object ...
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What's the difference between “supervision” and “advisor”?

It's clear that you could reasonably use supervision without using advisor, but I'm confused as to how one would use advisor without using supervision as the advisor's job is to provide supervision (...
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Should we react when somebody says they're contemplating suicide?

I really wanted to avoid posting this on meta and avoid drawing too much attention to it, but I've flagged the question in question yesterday and no action was taken. I checked the moderation rules; ...
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Academia.SX-like question(s) on Slashdot

https://news.slashdot.org/story/18/11/06/1452238/ask-slashdot-how-to-fix-an-outdated-college-tech-curriculum An anonymous reader writes: As a student, what's the best way to bring change to an ...
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Why there is only one option in Closing > Off-topic > Migration? [duplicate]

I want to close this question as belonging to another Stack Exchange site: But when I click on it, there is only one option to choose: Is this normal? There is no information stating that I can only ...
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Can I ask questions about finding specific contents in a book?

I have this electronics book. I never read it since its like a college text book. But I am holding onto this book anyway since I know there might be knowledge that I want somewhere in there. But if it ...
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A recent Academia post may be better suited on IPS

There was recently a post on Main: How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman? The question gives some detail about their position in work ...
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Could this huge attention to a gender related question be marked as sexist in Academia.SE?

Recently, this question has received a huge attention which is related to relation of a woman with her male colleagues in some European universities. I believe this question is written in a selfish ...
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what's wrong about my methodology?

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: is my spreadsheet considered a framework? I posted a question about my methodology for generating a theoretical framework but some lads ...
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Avoiding conflicts with supervisors

Quite a few questions at Academia are about conflicts with Supervisors, both for students and for post-docs. A question there about how to avoid such conflicts from arising, starting on the first day, ...
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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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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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Do the answers and opinions on Academia Stack Exchange reflect the opinion of whole academic community?

I'm wondering what is the similarity percentage of answers and opinions, which are given on Academia Stack Exchange to users, to the opinion of academic community as a bigger entity? In other words, ...
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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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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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What is the main goal of academia stackexchange?

I'm deleting my academia stackexchange account so I don't really care if this my last question will be marked as duplicate or off-topic. The reason why I'm asking this question is that I feel the ...
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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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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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