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How about allowing more localized questions?

Currently, most of questions here are very general. It also reflects in upvotes per question (which is very, very high, compared to any other SE site I know.) It is good that we are able to produce ...
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How do we attract people from all research areas?

I have noticed a lot of computer scientists, physics, and a few more subjects but I think there is a lack of people from a lot of other major fields, for example Biology. How do we attract people to ...
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Migrate question

I asked to migrate a question from Philosophy to Academia. However, the links to my account have been removed from my comments, although I have Academia account. I think this might be a potential bug.
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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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Keeping track of our stats

Moderators have a view of the site's statistics, but they cannot share the specifics. So, I'm starting this post to keep track of the evolution of our statistics over time. Please feel free to update ...
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Why aren't more questions being asked?

Informally watching our stats on Area 51 leads me to the conclusion that our number of users and visits per day have increased faster than our questions per day. We use to be averaging a question per ...
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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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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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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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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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Are ([career], [career-path]), and ([job], [jobs]) tags synonyms?

When tagging this question: How can I apply to be an adjunct faculty?, I came across four tags that could either be synonyms or at least have more distinct definitions. To be clear, I think that ...
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Community promotion ad to run on other SE’s

Stack Exchange sites that have graduated run so-called “Community Promotion Ads”: these run in the right sidebar of each page, and are designated according to votes on the Meta of each site. For ...
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Which of these posts should be deleted?

There has been some discussion recently here about deletion. What I could suggest, in order to avoid having one question here for each content we might want to delete, is to post as an answer to this ...
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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 should happen to closed questions?

What is this community’s take on deleting closed questions? What are the criteria for deletion? In the past few days, I have voted on deleting some of the closed questions that seemed to have ...
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How to encourage tag creators to edit tag wiki as well?

Some users create tags while adding question; some are highly useful and some are simply meaningless. Do SE have any mechanism to encourage users to add tag wiki as well, on creating tags? Esp. see ...
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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 do we distinguish between reference tag and bibliography tag?

There are a lot of questions tagged with the tag references. But some actually fall under bibliography, as some disciplines/journals use the title References for bibliography. And some questions are ...
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Where can I read more detailed descriptions of the badge requirements?

The descriptions of the badge requirements on the FAQ are a nice start, but I often would like more detail about the specifics. For example, why is it that no one on academia.SE has earned the ...
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How can I move a user's comment to the appropriate place?

Here a new user should have added a comment, but mistakenly started a new answer. Charles (correctly) moved the user's response to be a comment rather than an answer. I know Charles is a moderator, ...
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Are US-specific questions OK?

Are questions that are US-specific on-topic on this site? (i.e., only relevant to academia in the United States) (Do people want to see those kinds of questions tagged or marked in any particular ...
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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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New Semester publicity contest

With the semester starting around now for most universities, this site is now relevant to a whole bunch of new first-year grad students. We should try to capitalize on that by some targeted marketing, ...
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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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What is the etiquette of providing more than one answer to the same question?

I am thinking specifically of this question, where my answer would be wholly different based on the type of virtual teaching environment. I would like to provide separate answers for each environment ...
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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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Adding a tag synonym

In a comment to this question the OP asked for a "reviewing" tag. Charles correctly pointed out that we already have a "peer-review" tag. It seems like "reviewing", however, could be a tag synonym for ...
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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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“Patent” tag - Why we don't have it?

Why does this site doesn't has a "patent" tag? Is that completely unrelated to the site? How come it is unrelated? There are many papers which presents ideas that can be patented.
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Flood of low-quality questions

I've noticed that many of the recent questions asked by newcomers to the site are low quality and/or off-topic, dealing with "what's the best university for discipline X?" and "how can I get into ...
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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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Publicity Poster

I was browsing through the Meta questions and among other things, a publicity poster seemed to be appearing a lot. This question seemed to have a lot of poster suggestions. Eynakal had a sample ...
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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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Health of the site

I was looking over our stats on area 51, and we're doing poorly on two counts: #questions/day and number of visits. I'm more concerned about the latter than the former for now (because fixing the ...
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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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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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Economics.SE is closing, some questions could be migrated

Economics.SE is closing on 4 May and I, along with the other mods, am in the process of salvaging the best questions we have to be migrated to other parts of the SE universe where they may make a good ...
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Publicity letter template

In reference to the discussion here, I'm posting a letter I sent to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Please post suggestions as to how it should be improved below. Each post should address a single ...

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