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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 ...
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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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Are questions on pedagogy on topic?

There is currently an Educator proposal in Area 51 but it seems that a good portion of the work of many academics is teaching. Is is appropriate to ask questions about pedagogy and student teaching/...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Personal advices instead of general questions means low reusability

I note that this question implicitly prefers questions with a general topic but in fact very localized content (one's life story + a question of type 'What should I do?'). For example, one I asked a ...
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Are questions about journals and citation management on-topic?

I saw this question on the computational science stack exchange. I thought the question (about finding DOIs from a list of formatted citations) would be a good fit for the site, but one of the other ...
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Fixing up the postdoc treatment question

How can we fix this question to be more focused on helping postdocs and less argumentative and provocative?
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Why “avoid trivial, one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary”?

Why sholdn't the community welcome editing typos? When I klick edit, a warning appears, asking me to "avoid trivial, one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary". Is this to encourag the editor to ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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When should an answer be deleted?

I was checking the answers that have been deleted, and I noticed that Do journals in general have any kind of policy regarding papers submitted by someone without a research affiliation? has been ...
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Is it time to start adding moderators?

Since we're about two weeks into the public beta now, I would think that it would be time to start considering adding more moderators (right now, I believe Anna is the only moderator, and she's with ...
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Closing questions?

I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange, so I'm not sure if there is a universal policy for closing questions across sites. But I've noticed here that there are questions with low or negative scores or ...
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How to deal with different disciplines / fields?

Many of the current answers begin with "It depends on your field" / "There is no one answer". Indeed, each field is unique, although they share common grounds. For questions that depend on the ...
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Keeping up with our progress on Area 51. Keep the good questions coming!

The Area 51 site has various metrics by which the stack overflow teams assesses the viability and growth of our community (our site profile can be found here). After the flurry of initial questions ...
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Contacting/Referring to another member of SE outside of a comment thread

I've noticed that it's only possible to mention another SE user using the "@" symbol in a comment thread where the user appears, and I was wondering if it was a feature or a bug. In particular, I ...
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Expand scope of site to include academics searching for info on industry jobs

I was wondering whether we should allow questions about academics searching for industry positions. This question on jobs outside of academia was closed, based on our brand-new FAQ, but I thought the ...
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Questions with “assignment” in them should have automatic warning

On the main SO site, any questions with the word "best" in them have a warning automatically displayed: Based on some recent questions [1][2], I want to propose a similar warning for our site if ...
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Including country/region and discipline in Q&A for which it is relevant

Some issues are likely to be different for different countries and different disciplines, e.g.: funding, career path and opportunities, academic degrees, compulsory exams. I think it is worth to ...
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Instanced versions of StackExchange/Academica for classes?

When I saw this new StackExchange site, it first reminded me a lot of a tool that's being used in an increasing number of college-level courses called Piazza. Each "instance" of Piazza is a single ...
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Proposed FAQ “What kind of questions should I not ask here?” entry

It looks like most sites have boilerplate text for the "don't ask this", but given the recent discussion involving the "too localized" flag, I thought we may want to consider adding some text about ...
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Questions involving lists

I think that some question involving list are actually good this site (not that the baseline level of objectiveness is shifted with respect to e.g. SO), as: objective, useful, of general interest, ...
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What kinds of questions are “too localized”?

I'm wondering whether we should loosen the criterion for "too localized" in this forum. My intuition is that many questions on this forum will be very localized, but the answers will be more general ...
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What to do about belligerent users?

We have a new user who is being more disruptive than helpful: First question The initial question was not ideal for SE, so people voted it down and to close it. That sparked outrage and: Second "...
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Proposed FAQ “What kind of questions can I ask here?” entry

The In the spirit of how other SE communities expanded on their current FAQ entry of "What kind of questions can I ask here?", I propose that ours read as follows: This site is for academics of all ...

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