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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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What are existing online forums where academics congregate that would welcome being informed about this site?

In order to promote the site, it would be good to post a notification on some of the existing online forums where academics congregate. What online forums exist? As side points What community does ...
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PreApproved Community Wiki for Reference Request?

I was wondering if we could have a community wiki (pre-approved) for questions pertaining to reference requests. Before that, let me define "reference requests". In Math.SE, SciComp.SE or SO or ...
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Do we need to require subject-tags? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Modifying the “Ask Question” page to include tagging recommendation Based partially on this question, it seems we may very well have to rely on softer, "in my ...
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Publicizing the site

This site should be pretty easy to publicize; simply post flyers around the various departments. Would someone with design skills be willing to throw together a flyer to be around the various campuses ...
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Accommodation questions

I would vouch for accommodation questions to be on-topic, as long as they are clearly focused for academic hosting (that is, "Channels for accommodation for 6 months at VU-Amsterdam" is on-topic, "...
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Modifying the “Ask Question” page to include tagging recommendation

Based on my answer in this question, I propose that we modify the tag placeholder text (currently "at least one tag (graduate-school note-taking science), max 5 tags") to strongly encourage the poster ...
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Just how high is “higher education”?

By looking at the site today, it seems that "higher education" is an euphemism for "doctorate". The definition stage however doesn't imply that (1 2 3...) Is Academia only about PhD, postdoc and ...
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Scope Questions

Are the following questions within our scope: Questions regarding a particular region or university X vs Y questions with subjective answers. Like "Where do I get my PhD from USA or Europe" List ...
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Dealing with “In my experience…” answers

This particular SE has the significant problem that many answers will be "soft" in nature; there's no real literature on much of this, making many questions answerable only through "in my experience......
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“advantages and disadvantages” questions

In reference to this question about being a professor, this is impossible to answer within the context of how SE wants us to answer questions. There's no definite answer, and even more so, there's no "...
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Vote early and often!

I belive we shold follow the advice of Scott Morrison: vote early, vote often. This is a way to express which questions are on- or off-topic, and the site needs high rep users.
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Is community wiki not available during beta?

I think several questions are doing to be found that are more appropriate to the wiki concept than a definitive question/answer concept. Are the options for marking something as wiki not available ...
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How should we behave for the “reference” questions?

Suppose user X comes in and ask "How is the group with professor Y at university Z ?". How should we treat this kind of questions ? One thing may be to answer with pure citation metrics, that is: they ...
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Softness of the closing criteria

I would like to open the meta discussion on the criteria for closing. I think we should be a little more open than the rest of the SE community when it comes to questions that are Localized: ...

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