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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How is the order of tags defined for “Top Tags” in the “Profile”

My "Top Tags" are not the ones with the highest score, but somehow the number of posts plays a rôle as well. Can someone clarify the rules to me? (by the way: Are they the same on all SE sites?) ...
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Request to Repost After Accidental Deletion

I have a question about my Academia Stack Exchange post: Applying to Ph.D. programs: Should I include my master's degree transcript? I think I accidentally deleted my question, as my question was ...
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Is a 'Kremlinology' tag too snarky?

First, a definition, from Wikipedia: During the Cold War, lack of reliable information about the country forced Western analysts to "read between the lines" and to use the tiniest tidbits, such ...
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How can I donate money to Academia Stack Exchange?

Recently my uncle passed away and left me with a rather large inheritance, much of which I do not anticipate ever having a need for. How can I donate money - in USD - to Academia Stack Exchange - its ...
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What is the effect of Anonymity on both questions and answers?

In a short discussion between myself and moderator ff524 about a deleted question. Moderator ff524 mentioned, There are other sites that are not as strict about moderation - Reddit, etc. SE is ...
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Allowing Questions that warranted a Deletion, but has an answer that addresses the question

Very recently moderator ff524, deleted a question that I would agree was in bad taste after very negative commentary from the OP. https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/98902/is-it-a-good-idea-...
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Why am I allowed to undelete someone else's answer?

I was looking at What are good strategies for not losing sight of the novelty and nontriviality of one's work? and there is a deleted answer, with a score of 2, which says "deleted by owner" yet I ...
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What to do with non-answers that are accepted as answers?

The posting How to find a gap in knowledge, for my PhD? asks "How to find the gap of knowledge" (denoted by Q in the following). The posting (denoted by R in the following) says, essentially, "don't ...
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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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FAQ for authorship standards

This is inspired by: Can PhD students publish papers as sole author without including their supervisor? Authorship standards come up often, and I think there are at least two issues which are ...
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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

Is there a (text)book on how academia works? I agree that it looks like a shopping request as its current form, but it is stemmed from the question "how to have a systematic understanding on how ...
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Is this post appropriate for the main site?

I'm a high school student from India, I got a question regarding SAT Subject Tests but I'm not sure if I can post it on the main site. Is there some other site where I can get help? My post is below: ...
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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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My question about zbMATH is closed as duplicate but it is not

I'd like to have my question ZbMATH and conflict of interest reopened. It needs a vote or two more. The claimed duplicate is Under what circumstances is there a conflict of interest for a researcher ...
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This Question Appears to be Defamation

This question purports that the linked article demonstrates that a person the OP mentions by name committed fraud. This is not true, as both commenters and the answer have noted. However, I worry that ...
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Do we need a canonical question for “bailing out of accepted position”?

Every now and then people ask whether it is appropriate to leave a (phd, postdoc, tenure-track...) position they have accepted for a better one that became available later, or in any case how to ...
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Deleting a Duplicate Question after finding Answers

I recently posted a question on methodologies and data reproducibility. After finding my answers, I wondered if I was in the right to delete my question given its duplicate nature. Should people who ...
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can we ask questions about books in academia?

As informed during tour of Academia site of stack exchange, we can ask questions about actual problems faced in Life as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, university professor. But some ...
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On-topic-ness of GRE conventions

I recently asked a question about GRE wording conventions and was immediately told that I was off-topic. I promptly removed the question to avoid clutter, and decided instead to ask here: Are ...
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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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Why was the recent question about dealing with common postdoc advice put on hold?

The community has recently put the question Post-doc priorities: “Laundry list” vs. “Research trumps all” on hold. The given reason was that the question depends strongly on individual factors. Other ...
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Need more effective protection for protected questions

This answer is the motivation for my proposal that the threshold for contributing an answer to a protected question be higher than ten, which is a ridiculously small number. I am in favor of ...

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