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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

There are three main paths by which a question can be deleted. Flags: If a question receives enough spam or abusive flags, the community bot will automatically delete the question and feed the spam/...
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

We should make it clear that the scope is "academia" rather rather than "academics." It's hard to concisely define academia, perhaps something like: "academic careers, ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

Converted from a comment on the main site question (which I now have deleted): I am European so I probably know very little about this movement and the controversies that surround it, but I am ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

I think the question shows utter incompetence as a lecturer, but it's a valid question and should not be removed because I've had lecturers who were actually this socially incompetent, and as such it'...
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What are the criteria that determine which questions will receive so much attention?

Questions with outlier level of attention are almost always a result of the "hot network questions" or HNQ. This has been a topic of a lot of discussion on the main meta as well as the meta for ...
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Could this huge attention to a gender related question be marked as sexist in Academia.SE?

No. Though your opinion is different, I believe it is addressing something that is highly relevant to academia: note that answers and comments from other women back this up. Just because it would ...
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

Let’s remove the initial sentence “You’re ready to ask your first question [...]”. Even though it’s welcoming, the shorter the text the likelier that it gets read.
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

Encourage askers to put a question mark in the top-level question. Beyond grammar, this will discourage questions of the form "here is a 20 page description of my problem; what do I do?"
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Is my question about which degree best fits my non-academic career goal appropriate for this site?

No, this question would not be on topic here, because it is asking about preparation for a non-academic, non-research career. As stated in the help center: However, please do not ask questions ...
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When should we ask questions on Reddit?

Reddit Born for open-ended discussions After 6 months posts are automatically locked so discussions are "fossilized" to reflect what happened in that time No way for users to improve others'...
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If the the readers of every kind of BOOKS (scientific, tech, humanistic etc) finds something to clarify; how to find help or even to contact authors?

That's not what this site is about; we're about the culture, ethics, procedures, etiquette, etc of academia. Not about the contents of every field of study. In general, questions about something that ...
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How do I ask a good question?

Firstly, it's worth you asking yourself why you are seeking to participate on this site. This is a forum about academia, where people can ask and answer questions about academia. This is not an "ask ...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

I think it can be appropriate to give very generic suggestions when people seem to be disturbed in a manner that suggests they might benefit from seeing a therapist/counselor/psychologist. Even many ...
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Yet another list question: Collection of links to LaTeX templates repositories acceptable on Academia SE?

Is this suited for this site? I see several problems with the proposed question: If we go for one conference per answer, there are hundreds of possible answers, neither of which is better than ...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

First of all, we should not relax our rules for these questions out of pity or fearing to fuel the crisis by our rejection. When we cannot reasonably answer a question, the asker being in a crisis won’...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

This is just one option: We could have a question Where can I get help if I am feeling anxious or depressed? This question could be used for closing questions that cannot be salvaged by marking ...
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Why is the content of my question out of scope?

I wouldn't have voted to close as out of scope. But I would have voted to close as primarily opinion based, because it's basically a poll. See the help center. (In fact, it got into the close vote ...
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Where and how to discuss choices of software workflow for academia use?

If you want to discuss something on Stack Exchange, there is only chat. However, there is a specific Stack Exchange for software recommendations, which also has an academia and research tag.
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What are the criteria that determine which questions will receive so much attention?

Schadenfreude and the tabloid effect. Issues pertaining to plagiarism, fraud, retraction, inappropriate behavior of supervisor, sexual misconduct, "stolen" ideas, feeling of despair, etc. attract ...
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Can I ask about the research level of a certain university here?

The question you propose would be a shopping question as it asks us to evaluate an individual university. What you can ask about is how to evaluate the research level of an anonymous university (...
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

There has been considerable discussion about how to handle suicidal users, both on academia.SE and elsewhere on SE. Your question is about a mental health crisis rather than suicide, but I think Shog9'...
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Identifying Universities

I recommend sharing the relevant details without naming the schools. For example, instead of "Columbia University," you could say "a prestigious university in a large city in the US with several other ...
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Can I ask about my previous employer asking me not to publish?

I agree with the bulk of wrzlprmft's assessment, but I slightly disagree with the conclusion. I think this would be an interesting question. The first point is something you should include to the ...
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Can I ask about my previous employer asking me not to publish?

The answer to your question mainly depends on four things: What exact contract did you sign with your former employer? What is the pertaining legislation? To what extent does the paper build on ...
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Can I ask about the research level of a certain university here?

Not sure what "level of research" implies, but I imagine that would not be a good question for this site, as that's fairly subjective. I can't imagine what we'd post beyond what you already were able ...
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Country-Specific Answers

This has been discussed fairly extensively on this site before. The general accepted practice is to use tags to label questions as specific to a given country. (FWIW, I gave a different answer in this ...
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Questions comparing publications between different field of research?

I believe that this would be an appropriate question to ask (with a little bit of refinement): Is there a way to quantify the amount of research being done for a given field of study? The answer, ...
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is this question for academia or linguistic part of SE?

It depends. For example, if you want to know whether the word is appropriate to describe an activity on an English CV, Academia is more likely to give you answers from the perspective you are ...
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