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My feeling is No. There are a couple reasons I think this way: Academia is, in many ways, a site about the practice of academia, the process of being an academic, etc. rather than highly technical questions about narrow aspects of research. I like that, and there's not actually firm evidence in the question you link in your question that Academia isn't "...


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Perhaps we need to carve out an exception for books on the practice of academia, since that is (usually) an on-topic discussion here.


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To be honest, I think you are a little too quick in inferring nefarious motives ("to sneak through closing") to posters. Regarding your three examples: Reference on how often "To the best of our knowledge" assertions turn out to be false - I agree that I find it hard to believe that there is actual research on this, already because ...


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I think you're missing the point of closing a question. Questions are closed, broadly speaking, for being either inappropriate for our forum for whatever reason. Stupid but appropriate questions should not be closed; they should be voted down into oblivion, as that's the tool that we use to convey that message. Just because we have a hammer doesn't mean ...


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As a wording for the new close reason, I propose: This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help center. Our scope particularly excludes the content of research, education outside of a university setting, and problems only faced by undergraduate students. Note that unless I am very much mistaken, this can be implemented ...


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From what I have observed, this community has developed significant cultural antibodies against requests for lists of options because our equivalent of "plz send me teh codez" appears to be "plz tell me teh choices." Good versions of such questions, however, tend to not really be about getting a list. Instead, they are often looking for some functionality, ...


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There are two ways for migration: (Flagging →) Closing → Off-Topic → Migration – This is only available for frequent migration targets. Academia has only its own Meta as target as this is activated by default. Adding new migration targets here is possible in theory, but as far as I can tell, there is no site to which we are migrating very often. Most ...


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Here is how I tend to think about it: The process of research is anything that is primarily about scientists and their interactions (including systems for supporting those interactions) The content of research is anything that is primarily about the artifacts under examination and the mechanisms used for examining them. From that perspective, I would ...


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Personally, I am in favor of rethinking all of our close reasons. Some are underutilized, some are badly misutilized, and there are some that I think are conspicuously missing. I think we should start a CW thread here on meta in which each answer has: proposed text of a custom close reason a description of the kind of questions it would apply to some ...


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Summary The ease of research is easily underestimated and we can produce valuable answers to such questions. Therefore, we should not have a close reason or general policy to close such questions. Instead, we can use existing mechanisms to deal with these questions: comment, downvote, and (in extreme cases) close as unclear. Canned Close Reasons We can ...


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Strongly depends on individual factors Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Strongly depends on individual factors The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as some person’s preferences, some institution’s policies, the exact contents of some work or the asker’s ...


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Shopping question Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Shopping question The answer to this question would be an individual university, academic program, publisher, journal, research topic, etc., or a list, an assessment, or a comparison of those. The question seeks help choosing or finding ...


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You are experiencing the "typical" process. Unclear questions get put on hold and people edit them to make them better. Sometimes it happens in one go, sometimes it takes multiple edits. Sometimes you need to post in meta or chat asking how to salvage a question. In this case, you attracted enough attention to your question and it is now reopen.


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I draw the line for this close reason as follows: Can answers to this question be expected to significantly go beyond saying “it depends” or “ask your supervisor, university, employer, etc.”? If no, vote to close. For example: If somebody asks about how to write a certain aspect of a thesis, the best answers should almost always include “ask your ...


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Questions closed for this reason mainly come in two categories: The answer depends on a lot of individual factors. This is the typical “Decide my life for me” question. The answer depends completely on a single factor. The question in question would fall into the second category and I don’t see how it differs relevantly from other questions in this ...


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I have a concern about "procedural" issues, not about the idea you're proposing: By this point, some votes have accrued on this question. But they are not so useful for moderation purposes, since you have not clarified what kind of question you're referring to: I doubt all of the people voting on this question have the same thing in mind, so it's hard to ...


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In principle I agree with you, and I upvoted your proposal. In practice, I'm worried about how we could ensure uniformity of treatment between different disciplines, when people might not understand the potential generality of a certain relatively technical question related to a certain field, and where to draw the line of technical but not-too-technical. ...


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Not within the scope of this community Close reason: This text is shown when selecting a reason while flagging or voting to close: Not within the scope of this community This question is about the content of research, education outside a university setting, or otherwise clearly outside our community’s scope. Note that questions on undergraduate ...


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I too, find this use of the "reference-request" tag annoying, particularly because in some cases it seems to unnecessarily preclude providing an answer based on experience (see, for example, my comment and then answer on the "What motivates researchers in industry to publish their results?" question). My approach has been, whenever possible, to either: ...


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I agree that this question is not a shopping question as no reasonable person would choose conferences by that criterion and hence the close reason was badly chosen. Note that I consider it irrelevant that the criterion for answers is objective; “What is the most visited conference for theoretical underwater basket weaving?” still is a shopping question. (...


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This is a tough situation. It's an on-topic question, so it shouldn't be closed as a violation of the FAQs, regardless of how sophomoric it is. That sets a bad precedent. The only above-board way to make such questions "go away" is for the community to downvote it into obscurity. Expressing disapproval of a question is allowed, and I think would be ...


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So long as the scores can still be reported, then we should keep the questions as such, although we could of course add a note that the test can no longer be taken.


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We can only have 3 custom off-topic close reasons. They are currently: Questions that cannot be generalized to apply to others in similar situations are off-topic. For assistance in writing questions that can apply to multiple people facing similar situations, see: What kinds of questions are too localized? Questions about problems facing undergraduate ...


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To suggest migration to another site, you have to add a custom comment. I was confused by this myself at first, but apparently this is a deliberate choice by design due to the very large number of SE sites that now exist (see this meta question for some history). I would recommend adding a comment manually, and then using the "Blatantly off-topic" flagging ...


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I am going to ignore whether the prompting question is on topic or not, as I do not think it is particularly important. There are a couple of things going on here. The first relates to differences between flagging and voting to close a question. Users with more than 3000 rep can vote to close questions, while users with less than 3000 rep (and more than 15 ...


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questions not about graduate level education are off-topic That's not really accurate. Questions about research that happens outside of graduate education is also on topic, among other topics listed in the help center. The intent of the "undergraduate" close reason is to exclude questions on the folderol that is often very important for undergraduate ...


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Asking for a textbook on how science works is too broad. There is lots that has been published on that subject, and it's not clear how to narrow down among them. Asking for a textbook on how academia or science works is even broader. Asking how academia works is quite different from asking how science works, so you shouldn't ask for both in a single ...


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tl;dr: While you may dispute the closure of individual questions on the grounds of "primarily opinion-based" (some people will even disagree with the examples I gave in this post!), I think this close reason is useful and has a valid place here. I don't think we should - or do, generally - close questions based only on the fact that answers will be ...


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I suggest for the text of the close reason: Questions about the content of an academic discipline are off-topic here. They may be on-topic on a Stack Exchange site pertaining to that discipline, though.


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I agree that currently, there is no single close reason that applies universally to shopping questions. Sometimes they are too localized or seek specific advice for a very specific situation ("Here is my profile, what university should I attend?") but not always. Sometimes they are too broad or have too many potential answers ("I want to do an M.S. in ...


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