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I think there might well be a good question in there, but right now, it's way too broad and poorly defined. Some issues that I see are: It's not clear whether the question can be answered per se, or whether in the current state of the world it's more a matter of discussion, debate, and experiment. This makes it like an "I would like to have a discussion ...


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The single direct effect of closing questions is that it prevents answers, for reasons such as: To give the asker the opportunity to clarify their question before existing answers get invalidated. To prevent the inevitable endless discussions answers to some questions provoke. To avoid the broken-window effect, i.e., new users getting the impression that ...


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The question is open now because it was actually reopened by the votes of five users. Once the question was reopened, since other comments were piling up, I deleted the few comments discussing closing and reopening because it seemed that there were no other objections (the fact it was New Year's Eve may be a reason, though). The deleted comments were: I ...


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Certainly, random Internet users should not be considered authoritative on legal matters. People needing legal advice for a specific situation should consult a lawyer. The tag excerpt for legal-issues says as much: Note that Academia.SE, like any SE site, cannot offer specific legal advice; consult a lawyer for such questions. On the other hand, SE sites ...


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I think the question we were hoping OP would ask is this one: Is it common to leave academia after 40? What factors should I consider when deciding whether to leave? I would that would be a great, on-topic question. But instead, the question was: Does anyone have managed [sic] to leave academia after 40? And are you happy with the change? I need to ...


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I find the line of argument in EnergyNumbers' answer (and the accompanying comments by EnergyNumbers, David Richerby, and scaaahu) disappointingly pedantic. We don't see the same objections when questions or answers refer to NSF grants, even though "National Science Foundation" is just as unclear as "National Merit Scholarship". This is the title of an ...


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Proposed Guideline I think two good lines to draw are: Answers to the edited question must still be potentially useful for the asker. The context of the question should not be distorted, i.e., no information should be added or changed. (Removing irrelevant details and including information from comments by the asker is fine though.) Rationale The main ...


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Because it's so broad and vague. It could mean one, some or all of sixty things: how can we individually avoid committing bad science? how can academics avoid... peers committing bad science? ... their department committing bad science? ... their university committing bad science? ... fellow members of professional societies committing bad science? how can ...


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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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You cannot. Your question is a textbook example of the point “Questions on your […] teacher’s preferences” in the respective FAQ. The only person who can answer this question is your instructor. Everything we can provide would be a guess, which may be misleading. There is no generally valid answer to this question, except: “It depends on your teacher’s ...


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This is quite a borderline question to me. Its definitely more of a software reference question, and honestly should just go on the Papers 2 support site. That said, this is clearly an academic issue, relevant to other academics. I'm in favor of reopening.


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I am not sure if this answers your question in general, but it is related to the questions you tend to ask on the main site. While I do not tend to down vote your questions,when reading your questions I often struggle with how they fit with our don't ask "policy": You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. ...


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I believe the reaction is to the request for a list of funding sources. However, the question about whether or not it's appropriate to cold call companies and corporations could be a valid and appropriate question for Stack Exchange, particularly since it's funding undergraduate research (which is on-topic, even if many other UG issues are not!).


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I voted to close the question as "unclear", because I have no idea what the OP is asking about. I have never heard of a curriculum as being described as a list of topics, never mind a prescriptive and/or descriptive one. The question in the body seems to be a yes/no question, while the titular question seems to require a pretty broad answer what a curriculum ...


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First, I want to say that I think that the question posed about how to handle job interview questions about family is important, and is answerable within the framework of the site. I've expanded in more detail some of what I said in the comments. Also, I don't have close or reopen vote privileges, and I up voted the original question in any case. I would ...


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Usually, no. The "ethos" of SE, as you mention, is that questions are either not a good fit here (and should be closed precisely because we can't provide good answers, and we want to prevent people from adding bad answers), or they are good questions that we should leave open and answer properly. In the abstract, at least, it is not logically ...


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The voting rules aren't very strict (as opposed to closing for example) but I don't think the fact that a question is hard to answer is a reason to down-vote. A question should "show research effort be useful and clear" to warrant an up-vote but it's also a matter of personal interests. I don't think that the issue with the questions you mention is that ...


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I think yours is the most reasonable approach. Should one flag for moderator attention? - There doesn't seem to be any specific moderator actions that needs to be taken here. Should one vote to reopen and then, if reopened, vote to close as possible duplicate? - This requires more follow-up, for the dubious benefit of having another duplicate hanging around....


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I would distinguish between duplicate question, non-duplicate questions that on hold and could possibly be reopened, and non-duplicate questions that are on hold and have no chance of being reopened (e.g. are wildly off topic). Duplicate questions are not going to be deleted; they should reflect the quality we expect of all questions on this site, and if ...


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Often times once the first person chooses a close reason everyone jumps on that reason even if it is not the best. The original version of the question was not worded in the best way and I would have been inclined to vote to close it as either unclear or depending on "individual factors", but I would not have called it a "shopping question". The edited ...


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I just edited out the undergraduate references and hit it with a mod hammer. Seems like a perfectly fine question to me and I am guessing it got closed by the contingent that believes any question asked by an undergraduate is off topic.


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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 people who have no long-term mental health issues can benefit from these sources of support; I think suggesting them is fine but be supportive rather than pushy. ...


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See Bryan's answer here. In short: the vote by community user indicates that OP agreed their question was a duplicate. You can see this by mousing over "community" in the question's timeline.


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To me, the question was closed for a few reasons: It is unclear what is actually being asked. It appears very abstract and philosophical in nature, which is typically not the type of question asked on these forums. The question is also only tangentially related to academia. The concept of a curriculum exists in education of all levels; elementary, secondary,...


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Comparing a bad question with no answers (or bad answers), and a bad question with good answers, my view is that in the case of the good answers, it gives us (the community) more motivation to actually edit the question into a better shape, even if the OP doesn't do it. After all, if a question gets a good answer, it means that there is a diamond somewhere ...


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I am one of the people who voted to lead the question open. My reasoning was as follows: This might be closed as an undergraduate-only question, but since it is explicitly about publishing research I think it still arguable within a "big tent" interpretation of academia. This might be closed as a shopping question, since it is asking for recommendations. ...


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The edit history shows who voted to reopen. Also note that per the post timeline, it was closed about 10 hours after it was asked, and then reopened about 29 hours after it was closed. (You can click "toggle format" at the top of the post timeline page to see the exact timestamp of each event.)


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The reason given on the question page* is 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 undergraduate admissions, life, and culture. I suspect this may have been a knee-jerk "it's about undergrads so it's off-topic!" ...


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Unfortunately, your question is about the content of a specific discipline, which is off-topic here. From the help center: Please do not ask... about the content of research and coursework rather than the processes of researching, teaching, and learning. [...] I don't see any way on how to make your question on-topic.


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I agree with Wrzlprmft's analysis, particularly for very "off-topic" questions (too broad, about content of research, etc.). But as another user with ~16% of answers on closed questions, let me offer another viewpoint. Consider a question like "I'm worried I ruined my life and could really use help, let me post my super long, specific-to-me question" (...


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