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Why was my question about fighting junk science so poorly received?

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 ...
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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

My two cents.... To the title question: yes, absolutely. When in doubt, we should try to accept questions, not try to close them. There are many a number of Nobel prizes, some of which are only very ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

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 ...
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

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 ...
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Is asking advice from experienced people considered as off-topic?

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,...
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How far should we go when editing somebody else’s question to prevent closure?

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 ...
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How to make the question asking for books on academia/science not a shopping list?

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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Why was my question about fighting junk science so poorly received?

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? ... ...
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If your essay limits 1500 words, can you just reference essay prompt without discussing it, then criticize it?

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. ...
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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

To repeat my comment here: awards are on-topic. We even have an awards tag. If awards are on-topic in general, major awards like the Nobel prize surely are on-topic as well. Regarding the individual ...
henning no longer feeds AI's user avatar
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Is the following question technically low standard to our main site?

First, beware that sometimes votes—whether up or down—are not really indicative of the quality of a question, but more of the preferences of the voters: some are just irritated by certain types of ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Why was “Funding in mathematics from large companies as undergraduate” closed?

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 ...
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Why was my question ("Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?") closed?

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, ...
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Why is “What are illegal or/and inappropriate question on job interview?” too broad?

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 ...
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Should I answer a question that is likely to be closed?

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 ...
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Is this a shopping question?

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 ...
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Could we reopen this question ("unreasonably severe teacher")?

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 ...
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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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Question hammered closed by community

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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Please help me correct my question

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 ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Why was “Funding in mathematics from large companies as undergraduate” closed?

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 ...
David Richerby's user avatar
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By what process was this question reopened?

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 ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

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 ...
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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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I asked for a software solution, question was closed as "shopping" - legit?

(just writing an answer to get this off our backlog) Thanks for posting. Software recommendations are indeed on-topic, and the community has correctly voted to reopen.
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Questions about practices related to specific computer science subfield -- when are they on topic?

Personally, I think both questions should be open. However, I agree with you that it can be very hard to predict how a question will be received. The advantage of this is that it's community-driven; ...
cag51's user avatar
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When the close reason is the answer

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 ...
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Is a general question discussing differences in research methodology in different fields too broad?

Your original question contains I'd like to see how this process may differ in various fields. In this question you say I've included my sample answer for the field of Economics It sounds like ...
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Please help edit this question so it can be reopened

I've edited the question. I believe the problems were twofold: (1) the question was university-specific, and (2) too much was made of the housing situation. There's not much I can do about problem (1),...
aeismail's user avatar
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

Just answering the technical side of this: If you go to the question’s edit history, you can see that it was reopened shortly after being closed (and by whom).
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