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I think that there is probably a lot of selection bias in the questions that we see. There are a lot of depressed people out there, and people who are struggling with something (depression or otherwise) are a lot more likely to come and ask a question on this site. I'm not surprised that depression is one of our themes. I agree with ff524 that health-...


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I don't think this is academia-specific. Depression is a common human condition. Evidence: Google search for Workplace.SE mentions of depression (10 pages of results). I don't think we need a separate tag; health-issues seems adequate to me. I also don't think we need to handle it differently than we currently do: close questions that are about depression ...


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Mathematics is certainly disproportionately represented here, although it's only a minority of the site. One reason is MathOverflow, which is arguably the most successful stackexchange site devoted to research-level academics. As a consequence, the stackexchange network probably has more visibility within mathematics than in any other academic field except ...


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What is your gender? Please feel free to add the term you feel most comfortable with.


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The general "tilt" of SE sites is towards math and computer science, so it's not much of a stretch that such disciplines would be well-represented here.


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Does anyone else finds it surprising? Is it just an artifact, or does our site somehow attract depressed peoples? Not surprising at all. You get rants and voices of frustration on most Internet places. And I don't think that A.SE attracts more of such than other places for people related to academia. I'm unconvinced that the prevalence of clinical ...


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The whole point of ads on this site is to allow the community to advertise what they, collectively, find useful and relevant. I disagree with your "low vote threshold" comment... the ten-vote threshold on meta for a site like ours is a pretty steep requirement, as the vast majority of our users don't visit meta, ever. For an ad to have accumulated ten votes ...


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I don't think this warrants a community event countdown. That feature is intended for Academia.SE chat events, not just events of interest. I think a regular community ad is a much better way to promote this kind of event.


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Are/were you happy in your PhD program?


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In other words, do the answers here necessarily reflect the accepted answers to questions or problems of whole academic community? No. There's no reason or evidence to believe that this community is a representative sample of academia as a whole. And, as you note, a number of reasons to believe that this isn't the case - namely, that many of the natural "...


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If you received an email from an author of a new paper, whom you'd had no contact with previously, bringing their new paper to your attention, letting you know that they'd cited one or more of your papers in it, and thanking you for your work, what would be your reaction?


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Based on your sample, most of these questions seem to be coming from students in graduate programs, not from faculty. In my mind, this rules out the pressure due to publish-or-perish hypothesis. However, getting through an advanced degree program can be hard, particularly at the PhD level. Something else may be at play, too: take your average PhD ...


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I think there could be another factor. Academia (especially in the US, I guess, but everywhere) is an highly competitive industry. There is publish or perish, seeking grants, fast moving disciplines, an overwhelming tide of new papers and results everyday. Research is hard. There are many people who struggle in academia. This site is specific. It regards ...


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First of all and just to clarify, the goal of this site is not to collect personal opinions, but facts and best approaches to certain problems. Given the nature of our subject (academia), this is only an ideal and often the best we can offer are educated opinions. However, you will not find questions like “Should pay-to-view journals be outlawed?” or similar ...


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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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If you are one of the people that pushes such posts further into the ground, is it because you believe the question should be deleted Honestly, I didn't realize I could vote to delete. But in any case, having a bad answer and a clear indication that it is flawed can sometimes be helpful. It certainly discourages reposting of the answer. Or do you usually ...


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As a practical matter, people can vote using whatever criteria they see fit. We do have some guidelines for good voting practices, but votes are anonymous, and we don't usually know why people vote the way they do. The only exception that comes to mind is that we don't allow serial voting, as was discussed on Academia.SE here. One of the results of this, ...


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What software do you use to manage papers?


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I dont find it surprising at all for two reasons: Internet is where people go to complain, rant and whine... Academia does leave a lot of people frustrated, sad, angry or depressed. As a matter of fact emotional/mental health problems is rather prevalent in academia. I want to take a specific paragraph out: A 2015 study at the University of California ...


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Yes, we should. It is somewhat political in nature, but it has been endorsed by major organisations, such as the AAAS (which publishes Science magazine) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the American Statistical Association (ASA): Major U.S. science groups endorse March for Science, Feb. 23, 2017, Science, DOI:10.1126/science.aal0697.


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I like your idea, what you've proposed seems like a good starting point to launch some discussion about the best way to address the sentiment portrayed in your proposal, and, overall, I think it would be useful to try to make this site more teaching-friendly (after all, some of us take our teaching responsibilities as seriously as our research). Perhaps in ...


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To me the best ads are for web resources which I would want to visit many times. This means that I think "product" ads (e.g., the one for Zotero) and "political" ads (e.g., the one for the Elsevier Boycott) are not particularly useful. The issue is the static and one-off nature of the material. Having ads be to unchanging webpages (e.g., political blog posts,...


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What continent do you currently reside in?


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All sub-samples contain bias unless inclusion is random - and inclusion to academia.stackexchange is anything but random. Certainly there is observer bias. academia.stackexchange also contains feedback mechanisms like up/down voting, which like many online communities reinforces founder-behaviour: ideas, viewpoints, theories, etc that are majority-held ...


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The main issue I have with this march is that I don't understand to whom the protest is addressed. Going through marchforscience.com, it seems to be mostly geared toward governments, especially the newly elected US government, but when I read the Our Principles and Goals page of the march it looks to me that most of the issues being raised are caused by ...


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We do have a poll question here on meta (see my take on what it is worth). I think you could cull some useful info from the data explorer if you were motivated enough. Geographic data can come from self report in people's bios (clearly non-English speaking places are underrepresented). You could try to link user profiles to other sites for a count of comp-...


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