28

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-...


19

which of the following "roles" describes you best?


18

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 ...


17

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 ...


17

Are you currently working in Academia (i.e., employed by a university with a primary duty of performing research)?


14

Comments on this answer made me curious on our demographics. Which countries have academic systems you are familiar with?


13

Is English your mother tongue?


13

Comments on this answer made me curious on our demographics. What fields would you consider yourself part of?


12

How many publications in peer-reviewed journals have you made in your career?


12

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


10

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.


10

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 ...


9

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.


9

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 ...


9

Are/were you happy in your PhD program?


8

If you are not currently working in Academia, do you have one or more advanced degrees? (My reasoning behind this poll is whether there are people like me who have been in grad school or worked in academia and are interested in it)


8

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?


8

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 ...


7

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 ...


7

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 "...


6

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 ...


6

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 ...


6

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.


5

What software do you use to manage papers?


5

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 ...


5

Seeing as we have more "senior"s than students here on AC.SE (at least according to the poll), and also considering that many nationalities are represented here, I would like to know how important academics think of their titles. In other words, how important do you think it is that people address you with your title at work/uni?


5

Did you do a part of PhD studies at another institute (for instance to learn a new method), if so for how long?


5

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, ...


4

Which time zone (UTC +/-?) are you in primarily?


2

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,...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible