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I have mixed feelings on this. I think the questions address legitimate issues in academia that can be answered. The questions attract a lot of discussion in the comments and bad answers. I think we should moderate the comments and answers and not slam the door on relevant questions. I would rather see comments flag as too chatty and bad answers either ...


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Your answer is full of arguments that take an argument that is typically made by the side which you claim to oppose and present it as an argument for the other side. Moreover you are throwing clichéic, unjustified accusations at the asker. This is so blatant that it is almost certainly intentional¹. I don’t know whether you do this to provoke conflict, to ...


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OPs do not in general have a right to delete their posts, though in limited circumstances where the question has essentially received no positive attention they will have such an option available to them. Once something positive happens, the option to delete is gone, and deletion only happens for substantial breaches of site policies, or automatically by ...


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Just because something attracts junk comments, doesn't mean it's a bad question. Personally I think the question is legitimate and should stay up.


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Your original answer was flagged by two users as rude/offensive. This brought it to my attention. Upon looking at the answer it seemed unrelated to the question and designed to produce discussion. This is taking advantage of our community and considered rude. Therefore I cast a 3rd flag as rude which caused the community bot to delete your question.


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First note that the answer in question has 51 upvotes and 23 downvotes right now. So there is a considerable amount of downvotes already. The main reason for the discrepancy between downvotes and comment upvotes is probably this: Downvoting requires 125 reputation; upvoting requires only 15. So there are just more users who can upvote a comment than who ...


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I think that your answer is not bad but a bit naive, as coming from someone who hasn't really seen how much time and energy a crackpot is able to drain if one tries to be understanding. During the newsgroup era there were crackpots who went on for years with the same arguments. But I also think that your answer doesn't deserve so many downvotes, and there's ...


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I think that controversial questions are fine, but require a much higher level of care in community attention and moderation. In particular, they typically rapidly shoot to the "hot questions" list and start attracting low-quality answers from new site users. I typically protect such questions as soon as I am able, in order to keep the trash-answer rate ...


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This answer is not nice to: the asker, who is implied to be insecure and lack social skills: Furthermore, there are some pretty trite geek clichés here, that are just silly on their own, but make me question whether the post is serious: Also, if I were the asker, I would be put off at least a little by being suggested to acquire a partner through ...


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I think the main reason your answer is rather massively downvoted is that in addition to the naïveté you're a bit too positive about people academics call 'cranks' and also that your first phrase sounds like an accusation and immediately triggers an emotional response (retracting the accusation doesn't retract the emotions I'm afraid). So it's mostly the ...


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Welcome to AC.SE. You can most definitely ask for explanations about what is going on. This is exactly what meta and chat are for. In this case, since the question is specifically about AC.SE, using our meta is better than the general meta. When you answer was deleted a comment was left that said: This is not an answer to the question: does the library ...


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Edit: I finally managed to find the exact quote I was looking for. This is from Grace Note, a community manager from the SE team: With the exception of duplicates (which we keep around for searchability), closing is intended to be a temporary state for a question. There are only two states in the future of a closed question - getting deleted or getting ...


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tl;dr: Since your answer was duplicate text and a lot of it didn't directly address the question that was asked, it gives the impression of someone who hears a few key words ("gender" "STEM" "underrepresented") and posts a whole screed without taking the time to give a thoughtful answer to the question that was actually asked. On Academia SE, answers ...


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For the question at hand, the user deleted his own question. A deleted question means that the answers aren't visible as well. The process for finding this info out is to do exactly what you did here - post in meta and a mod can check for you. Here's a link to the question you're discussing, it's only visible to >10k users (and diamond mods).


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As the moderator who deleted the comment, StrongBad's answer was exactly my thought; there were a few comments left immediately after the answer was posted suggesting improvement, which received no response. Even more so, there are numerous prompts to new users indicating that this is not the type of answer we are looking for. When a user ignores all that ...


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Thanks for posting this question. This is a constant struggle on these sites. On the one hand, people in a community setting want to enjoy themselves. That involves conversation, jokes, sarcasm, poking fun, off-topic comments, the like. Those things are very important for a strong community; no one wants to participate where it's just a bunch of dead fish ...


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I was not the moderator who deleted the answer, but had I gotten to it first, I would have. I do not think it answers the question in its current format, although it has the potential to be the basis of a great answers. Without the quote it does not meet the minimum number of characters required for answers suggesting it may be too short. To be a good answer ...


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There are three main types of deletions that I personally have made: Answers that should have been comments; the answer may look like it was deleted, but it was just converted to a comment Answers that were completely off topic, and do not add anything to the conversation. Answers that are abusive/trolling/spammy/ad hominem/etc. I believe that this is the ...


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I think having the record of the question being asked and "shut down" is more useful than deleting them outright. Something that is offensive or spam should, of course, be deleted. But something that is merely off-topic or inappropriate for the board should probably stay for archival purposes, particularly if an answer was received.


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As Anonymous Physicist pointed out, it is not clear whether the proposed policy applies to self-allegations. Let’s decide this: Suggested amendment This policy shall also apply to questions making self-allegations, i.e., where the target and the asker are identical. All the other criteria must still apply, in particular the self-allegations must be severe ...


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Candidates for deletion can be found here. Each and every question on that list, should either be deleted or edited & reopened. If you have 2000 rep or over, please do go to that list, and spend a little bit of time going through some of the questions, and for each one, either vote for its deletion, or edit it into shape so that it can be reopened. As F'...


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Distance Learning vs Free Online Education This seems to be a very good question which happens to be worded very poorly. If anyone cares to edit this, I think it's well worth salvaging. To me, the close votes only reflect that the question body does not reflect the title. The question in the title seems to be a good question. Funding for Belgian student ...


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This question and this answer are my way of trying to encourage more of this sort of thing. Posters with sufficient reputation could, as well as being nice, be a little more vigorous in casting down votes for obviously bad questions; casting close votes for closable questions; and in the list of closed non-duplicate questions, either voting to delete, or ...


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While Robert Cartaino understand the SX network, I don't know if he understands this particular question. In fact, I am surprised the question was even closed, and am surprised that we are discussing deleting it. In the interest of disclosure, I did provide an "answer", despite not having that expertise to really answer the question (I attempted to skirt the ...


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I initially commented on the answer mostly as a notice of why I was going to delete it - I fully intended to delete it, then got distracted by something else. (Comments left by a moderator on a post just before post deletion still appear in the user's inbox.) I don't really understand the "too fast" thing. Clearly the answer was not suitable in its ...


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The post you refer to was flagged as "not an answer" and then got several delete votes in the review queue. This is because its content seemed to be intended as a response to other answers and comments. It looked as though the OP was unfamiliar with the Q&A format of this site, and simply thought that (like many forums on the Internet), they should add ...


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I deleted your answer, in response to a flag raised by a user. (It was flagged as "rude or abusive"; I did not agree that it was "rude or abusive" but I deleted it for another reason, see below.) On Academia Stack Exchange, questions that ask "Help me change X's mind about Y", where X is someone in the context of academia and Y is not academia-specific, ...


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I personally feel that our community has expressed little patience with sarcastic questions/answers. This means removing that part of the answer, especially on a HNQ post, in a timely manner is important. I also believe that the answer probably should be deleted as NAA. As mods, there is a big difference between editing an answer where everyone can see what ...


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As a mod, when I do not feel a post deserves to be deleted unilaterally, my preference is to leave "not an answer" and "low quality post" flags active - that is, not mark the flag as helpful nor dismiss it. The reason is that these flags put posts into the "Low quality posts" review queue, where other users then vote on them. (Marking the flag as helpful or ...


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