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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I "deleted" the answer, although it was actually converted to a comment (which you then in turn deleted). The reason the answer was deleted was because of length, not because it's not an answer. Unfortunately, the mod interface (where this was done) doesn't give the option to leave feedback after such an operation, and I forgot to put it in manually.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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What exactly is it that I do wrong? Your behavior was generally fine in that you did not violate the golden be nice rule. What you did wrong was post identical answers to different questions. Our community does not like duplicate answers that are not tailored to the question. It makes users feel like the answerer is trying to make a point. This is ...


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Background The answer in question was posted on this question, which is a hot network question with 2k views as of now. The answer’s full content was: Am I putting undue weight on this [...]? Yes. At the time it was posted, there were two other answers in the same direction (but with explanation). At the time it was deleted, it had +17|−4 ...


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I suggest explicitly excluding from deletion questions where the asker makes allegations about their own conduct. "Did I do something wrong, and what should I do about it?" is a helpful thing to ask, if sometimes embarrassing. I admit that this might be problematic if the asker is impersonating someone else; presumably impersonation is already ...


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I have a concern with the use of "defamatory" in "The allegations are defamatory, i.e., the reported behaviour is misconduct, criminal, or highly unethical or highly unprofessional." Going by Meriam-Webster or typical use in US law, a defamatory statement is a false statement of fact (i.e. opinion does not count). It'd be nice if we could ...


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