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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 tenuously related to Academia. Similarly, there are many areas of Academia for which there is no Nobel prize. Physics, economics, literature, medicine, and ...


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By design, Stack Exchange does not allow direct messaging between users, but only communications through comments and chats, which, however, require a minimum of reputation. However, you’re overthinking this and missing an important bit from the linked question: I've brought up the issue with my advisor, who claimed it was an accidental mistake. That is, ...


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(note: I'm writing this in my personal voice rather than with my moderator hat on, nothing here is endorsed or pre-approved by other moderators) Generally, accusing others personally of racism, sexism, bigotry, or pretty much anything else is not in keeping with the Code of Conduct; the soundness of the foundation of any evidence used to support those ...


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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 points raised in the meta question about why the Nobel prize should be treated differently: there are many Nobel prizes that are "related to academia"....


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I urge readers to vote to pin the accepted answer at the top of the page. This feature does a lot of silent good work whilst the very few annoying instances where an OP picks a (seemingly) obviously wrong answer are very scarce indeed, however memorable these are (see Cag51's post and the information therein). Despite the terms voting and upvoted, there is a ...


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I think it's a fairly complex issue. In general, and going strictly by the CoC, the comments as well as the original answer should be removed. The comments for obvious reasons that zabop lays out in their question, but if we are being honest the answer is also a pretty transparent personal attack on the original poster (prior to a recent edit, it plainly ...


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Among the choices given, I like pinning the accepted answer best. But my far preferred solution would be a change in the UI so that the individual reader can choose, either per-site or overall in their profile. I note that it is currently possible to order the answers various ways, of which "by votes" is the default. But a checkbox to pin (or unpin)...


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This post does not express a view either way, but provides some data (using queries from this Politics.SE post, which I reran for Academia with various modifications). Findings: We have 10.0K posts with 2+ answers and an accepted answer Of these, there are 1,080 posts (10.8%) where the accepted answer has 3+ fewer votes than the top answer (on most ...


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Accepted answer should come first, because it is the one that answered the question. The person asking the question knows what kind of answer they need better than anyone else, so they should make that judgment call. Here's an example of a question I asked on the Politics.SE where the top-voted answer turned out to answer something that I didn't mean to ask. ...


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First, there are vanishingly few academics in your (unspecified) part of the world that have done a PhD + postdocs in math, left academia, and then successfully pursued a career in physics research. So, I think you are unlikely to get any super helpful answers. We could speculate (and some of the existing answers already have), but as a PhD yourself, your ...


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This is a bit of background only. I hope it is more appropriate here than it would be for the question it refers to. The Nobel prizes have a couple of problems, the first, at least, recognized from the very beginning. The first issue is that Nobel's original intention was to award it to young researchers at the start of their career, who showed promise, in ...


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Not only is your answer in violation of the Code of Conduct, it doesn't even answer the OP's question. The bulk of your post consists of commentary on Arno's answer, commentary on Buffy's answer, and commentary on various comments which have now been moved to chat or deleted. The rest of your post is taken up by two paragraphs describing how you've not had a ...


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