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I think the team here does a great job of covering things and it's rare that anything lingers that shouldn't linger, but I trust y'all if you want an extra pair of hands to cover. I'd probably put my name in the hat if there were an election.


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Using my own questions as examples. Frame challenges are fine if the frame shift answers the question. E.g. Why do academics drink so much coffee? Showing that academics don't drink more coffee than average answers the question because it shows the null hypothesis is good enough and the question isn't necessary. Why is the UK such a brain magnet? Showing ...


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I would add another criterion to Allure's useful list: If most of the answer is about issues that are different from that of the question, the frame-challenge is probably not helpful but off-topic. A helpful frame-challenge will quickly address the false premise and then return to giving advice on the issue at hand. If instead it gets lost in long asides, it ...


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To add to Allure's great answer: If the question states that the asker personally experienced a traumatic event, claiming that the traumatic event did not occur, or claiming that the event was not traumatic, is abusive. Comments or answers which deny traumatic events should be flagged as abusive and removed. Keep in mind that the sorts of people who ask ...


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I think a more appropriate duplicate target would have been How to address a professor in letter? In fact, maybe we should merge the posts so that the answers to the new question (a few of which are quite good) are transferred to the old one. To the title question, no, two questions are not necessarily duplicates just because an answer to one question can ...


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Although I think that there are some excellent potential candidates for the moderator position, with far more reputation on the website than me, I would be happy to help.


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Frame challenge questions may have a useful role to play in relation to some questions. However, they need to be proportional in scope in order to remain on-topic. Users must be allowed the right to rebut a particularly contentious frame-challenge answer and be given a reasonable right to reply. This cannot be done in comments. A fairly good indicator of ...


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Maybe it's helpful to start by laying out (my view of) the status quo, so we can see where (if anywhere) we can improve. Most frame challenges are done in the comments. Since the goal is to clarify the premise or reframe (improve) the question, this is an appropriate use of comments. In rare cases, these go too far and offend or belittle the asker (and ...


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If a question can only be answered with opinions, you can vote to close it. I often do. Example: "What is the best basket weaving department?" If an answer is unambiguously an opinion (Example: "University A is better than University B."), you can downvote and leave a comment asking for the answer to be made more objective (Example: &...


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