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I think the real question is this: why aren't you satisfied with the answers to the original question? If you think that the original question would receive good answers if people paid more attention to it, then set a bounty. If you think that the original question didn't receive the answers you're looking for because it wasn't focused on the particular ...


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Graduate Admission and Studies How should I deal with discouragement as a graduate student? How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? Graduate school admission with a degree in a different field I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them? Career ...


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I don't agree with the view that both questions are full-fledged duplicates. However, I would encourage you to thoroughly edit the second question (or write a new one) and entirely focus on the issue that makes it partly different from the first, namely the probable impact of mounting a legal challenge on the attitude of the admissions committee toward you ...


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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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Would you rather them be closed as too specific and go ask the journal? If the answer depends on the specific journal, it is not a good question for us. If it is more of a general question, then the canonical question provides the answer. If there is something missing from the answer on the canonical question, let's fix that.


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First, a premise. I was the first to vote to close your question as duplicate, and I'm still convinced that it is a duplicate. In fact, in the first question you conclude (bold mine): What should I do in this situation? So far I've just been explaining to them how there might have been some confusions, but with their most recent response, it seems ...


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I would distinguish between duplicate question, non-duplicate questions that on hold and could possibly be reopened, and non-duplicate questions that are on hold and have no chance of being reopened (e.g. are wildly off topic). Duplicate questions are not going to be deleted; they should reflect the quality we expect of all questions on this site, and if ...


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Note that when you start typing a new question title into the "Ask a Question" box, it lists some possible duplicates immediately underneath. Read through these questions to make sure you are not asking a duplicate.


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When a question is marked as a duplicate, it doesn't necessarily mean that the exact question asked is the same. (The text of the duplicate notice is misleading in this respect.) Rather, it means that members of the community believe that some or all of the answers to the marked duplicate directly address this question, and there is nothing useful to say ...


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I would only ask a new question, if it is new. If you ask a duplicate question, it will get closed. The original question is not great, but it is not awful either. I would try a bounty, if the question addresses the issue you are after. I do not think my answer is great, but what type of answer are you looking for?


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Unfortunately, it's really just mostly searching. You can limit your search using tags—just include the tag name, surrounded by brackets, when doing your search (e.g., "[phd] grades"). That helps limit the search. You can also use "is:question" to only search only questions (e.g., not answers). Past that, it's just making sure you use good search terms. Good ...


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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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I would categorise “What is happening to my paper” questions as follows: Questions which are directly answered by the canonical Q&A¹. These should clearly be closed as duplicate. Questions where the asker tells us little about what happened and what they already know. Your example question is typical for this category and leaves us with the following ...


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Because a moderator vote is binding, I prefer not to cast a first or second close vote in many cases (specifically, in cases where I think it's more appropriate for the community to weigh in first.) I think it is exactly a dupe of the related questions, linked by ff524. Then you should vote to close.


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Your main concern seems to be this question, asked by thinking. Originally, the question asked: Would I have any chance to get admitted to top universities? I feel that the BSc GPA is a problem. This was closed as a duplicate of How do you get a bad transcript past PhD admissions, which has a lot of good, general advice on how the other things thinking ...


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This is too long for a comment ... Before asking a question it is best to have a quick search for similar questions. If you don't find a match and then ask a question that eventually gets closed as a duplicate, it is not an awful thing. While most closed questions eventually get deleted, duplicates are special and tend to get left on the system. This means ...


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My first thought is "that sounds like a lot of work". My second thought is, "what's the point?" The whole point of marking something as duplicate is so that all the answers are in one spot. If you see a duplicate that has a particularly good answer, flag it and we can merge it back to the original question. I guess I'm missing why we would want to do this. ...


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The trick to getting duplicate questions reopened (in my opinion) is to edit away all the detail that might obscure the fundamental difference between your question and the existing questions. Otherwise, it can come across as "I know my situation is really similar to existing questions, but I just want highly individualized advice" (which is off-topic per ...


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This maybe a case of differences across academia resulting in an unclear question. I have never heard of two universities awarding a single degree and would not term such an activity as a "double PhD". I did my PhD in a strange department in the US that was split across two universities (so very similar to what you are describing). At the point of defending ...


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First, let's see if your premise, that is that there is a trend towards closing more questions as duplicates, is backed by the site closing stats (status on 17/Aug/16): Period | # closed as dup. | % of all closed | % of total asked last 90d | 159 | 22.36 % | 8.82 last 30d | 53 | 23.14 % | 9.41 last 14d | 22 ...


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I disagree that those two questions are duplicates, at least of each other. Yes, they are related. Yes, they have "the same (potential) answers", and your answer applies to both. However, I think this is because the answers are more general than the questions themselves. Going back to the SE meta thread, it states (emphasis mine): Questions asking ...


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I agree with your assessment, and a few others also seem to agree as well (based on "reopen" vote count). It's been reopened.


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My pragmatic proposal would be to just leave it open. While it may be a duplicate of Question 2, Question 2 is closed and hence "does not really exist". It should be closed if it is a duplicate of Question 1, but as you say it isn't, I see no reason to mark it as duplicate. More generally, I think it is important to consider closing as duplicate as "these ...


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