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Many of the questions that we get on Academia related to ethics necessarily involve "grey" areas, since what is the most ethical choice, as you suggest, may not be the most practical choice. However, I believe we would be remiss if we, as a board, did not encourage best practices—what we believe should be done in a given situation. Of course, people reading ...


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The following is a good paraphrase of a conversation I had with a junior colleague yesterday: I: I just wanted to say that I would have discussed the issue of coauthorship of this paper with you if I thought there was any chance that you would consider it. She: I didn't contribute any of the results of the paper. I: Yes, but I've seen cases where people ...


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I did not find the question particularly unclear, but there were certainly some problems that led to it getting closed. A wish of our members to censor this discussion was certainly not one of them, as we have many questions in similar spirit that were highly upvoted: It's a duplicate. Notably this question contains more or less the same discussion. It ...


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TL;DR: If users say that your question is unclear, please consider the possibility that this is because it is actually unclear – and not because of censorship. There were several problems with your question as it was closed: It was not understandable due to using an acronym (HIP) that is not in active use. In the ten thousands of questions and answers on ...


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I don't think anyone requested details… but people are curious, especially went it sounds like a good story! So they ask for details. Don't feel pressured to reveal anything, if it's not public knowledge.


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I think some reasons may be People on academia.SE don't truly care about anonymous Internet posters in the same way they care for their family and friends. They would rather uphold ethics than side with a random person, but in real life they would side with their friends rather than upholding ethics. Many people on academia.SE post under their real name, ...


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Suppose I am the hypothetical User B in this scenario. I have not previously indicated any gender preference, I wish to remain gender neutral, and User A has used male pronouns in reference to me in a comment, answer, or chat message. For example, User A might have written something like this on a comment on someone else's post: But in User B's answer, he ...


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Coming to the question, I would have likely voted to place it on hold because I don't understand what your question is. Let's look at the last paragraph, which I think is where your question is defined: Keeping in mind that each academic person has some careers and responsibilities, but he has to be up-to-date and pay enough attention to online life and ...


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The main criteria regarding mentioning third-party services are not to write anything that could be construed as an endorsement or advertisement, and to disclose if you have any direct or indirect involvement with that particular entity. It's completely fine to mention them and then explain why you don't like them, just as you did in your question here.


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I like a lot an answer by Suresh to Are we presenting an idealised view of academia?, i.e. that we should make a split: what we would all like to happen what typically happens what should NOT happen under any circumstances (even if it's sadly not rare) what is completely abnormal. I understand that [survival bias, etc] many profs here may ...


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There is a lot in your question and I am only going to tackle a bit of it now. There is a big difference between locking a question and putting a question on hold. Any user with sufficient reputation can vote to reopen a question that is on hold even if the question has not been edited and was closed by a moderator. This is a nice safety net in case the ...


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Asking questions on a Stack Exchange site isn't obvious. And it's not a right. It's a privilege; and there's a right way to do it, and many wrong ways to do it. In order to maintain the site's usefulness and purpose, there are a bunch of moderation tools available; in order of increasing access: to low rep users, high rep users, moderators, and SE staff. ...


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One of the issues raised in this post is they should be advised to be more polite to the users (regarding to the words they use and they way they treat them and their actions). Since I have cleaned up comments on the original question, I am posting them here for the sake of transparency, so others can decide if anybody needed to be more polite here. See ...


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Apart from the other good arguments, I think that we should answer “what should I do?” questions from the point of view of ethics and academic standards, because that’s the only point of view from which we can give a useful answer to most of these questions. Let’s take this question for an example: Should I let my supervisor be a coauthor on my paper ...


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There is absolutely zero practical way to force a user/commenter/answerer to go to the profile and check for a pronoun preference. It's just not how this system was meant to work. Given that, I think there are just plain logistical issues preventing this proposal. People I interact with can tell me their preference, and I can do my best to remember it, ...


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If their story is published, you would have to cite them as the authors… in that case, revealing their names and credentials would be fair ground. If the information you have is privileged meaning you have access to the info because you are friends, you happen to know them personally or they asked you to proof read some papers. It would not be ok to use such ...


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I would venture to add that, specifically, if we are considering anecdotes, if said anecdote is public information, then I don't think that it is a breach of privacy to reveal their names and other details (affiliations, gender etc.)


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