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I do not consider this answer acceptable because it violates be nice, in particular: Be welcoming, be patient, and assume good intentions. Don't be a jerk. These are just a few examples. If you see them, flag them: […] Harassment and bullying. If you see a hostile interaction, flag it. Threatening or scaring users, in particular with consequences ...


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The threats were inappropriate and definitely a violation of our be nice policy. I have deleted the answer. If a 10k+ user thinks they can salvage the answer, please edit and flag for attention so it can be undeleted.


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I usually don't post these Welcome messages because, well, I see no real purpose to them, and if there is a policy to post them always, the entire exercise becomes incredibly fake and dishonest fast. I have no quarrels with a policy of always welcoming new users, but frankly I remain unconvinced that this will make new users somehow feel more at home more ...


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Setting aside the other issues here, abusive and discourteous treatment of other users on this site will not be tolerated. I personally would want to be treated with respect, and that courtesy should be extended to others. If one can't make your point without belittling other members of the community, then one should find alternate communities which may ...


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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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In general, I agree with the Massimo’s and Sascha’s answers that such questions should stay as long as they can be sufficiently anonymised. They can help others in similar situations and as long as the personal links are borrowed in some edit history (and stay civil), we do not leave the impression of being a place for public accusations – which I consider ...


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However unpleasant they are, I think we should deal with such kind of questions. For two reasons. It can be challenging to write one, but a balanced or straight answer to a thorny question can be extremely helpful to the asker and to future visitors. And I think that our community has certainly a number of people capable of giving good advice even in such ...


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I usually welcome the OP if I have something to say in the comment. But I guess it's to everyone's taste. If this is to become a trend then the only annoyance would be skipping one more line of comments, which is not a big deal. There are a few thoughts: Most of the time when I see those "welcome" comments they are from users with, say, around 100-200 ...


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I normally (on all SE sites), post welcome messages of the form. "Welcome to X.SE. Your question is a bit too Y for our format. You could improve it by doing Z." The welcome message is not there to welcome them, but to soften the blow when giving (constructive) criticism. So as not to drive the new user away, while they are still learning the ropes.


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To answer your questions, I would say (1) no, (2) definitely not, and (3) VERY definitely not. You can peruse the on-topic and off-topic FAQ sections to see what we look for in questions. We definitely don't want anyone to publicly call anyone else out. We are a community where you can seek advice, but we cannot take any action... we're just strangers on ...


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The whole point of ads on this site is to allow the community to advertise what they, collectively, find useful and relevant. I disagree with your "low vote threshold" comment... the ten-vote threshold on meta for a site like ours is a pretty steep requirement, as the vast majority of our users don't visit meta, ever. For an ad to have accumulated ten votes ...


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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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And why does Academia seem to give it free reign? Bashing other disciplines is clearly against our code of conduct and I do not have the impression that it happens often. If you see any posts that do this, please flag them as rude or abusive (questions and answers) or harassment, bigotry or abuse (comments). If you think that the rudeness is not obvious, ...


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Yes, this question IMHO escalated quickly, and is certainly not the best showcase of the academia.SE community. Clearly, mistakes have been made, both by the OP and some of our community members - from the OP's knee-jerk follow-up comments and edits to EnergyNumber's very derogatory answer (which I downvoted). I originally also wanted to provide an answer ...


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I think welcoming new users with a comment is fine. I think it is also fine to flag welcome comments as "too chatty" a few days later. At that point the comment has served most of its purpose (i.e., welcoming the new user). I guess the argument for keeping it longer, is to let other new users know we are welcoming. I tend to only welcome new users when I ...


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Yes, you should read through the answers that have already been posted, as an answer that largely duplicates someone else's answer might otherwise be flagged for plagiarism. You should post a new answer when you have something new to contribute to the question at hand. Just reposting the same information under the claim of having more expertise is a waste of ...


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Usually, no. The "ethos" of SE, as you mention, is that questions are either not a good fit here (and should be closed precisely because we can't provide good answers, and we want to prevent people from adding bad answers), or they are good questions that we should leave open and answer properly. In the abstract, at least, it is not logically ...


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I vote to delete this question. I agree with Sascha In the meantime, it becomes IMHO more and more clear that the guy is a fraud, and not just deluded. My answer isn't meant to help this guy, but to show his false accusations. I guess he just wants to be famous by public shaming other people.


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Some kinds of targeted voting are detected automatically and reversed by the system (see this Meta post). In other cases, where it isn't the kind of pattern that is automatically detected, moderators can ask a Stack Exchange employee to take a closer look at a voting pattern. I have just done this for you. If there is targeted voting going on, they'll ...


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Targeted voting, whether up or down, is against SE community guidelines and, when detected, generally reversed.


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I tend to prefer them being put in the same answer using headers or bullet points or something to distinguish them for a few reasons: Two 50-point answers does not a gold badge make ;) If you provide two excellent answers, it removes any conflict about which one to accept as "the" answer It keeps your two-part answer together, so that variation in voting ...


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General rules of thumb Before you write a frame challenge, see whether you can answer all of the following with yes: Is the misconception central to the question? If the question can be asked as well without the misconception, it’s better to edit it out or only address it briefly. If on-topic, you can ask or suggest a separate question about it. Would you ...


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Misconceptions about academic procedures, norms, or similar These misconceptions concern the very topic of this site. For example: Assertion: You must have a PhD to submit a paper to a journal. These are mostly free game for frame challenges. However, before challenging such an assumption, please consider that you may be wrong because academic customs vary ...


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Wrong assessments of individual experiences Here the asker potentially wrongly assessed something that happened to them – as opposed to general facts. For example: Assertion: The student I supervise does not take my criticism seriously. Assertion: My paper was cited for some claim it did not make. In these cases, we almost always lack relevant ...


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I wondered about the same thing regarding this question. I would leave it open: It could be that the person asking is really severely deluded. While I thing that the answers may or may not be helping him to understand that, there is a chance that they do The question in itself is not a bad one - I had an (much more specific) idea in a research proposal ...


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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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Misconceptions about off-topic aspects Typically this is about the content of academic research or teaching, but it may also be other off-topic things. For example: Assertion: My newly developed method that makes a very good guess whether a number is prime topples modern cryptography. Whether such statements are correct is off-topic here. If such an off-...


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