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Is this kind of retaliatory behavior allowed? Is allowing it, in effect, discouraging questions?

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 ...
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Is this kind of retaliatory behavior allowed? Is allowing it, in effect, discouraging questions?

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 ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

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 ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

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 ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

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 ...
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Appropriateness of promoting political content via the community promotion ads

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 ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

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 ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

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 ...
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Why do faculty in the sciences seem dismissive of the humanities on this site?

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 ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

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 ...
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Should I answer a question that is likely to be closed?

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 ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

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 ...
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How does someone ask a good question on StackExchange Academia?

Read Welcome to Academia.SE. Read What topics can I ask about here? in the help center.
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Someone is down-voting my old low-scored questions in Academia

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 ...
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Someone is down-voting my old low-scored questions in Academia

Targeted voting, whether up or down, is against SE community guidelines and, when detected, generally reversed.
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

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, ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

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. ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

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 ...
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

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 ...
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Frame-challenge guidelines – idea collection

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 ...
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Should I answer a question that is likely to be closed?

Please do not post answers that are the same as a close reason. For example, please do not "answer" with a statement that the answer strongly depends on individual factors.
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Questions that are non-anonymous rants/accusations against specific individuals

The OP is at this point clearly showing that he has a highly distorted and false world view of the effort involved in research leading to a successful publication. He is attacking with a religious ...
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Appropriateness of promoting political content via the community promotion ads

To me the best ads are for web resources which I would want to visit many times. This means that I think "product" ads (e.g., the one for Zotero) and "political" ads (e.g., the one for the Elsevier ...
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How to deal with a question that contains a false premise? How do I make a frame challenge?

Wrong goal (XY problem) The asker wants to achieve X and thinks doing Y helps them to do this, so they ask how to do Y. However, Y is not a good way to achieve X. Most often, we can only suspect an XY ...

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