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I love it! The images, the fonts, the color palette. I particularly like the hint towards books in the site logo. My one suggestion has to do with the medals. Not sure how the open triangle shape fits with the theme, and the thin lines make it blend in. I agree partly with what was suggested above... I think the medals should be mortarboards, similar to ...


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I would expect that such labels should be applied rarely, if at all. But it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing to have the option available to us.


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The next level would be to lock the question but this seems extreme. The real problem in my opinion is that the question is on the hot networkquestion list. We need better control of that. I proposed Allow mods or gold tag badge holders to prevent question from being on hot network questions list


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graduate-admissions Before asking your question on graduate admissions, please consider the following: We cannot predict the success of your application and answer questions like: “Can I get into [program] with [prerequisites]?”. This question may help you though. We do not know details of procedures – such as deadlines, required formats and handling ...


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I sometimes leave this comment on answers that don't add anything new: It's not clear what this adds over existing answers that suggest the same approach, such as [link to answer that suggests same approach]; can you edit to clarify? On Academia.SE, we are generally looking for answers that offer a "fresh take": see What are we generally looking for in ...


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Thanks for the design… and soliciting feedback: it's not easy, and you'll sure get lot of helpful yet contradictory advice from all around… So, while trying to avoid the nefarious “design by committee” effect, here's some of my “gut reaction” to the look: Very positive first reaction: elegant, clean design… calming effect My eyes first went to the ...


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The single direct effect of closing questions is that it prevents answers, for reasons such as: To give the asker the opportunity to clarify their question before existing answers get invalidated. To prevent the inevitable endless discussions answers to some questions provoke. To avoid the broken-window effect, i.e., new users getting the impression that ...


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I think the general SE policy is against trivial "thanks" and "me, too!"-type comments. If you want to add information about why you like the answer, or explain what's relevant in your own case, you're adding information to the system, which is a different matter.


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We should make it clear that the scope is "academia" rather rather than "academics." It's hard to concisely define academia, perhaps something like: "academic careers, research, teaching, and publishing." Based on the number of homework help questions we get, the existing wording still gives the impression that questions related ...


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I say, bump the contrast! I too find it slightly too subtle for my taste.


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This is something that has to be taken up with Stack Exchange paid staff—this is not something that we as moderators or individual community members can change. So if there is a consensus to request that they do so, we can bring it up with them.


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I believe we should revisit this issue, in light of the fact that we have come out of beta and are getting more traffic. Specifically, I sympathize with new users who post questions about things like undergraduate admissions without realizing it's considered off-topic. I wouldn't understand that from reading the help center text, either. I also think it ...


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Per site, we have limited freedom in what we can modify in the close dialog. Specifically, we can only modify the community-specific reasons, and we cannot add further options (see note below about the details). I suggest you to use the option "Needs details or clarity", as imperfect as it is, because the poster needs anyway to clarify what is the ...


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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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Yes, please add this. And no, I don't think we should add this sparingly. I would propose to aggressively add this to questions that have a potential to be controversial. If used too much it does not matter (the warning does not say anything that's not true for all questions anyway), and if it salvages just a few questions that would otherwise get derailed ...


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You don't "announce" anything on the main board. Stack Exchange is explicitly a Q&A forum, so such links are considered to be spam, and are therefore always off-topic. You may mention it in the chat room, but that's about it.


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Upvote this post if you agree that we should not adopt this canonical question; downvote if you strongly disagree. No, we should not adopt this canonical question. There are too many variables: technical issues with an online system are substantively different than a good-faith misinterpretation of the rules which is different than being caught texting ...


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By default, here are the colors of links from Academia, pulled from the CSS: Unvisited: #5e939f Visited: #252525 Hover: #DB786A The hover color is the red of the leaning book in the logo, which is actually quite noticeable. Instead of increasing contrast, increasing the saturation by increasing the blue, similar to the cyan that is used in meta, should be ...


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I m not sure this is a big issue for us. Further, you can only make so many tag stand out. I think more often people ignore the "field" tag (e.g., math or history) than the country tag. If we were only going to highlight one type of tag, field might be more important. I am not sure how I feel about highlighting multiple types of tags.


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This has essentialy been asked on the main meta Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted With 765 up votes on the question and 365 on the top answer, I think the answer is that the community feels that they should be visible. That said, the question is status-declined so apparently the SE team feels otherwise. It sounds like it is a ...


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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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Very generally, once you put something on the Internet, it is very difficult to undo. While some legislations grant you some right to delete your private information or similar, there is no universal right to delete your content. Specifically, when you post something on Stack Exchange, you do so under a Creative Commons licence. The reason for this is that ...


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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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I think this is a relatively simple fix—it's the extra padding around the question. However, I also think that the fix shouldn't be to go something quite so dense as Stack Overflow. (Currently, I can fit about 7 questions from Academia.SE on my screen compared to about 10 SO questions in the same space. However, SO seems too crowded in comparison. I think ...


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Use your browser’s built-in spellchecker. All three browsers I use (Firefox, Safari, Chrome) have it, and it does work for Stack Exchange's text boxes. If you browser does not come with a spellchecker, there are free plugins for that.


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What we (or actually Stack Exchange employees) could do is to add a tag alert for tags that are prone to be country- or field-specific. Tag alerts are special, tag-specific info messages that pop-up whenever the author adds certain tags to a question they are composing. To such an alert in action, begin asking a question on Stack Overflow and add the SQL ...


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I created the question and an answer as proposed: What does the typical workflow of a journal look like? I think that this actual realisation demonstrates that splitting this question would not be beneficial as it does not increase the additional information on alternative names and durations do not diminish the readability and can be easily skipped by ...


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I am wondering how safe my private data and locations are here? Your private data should be safe. Moderators and staff can see it, but must not share it. Then, you give a location publicly. But maybe that's a false flag. Do I need to delete my account? That's impossible to answer. Is someone with experience in CS can break into StackExchange ...


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I like to think of the privileges granted by reputation falling into two categories: participation and moderation. The system provides a 100 rep association bonus to users of other sites. This seems to allow existing SE users to fully participate in a new site immediately, but only provides limited moderation privileges (a new user can flag things). As sites ...


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As a wording for the new close reason, I propose: This question is not within the scope of this site as defined in the help center. Our scope particularly excludes the content of research, education outside of a university setting, and problems only faced by undergraduate students. Note that unless I am very much mistaken, this can be implemented ...


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