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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

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.
aeismail's user avatar
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Is there something more radical than "protecting" a question?

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 ...
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Is there something more radical than "protecting" a question?

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 ...
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Closure while writing an answer – can it be delayed?

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 ...
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Should we make country tags visually distinct?

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 ...
aeismail's user avatar
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

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, ...
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Closing questions that are not questions: what to pick?

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 ...
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Should we create a tag for ChatGPT-related questions?

I agree that we should have a tag for this, being named generative-ai with genai and chatgpt as synonyms. The tag description should make clear that this is about the usage of generative AI in an ...
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Can we hint to OPs that their question might be overly long?

While it might be technically possible to install such a warning (I would have to ask staff), I am afraid it won’t be worth the effort. By experience, most users who post overly detailed question ...
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Should we make country tags visually distinct?

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 ...
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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

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 ...
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How do I announce the new subreddit "Indian Academia" here, as nothing other than questions seem to be allowed here?

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 ...
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Do we want a canonical question on "what to do if accused of misconduct"?

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: ...
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Shouldn't there be a way to prevent false duplicate flags?

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 ...
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Shouldn't the deleted questions always be visible to their authors, regardless of the author's reputation?

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 ...
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After someone moves your comments to chat, you lose the right to delete them. This is unfair. How to regain this right?

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 ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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How to get the notification when someone edits their answer?

You can use the Follow feature below the answer. See The Follow Questions and Answers feature is now live across the Network for more information.
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Can we improve advice to those asking questions?

What follows is suggested text to be added to this page, which is under the control of this site. I may have to edit it a few times and you should feel free to do so also. I think the addition could ...
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My advisor is using and reading academia.stackexchange, how safely I can ask questions?

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 ...
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Shouldn't certain privileges depend not only on reps on academia, but also other SE sites?

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 ...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Replace “undergraduate” with a more general out-of-scope close reason

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, ...
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How do I announce the new subreddit "Indian Academia" here, as nothing other than questions seem to be allowed here?

I consider it acceptable to make such announcements on Meta Academia or in chat, as they generally pertain to parts of this community. You can also try to get sufficient upvotes on a community ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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Should we turn the cap the other way?

Since Academia has graduated from beta, it makes sense that the tassel is on the right (looking at it, left if you were under the cap). I propose leaving the tassel as is.
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

Encourage askers to put a question mark in the top-level question. Beyond grammar, this will discourage questions of the form "here is a 20 page description of my problem; what do I do?"
cag51's user avatar
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Customize the information window for the first-time askers

Let’s remove the initial sentence “You’re ready to ask your first question [...]”. Even though it’s welcoming, the shorter the text the likelier that it gets read.
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Shouldn't there be a way to prevent false duplicate flags?

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 ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Would like to add "faq" and/or "canonical-question" and/or "canonical-post" tag to these questions

I do not consider having a tag for this a useful idea: We already have a list of canonical Q&As on Meta. For frequent close voters this is a better resource than a tag, because it can be ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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Can we have a "show your work" close reason?

Summary The ease of research is easily underestimated and we can produce valuable answers to such questions. Therefore, we should not have a close reason or general policy to close such questions. ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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How can we better react to askers who are having a mental health crisis?

I think it can be appropriate to give very generic suggestions when people seem to be disturbed in a manner that suggests they might benefit from seeing a therapist/counselor/psychologist. Even many ...
Bryan Krause's user avatar
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Getting points or reputation for comments on academia.SE

Comments are often abused. There's no agreement on how to use them and they often end up playing host to side discussions, critical commentary, or (more often than not) memes. On the moderating side, ...
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