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In general, I think an on-topic question on this site should at least have a significant component which can be answered by those with expertise in academia. While abstractly it need not be so, in reality this site is populated by a relatively temporary community of questioners and a relatively permanent community of answerers (I would like it better if ...


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It was previously discussed on meta here. The text was placed in the help center by a StackExchange community manager since there were no temporary moderators here to do it yet, but it originated from the community via meta. I propose the following replacement text for that paragraph: Academic customs and procedures vary greatly across countries, ...


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I propose to add the following text: and your question is not ... Undergraduate-specific, such that it could not apply to graduate or post-graduate academicians Asking for a university, journal, or research topic recommendation (a "shopping question") About preparation for a non-academic career ("What graduate degree will help me get a job as ...


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Half in response to a comment: It seems a little unfair to me that we close these questions without saying anywhere in the help center that they're off topic. That is what I perceive as the "gap" in the current system. You cannot specify a site’s scope so precisely that you list everything that is off-topic somewhere. What we do list in the help ...


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I feel like these are fairly rare cases, and that each tends to be unique---they're just very perceptually prominent to us right now because we happened to get two in close succession. As such, I think that the current system (identify as off-topic, migrate if well-formed) is fine for dealing with them. Complementarily, I would worry that a scaring off ...


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The phrase "studying and teaching on the academic level" is not grammatical. I suggest "studying and teaching at the university level."


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Just because we cannot answer them, does not make them off topic. I think we should leave them open. I think we should also help get them answered, possibly by posting in another SE site's chat or even someplace like REDDIT. If they remain unanswered for a while, we could offer bounties to try and help get an answer.


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