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General The answers to many problems depend on individual factors to some extent and you (or the reader) has to be the final judge whether an answer really applies to their problem. This is inevitable and not a problem per se. However, if we expect potential answers to be dominated by such individual factors, we put the question on hold. There are two main ...


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As I've said here, I believe it is much more useful to characterize a publisher (or conference, university, etc) than ask about it by name. Consider the question "Is a university that grants me a PhD for $1000 and a copy of my unpublished book fake?", which has a great, general answer that someone put some non-trivial effort into. There are dozens of ...


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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 agree with the comments that there are multiple topics in the proposed question. In this case, I think this is not only fine, but actually desirable. Because this question will deviate from our general "policies" in a number of ways, that is why having a meta discussion first is helpful. There is nothing wrong with breaking our own rules when we as a ...


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Reminders don't work. On CS Theory, they modified the greyed-out text that appears in the subject line when you start a question, so it emphasizes that questions should be research-level questions about theoretical computer science. It made zero difference: they still get just as many questions about undergrad exercises and fixing Windows as they always got.


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This is a valuable comment. I think in general that field-specific questions could have some merit as questions. However, anything that's tied to a specific program or school (or a field so narrow it's only offered at a handful of schools) is probably still too narrow for the board. I think I'll let the board collective operate on this one before taking a ...


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In my experience, "too localized" is code for "uninteresting," and questions that are sufficiently juicy but only useful to a specific person are almost never closed as "too localized."


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I think that there is an important distinction between "Is this a good conference?" vs. "Is this a scam?" The first is often a matter of opinion and perspective ("good" as evaluated by which community?), and may also change over time, so I think it is not appropriate for this forum. The second is both more objective and less likely to change, but the ...


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I am also in favor of separate questions with links to one another, as suggested by Energy Numbers, but for a different reason. I think pointing a user to a canonical question whose answer is very long, with many parts, is confusing for users. It's a little bit like if a student asks me a question about the Fourier transform, and in answer, I hand them the ...


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