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So... what do you want to happen here? The answer isn't providing instructions for cracking the software. The answer isn't linking to cracked software, or suggesting possible search terms for finding cracked software. The answer boils down to, "if you want to take a class run by a teacher who instructs you to crack the software you'll be using, then ...


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I consider it perfectly acceptable to make meta posts about the behaviour of specific moderators while naming them. Calling out regular users is problematic, but I think moderators can deal with some additional scrutiny. There is a very closely related issue of how constructive the complaint about a moderator is written. Posts like "Moderator xzy is a ...


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I don't think there is any reason for someone other than the OP to remove a moderator's name from a meta post, as long as it's (a) civil in tone, and (b) related to the moderator's activities on the site. In this case, both conditions are met. I agree with Mad Scientist on the subject of whether someone should name a moderator in their own post. Sometimes ...


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Two recent poll questions have been added by @user8005. Do you agree that evolution is the best explanation for the origin of human life on earth? and Do you think there's a purpose of life?. I am not sure what the purpose of the poll questions are, but these seem so far off topic that I think they should be deleted.


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The phrasing in "Are you currently working in Academia (i.e., employed by a university with a primary duty of performing research)?" is overly narrow in excluding anyone whose primary duty isn't research. This amounts to saying many faculty members aren't academics at all, for example those in liberal arts colleges, teaching-focused comprehensive ...


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If the "beginner" questions are within the scope of the site as defined in the help center and also are consistent with the general guidelines on what not to ask then yes, this is a good place for them.


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I am extremely confused by this question, but here goes. Is this a good place for beginners Yes, definitely. I would say most of our questions are asked by relatively junior academics (assuming that this is what you mean with "beginners" - if you mean beginner in another sense, you should clarify). to seek information as they learn Isn't that what ...


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We have discussed what our stances are on legality in regards to questions What is our stance on questions that can be used for legal and illegal purposes? This is not necessarily the same as for answers, but my opinion is the same. I am hesitant to provide answers that will likely be used to break the law, even if there is a technically legal way of using ...


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I do not like the idea of a poll. While a poll will help determine the community consensus, it does not provide any means to understand the consensus. If we use your linked question as an example. With the poll we would simply know that AC.SE does not need a women tag, but with the highly up-voted answer we see: I strongly believe that a women tag is both ...


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Naming a moderator when it is relevant should be encouraged. If a person doesn't know why something has occurred, and isn't allowed to ask why a moderator action was performed, he will likely continue the activity. That being said, moderator issues should be dedicated their own question, so that they can be resolved separately. An answer like the one ...


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Regarding the question "Are you currently working in Academia (i.e., employed by a university with a primary duty of performing research)?" I'm not sure how a student should answer this one. If s/he gets the salary form the university? If s/he is on fellowship?


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The polling format does not let people change their answers when their status changes. The following questions for example have answers that vary in time: Which of the following "roles" describes you best? How many publications in peer-reviewed journals have you made in your career? Are you currently working in Academia This one, without going into the ...


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Well, since we are a site of academians here is my curmudgeonly take on polls like these. Feel free to upvote/downvote or discuss. Problems with interpreting polls like these It isn't a random sample of the population of academics, so inferences about the distribution of responses for Academics in general can not be made, under any reasonable circumstances. ...


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The Academia.SE meta is a lot less active than many of those other ones, so I suppose it's not surprising it it's got less structured and organized tags as well. I'd say: if you're psyched for it, go for it! As always, of course, it's a good idea to post your plans to chat and/or meta to get a sense of how well they agree with the rest of the community ...


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tags refers to questions about the tag itself, whereas the one question (other than this one) labelled tagging talks about proper tagging itself. While the tagging tag is definitely uncommon, I don't think they're redundant to each other.


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I basically have OSD about tracking, organizing, classifying, and taxonomy-ing stuff, and it has even leaked into my research. But what I have learned the hard way is that there is no point in providing a lot of organization if you are not actually using the resulting classifications. Basically, write-only metadata just produces overhead. Hence, I would not ...


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First of all, let me say I have nothing about ff524 or any other moderator. In fact, I have recently added a praising comment about ff524's excellent answer in Protocol for writing a recommendation letter for someone you only know on a personal basis. And I am not buddies with PeteLClark since I have never met him in my life. I have multiple times agreed, ...


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It seems like this could be a good question for the main site. I am not sure why it was migrated to meta. It would take a little bit of work to make it clear that your are not asking on AC.SE for your chances for acceptance, but rather how to evaluate your chance for admission. My other concern would be that the question would become a poll type question ...


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There are dozens of forums on grad school in general and for schools in specific fields in particular, where you can ask such questions. Try searching Google for "What are my chances of getting into university [X]" and you will find plenty of them. Whether you will find this exercise useful or not is another question entirely. See: http://forum.thegradcafe....


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The time zone poll got a bit confused, because it appears that some people answered based on daylight saving time (summer time) for their time zone, whereas others answered based on standard time.


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