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A French perspective on this predominantly US site, but also used by non-US users. Our perspective on profanity and pornography is wildly different than in the US. We commonly use words such as "oh putain" (~"oh shit") in professional situations. Context matters very much - I just told my 14 years old son who was on a game chat that this ...


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Upvote this answer if you agree we should close (for any reason); downvote if you strongly disagree. Close the question. This "depends on individual factors": if all these details are really needed to understand the question, the question does not belong on this site.


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Yours is a rather unique case. Of your 26 questions, more than 15 reference the same conflict, and 14 had a negative total score. You have a received a cease-and-desist letter from the institution in question, and the professor in question has replied to your overtures through counsel only. You have received very clear, unambiguous advice from this forum: ...


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When a user is suspended, they receive a message (a "mod message") in their Stack Exchange inbox giving the reason for the suspension. They can then write a response to that message. If they believe that the suspension is in error ("Did you mean to suspend the user ff523, not ff524?") this is a quick way to clear up the misunderstanding. Note that you can't ...


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I have mixed feelings on this. I think the questions address legitimate issues in academia that can be answered. The questions attract a lot of discussion in the comments and bad answers. I think we should moderate the comments and answers and not slam the door on relevant questions. I would rather see comments flag as too chatty and bad answers either ...


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"Don't bother trying" is a valid answer to "How do I [do thing]" In general, I agree with you. An answer that questions the premise of the question is a valid answer. But that’s not what your answer does. The question does not aim at fundamentally changing the gender ratio in the field of computer science, but just at making ads more encouraging for women. ...


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should questions related to students cheating (where the answer isn't explicitly defined in their academic integrity policy) be closed as "primarily opinion-based"? No, this is far too general and comprises almost the entire cheating tag. I agree, however, that we should take care that these questions are asked in a way that makes them a good fit for this ...


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Why can't the moderators etc. just let the people ask and answer the questions peacefully and without censoring unless there arises a serious problem? Most content that is deleted on Stack Exchange is deleted because it simply doesn’t belong where it is posted (and not due to censoring). This is necessary as, no matter what you do, there always will be ...


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My two cents.... To the title question: yes, absolutely. When in doubt, we should try to accept questions, not try to close them. There are many a number of Nobel prizes, some of which are only very tenuously related to Academia. Similarly, there are many areas of Academia for which there is no Nobel prize. Physics, economics, literature, medicine, and ...


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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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The OP's post talks about "how" questions posed in the interview. "How" do you support X. That implies that the decision is already been made that X should be supported. In that sense, the controversial answer and eykanal's suggested version are both not really answers to the "how", or to the "what aspects" questions of the OP. That doesn't make paulj's ...


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First, thanks for raising this issue… though I do not exactly like the choice of words in your title and some of your post, it is an interesting issue of site policy, and something we should indeed discuss as a community. I'll add a short answer here, as moderator of two other sites somewhat related to Academia SE (similar clientele): Chemistry SE (which I ...


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My quick thoughts: I would definitely leave in comments that highlight parts of the answer, as they reinforce the message of the answer and indicate why it's important. A simple "Thanks!" or "+1. Nice answer." that doesn't really contribute anything probably can go. Comments should at least be left up for a day or so, unless it's clear that they've already ...


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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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A slightly stricter option. Proposal: Profanity should generally be edited out of posts; however, it may be retained as needed to facilitate unredacted quotes (actual or hypothetical), or discussions about language. Rationale: The code-of-conduct requires that language be respectful and professional. Profanity is rarely necessary, and is often perceived as ...


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It takes approximately 12 seconds (and exactly 4 mouse clicks) to log in to a new StackExchange site and create an account there. Migration is harmless. StackExchange sites are extremely well integrated. User accounts on new sites do not cost anything. There is a unified system through which you will get notifications related to your questions on any of the ...


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Just because something attracts junk comments, doesn't mean it's a bad question. Personally I think the question is legitimate and should stay up.


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My feeling is No. There are a couple reasons I think this way: Academia is, in many ways, a site about the practice of academia, the process of being an academic, etc. rather than highly technical questions about narrow aspects of research. I like that, and there's not actually firm evidence in the question you link in your question that Academia isn't "...


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I think it's likely that the voting on this particular Q&A has been tilted by exposure to the Hot Network Questions, and the answer is by someone who hasn't participated on Academia.SE before. I have a bit of doubt that the answer is supported by any particular experience of the answerer, and instead is based on their biased view of what academia is and ...


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It was a complex issue; thus, it's not something that can be fully addressed in one post. Stack Exchange sites are repositories of well-defined and virtually independent questions and answers. They are not a good place to ask a long series of questions connected by a thread, and with little or vague differences from question to question. Users cannot follow ...


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There are three main paths by which a question can be deleted. Flags: If a question receives enough spam or abusive flags, the community bot will automatically delete the question and feed the spam/abusive detection algorithms. While this question is not spam, the abusive flag can be used for trolling. The question has only received a single abusive flag, ...


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I think the question shows utter incompetence as a lecturer, but it's a valid question and should not be removed because I've had lecturers who were actually this socially incompetent, and as such it's a legitimate question. Hopefully someone will learn from some of the excellent answers it's attracting.


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Converted from a comment on the main site question (which I now have deleted): I am European so I probably know very little about this movement and the controversies that surround it, but I am strongly against the deletion of this question. In my view, merely discussing a topic in a civil way should never be censored because someone finds it offensive.


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The question "Should this question on the OSF system be reopened?" only has 4 positive votes. The original question has, in its lifetime, received reopen votes from 4 unique users. It doesn't seem like most "people only vote, but don't act"; it just seems like the specific question does not have enough support from the community to be reopened. (The ...


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At the moment I'm writing this, it is the highest voted answer. To me, that's the community's answer. Deciding what to do about it in meta, is not what "the community wants" but rather what a the much smaller group who frequents meta wants.


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Yes—and no. Yes, you acted inappropriately in the sense that the discussion was still very much ongoing at the time. I would not delete informative comments so quickly—you have to allow people the chance to read them at the time that the discussion is going on. Otherwise, you could remove useful information which might actually lead to improved questions ...


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Obsolete comments relating to moderation of questions are one of the primary reasons why comments should not be viewed as permanent. Comments such as "I think this should be reopened" serves no use once the question has been reopened. If there is "non-meta" content in the comment, that's a different issue, but purely meta comments shouldn't be regarded as "...


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I'm coming late to this party, but I am puzzled by the desire to remove comments. If a comment thread starts getting excessively involved, the system automatically encourages people to move to chat. If they still don't want to, is that so terrible ? I agree that a comment might reference an edit that once made makes the comment moot. But in such cases I've ...


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I'll repost here as standalone post (not a good practice in general, but we're on Meta!) a comment I left earlier when Pete asked “is the site doing just fine?”. By all the metrics we have, yes… growing user back, growing number of frequent flyers, very good self-evaluations, me being very happy. Like all metrics, these should be take with a grain of salt ...


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I think that controversial questions are fine, but require a much higher level of care in community attention and moderation. In particular, they typically rapidly shoot to the "hot questions" list and start attracting low-quality answers from new site users. I typically protect such questions as soon as I am able, in order to keep the trash-answer rate ...


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