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graduate-admissions Before asking your question on graduate admissions, please consider the following: We cannot predict the success of your application and answer questions like: “Can I get into [program] with [prerequisites]?”. This question may help you though. We do not know details of procedures – such as deadlines, required formats and handling ...


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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, research, teaching, and publishing." Based on the number of homework help questions we get, the existing wording still gives the impression that questions related ...


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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?"


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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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TL;DR Equip tags that are frequently used for off-topic questions about the contents of an academic discipline with warnings that inform askers about the nature of this site and where such off-topic questions should be asked instead. General some-academic-field If you have a {{field}} question, please do not ask it here – ask it on {{field.se}} and ...


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I propose the following wording: Use tags that describe what your question is about, not what it merely relates to. For example almost every question on this site is eventually related to research, but only questions about performing research should be tagged research. Use tags describing circumstances only if those circumstances are essential to your ...


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In general, my feeling is that obsolescence of answers is a risk one takes when answering a too-broad question. We see the same sort of thing happening when people answer a question that has been poorly worded and then gets clarified. As such, I think that as a general principle, we should follow the intent of the OP, and let the answers shift or be ...


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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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For "copyright" and "plagiarism," could we please have a message like: Questions which are primarily about copyright law may be more suited to https://law.stackexchange.com/. Questions about academic integrity customs and plagiarism ethics in academic settings are appropriate for this site.


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