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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

What exactly is a shopping question? A shopping question is a question that appears to seek help choosing, finding or assessing an individual journal, an individual publisher, an individual ...
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Why was my question put on hold for depending on individual factors?

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 ...
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How to proceed with the lingerie–elevator question?

Having just reviewed my supervisor's training on workplace harassment, I have strong opinions on this question. Short version: it can have a simple and definitive answer, and should be edited and re-...
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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

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 ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

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/...
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How to proceed with the lingerie–elevator question?

I think that this is a good faith question which we should attempt to give a good faith answer to, and I like several of the answers which were given before it was closed. It could also go on ...
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On-topicness of the content of research when the subject of research is academia itself

They should be on-topic. At the end of the day we exclude questions about the content of research because academics in general (i.e., the community of this site) are not interested in such questions ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

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 ...
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Should the Black Nodes Matter question be removed?

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'...
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"Attitudes of academics towards X?" On or off topic?

I voted to close the coffee question because: It is not specific to academia and in fact none of the answers found an academia-specific angle to answer that question. All the ethical considerations ...
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Let’s specify our scope with respect to undergraduates

Additional clarity is always good. However, we should make sure that we revisit this from time to time—someone may always try to come back and say: "But it's not on the list!"
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Are questions requesting reviews of flaws in exams on-topic?

and ask whether [the test questions] are problematic or whether I am misunderstanding something on my end? A question requesting as assessment of your exam will indeed be off-topic, as answers will ...
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Questions related to ADHD among students and academics

I recommend keeping these questions. School is not designed for (and often hostile to) people with ADHD, thus many underachieve and do not make it to higher levels of academia. Therefore, most ...
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What to do with questions asking to evaluate commercial online services?

Historically, this community has had a strong policy of staying away from assessments of (most) specific organizations, commercial or otherwise. I believe that this is a good policy for several ...
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Are questions about figures and statistics in academia (e.g. number of students, researchers, etc.) off-topic?

This is a good question. I'm not aware of any past discussion on this topic. My view is that "questions about academia itself" are manifestly on topic on an Academia StackExchange. This ...
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Questions on drawing software

Yes, we should allow questions requesting recommendations for software which focus on completing tasks important in academia, including drawing software. As Federico Poloni mentions in the linked Meta ...
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Questions about old, hard to find sources

This seems like a good idea. It looks like we already have two questions that essentially cover this ground: What do you do when you find yourselves with an unreadable/inaccessible paper?, as Buffy ...
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Lab journal best practices - on topic?

You might have a too much idealized view of the lab activity. I work in an experimental field related to physics and I visited several laboratories around the world: there's really no uniform way of ...
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Are questions about research administration on topic?

As a general rule, the best way to make a question a good fit is to ensure the question could be asked by someone else not in your exact situation. Asking about very specific details of policy manuals ...
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Is a question about the Nobel Prize committee/awardees on-topic here?

To repeat my comment here: awards are on-topic. We even have an awards tag. If awards are on-topic in general, major awards like the Nobel prize surely are on-topic as well. Regarding the individual ...
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Why was my question ("Any way to sync my Papers 2 library to my newer iPad?") closed?

This is quite a borderline question to me. Its definitely more of a software reference question, and honestly should just go on the Papers 2 support site. That said, this is clearly an academic issue, ...
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Is my question about which degree best fits my non-academic career goal appropriate for this site?

No, this question would not be on topic here, because it is asking about preparation for a non-academic, non-research career. As stated in the help center: However, please do not ask questions ...
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Is backup of a scientific book on-topic?

That question is probably not on-topic, because: It really has nothing to do with academia. You're asking how to ensure your work exists in perpetuity, which is a concern with any user-created ...
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What should we do about questions asking for career advice outside of academia?

As a researcher outside of academia I find that this site, like many academic organizations, tends to conflate "academia" and "research" and often has a poorly-defined notion of &...
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Request for closure

I disagree that this has nothing to do with academia: immigration and visitor status for academics is not always the same as for other groups, and this is an issue that concerns many people. The OP ...
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What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An "Academia varies more than you think" perspective)

Going by this answer, questions specific to undergraduate life (“sports, underage drinking, living in dorms, being able to make your own choices for the first time, etc.”) should be off-topic. ...
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Follow on to the lingerie–elevator question

Having just read the new question, there are two things about it that currently bother me/signal a poorly-formed question. (1) The double negatives in the title. "How can I avoid being intolerant and ...
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How do I ask a good question?

Firstly, it's worth you asking yourself why you are seeking to participate on this site. This is a forum about academia, where people can ask and answer questions about academia. This is not an "ask ...
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Are questions about non-academic sites using research publications off-topic?

I don't think I would vote the question to be closed, but I suspect those that have consider this effectively a boat programming question, a phrase used to refer to questions that are off-topic on ...
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