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Gendered pronoun usage

I'll repeat what I said in the other thread, which seemed to be supported by the community (as indicated by their votes): I am in favor of encouraging clarity above all else, and leaving other ...
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Automatically generated text is banned on Academia.SE

Policy: Questions, answers, and comments may not be auto-generated on Academia.SE. While the technology is impressive, these answers are not based on references or personal expertise in academia. ...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

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 "...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

As Anonymous Physicist pointed out, it is not clear whether the proposed policy applies to self-allegations. Let’s decide this: Suggested amendment This policy shall also apply to questions making ...
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Gendered pronoun usage

It seems to me there are two different issues here: The original question by eykanal asks whether we should "as a community, discourage the use of gendered pronouns in discussion" because this "risks ...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

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 ...
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Why are there so many "guests"?

All the information I give here is generally available and does not come from my moderator privileges. First of all some general information on this: Having multiple accounts is okay, as long as ...
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Should an individual user's request for gender-neutral language be honored?

Suppose I am the hypothetical User B in this scenario. I have not previously indicated any gender preference, I wish to remain gender neutral, and User A has used male pronouns in reference to me in a ...
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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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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

Not necessarily equal to my personal view, but this has been addressed on MSE before: Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites? Quoting from Jeff's answer: Using ...
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People denying the situation in the questions instead of answering

The behaviours you are seeing of questioning the question is due to the enormous prevalence of X-Y questions in the original StackOverflow and other STEM StackExchange sites. Questions where the ...
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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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What kind of undergraduate questions are not really generalizable to graduate education? (An "Academia varies more than you think" perspective)

I think questions on undergraduate admission exams (e.g., SAT and ACT) and application process (e.g., US common application and UK UCAS) are not generalizable.
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Gendered pronoun usage

I think that, for all the reasons noted elsewhere, it is valuable to encourage the use of gender-neutral pronouns where peoples' preferred pronouns are not known, or when talking about a generic ...
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Automatically generated text is banned on Academia.SE

While there may be background, even automated, solutions, I suggest a user-facing change to some of the user dialogs. Adding "Seems to be auto-generated", or similar, to either or both the ...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

A subtly different suggestion from the previous proposals: A similar take to cag51's suggestion, where profanity is permitted when it adds to the discussion, such as in a direct quote or if using a ...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

I suggest explicitly excluding from deletion questions where the asker makes allegations about their own conduct. "Did I do something wrong, and what should I do about it?" is a helpful ...
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Why are there so many "guests"?

Only mods know if two accounts belong to the same user and we obviously cannot say anything. So without commenting on this particular user, a single user having multiple accounts is sometimes fine, ...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

I have a concern with the use of "defamatory" in "The allegations are defamatory, i.e., the reported behaviour is misconduct, criminal, or highly unethical or highly unprofessional.&...
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Gendered pronoun usage

Should we, as a community, discourage the use of gendered pronouns in discussion? Do you mean Should we discourage users from using gendered pronouns in general? or Should we avoid assuming a ...
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Policy against questions making allegations against named individuals or organisations

Perhaps this passage The information in the question (including the asker’s username) allows others to identify the target or allows the target to identify the asker beyond any reasonable doubt ...
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Should an individual user's request for gender-neutral language be honored?

There is absolutely zero practical way to force a user/commenter/answerer to go to the profile and check for a pronoun preference. It's just not how this system was meant to work. Given that, I ...
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Should we relax our policy on profanity (e.g., when quoted or used in an anecdote)?

It is hard to state this in "policy language", but I think that such things should only be removed (other than when some abuse is involved), if they are unrelated to the "meaning and ...
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Minor edits of other people's questions

At Academia SE, the level of English proficiency varies a great deal. I've noticed that participants here are quite tolerant of non-standard English in all types of posts, but especially in questions....
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