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Should we ignore the premise? Let us consider the following, exaggerated, cases: In the first, a question is posted, reading If someone's life is in imminent danger due to a threat of a third person, am I justified in using lethal force agains that third person? and in the second case, the text posted is Today, I overheard someone saying they wish ...


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For future similar questions, in my opinion we should put the question on hold immediately (with reason "unclear what you are asking"), so that it can be edited and improved by the OP without receiving inappropriate answers. Sometimes putting it on hold only means putting it on hold, not closing it, and this is one of those cases. (As noted by @djechlin, it ...


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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-opened This is not really an Academia question, but a general question about professionalism in the workplace. As such, one might argue that it should be ...


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@RQM's answer (and my guess as well) in a nutshell: people were questioning the premise because they were worried that if they were to answer the question literally, their answer would be misapplied to a situation that doesn't fit it. I find this a reasonable worry given the original post, and would probably have done the same. Lots of answers on various ...


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You should challenge the premise because that is what intelligent people do. The OP gave background to a situation. She had nothing more to add when questioned about this background. So to those answering the question we took the background as complete and fact. The question "how to deal with sexism?" is not a question, or at least one appropriate for ...


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The OP mistakenly posted that additional text as an answer. Moderators can directly convert such non-answers to a comment or an edit to the question. The edit is automatically attributed to the moderator who performed the action (me in this case). This action can be seen from the question's timeline, accessible by clicking on the clock icon below the ...


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I think the answers to the original question were appropriate to the specific situation presented: it would be a bad idea to assume sexism was the reason for the student's actions. Now the OP has a different question: what to do when there is sexism. The best way to ask that is as a separate question, not an edit of the old question. A new question could ...


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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 workplace or IPS, but I do think academic norms are different enough that it would do well here. There are a number of academics who don't see how what, from their ...


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The edit matches, word for word, what the OP of the question posted as an answer. A moderator (Massimo Ortolano) deleted that "answer" (presumably since it does nothing to answer the question) and incorporated it into the question itself. That seems appropriate, and better than leaving the non-answer as-is or deleting it outright.


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I thought it was strange to edit a question that was clearly off-topic into something very different simply for the sake of "saving" it. It also introduces weird things, like the OP of the off-topic question gaining or losing reputation based on up/downvotes to a question they clearly didn't ask. I felt it would make more sense for the altered question to be ...


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The consensus seems pretty clear from the votes on answers to How do we feel about gender specific terms? Gendered pronoun usage There seems to be far more support for "do as you like in your own posts, don't insist on gender neutrality in other people's posts" than any other policy that has been proposed so far. The particular question you reference was ...


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In general, I agree with the Massimo’s and Sascha’s answers that such questions should stay as long as they can be sufficiently anonymised. They can help others in similar situations and as long as the personal links are borrowed in some edit history (and stay civil), we do not leave the impression of being a place for public accusations – which I consider ...


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The linked post isn't a question; it's a persuasive essay. There isn't even much of an attempt to frame it as an objectively addressable question; it's simply an attempt to argue a philosophical viewpoint from one particular angle. While this is a great "letter to the editor" or blog post, I would suggest that this is a perfect example of a question that we ...


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However unpleasant they are, I think we should deal with such kind of questions. For two reasons. It can be challenging to write one, but a balanced or straight answer to a thorny question can be extremely helpful to the asker and to future visitors. And I think that our community has certainly a number of people capable of giving good advice even in such ...


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I think the question is a good fit for this site in its current state as it does not solicit mere opinions and tries not to incite political debates. However, given the inevitable attraction of political debate, the question shall be equipped with a notice that all answers not providing a reference will be deleted without warning (and are fair game for ...


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You cannot. Your question is a textbook example of the point “Questions on your […] teacher’s preferences” in the respective FAQ. The only person who can answer this question is your instructor. Everything we can provide would be a guess, which may be misleading. There is no generally valid answer to this question, except: “It depends on your teacher’s ...


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I believe the reaction is to the request for a list of funding sources. However, the question about whether or not it's appropriate to cold call companies and corporations could be a valid and appropriate question for Stack Exchange, particularly since it's funding undergraduate research (which is on-topic, even if many other UG issues are not!).


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No. Though your opinion is different, I believe it is addressing something that is highly relevant to academia: note that answers and comments from other women back this up. Just because it would also be on-topic in another venue does not mean it is off-topic here. The academic workplace is different from the general workplace for several reasons, including ...


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As you noticed in the text of the lock notice, the lock will be lifted automatically after 24 hours. This is standard protocol; just because there's a dispute now doesn't mean there will be one later, so the lock isn't permanently applied. After 24 hours everyone can post again and all will be good. Regarding your "how to handle this" question, there are ...


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As originally written, the question was: So I am not necessarily soliciting an answer specific to my situation, but in a more general setting. If you witness a student engaging in a sexist behavior, would you call him/her out? How would you do this without making the student feel intimidated? If this were the original question and no other context was ...


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First, I want to say that I think that the question posed about how to handle job interview questions about family is important, and is answerable within the framework of the site. I've expanded in more detail some of what I said in the comments. Also, I don't have close or reopen vote privileges, and I up voted the original question in any case. I would ...


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This is off-topic here because it is about the content of your specific field and not about academia. It’s also not suited for any other site on the network because it’s a request for unspecific critique and not for information. In fact, I doubt that you will find anybody on the Internet doing this work voluntarily, because only somebody familiar with your ...


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I vote to delete this question. I agree with Sascha In the meantime, it becomes IMHO more and more clear that the guy is a fraud, and not just deluded. My answer isn't meant to help this guy, but to show his false accusations. I guess he just wants to be famous by public shaming other people.


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I think the problem with the original question, as well as all suggested modifications, is that there is not really a meaningful question. You seem to be asking why there is a correlation between a university doing research that is perceived as "good", and a metric that is based on how good the research at a university is perceived to be. It's really quite ...


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From what I can piece together, you want to know if your draft email is good. That is not a good fit for AC.SE. If instead you want to know if an initial contact email to a professor can include links (and possibly links to your work, and possibly tracking links at that), that is a great question for AC.SE. That said, it does not require the draft email.


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The edit history shows who voted to reopen. Also note that per the post timeline, it was closed about 10 hours after it was asked, and then reopened about 29 hours after it was closed. (You can click "toggle format" at the top of the post timeline page to see the exact timestamp of each event.)


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What is happening with that question about handling a potentially sexist behavior? Briefly: People don’t read or are incapable of sticking to the actual question. It’s a problem that we see an all sorts of question. Sometimes it’s not even a problem, because the asker clearly needs something else than what they asked for – but this does not apply here. ...


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Is http://dissertationwriting.com/ an ethical company? See the help center article, section on "Can I ask questions about my specific situation?", where it says "As a general rule, if you're asking about a particular institution, course, or journal, it's likely your question is too limited in scope. Try to extract the fundamental question from the specific ...


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