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Controversial question getting worse

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 ...
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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

I would expect that such labels should be applied rarely, if at all. But it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing to have the option available to us.
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Dealing with "how long until I hear back?" questions

Make a canonical question "What is the usual hiring timeline for academic positions in the US and Europe? Why haven't I heard back?", and the caveats about how things vary widely.
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What should we call our chat room

I propose The Ivory Tower, as this is the place where academics of all sorts clichéically and metaphorically live.
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"south-africa" tag

I created it: south-africa. I only found three questions that seemed to fit this tag, but if you find more you can certainly add them.
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Is it Desirable to Extend the Purpose of this Stack Exchange?

My understanding is that we already take questions about the "practical undertaking of research" so long as it can be addressed by academics generally rather than requiring knowledge of a ...
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Reopening this question on MDPI

I agree that MDPI is a special case which is not properly covered by the generic question. A typical predatory publisher it is very easy to spot as such, and there is a broad consensus on their status....
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Should [coauthors] be a synonym of [authorship]?

Yes, your option 1 seems the most appropriate. Here, questions about co-authors are essentially questions about authorship, and I can hardly see a description of co-authors sufficiently different from ...
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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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Should we create a tag for ChatGPT-related questions?

I agree that we should have a tag for this, being named generative-ai with genai and chatgpt as synonyms. The tag description should make clear that this is about the usage of generative AI in an ...
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Do we need a post notice for possibly controversial questions?

Yes, please add this. And no, I don't think we should add this sparingly. I would propose to aggressively add this to questions that have a potential to be controversial. If used too much it does not ...
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What can/should be done to improve usage of the tag [students]?

Thanks for bringing this up. I suspect a few of our tags have similar issues, including professors. But let's start with this one for now. My two cents.... So first, we already have an undergraduate ...
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Why does SE misspell "occurred" as "occured"?

misspelling Agree that this is a misspelling. I expected it was a valid alternate spelling in some corner of the Anglophone world, but it appears to be a simple error. Can this be fixed? Not by ...
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Tag synonym suggestions for redundant tags

Thanks for bringing this up! Indeed, it seems like the "canonical" process of waiting for 4 approvals is broken (not enough reviewers), so time to bring out the mod hammers. Some quick ...
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What can/should be done to improve usage of the tag [professors]?

Proposal: Rename professors to professorship, and change the definition to be something like: Queries specific to professorship, as distinct from all other academic staff positions. This tag should ...
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Should we request a banner to warn about our policy on AI-generated content?

I think it is probably fine and is certainly worth emphasizing. The only issue I see, however, is that in the UI for a phone, it separates the formatting bar from the text form. That bar is especially ...
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Why can't I answer question about gender pronouns?

Sorry for the inconvenience; Protected questions should now show up as such: Protection banner missing when I don't have enough rep to answer; closed and locked banners appear in wrong spot
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What should we call our chat room

As much of academia (profs, TAs) has them (or uses them in the case of undergrads), another option might be 'Office Hours.'
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Controversial question getting worse

Upvote this answer if you agree we should delete (for any reason); downvote if you strongly disagree. Delete the question (in addition to closing). The situation seems enough of a mess that ...
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Why does SE misspell "occurred" as "occured"?

Thank you for the report! This has been fixed sitewide, along with another 21 other "occurrences" of the same misspelling. Interestingly, this is one of the 100 most common misspellings and ...
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What is the use of the tag [guaranteed-admissions]?

Currently, the fourteen questions tagged guaranteed-admissions seem to roughly lie in one of the following categories: "What are my chances of getting admitted to program X?" - 6 questions &...
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What should we call our chat room

What about the common room? Exist[s] to provide representation in the organisation of college or residential hall life, to operate certain services within these institutions [...], and to ...
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Why can't I answer question about gender pronouns?

The question is protected. As you seem to know what that means, you are probably thinking to yourself it doesn't look protected, there is usually a notice. You would be correct, but somebody broke ...
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Hot Network Questions is now a bulleted list

Thanks for reporting. There was some weird custom styling for UL and OL elements in sidebar. Should be status-completed with next build (in couple hours probably).
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Can the predefined off topic reason for closing please link to the on topics description?

This seems like a good idea to me. Let's wait a little while to make sure there is a consensus, and then we'll make the change. To be clear, the current close reason in question in this: We can turn &...
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Tag synonym suggestions for redundant tags

status-completed review --> peer-review I think this "review" tag should not exist. There are only 3 questions with this tag: one should be peer-review, one has to do with "reviewing&...
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Tag synonym suggestions for redundant tags

status-completed mistakes --> errors-erratum I think a "mistakes" tag should not exist at all; virtually anything (e.g., sexual misconduct) could be framed as "mistake." So, I ...
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Delete misspelled tag synonyms

Thanks Sursula and GoodDeeds, this has been status-completed!
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I asked for a software solution, question was closed as "shopping" - legit?

(just writing an answer to get this off our backlog) Thanks for posting. Software recommendations are indeed on-topic, and the community has correctly voted to reopen.
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Dealing with "how long until I hear back?" questions

Close the questions as "depends on individual factors," since we cannot predict how long things will take or how a follow-up e-mail would be perceived.
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