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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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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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I don’t think we can be much more objective in answers than we currently are. Many of our questions are about problems that are far beyond the reach of studies or are far too individual for somebody to have relevant personal experience. Hence, we are only left with basing our answers on good arguments, which is what we often do. Often “as data- and ...


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Coming to the question, I would have likely voted to place it on hold because I don't understand what your question is. Let's look at the last paragraph, which I think is where your question is defined: Keeping in mind that each academic person has some careers and responsibilities, but he has to be up-to-date and pay enough attention to online life and ...


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I am wondering how safe my private data and locations are here? Your private data should be safe. Moderators and staff can see it, but must not share it. Then, you give a location publicly. But maybe that's a false flag. Do I need to delete my account? That's impossible to answer. Is someone with experience in CS can break into StackExchange ...


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There is a lot in your question and I am only going to tackle a bit of it now. There is a big difference between locking a question and putting a question on hold. Any user with sufficient reputation can vote to reopen a question that is on hold even if the question has not been edited and was closed by a moderator. This is a nice safety net in case the ...


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One of the issues raised in this post is they should be advised to be more polite to the users (regarding to the words they use and they way they treat them and their actions). Since I have cleaned up comments on the original question, I am posting them here for the sake of transparency, so others can decide if anybody needed to be more polite here. See ...


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Asking questions on a Stack Exchange site isn't obvious. And it's not a right. It's a privilege; and there's a right way to do it, and many wrong ways to do it. In order to maintain the site's usefulness and purpose, there are a bunch of moderation tools available; in order of increasing access: to low rep users, high rep users, moderators, and SE staff. ...


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Looking over the questions you've asked in the past, I would say that you're significantly overreacting. Many people use this forum, including (possibly) your peers, your instructors, your collaborators, and your future employers. You seem to have maintained a professional air about you since you've started; keep it up and you should be fine. In the event ...


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I do think it is very easy for questions such as the one you mention to attract answers that say "My personal opinion is that this is stupid/unfair/wonderful." I don't think those kinds of answers are in the spirit of Q&A. However, these questions can also attract answers like: Here is an example of a policy that claims this is fair/unfair, and how ...


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Academia.SE deals, at a very fundamental level, with interpersonal relationships and human behavior. Opinionated and subjective are very necessary parts of answering the vast majority of questions related to ethical conduct, personality conflicts, and similar issues. So I would say that such subjective questions are fine, so long as they otherwise fit the ...


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There is a similar question about a short-term visit to the U.S. that seems to be well-received: What's the etiquette for a short visit to a US university department? In May, I'll be visiting a department at Columbia University in the US for a few days. What's the etiquette on visiting (answers relevant to US in general are welcome, to prevent this question ...


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It makes no sense to open it. If you make it generic, and remove the actual quotation there is no question in the question. It would basically be asking "What are some offensive things you could say to women at a conference?" If we leave it open with the quotation intact, that means we're OK with people posting rude comments they hear at a conference and ...


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The question should be open to receive answers, but with lots of structure. First, I'll respond to the specific points raised by StrongBad. "I cannot possibly see how a comment about women's lingerie can be construed as having anything to do with academia." It wasn't the underwear that had to do with academia, it was the setting where the underwear remark ...


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I think the question should stay/be closed for a number of reasons. First, I do not agree with the arguments that I think it is wrong to assume that no part of this is specific to academic culture (if that's the case, that's part of the answer) I cannot possibly see how a comment about women's lingerie can be construed as having anything to do with ...


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We say it because in the overwhelming majority of cases/countries it's true. If Glassdoor ever start including reviews of academic supervisors, you will see some really scary stuff. The longer you stay in academia, the more you see. That is why we try to warn people.


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If a question can only be answered with opinions, you can vote to close it. I often do. Example: "What is the best basket weaving department?" If an answer is unambiguously an opinion (Example: "University A is better than University B."), you can downvote and leave a comment asking for the answer to be made more objective (Example: &...


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This is something I've struggled with, because outside of the occasional "Philosophy of Data Analysis" questions that crop up on CrossValidated, there's usually a way to critically evaluate answers, and I think Programmers deals with things...a little too harshly. Especially given we're a new site, I'd like to see a slight bias towards helpfulness and ...


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