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Remote teaching, studying, and exams General and Other Tips for transition to online classrooms given university shutdowns in response to COVID-19 How to get students to use the course forum? What makes an online course a valuable learning experience for a student? How much work is preparing a MOOC-ish course How should faculty implement STEM classes that ...


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If you are sure, flag as abusive (it’s abusing our site) and move on. Do not downvote. Do not engage. Six abusive flags will automatically delete the post and impose some bans on the poster. These flags will also alert the moderators (having highest priority). Under most circumstances this is the fastest way to get rid of the post. If you only suspect, flag ...


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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 inevitable and not a problem per se. However, if we expect potential answers to be dominated by such individual factors, we put the question on hold. There are two main ...


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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 university, an individual academic program, an individual field, an individual research topic, an individual funding agency, a commercial online service, or similar, but ...


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Obviously I agree with Massimo's answer, but let me add my own reasoning. Your answer included a 1500 word (!!) monograph describing your views on the distinction between racism and concern about migration. This long discussion was unrelated to Academia (as defined in our help center) and only loosely related to the question at hand. This occurred a day or ...


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Other questions and resources pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis Publications In this time of crisis, would the journals Nature and Science prioritize papers about COVID-19? Has the rate of papers uploaded to arXiv changed due to Covid-19? How does the COVID-19 crisis affect durations of peer review and editorial handling? Acknowledging local government for ...


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The vote by the Community user is what happens when the question asker agrees that the duplicate answered their question. The OP themselves caused this question to be closed (you can see this if you mouseover "Community" in the timeline) by accepting the duplicate. Also, this is a bit of a special case where that "How does the admissions ...


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I don't think anyone requested details… but people are curious, especially went it sounds like a good story! So they ask for details. Don't feel pressured to reveal anything, if it's not public knowledge.


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Anybody is allowed to participate in our community by asking and answering questions. The issue is really when will you have questions that are on topic. The term graduate student typically refers to a student who already holds a bachelors degree and is studying for a masters of doctoral degree. In the UK, these students are generally referred to as post-...


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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 comment, answer, or chat message. For example, User A might have written something like this on a comment on someone else's post: But in User B's answer, he ...


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Just don't. Users are under no obligation to accept answers at all. Users also vary in their preferences regarding when to accept an answer; some people may accept an answer months later, for example. Per the help center: Accepting an answer is not meant to be a definitive and final statement indicating that the question has now been answered perfectly. ...


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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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Conferences How to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak while organizing a conference? Can I put an invited talk on my CV if the conference was canceled?


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Graduate Admission and Studies How should I deal with becoming discouraged as a graduate student? How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? Graduate school admission with a degree in a different field I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them? ...


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I managed to find the flag, it is buried in the flagging menu: "needs improvement" (clearly not true for a question which is off-topic, it should just be closed), "community-specific reasons" (again, I don't see why this makes sense: do other SE sites not close OT questions?), and then "blatantly off-topic". I find this ...


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I would always assume that whatever you post will get linked back to you. If you do not want people to know, do not post it. As for posting anonymously, you can log out and just post as a guest. There is no need to create a second account. As a guest, you will have limited privileges. After you post, you can log back in.


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There is a requirement that a site must fulfil for Generalist badges to be awarded, namely that the top-40 tags have 201 questions or more (source). Academia passed this threshold yesterday¹, and hence everyone eligible for this badge² received it at the same time. ¹ with this question (there are two tags with 201 questions, and this is the most recent one ...


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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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To contact a site moderator, you can Reply to a message received from the "moderator message" system. The only "trick" on the mod message system is that the messages need to be done in turns, alternated between mod team and user. That means that if the mod team does not send a reply back to the user, the user will not be able to message the team again. The ...


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According to this, the number of edits you're allowed per day depends on your reputation. You're running into this issue because of the sudden flood of migrated questions which need editing, which is an unusual scenario. It does appear to be the normal, expected behavior, though.


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There are two ways for migration: (Flagging →) Closing → Off-Topic → Migration – This is only available for frequent migration targets. Academia has only its own Meta as target as this is activated by default. Adding new migration targets here is possible in theory, but as far as I can tell, there is no site to which we are migrating very often. Most ...


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Something happened to a user who had upvoted me on all those questions. If a user were deleted, you would lose their up votes, but the votes would not be transformed into down votes. Someone decided they don't like me and just downvoted a bunch of my answer. This is more likely: you might have been targeted by someone. Stack Exchange has a script that ...


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Flags are intended to alert moderators that they need to take action. In that case, there isn't really anything that we, as mods, should do. You are free to leave a comment along the lines of "OK, folks, enough already", which may or may not have an effect. However, raising a flag is definitely not going to solve anything. Please do not simply flag using an ...


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This has essentialy been asked on the main meta Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted With 765 up votes on the question and 365 on the top answer, I think the answer is that the community feels that they should be visible. That said, the question is status-declined so apparently the SE team feels otherwise. It sounds like it is a ...


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tl;dr: Since your answer was duplicate text and a lot of it didn't directly address the question that was asked, it gives the impression of someone who hears a few key words ("gender" "STEM" "underrepresented") and posts a whole screed without taking the time to give a thoughtful answer to the question that was actually asked. On Academia SE, answers ...


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First, let me remark that controversial cases like this one are always first discussed internally by the moderators' team, sometimes with further advice from the Stack Exchange Community Managers, and the moderator action that you see is virtually never unilateral but it's usually agreed by all moderators. As you can see from the answer's timeline, your ...


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As Charles notes, the list of questions on the homepage is altered for anonymous users: instead of listing recently-modified posts, it attempts to pick questions that may provide a good example of what the site's about. Currently, that means it's very similar to the monthly hot questions list. If you want to view a list of recently-modified questions ...


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Downvoting questions doesn't cost any rep, but downvoting answers costs a single rep point. The point of this almost-negligible penalty is to give people pause before going on downvote sprees. I wouldn't worry about it.


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Yes, you should read through the answers that have already been posted, as an answer that largely duplicates someone else's answer might otherwise be flagged for plagiarism. You should post a new answer when you have something new to contribute to the question at hand. Just reposting the same information under the claim of having more expertise is a waste of ...


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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 content. It's unlikely to have a single correct answer, and would probably end up as a discussion on various ways to store materials both online and offline.


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