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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

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 ...
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Why was my question put on hold for shopping?

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 ...
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Why was my question put on hold for depending on individual factors?

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 ...
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Obviously insincere posts – how should users/reviewers react?

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 ...
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Removal of answer content by moderator --- edit detracts from the answer

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 ...
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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

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 ...
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Is "US" the default location here?

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 ...
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What potential duplicate targets should I know about as a reviewer?

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 Country X? How are Ph.D. applications ...
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I need help adapting my academic workflow to the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis – where do I start?

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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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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What is a non-patronizing way of suggesting that an OP accept one of the answers?

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....
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Can we reopen the question about reducing PhD positions?

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 ...
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Where is the "not suitable for this site" flag?

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 ...
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Are baseless allegations of racism allowed here?

(note: I'm writing this in my personal voice rather than with my moderator hat on, nothing here is endorsed or pre-approved by other moderators) Generally, accusing others personally of racism, sexism,...
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Is there a way to easily propose tag deletion except by making a meta post?

Thank you for removing the tag! There is a daily script that automatically removes the unused tags, so no need to take any further action.
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Why was this offensive?

I was not involved in the deletion of your question. But here is why I would arrive at the same decision: Taken out of context, your last paragraph is misogynistic victim blaming. Within context, I ...
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Why did many simultaneously earn the generalist badge?

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 ...
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I just got downvoted on 10 questions - why would that be?

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 ...
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If your essay limits 1500 words, can you just reference essay prompt without discussing it, then criticize it?

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. ...
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Are baseless allegations of racism allowed here?

I think it's a fairly complex issue. In general, and going strictly by the CoC, the comments as well as the original answer should be removed. The comments for obvious reasons that zabop lays out in ...
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How to lift an "answer ban" / why banned at all?

See What can I do when getting "We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account"? which answers your questions about how this happened and how to undo it. This is an automated ...
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Is dogpiling flaggable?

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, ...
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Shouldn't the deleted questions always be visible to their authors, regardless of the author's reputation?

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 ...
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How to answer two questions where the same answer is appropriate, but the questions themselves aren't duplicates?

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" "...
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Can a controversial post become an HNQ later?

Unless the algorithm has changed recently, questions that are flagged as controversial can still become hot network questions. Both of those states are generally caused by high traffic and the ...
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Please restore "ethnicity" tag in this question

I removed the ethnicity tag because, as I noted in the edit summary, the question is not about "interacting with people of different ethnicities" which is what the tag excerpt says the tag is for. ...
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What to do about posts that don't answer the rewritten question?

(takes off moderator hat, puts on regular user hat.) I support the following, as an approach that helps people keep their contributed content roughly as they intend it to look: Keep the question as ...
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Is backup of a scientific book on-topic?

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 ...
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My advisor is using and reading academia.stackexchange, how safely I can ask questions?

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 ...
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Can't find my answer after question was deleted; question has now been re-posted

Here is your answer. You have enough reputation to see deleted posts so you can copy and paste it yourself into the new question. In general: you can see your own deleted recent answers on your ...
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