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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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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 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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(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, bigotry, or pretty much anything else is not in keeping with the Code of Conduct; the soundness of the foundation of any evidence used to support those ...


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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 their question, but if we are being honest the answer is also a pretty transparent personal attack on the original poster (prior to a recent edit, it plainly ...


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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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Let me start with a general note that is not so relevant to this election, but explains why the interface is how it is: In the STV system employed by SE, you do not vote (strictly speaking) for a candidate, you rank all candidates. If you “refuse” to rank any candidates, this is equivalent to ranking them last. It’s not that you can explicitly not vote for ...


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Wrong assessments of individual experiences Here the asker potentially wrongly assessed something that happened to them – as opposed to general facts. For example: Assertion: The student I supervise does not take my criticism seriously. Assertion: My paper was cited for some claim it did not make. In these cases, we almost always lack relevant ...


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Misconceptions about academic procedures, norms, or similar These misconceptions concern the very topic of this site. For example: Assertion: You must have a PhD to submit a paper to a journal. These are mostly free game for frame challenges. However, before challenging such an assumption, please consider that you may be wrong because academic customs vary ...


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General rules of thumb Before you write a frame challenge, see whether you can answer all of the following with yes: Is the misconception central to the question? If the question can be asked as well without the misconception, it’s better to edit it out or only address it briefly. If on-topic, you can ask or suggest a separate question about it. Would you ...


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Yes, just flag your own post as "in need of moderator intervention," make your request in the text box, and we'll take a look. Note, we do try to discourage this because the moderators actually have to forward the request to the SE employees, and we want to be respectful of their time (among other downsides as described in the post that Bryan ...


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You can request dissociation through the Contact link at the bottom of the page, but see How do I remove my name from a post, in accordance with CC BY-SA? for some of the limits and things to consider first.


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Misconceptions about off-topic aspects Typically this is about the content of academic research or teaching, but it may also be other off-topic things. For example: Assertion: My newly developed method that makes a very good guess whether a number is prime topples modern cryptography. Whether such statements are correct is off-topic here. If such an off-...


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Wrong goal (XY problem) The asker wants to achieve X and thinks doing Y helps them to do this, so they ask how to do Y. However, Y is not a good way to achieve X. Most often, we can only suspect an XY problem, since the asker doesn’t talk about X, but only about their outlandish goal Y. In this case, we can only tactfully inquire what the asker wants: Can ...


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