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I strongly believe that a women tag is both duplicative of gender and counter-productive. My two main reasons for feeling this way are: Many of the questions, although phrased in terms of women, are really about gender issues in society and about the pervasive climate of sexism that most of us live within. In other words, it's not a "women's issue," it's ...


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The general word that describes all of the situations you're describing for religious, ethnic, and lifestyle minorities is diversity. This sometimes includes gender under the same umbrella, but this is not universally true.


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I suggest disreputable-publishers as name, which has the advantage of comprising all predatory, scam, fake, shady. (Not every shady or predatory publisher is a total fake or scam and fake and scam publishers are more than just shady.) On the other hand, it has the disadvantage of not being frequently used in this context.


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I like JeffE's "Don't walk. Run." phrase too. However, it is not a good candidate for a tag as: it describes an answer, not a questions, it is a subjective, meta-tag. On the other hand, IMHO adding a tag like personal-conflicts or interpersonal-issues would be beneficial.


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The tag wiki excerpt for code says: Concerning computer code written or used in the context of a research project or other academic endeavor. Includes questions on licensing, ownership, sharing, distribution, and formatting of academic source code Questions with this tag are specifically about things having to do with the source code itself, like Study ...


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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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graduate-admissions Before asking your question on graduate admissions, please consider the following: We cannot predict the success of your application and answer questions like: “Can I get into [program] with [prerequisites]?”. This question may help you though. We do not know details of procedures – such as deadlines, required formats and handling ...


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I think that this tag is unnecessary, given that the authorship tag is explicitly defined to include issues related to contribution to an academic publication. It seems like this tag (unless defined much more narrowly) would overlap almost 100% with authorship.


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This is something that has to be taken up with Stack Exchange paid staff—this is not something that we as moderators or individual community members can change. So if there is a consensus to request that they do so, we can bring it up with them.


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I made an interactive version of the above, with always up-to-date data, TagOverflow. You can check tag grouping - i.e. for the sake of eliminating synonyms or poorly-defined tags. Code and a more detailed description is on Github.


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Yes, these questions are fine. As of now we're not tagging these questions specifically as such; just indicate the target audience in the question.


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It seems bibtex is a subset of reference-managers. I don't see why we need to spilt the topic into multiple tiny subsets.


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To be honest, I think you are a little too quick in inferring nefarious motives ("to sneak through closing") to posters. Regarding your three examples: Reference on how often "To the best of our knowledge" assertions turn out to be false - I agree that I find it hard to believe that there is actual research on this, already because ...


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If a tag doesn't exist, it doesn't mean it's not important or unrelated to the site. It's probably because nobody's asked a question about that topic yet. In the present instance, we have the "intellectual property" tag, which would presumably cover patents as well.


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From the ten questions tagged cheating, nine are about students cheating at courseworks, exams and similar and one is about diploma mill (and thus mistagged anyway in my opinion, as using diploma mills serves rather to deceive outside of academia). The questions tagged fraud on the other hand are all about academic misconduct at the “research level”. I ...


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I would suggest to synonymise all of them with the master being formatting. On Stack Exchange, tags have mainly two purposes: To help users who search a solution to some problem they have (so they do not ask a duplicate question). To help users who want to answer question about a certain topic, in particular by enabling them to favourite or subscribe to ...


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I m not sure this is a big issue for us. Further, you can only make so many tag stand out. I think more often people ignore the "field" tag (e.g., math or history) than the country tag. If we were only going to highlight one type of tag, field might be more important. I am not sure how I feel about highlighting multiple types of tags.


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You can simply use closed:1 in the search query - no need to abuse tags for this.


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I agree. The tag description for plagiarism currently reads Plagiarism is the practice of taking credit for someone else’s work. Also included in this tag are questions on self-plagiarism, which involves redundant publication or reuse of one's own work in an unethical manner. I think this is pretty awkward. The second sentence admits that the ...


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I don't think it would be useful. Tags are useful when they are specific, classify a type of question that isn't classified well by existing tags, clearly describe one distinct category well, and it's easy and unambiguous to decide when to apply them. distress does not seem to qualify. For questions about feeling distress or other similar emotion, we ...


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Actually, I like the idea of having a “LMS” tag, because it unifies several different related sets of items into a single category. Learning management systems are becoming increasingly important, and having a tag to search for them may help users find useful related content, even if it's not specific to their platform.


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It looks like there is a writing tag already, with the description: Academic writing is intended for a critical and informed audience, based on closely investigated knowledge, and posits ideas or arguments. Would "academic-writing" be a better name or synonym for this tag? Given the nature of the site, I'm inclined to think that the "academic" qualifier ...


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I agree that it may be good to have a related tag. How about social-media or maybe even better web-presence (or internet-presence)?


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The current accepted answer strikes a nice middle ground with disreputable-publishers, but it has the disadvantage that few people posting questions to which the tag will apply will search for such a tag. I propose setting up synonyms for this tag, along the lines of fake-journal,fake-conference,predatory-publisher. These will be activated when users start ...


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I don't think that the pedagogy tag, as currently defined, will be useful. "Relates to the method and practice of teaching" seems liable to confusion with teaching to me. I don't think I could reliably determine which questions should be tagged pedagogy instead of/in addition to teaching, and I suspect I'm not the only one. (And the upvotes on this ...


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Thanks, Aubrey - that's a very good idea! I'm surprised actually that we didn't already have such a tag. To get it started, I have tagged a few of the wikipedia-mentioning articles and submitted a tag wiki entry for review.


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Specific tags have some benefit, as long as they're used appropriately. Someone looking for information about elsevier policies in particular isn't necessarily interested in general practices of publishers. Specific tags allow for finer distinctions when searching for questions of interest. Synonyms destroy those distinctions. Tags that are a brand name ...


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Retraction and withdrawal are not the same. Retraction refers to expunging of papers from the literature, usually for reasons related to fraud or error. Withdrawal of a paper can occur for any reason. Withdrawal can also apply to conference papers, posters, and oral presentations.


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I think mental-health should be merged with health-issues. I'm reposting here a highly-upvoted comment on a related meta question: I am very much against a mental-health tag, just because I am concerned about contributing to the misconception that mental health issues are somehow not "real" medical issues. See related discussion there.


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TL;DR Equip tags that are frequently used for off-topic questions about the contents of an academic discipline with warnings that inform askers about the nature of this site and where such off-topic questions should be asked instead. General some-academic-field If you have a {{field}} question, please do not ask it here – ask it on {{field.se}} and ...


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