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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

I have mixed feelings on this. I think the questions address legitimate issues in academia that can be answered. The questions attract a lot of discussion in the comments and bad answers. I think we ...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Close questions on cheating as "primarily opinion-based"?

should questions related to students cheating (where the answer isn't explicitly defined in their academic integrity policy) be closed as "primarily opinion-based"? No, this is far too general and ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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Could we please have a limit on negative voting for a newcomer's question?

We definitely should be nice to new users. This includes welcoming them and explaining what can be improved about their questions and answers. As for not down voting them, large negative scores, ...
StrongBad's user avatar
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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

Just because something attracts junk comments, doesn't mean it's a bad question. Personally I think the question is legitimate and should stay up.
Ric's user avatar
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Work-around for migrating outside of Academia SE?

First note that migration paths being restricted to close voters by default is by design. There are a lot of pitfalls when migrating¹ and it’s more efficient to train a few moderators on those² than ...
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

The question is open now because it was actually reopened by the votes of five users. Once the question was reopened, since other comments were piling up, I deleted the few comments discussing ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

I think that controversial questions are fine, but require a much higher level of care in community attention and moderation. In particular, they typically rapidly shoot to the "hot questions" list ...
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Why is "Opinion-based" listed separately within the Close vote dialog, instead of under "A community-specific reason"?

The opinion-based closing reason is part of the network-wide closing reasons, and these cannot be customised at site level. That is, it’s a closing reason that can be found in any site of the network. ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Vote-to-close/Canonical questions for "Can't/won't attend conference/ visa issue"

If the questions are identical, definitely close. Saves everyone time. If questions are similar but subtly different, definitely stay open. The nuance may affect the answer, or may be asking for an ...
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Close questions on cheating as "primarily opinion-based"?

No, such questions usually can be answered, and should not be closed. Ethics questions should not be answered based on the answerer's personal ethics anyway, but rather, based on their understanding ...
Nate Eldredge's user avatar
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Two very similar are asked. Which one shall be closed?

Closing duplicates is mostly for a goal of consolidating the location of answers to one place. Ideally, when a question is asked that is similar to another, people recognize it right away, the old ...
Bryan Krause's user avatar
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Could we please have a limit on negative voting for a newcomer's question?

I am a newcomer and that post was mine. When I find the website for the first time. It made the best first impression on me. I thought that was a great way to ask questions in a friendly manner. I did ...
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Do questions become unclear if the asker rejects the answers given?

Do questions become unclear if the asker rejects the answers given? No, they do not. If a question is posted that is reasonably interpreted to mean X and answers to X are posted, but the ...
David Richerby's user avatar
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Why is the content of my question out of scope?

I wouldn't have voted to close as out of scope. But I would have voted to close as primarily opinion based, because it's basically a poll. See the help center. (In fact, it got into the close vote ...
ff524's user avatar
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

Just answering the technical side of this: If you go to the question’s edit history, you can see that it was reopened shortly after being closed (and by whom).
Wrzlprmft's user avatar
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Rethinking "opinion-based"?

Concerning the last part of your question, why close at all. Allowing questions that are mainly answerable by opinions, not facts will in most cases very likely lead to dicussions on what and who is ...
Sursula's user avatar
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Moderator said I can vote to close, but I cannot due to bounty

Moderators can unilaterally close bountied questions, and refund the bounty, as explained in the linked meta question. However, I would use such a heavy intervention only for blatantly off-topic ...
Massimo Ortolano's user avatar
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Why is the question about female students' evaluations of a particular faculty member's teaching still open?

tl;dr– The question was answerable because someone could post the information necessary to help the asker figure out what they were asking about. While this may've meant telling the asker that they ...
Nat's user avatar
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3 votes

Should we close questions that have a controversial undertone to avoid lengthy comments threads?

I felt that much of the problem with this question was the presence of a personal story that did not bear on the question being asked, so I edited the question to remove the story. The resulting ...
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