Pete L. Clark
  • Member for 9 years, 8 months
  • Last seen more than a month ago
What to do with questions that are likely to be made-up click bait?
22 votes

I think that some people here are perhaps a bit overly skeptical about what exists out there in academia. (I know that my own eyes have widened quite a bit in the time I've spent on this site.) I ...

View answer
Why do people on academia.SE often suggest courses of action that are very different from what most people would do in real life?
16 votes

The following is a good paraphrase of a conversation I had with a junior colleague yesterday: I: I just wanted to say that I would have discussed the issue of coauthorship of this paper with you if I ...

View answer
Young Padawan discussion
15 votes

@Fomite's answer explains my perspective very well. But let me amplify a bit: My dealings with this user are based on a pattern of behavior beyond any one posting. I think this is only rational. ...

View answer
Does Academia.SE welcome answers from laymen who are not active in Academia?
11 votes

I have a pet peeve about nonacademics answering questions on this site. But not with all of them; only with those evincing a certain kind of behavior. Namely, what irks me tremendously is those who ...

View answer
Should we specify that questions where "expert" answers are from experts outside of academia are off-topic?
9 votes

In general, I think an on-topic question on this site should at least have a significant component which can be answered by those with expertise in academia. While abstractly it need not be so, in ...

View answer
Are questions about professional non-research degree programs (law, business, medicine) on-topic?
9 votes

In the help center, the first question is "What topics can I ask about here?" and the first sentence of the answer is This site is for academics of all levels—from aspiring graduate and ...

View answer
What does the offensive flag mean to you
9 votes

Thanks for asking this question. I was about to open up a meta thread on the same topic. I flagged the cited answer as offensive, and I commented: I have flagged this answer as "offensive / ...

View answer
Reason for deletion?
7 votes

I found the OP's answer to the linked question to be interesting. I didn't understand all of it, and I didn't agree with every part of it that I understood, but overall it was one of the more ...

View answer
self-plagiarism tag
7 votes

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 ...

View answer
What can be done to address provocative behavior by OP?
6 votes

For what it's worth, I don't find the OP's site behavior to be problematic. Fundamentally the OP did invite critique by posting the question in the first place. (This also serves as a passing ...

View answer
How to precisely know which question is opinion-based and how to avoid conflicts
4 votes

"However, one of the users thought this question is basically opinion based and became so angry with it." I explicitly commented that I was not angry. "His main problem seems to be that if the person ...

View answer
How and why should a question be made a community wiki?
4 votes

The accepted answer neglects an important feature of community-wiki questions: they do not confer reputation on the asker. This is an important feature, because some users do not want to gain lots of ...

View answer
Why is proper formating of statistics off topic?
3 votes

I agree with the migration (and perhaps I was involved in it? I couldn't easily see tell the voters were on our end by looking at the question in its new destination). A few points: 1) Migrating a ...

View answer
Academia's question listing is taller
3 votes

When I look at the two screenshots side by side, I prefer the academia spacing. All in all, it is remarkable how much more pleasing to my eye the academia format is than the SO format: some really ...

View answer
merge the research-undergraduate tag into research
3 votes

I certainly agree that "undergraduate research" is a subset of "research". But "research" is so broad -- it seems to apply to maybe 1/3 of all questions asked on this site -- that narrowing it would ...

View answer
Removing useful but not immediately on-topic comments
2 votes

Let me respond to Charles' answer. Thank you for including the link to the source of your excerpted passage about comments. That makes clear that it does not originate with this site and is not ...

View answer
Should moderators delete comments that are about moderation, once they become obsolete with respect to the question they're posted on?
2 votes

In my interactions on this site last night, twice in one hour I spent time and effort putting content on this site, and both times that content was nullified or erased by immediate, unilateral ...

View answer
Should the comments on this question be deleted?
-1 votes

Here is a second shot at posting what really is an answer to the question. That answer had a feature which proved to be distracting and controversial, so I am trying again without it. Moving ...

View answer