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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

No. This is completely unacceptable. Sometimes faculty rant on social media and email lists where they do not think students will see the comments. Even this is frowned upon if the student could ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

In addition to StrongBad's answer, this kind of behavior would also discourage students from asking questions in fear of finding themselves on the “stupid questions and answers” list. Given that “...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

That is very bad. Not because of how anti-Semitism is viewed in the west, or because this person is a professor, but because that is a disrespectful thing to say to anyone. From the career side (which,...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

In my view, in academia, the word "Boss" carries a large amount of semantic baggage that you probably don't want to invoke. Although you mean it to be polite and respectful, it also has an ironic ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I will answer here because it may help to have a female perspective. I will note that most of my points are covered by the male answers. The thing that is missing is a firsthand perspective, which I ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

If there are any female faculty that you trust, I would go and talk with them about the situation. This would accomplish a few things. Documents your concerns if anything ever escalates. Allows for ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

It's not only that such ridiculing is absolutely unacceptable and counterproductive (as others mentioned already) but it also puts the academic themselves in a kind of bad light as a lecturer/teacher. ...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

We can’t say how it will affect your career, but it does sound pretty bad, and not the sort of behavior that will be allowed to pass without any consequences in an academic workplace in France or ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

You don't. That email is a clear rejection, and any attempt at a follow-up will only waste everyone's time. If the professor were open to get to know you and to be convinced that you are a top-level ...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

Most of the other answers have focussed specifically on the anti-semitism. I want to highlight a wider point. A key skill for an academic is to be able to handle criticism in a calm and professional ...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

At that moment that you realized that you need to leave the seminar, I believe your instinct told you that it is very bad and it is going to affect you and your career. The most important thing, which ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

"Dear Professor X" is still probably still appropriate. Even if they are a full-time researcher and aren't teaching, their official position is probably some variant of "Professor." If their job title ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

The first thing to do is to ask your supervisor what she wants to be called. Does she want to keep things formal? Does she want to be called by name? Whatever she tells you is the appropriate ...
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I insulted a professor by using an anti-Semitic slur in a department seminar. How bad is this?

I live in Israel, am probably older than you are and maybe older than the professor. We are used to those exchanges and conflicts, online and face to face. From your description of the way the ...
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Upon my request prior to a faculty application in France, I was invited to give a talk. Should I travel at their expense or better give it online?

I see no reason not to travel, ahead of making a decision, to a place where you might decide to live and work for decades. An on-site visit will reveal so much more about the collegiality of the work ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

I agree with Arno that this is a clear rejection. I work at a university in Germany, but I suppose the situation in France is similar. The problem is that professors get such e-mails all the time, ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

Personally I cannot think of any context where 'Dear Boss' is appropriate. You also note that it is not customary to refer to ones advisor as 'boss' at all. There's a good reason for that: generally ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

As a PhD student in France, I think using word "boss" would be probably taken as an inappropriate expression. If you speak in English with your professor, it is appropriate to say "Dear professor" as ...
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Why would a post-graduate interviewer care about my knowledge regarding their school?

I can't see any reasonable basis for "frustration" on the part of the interviewer unless the application process provided all introductory info on the Department and advised applicants to ...
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Should I address a "Charge de Recherche" or "Directeur de recherche" in France as "Prof."?

French academia is not big on titles. Whether it's by students, colleagues, or the administration, people are rarely if ever addressed by their titles. I'm a "maître de conférences" myself, ...
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What are CNRS research units and how are they staffed

Wikipedia is your friend. Read the CNRS wikipage, and look at CNRS official website. CNRS is the largest public pure research organization in France, with a staff exceeding 31000 persons, located in ...
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Why would a post-graduate interviewer care about my knowledge regarding their school?

If you apply for any position in any institution, you're expected to be prepared, i.e. to know about the basics of the institution and the position/program. The examples you mentioned fit well into ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

This is a bad taste, for sure (IMHO), but since there are plenty of websites where students are more than welcome to tell anything they want about their professors with full names etc., I guess this ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

The reality is that as an Asian female in a European research group, you can't avoid being "different" from the typical member of the group you are in. You physically look different, you probably ...
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What does "masters 2 level" mean?

At least at the universities in Paris where I took courses, there is a strong distinction between the first and second master year. In the first year you still take general courses in a variety of ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

Not only the ethic behind this is very doubtful as StrongBad said, but this is also probably illegal under the loi informatique et liberté & the GDPR because it falls under the definition of "...
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What do they mean when say “the French equivalent of a Ph.D.”?

According to a 1985 biography in PC Magazine: During his college days, Kahn played saxophone in Paris jazz clubs while earning an Agrégation de mathématique, equivalent to a Ph.D. in math. Another ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I can understand that this is a very annoying problem, and I am truly sorry that you have to deal with that. Order of business number one is probably to make sure that you are not reinforcing this ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I am a male researcher who has worked alongside attractive female colleagues from different countries. I come from a sexist culture, where casual relationships are common. I think I can provide some ...
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