Christian
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How to handle requests for a race-based exam structure?
24 votes

It's worth noting that giving in to the student can also cause a PR disaster, it just will upset other people. When dealing with those that asks for special treatment, I would advice arguing for why ...

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Is it ethical for a Professor to disseminate wrong answers online?
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If an academic publishes incorrect information that's an ethical problem. Academics who lie when publishing information about their domain of expertise when it suits them can't be trusted to be honest ...

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Does "Science" encompass Mathematics?
8 votes

The first definition of science that Merriam-Webster gives is: : knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation Math doesn't investigate ...

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Obligation to quote source of grammatical knowledge
7 votes

I would like to know if this is considered one of these goods, which cannot be owned and thus needs no quotation. Academic citation isn't about ownership. It's not about copyright. It's not about ...

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"You are paid to answer my questions!" - how to handle silly questions?
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If a question in itself makes no sense, try to think about the motivation behind the question. Answer the question behind the question. Just because someone is bad at phrasing a good question doesn't ...

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Is it plagiarism (or bad practice) to cite reviews instead of source material directly?
2 votes

As long as you cite the sources which are responsible for you holding the belief that you have, you aren't engaging in plagiarism. Science suffers from a replication crisis because original claims ...

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"Dividing Points" among cheating students
2 votes

The goal of a policy on cheating isn't being "fair", it's to discourage cheating. In academia we don't want to have academic papers who bend the truth a little bit, but we want to have academics who ...

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How to tell an over-confident student they still have a lot to learn?
2 votes

Note that this was an math class, so "phrasing it wrong" really means "failing to prove". That's something important to learn in a math class. If some of your students don't get it, it might be ...

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How do people get simultaneous offers?
1 votes

I would think they happen mostly by having a relationship with the person doing the hiring. That means that the offer isn't made through a tight bureaucratic process but can be more flexible. Many ...

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Is it appropriate to make a pun that references a highly charged topic in current events, in a lecture on an unrelated subject?
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It's very likely that if you make such a pun you make it a lot harder for the audience to reason rationally about the subject that you are talking about. Half of your audience might spent 5 minutes ...

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Is there any non-commercial alternative to ResearcherID?
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Wikidata seems to build up a system where researchers who write articles that are citable by Wikipedia get unique IDs.

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Which one of these is more appropriate for academic email
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Using the firstname sends a signal of casualness. If you want to signal professionalism it's not a good strategy. It's a bit like wearing a suit and a tie. You are sending a signal by wearing those ...

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What is the backup strategy of online-only journals/repositories on the very long term?
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Currently lib.gen/sci-hub build an archive of all papers and textbooks. Publishers fight the legal battle to stop the project but it's highly unlikely that they will stop lib.gen/sci-hub and it's ...

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Handling unsolicited proofs of famous mathematical problems
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I think a good policy would be to redirect those people to Math Overflow. Let them open a new topic to ask what's wrong with their proof. If it's trivial to find errors then someone one Math ...

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