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134 votes
17 answers
61k views

What's the point of PhD theses if nobody reads them?

123 votes
17 answers
43k views

In a yes/no question, a student gives the right answer and an unnecessary but wrong explanation. How to grade?

99 votes
11 answers
22k views

Why is peer review so random?

92 votes
10 answers
12k views

Donating money to scientific research after my death

90 votes
12 answers
16k views

Why do researchers need universities?

86 votes
8 answers
13k views

Are results that are derived simply by using more computational power publishable?

84 votes
8 answers
11k views

How can I tell if I have simplified my talk too much?

82 votes
7 answers
19k views

How do some institutions attract so many female computer scientists?

67 votes
9 answers
16k views

What is the best way to deal with cranks?

66 votes
10 answers
24k views

Why do academics prefer Mac/Linux? [closed]

63 votes
10 answers
16k views

Is it fair to desk-reject a manuscript because it breaks relativity?

60 votes
6 answers
9k views

Is it OK to review a paper which builds on my work?

56 votes
8 answers
23k views

Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?

51 votes
15 answers
17k views

How to handle a paper by a reviewer who wants to be paid?

51 votes
4 answers
8k views

Does it cost universities less to teach online?

49 votes
8 answers
27k views

Cheated on an exam when I was eight years old. Should I tell graduate admissions?

46 votes
5 answers
14k views

Why did it become so much more expensive to start a university?

45 votes
5 answers
17k views

Why are most cranks old men?

44 votes
13 answers
7k views

What can a publisher offer to its best reviewers?

44 votes
12 answers
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Professor is upset about student comments about her lectures. What should I do?

42 votes
8 answers
18k views

Why are examinees often not allowed to leave during the start and end of an exam?

40 votes
8 answers
8k views

Reviewer signs name on review. Should the editor censor?

40 votes
9 answers
16k views

Is it ethical to award points for hilariously bad answers?

38 votes
12 answers
9k views

Why does one need to be a certified teacher to teach at secondary level and lower, but not at tertiary level?

37 votes
9 answers
14k views

A professor I know is becoming head of department, do I send congratulations or condolences?

37 votes
6 answers
5k views

How do conferences work for deaf scientists?

35 votes
6 answers
10k views

Is it safe for a student to give negative feedback in student evaluations? [closed]

35 votes
8 answers
10k views

Are political/ideological reasons for career moves acceptable in academia?

34 votes
7 answers
11k views

Why is it disadvantageous in graduate admissions to have a higher degree?

33 votes
4 answers
8k views

Is it appropriate to ask a sick student to leave the classroom?

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