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

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

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4 answers
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Answering the "why do you want to do a PhD?" question

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

66 votes
10 answers
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Why do academics prefer Mac/Linux? [closed]

56 votes
8 answers
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Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?

99 votes
11 answers
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Why is peer review so random?

82 votes
7 answers
19k views

How do some institutions attract so many female computer scientists?

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

44 votes
12 answers
19k views

Professor is upset about student comments about her lectures. What should I do?

45 votes
5 answers
17k views

Why are most cranks old men?

51 votes
15 answers
17k views

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

29 votes
8 answers
17k views

Is it true that almost everyone who starts a PhD and sticks around long enough can get one?

67 votes
9 answers
17k views

What is the best way to deal with cranks?

90 votes
12 answers
17k views

Why do researchers need universities?

63 votes
10 answers
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Is it fair to desk-reject a manuscript because it breaks relativity?

39 votes
9 answers
16k views

Is it ethical to award points for hilariously bad answers?

37 votes
9 answers
15k views

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

27 votes
6 answers
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Why do academics drink so much coffee? [closed]

46 votes
5 answers
14k views

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

19 votes
7 answers
13k views

If Brexit is bad for British science, why hasn't the rankings of British universities worsened?

86 votes
8 answers
13k views

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

22 votes
6 answers
13k views

What do teaching faculty do during semester breaks?

38 votes
10 answers
12k views

Why are so many professors' websites out of date?

91 votes
10 answers
12k views

Donating money to scientific research after my death

84 votes
8 answers
11k views

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

22 votes
2 answers
11k views

Has the Nobel Foundation said anything about the skewed gender ratio in the 2021 Nobel laureates?

11 votes
7 answers
11k views

Prospective supervisor wants me to do irrelevant videos as a condition for supervision. Can I say yes when I mean no?

34 votes
7 answers
11k views

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

30 votes
8 answers
11k views

Is it appropriate to ask a student who wears the full-face veil to speak louder?

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