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comment How do academics get away with writing detailed recommendation letters?
@DavidRicherby: Yes, an organized attempt to retaliate would be bad, but I think the consequences would unfold on their own (assuming there was no good reason for the lawsuit). Suppose Alice writes a letter for Bob's postdoc applications that is supportive but not as glowing as Bob had hoped for, and Bob obtains the letter and sues for libel. The lawsuit would attract lots of attention, and nobody would trust any letter written for him after he sued. That would be a huge barrier to employment, and furthermore who wants a tenure-track colleague who is prone to filing frivolous lawsuits?
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comment What are early decision and early action admissions?
This is off topic here, since academia.stackexchange.com is intended for questions relevant to graduate school and above (while early decision and early action are for undergraduate admissions). But see professionals.collegeboard.com/guidance/applications/early for the information you're looking for.
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comment Why does research cost so much money?
I agree with some of your points, but I don't think they play a dramatic role in the overall cost of research. Even if we lived in a perfect world of open access, good publication practices, and convenient access to data sets, ALS research would still cost many millions of dollars and the person who was arguing with the OP would still wonder why.
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answered How do academics get away with writing detailed recommendation letters?
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comment How far Ph.D helps in personality development?
Do you mean "how does getting a Ph.D. help you become a better adjusted person?" or "how useful is a Ph.D. for a career studying the subfield of psychology that deals with personality development?"
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answered What should I do if I don't know the answer to a question posed by a student?
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comment If no revised date is mentioned in the paper, does this means the paper is directly accepted by the journal?
@tohecz: As I said in the answer, I believe only the last revision date is recorded if there are several revisions. But recording a revision date is common in mathematics (see dx.doi.org/10.1090/S2330-0000-2014-00003-4 for Transactions of the AMS), physics (see dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.071303 for Physical Review Letters), and computer science (see dx.doi.org/10.1145/2629600 for Journal of the ACM).
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comment Are review articles the result of original observations?
Elaborating on xLeitix's second sentence, I'd recommend not including the review article in your thesis, even if your university allows it. Review articles are valuable contributions to the literature, but they aren't original research. In particular, you don't want it to look like you are padding your thesis to make it look longer or to shore up an otherwise marginal dissertation. (This isn't fair, but some readers would jump to uncharitable conclusions, and it's not worth giving even a small number of people a bad impression.)
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comment Flair/Badge for arXiv paper?
By the way, ideally the alt text in the Zenodo badge would give the actual DOI, rather than just saying "DOI," so it would be more convenient for copying/pasting or screen readers. (But this may not be under your control.)
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answered How to confront advisor about the expectation that I will support another student's project for extended period of time?
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revised How to withdraw your paper from an open access journal where it has been accepted?
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answered If no revised date is mentioned in the paper, does this means the paper is directly accepted by the journal?
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comment How to confront advisor about the expectation that I will support another student's project for extended period of time?
Can you elaborate on what makes it seem unfair? This style of research isn't common in mathematics, so I have no direct experience with it. However, it doesn't sound crazy for the sort of lab in which students are assigned projects. You would be making a modest contribution to the senior student's project (compared with their years of work), for which you would be recognized with non-first authorship, and you would also be broadening your own experience. This could be implemented in problematic ways, but it doesn't seem necessarily bad. Am I missing something? (Is there more context?)
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answered Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: "focus on undergrads" & "extensive rigorous curriculum" mutually exclusive?
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comment What do instructors need to know to accommodate Muslim students?
I had no idea the Gabriel in Gabriel's horn referred to the angel! I always assumed some mathematician named Gabriel had discovered it.
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