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Focusing the question on science via answer[s]?

I've read in a related meta-question here that editing sub-par questions is perhaps the way to go. There are varying philosophies to editing questions (and answers) on SE. On Math.SE it's seriously ...
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Psych & Neurosci name change - some residuals

I would like to list remaining issues here below that need attention after our name change. I have added a new one open one below: The Site description now reads: Q&A for practitioners, ...
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What topic in meta can a layman participate after the name change?

The site is decided to tailor to a more professional target audience. I'm glad this help the site. Thank you for your endurance and commitment to the site. To a certain degree I feel shameful for ...
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Are questions about what research in neuroscience has been done welcome to the Cognitive Sciences SE?

I would like to know what different type of studies have been done on brain processes. One type of question I have in mind is: has how the brain process X been studied before? has how the brain does ...
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Proposal to substitute the 'Neurobiology' with the 'Neuroscience' tag

Now that we have proposed our site to be renamed 'Psychology and Neuroscience' I like to bring up a point that has been bothering me a long time, namely the neurobiology tag. As of now, the master ...
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Health, Cognitive Sciences and a Potential Mutual Site

I’m not an avid user on CogSci (in fact, I’ve only officially become a member today) but from reading your meta posts and the rebrand you are going through right now I understand that you face similar ...
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Cognitive Science Reboot 2017: Changing the Name

To address persisting problems with this community, a long time ago we initiated a 'reboot' of the site as part of which we decided on a more professional target audience. To this end, we introduced a ...
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When is it appropriate to ask a question at two different SE sites?

I once was told that asking a mathematical question simultaneously at MathOverflow and Mathematics SE was bad practice. It was recommended to first ask it at one of both sites. If the question was ...
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Community-answer for questions on Freudian psychology

I think we all agree that Freudian theories don't fit this site's scope. But I also think we all agree that Freudian theories have been, and probably still are, too influential to be put aside as off-...
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Questions about broad topics should not necessarily be closed as 'too broad'

Having provided some suggestions on how to disambiguate between the different close reasons, I will now argue against a misuse of the 'too broad' close reason I encounter at times. In short, a ...
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Disambiguating close reasons: when should questions be put on hold?

Most close reasons are fairly well known by high-rep users. However, with our newest addition 'not framed in cogsci' finally put in place, potential overlap with older close reasons arises. Therefore, ...
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SE-like forums focussed on neuropsychology

I am desperately looking for an SE-like forum with a stronger focus on neuropsychology, i.e. in comparably equal parts with neurosciences and psychology (both cognitive and beyond). Answers outside ...
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Editing the “self-help” close reason wording

I have some concerns about the current wording of our "self-help" close reason. The current wording is thus: Questions about the behavior of an individual person are off-topic. If you are ...
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Language or idiom of the sources of the answers

Is it necessary that the sources always be in the English language? Under what conditions is it valid to answer questions from non-English sources? It is a question that I have for a long time, I ...
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Asking Multiple Questions

I have a question about my Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange post: Cognitive Dissonance: Reduction strategies, compartmentalization, and confirmation bias Related: Asking a series of questions I am ...
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Vote for a new close reason enforcing the minimum expected question quality

As part of our ongoing efforts to reboot CogSci we agreed on introducing a new close reason to enforce the minimum expected question quality: We agreed that a lack of initial research is reason for ...
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Advertising in meat-space: posters on campuses

Riffing on my previous efforts to make a t-shirt and the need to attract more users, would it be possible for StackExchange to fund a poster run across various campuses? List of possible campuses (...
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What anthropology questions should be routed towards History.SE?

Both History.SE and CogSci.SE have anthropology tags. What makes an anthropology question relevant to CogSci.SE vs. History.SE vs. neither?
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Why did my question get migrated to Health.SE?

I recently asked this question which was migrated to Health Stack Exchange. In my question, I provided an example of an odd phenomenon where the brain would limit the muscles physical capacity to do ...
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Is X a mental disease?

So I'm wondering what this community should do with questions in the format of 'is X a mental disease?'. Here's the latest one question... Psychology behind siblings falling in love ...which is ...
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Should we close questions about Freud?

Wikipedia has a list of topics considered pseudoscience that includes Psychoanalysis, Hypnotism, Myers-Briggs, and NLP (I would very much like to see Jung added to this list). Accordingly, I'd like ...
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Standard Community Responses to Poor Questions and Answers

With this feature, I have begun trying to write some standard responses to certain types of questions. I tend to write these as I see the need for a new one (when responding to a specific question, I'...
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Are questions looking for a theory based on observations self-help?

Example question: What makes a personality of rapid anger outburst? At a glance, one can see that question lists an extensive number of symptoms, which easily be classified as self-help looking for ...
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How to make the question about borderline clear?

Does a stable self actually exist in borderline people, especially artistic ones? After getting explained that it was unclear what I was after with four different questions, I have cut the other to ...
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Can we ask questions about historical individuals? [closed]

Can we ask questions about historical individuals?
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Proposal to delete post and closing questions asking whether social groups are mentally ill

This question was ignited by Is homosexuality a mental disorder? This post made it into the hot-questions list and people were, probably rightfully, offended by it. Being called mentally ill because ...
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Question and answer review queues

This is an extension of the question I asked on Differences in number of question reviews whereby I have now seen the queue rise to 11 pending reviews of questions and answers. As this is a peer ...
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Name change of CogSci - what about Psychology?

The [pending] site's name [change] has been on my mind for quite a while. I may be off here, but my preference now (I voted for Mind & Brain earlier in some lost meta post) is: Psychology ...
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Graduation lifts the required amount of reputation for privileges. Now what?

When browsing other stacks, I noticed that there is a major difference in the amount of reputation required to have particular privileges. Whereas at CogSci we gain moderator tools at 2000 rep, you ...
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Promoting StackExchange via blog posts

I wrote a blog post trying to convince scientists to use StackExchange more. I could use some feedback and suggestions before I start trying to publicize it. Is it convincing? What arguments need ...
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Is this question about whether studies that refute non-notable claims on topic?

The question I want to ask was inspired by this Meta post. Specifically, it was asking if "conjecture questions" should require some degree of support before they can be asked. One thing that came up ...
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What questions should be considered primarily opinion-based?

There is a question on the possibility of a cognitive advantage to dreaming, and whilst I was reviewing the question, before I could type and post my comment on it, the post was put on hold based on ...
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What are the rules for reference requests?

I'm hoping that this hasn't already been answered, but I was wanting to ask a question asking for help finding books on a particular topic. In particular, I was looking for help locating introductory ...
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Why is the question about women rejecting unsuitable man about individual person?

The question How does a woman reject an unsuitable man? was closed as off-topic for the reason of asking about a behavior of individual person. However, I fail to see how this reason stands. The ...
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Can we change the example question from our tour?

The example question from our tour is a really bad example of the questions we want on this site. Could we please replace it with another highly voted question with multiple answers, such as: Does ...
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Closure: 'What makes something relevant to an argument and how can people improve in determining relevance?'

Why was What makes something relevant to an argument and how can people improve in determining relevance? closed? This comment states the question to concern relevance in logic, but I did not intend ...
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How should we attract new users in 2017?

We have a lot to do in this re-vamping of CogSci.SE. However, after the site has a new scope, name and close vote, we still need people to come here. Therefore, it is necessary to actively approach, ...
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Which subfields should we target when trying to attract new users?

In the chat some of us discussed an approach to attract new users for CogSci. @Honi suggested the following: If you want multiple fields to use the CogSci site, you still need a critical mass ...
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What is the current status for the site name change proposal?

I see that there was once a tide of site name change proposal around April - May '12 (5 years ago). It seems that nothing has changed since then. What is the current status of this proposal? Is it ...
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Mod-closure of questions

I've taken over from Josh as pro-tem mod and I am honored to join the mod team. However, the downside of this is that now I am a mod, I can't participate in the voting process any longer, so you have ...
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Reason for not taking split brain question off closed?

I have asked the following question whether the split brain experiments demonstrate the mind is not reducible to the brain. It was closed because I was not clear whether I was asking about ...
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What makes a question off topic?

What should determine if a question is marked off topic on this site and what should happen to these questions?
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New pro-tem moderator

I'm AliceD and the new pro-tem moderator replacing Josh. Maybe a post will be added from SE at large, but I just wish to introduce myself and give some backgrounds. First, many thanks to Josh for ...
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Making a CogSci.SE t-shirt

I sometimes attend summer schools and whatnot. A good way to advertise your affiliations in is with a t-shirt. This usually means I end up wearing my Nengo t-shirt, but I'd also like to advertise ...
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What is cognitive science about and what characterize cognitive science research proficiencies?

Many stacks in the stackexchange site are facts-oriented, and Q&A are facts-oriented questions. However, my understanding of cognitive science –at least the cognitive psychology sub-area—is that ...
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Closing questions with answer in the comment?

Some questions are so easy that they can be answered with a comment. These questions are often posed as "what is the name of phenomenon X" or reference requests. Answerers often don't know the exact ...
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Are events from the newspapers with a hint of CogSci on-topic?

Just now, I saw the following post on [skeptics.se]: https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/35904 The question regards an accident in aerospace, which may be linked to a lack of sleep. This is a human-...
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Feedback of “not an answer but a comment” flag

Sometimes, quite a few bad answers are given to questions which, luckily, get flagged and removed. However, the feedback we give is not always that clear. The feedback we give us as follows: This ...
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Actively engaging psychology departments on Facebook?

For some months now we have a magnificent Facebook page on which questions are posted on a weekly basis, with a short accompanying text. However, we are having some troubles getting an audience (we ...
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Methodology is Hard, Let's Go Shopping!

There have been a few shopping/recommendation-like question on CogSci.SE lately: Where can I obtain a button box for reaction-time measurements under a Windows OS? Cognitive Science podcasts to ...