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Should we change the site name to Mind?

Following up on previous questions, should we change the site title to Mind? Jeromy Anglim proposed some criteria for a good site title, which I think we ought to adopt for this question. Short ...
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What should we list in the “Ask about…” / “Don't ask about…” section of /about?

The moderators can edit the content of the two boxes under the Get answers to practical, detailed questions section of our /about page. I just added some text to indicate that self help questions and ...
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Question about reading in dreams

The following question (which I did not ask) has been closed: https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/3266/why-we-cant-read-in-dreams I sometimes lucid dream, and when I do, I notice that I have ...
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We've passed the 500+ Visits per day statistic (January 2013)

The following are just a few observations about our Area 51 site statistics. I have just noticed that our visits per day are now above 500 per day. This is enough to be classified as "okay". In ...
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Rename the tag [abnormal-psychology] to [disorder]?

I think the name of the tag abnormal-psychology can be at least for some people offensive. The word "abnormal" have the negative connotation. The word "disorder" have also some negative connotation, ...
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Our FAQ endorses self-help questions

Not all users neglect the FAQ, and those that don't can still be mislead by it since unfortunately we inherit the generic SO template as Knight correctly pointed out in a comment to a question of his ...
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Map of 32 Tags of CogSci.SE

Lastly I'm not that active on this site, but I made a map of CogSci.SE, basing on tag co-occurrences. Some more description e.g. on a respective post on meta.math.SE. The project is on GitHub: https:...
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Votes to re-close when a question has been closed and then re-opened by a moderator?

Sometimes a question is closed. Then the question is improved, so a moderator re-opens the question. However, the moderator is mindful that others may not see the improved question as worthy of re-...
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What keyboard shortcuts are available when editing questions and answers or otherwise interacting with the site?

I like keyboard shortcuts. What keyboard shortcuts are available when editing questions and answers or otherwise interacting with the site?
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Do we want some HATS? [closed]

We have the opportunity to participate in the Stack Exchange Hat Dash of 2012! The following email was sent to the mods: As the year draws to a close, we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted ...
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November 2012: How to keep our answer rate above 80%?

I've just been noticing our site statistics over the last month or so. The good news is that "questions per day" have improved in recent weeks and our visits per day have improved quite a bit also. ...
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What to do with short answers that don't add much to the discussion?

We've previously discussed what to do with answers that fall short of our standards of evidence. It's also routine to convert to comments really short answers that lack much substance. But what ...
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Whether to have tags for specific software and tools?

Following on from the question: Are questions about coding psychology and cognitive science experiments, simulations, etc. on topic? I was wondering whether we should have specific tags for ...
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Are questions about coding psychology and cognitive science experiments, simulations, etc. on topic?

I just wanted to check what the general rules were about asking questions about writing and debugging code related to psychology and cognitive science experiments. The kinds of things that I'm ...
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Google Scholar makes APA formatted reference only a few clicks away

Google Scholar now has a cite button on each reference which makes it easy to get an APA formatted reference. See the announcment on the blog and this image taken from the blog post: Implications I ...
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Why is the Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange community so small? What we can do about it?

Understanding the brain is a great challenge that is all the more interesting because no satisfactory theory has been found yet. For that reason, all brain sciences are, in my opinion, one of the most ...
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Is there any interest in starting a journal club?

Over at CrossValidated, I've seen that they at least have had journal clubs in the past. I created this thread to check if there is any interest within the Cognitive Sciences community to do something ...
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We've reached 500 questions (18/19th September 2012)

I just thought I'd share the milestone of reaching 500 questions.
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Sum up our research/minimal effort/whatever guideline in a sentence

There's been some friction over our research guidelines and their lack of (simple) definition. See New users and down-voting for lack of initial research There's a lengthy and unwieldy discussion on ...
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New users and down-voting for lack of initial research

As I see, it is not uncommon to down-vote a new user for asking a question which is too simple, too pop-sci or with no links/references. In my personal opinion, if we don't want to scare off ...
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Six Month Moderator Evaluation

Six months ago, the Moderators Pro Tempore of this site were appointed. As we were appointed by the Stack Exchange team and not officially elected by the community, it would be valuable (to me, at ...
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A tag for empirical measures and or tests

We currently have test assessment and measurement all used to refer to what I most commonly hear referred to as tests or measures. IMO there's some value in keeping them separate, but it needs to be ...
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Suggest site promotion ideas

Stack Exchange has a budget for holding site promotional events, whether it's a sponsorship on a related site/with a related business, contests for users of the site or just about anything else that ...
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Tag for “Human Factors” and related issues

We've currently got the human-factors tag which has been used with varying degrees of appropriety. I do think Human Factors and or Ergonomics are on topic here, but due to the scope I'm not sure "...
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What tag for studies of beauty, aesthetics, etc.?

We've had a fair few questions about perception of beauty or aesthetic judgements? Why do we prefer visually aligned objects? Is Golden Ratio's association with perceived beauty a myth? Why do ...
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What to do with homework questions?

We recently received a question quoted in full below which I assumed was an assignment question. I assume that the student copy and pasted the question literally from some assignment description. ...
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Should key terms be edited to link to their definitions?

When writing Is there cognizance or meta-awareness of classical conditioning? I realized I used a lot of well recognized psychological terms that the "man in the street" would likely be unfamiliar ...
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Add “What are Cognitive Sciences?” to the FAQ

The new welcome text is a (groan) welcome addition, but I was thinking maybe a quick blurb in the FAQ could help make it abundantly clear that "cognitive sciences" is not just an alternate spelling of ...
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Cross-over with Skeptics.SE

I noticed that on Skeptics.SE there are quite a few questions that are in principle questions in psychology (and sometimes biology as well, so it is an issue not only for CogSci.SE, but also Biology....
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Do we want a warning about scientific answers before users answer?

As it was pointed out in chat, Skeptics has the following disclaimer when asking a question: Our site has a disclaimer displayed when new users try to answer questions also, but ours currently looks ...
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Keeping up with the Joneses (or Bio.SEs)

As is often lamented on A51 and the metas of science sites, the metric of graduation don't make much sense for science sites. Unfortunately, the current metrics make it hard to see how we are doing, ...
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Should we have a 'popular-psychology' tag?

We get a fair few questions from people about what is often called 'popular psychology'. E.g., questions about the MBTI, some questions grounded in self-help books, or other popular psychology books. ...
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How to stop CogSci.SE from being listed as publication on Google Scholar, especially incorrectly

I noticed this a few days ago, and it has really been bothering me. For some random reason CogSci questions show up on my Google Scholar citation profile. Even more awkwardly, most of these questions ...
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Learning by using the site

As a young student, I have decided to learn some Cognitive Sciences (Neurology) independently, before I get any higher-education. I love Stack Exchange, so I would like to use this site as my main ...
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We're now “Okay” on the Area 51 Avid Users Statistic: August 2012

I just noticed that we've just switched from "needs work" to "okay" on the avid user count on Area 51. There's still much to do to get this site to where it's really thriving, but it's nice to pass ...
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What to do with answers that fall short of our standards of evidence?

I've received a flag for the following answer: My own personal experience: I learned about "sending energy" in massage school, and experimented with sending it to people I knew, just to see ...
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Model/sample/best questions wiki

I was going through this question Do the neural substrates behind motivation to retain/dispose of property govern whether certain people view their friends and partners as possessions?. and it struck ...
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How can we maintain what we achieved in June 2012?

After a successful June goal it seems that we have dropped the ball. With less than 2 weeks into July, our questions/day is under 2, and visits/day under 200: How can we recover? What should we do in ...
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Evidence of name confusion

For some time now, we have been trying to get name change: Whither a more inclusive site name? And although the post has many up-votes (9 up-votes is a lot, it is tied for 2nd most up voted meta ...
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Neurobiology Rivalries, part IV, A New Hope?

This is a follow on for these 3 questions: The neuroscience and neurobiology tags Are questions about neurobiology on or off topic? Splitting up questions on neurobiology between cognitivesciences.se ...
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Users with reputation above 500 are able to vote to close on Beta sites

For those of you that are active members of Stack Overflow and the other "established" (non-Beta) sites on the network, you probably know that it takes 3000 reputation to cast a close vote on a ...
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Am I allowed to include a figure from a PNAS paper in my response?

I have no idea what the copyright laws say about this. There is a question I would like to reply to, and a figure that would make the reply more clear. However, the figure is from a PNAS paper, thus ...
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As we approach the 6 month mark, what have we achieved and where are we going?

As we approach the six month mark, I think we can start to take stock of how far the site has come. In particular, I think the active users of the site have done a great job of maintaining a degree of ...
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Are questions regarding publications/subscriptions on topic?

The title really says it all. I often find myself wanting to know more about the publications and subscriptions available as so many of the references are inaccessible to me. If I ask a question about ...
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Should we volunteer as a “sister site” for Parenting?

I know that we've talking about attempting to merge with different sites, but this would be different. Parenting has a Some subjects might be on-topic here but you can get better response on our ...
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What should be the fate of obsolete comments?

I have been going through some of the older posts on the site and finding lots of what I perceive as obsolete comments: chats about edits which have long been committed, "thanks", "welcome to the site"...
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Progress report on June 2012 goal

As you are probably familiar, we have a short term goal for June: Short term goal for June 2012: More than 2.5 questions per day We need to achieve 75 questions this month in order to meet the goal. ...
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Tips for efficiently getting APA references into Stack Exchange

Sometimes you can copy a reference from the citing article. However, I just wanted to share this tip for quickly getting APA formatted references for when you find an article through Google Scholar. ...
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Should we break up the “memory” tag?

We currently have one tag for all things memory. Do we want to keep it this way, or do we want to break this tag up into multiple tags, E.G. short-term-memory and long-term-memory? If so, what ...
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Autism Area 51 Proposal

We have discussed merging proposals into CogSci before, such as the Neuroinformatics proposal, but with not much success. As I was browsing Area 51 I noticed the Autism proposal. Many of their sample ...

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