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Should the target audience of CogSci be extended to students too?

At the moment, the main problem of cogsci seems to be the lack of active users (only 48 users with 200+ reputation points). One reason for this could be the focus on researchers and practitioners, ...
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Regularly Scheduled Chat Event

This has been brought up many times in chat: Many other sites have regularly scheduled chat events. These events, held anywhere from once a week to once a month, serve as a community building device, ...
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Are questions about APA style on topic?

Recently, I've asked a question about the APA norms. It wasn't clear whether or not this was on topic. There's been another question about the APA-style. I had the feeling nobody knows if it's on ...
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Should we have a contest like the “tai chi” one on Marial Arts.SE?

I'm wondering whether we should have a contest like the "tai chi" one on Martial Arts.SE? In particular, I'm thinking it might be useful if there were a couple of users who know a lot about a ...
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Would having a pertinent, unique chat room title add to the site?

Gaming has "The Bridge", DBA has "The Heap", Sci-Fi has "Mos Eisley", and many other SE chat rooms have unique names. As Ben has pointed out, it should be pertinent and an accurate statement about ...
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How can we get our site reviewed by relevant bloggers?

There are many bloggers who blog about topics related to cognitive science and psychology. Popular bloggers have large numbers of readers. I'm wondering if there is a way that we could approach ...
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Invitation to active users to ask a few more questions

The site's answer rate is currently sitting at around 85% and our questions per day is around 1.0. One of the challenges of building this site is getting enough content so that we can start ...
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Help promote the site via the offical Stack Exchange social network profiles!

Stack Exchange has special social network profiles for each site (like our @StackCogSci on Twitter), but they also have "parent" accounts for the whole SE network, and they have a process for ...
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MathJax buttons/hotkeys script

I've written a script that lets you insert dollar symbols automatically(via a keyboard shortcut or button) in the editor window on Stack Exchange sites that support MathJax (other sites have some ...
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What welcome message should we have?

Many users are keen to change the welcome message from the current version This is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for practitioners and research professionals of the cognitive ...
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“Mind and Brain (Sciences)” as a site title

One of the catchiest title suggestions for me was @jonsca's "Brain and Behavior". Unfortunately, as pointed out by @BenBrocka the title gives too low level and reductionist a view. I fear it would ...
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Migrating a few questions from economics.SE?

Economics - Stack Exchange is closing. They have until May 4 to migrate questions. There's a meta discussion of the migration process on economics.se. I went through their questions and found 9 (out ...
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Are “tool request” questions acceptable? Should we have guidelines for them?

Most of our software questions are recommendation questions asking for software that can perform a certain task. I'm generally against these, and they're generally against the SE philosophy of what's "...
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What do people think of “Cognitive Science and Psychology” as a site title?

Following on from the previous meta question about the site title and after brainstorming a little bit in this answer, I wanted to have a discussion about the possibility of changing the site title to ...
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Should we change our welcome message?

UPDATE: It's seems that we can change the welcome message and that there is a desire to change it. However, there is still discussion evolving about what the welcome message should be. I've posted a ...
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When to delete closed questions?

I had a couple of mod requests to delete closed questions because they used an unwanted tag "psychology". https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/58/online-videos-of-complete-psychology-courses ...
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Whither a more inclusive site name?

During discussions about a possible merger with the Neuroinformatics proposal see this Meta.cogsci question, on the related discuss.area51 post a comment was made about whether the name of the site is ...
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Who Constitutes “Pop-Sci” or “Pop-Psych” On This Site?

As the title asks: Who constitutes "Pop-Sci" or "Pop-Psych" on this site? The terms come up here and there on CogSci, and I'd like to know specifically what they mean and to who or whom they are ...
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Do we need a self-help question policy?

I remember this being discussed before, but cannot remember where to find a specific policy if we have one. Do we want some sort of formal stance on self-help questions? It seems that we are ...
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Neuroinformatics and cognitive sciences?

I'm asking this in light of the Beta site closure announcements question, but I don't want to steal its thunder. Realizing that we share at least some of the subject matter in common with the ...
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Reflections on April 25th 2012 Beta site closures announcement

There has been an announcement of round of recent site closures to take final effect on May 4th. Astronomy Economics Literature Firearms Healthcare IT Theoretical Physics Astronomy and Theoretical ...
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Vote early, vote often!

This is a reproduction of Scott Morrison's post on meta.tex.SE; I believe it is very much applicable to this community as well. Scott wrote a post encouraging voting. I think this is a big issue ...
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What can I do to get better answers to my questions?

So far, I've asked three questions on CogSci: What are the considerations for using wide-reaching messages and training over individual-focused efforts for changing behavior? What psychological or ...
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Should the tag “subconscious” be renamed to “unconscious”?

If I am not mistaken, the term "subconscious" is related to psychoanalysis and is usually avoided in academic psychology. Instead the term "unconscious" is used to describe phenomena happening without ...
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What is the meaning of the tag “attribution” and should it be renamed?

I just spotted the tag "attribution" and I think that its usage is not very fortnunate: https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/attribution. In psychology, the term attribution is closely ...
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Is Sociology on topic?

This question, while not a good question for other reasons, is really more of a Sociology question than psychology. Is Sociology on topic here? It's been deemed a Cognitive Science by some ...
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Getting started with FAQ customisations

I would really like to get started on the customisation process of the FAQ in a democratic and efficient way. Thus, under the heading for "What kind of questions can I ask here?" I propose that we ...
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Help moderate Cognitive Sciences yourself!

Some users have expressed concerns about "over moderation" and generally I'm seeing a lack of close votes, so I thought I'd share this great resource. If you have over 500 rep you can help moderate ...
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What process should we adopt to create our FAQ?

A question was recently asked about what should go in our FAQ. At present our FAQ is minimal, and I think we should start to make the FAQ a useful part of our site. But this raises the issue of how ...
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When is it appropriate to downvote an answer?

There's been some recent discussion on meta and in chat about the direction of the site. In general there seems to be a tension between a desire to maintain academic rigour in questions and answers ...
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Did I annoy someone?

I find this morning that I have had 6 downvotes on various questions, some quite old. Did I kick someone? Has someone decided to hate me all of a sudden?
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How do I ask a good question?

Our scope in terms of topics is very broad, and covers things from the most accessible to obscure. The field also has many misconceptions, false beliefs, and pseudo-questions. This makes it very ...
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How should our FAQ define us?

Currently the only unique part of our FAQ is as follows: Cognitive Sciences - Stack Exchange is for practitioners and research professionals of the cognitive sciences. The rest is boilerplate that ...
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What kind of site do we want to be?

We've been struggling internally the last couple weeks, I think Casebash puts it together well: I actually think the decision to make this a research based site (like MathOverflow), as opposed to a ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...
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Do we want a disclaimer on the sidebar that we cannot offer medical advice?

Another Stack Exchange Site, judaism.stackexchange.com has the following disclaimer on right side nav for new users: Like Wikipedia, this site makes no guarantee of validity, and does not offer ...
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Should we have tags for specific disorders / conditions, or keep tags more general?

I asked a question about a specific condition, and on chat my choice of tags was brought up by Artem Kaznatcheev: I don't think we need a whole new tag for 'prosopagnosia' It is a single ...
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How can we increase the number of 'regulars' on the site?

As we discussed pretty extensively in the comments of a recent question: all of our stats are lacking! Improving them can seem a bit overwhelming and sometimes a chicken-or-the-egg sort of chase. ...
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Why aren't we asking more questions?

Our Questions stats are pretty bad, currently 2.3 questions per day. How can we encourage more questions on the site? Has anything prevented you from asking questions? Do you think anything is ...
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Over-moderation and building a userbase

I believe that this SE may be slightly over-moderated. By that I mean, the moderators are acting too often. I see many people come on the site, ask an interesting (if broad or poorly worded question), ...
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Do we need the [psychology] tag?

We have the psychology tag right now. However, it mostly seems to be a placeholder tag for questions that the asker wasn't sure how to tag. I don't really understand why we would need this tag, since ...
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Revising questions

I just wanted to follow the discussion in the comments on this question: How can I find open access journals for cognitive science research? I initially submitted a very vague question which was ...
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How can I access a journal article if I don't have a subscription?

I think this is a useful bit of info, so I'll post the Q&A here for others to link to. For those who don't have the luxury of being affiliated with a university, it can be difficult to find many ...
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What level of citing references or sources should be required for answers?

The Cognitive Sciences site is going to be slightly different from many of the other Stack Exchange sites. Unlike Stack Overflow, Server Fault, Super User, etc. our questions do not indicate a problem ...
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Is splitting a question in two an appropriate action on this site?

I've got a great answer to one part of my question about saccades, and am now faced with a conundrum: Do I wait for more answers that address the other part of the question or edit out the other facet ...
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What to do with questions related to statistical analysis of psychological variables?

We previously had a question which was deleted which was as follows: Classification of RT? Hope this is the right place for this question: I have an experiment of two conditions & I have ...
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Age or Aging tag?

We have age and aging, of the two Aging specifically refers to the process while Age seems less helpful. Do we want to merge one into the other or keep both and why?
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What is the difference between [cognitive-psychology] and [cognition]?

Our most popular tag (24 questions) is cognitive-psychology which seems to be applied pretty widely. We also, have a relatively popular (7 questions) cognition tag. However, I don't understand the ...
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Newbie styled questions, accessibility and attitudes

I've noticed a trend here where people have issues with certain types of questions, although I've been impressed by the dedication and generally good intentions of those on the chat for sorting things ...
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How should “Too Basic” questions be closed?

As per this post there's some confusion on what some close vote reasons mean. It was brought up that on CS Theory.SE, questions that are too basic fall outside of the scope since it is a site for ...

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