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Reflection on site strategy and problem prevention

I think it was Nick who suggested we reflect on the recent events and try to find a strategy to deal with similar problems in the future, as well as reconsider and define the purpose and underlying ...
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Should we adjust the 'self-help' close message?

I think this recent question gives a nice example of why the self-help close message needs to be adjusted: https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/9698/why-would-someone-act-out-scenes-of-perceived-...
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Can you ask questions that involve lists where you want to learn the items on the list but also what is best?

I asked a question seeking links to online video lectures on psychology. I originally structured it as a poll-style community wiki question (e.g., one link per answer that people could vote on). The ...
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Is there a community interest in bringing the %answered questions to a healthy 90% by closing old unanswered questions?

Is there a community-wide interest to get CogSci graduated? In the past I, and others, have started close-vote campaigns here at CogSci to bring the %answered questions up to 90%, which is the target ...
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How can we promote the site and reach out to industry experts?

The site should soon be coming into a Public Beta period where anyone can sign up and use the site. How can we spread awareness to experts, researchers and practitioners in the cognitive science ...
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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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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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Answers overshadowed by subsequent answers - clutter, or worth keeping?

It happens now and then that I have answered a question here at CogSci and that shortly after a way better answer is posted on that same question. In many cases the second and subsequent answers were ...
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What are reliable sources?

While there is an expected level of intial research required for questions, and there is advice on how to write and research a good scientific answer, there are a lot of posts with no sign of initial ...
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Short term goal for June 2012: More than 2.5 questions per day

Update: After some discussion below, it seems like it is the question rate that is of focal interest, and that 3 questions per day would be great, but that 2.5 questions per day constitutes an ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should we have tags for notable academics within the field?

I just asked a question related to Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of stages of moral development. When I went to tag the question, I wasn't sure if I should be including a tag for Kohlberg. I looked to ...
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Where else are people asking scientific questions about psychology and cognitive science?

At present, I think the stack exchange model provides the best infrastructure for building a high-quality question and answer site. In general, I think that if people on the Internet who are looking ...
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Raising awareness of CogSci's success on other Area 51 sites

I posted this answer on Area 51, under the Sleep site proposal. I thought it would be worthwhile sharing this for members here on Meta. I am supporting this site, to be an ongoing success, both in ...
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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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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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Is it ok to ask “what is this kind of experiment called” or “where can I find out more about this kind of experiment”?

I saw some random youtube video some time back that showed an experiment with normal adults coming up with funny rituals when they thought they had control over an outcome that researchers had ...
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CogSci.SE chat needs resuscitation (status: resuscitation successful)

Update Chat has returned to life! There are about five participating site regulars (myself, Steven Jeuris, Krysta, Josh and JoshGitlin) plus the odd people stopping by, which doesn't sound like much, ...
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Let's get critical: Nov 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Cognitive Sciences Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from ...
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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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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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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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What to do with otherwise good questions that seem a bit too broad?

I've been reading a lot of questions on this site and thinking about the concept of optimal question scope. Questions in the cognitive sciences can often be substantially narrowed: What type of ...
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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 ...
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We have 1,000+ visits per day (September 2013)

In January 2013 we passed 500 visit per day. Towards the end of September 2013, we passed 1,000 visits per day. I just thought it was good to celebrate the growth of the site. Presumably most of ...
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Do we need a too-easy or too-basic tag?

We have three questions on meta specifically related to the minimum required complexity of a questions. What's "Too basic" or "General reference" for this site? Uses scope How ...
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Do we need the 'psychology' or other catch-all tag?

The 'psychology' tag gets recreated on the site from time to time. Here is a previous discussion on the topic from 2012. Since it has been 3 years, I thought it a good idea to rehash. I think it is ...
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We have 1500+ visits per day (January 2014)

We've just passed an important milestone for our Area 51 Statistics. We now have over 1,500 visits per day. we passed 500 visits per day in January 2013 1000 visits per day in September 2013 and ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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Upvoting under-researched questions

In re Brain Waves and Psilocybin Mushroom where the entire question was: Is there any research on brain waves when on Psilocybin Mushrooms or LSD ? Thanks Currently at +4/-0 votes, I'm kinda ...
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Please flag posts which go against the site rules

The past few days a whole lot of flags were raised, but a few of them I had to decline since a simple down vote or comment was sufficient. Please only flag when needed! On the other hand, on one ...
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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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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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Who should our Pro Tempore Moderators be? [closed]

We've just gone from private beta to public beta! Please vote for moderator candidates by voting on their answers below. Because of this momentous occasion, I think it's time to ask our community who ...
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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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Strategies for increasing the engagement of the research community

From what I can observe, unlike the economics SE, cross-validated SE, Theoretical Computer Science SE a lot more questions on this site aren't research-level. Given the functionalities of this site I ...
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NLP tag “dispute” resolution

Recently, two questions were tagged nlp for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Today, there was a question asked about natural language processing, and the user assigned the nlp tag as well. In a brief ...
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Is a professional path question on topic?

I wanted to ask a question about possible professional paths related to psychology taking into account my background as software developer, but would like to know if the question would be on topic, ...
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Voting strategies

We've talked a lot about closure lately, but at the end of the day, active voting is the most important assumption behind how the Stack Exchange network works. SE sites breathe votes and reputation: ...
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General strategies for converting self-help into a useful general question for this site

Problems with self-help questions: As far as I can tell, there are two main problems with self-help questions. There are concerns about providing clinical advice where someone should be seeking the ...
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Refining our target audience / Question expertise

This is part of the second step into an attempted reboot of this community: Rebooting Cognitive Sciences: a Suggested Approach Since the very beginning of this site, there have been differing ...
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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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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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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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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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