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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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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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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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How can we promote the site on LinkedIn?

I'm not a big linkedin user, but I have noticed over the while that there are a number of psychology communities on the site. What are the major psychology, and cognitive science communities on ...
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Should SE start a separate Mental Fitness beta?

I've committed to the proposal for a "Mental Fitness" beta, but it raises a difficult question: What's the difference from cogsci.SE? Is this just another of too many duplicate proposals out there ...
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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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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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Isn't one user overseeding during the private beta? [closed]

When it comes to the question, one user is seeding a lot of questions. I am happy that he puts a lot of effort and enthusiasm. However, I have serious doubts if it is not overdoing. I.e. high number ...
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What site statistics might indicate that our site is ready to graduate from beta?

Nick raised the question of whether some of our improving site statistics suggested we were ready for launch. I figured this might be an interesting meta discussion. Nick: We're now in the "okay" ...
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Can questions like “Is this hypothesis correct” be answered objectively?

After reading this question which asked: Could this hypothesis of why we procrastinate be right? I am very interested in procrastination, because it is such a clear sign of lack of motivation. ...
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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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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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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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Should I replace layman terms in my question if more scientific terms were pointed out in an answer?

I'm specifically asking about this question, but general advice is as always welcomed. As pointed out in Fizz answer, what I refer to as "external factor" is called in the field "confounders", and my ...
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Questions “Why are people so bad?” getting upvotes

I think this Beta in particular will have a strong base of users not being very knowledgeable of the board's topic. I'm quite an example as I actually study engineering. I however think many of these ...
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Can you give me some advice on how to improve this question? it was classified as OT but I edited it a lot

I lack of CS background and english is not my native language, so I hope you will be tolerant with me. I've opened this question and I had almost completely rewrite it. But I'm still getting ...
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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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The proliferation of meta-research tags

I have looked through our tags, and have found the following list of tags that seem to be (at least in part) about doing research in cogsci: experiments - 5 questions reproducible-research - 4 ...
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How to deal with questions like this one on “insanity”?

With regards to this question on "insanity", initially, I was inclined to vote to close because: it used terminology that implied a lack of understanding of the medical and scientific knowledge about ...
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What would induce more voting on StackExchange?

I've been here a few months, really enjoying many of the discussions, but wondering why questions generally receive only a few votes? There are many counterexamples where questions get several votes, ...
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Are big-list questions inappropriate for this forum? [duplicate]

Before using the Psychology and Neuroscience stackexchange I was more familiar with the MathOverflow which is a more mature member of the stackexchange community. This platform is used by professional ...
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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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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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When should I edit a post?

While we inherit most of our editing conventions from the Stack Exchange (SE) network. I feel it is important to rephrase them here, and possible specify some extra guidelines specific to our site. ...
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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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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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Sociology questions

I am looking for terminology to describe a common collective social behavior. Is that question appropriate for this site? I could also ask on English, maybe, if I phrase it carefully. There's a ...
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When to make a new tag?

Two new tags have recently been added that I was unsure about, IQ and Excutive-Function. My reasoning behind this is that they seemed too specific and already covered by the tag of measurement. ...
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Every not established user can see vote counts

What's the use of the established user privilege They may view the vote counts on posts if anybody can acces the timeline of a post?
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Hunger, food, eating tag?

I feel as if we should have a tag for questions related to hunger, food, and eating. I.e., why do we like certain foods? What is the effect of food on us? How to regulate food intake? etc. We do have ...
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Answers posted within a minute of each other, references very similar

I have often wondered what would happen in this situation. This happened to me just moments ago - I had just researched several resources and got an answer together, and as about to post, when I was ...
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How should users respond to a perceived inaccuracy in an upvoted answer?

I recently requested that my upvoted answer be deleted, it was paraphrased (not copied) from a non-Wikipedia website and had a modern interpretation of Freud's Iceberg Model (from the article, not me -...
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What should our custom “Off Topic” close reasons be?

Stack Exchange has recently changed how questions get closed. Part of this change includes defining three custom messages to be used as additional information when closing as "Off Topic". “Off-...
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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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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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Are questions about the publication process in psychology and cognitive science permitted?

I recently asked what I believe is the first question on the site about the publication process rather than about substantive knowledge in psychology and cognitive science. What are the major changes ...
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What should an “accepted answer” mean on this site?

An "Accepted Answer" means something different on each Stack Exchange site. On some sites it's a functional question; this solution worked, full stop. We have a more subjective case. When should a ...
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Limits on the length of an answer

Earlier today Viren Jain, a world-leading expert in automated connectome reconstruction, posted an answer that I upvoted. It was short but contained a link to a paper that was highly relevant. However,...
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How much agreement is enough agreement?

When we have votes and discussions on Meta about aspects of the community like post standards, scope, close messages and other things that effectively require approval by the (diamond-having) ...
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Can we find useful, standard search filters?

Search filters Having recently discovered the power of SE's relatively extensive Advanced Search feature, thanks to Jeromy, I want to ask what if any search filters you use regularly when browsing ...
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Do we need the “reference request” tag?

I've noticed we get a few questions with the reference-request tag. Here are a few questions that have the tag: Is serotonin conclusively linked to depression? What is the primary mechanism behind ...
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Encouraging users to accept answers

There's many questions with multiple answers or one good answer that have no accepted answer. Two questions: Does this affect the sites beta status? Is there a way to encourage regular users to ...
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Let's get critical: May 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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Brain injury related tags

I asked a question in regards to Hemispatial Neglect, an acquired brain injury. I noticed we don't have any related tags yet as best I could tell. Should these be generically tagged as brain-injury ...
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How to respectfully engage with online communities?

I really like Reddit and I really like Stack Exchange. Reddit provides a great environment for community building, link sharing, and discussion. It does provide some support for questions and ...

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