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Make titles short and concise

There is tendency to make long titles, with redundant information inside. When a title has two lines it (usually) is bad for readability. There is a reason why question has body - to provide the ...
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To what extent should we allow questions asking for research about a general subject?

As Seth Rogers posted as a reply to another discussion: I would hate to see a bunch of "has there ever been a study about x influencing y" questions- which is already happening. A quick search ...
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Emphasizing OP's lack of background when they ask unclear questions?

I don't think this question is unclear at all: How can someone prove that he knows you more than yourself? I know about personalities of some people, but I cannot prove it through valid ...
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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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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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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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Attraction, sexuality and love tags

We have two tags for attraction (2 questions) and physical-attraction (29 questions). attraction is a newly added broader one, but so far not in use. What do we do with these tags? Other related ...
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Site description for the cogsci.SE facebook page

Please write a short sexy site description for the info section of the cogsci.SE Facebook page. The text should: address our target audience of "researchers, academics, students ... in the "...
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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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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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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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What to do with bad accepted answers

If you run this query it flags questions such as Where do our memories get stored and how are they retrieved again? where neither answer is good (-2 and -5 in vote scores) yet in this example, the -5 ...
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“I have X, how common is X?”: self help question, or not?

Personally, I find Cognitive Sciences' close vote message "Questions about the behavior of an individual person are off-topic. If you are concerned about a potential medical issue, please seek the ...
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Please be more careful with tags such as [cognitive-modeling]

One of the only ways I can still browse CogSci.SE is by using tags. However, it seems that people are not being careful with tags. Can we do something about this? In particular, I was recently ...
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Do we need a tag for meta-psychological questions, and what could it be named?

Maybe I'm alone with this, but I'm very much interested in the history, philosophy of science, sociology, and educational practices of our sciences. Why do we research what we research, and not ...
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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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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

You lost your “beta” label in 2019, so welcome to your very first edition of Community Promotion Ads, for the year of 2020! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are community-...
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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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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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Should we remove answers to self-help questions?

Sometimes, an answer will be posted to a self-help question before it is closed. For example, this recent question got an answer (https://cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/8870/why-people-get-mad-...
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Which settings should we choose for the posts to the cogsci.SE Facebook page?

In my last comment to Josh's answer I have announced that I wanted to set up an app that would read the site feed and post the questions to Facebook. I have now set up that app, and the first three ...
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Area 51 Milestone: Avid site users reaches “excellent” status: August 2013

I just noticed we reached another site milestone. Our site now meets all the Area 51 requirements for achieving "excellent" status when it comes to avid users. I.e., we have 5+ 3,000 rep users; 10+ 2,...
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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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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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Repeated, specific questions on comp neurosci software

There's been a rash of very specific questions about how to use the interface for a computational neuroscience software program. I know we have discussed this to a certain extent here, but I am ...
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Do we like the “correlation” tag?

I noticed this morning that we now have a correlation tag, with three questions and a large number of pending suggested edits to add questions to this tag. This tag doesn't talk about an area of ...
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Are cognitive sciences actually being… scientific?

I came here searching a board to ask psychological (or rather psychiatric) questions. But I mean scientific questions - that's why is something happening based on evidence - not an opinion. I've read ...
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Are questions about education theory on topic here?

I've recently read Mindstorms by Seymour Papert and I'm currently reading The Educated Mind by Kieran Egan. I've got a few questions about the intersection between these two and their application. ...
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Citation or Link needs to be mandatory in questions

I am going to argue that a citation or link needs to be mandatory for every question, otherwise the question should be closed. I recognise that this a perennial question and proposition that has been ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 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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Spring cleaning

I've been systematically going through old unanswered posts and flagging any that aren't answerable. There seem to be a lot of borderline posts where the post is not amenable to interpretation as-is, ...
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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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the dollar sign and the `` are not showing correctly

If I use $15 in the editor sometimes it's showing weird characters. here, I removed the $ to make my answer readable, but if you have high rep you can roll back the edit and I guess you could see it.
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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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Neurobiology Rivalries, part V, A Newer Hope?

This question was encouraged by @ChuckSherrington in relation to the question "What regulates the strength of motoric signals?". The on- or off-topicness of neurobiology questions has been actively ...
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Are the amount of unanswered questions of concern?

I just checked, we have over 170 unanswered questions here (including 5 out my 6), is this of concern? The unanswered questions are up to 16 up votes. I think I am going to stop asking questions and ...
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Etiquette: responding in comments to thank-yous

In the case where someone answers a question, and the asker or someone else thanks the answerer for the answer in a comment, is site etiquette (A) to respond with a "you're welcome" comment, since ...
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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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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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Controversial questions

Consider this question: Do porn and other remotely perceived entertainments work because of Mirror Neurons? This touches on a very controversial topic in Cog Sci, the idea of mirror neurons. Many ...
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Is my question about free will and law on-topic?

Earlier I posted a question about free will. By the time I got around to checking my stackexchange account, my question had been migrated to Law SE, put on hold there, and now I can’t even comment. ...
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Answers that are personal experience: discouraged? How?

I know we discourage questions that are primarily personal experience, but what about answers? I see them pretty frequently (like the bottom answer here), and to my mind they rarely contribute to the ...
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Profile and header image for the cogsci.SE facebook page

Please suggest a profile and header image for the cogsci.SE Facebook page. Either describe your idea, or post the (or an example) image. Make sure you have the right to that image, that it is in the ...
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Should we do a cleanup prior to the public beta? [closed]

A couple guidelines for the site have been discussed, and on some of them there seems to be a consensus. Would it be beneficial to push some of the undecided ones through prior to going into public ...
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Are questions about cognitive aspect of spirituality on-topic?

If there is no god from where does spiritual feeling came from This question asks (emphasis mine): I can't differentiate if spiritual feeling is because of my childhood memory or is genetically ...
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Edits that change the question at issue

I'm new to approving edits, so I'm interested in how other edit-approvers handle situations like this. This question (which is, IMO, not a good one as it stands) has a suggested edit which, while it ...
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Simple tag synonym suggestions

Some tag synonym suggestions just don't require that much conversation to settle. That's why I prefer to consolidate simple synonym suggestions as answers to one big meta-question, which I'm starting ...
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Let's create a Facebook page for cogsci.SE

In reply to other questions about how we can promote the site and thereby solve a score of our current problems, I suggest we create a Facebook page for CogSci.SE What for? The majority of students ...
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How to deal with questions that have a perfect answer on Wikipedia?

I'm often annoyed at questions that Wikipedia answers comprehensively and with quotable references. On the one hand, asking such a question shows a lack of initial research. On programming Q&A ...
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Do we need private messages?

I guess this has been discussed on other SE sites, but I'm interested in the opinions on cogsci.SE specifically: I feel this site misses a system to send private messages to other members. People ...

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