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Multi-Massive Research — any interest in this?

all. I know several of us here are professional economists and/or PhD students. I am curious if anyone here has interest in participating in, what I think* would be, the first attempt at multi-...
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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, ...
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Econ.SE Site Graduation — 2019 Potential New Year's Resolutions for Our Community

The New Year quickly approaches, and the site is fairly mellow these holiday seasons. It gives one some time for reflection. (This is a long post, and if you want the nitty-gritty you can read just ...
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Are economics related code requests on-topic?

Specifically I was wondering about this question. It is definitely economics related, but once one writes down some equations it seems more like a computer science problem.
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How come specific questions get much more exposure than others?

I notices that most questions on the economics site get very few views, One large anomaly, is this question: Car prices haven't changed in 20 years, no inflation? I can only assume that this ...
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Would this question be off-topic?

I would like to ask about statistics on how many imported good and services have tariffs in US. I dont know why but I have the feeling this might be offtopic somehow. Would this question be off-topic?
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1403 days in the beta

An update from our previous check up on the health of the site. The important stuff, like % answered and answer ratio are still about the same. Questions per day is up, but perhaps that is due to ...
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Do we need a liberalism tag

I just saw we have a liberalism tag. https://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/liberalism Do we really need this? It does not seem to be on-topic for the site. If we agree that we don't ...
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“EconSpark”: The AEA's new forum

Just wanted to draw people's attention on "EconSpark", the AEA's new: https://www.aeaweb.org/economics-discussion-forum. Although there might be some overlap, I believe EconSpark and EconSE are ...
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Econ stack exchange versus math stack exchange

I know this not a perfect question. But I think that math stack exchange works better than Econ stack exchange because more people on math stack exchange are helpful, gentle and wise and give more ...
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Homework questions with effort by someone other than the poster

This is a continuation of Homework questions with scans of notes/exam papers. Was I correct to approve the following edit, in which a user (not the OP) converts the scanned images into Mathjax? ...
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Update to Homework Policy 2018

As a follow up to the post made by my fellow moderator ubiquitous Homework questions with scans of notes/exam papers An additional stanza will be added to our site's homework policy. however some ...
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Homework questions with scans of notes/exam papers

We have a user who is asking lots of questions like Cournot competition question or Consumer theory with lump sum fee I don't like them (the questions)!They are homework questions that nominally ...
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Why are discussion questions not encouraged if Economics is a social science?

While often called the dismal science, economics is a social science at the end of the day. Social sciences don't have absolute truths and thus require debate and discussion. I thus feel that by not ...
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User with multiple accounts

What's the community's take on users with multiple accounts? The case I have in mind concerns a user (ID1/ID2/ID3) who frequently asks homework-type questions (some with shown effort, others without)...
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Is this correct

Over the post few weeks there have been several "Is this correct?" questions. It seems like this is a weird fit for SE, but on the general meta (based on Stackoverflow context) they seem to encourage ...
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OP answering his/her own question right after posting it

I'm referring to what are the essential aspects of the Keynes revolution in economic theory are? The question is asked on 2018-04-30 14:58:50 and the OP supplied an answer to it less than three ...
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6 Visitors to Econ.SE daily?

A strange statistic on the site activity is being posted. Why is this the case? On the main site:
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Economics.SE: A call for papers

In an attempt to put together something to represent the site I'd like to propose putting together a collection of working papers and articles written by regular contributors of the site. I'd like ...
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Congratulations on the book we all wrote

Just for your entertainment: There is a guy, George Duckett, who webscraped most SE sites and "published" the content into "books". Now he also has one for Economics, and if you have answered some ...
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Getting rich via in-group signals

There is an answer on the main site which purports to portray the sitting American president as a bit of a simpleton (which I may or may not agree with). The problem is that while doing this the ...
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How long should I wait before accepting an answer?

I recently asked two questions for which I would like to receive multiple answers: What are some results in Economics that are both a consensus and far from common sense? What are some important ...
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Can I ask the following discussion question?

So I'm working through the textbook " Introducing Advanced Macroeconomics: Growth and Business Cycles" by Sorrenson. I have noticed that it's very equation and math heavy, while I do enjoy maths, it ...
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Is this question on-topic?

I am scared to put my money in a bank in my country because it is in debt and I'm afraid the bank won't be able to preserve it in the future, I want to ask whether it would be safe and what would be ...
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Are Questions on Supply Chain Management on topic?

I noticed there are some questions that are more specifically in the category of supply chain management floating around the site. Namely: How to proceed with safety stock calculation when demand is ...
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You want Academia? Then look like Academia, to begin with

An answer by @Ubiquitous reminded me of a past discussion 3 years ago about using the JEL classification system for tagging in economics.se I am bringing the issue up once more, and I make the ...
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Should we have a tag for Family Economics?

In this question, the OP points out that we have no tag for Family Economics, which can reasonably be claimed to be a sub-field of economics (see here). My only doubt about having such a tag is ...
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How should we deal with questions from topics that overlap with other stack exchange sites?

How should we deal with questions from topics that overlaps with other stack exchange sites? Although in many cases it's clear that a question doesn't belong on one site and definitely belongs on ...
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Bad in my opinion vs. low quality

In the review queue for low quality answers I came across this answer. The answer is pretty bad in my opinion, it lacks rigour, etc. Yet it is an attempt to answer the question, not spam or vandalism. ...
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Are Questions regarding Marxism and communism on topic?

We've been getting alot of questions regarding marxist schools of thought. If these questions were regarding the mathematics and empirics that exists in some neomarxian models such as the Feldman ...
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Review enforcement

The site has a user who has very high review stats in several queues. And his usual review answers are "Looks OK", "Leave Open", "Repoen", etc. https://economics.stackexchange.com/review/first-posts/...
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Are actuarial and technology related questions on topic here?

Recent advances in information technology might influence the actuarial science. Would be question from this interdisciplinary domain be on topic here? Example: What are actuarial implications of ...
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Should I create a question for a proof of a theorem and answer it?

I was looking for a proof of the von Neumann Morgenstern Theorem (That the axioms lead to a unique utility function which is linear in probability). The best thing I could find was a sketch of the ...
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Unclear question? Please insist on clarification

Sometimes an unclear question is posted. You have an inkling what the OP means, or you think you do. Some people in this case answer their interpretation of the question. I think this is bad practice, ...
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Who runs the Econ SE Twitter account and how can we reactivate it?

So I've been looking at the Economics SE Twitter account and am wondering who runs it and is it possible to reactivate it? The pros of having a network Twitter account would be: Promotion of site ...
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Econ SE open source Journal Proposal

Based on this suggestion, I'm taking initiative for proposing the first Economics.Se open source Journal. The standards for entry are undetermined, but right now I just want to see if there is ...
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Acceptable questions Revisited

Some questions are hard to be classified as homework, but they are nevertheless very basic. Such as this one and this one. For these questions, it's hard to urge the OP to "show more effort", since ...
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EconOverflow: Yay or Nay?

Based on this question, I've decided to ask mine. So, what would be the pros and cons of creating a EconOverflow? I ask this, but I assume that most who would commit to the overflow, would abide ...
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We need more PHDs/Professionals on this site/why are we not getting them

I dont know if this is a rant so please downvote/vote to close if need be. This week I actively approached a couple of professors and working economists I know and told them about the site. Most of ...
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Site data Nov 2016 Oct 2017

Back in May-Aug 2015, we had weekly visits around $4,000$ per week, and declining votes that had reached below $200$ per week. At September 2016 visits for the pat-12-months were at around $10,000$ ...
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Self-destructive users: let them go or bring them back?

I just want to know how does the site want to approach self destructive users? A self destructive user in this context is a user who has contributed to the site and now wishes to delete their ...
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Are questions about undefined terms on-topic?

I am struggling to understand why the question "Is a small business owner without employees a capitalist?" is on-topic. Yes, it is about a topic related to the economy (not economics though) and the ...
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Why are we still in beta?

Im just wondering. Why is Econ SE still in beta in-spite of having a strong committed community? What is stopping us from progressing to the next stage of site development?
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Should we make Alecos post more riddles or trick questions? =D

Well, after this question by Alecos, I was left wondering if it wouldn't be nice to promote this type of questions? Maybe in a blog associated with this community. What do you think?
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Reasonable Interpretations of Poorly Worded Questions

Is there room for "reasonable" interpretations of questions, when those questions are somewhat poorly worded, and there is enough information around the question that (perhaps strongly) supports the ...
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Ranking of votes by reputation among top (+1k) users

I created a small query to produce a list of number of votes per reputation among +1k users (49 in total). This is, in my view, one of the many indicator of relative contribution to the site. Voting ...
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Downvotes in cryptocurrency posts

I've noticed that a few posts related to cryptocurrencies have constantly all the answers downvoted: This one from this week had a downvote for both answers, without comments (i upvoted the other ...
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Is a graduate homework question acceptable?

I just stumbled on a graduate level question which is not marked or mentioned as a homework question, though the OP even posted the whole picture of the question without detailing his attempts. I am ...
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How to deal with poor behaviour and rants

As a mod on this site, I've gotten into trouble from the community for making decisions on my own. However, I'm surprised to see that some users choose to use this site as a ranting place and have ...
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Do we get more homework questions on economics than on statistics? If so, why?

I am active both on economics and cross-validated stackexchange and I've noted a LOT more homework questions at this site (including a lot of effort-less ones), than on cross-validated. Given that, ...