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It's Identity-Crisis time

Three years ago, September 18 2013 I posted a question in Area 51 exploring whether a 2nd attempt to launch an economics.se seemed to have a chance to succeed. It wasn't a site proposal proper, just ...
Alecos Papadopoulos's user avatar
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We need more PHDs/Professionals on this site/why are we not getting them

As economists they understand a number of facts: There are network effects: being on the site as a professional economist is more valuable when other professional economists are here, But being a ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
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Questions of “poor taste”

On the Ancestry: I agree the question's reference to the ethnic group was eyebrow raising (In fact I am partially through my grandmother part of the ethnic group that was referred to in the post so ...
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Econ.SE Potential Moderator Election -- Community Interest Check

Please leave an answer if you'd be willing to run for a moderator position, should we decide to run an election. I would be willing to run if there was an election. If desired, please leave an ...
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Experts: how do you view these kinds of questions?

Vote up if you agree with the following: I like to see/answer technical, specific, graduate-level questions on this site. This site should be a primary destination for drawing on the kind of high-...
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Bad in my opinion vs. low quality

According to this answer on Meta.SE: You should Delete a post If the post is rude or offensive [possibly flag] [ANS] If the answer asks another question [ANS] If an answer is actually a ...
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Who are PhDs and PhD candidates on this site?

I am an econ PhD (working in IO). I feel a little pessimistic about the viability of an econ overflow site. We initially tried to moderate this site to be focused on professional-level economics, ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
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Why are you not answering questions?

I completely agree with Adam Bailey's comment. Another reason could be that many (unanswered) questions seem to be posted by new users who join the site just to ask that one question and never come ...
BB King's user avatar
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Why are you not answering questions?

Looking at the list of unanswered questions, I suspect part of the reason might be that there aren't enough experts on the site. Most of the questions I see listed there are fairly long and ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
8 votes

Are questions about voting systems on topic?

The obvious answer is "questions about the economics of voting systems are on topic here". That's a bit vague, but I guess as a minimum it would include questions about the incentives created by ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
8 votes

Experts: how do you view these kinds of questions?

Vote up if you agree with the following: I like to see/answer reference request questions on this site. These questions are easy to answer if I happen to know a relevant reference. Helping active ...
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Nominating Possible New Moderators

I would like to offer up myself, Kitsune Cavalry, for nomination. Now I know what some of you veterans are probably thinking. Kitsune is nothing but a rabble-rousing charlatan, who has built a ...
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How to deal with poor behaviour and rants

Here's the formula I try to apply: Be fairly willing to delete bad comments on the spot. Be ready to cast the deciding vote (e.g., to close a post) iff there are already a few votes from the ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
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Should we have a tag for Family Economics?

Here are some relevant parts of the JEL classification, which might offer some guidance ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
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Who are PhDs and PhD candidates on this site?

I am a recent Econ PhD graduate with research interests primarily in public finance. Like Ubiquitous, I also feel pessimistic about the viability of an econ overflow site.
BB King's user avatar
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Proposal to make the site more useful for experts (PhDs, academics, professionals)

Tag all beginner questions with beginner tag My proposed solution, copy-and-pasted from the question. Short description: Require that each question that isn't an "expert-level question" be ...
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Update Policy for Low-Quality Answers: Citations Required

Here is my proposed FAQ on answers, the text is based on mashup of ideas in and under the two other answers of HerK and Jmbejara, as well as putting them into appropriate FAQ format (i.e. this FAQ has ...
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Should we reduce the number of votes required to close from 5 to 3 close votes?

I think this would be a beneficial change. It doesn't give a good impression of the site when low-quality questions take a long time to be closed, and perhaps in the meantime receive low-quality ...
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Should I downvote valid answers to off-topic questions

My gut feeling would be no. But then I read this: Should one downvote answers to off-topic questions? It seems like the accepted approach in the broader SE community is that answers to off-topic ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
7 votes

Should I downvote valid answers to off-topic questions

Downvoting correct answers because you do not like the question is not ever appropriate. If you believe the question is not off-topic, vote to close or move the question. That's what that option is ...
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Nominating Possible New Moderators

I am abstaining from making a nomination (but the nominations made so far are great and the extra pair of hands would be very welcome as I have said elsewhere). As Kitsune said, the best place to ...
Ubiquitous's user avatar
7 votes

Changing sub-title for our SE

The sub-title that I proposed has received 15 upvotes (and no downvotes) in the original thread. Don't these count towards a decision? Why a "new consensus" is needed? Because it has been 10 months ...
Alecos Papadopoulos's user avatar
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Evaluating homework question effort

I consider this question to be a good example of an admissible homework question. The OP states the problem clearly enough, it presents his solution, then states what's troubling him with the solution ...
Alecos Papadopoulos's user avatar
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Is this correct

Yes. To cover the required answer-length threshold, confirmation is a useful tool in the educational process. The issue is "does it add valuable content to the site?" If the answer is "No", ...
Alecos Papadopoulos's user avatar
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1403 days in the beta

Regarding the 2nd point, of engagement, I think that the site needs to deal with real life issues and not just theory. the world is full with economic issues that should get their proper place on the ...
Guy Louzon's user avatar
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Econ.SE Site Graduation -- 2019 Potential New Year's Resolutions for Our Community

Resolution 3 We should vote more. I still don't exactly know if people agree with my characterization of how we vote, but for whatever reason our community tends to have a lot of indifferent voting. ...
Kitsune Cavalry's user avatar
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Econ.SE Potential Moderator Election -- Community Interest Check

If there is a need for a number of candidates, I will also announce my intention to run. I'm afraid my philosophy of moderation is rather polarizing, so I will lay it out in advance: I'm in favor of ...
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Two tags for the United States

I set usa and united-states to be tag synonyms. This should solve your problem because if someone uses synonym question will be automatically re-tagged with master tag. We could also merge them but I ...
1muflon1's user avatar
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7 votes

Should we reduce the number of votes required to close from 5 to 3 close votes?

Yes, I'm strongly in favor of that!
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Is it reasonable to ask SE for help walking through econ papers?

I think it would be ok as long as the question is specific and is reasonably self-contained. Here is a question that I asked earlier that you might use as an example: Derivation on p.99 of Salanie, ...
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