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7:05 AM
Anyone uses Zotero with Firefox? Why sometimes it doesn't upload the pdf to my collection without even giving an error? Or why it couldn't upload the sci-hub pdf directly to my collection? (It only uploads the citation even when the pdf page is open in the tab)
 
 
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12:56 PM
@MartinSleziak Yes ! I have done this once. But a practical question: how to better contact a moderator? When I did it I flagged my own comment inviting another user to a frozen room, marking it with an explanation to the moderator. It did work, but raised my "declined" comments count. Is there a smartest way?..
 
1:28 PM
@Scientist Why not simply to try it the way recommended here: How do I unfreeze a frozen chat room?
They suggest to use The Assembly chatroom, indeed there were a few such requests in that room.
Probably asking in any chatroom where you're likely to find a moderator could work.
 
@MartinSleziak Hi, thanks! I will try some rooms next time.
 
1:49 PM
@Scientist It somewhat depends on what you want. If your request relates to a specific post and you want to contact any moderator (instead of a specific one), just flag it. If you want to talk to any moderator (of Academia SE) unrelated to a specific post, just ping a pingable moderator (e.g., me) in this room. Otherwise you can also raise a flag on one of your own posts or similar.
I really wouldn’t worry too much about your declined-flag count. The thresholds for a flag ban are pretty high – you have to massively abuse the system to hit them. Also, if your flagging behaviour is inappropriate, we moderators will tell you. Nobody is going to bite your head off for one flag.
 
2:20 PM
@Wrzlprmft Thanks! That makes sense ! There is a room I often need to unfreeze, because it contains a lot of useful comments to some OP around a same topic (working in China).
 
@Scientist Is there an ongoing discussion in that room? Because if there isn’t, there is no need to unfreeze.
 
I actually started getting wary about flag counts rather recently because I started interacting in another community where users chat a lot in comments threads (whilst chat rooms are kept dead). I started flagging chatty & snarky comments around and 90% get declined!.. I learnt each SE community has a different culture.
 
@Scientist Which one was it? (just being curious)
 
@Wrzlprmft No, the room is empty and inactive at the moment, but eventually some new may OP come back with related doubts, and I find it useful to direct to that same room. Where also older users come back to add remarks.
 
@Scientist How would a new user find such a room, let alone get the idea to post there, unless it’s actually active?
 
2:28 PM
@Wrzlprmft For the while I cannot answer that as it potentially breaches info about me. I am staying anonymous in Academia SE for a bit longer...
@Wrzlprmft When a given user starts shooting questions about China in comments I recommend chat in that specific room.
 
Well, you can use that freeze-prevention bot, we use for the Outreach Department. I wouldn’t object to it. (I can also unfreeze the room to get you going.) I am still pessimistic about this gaining much attraction.
It would probably be better to have some good questions with good answers on the main site to show off that we have expertise.
 
@Wrzlprmft Thanks ! I will look into that! (In case another colleagues shows up all lost & confused around Chinese academia)
 

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