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  1. Infernus

    You're making a lot of claims that have no evidence to back them up, this is in the debating subforum and evidence is key to ensure that your argument is solid and not just speculation. How does locality have anything to do with credibility? Could you provide a source demonstrating that international organisations which review universities are inaccurate compared to Australian organisations, or better yet show that THE is less accurate than Australian organisations? It may appear like locality is important here, as it probably is with many other things, but extrapolations like those you made are unfounded without evidence to support them. Also UQ does indeed refer to THE if you look at the last link.
  2. Infernus

    You stated that the other source was unreliable though, I am not questioning whether gooduniversities is a reliable source. The source I gave lists results very similar to Times Higher Education's university rankings for Australia, which demonstrates it to be credible. Most of Australia's top universities cite Times Higher Education (or QS which is also similar) as a source in their own promotional materials, which show it to be a credible source. https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/09/13/university-rankings-how-do-they-work-and-are-they-important.html https://www.monash.edu/study/why-choose-monash/our-rankings https://about.unimelb.edu.au/facts-and-figures https://services.anu.edu.au/planning-governance/performance-measurement/world-rankings https://research.uq.edu.au/about/international-rankings
  3. Infernus

    Just wondering if you have a source for that? Other lists such as this also state they're not in the top 20: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-australia According to Wikipedia: (Times Higher Education (THE), formerly The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), is a weekly magazine based in London, reporting specifically on news and issues related to higher education. It is the United Kingdom's leading publication in its field)
  4. Infernus

    I wouldn't worry too much. This is mostly false and seems to just be the product of an opinion piece by The Australian being regurgitated and sensationalised without much additional research being performed. The headlines stating that universities have "banned sarcasm" are definitely false, but there is truth to them punishing for using sarcasm in certain ways. The actual document that most news sources are referring to is this one here: https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.70.06-discrimination-and-harassment. The Australian also mentions West Sydney University and Murdoch University, but as neither of them are even in the top 20 Australian universities according to this, so I wouldn't imagine them to be trend-setters and, therefore have forgone looking into them. I couldn't find any documents produced by the University of Queensland stating that sarcasm as a whole was "violence", but I'm assuming that is being said because it is being listed as a violent action in certain contexts. Below is an excerpt from University of Queensland's anti-discrimination policy, regarding the part most relevant to what the news sources have been reporting on, but I'd implore you to read the entire document for a better understanding. Essentially it just lists pretty common-sense ways that someone can bully others, but I can potentially see people getting worried about it if you take the sarcasm part out of context and aren't aware of the rest of the document. Additionally it states "but is not limited to" which makes me think that these would be taken as guidelines rather than strict rules, especially since you would have to determine what a "reasonable person" is in this context.
  5. lets give infernus forum mod XDD

  6. Wow its the manager who left us with Smelly bat

  7. you're not welcome here

    1. bat


      jokes how's it going

    2. Infernus


      wow treating me like this after you rudely invite me to melon bomber and then leave halfway through

    3. bat


      true tbh fam