I am looking for moral support to help me resist or give in to my temptation to delete the irritating "cute" picture from this not very interesting question "If everyone in front of you is bald, then you're bald." Does this logically mean that the first person is bald?.

Should graphics with no useful mathematical content be encouraged or discouraged?

  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps this should be tagged (specific-question). Well, unless this question is just an illustration and you want discuss a more general issue. (In which case this should probably be stated more clearly in the post.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Feb 24 '16 at 6:39
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    $\begingroup$ Let's not split hairs about bald persons. $\endgroup$ – Georges Elencwajg Feb 26 '16 at 18:00

They should be discouraged. It's bad enough when MathJax takes a while to render, and on top of that I have to wait for some irrelevant photo or graphic to load? No thanks.

This is a different issue from those who don't know how to type the most basic symbols so they just take a picture with their cellphone of the textbook page, and it's also a different issue from people like me who don't know how to use TikzPlot or similar packages to draw simple straightedge and compass diagrams.


The queue picture with stock image watermark is not even cute... and the question could use a couple more tags, as well as the un-abbreviation of "IMO". So I did that. Generally, I think it's an overkill to ask on meta about a particular edit. Draws too much attention to something that doesn't really merit it. Edits exist for a purpose, and tools for rolling back harmful edits exist as well.

I'm writing this mostly because you reminded me of the famous Find out who's going to buy the croissants question on Stack Overflow, which featured an oversized image. It caused a lot of consternation back in the days.

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    $\begingroup$ So, you are telling me that if I don't know what is good or bad practice on MSE, then it is overkill for me to ask a question about it on meta MSE. So what is the purpose of meta MSE? $\endgroup$ – Rob Arthan Feb 23 '16 at 23:08
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    $\begingroup$ If we were overwhelmed by trivialities, then I'd agree with the criticism; but we're not, and I think the more general question posed in the second paragraph is useful to have, @RobArthan. $\endgroup$ – user296602 Feb 24 '16 at 2:58
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    $\begingroup$ It isn’t important enough to restore the picture, but I think that removing it was humorless and a bit petty. $\endgroup$ – Brian M. Scott Feb 24 '16 at 4:45

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