My main example is How can I evaluate $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \frac{n\cdot 2^n }{3^n}$? with Improving answer about evaluation of $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \frac{n\cdot 2^n }{3^n}$ as a related issue.

I have no problem with the robust debate over site protocols. And I think we all want to help the people who post questions on the site to post good questions.

As the site develops, many common questions have answers or near answers, and the curation of this may become an issue.

I also appreciate that I am not a professional mathematician, though some years ago that was a viable life path, and people I knew, or whose names I recognise, are making phenomenal contributions both to mathematics and to the site. My goal for being here differs a bit from the goal of the site. I enjoy maths and want to help others to learn to enjoy as well. The site is for good questions and good answers. There is a substantial overlap, but where I am on the wrong side of things, I don't mind being told off, down voted etc. I've never been part of a good mathematical community where debate was not robust.

But I do question how robust debate amongst regulars might be off-putting to people who are dipping their toes in the water of the site. The person who posted the question referenced above might be rather bemused at the response. As I noted in my comment on the question, the best reason for closing is a really helpful duplicate.

So how do we best conduct robust debate without accidentally personalising it in an unhelpful way?

  • $\begingroup$ "The person who posted the question referenced above" Which question are you referring to? Are you talking about rave or gimusi? $\endgroup$
    – JRN
    Jan 8, 2018 at 0:56
  • $\begingroup$ @JoelReyesNoche The original question was Rave, who looks pretty new to the site. $\endgroup$ Jan 8, 2018 at 6:06
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    $\begingroup$ @user296602 I think there are rather diverse opinions on what this site is/should be. Even without defining in more detail what you mean by "help website", not everybody would agree with your statement that this is just a math help website, or at least many users do not see this as the main characteristics of the site. There was a previous discussion about this: What is the purpose of this site? $\endgroup$ Jan 8, 2018 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ @user296602 Well, may be you missed that to many of us the site is a repository of math knowledge and to us it is definitely NOT a help site. There is a full spectrum of views of what the site should be/is/should become (see Martin's link). We are continuously in the process of searching for ways of accomodating as wide a range of views as possible. But this necessitates compromises, and will not accomodate all views. $\endgroup$ Jan 8, 2018 at 8:03


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