I recently answered my own question here and decided to lay out most of the mathematical procedure I took to solve the problem. My only concern is that this answer seems very long and I was wondering how I should treat it.

On the one hand, I wanted someone lost like me to be able to follow the path I took and understand my solution, but on the other hand, I might have put too much redundant detail.

What is the community's take on this?

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    $\begingroup$ I've posted longer. Wanting other people to understand the motivation for a solution is itself important for future users, IMO. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7 at 21:30
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    $\begingroup$ You don't know what "long" is, Gyoo, until you've seen the question and answer at math.stackexchange.com/questions/4911385/… $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7 at 21:55
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    $\begingroup$ Just give you an upvote, for the length of the answer ;). $\endgroup$
    – NN2
    Commented Jun 8 at 20:21
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, it'll be a change from the downvotes I usualy get... $\endgroup$
    – Gyoo
    Commented Jun 8 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ Is this too long of an answer? (As per MSE's data query the two answers combined have $85028$ characters). $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 7:21

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There is a limited post length. You didn't hit it. (You weren't even very close).

There is nothing intrisically good or bad about the exact length of an answer. Give as much of an answer as you need. Being completely encyclopedic is probably as a waste of the answerer's time. Being too curt is probably unhelpful. But there is a lot of leeway in the middle.

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    $\begingroup$ Just wondering, how long is the post length limit you mentioned? $\endgroup$
    – GSmith
    Commented Jun 8 at 0:49
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    $\begingroup$ @GSmith 30000 characters, according to: A[n] [In]complete Character-Limiting Guide to Stack Exchange. This FAQ post is linked in the character-limit tag-info on this meta and on Meta Stack Exchange. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 8 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for telling me the limit, ( not that I will most likely reach it :-) ) $\endgroup$
    – GSmith
    Commented Jun 8 at 1:19
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    $\begingroup$ Speaking from experience, it's frustrating when you have a polished ~32000 character answer and then have to trim it down to fit $\endgroup$
    – Mark S.
    Commented Jun 10 at 0:59

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