The question Simple infinite series question was answered in the comments, then deleted by OP. I have voted to undelete, on the grounds that the question was no simpler than lots of the questions posted at m.se, and the comments might help someone in the future. Anyone else care to vote to undelete?

  • $\begingroup$ If we undelete, maybe we can censor the potentially offensive exclamation by the OP towards the end of the dialogue :) $\endgroup$ – The Chaz 2.0 Mar 27 '12 at 5:57
  • $\begingroup$ Why not add an answer in the first place? See: meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/1559/… $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Mar 27 '12 at 6:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Ary: Maybe my teaching style is not a good fit for a "Q&A" site. Often I prefer a more socratic (less "spoonfed") approach to the learning process. Eventually my comments may turn into an answer, but when I'm the first and only commenter for a few minutes, it seems harmless - until the OP deletes the question, of course! $\endgroup$ – The Chaz 2.0 Mar 27 '12 at 6:03
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    $\begingroup$ Unrelated to the case at hand, another option, which you do not mention, is the reverse move: to delete as many of said (bad) questions as possible, on the ground that each of them dilutes in effect the overall value of the site by making it more difficult to find the good ones. $\endgroup$ – Did Mar 27 '12 at 6:10
  • $\begingroup$ @TheChaz: You can always start off with an answer and edit it later, while keeping the discussion localized to the comments of the answer rather than the question. Imagine if different people started off in the comments to the question, there would be too much noise. Anyway, this is just a suggestion, but I do want to emphasize that the site does encourage having content in the form of answers, rather than comments (up/downvoting/full text searching/community user bumping questions etc). $\endgroup$ – Aryabhata Mar 27 '12 at 6:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Ary: I will take that into consideration. Thanks for your input. $\endgroup$ – The Chaz 2.0 Mar 27 '12 at 6:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Didier, we'd have to have a community consensus on what makes a question bad, and I'm not sure we have that. Or possibly the questions we'd all agree are bad are already being deleted. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Mar 27 '12 at 12:13

The question is reopened, and I have answered it.

Now there is a whole other discussion going on in the comments!


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