On my answer here to this question: is $0.\overline{99}$ the same as $\lim_{x \to 1} x$? (yes it is a bit old) I was downvoted by a moderator. I am trying to understand what is wrong with my answer. Since a moderator downvoted me, I am taking it seriously.

  1. How can I best get feedback on my answer?
  2. If that would be here, then I would appreciate any such feedback so that I can improve.

The comment thread is already very long so chat is probably the best place to discuss this.


You got a downvote from a user who happens to be a moderator. Downvotes from moderators do not carry any extra weight: mods are not chosen for their mathematical prowess.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer. So it is fine to ask here on meta for feedback on answers? $\endgroup$ – Thomas Dec 16 '12 at 3:34
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think so. Ask in a comment to the answer in question! $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Dec 16 '12 at 3:36
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    $\begingroup$ I tried that, but I didn't get a reason that I understood. I was thinking about suggesting that there could be a place for getting feedback on questions and answers. Sort of like a review. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Dec 16 '12 at 3:38
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    $\begingroup$ The place to get feedback is there. $\endgroup$ – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez Dec 16 '12 at 3:45
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, this would be true in an ideal world. If all moderators that were elected had the highest reputation between the candidates at the time; and if to some degree reputation correlates with mathematical prowess... you can make the final deduction. :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 16 '12 at 6:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: are you quite sure I had among the higher rep at the time? I thought my rep was (and is) quite low comparatively speaking. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Dec 17 '12 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: Are you sure, there weren't many contenders at that election. I suppose we can write a SQL query to verify that. But even if you're the exception, you're the only exception. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Dec 17 '12 at 12:36
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: Yes, mine was definitely lower than Robin, Akhil, Qiaochu. Tim Wagner was close: his reputation on Dec 10, 2010 was ~3900. Mine was ~2600. :-) (No SQL required. Just a hand-held tabulator.) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Dec 17 '12 at 13:09

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