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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 10/2012 - 12/2014) [duplicate]

The purpose of this thread is to help focus the attention of the community on posts that may require exceptional handling. This includes requests for reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be ...
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How to ask a good question.

How to ask a good question. This thread has advice on the following aspects of writing a good question on this site. Each item in this list links to an answer below about that specific aspect of ...
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Examples of poor review audits

Since threads about review audits seem to be turning up fairly frequently now, it seemed like a good idea to open a thread to collect examples of those audits where people failed but feel like they ...
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How to ask a homework question

How to ask a homework question Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't you ...
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Two announcements: new "FAQ" and new "closure rules"

I want to point everybody's attention to two changes that will impact your user-experience here on Math.SE The first you may have already noticed: the old FAQ page has been replaced by a "help center"...
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The "off-topic" close reason about homework questions

EDIT: There is now a new standard close reason that doesn't mention homework. (No TL;DR, please just read the question.) Background The new close reasons contain a designated option for homework ...
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homework questions, again

I have no sympathy for people just copying the text of the homework questions to the site (sometimes they even scan the page, to avoid having to write the text...) On the other side, I believe that ...
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PSQ and the FAQ

There's a lot of talk about PSQ (problem statement questions). It was recently suggested in this question that PSQ should be an issue at the upcoming election. From the aforementioned question: "...
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Allow question to be closed for low effort

I do like helping people out on exercises but I see way too many questions with little to no effort in trying to solve. I think these people are just asking to get their assignments done. I don't ...
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Overemphasis of context? [duplicate]

After collecting little experience in MSE, it appears to me that the demand for context might be overemphasised. That has two bad consequences: (1) If you are not only allowed but even required to ...
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Additional close reason

In this thread: Two announcements: new "FAQ" and new "closure rules" we had strong agreement for an additional reason in the "close" dialog box. Please add this reason to the ...
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Misused(?) closing votes.

I recently hit the 3k reputation bar and so got the privilege to vote to close questions. What strikes me is that most of the closing proposal are about questions of the form "[Some problem]. Please ...
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reasons for closing questions: off topic vs homework

I read The "off-topic" close reason about homework questions , agreed with the rationale behind it, and so I started to use "off topic" instead of "homework" when I found a question which ...
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