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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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List of comment templates

Inspired by this question on meta.cstheory.SE. The post at meta.Tex.SE is quite impressive. We often leave generic comments to OP and answer posters such as "if this is a homework, please add a tag," ...
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List of Generalisations of Common Questions

Here is a list of generalised faqs to which other questions may be deduped against, split by topic (please edit the question). Arithmetic arithmetic Laws of signs (minus times minus is plus): Why is ...
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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

Note. After over one month of discussion, and more than one week of voting, I think the community has decided. Leave the tag alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Consider the tag deprecated, but do not remove ...
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FAQ for math.stackexchange

Right now, the faq only contains the boilerplate explanations of the stackoverflow engine, reputation levels, etc. This page serves as an index of other important support questions for the community. ...
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Proposal: Discourage questions that are nothing besides a problem statement

This is a very clear followup to Qiaochu's question: The reason that I create a new post is because I want ...
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Community Ads for 2021

September update: Community Ads are now live network-wide. All ads with a score of 6 or higher, or with a score of 4 or higher and no downvotes will be displayed (except for any that have a note from ...
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Revisiting the tour of the site

Every visitor to the site is invited to scroll through the tour page: The most concrete advice that it offers is in two boxes: This page is moderator-editable. I'm bringing this subject up to ...
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Fate of the (homework) tag: The community voted.... now what?

Well, the results of the voting seem pretty conclusive: Leave homework alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Deprecate but don't delete homework: 12 upvotes (5.69%) Burninate and blacklist homework: ...
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Suggested Guideline for "I Don't Know Where to Begin" Questions

We've all seen them: posts that ask the community members for help regarding a homework problem, lacking in any previously attempted work. Sometimes you can't blame the asker for not knowing where to ...
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Can we please stop asking "Is this homework?"

This is irritating and tedious, just put something about homework in the FAQ if it's necessary. If you don't want to just 'give people the answer' then treat all questions as if they are homework.
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Why isn't more being done to avoid facilitating copy/paste homework questions?

I'm relatively new to this site, but I've noticed a disturbing trend during my time here: many of the questions are simply copy / pasted or even scanned and show little to no effort on the part of the ...
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Take-home test policy

It was recently brought to the attention of the moderators that a user (who has now been suspended) was posting questions from a take-home test, in violation of the academic policies at his/her ...
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On the inclusion of pages-of-text-as-images in questions

This is to ask if there is and if there should be an official position of math.SE about the inclusion, as images, of pages and pages of printed documents in questions. For a recent example of the ...
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Why has this excellent question been put on hold?

This question has been put on hold although it is very precisely formulated and evokes an interesting and underestimated property of rings. The question is intimately related to a useful concept in ...
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