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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 ...
111 votes
7 answers
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Math SE has a long-standing policy regarding what constitutes a Good Question. The policy is intended to ensure that the collection of questions and answers here is of high quality, is searchable, ...
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Are we closing short questions too hastily?

I refer to this question, which I was spending a couple hours preparing the answer for only to find it already closed by the time I could post it. This is not the only instance in recent memory – I ...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 01/2021 - 12/2021) [duplicate]

The purpose of this thread is to focus the attention of the community on posts that may require reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer). ...
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Guidelines for context edits and rewrites

Suppose you come across a question that has been closed for lack of context, has high quality answers, and on its way to being deleted. Can you save the post by editing it to include more context? ...
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Calling attention to the Staging Ground, a new site area under development to help new users

Recently Stack Exchange is developing a new area of the website called the Staging Ground, and the announcement is now a featured post on Meta.SE. Having searched the meta and a couple of chatrooms ...
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2 answers
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Why should "trivial" questions not meet the guidelines?

Often among young students, or those new to the site in general, we all see questions that are seemingly too trivial to even be asked. Usually, and perhaps unsurprisingly, these types of questions get ...
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1 answer
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Should members of the forum be able to delete answers in a topic that is outside of their field? [closed]

I the following thread in the field "algebraic geometry" Why isn't every finite locally free morphism etale? an answer to a question was deleted by two people that are not doing ...
24 votes
2 answers
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What kind of context is good to add to a contest math question?

This is a call for brainstorming for ideas on how to best make questions from math contests meet our quality requirements, outlined in many places, but How to ask a good question is the most commonly ...
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Is it appropriate to close every question that doesn't show efforts and/or lacks of context?

Yesterday this question was asked: Finding solutions to $2^x+17=y^2$, then it was closed and finally it was reopened. My concern is about if every question showing no effort or lacking of context ...
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2 answers
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Why a question without showing any work is getting upvoted?

Very often here when a post does not show any work gets down voted to hell, this question is getting upvoted +5 without having shown any work. I have seen others people's post get downvoted severely ...