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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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Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text

I think we should start closing questions which are obviously copied verbatim from a homework assignment and which consist of no other text. Questions about homework with other text, e.g. "I ...
Qiaochu Yuan's user avatar
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A Consolidated Homework Policy

A certain theme during the Town Hall Chat was on the question of a homework policy. The idea of such a policy is not new. As one user said in the chat, I liked Rob john's suggestion towards ...
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What do we do with users who post numerous unlabeled homework questions?

User student has, quite impressively, recognized that all of user6560's questions are homework questions from the ongoing course Math 620 at the University of Buffalo. I just went through, downvoted ...
David E Speyer's user avatar
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Suspicious behavior between two MSE users

In fact the purpose of this post is flagging one suspicious behavior between two MSE users. But I'll start from something seemingly non related. In the question Downvoting complete solution there was ...
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Old questions with hint-only answers. Can we provide whole answers?

Summary I'm encouraging users to provide whole answers to sufficiently old questions that have only received hints thus far. I argue that the reasons to give hint-only answers are no longer (...
Douglas S. Stones's user avatar
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Should an answer be downvoted if it is correct (or almost correct)?

Can it ever be justified in down voting a technically correct answer, or an answer with a minor error that can be corrected when brought to the attention of the person who answered the question. I ...
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Question about PSQ and answering them

I understand that there has been a lot of debate about PSQ's and I believe, we have decided to leave a comment explaining that the OP should some thought on the problem so it is not an "isloated ...
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CFV: Proposal for standardized meta-comments, to avoid main-site meta discussions

Below is a sketch of a proposal I devised for handling the problem of rambling contentious meta-level discussions on the main site. The basic idea is to have a list of standardized community-elected ...
Bill Dubuque's user avatar
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Does a good answer to a "bad" question deserve downvotes?

The question was of the "do my homework" type, showing no effort to solve it; but it was clear enough and had a definite solution. A good answer attracted several downvotes, presumably to punish the ...
John Bentin's user avatar
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