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Do we have a “How to write a good answer” post? If not, can we have one?

Today I suggested to a new user that the style of his answer was not very appropriate for MSE. In searching for links of suggestions on how to write a good answer, I did not find an authoritative ...
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How can we, as a community, reduce some of the tension on the site?

It feels like there's a lot of tension on this site, broadly about closing/downvoting/deleting questions. I am quite prolific in closing/downvoting/deleting questions myself because well...there's a ...
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Why was this question downvoted?

I answered the following question and saw the asker was downvoted: What are the elements of $\mathbb Z/3[x]$? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxc8uQJV7Kg in this video he shows the division ...
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Tag tips/warnings [duplicate]

Inspired by: Help the helpless with how-to-ask tag tips It seems this hasn't been proposed on this site yet, so here goes... We could consider adding tag-specific messages that pop-up when you try ...
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Is self-answer considered as adding sufficient context?

FAQ lists including the OPs own work as one of the possibilities how to add context to questions. My question: If a question is posted together with an answer by the OP (or at least attempt to answer ...
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The need for “context” in certain cases

Prove that every subgroup of index $2$ is normal. Evaluate this integral: $\displaystyle\int_0^1 x^2 \, dx.$ If a question like that is posted, one suspects that the poster copied it from a homework ...
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Closing a question because it contains an error

I asked a short time ago whether there is a policy the following: If a question contains a mathematical error that could be pointed out in a posted answer, or is ill-formulated for reasons that could ...
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Should homework questions from advanced subjects be closed?

When I say homework question, I mean the kind of questions frequently seen where the question is just a direct copy of an exercise from a textbook without any work from the OP. These questions appear ...
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Can we stop the “Show your work craze”? [duplicate]

For some reason, it seems that more recently the users of this site have adopted the fashion of commenting things like "What have you tried?", "Show your work", etc. In almost every question for which ...
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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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“What have you tried?”…

Sometimes this "What have you tried" thing seems silly. Take this question [edit: question deleted/link broken] for example. It's obvious that one should try to do it by induction, but it's not the ...
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Is there a better way to improve question asking skills?

The goal of Math StackExchange is to serve people studying maths at every level. However, being able to ask a good question is a skill in and of itself. In order to ask a good question, you need both ...
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What if I don't know where to begin

I've read the responses, and still feel that my concern is not being addressed. I am leaving my original query/suggestion as is, below the (====...) line, merely for reference. Also, I respect ...
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6answers
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Is deleting a question while it is still on hold too quick?

This is a follow-up (not a duplicate) to an old question on Meta: Are we too trigger-happy about deleting (relatively) new posts? I have noticed recently that there are lots of on-hold questions ...
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Should we encourage upvotes on more advanced questions, that are seemingly well written, even if you don't understand it?

Something I notice is when there's an advanced/specialized question, it often receives very few upvotes. Even if it is seemingly well written. I try to upvote advanced questions that I might not even ...

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