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Found the answer while elaborating the question. Is that usual?

It's the 5th time this happens to me. Tried to solve some simple problem for about 20 minutes (four of them were just help-asking on passages of proofs) and decide to ask for some help/hint on ...
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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that will impact your user-experience here on Math.SE The first you may have already noticed: the old FAQ page has been replaced by a "help center"...
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How do we earn reputation more easily?

I've been doing lots of problems and if I get stuck, I always seem to solve it and I can't find a problem that I can ask on the mathematics community to earn more reputation. Sometimes, I see ...
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How to search on this site?

When using this site, it is quite important to be able to find posts on this site which might be related to the question I am interested it - both to avoid duplication (i.e., not asking again ...
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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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Guidelines for good use of MathJax in question titles

Motivation: Every once in a while, I find myself making edits like this one, where OP (likely due to inexperience in asking questions) has used display math mode ($$...
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A criterion for distinguishing between two kinds of questions

Abstract: In which cases must a poster exhibit efforts to answer a question and in which does the content of the question itself suffice to provide context? It is often suggested that a question ...
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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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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 01/2021 - today)

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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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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What are the reasons that MSE is frequented by professionals?

Mathematics Stack Exchange (MSE) is the most unusual blog or wiki I came across. It is frequented by professional mathematicians. The standard is a lot higher than Wikipedia. What makes them willing ...
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Are questions caused by typographical errors in a textbook on-topic?

Recently someone asked a question about an argument in a textbook which (s)he did not understand. Some people quickly noticed that the confusion was just caused by a typographical error in the book, ...
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Ways of knowing that a person posting a question understands the question

A posted question says: Find the following integral: $\displaystyle \int\cdots\cdots\, dx.$ A big problem with this way of phrasing posted questions is that someone may have copied a homework ...
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Don't review a first post by simply downvoting it or voting to close it

A fair amount of first posts are of very low quality. Even so, I think that it is not correct, when a user gets one such first post from the First Posts review queue, to simply downvote it or to vote ...
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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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