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Separate an extremely long second solution into another answer or leave it in the original one?

I answered this question yesterday. In my answer, I discuss 2 different evaluation techniques, one of which is long and partially incomplete. However, after thinking about it for a while, I have ...
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The thin line between answers and comments

What qualifies as an answer? I reproduce my (deleted) answer here: Use SFFT to factor $xy-8x-4y = 0$. The answer received $2$ upvotes and was also accepted by the OP. A while later, however, a ...
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"Post Answer" option for those mid-way writing despite "Closed" post

When the post is closed, no longer answers are accepted as: the answer box gets removed. if you were writing something, the post answer option is no longer available. In the latter case, I am ...
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Would quality picture answers be on topic?

I recently came across this free website, and I've been using it to present ideas and explain things. I recently asked a question which got a great answer by user Mateo. Using the website, I then ...
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Are users obligated to read (or at least skim) existing answers before posting a new answer?

Are users obligated to read (or at least skim) existing answers before posting a new answer? I can see one reason for "yes": it would reduce redundant answers. But How to write a good answer ...
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New answer which is identical to mine

As I was scrolling through the new questions of MSE, I thought of checking out some of my previous unaccepted answers and learn something from the accepted answers. And it happened that a question($g(...
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How did this closed question gain a new answer?

I closed a question (“ Transposing matrices by multiplication ”) some hours ago as a dupe, but someone gave it a new answer two hours later. Looking at the revision history, the question had not been ...
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Should I post link as a comment or an answer?

Situation: A question was asked. I tried to find a solution, but got stuck. So I asked for help from MSE and am currently waiting for answers. If I get a suitable answer, then I plan on posting this ...
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Is it alright to answer via YouTube link?

One of the questions that I had asked earlier, here on MSE (added at the end of this post), failed to get an appropriate response but a few days later one of my friends whom I consulted later ...
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How to respond to newbie answer.

I came across a late answer by a new user to a question, which I link here; and I have a dilemma how to respond. The formatting was pretty bad (read: non-existent), so I edited it and commented, ...
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What if askers don't know what they don't know?

I recently answered this question about vector space isomorphisms. The question is somewhat unfocused, but it seems clear to me that this is because the asker is struggling with the concepts involved ...
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What do I do if I got two equally good answers for a question that say basically the same thing, and I don't know which one to accept?

Here is the post for context: Is "today is Presidents' Day" a proposition, propositional function, or neither? Both the answers are really great and thorough, and they basically say the ...
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Find comment or answer about notation

If I remember correctly I asked a question during spring 2020 about group theory or algebra and somebody wrote that they had an informal symbol for a generalized operation (I think it looked similar ...
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How to appropriately link to a resource that answers OP's question?

So I recently came across this question, where the OP asks for a proof of the uniform convergence of a certain sequence, and I happen to have a link to some lecture notes which contain a detailed ...
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Answers not showing on profiles on mobile site.

For some reason, answers are not displaying on mine or other's profiles on the mobile site. See the picture below.
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Deleted comments to post "Aproximating differential equation in maple"

Yesterday I asked a question in the post named Aproximating differential equation in maple. I received beneficial feedback and help but the help comments are not there anymore. Were they deleted or ...
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Should we discourage full solutions to questions that explicitly ask for a hint?

I've encountered several posts in the past that explicitly ask for a hint for their stated problem. It's not uncommon for these questions to gather full solutions for their problem, sometimes in their ...
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How can I provide useful links which may answer a question.

I am currently looking at providing this user with a resource which may answer their question, however I cannot add this as a comment as I do not have enough reputation. I am not sure if I should post ...
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How come some of my questions get only some comments but not any answer?

Certain times, I post questions that get some valuable comments but never an answer. For example the question for comparison on real numbers and caveats. I am not sure why this happening. Is my post ...
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How fundamental is the choice of title in a question on Math.SE?

When I'm trying to write a question I certainly make a lot of effort to be as clear as possible. Certainly the hurry does not provide good advice and, several times in my specific case, I spend little ...
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Where to Place Answer to a Duplicate Question

I recently posted this answer to a question marked as a duplicate. I did check first that my approach had not previously been taken. Should I delete my answer and transplant the analysis as an ...
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Remove "This question has more than 30 answers" warning for "big-list" questions on meta

Since "big-list" questions are expected to get more than 30 answers, is it OK for you to remove the "This question has more than 30 answers" warning? Could it also be done on other ...
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How should questions tagged "solution-verification" be answered? [duplicate]

Often when people post their solutions to a particular problem on a question of theirs and they tag it solution-verification, the solution that they give is flawless, or can be improved a small amount ...
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Why users are providing expired link?

I see many old answers contains expired links. Whenever I click on a link it show that links has expired. I'm not getting why users are providing expired links in an answer?
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Are answers involving final answer only allowed? [closed]

I was wondering in what circumstances are short final answers allowed. There are some case where I am left astonished of how such answers follow MSE's guidelines.
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Am I allowed to answer even if I am unsure that my answer is correct?

Sometimes I want to try answering someone's question to receive feedback for my answer from more qualified people, because I am not sure if my answer is valid. I am willing to take my answer down if ...
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Drawback of answers written by some high reputation users

Drawback of answers written by some high reputation users This is my personal view: some high reputation users don't write their answers in detail. I think they should write their answers in detail so ...
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Why do edits have to be at least 6 characters?

I am wondering why edits are required to be at least 6 characters. As an example, someone answered the question How to calculate the integral of a Legendre polynomial excellently but for a typo, which ...
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How can I find an answer when I accidentally closed the window?

I was attempting to answer a question on computing $\sin(\pi/n)$, and in the process I needed a reference so I opened another window to find it. When I found what I was looking for I meant to close ...
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Should I flag an answer if the answer is wrong?

I am referring to this flag I raised- The answer should have been deleted, apart from being downvoted. For this purpose, couldn't I flag? These types of answers (from high rep. users) lower the ...
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Is it okay to answer using a spoiler block?

Is it okay to answer a question in a spoiler block? I am curious since almost no answers use it.
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How to deal with "hint" answers

I notice that many people put "hints" as answers. For example, let's say I ask the question, how would I solve $\sum_{i=0}^\infty \frac{1}{n(n+1)}$, and someone answers with, "HINT: It ...
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A possible solution to reduce answering of duplicate questions

The whole point of people answering duplicate questions which are duplicates without checking if similar queries exist before are because they will get points if they do so. So, the reason why people ...
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Proper action for a "thank you" answer that may have some useful content?

The question is Integral of sinc function multiplied by Gaussian. The author, who doesn't seem to have contributed since 2012, answered his own question to say thank you. We all know it's not ...
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Is there any way to add a bookmark to any answer of a question?

I basically if needed used to follow the question as I didn't find any way to add a bookmark to any answer like the amenity we have for a question. Does someone have any ideas regarding this?
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Merge request of two almost-identical answers

The answers https://math.stackexchange.com/a/831870/290189 and https://math.stackexchange.com/a/831830/290189 contain the same math equations with the same variables. The logic is the same, only the ...
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Regarding - posting a negative comment to a question and answering the same.

We post comments to posts which lack effort, suggesting them to include their efforts(I agree with that) or informing them that the answer is trivial when they use a particular formula or method. ...
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Receiving an answer which is not clear and has ambiguities

I asked a question, and I received an answer (see here: Non-isomorphicity of certain fields.). But the answer is not clear to me, and it has too many ambiguities for me. I've tried too much and ...
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Why do people give "hints" instead of "answers"? [closed]

Seriously. Everything can be a homework problem if you think about it. Do you see stackoverflow saying "ooh, here's a hint how to run a certain script on Ubuntu reboot"? Their problems are ...
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Is it possible to pay to get a quick answer? [closed]

Reading this section of the Stack Overflow site it seems that there are some payment services to have quick answers in any Stack Exchange community: is this true?
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Why are visual/graphical/intuitive solutions discouraged on MSE?

I have been active on MSE for around 3-4 days. I have noticed the fact that people either ignore or downvote intuitive/graphical/visual analogies of a problem. However I feel that intuition is one of ...
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A strange hurry to get an answer

In several months since I have been re-registered, I have observed that some users are in an unusual hurry to receive a response. I was asking myself these days if some users ask a question at an exam ...
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If not flagging, how to dispute incorrect answers?

I was browsing the top sequences-and-series questions for fun and stumbled upon this problem, where the only answer is incorrect (the user misconstrued the problem and tiled $[0,1]^2$ with rectangles ...
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Is it possible to view my own answer for a deleted question?

I was trying to remember a problem I answered a month ago but could not find it in my profile page answer list. I think it is safe to assume the question was deleted. Is there any way I can look at a ...
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Was My MathSE answer appropriate

This meta-query focuses on my (user2661923) answer to the following link, Solving $3\cos x+4\sin x = \frac52$, as well as the subsequent comment that my answer triggered. I encountered a mathSE query ...
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Answer to a short question that was already answered in comments

The question Find $\nabla f(x,y)$, where $f(x,y)=10x^3-5x^2+5xy+5y^2+8$ is pretty much of a kind "please, check if I did this correctly". I have clarified a couple of confusions in comments, ...
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Someone edited my answer. Now it is wrong.

There has been an edit to an old answer of mine and it was approved by other two users. Now the answer is wrong, obviously. What should I do? I'm not happy about this at all. How can it be that some ...
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Why do I get a "-1" when I downvote others' answers? [duplicate]

Well, in How does reputation work? post, I've read that if you put a downvote on others' answers you'd get "-1" on your reputation. Yet, I cannot think of a potential reason for this as long ...
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If I have a question that has already been answered, but I don't understand the answer and the thread seems to be dead, how do I ask?

My post here was closed. I have the same question as another user but I do not understand the accepted answer. To me, it appears incomplete. It is missing details which I do not know how to fill in. ...
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Answers being unaccepted

I'm fairly new to (Math) Stack Exchange, so I am hoping the community could shed some light on this: I answered a user's question, in a comprehensive manner, and the user up-voted and accepted my ...
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