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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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Was I right in making this answer community wiki?

I have recently answered this question, which according to MSE guidelines, would be considered a poorly phrased problem. Have I made the right decision in answering the question community-wiki style? ...
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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?

Consider these answers (vectors, inequality) on one hand and these (Coupon Collector's problem, angles, arithmetic-geometric series sum, and even alternative CRT approach) on the other. Why do ...
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Is answering only “This is correct.” to a proof-verification question acceptable?

I answered a question of the form “Is my proof correct?”. From the proof, which was indeed correct, it was clear that the OP knew what he/she was doing, and I think that the doubt arose only because ...
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User answering poor question while also voting to close

Context Tonight I witnessed conduct from a reputable user that I find outrageous. I won’t name names, but as the individual’s identity could be determined by tracing my activity anyways, I’ll include ...
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Someone “Copying” your answer after you post it

I was answering this question; after my answer posted, this user edited his/her answer to make it almost identical to mine, but just rearranged the statements $(1)$ and $(2)$ in different order. ...
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Common problem: OP deletes question immediately upon receiving answer

I saw a question on this site and solved it and took a very long time to answer it after a lot of typing, and as soon as the asker saw the solution he/she deleted their question immediately. Is this ...
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Clarifying a factually incorrect case but editor opts for formatting change instead?

I am trying to edit this answer, which makes a claim about eigenvectors that is not true for all matrices. My edit was rejected. Instead, the editor followed up with a baffling formatting edit that ...
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negative comments on trivial answers

I often see questions completely answered in comments. Sometimes these are elaborate comments or even sequences of comments; in that case I suggest to the commenter that they should post their comment ...
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Feature Request: Why can't we favorite answers? [duplicate]

I have a feature request why can't we favorite answers? Would it be a problem?
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Answering in the comments [duplicate]

I have this question its mine (my question) Its not the first time that people answer in the comments, I know that the unanswered questions impact the site statistics, and if I answer it using the ...
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What should our goal be in answering questions?

If my search has failed me and this has been covered in some form, let me know and I'll delete this. The post which is motivating my question is this post, where the OP had reduced a problem they are ...
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Negative answer to “does there exist a proof not using this general result”

I refer to this question. Basically it asks for a proof of a known result, without using a very general & basic formula. The question has received a decent amount of views and there seemed to be ...
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Is it okay to give an answer with only “Yes” or “No” with no further details supporting the conclusion?

I came across this question and so far the answer with only three letters "Yes" received 50+ upvotes. The answer contains no details, shows no research effort and cites nothing; but it is well ...
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A push for easier solutions

Question: Why do people prove/solve questions in such a complex way when there is an obvious, simpler way to do it? For example, this question on proving divisibility entailed an answer using ...
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List of answer templates

I've created this post with the same purpose as the List of comment templates post, although I imagine it'll be far less useful. There are a few questions on the Unanswered Questions Queue only ...
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On reposting a good answer from a duplicate question

I'm talking about this question. This question is closed as a duplicate. An user commented, under an answer, that they think this answer is the best solution and want the author to repost the answer ...
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What should I do when an answer-in-a-comment is redundant with an actual answer?

The question "Mathematic notation: What does "$a|p$" or "$b|c$" mean?" received an answer-in-a-comment: Assuming you are referring to a and b as (say) integers, then a∣b means a ...
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Can we have a partial answer checkbox?

I recently posted a partial answer to this question. It was too long to post as a comment. Would it be a good idea to have a 'this is a partial answer' checkbox underneath the 'post your answer' ...
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1/2 of question answered by different people

In the question I posed here: A characterization of Weak Convergence in $L^p$ spaces I have a two way implication, one way was answered by one person, the other answered by another. I'd like to ...
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Why does the community seem to encourage technical cleverness over the actual answer to a question?

First post on meta, so here goes nothing. Earlier today, I answered the question linked below: Evaluating $\int_0^1 \frac{3x}{\sqrt{4-3x}} dx$ I believe it is a good question. The user had a ...
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Why I can only post every 3 minutes?

I wanted to answer to 2 questions and it looks that my answer to the second question is not accepted because I answered the first one less than 3 minutes ago... why is there such a restriction? What ...
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What to do if half the answer given to question is wrong?

A really high reputation user wrote an answer to one of my questions. I had spent a lot of time thinking on his answer and I arrived to the conclusion that it's wrong unless the theorem is false. ...
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User with a pattern of completely incoherent answers

What to do about a user with a pattern of completely incoherent answers (as if produced by a random sentence generator): this, or this, for example? I flagged three of more egregious examples: ...
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What to do with answers to low quality questions? [duplicate]

Would it be ethical (or acceptable) to dislike an answer to a low quality question for encouraging poor quality question, or would it be better to comment under the answer? What about flagging it for ...
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Should I answer exactly what the user ask or solve the problem?

Ref: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3166216 I am sorry, I am new to Meta, so I don't exactly know the proper formatting rules here. I am having a doubt regarding answering a question which I have ...
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Having a check sign for questions addressed but not answered?

Recently I've been seeing some questions where the user wants people to check their solution or proof, and there's usually one comment that says "that's correct" and nothing else (no answers, etc). ...
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Does the reputation system encourage easy answers and low quality questions?

First of all, I need to say that I do not intend to start a controversial topic challenging the community. I'm trying to find a solution and understand the nature of MSE better to see whether it's the ...
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About “question deleted by user”

I have answered geometry question about 3 times, each time got some situation. It is either an on-going competition question, this happens twice,and I was told after my answer has been there for a ...
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Answering a question too late

I recently answered a question I later found to have been asked nearly 3 years ago. If interested the question is Constructing a family of sets. (EDIT: The answer I provided was not correct, but this ...
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Plagiarism in answers?

I recently saw this answer to a question in the integration tag. The answer has clearly been copied from this link, the infamous online integral calculator. There was nothing added to the answer, or ...

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