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Should I delete my question or answer my question?

I am pretty new to this forum and I was wondering what the proper custom would be in my situation. I posted a question a few days ago and last night, after some fiddling with the problem some more I ...
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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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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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Deduction in rep for downvoting

If I downvote someone's answer with detail in the comment as to why, then why is my reputation deducted ( by -1). I am helping the community. Reputation is hard to earn, and if it's deducted every ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Accepting comments as answers

Sometimes a comment will suffice to answer a person's question. This may be because they are only missing one small step in the argument, or because they can be pointed to a resource that answers ...
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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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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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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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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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Distinguishing between questions and answers in references.

I have noticed that users in the know can refer us back precisely to a question on a page of our site or to any specific answer they wish, on the same page. Here is an example, where we can click ...
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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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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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Grayed-out answers.

Could someone please explain why this answer on the main site appears grayed-out, but when I put my mouse over it, it springs into life like a regular answer. There are two other answers to that ...
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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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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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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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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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Answer not deleted after six “Recommend Deletion”

Update: answer deleted This is my third question about the main site's LQ review. In this review, six users (including me) has "recommended deletion". From When is a post removed from a review ...
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Comment or Answer?

What to do when someone ask for a mistake, comment indicating where he made the mistake or answer indicating where he made the mistake? For example, someone ask about a limit that he knows the ...
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Disputed VLQ flag for an LP answer

Update: answer mod-deleted. This is not a VLQ, but it is an NAA. Please see my answer for explanations. In LP-problem simplex with 3 variables, the question asker asks for "simplex calculations". ...
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Should a new answer bring the problem to the top?

A question I have answered some half an hour ago (Proving that all numbers are rational) stays deep below the fold and doesn't pop up to the top of the question list. Is there any explanation to this? ...
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How to deal with question answered only in comments, when wanting to help clean up “unanswered questions”? [duplicate]

This is a common trend that I saw while trying to find questions suitable for me to answer. The filter and sorting problem of the questions was more or less solved for me by my previous question. But ...
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Answering a question via comments: good or bad practice? [duplicate]

Quite often, a number of the answers to a question will be in the comments rather than an official Answer. For some questions, all the answers are there, including one that fully answers the question. ...
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Regarding giving credit to the source of inspiration of your answer.

If I answer a question whose answer was inspired by a similar question answered by someone else then should I credit that user's name or link to the original question in my answer?
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My question gets a perfect answer which deserves a bounty (or some kind of recognition). What can I do about it?

This Stack Exchange site is a very welcoming place to all kinds of questions. People usually do their best to help (not like Stack Overflow) and I would like to pay something back to the community. ...
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Posting solutions to textbook exercises

I am fairly new to Stack Exchange, starting with stackoverflow.com. I added a math.stackexchange.com account to ask questions about my current self-study in Categorical Type Theory. Today, I posted a ...

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