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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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modularizing answers

Sometimes in answering a question I need to derive an intermediate result that might be of interest in its own right. It seems to me that in such a case it's best to post a separate question asking ...
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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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Hide comments to view the question

Is it possible to have a button hide comments (or something like that) in order to see the question when we write the answer? When you write the answer it's often useful to see the question to have ...
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Answers which are not quite answers, but still could be useful to stimulate learning.

Is there some way to treat faulty answers or ones which do not address the specific question, but which could be of merit. For instance something that is related which could help the person creating ...
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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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Should I delete my answer containing a result and a hint, if a complete answer is posted later?

I'm asking about this question. I posted my answer a while ago, containing only the final result and a hint about where to search for a proof. I intended that I would post the full proof later, but ...
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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 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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Human checks for answers made quickly

This is just a small feature request. I understand that it's necessary to check that a poster is human when they're giving an answer if they submit the answer within a short period of time after ...
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A step-by-step unhiding “tutorial mode” for equations

One very nice MathJax example shows means to only show parts of a formula (e.g. as hints) and unveil them one by one (see $\ref{screenshot}$ below). I think a similar feature (not restricted to ...
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Alternative answer notification system (used when composing an answer) doesn't trigger MathJax rendering

When composing an answer, a notification for new answers appears in a blue bar at the top of the screen, rather than the usual one directly below the question. This notification does not trigger ...
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Deleted *answers* which are improved

If a question is low quality then high rep. users have the option to close it, and then later the option to delete it. This has a built-in safeguard, in the sense that if the question is closed but ...
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Tag wikis and answers

Suppose there is an answer given by a user which seems like it would fit perfectly as a tag wiki entry (or part of one). What should be the proper etiquette regarding copy&paste of the answer ...
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What if an answer is downvoted, but later corrected?

Recently I wrote an answer here. Initially it was incorrect, but now I feel that I have corrected it to the best of my knowledge. There is no other answer on the question either. Another answer was ...
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Do proof verification questions fit the website- evade duplicate tag - sometimes answer for them is just 'yes'

What to do when a question just wants a yes/no answer. In the case of this question of mine, the answer was a 'yes' or a 'no - and here's why'. In the case of questions with the proof verification ...
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Similar answer situation, best thing to do?

This situation occurred many times with me. When two people answer a particular question in a very similar way, and it is in no way copied from one another since they are off by just a minute at the ...
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Declined VLQ flag for an answer with CAS generated output

Several hours ago, I flagged an answer consisting entirely of SymPy code (at its second version) for "Very Low Quality" according to the procedures in the accepted answer of a meta question: How to ...
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The upper limit on the size of an answer

I am preparing (offline) a rather long (didactic) answer to a certain (very short) question on StackExchange Mathematics. Since I am yet unable to see to the end of the answer, and what I have is ...
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Same Question with answer already existent

What if an answer to my question already exists but I'm looking for an alternative solution that suits my current level of knowledge better? Is it still redundant to post the same question again or is ...
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Should a not well received answer be deleted?

A answer that is not that well received or the one that got tonnes of downvotes, should it be deleted by the answerer ? As such answers don't add any value to the question for the future visitors! ...
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Downvoting answers because question is bad?

I have seen that sometimes answers which are not bad get downvoted because they answer low-quality posts. Is this activity supported? If yes then perhaps we should make it official by automatically ...
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LaTeX between dollar signs does not work in editing answer

I tried to edit this answer: Steve Awodey "Category Theory" - possible error After clicking "Edit" button I went to https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/526343/edit In preview I see dollar ...
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“New answer posted” notification for answerers

I posted an answer to this question on August 19, and 4 days later a great answer has been posted, which I noticed by sheer luck. I wish I was notified when the answer was posted. Please consider ...
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Answering unclear/not-well-defined Questions

I often see a question which is not answerable in its current state because lacking information, lacking definitions etc, and then someone coming in and answering it in the style of "I don't really ...
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What happens to “lost answers”?

I was answering a question and a phone call came in. To answer the call I went away from my MSE answer which was under construction, when the call ended I could not find the answer or even the ...
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Replying to an answer with a picture

I would like to reply to an answer I got on my question with a few pictures, essentially discussing the answer I got, as I don't know if it's wrong or I'm using the equations provided wrong. First ...
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Bug in timer when trying to post an answer

I clicked on "Post your answer" and got a notice saying I can do this only once every 60 seconds. I had not done it in the preceding 60 seconds. A bug.
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Missing answer, no response

Today, I'd asked a question regarding the intersections of confocal Parabolas under certain conditions. There was an answer, which apparently partially answered the problem, seems to be missing. Also, ...
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Shouldn't be answers to questions automatically accepted after few days?

I am more than a month here on stack exchange. I noticed that not even half, but more than half of questions even having multiple answers have none accepted. Most of these answers should be accepted,...