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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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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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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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Answering by copying from textbooks feels like cheating; should I do it?

So I want to answer this question: How to look at the covariant derivative along a curve? The OP asks for a formal definition of an object. I found a satisfactory definition from a textbook, which ...
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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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Delete my old (and wrong) accepted answer [duplicate]

How do I delete this old answer of mine? Not only it's wrong but there's also a way better (and correct) answer below. Note: That answer is now moderator deleted. The OP of the Question involved ...
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How can I find a ranking for the answers?

It is easy to find the questions with the best scores and the worst scores. But how can I find the answers with the best scores and the worst scores ? Is a ranking of the answers concerning the ...
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Is it acceptable to leave hints as answers?

Question: Is it acceptable to leave a hint as an answer? For the purposes of this question, let me attempt to define a "hint": A hint is a short, generally terse, comment which does not provide ...
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How is it possible to answer a question after closure? [duplicate]

This question, as of writing, was closed 1 hour ago. However, an answer was given 51 minutes ago. After the question was closed, I could not see an 'Answer' button, yet, a user managed to overcome ...
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Questions should not be closed as "primarily opinion-based" if the OP lacks understanding to know that it's primarily opinion-based in the first place

My question was closed as "primarily opinion-based," but I don't believe it was justified. If the OP lacks minimal understanding to know that a question is opinion-based, the community ...
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How to avoid hint answers

I know some people like to give hints because they're concerned that they'll be doing some students homework for them or they're genuinely trying to help teach the matter at hand by offering a hint ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

I often need to edit my answers several times to fix errors or maybe to answer more directly the questions asked. But each time I edit my answer, the post will get a bit higher in the top questions ...
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Should we rate limit answerers?

I was reading this post where Jyrki writes: I have come to think that answers that clearly required less than ten minutes of processing from the part of the answerer should be just left unposted. ...
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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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How to proceed to get an answer corrected

I built an answer to a question asked on Math SE, and I got a wrong result. But I can not find the flaw in my proof... Should I create a new thread or should I comment to draw the attention of ...
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If we close "duplicate questions" why do we allow "duplicate answers" on a single question.

I have noticed many folks jumping to answer a single question in the exact same manner. i.e. I ask, "What's two plus two?" (Check out my questions, I'm pretty dumb.) An hour later, Bob answers "4, ...
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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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Easy questions: answers or clues?

I am quite new in the community, but I have noticed two different behaviours when someone asks an "easy" question: Either the question is answered, which may be good since the explanation will help ...
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Deleting incorrect answer when it is adding value to the site [duplicate]

Let's say I post an answer to a question which was later pointed out was incorrect in the comments. Should this answer be deleted? I believe that, especially if the mistake is explained and justified ...
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Guide in answering

Are we required to give answer that we can solve or write by hand? Because there are many software out there that we can use to solve a fairly complicated problem, which may not be available to the ...
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What to do about extremely similar answers?

What should I do if I see a competing answer that is submitted around 10-15 minutes later with very similar or the exact same content just rephrased or missing/adding a few intermediary steps? I find ...
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Was I right to answer this question this thoroughly?

I'm looking at this question. I gave the answer that was accepted. Please bear in mind that, when I answered this question, it was a different edit. In particular, there were more parts to the ...
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Should answering that someone's attempt is correct be posted as a comment?

In my opinion, if someone's attempt at a problem is correct then confirming this should be done as commentary. Obviously if the attempt is flawed, saying what is wrong/hinting at the correct path can ...
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Should this answer (such style of answers) be deleted?

I've just come across an answer § to a question on Ramanujan summation, which seems to me to be simply a long suada of sentences - even although the verbal content is mathematics terminology. There is ...
Gottfried Helms's user avatar
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Can I post multiple answers for the sake of ease and clarity?

This is regarding the question: Is there a list of all typos in Hoffman and Kunze, Linear Algebra? The problem is that MathJax renders extremely slowly after my answers reach a certain length. At ...
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Is there any way to request an answer from a particular user?

I was wondering if there's a way to request an answer from a particular user, who, for example, is well-known for giving good and sharp answers in a particular subject. Sort of like A2A on Quora. If ...
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Answering "is my approach correct" with a different proof

On this site it is common to see questions where OP asks if their approach or their solution to a problem is correct. Often, people answer these questions by providing their own entirely different ...
Federico Poloni's user avatar
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Race between answers and/or comments [duplicate]

Sorry if it’s been asked before, if yes, can someone please point me to the right reference? It frequently happens to me that I am either answering a question or commenting on it, only to realise ...
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Delete own question or answer via mobile app

I have lost count of the times I posted a question just to one minute later figure out the solution myself. And more frequently then I would like, posted an answer to shortly after someone notice a ...
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Specific Downvoting

DISCLAIMER: I understand that the consensus of the community about downvoting is that each one has its own personal reasons to downvote, and should not have to justify that. That said, I recently ...
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Is it acceptable to answer a poor quality question?

I recently came across this question posted by a new user which has no context and shows no effort. I left a comment suggesting the user show their work and add context. I also down voted the question ...
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Is it acceptable to provide alternative solutions to proof verification questions after the "proof verification" has been answered?

This question was recently asked and was asking "Can someone poke a hole in my work for me please so I can realise my error?" which was promptly answered with an answer that pointed out the error in ...
Simply Beautiful Art's user avatar
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Accepting one answer if several answers form a partition of a full answer

How would you attribute your acceptance tick if two or more good, but partial answers were given, i.e., none is complete, but their union is? Do you have valuable experiences you'd like to share? I'...
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How long should a non-answer with picture be allowed as an answer

I have come across this answer which begins with "This is not an answer". [remark: the post has now been edited and the phrasing has been changed] The answer with pictures is posted as an answer ...
Siong Thye Goh's user avatar
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what to do when someone wants you to rewrite your answer [closed]

I wrote this answer and a user began arguing that my proof did not answer the poster's question. I tried very hard to explain that I thought it did. Of course I could be wrong; but nothing this user ...
Steven Alexis Gregory's user avatar
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Is it appropriate to include little exercises in an answer?

Do you find OK to include exercises in an answer? (Silly) Example: Q: How can $163^{163} \pmod {37}$ be computed? A: Apply little Fermat's Theorem. You can use Fermat-Euler's Theorem in ...
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Getting beaten to the correct answer [duplicate]

When I answer questions on Math SE, I generally like to leave long, detailed answers that tie up all of the loose ends on the problem. Because of this, combined with the fact that I am a slower typer ...
Franklin Pezzuti Dyer's user avatar
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Curious about exceptionally timely answers

As an avid lurker, I truly enjoy the expertise offered by this site and I think it is remarkable that most questions have thoughtful, in-depth answers relatively quickly. It really is quite amazing ...
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Downvotes on answers to 'poor' questions

I posted an answer to this question. My answer received a downvote, and when I asked them to justify it, another user commented that they guessed it was "based on belief that no one should waste their ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

I am pretty new in this community and honestly do not know if this question is too out of place here, please let me know and I will delete it. When I try to give an answer to something that looks ...
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