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Self answered questions as examples

At times, my learning parters at the university have a hard time solving certain problems. Is it legitimate to post a self answered question, to help them, and at the same time, help others with an ...
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When should you add another answer instead of adding to your previous answer?

Suppose I give a solution to a problem in an answer and then later on I think of a different method to solve the same problem. Should I edit my old answer and include the second method, or should ...
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What's the motivation for keeping the deleted answers?

I wonder why this site keeps the deleted answers? If some user decide to delete his answer I think he wants to do it for some good reasons, and hoping that his answer is gone, but after achieving ...
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Do hints belong in answers or comments?

If the OP doesn't indicate whether they'd prefer a hint, a sketch, or a full answer, and you'd like to leave just a hint, should it be an answer or a comment? Should one option be encouraged? If so, ...
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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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How to handle when two answers are more or less the same?

Sometimes questions will get two answers that are more or less the same solution to the problem posed, but perhaps worded differently or with equivalent, but superficially different, calculations. I ...
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Giving extra points for a great answer

A similar question was asked but was somewhat colored by the implication that the questioner wanted to "pay" for assistance. But I was wondering if there is a mechanism to award bonus points for an ...
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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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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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when is that a comment is better than an answer?

This is my first post on meta, so I hope to say something that makes sense. I often see comments that if they had been posted as answers they could be acceptable ones. The problem I see in this is ...
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Community Wiki answers to avoid reputation

Sometimes, one comes across questions on the main site that facilitate very easy answers. For example, "Is this solution correct?" or "Is my understanding of definition X correct?", but also questions ...
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Misleading Answers = Poor answers

I have been reading the posts about what defines a poor question, and I am impressed at the level of intensity of feeling in that regard, and rightly so. But there's something on my mind: while we ...
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Statistics for mse: visitors before the first answer and answer rate per tag

I am interested in some statistical information about the math.stackexchange website. Especially these two: What is the average number of visitors of a question before it receives the first answer? ...
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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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About posting identical answers to a question

I've been a fairly active member for about a month, and I first of all want to say that this is a terrific site for someone like me that loves to mess around with challenging problems for no reason ...
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Could editors please ask before deleting answers.?

I gave about an hour ago a one-line answer to this question, stating that a finitely generated algebra over a field is noetherian, and that a previous answer (by me, among others) had shown that the ...
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How to add a comment to an answer?

I see in some questions, Other are adding comments to an answer. How to do this?
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Can I ask the same question twice?

I asked a question but since it was very long, nobody answered me. I'm wondering if I should ask it again as a new question again (Of course I will make it much simpler than before) or should I just ...
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Statistics on upvoting

Has there recently been statistically less upvoting than usual? I know I should answer questions for the love of it and not care about rep, but I've been sort of discouraged as of late. Out of my ...
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What's wrong with a user posting different and independent answers to a question?

When I posted different answers to a question, some people seemed to frown upon it. Is $G/pG$ is a $p$-group?
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Process LaTeX math in dynamically loaded answers [duplicate]

When a new answer was posted while I'm writing my own answer, I see a nice notification box, where I can click on a link to load new answers. I just saw a case where the LaTeX code in these new ...
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Using automated solutions, such as WolframAlpha?

I recently answered this question copying a solution directly from WolframAlpha. I want to know if this method is considered valid here on MSE because there're similar problems that can be solved ...
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Three answers disappeared

Yesterday I have 287 answers in my profile, today 284. I don't know which answers disappeared, the only thing I can say is that I lost some reputation in functional analysis tag. What has happened? I ...
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Downvoting Complete Solutions

I recently had an answer to this homework question downvoted twice because I provided a complete solution. Has a consensus been reached about how to treat homework problems? If not, is this an ...
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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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“Avoid asking for clarification to answers” - What does it mean?

I answered my first question today. A message popped up with guidelines. "Avoid asking for help, clarification, or responding to other answers." Really?? Seems draconian to me, unless i miss something....
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Accepted answers are always displayed on top?

I always thought, that the accepted answer is displayed on top of the other answers, even if the others have more votes. This question seems to be a counterexample. Why is that? The timeline of the ...
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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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Grace period when a question is closed

Didn't there use to be a grace period of 5 minutes after a question was closed where answers could still be submitted, but where one can't start writing an answer? If there wasn't (and I have just ...
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Is the asker notified when an answer to their question is edited? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lack of notification If I edit my answer to a question to add substantially new information, will the user who posted the original question be notified of it automatically, or ...
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Delete vs. Edit etiquette

If an error is found in my answer, is it appropriate to delete the answer and let someone else more knowledgeable answer? Or is should I attempt to correct my solution through edits? What is the ...
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This is a comment, not an answer!

Sometimes comments get to long or someone wants to include pictures or low-rep user can't comment anywhere, so people decide to give a comment in the answer field. If it is not useful/possible to ...
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Should there be an option to accept multiple answers?

The OP raises an important point here and I quote " i'd like to reward all of you because all answers are nice and helpful, but this is not possible". This got me thinking, since for that question in ...
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comments that answer the question

The latest example is My idea about finding the largest prime number where OP asks about a distributed processing approach to find prime numbers. There was a comment: mersenne.org – pedja which OP ...
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When to down vote an answer?

I downvoted an answer (to this question) because I didn't think that the answer addressed the question well enough. There wasn't anything wrong about the answer, but I just didn't think that it ...
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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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What happened to an answer that disappeared?

I posted an answer today that disappeared into the Memory Hole. Is there no way to tell what happened? When I click on "activity", there's no sign of it. Later comment: The question is again ...
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On the inclusion of pages-of-text-as-images in answers

This is related to this question: On the inclusion of pages-of-text-as-images in questions and inspired by this answer of mine: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/100984/2614 So, the discussion in the ...
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Posting an answer as a comment

Related (possible duplicates):Dealing with answers in comments and What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? I've seen this more than a couple times now: here is a ...
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Is sometimes keeping wrong answer reasonable?

My memory might be fooling me, but I believe I have seen comments or discussions an meta regarding this matter. I am unable to find it now, so I will ask about your opinion. If I answer some question ...
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Be aware if someone other is writing an answer to the same question while you're doing so

Sometimes it happens that after being writing an answer to a question for some time, the question is answered by another user providing the same information one has written (i.e. the right answer...) ...
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Wrong number of answers displayed in questions list

This question currently has one answer What is "anti-optimization" about? but is listed as having 2 answers at https://math.stackexchange.com/ https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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What's the best way to combine several answers and comments into a single answer?

What's the best way to combine several answers and comments, all of which contribute, but none of which on its own quite answers the question, into a single answer, focused on the question? Should I ...
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How to deal with answers which aren't answers? (Accept Rate)

Cases such as Proof of no prime-representing polynomial in 2 variables will cause the Accept Rate of the asker to decline even though there really isn't an acceptable answer to the question. What's ...
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Can I edit someone else's answer to one of my questions and then accept it?

I have a question that has nearly a final answer, but it could use some rephrasing and updating. What is the idiom for handling this situation? Should attempt to edit the answer and then accept that, ...
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Deleting your own answers

When should you delete your own answers? I'm not asking for only the case where your answer is wrong (which is discussed in this topic), but more generally, when it would be good practice to delete ...
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What to do with these posts on the “Batman equation” question?

These three posts (here, here, and here) on the Batman question are certainly not answers to the original question. However, I'm unsure about what exactly to do with them. Here are possibilities I've ...
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When is Deleting an Answer Reasonable?

Today (formally July 10) an answer (not mine) to integrating $y \ln y$ was deleted. The one line answer said that the same technique (presumably the one in another of the answers) could be used for ...
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Length of time to wait before accepting an answer

Is there any established etiquette as far as accepting answers? In particular, if there is a correct answer posted, are there any guidelines for how long one should wait before accepting? Similarly, ...
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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 ...