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Questions tagged [best-practices]

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Where to post for feedback

I had difficulty finding a single, concise treatment online of the construction of numbers from the naturals through the reals. I have collected my notes in a document (<1,200 words) and before I ...
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Should I award a bounty early if there is a satisfactory answer?

Recently I asked this question. It originally received very little attention (and only one cryptic-to-me answer in a comment), so I placed a bounty on it. It now has an answer which I like; hence I ...
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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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Should we discourage bounties that encourage “clever” but unclear answers?

According to its comment (which may be a joke, but I assume not), this answer was posted in response to a bounty offered to the best answer that does not contain the letter "e". I think that these ...
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Best practices: A given answer resolves question text, but not question title

In this question, the answer answers the question posed in the question text. But the question posed in the question title is actually different, and may also be interesting. What are best practices ...
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Question “Integral thank you” asked by an interesting new user

My question comes from observing this question posted by a new user: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2285016/integral-thank-you I saw in the comments section several friendly and a few ...
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Commas inside or outside dollars in MathJax?

There are some things which work slightly different in MathJax+html than in standard TeX/LaTeX. One of the things is that comma or full stop after MathJax might sometimes get on new line - as pointed ...
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What do you do with a bounty if answers are not good enough?

I've offered four bounties before, and two of those times I didn't find any answer good enough. Last time that happened, I just awarded it to the only answer but I'm wondering if there is a better way....
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How should I respond to old questions that I find but don't fully answer what I'm looking for?

I seem to find a lot of older questions that address what I wish to ask (and seem to be answered) but do not completely clarify an answer to my question. I don't want to start a new one just to ...
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How long to wait for a reply from the SE staff?

After having contacted the SE staff and not having received an answer, how long should I wait before contacting them again with the same request? In May and June I have received the baptism of serial ...
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If I am not getting feeback for my questions, can I just post the same question another day?

I posted a thread a few days ago about the explanation of a proof. I arranged the thread by providing little fragments of the proof, getting feeback on that specific fragment and then posting the ...
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Funny edit by community

Regarding this review/edit. When I approved this edit, I didn't notice the text "anonymous user" and for some reason thought I was approving the OP's edit. Then I see the edit as done by "community". ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

I've noticed that though there is a way to color text or equations, in mathjax, though very few users use it. On the otherhand, those who do, use it regularly. To me, coloring seems a nice way to ...
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Is using blockquote for highlighting problematic?

I want to ask whether using blockquote for the purpose of highlighting some part of a post is discouraged and whether it can cause some problems for users viewing the question? Example: Is using ...
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Proposal: Creation of Actuarial Science SE

I have noticed that there are quite a few (un-answered) questions with the actuarial science tag in the Mathematics SE and also on Cross Validated. To increase the response rate of these types of ...
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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?

I sometimes ask a question which is a problem that I can't solve because I have made a calculative error. Often, all it takes is for someone to point out the small error I have made (or for me to ...
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Can many people use a single account? [duplicate]

Can many people use a single SE account? This would lead to much faster accumulation of rep. It could also lead to certain posts being better than others (due to different authors), or even conflict ...
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What to do when you don't agree with an audit

I just had the unpleasant experience of reviewing this question, where this close review was an audit to see if I was "paying attention." I was about to vote to close, but then I noticed that only ...
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Should my answer (one solution to an equation) have been in the comments?

I am referring to this question, and my answer to it. The question asks for solutions to a particular equation, and not for any proof (why they work, how many exist, etc.). It also does not mention ...
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Is it bad practice to comment on old questions with high views?

For instance, on this question I was going to ask about an English translation for one of the resources that was posted. I noticed that all the answers had no comment threads below them. My thinking ...
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Understanding the community stand point on posts about self harming

Now before I state the question I had when I woke up this winter morning.. this is definitely not about me, or anyone I know. Anyway.. I was wondering what the protocol is for someone who claims ...
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Policy on hyperlink shortening/redirection sites

While reviewing a LQ post, I found the answer contained a link, purportedly to a video providing a proof requested in the respective question. However the link was presented as a bit.ly "shortened" ...
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Are we too trigger-happy about deleting (relatively) new posts?

I was directed just now to a post with the following abbreviated time-line: Question was posted 21 hours ago Question was closed as "unclear what you are asking" 19 hours ago Question was deleted by ...
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How best to re-ask a question that wasn't fully answered

I'm interested in finding a solution to this question for the non trivial cases. When the OP first wrote the question, it included the possibility of trivial cases, and as such the answers received ...
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Using $\tau$ instead of $2\pi$?

In this answer, the person who answered used $\tau$ instead of $2\pi$, and I commented that he should probably use $2\pi$ instead to avoid confusion. My question is: Do we have any guidelines here ...
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Is highlighting text in bold considered rude?

I was wondering whether it is considered impolite to highlight sections of one's questions or answers in boldface. In my opinion, suitably applied, it can increase the readability of an answer, but I'...
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Attractive Titling

I know that I atleast have used witty or provocative (though not intentionally misleading) titles to catch the interest of community members here to help my question, and for my own enjoyment. I would ...
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Where and how to post a “big-list” question with multiple parts?

I have the following question I'd like to ask: "Which claims made by Fermat have had published proofs using math available in his time?" This brings up several issues: Is MSE the right forum for ...
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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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Related questions, post as one question?

Suppose for some period of time I'm working on a very specific subject. Naturally questions will arise along the way, one the one hand I'd feel uncomfortable with "flooding" MSE with questions all ...
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Could Community Bulletin be used for reminders about correct tagging and other good practices?

I have noticed on another SE site that they have put a reminder about correctly using one of their tags, which was not entirely clear. I do not whether it is possible to link to the community ...
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Tagging: Choose the most tags that fit, or choose the most narrow tag?

A particular user has been editing questions with multiple tags to reduce the number of tags listed. They find the most specific tag for the question, and remove the others. For example, turning ...
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How is plagiarism best handled by nonmoderators? Should it be kept entirely private?

For ordinary users (so not focusing on the problems of what subsequent moderator action is appropriate, etc.) I am interested in understanding how to best handle cases of plagiarism, when noticed by a ...
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Is there any etiquette to be observed when editing a question or an answer?

I am asking this because there were a few occasions when I felt an urgent need to edit a person's solution that had been written rather poorly (e.g. using non-standard abbreviations or committing ...
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Is it ok if I have many extremely short, and “elementary” questions to ask on Stack, and I just merged them in 1 question?

They may or may not be of similar topics. I am afraid I would spam up the site and push other more important questions to the bottom, if I listed them as individual questions... And I have about 20 ...
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Etiquette in posing questions

I am often seeing questions which are phrased as commands or how to solve. As if it is the duty of members to respond. I am not suggesting a load of obsequious verbiage. But just something that gets ...
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A bad day at mathexchange … [closed]

OK, first I must apologize if this title or this meta place is inappropriate, but I'm unaware of a better place to post this. Today I had an unpleasant day at math.stackexchange. For starters, I got ...
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Should we avoid mathjax, if it is not necessary?

Of course, for complicated formulae TeX syntax is unavoidable. I have in mind some simpler situations such as 2.3=6, 2*3=6 or 2x3=6 vs. $2.3=6$, $2\cdot 3 = 6$ or $2\times 3=6$ for any choice of a ...
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My question was turned into a community wiki - should/can I still pick a best answer?

A question I asked yesterday was recently turned into a community wiki question. Ok, no problem. I understand why that decision was made. Before that was done however, I was contemplating which of the ...
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When to vote a question down

When is it proper to vote a question down? I can think of obvious instances in which one should vote a question down, such as if it is the third or fourth homework question somebody has asked in a row ...
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What is the proper way to acknowledge an answer posted on another forum / site?

Hi Math-SE is (obviously) not the only math-discussion forum out there. A poster that wishes to maximize the speed at which his question is answered may well choose to post the same question on more ...
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Newbie with problem in best answer classification

Hey all! I'm a newbie here, just registered yesterday. I asked a question at Math SE and I received 2 good answers, but I can't get them both up neither choose as best one. I think it's unfair to ...
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Answering The Uninformed

Occasionally I see a question (e.g. Are Disjoint Set Assertions Commutative?) where the OP has very little background in math or is a troll. The accepted answer to this question is very ...
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Downvoting unnecessarily complicated/irrelevant answers?

Quite often I see simple questions asked and people offering answers that are clearly not going to make any sense to the OP because of the gap between the knowledge assumed by the answer, and the ...