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Can we please be more generous to elementary beginners?

This question: Given that $\arctan(1/5) + \arctan(1/8) = \arctan(1/p)$, how to find the value of $p$? (now deleted again) was originally closed as "off-topic". Here is the original title: Tricky ...
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Can we please STOP closing and deleting old posts with answers?

This is a follow-up for a recent questions of mine: What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE? I have noticed recently that quite a few ...
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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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Is there an MSE-like site that is more pleasant to work in? Or are there other solutions?

The Problem: It becomes more difficult to help people on a site in which there is mass closing of questions. And I am disturbed that a small group of people is engaged in trying to delete permanently ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

I have noticed that sometimes answers are downvoted in order to cause the automatic deletion of a question by the community user. In particular, there are closed questions with $1$-point answers - ...
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Why was “Rational numbers - sticks and stones” deleted?

Could some 10k or ♦ mod shed some light on why this question was deleted? I understand that there may have been a good reason for it, but the error page I'm getting doesn't really explain it, beyond ...
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How can we, as a community, reduce some of the tension on the site?

It feels like there's a lot of tension on this site, broadly about closing/downvoting/deleting questions. I am quite prolific in closing/downvoting/deleting questions myself because well...there's a ...
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Why would a question with an upvoted and accepted answer be deleted?

This is a question on MSE which I had answered a month or so ago. It was an interesting question and it took me some effort to write the answer. The answer got upvoted twice and accepted. Two weeks ...
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Should moderators intervene when the accepted answer is blatantly wrong?

Generally the moderators have nothing to do with the actual mathematical content of the posts. Their work is when the posts are incorrectly made (e.g. questions in answers, or comments in answers), or ...
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Can we make it impossible for the asker to delete a question which has at least one answer (no matter the upvotes)?

There are multiple questions on meta about users deleting their question right after receiving an answer, before this answer can be upvoted. See this and this I don't see any reason to leave this '...
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What is our question deletion policy?

I've recently become a 10k plus user, and I was taking a look at the moderation tools, specifically the deletion votes section. As I was looking at the questions nominated for deletion, it struck me ...
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Comment etiquette: Should one delete a comment about a minor error after correction has been made?

I recently commented on a solution and pointed out a small error; the author soon commented back, thanked me and corrected the error. He/she was perfectly nice, and I'm not asking the question because ...
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More granularity in locking questions

Is it possible to have more granularity in of time-span for locking questions? Currently the available choices are 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week, and permanent. There are times where longer, but not permanent ...
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Should we vote to delete wrong answers?

It is not difficult to notice that sometimes an answer is deleted (by users other than the OP)1 simply on the grounds that it is considered incorrect by the users who voted to delete. (Probably if you ...
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How to delete my question

I just posted this question on SE: How to make two vectors orthogonal? I want to delete it because I have come up with a way to word it better and manipulate it so people can understand what I'm ...
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I don't understand the deletion of a recent question

Recently, this question was deleted by the asker after I wrote an answer and added further clarification when the asker expressed some confusion about my answer. To be fair, I didn't have to think a ...
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Is deletion of unnecessary comments a common practice here?

I have the habit of deleting my comments whenever I find them unnecessary anymore (for instance, I notified the OP that there's a typo, and it got fixed). Mostly, the user replies with (something ...
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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?

Note 2: † This is NOT a duplicate of the linked question: I am NOT asking at all "Under what circumstances is it appropriate to delete a question that has received a good answer?" Again, this ...
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Is it possible to withdraw a deletion vote?

Is it possible to withdraw a deletion vote? Most probably not, but I want to be sure. (A few words about the motivation of not permitting this is also welcome.)
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Anything to be done about (bad?) question deletion

I just had this experience and was wondering if there is anything to be done about it: I see a question on the front page. Have (what I think is) a nice approach to it so spend 5-10 minutes writing ...
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Is closure a prelude to deletion?

When I was particularly active on meta, the topic of debate was about whether we should close low quality questions. If and when to delete questions didn't really come up. I've recently gotten the ...
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Why was this duplicate question deleted?

When does a function NOT have an antiderivative? This question was closed as a duplicate. I agree that the question was a duplicate (although I would have also added a second link, one to some post ...
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Which actions by moderators cannot be reversed by community?

There are some actions where a vote from moderator has immediate effect (i.e., there is no need for votes from other users). This is the case for closing and reopening posts. However, in these cases ...
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A very small favor to ask re downvoted answers

In this question, I initially messed up and put in an incorrect result. Blindingly fast, the answer was downvoted. I raced to correct the result, but by then there was already a correct result. So I ...
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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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Why is this answer “spam or offensive”?

This reply to Is zero odd or even? was deleted (several years ago) by the Community user, which replaced the content with the remark: This answer was marked as spam or offensive and is therefore ...
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Is there any way to see my deleted questions or answers?

Previously I deleted some of my questions, I wonder if there is a way to see (only) my deleted questions?
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When do network moderators delete questions?

I have been going over the list of recently deleted posts, to see what new there since my last visit, and I have noticed something strange. One of the network-wide moderator has deleted a question. ...
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Should I remove a link if given an external request?

In good faith, I posted a question about a paper which was published in an online journal, claiming to have proven a result about a well-known theorem. I naturally linked to the paper in question, ...
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How was this question deleted?

I'm aware that sometimes a user will delete their question as soon as they get a useful answer, to hide their tracks. Sometimes I spend time contributing an answer, and it bothers me when my work is ...
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How many posts get deleted, and what are they?

Stack Exchange Data Explorer now includes the table PostsWithDeleted, which, as the name suggests, includes some data on deleted posts. (Meta announcement.) The content of deleted posts is not made ...
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Will deleting my own downvoted question negatively affect those who responded?

Suppose I ask a question, and get several helpful responses, and select one as best answer. The respondents enjoy upticks in reputation when I and others vote their answers up. Should my question ...
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Is it okay to delete unanswered, marked as duplicates questions?

Just what the title says: I've had many questions marked as duplicates when I first started using this site, and I was wondering if it's okay for me to delete them.
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Deleting meaningless answers?

I saw recent thread on whether incorrect answers should be deleted. What about answers that are "not even wrong", because they use notation in ways that simply make no sense? I'm thinking about two of ...
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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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Is undelete of comments already deleted.. possible?

If something new or relevant needs to be said, deleted comments if retraceable could be re-edited for renewed comments. Not needed often though.
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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 ...
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My comment disappeared

I believe that a comment that I made on the following MSE post was deleted without any notice to me or any record that I can see of the deletion. Distinction between "if any" and "if ...
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Are deleted comments destroyed?

When I delete a comment, is it destroyed completely? Or does it still exist, perhaps visible to moderators? If the latter, can it be undeleted again?
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Question Deleted After Receiving Answer

This is another example of an OP deleting a question after receiving an answer. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3334999/find-a-jordan-basis-for-a-linear-operator This has been discussed ...
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No longer relevant comments

The following scenario frequently happens: member $M_1$ answers a question, but he makes a typo that member $M_2$ points out. So $M_2$ leaves a comment, $M_1$ corrects the answer. If this correction ...
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Users providing only answers in Maple [duplicate]

This question is about users who stubbornly only provide Maple code and their output as answers, even if the question does not ask for it. Yesterday I decided to review some low-quality posts (there ...
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Should I delete question that is an open problem and has been discussed in papers?

Related question:Finding $\max |A|$ with $a_{ij}=\pm 1$ I have asked this question before I searched OEIS. After I have asked this question, I found this problem called "Hadamard maximal determinant ...
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Protocol for deleting wrong answers.

Assume someone asks a question, I read it and think "ok I've got it". And post my answer. After some amount of time I realize, or am alerted that my answer is wrong. Perhaps it was too sloppy, or ...
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Why community in SE deleted my comment related to the below duplicate question?

Really am sorry for the behavior of community of stackexchange math, I am the first who has marked this question as a duplicate question and I have got some up vote for this comment After sometimes,...
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Vulgar Username

I think necessary steps should be taken against the profile https://math.stackexchange.com/users/26920/urine-soaked-pajamas as the user name and avatar are offensive and go against the dignity of the ...
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Negative number of delete votes left?

I didn't remember if I had used up all my delete votes today, so I tried to delete one. I was greeted with this: As you can see, I have -1 (negative one) delete votes left today. How did that happen? ...
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The difference between “Delete” and “Recommend Deletion”

Until reaching the threshold of 20000 reputation points, during the review process I was presented with the option to "Recommend Deletion". Now that I have reached it, this has turned into "Delete". ...
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Completely normal comments being deleted by administrator?

Today I commented on a question if the OP knew what the definitions of a question were. (The question was on group theory and knowing the definitions was an important part of the question). I went ...
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Should identical answers on questions which are abstract duplicates of each other be allowed?

Let's say that a question is posted, asking how to find $$\sum_{k=1}^n2k^2.$$ It is proposed that the question be closed as a duplicate of a much older one, asking how to find $$\sum_{k=1}^nk^2,$$ but ...

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