Questions tagged [etiquette]

This tag is aimed for discussions about etiquette: how to behave on the site and the chat.

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My username is forced to change because it is close to that of a well-known user

I received suddenly an email from the Moderation Team: Hello, We're writing in reference to your Mathematics Stack Exchange account: https://math.stackexchange.com/users/798202/user798202 We reset ...
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Is answering only “This is correct.” to a proof-verification question acceptable?

I answered a question of the form “Is my proof correct?”. From the proof, which was indeed correct, it was clear that the OP knew what he/she was doing, and I think that the doubt arose only because ...
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How to handle unanswered MSE questions with answers on MO?

For reference, I am looking at this MSE question in particular, which mentions obtaining an answer on MO here. I guess the question was posted to MSE first and, perhaps after nudging from other uses, ...
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Referring to ones own questions as examples, is it an accepted practice?

Is the following unethical? I want to refer new users on the website to questions that I have asked. I want to help them to ask better questions by providing my questions as examples. I am asking ...
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User answering poor question while also voting to close

Context Tonight I witnessed conduct from a reputable user that I find outrageous. I won’t name names, but as the individual’s identity could be determined by tracing my activity anyways, I’ll include ...
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Can I run a course project on Math.SE?

I'm an instructor at a North American university and I've been asked to teach an introductory group theory course online this summer. One of my learning goals emphasizes mathematical communication, ...
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etiquette related to question posts or comments in which the asker (commenter) writes as though they are texting or chatting?

I'm concerned about posts like the following: $\langle$ Problem statement appears here$\rangle$ idk - u plz hlp me?!!! I find that sort of question to be really rude; though probably not ...
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Engage with people from the fringes - or not?

I am quite tempted to ask this question because I have committed this a few times recently (e.g. Is this a useful concept in trying to solve the Riemann Hypothesis? Or am I still to naïve? , Why ...
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Should I create a new question?

I forgot a minus sign everywhere and I made a question wrong. I asked The differential entropy cannot be negative for pdf in (0,1) but the question should have been positive instead of negative. The ...
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Can actual names with vulgar words be used on Mathematics SE?

I recently asked on Mathematics Stack Exchange (and quickly deleted) a question named "How is used Chinese Dumbass Notation?" The question was upsetting to the public, so I decided to ask this ...
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Is it OK to ask approximately one question a day from old application exams?

If I ask approximately one question a day (from old application exams) will it be considered flooding/spamming or is this perfectly legal?
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Multiple questions in a single post

Recently this question was edited so as to have two separate questions within the same post (after the OP tried to ask me the second question directly in comments on an unrelated question and I ...
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Policy on smileys?

Is there a policy about using smileys in questions/answers? I am especially concerned by the colored icons, rather the more traditional ascii combinations. I only started to see smileys recently on ...
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Editing another users 'unclear what you are asking' question

General question: if a question by another user is put on hold by moderators because it is 'unclear what you are asking' is it ok to edit it to make it clear what is being asked? This came up with ...
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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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Whine… (acknowledging priority) [duplicate]

Say $X$ posts an incorrect, or at least incomplete, answer. I post a complete answer. X edits his or her answer - the new version is imo essentially the same as mine, although imo much less well ...
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Should we edit the post of a user who has left the site for medical reasons?

I recently encountered an answer by a user who has left the site for medical reasons. The answer, which was otherwise well-written, contained a minor error. The author's intention was clear, so I ...
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Why are the user suspension criteria applied for unfair comments on the main site currently not applied for unfair use of public chat rooms?

After my first 7 days suspension on April 2018, I raised HERE some questions related to the proper use of chat rooms to avoid defamatory actions clearly not compatible with the fair harmony of the ...
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Heteronormativity and binary gender assumptions

Recently quite a number of questions have been posted that contain heteronormative assumptions or assumptions about binary genders, e.g. questions about married couples that assume that these consist ...
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Are downvotes considered offensive?

I am asking this question because more and more frequently, I feel that people treat and experience downvotes as offensive. To give one example, I just stumbled across this question: Why is true that ...
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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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What are the rules for posting an image with my attempts to solve my question?

Hi guys not sure if this is the right place to post this but just wondering what is the rules regarding posting images of individual attempts for a question you have asked, i.e. if I have a question, ...
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Is it okay to ask for proof assistance frequently as you self-teach a topic?

I'm self-teaching algebraic geometry, and obviously the problems get hard fast (for a hobbyist at least) and I can't be 100% sure if I solved a particular problem. Initially I found Math SE to be very ...
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How to deal with defamations perpetrated through public chat rooms?

I must premise that the present OP, albeit motivated by a personal experience on Mathematical Stack Exchange, aims to solicit an open discussion about an important general issue concerning the common ...
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Immediate question deletion to prevent others from seeing an answer

I recently answered a question about a simple strategy game. (Mine was the only answer.) The OP deleted the question about a minute later. It occurs to me that he might not have wanted a potential ...
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Etiquette dilemma

Suppose hypothetically you've decided there's simply no point in trying to explain things to a certain user. But he's asking questions about something. Community-norms-wise, which alternative seems ...
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What to do with my cross-posted question that got answered elsewhere?

On MSE I recently asked a question which remained unanswered for a couple of weeks, at which point I cross-posted it on MO where it was answered. What should be done now with the unanswered question ...
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Which answer to approve?

If I ask a question and get some answers for it of which all are equally correct and use a different method to solve the problem then how to decide which answer to approve?
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Two different but equivalent answers.

Last night I answered this question with a formula and a rationale. A little later someone else answered the same question using a different method with a formula that looks very different, which is ...
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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 ...
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Has the upvoting really gone down?

For past few days I feel as if upvoting an answer and "answer accepting" (the green tick) has really gone down. I saw many questions with multiple answers with lot of explanation and none of the ...
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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 ...
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Adding question to a post.

There are some cases when users ask a specific question in their post and then after receiving an answer addressing their question,they edit their post with more than 2 or 3 questions which are not so ...
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Is “playing dumb” considered un-helpful?

It is fairly common for someone to post a question with an easy-to-fix notational error, for example, writing an integral and forgetting to put $dx$ at the end. Some users will just edit the post and ...
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What to do after OP askes a question and then immediately realises its (trivial) answer?

After 1hr thinking in a problem, I gave up, and then I asked a question on math SE. Then, 1 minute after posting it, I realized the answer. Did that already happen to you? What should one do in this ...
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Formulating the problem helps solving it -> self answer or delete question?

More than once it happened to me that I got stuck in a derivation. Formulating the question on MSE with nicely formatted TeX and describing step by step how far I got then helped me to get forward and ...
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Etiquette Question: OP answers based on the answers of others

If OP gets a very brief if not incomplete answer, and then adds their own answer which is a more complete version, who should be marked as Answering the Question. On one hand, the original answer ...
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squeezing for further information once an answer is given

I gave a correct answer at is it ever possible for a sequence of real-valued smooth, non-diffeomorphic functions in $\mathbb{R}$ to jump across a repulsive fixed-point? a few minutes ago. The OP then ...
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Is it rude not to reply?

Suppose that I posted, as an answer, a fairly good hint to a question, but the OP still can't solve it on their own, and they ask me for further details. Would it be rude if I did not reply? The only ...
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Copy and pasting answers from comments

What is the general rule for copy and pasting and posting as answers the exact content of someone's comment? What is required? Credit? Making the post community wiki?
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Should I delete my answer after OP changed his/her question in an essential way?

The question Confusion of central limit theory was asked recently. After I gave my answer, OP changed his/her question in a way that essentially makes my answer completely useless. In such situation, ...
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How to make users follow a better etiquette?

We've all seen it. A question of a new user, copied from a problem book, 5 people answering it with one-liners within 10 minutes, the user saying maybe a "thankx" and either picking a best answer ...
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Is it OK to re-try a less ambitious version of an overambitious edit?

My suggested edit https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/719881 was recently rejected. My original intent was only to convert a link to a PDF article into a link to the abstract for ...
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Asking for feedback on proofs to already answered questions.

Often I find myself in two situations, in both cases I have already the solution or proof to a given problem, but: My answer is very is long and hard to follow. I want to improve it but I am not sure ...
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Posting question on chat

Is it okay to post any asked question link in mathematics chat room to get attention, and get answer soon? I was thinking if I had did some thing wrong by posting in chat room to get answer.
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Is too much self editing frowned upon?

I have found myself re-editing quite a bit until I feel a question is right, either I got things wrong (oops) or just get in a perfectionist mode, and have wondered what happens whenever I press the <...
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Is there any point answering/commenting/voting on old posts?

Say a post has been inactive for a period of time, what happens if you answer, comment or even vote on that question: who sees what you've done? Is voting good practice on inactive questions as it ...
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When a user refuses to typeset responses and posts numerous low-quality answers [closed]

I have recently noticed a particular user who persists in Contributing very low-quality answers, and Refusing to typeset his responses correctly. Regarding the first point, such answers are often ...
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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 ...