Questions tagged [etiquette]

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

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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 ...
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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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Should you ever answer a question you vote to close?

Just wondering. I was thinking if you vote to close you're saying the question is not answerable/should not be answered which is in direct contradiction of answering it. Is there a counterexample?
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Why do we need to avoid to thank somebody?

When I want to comment on an answer that I received for one of my questions, I get the following reminder: "Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid comments like "+1"...
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Are questions necessarily "static"?

Suppose I make a question but someone gives me an answer that points me that that wasn't actually what I wanted to ask. Sometimes I'm a little confused and the ultimate question I want to make isn't ...
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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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Using stackexchange to post your own insights Q & A style

On one of my posts, where I posted an answer at the same time that I asked a question, I got several negative votes for someone telling me not to use the site for my personal notes. It was a sort ...
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Honorable mention, or condensing responses

Months back I asked a question (Fields of Arbitrary Cardinality, sorry I'm on the phone app and can't immediately link it) on (i) whether it is true that any arbitrary infinite set $X$ can be endowed ...
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Should I mark my answer to my own question as community wiki and accept it?

I recently asked a soft question on MSE that garnered a variety of informative answers. After reading through the answers, as well as discovering some information from answers to other questions, I ...
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"Context" vs. "your work" redux

Recently, we (once again) discussed the practices of requiring context and asking for someone's work on a question. It has been quite an established principle these days that people ought to include ...
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Is it okay if I only ask and read, and not answer [duplicate]

I usually only read questions and answers, or ask questions I have. I rarely ever answer, because most of the times, I don't feel qualified enough (read I have no idea what the question is talking ...
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User invites several community members to chat separately about same topic

There is something of a canonical thread Main chatroom etiquette rules about proper use of a chatroom, although a narrow reading might apply it only to the "main" Mathematics chatroom. It doesn't ...
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Up-voting a question while simultaneously voting to close it

Sometimes — most often with opinion-based or soft-questions — I see a question that I actually think is a good question but which does not fit on MSE. I will vote to close it, but other people will ...
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What is the appropriate action when a user edits a post to change its meaning?

Reference. The situation is similar to that described here. A poster asked a question, I answered it, and then he changed the question to better reflect what he meant, making my answer incorrect / ...
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Deleting questions after answer provided in comment?

Just right now, I asked a question on Math.SE and I happened to delete it when a user satisfactorily answered it in the comments. The reason is perhaps somewhat immature: I thought the question was ...
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Possible alternatives to repeatedly commenting

(See also here, but this is on a much shorter timespan.) Today, I just had a couple of experiences with using comments for this question I just asked that makes me wonder if answers could be used to ...
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Serial close votes on pronunciation questions

I have noticed that since, an hour ago, I asked for my question on how to read a formula aloud to be reopened ( http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/22189/why-is-my-question-on-hold ) at least ...
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Editing the problem by an answerer to "make" their answer "correct"

I just noticed that an user, call them $A$ (for "answer", not their real user name) has edited this problem, apparently with the aim of adding an extra hypothesis (namely that the measure of the ...
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Question changed completely after another user started bounty

While browsing the featured question list I noticed that this question was edited by the asker to a completely different question, from something related to quantum field theory (I think?) to a ...
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What's to stop someone asking the same unanswered question again and again?

What's the thing to do in a situation where rather than improve their question someone has just asked the same question again lightly disguised? The case in point is formed by these two: https://math....
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Users using Math Stack Exchange as a de facto blog

There is a user who shall go unnamed (though many can probably guess who it is) that repeatedly posts questions and then answers the questions immediately after posting. This is not per se against the ...
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What are good ways to ask about (famous) open problems?

I understand that asking a question about a famous open problem is viewed as a bit of a red flag and not encouraged, which makes sense of course. Is there a way to stay within protocol/etiquette ...
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Questions with "accidental" trivial answers

Suppose that you ask a question, and field some answers. After reading them, you then unexpectedly realize that your question admits only trivial answers, due to some edge case you didn't realize you ...
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Editing someone else's question to add context

I recently came across a problem statement question about a block matrix inverse. The original author did not include context, and the question got put on hold. I personally know a lot of situations ...
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Is it Discouraged to Write 'Thanks' at the end of one's Post?

I recently had my post edited by an MSE member. The editor removed the 'Thanks' I had put at the end of my post. This happened sometime earlier too. Is it discouraged to write 'Thanks' in our posts? ...
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What is SE etiquette when answering your own question?

I recently asked a question about trigonometric functions. One of the comments did a nice job summarizing what I ended up deciding was the answer. But it wasn't complete and I supplemented it with ...
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Was it necessary to delete these comments?

First time on Meta. I made (at least) two comments on this question, both of which were deleted. I can't remember which comment was made first. Some context to 'first comment': initially this ...
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Trying to keep students from using MSE to do their homework

I'm working as a counselor at a summer math camp, and have been tasked with giving challenge problems for the campers outside of their classes (see this post at MESE) for more details. I am almost ...
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Elaborating on another answer

Consider the following. You're looking at a thread on your beloved MSE where somebody has posed a problem they're looking for help on, and you realize you have an answer. You scroll down, and see ...
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Is it bad form to ask the OP to officially accept your answer? [duplicate]

There are quite a few times that this has happened - the OP has clearly been satisfied with my answer (eg by saying thanks for the help) and has found it useful, but presumably doesn't know how the ...
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Editing Other's Answers Etiquette

You see an answer which is incorrect in formatting or content, but is easily fixable. What do you do? I see three reasonable (active) options: 1) Add a comment explaining the issue and the suggested ...
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Not marking question as duplicate?

An example This question was asked earlier today. The accepted answer by the user "mathlove" was posted within minutes of asking. Now consider this question. The user "mathlove" ...
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Is it okay to leave stupid comments?

I have a knack for leaving stupid jokes on a lot of posts. They don't add anything to the question except (hopefully) a little humour. I am not sure if I should leave these comments because they might ...