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Etiquette for undoing edit to my answer?

Someone recently edited an answer I wrote earlier today: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/969737/155629 Usually I'm happy to receive edits, but in this case the edit does not reflect the intention ...
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Etiquette of removing Moderator's Note

There is a recent Question that popped up in Close Review. It had been on-hold for several days because it came from an on-going online competition, but it seems the deadline passed. My question is ...
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What is the etiquette on tags like “delete me” or “troll”?

I noticed the creation of tags "delete-me" and "troll," see https://math.stackexchange.com/tags?tab=new for the moment. I do not know where the latter was used, but I flagged the question where the ...
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Disparity Between Upvotes in Questions and Answers

Should it ever be possible that a question and an answer have this much disparity? I don't understand how a question "is not good enough" to have positive net votes, but the answers to the question ...
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Answers to basic questions which are too detailed

Often, users on this site ask very basic mathematical questions (in the order of what is the integral of a polynomial, or maybe a trigonometric equation which can be solved by looking up the ...
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Renaming old questions

I occasionally go on a link-click binge through the linked-and-related questions sidebar. This past-time has led me to several interesting questions with exemplary answers, and I'm sure I've learned a ...
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Behavior about answering and voting for closing a question.

When I see some question when OP doesn't show any effort, just throws the exercise in, but is something relatively simple, in my conception, I answer it just giving general directions, not elaborating ...
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Is it inappropriate to turn a proof verification question into a self-answered question?

Over a week ago I asked this question. In it, I proposed a solution and asked for it to be verified, or for an alternative solution to be suggested. Currently, there are no answers but there is one ...
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Does one need to consider the details of the autodeletion script when downvoting?

It is possible that downvoting a post results in deletion of of a question; the precise rules are however a bit tricky. Before downvoting, is it necessary to check if a downvote would lead to (very ...
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Question in obfuscated code

This question (source (code) of second revision) is written in bizarre obfuscated code. I am referring to the code, not to what you see when you read the question. One cannot help suspect some kind of ...
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Should answer votes be cast based on their accesibility to the asker?

I occassionally see answers to questions which appear to require a greater level of knowlege than the asker has. Should votes be cast on answers depending on how understandable they are to the asker? ...
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Etiquette: How to deal with “spoon feeding” requests?

I gave hints for this question, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/839401/limit-of-arg-mins/839962#839962 and explicitly told the op they were hints not an answer. I am not expecting to get the ...
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Asking better Questions

I never got my question on Bergman Spaces answered with any good quality and it received only $1$ upvote and some nonsequitor comment from a very high reputation user, while a similar post about ...
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Editing my answer without my permission.

An edit to the answer I posted was not approved by me and still the edit is visible/effective, how?, moderators used their special privilege?
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How to handle insistent OPs?

You sometimes meet OPs asking a question that you are eager to answer by providing the sufficient hints, possibly in a condensed way or by linking to published solutions, but in a way that is deemed ...
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Responding to questions of the form “My professor said $X$, but $X$ is false!”

From time-to-time a question of the form "My professor said $X$ is true, but my book says that $X$ is false. Is my professor wrong?" is asked. For example, I've seen questions similar to: Question 1. ...
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Was I out of line?

In a recent deleted question I tried to help the OP in the comments. Please read them. (In between my first and second comments there used to be a comment by the OP). Eventually I made the assessment ...
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Censorship of swear words on mathSE

(This issue has been discussed before, specifically here. A different kind of censorship has been discussed here.) There are two reasons I am bringing this up again. Firstly, the previous ...
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What is the etiquette for reposting one's own answer?

At one point I wrote a fairly detailed explanation of why equivalence relations on a set and partitions of that set are essentially the same thing. The issue came up in a new question again. The new ...
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What is the etiquette for forming the identifying string when using comment notifications?

I am a somewhat infrequent user of this site. I just came across some comment by a high-rep user whose displayname is of the form GivenName FamilyName, let us say John Doe. In this comment said user ...
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Should experienced users be held for higher standards when posting questions?

There are many discussions about whether or we should close questions which include only a short statement of the problem. But these threads are often concerned with new users, less familiar with the ...
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Personal contacts with users

Is it alright if I maintain a personal contact with a specific user? There is a user who I've found to be particularly meticulous in writing proofs. I am learning a couple of disciplines on my own and ...
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Should I delete my answer if it is identical to others

I found a couple of similar questions. But don't think any of it answers my query. But if this is a duplicate I apologise and please point me towards the original. On a couple of occasions now I ...
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Dealing with zero effort questions

A lot of questions on the site are asked by one time users who think that this is a magical place where all homework gets done with no effort put into it. Usually, the users prompt the question author ...
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Review Etiquette

I've searched and checked out many questions on meta about how to handle reviews. There is mostly helpful information already available. There is still one particular thing I'm not sure about. If one ...
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Is sharing the site among fellow students helpful/desired?

I'm a first year student in Computer Science and we all have big problems with math here. We study real analysis, elementary set theory, linear algebra and discrete math and we seek help wherever we ...
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should you ask questions with the intention of answering it yourself [duplicate]

Is this frowned up on/discouraged? The reason I ask is that I might do this so that I can use the question link somewhere else where I cannot type latex.
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Should I undelete my posts?

Today, I received a message, in which I was informed that posts should not be deleted without any significant reason. If I had a good reason, I should send an e-mail. Is it against the etiquette to ...
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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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Double-voting on delete/undelete status of questions.

Delete/undelete reversal cycles can be prolonged (and the ultimate outcome altered) by double voting, in which users undo the defeat of their earlier votes by casting the same vote a second time. For ...
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Would you ever favourite a question you down vote?

Today, I came across a user who posted lots of question in 1 area with no attempts on any of them. Many of these were very good questions and have answers. I would certainly benefit from learning from ...
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Solving a question using simulation / programming

To explain my situation with math as a form of context to the question. I have a college education, which enables me to understand some of the whole range of subjects treated here at Math SE. However, ...
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Courtesy/Etiquette: Writing an Almost-Identical Answer just After the Previous.

I'm curious as to whether there is some implicit/explicit etiquette re writing an almost-identical answer just a few minutes after a previous one. I'm thinking about the issue in general, but the ...
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Retire localized meta.MSE acronyms including PSQ and its variants

Earlier in 2013, for a short time a volcano of postings about basic homework questions took over practically the entire meta.MSE, with the same 20 users rapidly exchanging what seemed to be thousands ...
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Asking multiple numerical questions in a single post

If I have three to four numerical questions based on the same topic (like logarithms or linear inequations, which mostly involve algebraic manipulations), can I put them in a single post, showing my ...
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what to do if the OP removed content from its question?

While reviewing, I stumbled upon this question. The OP removed the text of his/her question, substituing it with the sentence Please remove this, the question has gone unanswered and help is ...
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Accepted, upvoted and downvoted answers or comments

I am quite new on SE but what I notice is (generally speaking since I have no statistics) that, and this is almost true for most new users, many answers are not accepted neither upvoted. When someone ...
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Are answers that have no explanations useful?

As those of you who have been participants in the integration debates over the last few days (see here, for example) may know, we have been essentially debating over the nature of the content we ...
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Is this conform to SE ethics?

In an answer to a post, I read "If you like my answer you can upvote and accept it..". I am just wondering if we can do things like that.
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Is it OK to automatically downvote homework questions that show no effort or etiquette?

I have seen a lot of very similar questions here, so I apologize if this is a duplicate. There is a related question at Closing questions that show no effort - official policy? I see this very often ...
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Courtesy is a priority?

I looked at a question to be answered and found a number of unpleasant comments to the OP. Apparently he was new, and his formatting wasn't to everyone's satisfaction. If the commenters had wanted to ...
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How should I handle changing my vague, general question into a specific, answerable one?

About a week ago I posted this question, which in hindsight is vague and over-broad, both for what I really want to know and for what can be reasonably answered in one question. The example is also ...
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Positive reinforcement for comments to unmotivated questions showing little effort.

I have refrained from posting here to address my chronic dismay at the frequent sarcastic tone (even blatant sarcasm) on main, in response to unmotivated questions showing little or no effort. Others (...
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What is the appropriate way to post conjectures on Math.SE

My hobby is to seach for closed forms of integrals that cannot be evaluated by modern CAS like Maple or Mathematica. Sometimes I can intuitively find the right way to transform the integral and can ...
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About not upvoted, answered questions

A few minutes ago I saw a question with at least two standard answers, I mean, plain answers to the question, without warnings/cautions/etc. The weird thing (at least to me) is that such question had ...
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Ban or delay close votes from users who answered a question

Where a user has answered a question, I propose that either that user cannot vote to close the question or the user's close vote ability is suspended on that question for one week ...
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Edit and spoil given answer or Repost a close- [duplicate]

I was, and still am, out seeking a way to get the adjacency matrix of the dual of $G$ without pen and paper. hardmath answered that the way I posted the question, it doesn't have a unique dual graph ...
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Cross posting, or flag for migration?

Now that MathOverflow is within a flag for moderator away, comes the question. Suppose that you post a question on MSE, and it's a good question and you get some positive feedback. However nothing ...
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Is it considered impolite to ask your own questions in the comments?

Sometimes I read questions on topics that are a little bit beyond my level of knowledge, and I might struggle with a point in one of the answers. I then ask the answerer in a comment to clarify, but ...
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Editing the question vs. asking a new question [duplicate]

Last night I asked this question, of the form "if a function $f$ has properties 1, 2, ... does this imply that it also has property $X$?" The question as I posed it appears to have been fully answered ...