Questions tagged [etiquette]

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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 ...
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How to ask a good question.

How to ask a good question. This thread has advice on the following aspects of writing a good question on this site. Each item in this list links to an answer below about that specific aspect of ...
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gender pronouns redux

As a new user with an interest in this topic, I ask if the following edit type would be seen as offensive or annoying: Suppose one is talking about a hypothetical student. If an answer has the ...
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Increase the complexity of a question once a good answer has been provided for a simplified formulation

I'm wondering if it is considered as good practice to increase the complexity of a question once a good answer has been provided for the original problem. Specifically, assume that in the first place ...
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No offense intended, but…

I haven't been a member on here for all that long of a period of time, but I would like to point out some things that I have observed that some may be overlooking. I have visited the site a large ...
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Centralized solutions to textbook problems considered harmful?

Recently I've been toying with the idea of going through Crandall and Pomerance's Prime Numbers: A Computational Perspective cover-to-cover, to the best of my ability. However, it's a very difficult ...
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Should you rep someone's other posts to thank them?

sometimes I ask a question which don't receive much attention (this may include because the question is quite obscure, and in 1 recent case, probably because I posted it in the morning in the UK when ...
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What should I do about a question I asked, which I now realize is a bad question?

I posted this the other day because it seemed like a good idea at the time. However, I now realize it was an incredibly stupid question! What's good etiquette in situations like this? Deletion? ...
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A kind of revenge?

I just saw some downvoting activity on many questions I answered (see here), not long after I answered this. Is there anything I can do ? EDIT Ok, so MSE has correctly reversed thing during night, ...
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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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Etiquette for Downvoted Questions

What is the etiquette for downvoted questions? For example, I have noticed many questions recently with down votes because one ore more of the MSE Community had issues with it. However, I often ...
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Slightly spammy behavior

I don't know if it's too early to call this a problem, but two usernames with seemingly identical style, notation and subject matter have spammed a total of 10 questions today. (Not that asking a lot ...
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How “civil” should we be?

Our FAQ states: Civility is required at all times; rudeness will not be tolerated. Recently I've come across a user flag complaining about a potentially "rude" post. The post in question included ...
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Capricious bounty criteria should not be announced [closed]

Saying it on meta instead of in comments... Awarding a bounty by criteria such as vote counts, random selection, or alphabetic ordering of answerers' user names, is better done silently without ...
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Typing out a short answer, and then editing it

I have observed a very established user (10k+) practicing this: They first write a one line answer to be the first answer, then edit it changing the whole meaning of the answer adding a lot ($10$ ...
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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 wrong to ask a user to accept an answer?

I have seen several instances of questions which have at least one complete answer, but none of which are accepted, and no comments have been made to indicate why the user has not accepted an answer. ...
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Resurrecting old questions?

I apologize if this has been discussed, but I didn't find any info on a quick search. What is the proper etiquette when you see a user resurrect a dead question that has been thoroughly answered? Is ...
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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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Should one add a 'thank you' comment to a helpful answer, or not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the etiquette about leaving short thank-you comments? It's my instinct to say 'thanks!' when I've been helped, so I like to say thanks in a comment after answers I ...
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questions asked simultaneously on other SE sites

I noticed today that a used had asked the same question both on math.SE and on cs.SE (see https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/181291/which-languages-are-decidable#comment417845_181291 and https://...
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Use of main-site comments for meta suggestions

I left a six-line comment on the main site suggesting that a user slightly modify her or his question-posting behaviour. As a response, the user asked me to open a meta thread to discuss non-...
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Posting solutions to textbook exercises

I am fairly new to Stack Exchange, starting with stackoverflow.com. I added a math.stackexchange.com account to ask questions about my current self-study in Categorical Type Theory. Today, I posted a ...
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Where is the fine line between using and misusing?

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that we have a no-names policy on the meta. However due to recent events I am sorry to be the one to break it on such a delicate topic. Willie tried to do it without ...
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How much (self) editing is too much?

(N.B. not to be confused with this question) We are all aware of editing being a core value of the part-Wiki nature of the Stack Exchange websites. We are also all aware of the website providing a ...
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How do I ask a comment on multiple answers?

In my question What does it mean to do MLE with a continuous variable at least two (and perhaps all three) answerers told me, essentially, that instead of looking at probability, I should be looking ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a source that contains Chinese?

I am a Chinese user. I understand we should use English in SE, but is it appropriate to cite a source that contains Chinese (the main content still present in English)?
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What is the etiquette about leaving short thank-you comments?

I left a brief question in a comment, and got a helpful reply, also in a comment. Then I wanted to leave a reply that said "Thank you.", but the comment system will not accept a comment of fewer than ...
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Changing a question before it has been answered

So here are three questions which discuss why changing a question once you've asked it is wrong: question edited to change meaning Can I change the existing question to a new one? "Bug" in ...
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Rude and Sarcastic comments

I find the comments made by a moderator here to be rude and sarcastic. Though what the OP asks might not make complete sense and needs to rephrase his question in a better way, I believe that it does ...
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Questions posted on Math.SE and other SE sites

How should questions that are posted (by the same asker) on Math.SE and another Stack Exchange site be handled? The general Stack Exchange policy is that multi-posting is strongly discouraged. On ...
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What's the deal with naming names?

Asaf's comment ("No Names policy") on a meta question of mine has kept me wondering: When is it appropriate to identify a user for the purpose of discussion? What benefit is there to a "No Names"...
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Clarify an old answer

Today I went to ask a question, but I discovered that somebody else had already asked the exact same thing. Goody for me, right? Well, the trouble is, the question got several answers, but I don't ...
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Politeness in Chat

Recently I have noticed that have been some issues/arguments going on in the mathematics chat room between certain users. Sometimes the arguments get overboard and become personal, some of the things ...
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Receiving Swearing words as “Answer” (Not “cool”)

Please, I do not want to see or read any swearing words from the users or anyone on the Stack Exchange. I do not need to read them also. I have responsibilities to follow or catch up if needed. Could ...
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Is better to provide ample context or just get to the point of a question?

I enjoy writing well-written questions that provide plenty of context, but I'm becoming worried that it may be too much. When asking questions, is it good to provide context to your question, or ...
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Main Chatroom Guidelines

Welcome. Hello friends. My online handle is anon, and I will be your guide. Associated with the Mathematics StackExchange is the main chatroom. I am chatroom co-owner alongside current moderator ...
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Can I change the existing question to a new one?

I have previously asked a question and got the answer but I not got another question which is based on the previous question. How do I post that, should I post another new one or edit the previous ...
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One user, six accounts?

I think that the following six accounts (all of them unregistered) belong to the same user: one, two, three, four, five, six. I base this judgement on the similarity of the usernames and gravatars, as ...
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Approving Suggested Edits

I think we should write some guidelines for approving edit suggestions. Of course that constantly editing posts is a good thing, but we need to be less hasty in approving edits. It can be quite hard ...
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RFC: Social norm about 'not an answer, just too long for a comment' and community wiki

Suppose you see a question which is very interesting and you spend some time thinking about it, and you have something to say about it. You start writing as an answer, because you have several points ...
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edit and rephrase or ask new question?

If neither the commentators nor I (meanwhile) are happy with my question, should I edit it completely or post a new one? (how do I close the fist one then?)
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Is it rude to change which answer you accept?

Let's say you post a question, and someone answers it. The answer seems reasonable, so you accept it. Then, later, someone else comes along and provides a much more thorough and detailed response, ...
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Multiple small questions = 1 post, or multiple?

I am studying for the GRE by using practice books and taking practice exams. The answers are included for all questions, but not an explanation. I was able to deduce or otherwise help myself figure ...