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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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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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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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What to do about a plagiarized post?

I recently noticed that a user has copied one my posts without crediting me. Who do I contact here about this and how?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Etiquette of letting a bounty expire on a question with an upvoted but incomplete answer?

I posted a question on math.SE a few weeks back, which received a fair bit of attention and some promising leads in the comments but no clear answers. I posted a +100 bounty on the question, and ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Should we encourage proof verification questions to turn into self answered questions?

I am wondering about if it is generally good practice to encourage someone posting about verifying their own proof to instead format their post as a question where they also post an answer? I ...
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What is the proper way to acknowledge an answer posted on another forum / site?

Hi Math-SE is (obviously) not the only math-discussion forum out there. A poster that wishes to maximize the speed at which his question is answered may well choose to post the same question on more ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it ok to remove the (discrete-mathematics) tag from a question?

When I see a recently active discrete-mathematics question about e.g. number theory being poorly tagged, I tend not only to add the relevant, more specified, tags but also I remove the tag discrete-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the etiquette of tag creation and editing?

In this years Tag management thread, I've suggested the creation of the tags hochschild-cohomology and a-infinity-algebras. Let's say for the sake of argument that this suggestion is well received and ...
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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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Should we offer comments to questions which are "beyond saving"?

On a question such as this (currently deleted and thus only visible to some users), should we offer a comment as to why the post is being downvoted?(since they are a new user) and if so what comment? ...
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Are askers notified of close votes on a question they've asked?

If I encounter a question that is, for example, missing context, so I give it a close vote accordingly, is the poster notified? Or should I copy the relevant blurb: Please provide additional context, ...
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Begging for upvotes in thread titles

Can we add something to the effect that "Begging for upvotes in thread titles" is not allowed to the faq?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I would like to bounty a question that lacks context and possibly focus

This question claims three interesting limits about primes. I think it is poorly phrased, in that there is no context, source, or effort; further, it's unclear if any of the limits are related. That ...
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Tag wikis and answers

Suppose there is an answer given by a user which seems like it would fit perfectly as a tag wiki entry (or part of one). What should be the proper etiquette regarding copy&paste of the answer ...
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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 ...