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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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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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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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Making the tour mandatory before asking questions?

I have had a SE account for some time now so forgive me if this policy is already in place. I am curious if the tour is mandatory prior to asking questions? If not, has this ever been considered? Is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is my joke offensive?

My answer to the question Why is "mathematical induction" called "mathematical"? was immediately removed. It is intentionally a joke and that seems to be obvious. The reason of ...
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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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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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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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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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Comments on non-professional math webpages

The question is the following: Is it allowed to ask for comments about mathematical results found around the net? I mean, I am not referring to professional articles or preprints (like the ...
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"alternative method" type questions

I have a numerical type question on matrices, for which I already have a solution, but is a bit tedious. I actually wanted to know an alternative method or wether that question is kind of a “standard ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I thank people when they post comments?

When I ask questions on MSE, a lot of people often leave very helpful tips and suggestions in the comment section under my question. I feel that it's only right to thank each and every one of them for ...
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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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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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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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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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Should I edit the question before starting a bounty, or start a new question?

I have a question I would like to start a bounty on. But I would like to edit the question to add the possibility for a stronger result. The question I want to start a bounty on is this question: For ...
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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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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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Reason for downvoting the answer.

This question is in accordance with the question that I answered yesterday. It was downvoted three times without any comment (even the pop-up displayed instructs to do so) of the users that what was ...
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