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Is CRUDE healthy?

The chatroom CRUDE stands for Close, Reopen, Undelete, Delete, Edit. Is the way this room is currently used healthy for Maths Stack Exchange? There is a core of users which can be counted on one ...
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Math SE has a long-standing policy regarding what constitutes a Good Question. The policy is intended to ensure that the collection of questions and answers here is of high quality, is searchable, ...
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How do the experts here deal with low-level questions?

I'm seeking input from this community with regard to a developing discussion over at Physics Stackexchange. Background Yesterday one of our more notable users on Physics asked Have we lost the ...
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How to deal with users consistently posting low quality answers

There are a few users on this site (which I will refrain from mentioning here) who constantly posts low quality answers. Even after several comments on their answers they do nothing. The answers can ...
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

In Paramanand's questionnaire response, he suggests that the effects of the EoQS should be studied. This made me realise that I don't really know anything past the "theory" of the EoQS since ...
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Is it acceptable to post a "better" version of an existing question?

Situation: Lets say there was an interesting question, but: It was poorly written (e.g. language, formatting, missing assumptions). It was posted many day ago but got only a few views. It received ...
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Can I try to tell experienced users not to answer bad questions?

I have recently started using the website and I am trying to do my best with moderation. I flag questions very often, I edit posts when they can be improved, I have written a few of those "What have ...
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Quality blocks enabled for questions

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, for some people entirely too difficult to bother with. When the Trilogy sites reached traffic levels ...
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Regularly, I feel that a significant part of the community closes or downvotes question because they don't fit neatly into the category of "well-presented question", while the question is ...
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What is "very low quality"?

TL;DR: What does it mean when a post is "very low quality"? The site allows us to flag a post as "very low quality", in which case that flag is reviewed by several users which can either dismiss it ...
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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

Recently, there has been a crack down on enforcing quality standards for both people asking questions and those answering them. The idea (I think) has been to reduce the rather significant influx of ...
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How to handle a new user posting low-quality answers

How should a new user posting a lot of low-quality answers be handled? I think that the quality of most of the answers is not low enough to call for a flag on its own. In most cases they are an ...
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What to do when other users answer low-quality questions?

This question is related to many I've seen on here about "low-quality posts," so I apologize in advance if it's an exact duplicate of one I haven't found, or simply too close to others. My question is ...
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When is a post "very low quality"?

At the question When you randomly shuffle a deck of cards, what is the probability that it is a unique permutation never before configured?, I had flagged the answer The chances of a particular ...
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Five close votes is not enough to close a question?

I voted to close a question in a Low Quality Post review. There are more than five users who voted to close in the review, but why is it open?
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Non-human reviewer

In this Low Quality Post review, the Community user gave Looks OK to the review target. How can a non-human being review posts like real users?
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Are answers given by comments for low-quality questions against the principles stated with the EoQS?

Very often I’ve seen low-quality questions (i.e. questions which don’t fit the requirements for what Good Question is supposed to be) hinted or answered by comments (here one very recent among many ...
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How to handle answers which are only CAS output?

I'm quite uncomfortable with the fact that there are many answers by specific users (especially in the "integration"-tag where I spent most of my time here) which are clearly pure CAS output. On top ...
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Full solution in comments after question was closed.

Recently, there has been some users who post a significant amount of things in the comments to questions of low-quality questions. To me what they put in the comments is really a full solution of the ...
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Follow up to 'Users who consistently post low-quality answers'

In this thread, there is a discussion on how to handle users who consistently post low-quality answers. In the comments, a moderator mentions that one such user is "under a magnifying glass", yet ...
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Answering a Low-Quality Question with a Community Wiki Answer?

As I'm sure we're all aware, answering a low quality/low effort question that, according to the community standards, ought to be closed, is frowned upon. Reasons cited tend to include It encourages ...
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What to do with questions formatted exclusively with a piece of paper, a pen and a camera? [duplicate]

Writing a well-formatted question struggles new users. Some decide instead of typing the actual text of the question, typesetting formulae with $\LaTeX$ and using plotting software, it would be ...
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What to do about these set theory questions

There have recently been a number of set theory questions of very low quality - many of these (most?) appear likely to have been asked by the same person under different accounts (the username is ...
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Suspicious behaviour in low quality queue

I was reviewing the Low Quality queue and there were about 27 queued items to review (unusually high in my opinion; I don't think I've ever seen more than about 5 at a time). It seems that nearly all ...
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Increase the point where reviews are disputed

I noticed two answers that arguably should have been deleted from the review queue (Exhibits A and B; see also Exhibit C given by dustin in the comments, and there are probably many others as well). ...
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Guidelines for making images visible

Fairly often in the review queues one encounters posts from new (or not-so-new) users who lack the reputation needed to include images visibly. Sometimes I have the time to replace images of ...
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Must low-quality questions be updated with edits instead of comments?

My question specifically concerns this question, which was closed as "Not suitable for this site." I suspect that what made this question unsuitable is that there was no context or work ...
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Two cheers for EoQS

NB: this post has been edited in the light of @quid's comment revealing all moderator messages link to a text that explicitly contradicts MSE's deletion policies, without disclosing the latter in any ...
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Answer review - is it really answered question?

I have seen many times these type of explanation were people addressed only page number of a book. What should I do during a review? Should I flag answers as low quality or not an answer or skip?
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Self-Answer, or Delete my Question?

Two days ago I asked a question about some notation that I did not understand in a textbook. Yesterday I sat down for a while and slowly worked through the proof while trying out some of my 'best ...
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Users providing only answers in Maple [duplicate]

This question is about users who stubbornly only provide Maple code and their output as answers, even if the question does not ask for it. Yesterday I decided to review some low-quality posts (there ...
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What to do when a user is just providing "answer" to a low-quality-question?

I recently came across a lot of such posts where the questioner "just posts" a question without any attempt, without any thoughts, without any source. Just "Question" and with &...
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Why is an answer not deleted even when all reviewers recommend deletion? [duplicate]

Today I vote to "recommend delete" an answer in the low quality queue and I just check that, although the low quality review was completed, that all six reviewers recommend deletion, the ...
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User consistently posting low-quality questions

I have just found a user who has posted about 70 questions on this site, all very short with missing punctuation and so on, and with very poor titles. Several times questions have been closed, and ...
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Review audit suggests "voting to close" an answer

Just passed a review audit. It suggested I "vote to close" an answer. Please fix this -- making the message dependent on the Q/A bit of a reviewed post should work.
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Is this considered "farming"?

I have noticed several times the same person editing low quality questions. The most recent example is this one. However, this edit simple replaced "fourier-fourier" (which is an obvious ...
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Answer not deleted after six "Recommend Deletion"

Update: answer deleted This is my third question about the main site's LQ review. In this review, six users (including me) has "recommended deletion". From When is a post removed from a review ...
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Suspensions for low-quality contributions

How does the automated flagging system for length and content work? Can it trigger suspensions by itself without human input? How is the severity of the penalty determined? I am wondering because I ...
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What clears a Low Quality flag, and what removes a review from the LQ queue?

On several occasions, I have noticed that when I raise Low Quality or Not an Answer flag, the flags get cleared up without the post deleted, or without the review going through the general process of ...
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Deleting Wrong Answers in "Low Quality" Queue

It is decided[1] that deleting answers just because they're wrong/incorrect is not condoned in StackExchange-land. However, I feel it is a different situation when the answer is a borderline low-...
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User with a pattern of completely incoherent answers

What to do about a user with a pattern of completely incoherent answers (as if produced by a random sentence generator): this, or this, for example? I flagged three of more egregious examples: ...
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When exactly is the comment "This does not provide an answer to the question..." added by SE software?

In some situations SE software adds a comment which looks like this:1 This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below ...
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Problem : You have reached your question limit

When I try to ask a question, my Mathematics Stack Exchange account says that I have reached my question limit and should fix my previous posts. But I don't have clue how should I fix my previous ...
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Will a LQ post review end if a person retracts his flag?

When I came across Why is this low quality review ended?, I immediately came up with a simple explanation: The person who initially flagged the post retracted it! However, this is neither listed here ...
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What to do with old low-quality post? [duplicate]

Today this question appeared in my Low Quality Posts queue. The description said that someone flagged it as low-quality. In case it gets deleted, here's the content: Find the equation of the line ...
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How to insert a post into the "Low Quality" review queue?

Once in every while, I come upon an answer which is determinedly wrong (highly upvoted critical comments, knowledgeable users can easily determine the erroneous nature). Such gibberish should have no ...
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Why has my flagging option "very low quality" disappeared?

I've seen a couple minutes ago a post that, in my opinion, needs improvement. I immediately thought of flagging, but when I opened the flag window I noticed the option "very low quality" ...
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Editing out inappropriate remarks to an otherwise reasonable answer

I was reviewing the "Low Quality Post" queue and came across an answer from a new user that (a) criticized a comment on the post and (b) gave a link to a reasonably good explanation of the answer. ...
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Standard response to "homework" questions [duplicate]

Does there exist a boilerplate response to comment on questions that consists of a problem with no effort at a solution (as might be posed by a student posting a problem from a problem set)?
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What to do with answers to low quality questions? [duplicate]

Would it be ethical (or acceptable) to dislike an answer to a low quality question for encouraging poor quality question, or would it be better to comment under the answer? What about flagging it for ...
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