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Can an answer be confusing?

By answering the question Does $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{n}$ diverge using an argument of Cauchy sequence I received several downvotes (and of course my question isn't about the downvote but just to ...
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Should we discourage the use of multiple redundant @username pings in comments?

EDIT $\ $ There is now an "experimental" SE software revision blocking comments with multiple @name's, see Jeff Atwood's answer below. As was mentioned in this recent question, only the first @name ...
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Is there a certain policy with yes/no questions?

I always feel weird posting yes or no questions because in short someone ultimately answers the question with a simple 2 or 3 letter word and then I'm choosing a correct answer that didn't really give ...
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How to deal with users padding their answers with custom signatures?

I'd like to start by clarifying that this is not a question about whether custom signatures in posts should be allowed. That issue has been discussed before, and the SE policy on the matter is pretty ...
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What kind of comments are “not-constructive”?

I flagged some comments 3 of which got declined. 1.Trouble solving $\int\sqrt{1-x^2} \, dx$ This says only Thankyou. 2.Baricenter of $4$ intersection points of parabola with circle lies on axis of ...
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Sponsoring answers.

Recently, I have posted many thourough answers (ex. Differential equations and Fourier and Laplace transforms) on math.stackexchange but felt many were ignored or weren't noticed by users. Conversely, ...
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Add “teaching math” to the on-topic list

The following transpired in the comments to the (currently closed) Stopping the "Will I need this for the test" question (emphasis added). robjohn notes that "teaching math" is not listed in ...
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Is there an issue with this question?

After spending quite a bit of time trying to crack a problem about the convexity of a multivariate function by myself, I asked this question a couple of days ago: Convexity of difference of log-sum-...
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How to deal with cranks

Katie's question (which, one should note, is not written seriously but precisely as a test question intended to establish policy) brings up this topic. There are a lot of mathematics websites out ...
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Are teaching/applications off-topic? Vote off-topic only if community consensus?

Recently I was a bit disappointed by the closure as off-topic various questions on teaching and applications of mathematics, e.g. today: this question on why the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra is not ...
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Are questions about ideas in preprints off-topic?

Another note: (Since the first one wasn’t heeded...) OK, so the question was closed again. My appeal below was to both sides of the issue, so even though five people sought fit to do otherwise, ...
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User flooding the site with questions - more than 6/day

In the past couple of days one user has asked over 6 questions per day. Is this behavior that we should allow?
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What is the preferred way to link references to published material?

I'm asking this since I've already found myself in two minds a couple times about how to refer to a book when answering a question. I've seen many people link to Google Books previews, when available,...
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A question on formal citation

I could not find a question on this topic. I was hoping although audience may range from professionals, students to laymen, should we push for readers to cite formally following MLA, Chicago or any ...
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Question on proofs with text-&-LaTeX images

Two days ago, I saw a stochastic process question which contained images that could be completely $\rm\TeX$ified. Based on several related questions found on this site, I think those images should be ...
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Closing of “Is this proof of a^{1/2} being either integer or irrational circular/incorrect?”

The following thread was recently closed not longer after I posted the original version of this question Is this proof of a^{1/2} being either integer or irrational circular/incorrect?. This is ...
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Seeded Questions Set to CW

I tend to think that maybe seeded questions should be CW. Not that I care about rep being given for seeded questions because they are helping the site, and rep should be awarded for helping out. But ...
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Asking an amusing, but only very loosely on-topic question?

I've got a question which is only loosely related to mathematics, and I don't know the proper place in which to ask. While it's a question I've previously posed on Twitter (in 2009); I think with it ...

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