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Copying my solution, verbatim, is just so not cool

Someone just verbatim copied my solution into his answer: Complete induction: $\sum^n_{i=1}\frac{1}{(2i-1)(2i+1)}=\frac{n}{2n+1}$ (obviously, in retrospect, claiming I did the same from him). Edit ...
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Is it allowed and encouraged to post non-answer joke to low-quality questions?

I was asked to review this and this answer and found that they were totally not answers, there were a lot of upvotes each, however. They were deleted by a moderator, but is it allowed and encouraged ...
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Accepted answer was wrong

I posted a question not long ago. A similar question was posted years ago, with an accepted answer (Edit: now deleted) and a second answer. But the accepted answer was wrong, although it received ...
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Adding an entirely different construction to someone else’s answer

Today, a user edited an old answer of mine to add a completely different construction to the one I used. There was no indication made into the addition that this was not me writing it (a user would ...
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Why was this useful answer deleted?

I'd like to know why this answer was deleted by a moderator. It doesn't answer the question completely, but it goes a long way towards answering it. Answers such as this that report on substantial ...
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Please undelete my answer

My answer to this question was deleted. I don't agree with banning a non-homework question showing no effort. What if someone asks a question like the Fermat's last theorem without showing no ...
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Reference Request not a request for a reference?

I don't get this. The question asked for a reference to something explaining the point to the Hilbert transform. I provided a link to an excellent article explaining the point to the Hilbert ...
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Why is this answer “spam or offensive”?

This reply to Is zero odd or even? was deleted (several years ago) by the Community user, which replaced the content with the remark: This answer was marked as spam or offensive and is therefore ...
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What to do with blatantly false answers?

Recently, I came across this answer to an old question, which attempts to prove Fermat's Last Theorem (edit: the answer has now been deleted). It takes almost no effort to see why the argument there ...
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What was wrong with my answer to “what does $0 \ne 1$ mean”?

A while back, I came across this question. At the time, the question read: What is $0 \neq 1$ in the context of Algebraic Axioms? In this wiki link, the author included $0 \neq 1$ as the axiom ...
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Why does this “answer” contain a conversation transcript?

I came across Integral notation for degree homomorphism on algebraic cycles, and then I read this answer, which contains a screenshot of a long conversation between two users, the user who posted the ...
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Deleting meaningless answers?

I saw recent thread on whether incorrect answers should be deleted. What about answers that are "not even wrong", because they use notation in ways that simply make no sense? I'm thinking about two of ...
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Why did this answer get an upvote?

On this question: What set is this?, a user posted a clearly incorrect answer. It almost immediately got an upvote even though I posted a comment very quickly proving that it was wrong. It seems ...
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User who posts a good answer then deletes his/her account

I just saw an example of user who posts a good answer, then deletes his/her account: Here is an other example. Do you know why? Is it a user who creates an account and delete it? Or a guest? In the ...
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Defacement/Censorship of peoples answers

yesterday the following edit was made https://math.stackexchange.com/posts/33730/revisions which deletes content from an (very old) answer. Taking liberty to edit and perform such censorship/deletion ...
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Is it possible to get access to this answer (the question was deleted)?

Some time ago I remember reading an answer by user Bryan to this question. I would really like to re-read that answer, as it has some interesting insights. Could some moderator with a kind soul please ...
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Please get rid of this answer ASAP

A user named "FeelingSick" posted an "answer" with some extremely unsuitable content at the question How do "proofs" work in mathematics, down to the basic level?. [Warning: the image might ...
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

I recently reviewed an answer and decided to vote for deletion as it was in my own opinion merely a comment, and could not be qualified as an answer. My decision was backed by 6 other reviewers. The ...
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Question I answered about 3 hours ago has disappeared

I answered this question here about 3 hours ago correctly. The user seems to have deleted the entire thread including my answer. Is this really what happened and if so, is this behaviour accepted on ...
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About an “answer” that was posted by OP but looks like his own attempts

This question If $y=\tan^{3}\left(\frac x2\right)$ and $y' = a \sin(bx)\cos(cx)$ what is $\dfrac{a}{b-c}$? has an "answer" posted by OP which is not really an answer but attempts by OP. I think ...
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Why is this not a comment, but an answer?

This answer here: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/1083253/1102 I flagged it as 'not an answer', as it ought to be a comment, but the flag was declined disputed. I believe there were a few delete ...
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Recover an answer.

I want to recover the answer to this question Equivalent statement for bounded derivative implies Lipschitz in $\mathbb{R^n}$. but the thing is that I forget the user that post it and I want to ...
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Useless crankpot answers

Recently I raised a flag on an answer: Clearly this user is a crankpot; just see the deleted answers by him and the currently accepted answer also by him, and the comments he made saying that this ...
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Why was my answer deleted by a moderator?

My answer to Fitting a closed curve on the roots of ${x \choose k}-c$ was short but I do not see why it was deleted by a moderator. In fact, I think it correctly answers the question, though I would ...
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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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Is there any obvious reason why my very old answer was downvoted?

I have an answer here from 4.5 years ago that just got downvoted. Not a work of genius I admit, but workmanlike I'd say. I didn't directly answer the questioner but rather, in the spirit of the site ...
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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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Disputed flag for a question posted as an answer

A few days ago I flagged this answer as Not An Answer (NAA) where the user actually says that "I just observed this numerically and wondered why". That is, the ...
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Why my answer was deleted, converted to comment, and then deleted?

I wonder why my answer to Propositional logic: Finding a formula F with statement variables from truth table was deleted. Did I do anything wrong?
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About the deletion of my answer [duplicate]

I am referring to my answer here (undeleted now, so everyone can see it). I had originally posted an erroneous answer, but later edited it to give the following hint: $\left(u^3-2u^2+1\right)=\left(...
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How to improve answer

When I posted an answer from my another profile, it reached, in the first two seconds after posting, very bad score. Of course, it is always possible that someone simply dislike the answer, or the ...
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Why was an answer to my question deleted before I could read it?

I posted a Bounty Question last week that only got one response. Someone commented that the only posted answer would be taken down because it was a link to a solution. A hour later, the only answer ...
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Where did my answer go?

I just answered my own question, Calculate the probability of n of the same event happening first, then edited the question to clarify it and my answer disappeared!
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Is it possible that a high reputation user post a completely wrong answer?

Is it possible that a high reputation (>50K) user post a completely wrong answer? or its answer contains some lines that shows the user is misunderstanding that topic in math? If so, how we can ...
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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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Why did my answer get downvoted?

I recently took out the time to provide a very comprehensive solution to a calculus problem, but surprisingly ended up losing reputation because of it. Could I get some feedback regarding what makes ...
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This does not provide an answer to the question

Prove $0.9999^{\!101}<0.99<0.9999^{\!100}$ ......but it does, just a bad one, is it a system bug that posts a comment like that?
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What is wrong with my answer to this question about topology? [closed]

Recently, a question was asked in MSE regarding homeomorphism in topology: If two topological spaces have the same topological properties, are they homeomorphic? I thought the question is not ...
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Question with almost vacant accepted answer

This Question has no real answer, only a hint; but it was accepted as an answer. I tried to comment, but I don't have enough reputation for this. Question 1: What mechanisms this site has to ask the ...
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Quick restoration of recent faulty edit

I request Quanto's post to be restored. Expressing $1 + \sin(x) - \cos(2x) $ as a product I had edited by error sandbox mode and pasted my own answer, an embarrassing situation. Raised a flag 10 ...
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2 answers — different reactions.

The following question: Regional Mathematics Olympiad 2018 Question has received two answers. One, by @HagenvonEitzen, got 4 upvotes (I have upvoted it myself) and 1 downvote; and the other one (by ...
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Why was my answer deleted without me knowing about it?

I answered this question yesterday but I noticed that my answer was deleted without my knowledge. My answer was written 13 hours ago and both the question and my answer were deleted 10 hours ago. ...
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Deleted Answer From Question

I posted from a guest account this question: Linear Diophantine Equations in Three Variables It got one useful answer, but the answer got deleted? I don't know why, the answer seemed to be useful. ...
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wanted to edit answer, but was not allowed to do so [duplicate]

I was reviewing an late answer in the review queue: Weird stuff happening with complex numbers on a ti-84 (a first answer by a new user "marius") and wanted to edit the answer (removing ...
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Answer deleted. Should I just ask a new question showing more detail?

My answer was deleted to this question: Minimax problem for optimization $\inf \sup \frac{x f(x)}{\int_0^1 f(t) dt}$ I see why it was deleted. It was because I could not form the question in the ...
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Why was my edit rejected?

Suggested edit: https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1113380 Answer: Volume of a solid with base of circular disk, parallel crosssections perpendicular to base are squares. I found ...
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Should a new answer bring the problem to the top?

A question I have answered some half an hour ago (Proving that all numbers are rational) stays deep below the fold and doesn't pop up to the top of the question list. Is there any explanation to this? ...
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Why was my self-answer deleted?

I recently answered my own question but my answer was deleted promptly for being 'additional information' rather than an answer. Here's the question: Different uses of 'almost sure' And my ...
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What's wrong with my answer?

I posted this answer to this question. I got no upvote and a downvote with no explanatory comment. I believe there is something wrong with my answer, but I'm unable to see what. After the downvote, ...
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Can I read replies to my comments on deleted answer?

I had notifications on my phone that I had received responses to my comments to an answer by Norbert on Regarding linear independence on a normed-linear space given a condition. When I went to the ...