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I am the user who copied your answer Manx. My original post did not answer the OP’s question, so I edited it to yours. I apologise for copying your answer without mentioning you. I have edited my answer to give credit to you for the original post, and I have recently visited this page for advice on how, and when to edit an incorrect answer. In retrospect, ...


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One thing to consider is that it is rather reasonable to only vote for answers where one is actually confident that they are correct. For for more complicated answer the pool of potential voters is thus smaller, and this goes a long way to explain the phenomenon. The experience you describe is shared by many. Yes, in some sense it is not fair, but it is also ...


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It's the same reason that detailed essays will never get as many upvotes as cat memes on social media. On the internet, people consume content primarily in a browsing paradigm. Quick and easy content requires minimal investment from the reader, and is therefore able to capture a wider audience. This doesn't have to erode the content. Many complex answers ...


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You can reject the edit, as the author, or it rollback. You can leave a comment explaining why you've undid the edit, and if the problem persists (i.e. edits get reapproved), flag the post for moderator attention.


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Many thanks to @azimut for notifying me of this discussion, and apologies for the inconvenience. I wrongly assumed that the proof contained a simple typo, and I suggested an edit believing that this suggestion would be made to the owner of the answer. I understand now that a better practice is to ask for clarifications in a comment, in such a way as to get ...


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This is perhaps a little slanted towards the user who answered the question. Here goes: I've been caught between a temptation to answer and a desire to close before, and I agree it can be an uncomfortable place to be! If only the asker had taken the time to write a better question, but alas, here you are, with a solution burning a hole in your pocket and a ...


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I would like to summarize the key takeaways from this meta thread here. I will be brief (as I am not an expert meta poster, see my meta profile if you need proof). So here it goes: If you vote to close a question then don't answer it even if you feel that the math involved is interesting and gives you a high. Show patience while voting to close and if you ...


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Yes, you should flag low quality content. But you should use the standard flags, i.e. "Very low quality" and "Not an answer" (when applicable) or "This question should be closed" (when applicable). These flags will push the post into the review queues where they can be reviewed by users and acted upon. You, in this case, used a ...


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In general, you can do the following: Downvote the answer If not already present, leave a comment indicating why the answer is incorrect (possibly with ways to improve it) If possible, post another answer which is correct Flagging is not the right option since it's not the moderators' job to determine whether an answer is correct or not. Relevant posts on ...


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Have you ever had a word limit on an essay? It's not because markers are lazy. It's because brevity focuses the exposition. You may have also noticed short questions are favoured, as long as they're not so short they don't show effort. Effort is not in general proportional to length; a long first draft often should be shortened in redrafting before it's ...


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This comes up frequently, and the meta-question is basically a duplicate (see below), but this time let me try to pin down the problem with this type of answer. If verifying the answer is just as hard as answering the question, the answer-post adds nothing. Let me elaborate. Literally just yesterday, I came across an answer to a similar question that said ...


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I’ve seen questions like this and it’s always a huge red flag for me. Usually I say something to the effect of Why is it so urgent? If you are attempting to cheat on an assignment, this will not be tolerated. and then I flag for mod intervention. A few weeks ago, a user accidentally admitted to attempting to cheat and then edited it out of the post. I got ...


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It’s not always the case. Here is one long, deep answer of mine that got over four times the votes of the next second-most voted, which is short and to the point (and is praised in comments). Here’s a second one, a third one, on integration, one that outvotes the accepted answer. Granted, these are “old” answers, and looking through my more recent ones, few ...


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An answer should answer the question, and so the comment from review is correct: "This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review" It would have been better if you had summarised the comments in your answer. This makes your answer an actual, self-...


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No, this is not possible. You get quick answers by writing good questions and sharing your research/attempts. Bounties might work but you can only post them after 48 hours. All suggestions to implement 'payment for answers' have been heavily downvoted, e.g. Would it better the community if we got compensated for posts? Even with minuscule alt coins? As are ...


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Steps towards a solution: If the user is somewhat active (e.g. visited the site in the last month or so), leave a comment asking for clarification and wait a few days. I get such comments every now and then, and that's fine. If the first step failed, ask a new question. Put a link to the question, quote the answer, set up the whole context, and explain ...


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I've used spoiler blocks fairly often, always after providing some hints. A bit more often, I'll provide hints and say something like: "Can you take it home from here?" I don't recall getting any direct pushback, or even any downvotes, from other users when I've done so. I have no idea how many OPs have taken me up on my hints before heading to the ...


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It might be that upon further reflection they realised that the answer is not as clear to them. That happens on occasion, and it happened to me several times in the past (which is quite annoying, to be honest, especially when the answer is accepted very quickly). There's no need to alarm, and you could leave a friendly comment under the question (or under ...


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I'll respond on the premise that you are taking issue with how Answers get framed on the main site (rather than with the Comments that get directed at what some consider "do my homework" posts, though I'm inclined to focus on whether the asker has digested the meaning of their problem, not whether it is any known sense "homework"). Some ...


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I think graphics and visuals can be great for giving hints, intuition or suggesting what the solution should be, but they frequently fall short of giving a rigorous proof (for instance, the missing square puzzle). If the OP is looking for a rigorous proof, then a rigorous proof should be given - it can always be accompanied by a visual or graphic to give a ...


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I think a lot of users take self-answering for granted. What implicitly happens while writing a self-answer, is that we have a certain context which we implicitly place on other users, and then write the answer. This leads to locality of the answer. For example ,avoiding details makes the answer highly self-serving , because the intention of every answer , ...


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It's a network-wide setting; note that it used to be the case that downvoting questions cost reputation too. For answers, this feature is kept to prevent the so-called Slowest Cheater In The East effect; users would downvote answers just because they competed with theirs. By making downvotes not free, this problem has (mostly) disappeared. Note that when the ...


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Yes. Since you have 10k, it's rather easy: search for user:me is:answer deleted:1. If the deletion was less than 60 days ago, the link 'recently deleted answers' at the bottom of the list of answers in your profile page works too.


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The problem of "hints" as answers is complex as what constitutes a hint is not even quite clear, or differently not everything that is presented as a hint actually even is a hint (in my opinion at least). What we are actually often talking about in practice is content in answer posts which is preceded by Hint. I think it would be a step in the ...


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While bookmarks indeed only work for questions, you can follow both answers and questions. By following the question, you are notified of new answers, which you could then follow as well. An old feature request to bookmark answers has been declined; there are several alternatives listing there, including using your browser's own bookmark feature.


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I believe you are simply accusing human nature. It is common for humans to seek out simpler, clearer, more understandable things which minimizes effort. For the most part, this system is very good at getting rid of unnecessary work, but it will have flaws like everything does. I'm sorry this upsets you; I hope you find some acceptance in it sometime.


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If one really wants to answer a closable question, one might consider editing the question to make it conform more readily with the site's standards. This works especially well when the original question lacks background and motivation, which is often the case, and often the question's only flaw (i.e. the question is mathematically sound). I have seen many ...


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I answered the question being discussed in this meta-question. The first paragraph of my answer is, I think, relevant here: In general, if a question on Math SE may be answered with a simple yes-or-no, then the question is almost certainly off-topic. There seems to be a consensus in the community that these kinds of proof verification problems are not off-...


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That may very well depend on the context.


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