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squeezing for further information once an answer is given

No you are not required to follow up in comments. At the same time I feel it is not unexpected and rather normal that an asker tries to engage somebody that answered in case something is open. I ...
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How to ask a good question.

Avoid "no clue" questions Too many questions begin or end with "I don't even know how to begin with this problem". While this may be true (you may genuinely have no idea how to ...
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Why image cannot be used for explaining my maths problem?

This is largely an accessibility issue. Images are not searchable. Whatever you think of the quality of the built-in search engine, or external tools such as approach0, and their ability to find ...
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What qualify questions to be in mathoverflow and not in math.stackexchange?

How can I choose the preferred website to put my questions? I once read something along the lines "If you have to ask whether to ask on MO or math.se, likely you should ask it on math.se." I think ...
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I am a student and have reached my limit of 50 questions per month what do I do?

I think the answer here is to be more selective in your questions. The site has to protect itself against getting bombed by low-grade questions from any particular user, hence the limit. (I'm not ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

Please do your best to write this up using MathJax. This makes your post much more readable, searchable, and accessible. If you're worried about the process of formatting it in MathJax taking too much ...
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Is it a "rule" of Math Stack Exchange that when asking a question, it's **never** good just to state the question?

In my opinion it is virtually always better to have some context provided for the question. In the cases you mentioned, a reasonable form of context can be a short explanation why the question is ...
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Is there a shorter and more opinionated version of "How to ask a good question?" that we can direct new users to?

Because solving your immediate mathematical problem is secondary to this website's goal of being a repository of high-quality, useful, searchable mathematical Q&A, and because you want to help ...
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Statistically, how does question length relate to community response?

TL;DR: the longer, the better. Based on the current data, longer questions tend to get a higher ratio of upvotes than shorter questions. There is not enough data to determine an 'optimal' question ...
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Is it a "rule" of Math Stack Exchange that when asking a question, it's **never** good just to state the question?

This is a controversial topic in the math.SE internal politics, and on the meta site many words were minced on the subject of "context" or "problem statement questions" (PSQs) in ...
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How to avoid downvotes for beginner's questions?

Added a present the problem bullet point that includes an Edit-Images section. Added an Edit-Tools paragraph. In my opinion, the best way to have your query upvoted rather than downvoted is by first ...
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What is a "PSQ"?

To answer the first question, the acronym (or some might prefer initialism) PSQ, is derived from Problem Statement Question. In its purest form it is a question post that only contains the statement ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

I want to amplify, perhaps a little more kindly, on @TonyK's "you're just being lazy" answer. Everyone answering your questions is volunteering their time, in trade for silly internet "...
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How to ask a good question.

Pare question to its basics Pare your problem down to the minimum core problem. Instead of asking for $$\frac{\sin 2 k \sqrt{3 + q^3}}{b! (b-2)!} \int\limits_{x=0}^{\infty} \frac{e^{-x^2/(2 \sigma^2)}...
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Is Math Stackexchange only for experts?

Yes, I think it is harder to ask appropriate questions at a high-school level. But I don't think it's because of the subject matter - I've answered several questions about how percentages work, and ...
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Are questions necessarily "static"?

In general, it is considered poor practice to change a question drastically enough after an answer has been given. The person could have spent quite some time writing up a good answer, and if an edit ...
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How can I avoid immediate down-voting and how should I go about requesting feedback?

Disclaimer: I hadn't seen your question before following the link in this meta question. I'm basing this answer on the first revision of the question. The title is the title, not the first sentence ...
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

The FAQ on Meta Stack Exchange is pretty clear on this. Yes! There are already numerous posts that answer their own questions. There's nothing wrong with it. It's even been encouraged since the very ...
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Is it okay to ask an already solved problem?

From my understanding, your question is "where did I go wrong?" The other question asks "how to solve this?" Since these two are conceptually different, it is ok to ask your ...
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A criterion for distinguishing between two kinds of questions

Let's call a spade a spade and admit that "show your work"/"what have you tried?" in the context of this site are primarily intended to be a less accusatory way to say "no, we will not do your ...
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Registration to ask a question – has it made a difference?

The registration requirement had a big impact on the issues related to users losing access to their unregistered account (points 3,4,5 in the feature request). It is now a rare exception that a user ...
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Is it a good idea to include source from where a question is taken?

YES. Posting a question from elsewhere${}^1$ without reference could be considered plagiarism. While not illegal, it is considered to be very bad in academics. ${}^1$In particular, posting your ...
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Is it okay to re-ask a deleted question?

I have on occasion re-asked someone's deleted question, trying to ask it in such a way as to engage with the criticisms levelled at the deleted version, and being sure to state explicitly that I was ...
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Can I make a post just for curiosity?

A large part of our purpose here (or my purpose, anyway) is to build a library of knowledge that will be useful to others. We (or I) hope to build the library in the form of a collection of high-...
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Is double posting allowed if a question is not answered after some time?

Posting the same question anew just to get more attention is not acceptable behavior. Please do not do this. If it is noticed your questions will be swiftly closed as a duplicate, likely it will also ...
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Can I make a post just for curiosity?

Here is my observation about how the Community deals with random made-up questions : I myself have interacted with user Dan who currently has 200+ questions , mostly made up by random curiosity and ...
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squeezing for further information once an answer is given

Buy, I guess none of you ever taught public high school or junior college. My week wasn't complete without someone threatening to go to the principal/head of department and threatening to have me ...
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How to ask a good question.

If the question you want to ask appeared in a Math contest (or contest training), then You should make it clear that the question is from a contest. Adding the contest-math tag is a good way of ...
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How to ask a good question.

Include source / motivation for your question According to recent discussions on this Meta post-Is it a good idea to include source from where a question is taken? , and by the responses of many ...
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How to ask a good question.

Use Approach0 Use Approach0 to search for any possible duplicates of your question before asking. We get hundreds of questions every day. If your question is about arithmetic, geometry, algebra-...
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