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Using $\tau$ instead of $2\pi$?

There's no formal guideline about using $\tau$ instead of $2\pi$. But anyone who uses $\tau$ should remember that it is not standard notation. In particular, the notation $\tau$ for $2\pi$ is not used ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

(I'm a new user so I don't have anything to contribute as far as norms here go, but I'm really interested in how to effectively convey information in an accessible way!) Like others have said, the ...
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Is it bad practice to comment on old questions with high views?

Don't worry about it. $\ddot\smile$ There are many reasons why older posts may not have comments, not the least of which is that comments are ephemeral. From the Help Center: Comments are ...
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Is using blockquote for highlighting problematic?

A problem is that it is not a semantically correct use. At the moment the formatting used by SE on this site for block-quotes is such that optically its usage for emphasis makes sense. Yet, this ...
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Should my answer (one solution to an equation) have been in the comments?

tl;dr: Your answer should have been a comment. StackExchange is a network of Q&A sites dedicated to matching high-quality answers to high-quality questions. The problem with your answer is that ...
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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

We should set our standards high enough, that people doing the bare minimum to meet said standards, are still doing an acceptable amount. What those standards should be then is a question of "...
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Should we discourage bounties that encourage "clever" but unclear answers?

I would not want such things to occur too much. If all posts had such a bounty, it would turn into chaos. But I don't think anything is wrong if you do this on occasion. I don't want to say that all ...
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Can I ask a question using photos?

We prefer you do not ask a question using a photo of text. Instead, please transcribe it using MathJax. There are several reasons for this. Without text, the question is unsearchable, and it is ...
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I'm reviewing many first posts by leaving a comment. Is it OK?

It appears to me that this is definitely behaviour in the spirit of the review system. Therefore you are definitely not doing something wrong. If this were the Low Quality queue or the Close Votes ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

(I've never used Meta before -- I noted there's no answer yet, but a lot of comments, so I hope I'm not doing something wrong) To first give an example of what I would consider good coloring; I like ...
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Question "Integral thank you" asked by an interesting new user

Ananth, I do wonder what you mean by "reputed" users. If you mean the experienced ones on Math.SE, of course they should be role models for new users. Yes, if no one answers a question asked by a new ...
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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?

If you haven't yet received an answer, answer it yourself. That way, no one will add an answer which merely expresses what you'd already discovered yourself (which would be a waste of time) and your ...
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Should my answer (one solution to an equation) have been in the comments?

Your answer is definitely better as a comment; this is less a policy per-se than perhaps a thing of mathematical understanding. The question of: Solve in the positive integers... would generally ...
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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

Whenever I try to give a hint, I try not to give as much of the answer away as necessary. Most of the time, just a little nudge is enough for the poster to say, "Ah ha! Why didn't I think of ...
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Understanding the community stand point on posts about self harming

I'm going to get a little personal here, since I have experienced suicidal ideation. About 13 years ago, I found myself living on the streets because of severe depression. After a couple of weeks, ...
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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

good question. First of all, we will never be able to crack down, as far as I can see, on people not doing the work or on someone cheating. We cannot enforce people coming on here and seeking out ...
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How best to re-ask a question that wasn't fully answered

I agree with @WillJagy: post a new question. (Of course, it may be helpful to preemptively defend against trigger-happy closevoters.)
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

A BBC News article Revision techniques - the good, the OK and the useless, mentioned by the recent Guardian's article The science of revision: nine ways pupils can revise for exams more effectively, ...
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Is coloring equations good practice or bad?

Sometimes coloring is the best way to show how one step relates to the next or how different parts of one line are related, usually in a telescoping manner. $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty\left(\frac1n-\frac1{n+...
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If I am not getting feeback for my questions, can I just post the same question another day?

No, you can add a bounty to your question to attract users to it. You can also edit your original post.
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Question "Integral thank you" asked by an interesting new user

I was not able to read the post in question, as it has most likely been closed or deleted. (The link did not work.) I also believe that downvotes are anything but an opinion. Without knowing the ...
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Why Coloured parts of questions are removed?

The main reason to avoid using MathJax for color decoration of text is to improve accessibility on the site. Color blindness affects about 8% of males and 0.5% of ...
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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?

If your question / answer is useless to others due to your mistake, you can simply delete the question. If you already got answers, it is sad for them, but the first point remains valid. Sometime it ...
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Policy on hyperlink shortening/redirection sites

A comment above from Famous Blue Raincoat is probably the best answer to this question: The proposal Ban URL shortening services has (status-declined), in the sense that SE will not automatically ...
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Should I feel upset because I have accepted few answers over the years?

Should I feel bad? No, absolutely not. In principle, an accepted answer is the answer that helped you and you specifically the most. That means different things to different people - you might accept ...
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Should I award a bounty early if there is a satisfactory answer?

One thing that I have found when it comes both to bounties that I've given and received is this: Questions that are under an active bounty receive increased attention - particularly, when the ...
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