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If a new answer does not add anything at all it might reasonably be considered as "not useful" (in the given context) and thus could be down-voted. Basically, I think this suffices to control such activity. Of course, if a question allows too many distinct answers it is "too broad" and could be closed as such. I think it is difficult to give a hard and ...


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I did vote for closing with the following reasons: At first I think that this kind of question didn't really fit on this site, as it says in the faq, which questions can I ask here: Understanding mathematical concepts and theorems Hints on mathematical problems (but please read our FAQ about homework questions) History and development of ...


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https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/1072132/1 Seriously? You consider this a reasonable question for the site? I would have voted to close in a heartbeat. We already get too many question, to the point that excellent questions get little attention and no answers. If users who can't be bothered to put thought and effort into their posts are scared away,...


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The question was automatically deleted by the Community♦ bot: Apr 11 at 0:16 history deleted Community♦ Scheduled: RemoveDeadQuestions It had a score of $-2$, was more than 30 days old, and had no answer. Such questions are automatically deleted network wide. Your question was never closed, old negatively scored questions without activity are ...


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In general I don't answer homework problems, because in general they only seek for a solution, not for a better understanding of the problem I don't think this statement is true. I have asked a lot of homework questions here, and I do appreciate it to get a really good hint, but getting a good (full) solution, I do appreciate as well. I think there is a ...


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The opposition to fully answering homework questions roughly amounts to: The OP will get away with cheating on their homework, or at least without learning anything from it. MSE shouldn't facilitate this. Usually, any other visitors will not be hampered by such considerations. So as soon as a full answer has been there for 10 minutes, the OP will likely ...


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I've had calc students make the $e^{x^2}=e^{2x}$ mistake before, as non-associativity of exponentiation does not come up very often in lower level coursework. Beings that $\int e^{x^2}$ is often brought up specifically as a first example of an integral with no closed form, I would expect many users who find this question through search to naturally follow ...


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I think that this question seems to be more of the type "I would like to have a conversation about ..." than of the type "Please answer this mathematical question". The topic of "mathematical interest" or "mathematical beauty" of obviously of interest to mathematicians, but it is not a mathematical question. In that sense, the question is "off topic" for ...


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I agree that in general it is preferable to ask a new question rather than to do, months latter, a massive overhaul of some question that is not ones own. There are exceptions, however, and I feel there is an important detail missing in the description of the specific case. Namely, the question has two (good) answers, one of them accepted. The point of ...


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FYI, I'm the user who posted the edit that is being discussed here. I completely agree with quid's assessment above. I made the edits because I thought the original question was a good one (even if not adequately described) and that the answers were good as well. However the original question was closed (due to lack of details) so I was just trying to add ...


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Because many times you can get a better answer, you can get more answers, you can change your mind and decide that one answer is better than the others. Because the questions are also for [future] readers, which might come from a different context and a different answer might be useful to them as well, or they might have some different idea. Because this ...


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You ask: What should I do when I think that I understand and/or have an answer to an on-hold or closed - and, more specifically, "unclear" - question? You should help to make the question more clear, so that it can be reopened. To do so you can propose changes and improvements in comments. You can even propose edits directly. For larger changes this ...


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You posted Sum of digits, sequence (no theory). You were told, "Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you have made to solve it." You made no effort to do so. (By the way, you got six answers to this question [two have since been deleted], but you didn't accept any of ...


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I am all for closing more PSQs, but putting emphasis on the trivial ones. But I also feel that closing should not be automatic. I spewed out my reasoning earlier and those points are not worth repeating. Anyway, I propose a policy: [Edit: Re-examining my motives, what I have written, and the reactions this received, it seems unlikely that this would win ...


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No. There are lists (on the meta and the main, separately) which you can access if you have 10k points or more, through review and then clicking tools and choosing the appropriate tab. These lists, however, do not include everything, they are limited in both time range and length. The lists go only as far as 30 days the most. On the main site, however, due ...


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Flag the question, select "it needs moderator attention" and in the field provided explain that you believe the question is a duplicate of one of the user's deleted questions. We'll then use our superpowers to look into it.


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Apparently, people were fed up with the behavior of a poster who has been repeatedly told to show own work, tag correctly etc. Two persons in the comments posted a link to this meta-thread. There is no category for closing questions for spamming-with-low-quality-questions-and -ignoring-all-feedback, so the question was closed for a different reason. One ...


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I don't know why such a permissive summary was given for this tag. I typed in an extra line, pointing out that a question that asks to "guess the next number in the sequence" and gives no mathematical context will generally be closed quickly. Meanwhile, I recommend http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Numbers-John-Conway/dp/038797993X which shows some ...


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Two methods to follow votes are: The standard method to follow a question in general terms is to favorite it. This also can be used to this more specific end. When one anticipates that one wants to come back to a question-thread (for whatever reason) one can favorite it. In doing so, one has not only a link to the post in the favorites tab one will even ...


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When a question is put on hold, the button to add a new answer is removed. However, if you've already clicked that button and started writing an answer, the process is allowed to conclude. This is similar to why an answer to a question on hold can be edited. Update: Tim Post says that if WebSockets are operating properly, a periodic message is sent to the ...


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In my understanding the "official stance" (to the extent it exists) network-wide is that such questions are essentially off-topic. The "Don't ask" contains this: Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. This does not mean that they never can happen, but it does mean that they are an ...


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If you vote to close the standard reason is "unclear." As "it’s hard to tell exactly what [OP is] asking," in the sense that one cannot know what type of answer they are expecting when they insist something wrong needs to be shown. (Moreover, in the old days, one would have closed it as "not a real question" and Unclear is the successor to NARQ.) If you feel ...


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Assuming that this is a case of one user serially close voting/flagging the questions of another specific user, the main thing to do is to honestly review each question independently when you see them in the review queue, or otherwise come across these questions. The system has checks and balances to prevent almost all malicious close voting/flagging. The ...


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I vote to close because I feel the good answers have already been given. It is unsafe to assume that a question has no more good answers. Keeping things open allows some access to the "long tail" of rare answers.


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I have had a number of cases where the question was closed because it was badly phrased but I thought I could understand the intent and could provide a good answer. I posted a comment asking that the question be reopened so I could answer and had no success. I suspect that most people do not look at closed questions so accumulating enough votes to reopen ...


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For future reference, questions which are "based on an invalid premise" are valid questions for being closed under "unclear what you're asking", so this is not a wrong closure, procedurally speaking. Setting aside the philosophical debate of what "clear/unclear what you're asking" means, this is a practical standpoint. It is often the case that both OP and ...


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I cast one of the five votes to close. Here was my reason: To me, the question, "What was the first bit of mathematics that made you realize that math is beautiful?" is really similar to the question, "What do you like about math?" or perhaps "What is your favorite concept / proof / aspect of math?" In my opinion, this level of breadth is too much for ...


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Personally I don't care whether this is a homework question or not. I find the question interesting. I don't care whether the excellent answer given by amizut and Jyrki is helpful or not to the original poster, after all I cannot judge. But it is certainly very interesting for me. I hope the question will be re-opened so I can offer a bounty to the answer....


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