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Does the reputation system encourage easy answers and low quality questions?

Mathematics, unlike most other branches of human knowledge and experience, is relatively universal in the sense that everyone has to take some mathematics classes in their academic career. This means ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

CRUDE, as described in its description, is an incredibly helpful tool. There is nothing unhealthy about "feedback/discussion/requests of Close/Reopen/Undelete/Delete/Edit for questions and answers on ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

Updated: put this suggestion at the top, since I felt it became important. Original answer follows below that. My challenge to anyone who "doesn't like CURED": Join the room and take actions at ...
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Do we want community polls?

To me this is a rather light-hearted idea that might be useful in some ways and might be a distraction in other ways. I think we should just give this a try and see how it works out. If it becomes too ...
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Does the reputation system encourage easy answers and low quality questions?

I'm going to invert this a bit. First, I'll answer your title question: Yes. ...but you probably don't have much of a reason to care, at least for the concerns you seem to be bringing up in the body ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

Is CRUDE healthy? You mean right now!? I dunno. Heck, I don't even know when right now is! Perhaps the more important question is Can CRUDE be healthy? Certainly. Though it would probably be more ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

No, it's not. Cranks, nuts, newbies, PSQ-askers, PSQ-answerers, rep-farmers, donut-eaters, people making wrong assertions. How can we make them stop doing those things, or get them to leave? A self-...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

I was going to write just a comment, but there are several points to be made here so I decided to promote my 2 cents to an answer. My observations regarding CRUDE, the state of MSE, and this topic: ...
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Who Created the Community User. There is a Saying on Their Account that “They are not Really a Person”, But Who Made Their About Page?

The Community user is mostly a token in a data base. The edits done by the community user are for the most part suggested edits that were proposed and approved by users. In rare cases SE starts some ...
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Do we want community polls?

Personally, I'm not at all interested in having a Community Polls thread on our meta. I feel that any "results" taken from them are not really going to be representative of the site. I note that meta ...
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Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

Lovely question! Here it is my personal miscellanea of reasons: My small whale is a killer whale: I wish to appear in the all-time top $10$, in a year or so; Gamification has a tremendous impact on ...
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Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

I feel obligated to give back something... So that the rest of the community has spare time to solve my problems.
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5 votes

Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

Everyone is so modest that they're giving semi-selfish reasons like: It's for my ego (half joking). I think teaching is fun. It helps me learn. I want to give back to the community that answered my ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

The room CRUDE is relatively tightly overseen by per-site moderators. The activity that happens there has my full support, and if I am not all that active there myself, it is on the one hand for ...
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Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

I'd say I write my answers and am an active participant on this site in my respective tags because It is "intellectually stimulating" -Zarrax It gives me a feeling of satisfaction. It ...
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4 votes

Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

To: Practice my English Keep my math skills up to date Get a gold badge in real-analysis or sequences-and-series
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"Community" added swear word to answer 4 years after the answer was typed

I just stumbled across this and thought it'd be worth formalizing the answer that has already been given in comments by Daniel Fischer and Jyrki Lahtonen. What happened is that the edit was proposed ...
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Do we want community polls?

This "answer" isn't necessarily to advocate for one way or the other. I understand that the proposal is to create one meta thread where each "answer" is a questions and the ...
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Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

For me, answering here is not only to help others, but also to learn new techniques as well. Often, a mathematics question can be solved in different approaches. And when I post answer here, I can ...
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Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

Let's see: The fact it was talked about on another math forum I used to visit. The fact I'm too lazy to clean. The fact that I know parts of different levels of ideas, and think differently. The fact ...
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What is the site etiquette about (i) asking and (ii) answering questions in a language other than English?

Adding another data point: I am fluently bilingual in English and French, can read Spanish, and can pick my way through a certain amount of German. I did a couple of years of grad school math work at ...
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