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For the specific question, the context seems completely clear. The question reads: How deep is the liquid in a half-full hemisphere? I have a baking recipe that calls for 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, but I only have a 1 tsp measuring spoon available, since the dishwasher is running. The measuring spoon is very nearly a perfect hemisphere. My question is, to ...


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No, it is not unreasonable. In fact, it is recommended to do so. Countless times a question has been made comprehensible/answerable even for simple matters such as correcting typos. The above is the response in general. For this case in particular, the question is absolutely incomprehensible. The contents lead me to believe that indeed there is no reference ...


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[Promoted from comment to answer, by popular demand] It means that teachers like to formulate their answers to meet the needs of individual students, and can't do that if we don't know anything about the student. If a question just asks, "what's the integral of $\rm{sech}^2x$?" then we don't know whether the student's problem is not knowing what $\rm{sech}^...


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The question is terse to an extreme and certainly would benefit from adding a little more detail to the context (for example, drawing out Pascal's triangle and indicating the diagonal entries that sparked interest). You're right, there's not a lot else that can be said about the question; what could be added to make it a better fit (if that's the right word)...


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I often claim to have a de minimus requirement for context, in which even a slight indication of effort or interest in a problem suffices. It is with the intent of offering an example that I feel narrowly misses this qualification that I post this recent Close review instance: Title: Prove : every 5 integer numbers have 2 numbers that their sum or ...


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I generally have a pretty low bar for context on questions which are tagged notation. I think that the simple request for notation is often enough. However, I think that this question fails to meet even that low bar. I have some suggestions: A good start would be to move the title into the body of the question. I could do that with an edit, but that is ...


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Pare question to its basics Pare your problem down to the minimum core problem. Instead of asking for $$\frac{\sin 2 k \sqrt{3 + q^3}}{b! (b-2)!} \int\limits_{x=0}^{\infty} \frac{e^{-x^2/(2 \sigma^2)} \cos \sqrt{3 + \sqrt{y}}}{\sqrt[3]{2 - 1/g}}\ dx$$ for constant $k$, $b$, $\sigma$, $y$, and $g$, eliminate all constants and ask about $$\int\limits_{x=0}^\...


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Update: The close option no longer exists I suppose this solves the problem...


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There are two commonly observed ways to deal with "PSQs", Problem Statement Questions, that is homework-looking questions where no context or personal thoughts are provided: one of them is to answer them (either because you're rep farming, or for whatever reason you feel like answering) the other is to close them for lack of content and/or downvote. This ...


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Avoid confusing abbreviations and notation Try to limit the usage of abbreviations that are uncommon restricted to certain contexts, or may cause confusion. For example, not every user of the forum may know that CNN stands for Convolutional Neural Network, but could still be able to answer your question if you explained. Another case is the usage of "iff" ...


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