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Complementing Alexander's answer, a close reason of "lack of research effort" is, in my opinion, intrinsically bad for multiple reasons: it is impossible to ascertain how much research effort there was, "effort" is not a cop out for a poor question, it often gets dragged down to debates about how often students have "no clue on where to start" etc. If ...


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"No context" does function as a bit of a catch-all, and certainly 90% of the time, it is applied to "do my homework!" PSQs. However, there are several reasons it is stated like it is. Its "forms of context" list suggests ways that a question can be improved. For a user acting in good faith who happens to have asked a bad question, "lack of research effort" (...


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Custom Question Lists is now available on all SE sites. One of the features is a filter to list only watched tags:


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The search query intags:mine returns only posts in your favorite tags. If you sort by activity and perhaps add is:q it should look similar to the list of questions in various tabs on the main site. You can also use filters, IIRC a filter with your favorite tags is created automatically. From here, you can also get an RSS feed with questions in those tags, ...


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Matt Thomas wrote: So I said to myself "Oh it links to math.meta. This interesting thing on the right must be something from meta that's being promoted. Neat! Maybe there's some interesting discussion happening on meta that I'd like to participate in!" You thought correctly! The use of "ads" in the URL is an abbreviation for Community Promotion Ads, ...


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At least in theory, the meta posts that discuss recurring and relevant issues are tagged faq (there is a also faq-proposed as a precursor). In practice, we might not be consistent enough with this, yet still I think that some of the relevant stuff can be located via this tag (or these two tags). Indeed, two of the three posts you mention are tagged with ...


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For the current case: I merged the old version into the new one, thus preserving the initial answer. It seems that the user asking, who is very new, reacted to feedback and did this rather well. Only, they deleted and reposted rather than editing. I explained them now how they should proceed. For the general point, as you might know, for users with more ...


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I have always used AutoReviewComments with great pleasure. It sounds like it would exactly fit your wishes. It is completely configurable using a text editor, using which you can easily include your favourites from the list of comment templates. As an aside, to save you time copy-pasting in general, you could look into using a clipboard history like ClipX. ...


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Visited links are now a lighter shade of blue than both the unvisited and hover colors. Thanks for your patience and for bringing this to our attention!


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The point regarding the "unanswered" queue is a good one. It is indeed not ideal if questions appear as "answered" yet only have a partial answer. However, considering the cost versus the benefit I think it is not likely that this will be implemented. Here, by cost I do not only mean the actual cost in developer-time but also the cost of added complexity ...


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I don't know if a bot is needed, but I did write a query on the SE Data Explorer that finds links to deleted posts on other SE sites. As the screenshot shows, there were 343 such broken links on math.SE as of last weekend's SEDE update. I've fixed about a dozen of them since then, but they'll still show up in the results until the next weekly update. The ...


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One reasonable thing to do might be to check whether Google still remembers something about the given user and whether something can be found in the Wayback Machine. (I took one particular userid for testing - of course, the same can be done if we replace this by userid of another user.) But possibly we can find something also from Data Explorer. (I have ...


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While I don't actually disagree with the sentiment in your question, I think an answer that points out what I see as the problems with your feature allows people to discuss better. So this is somewhat devil's advocacy and not outright opposition :) For your point a), I think there are times when you might answer a question without thinking it's worth an ...


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Not every question with duplicate mathematical content is, in fact, a duplicate question. "Help me to understand this step of the proof" or "I'm confused about this definition and how it applies" are quite common in one form or another. The best answer for one person dealing with the mathematical content might be short and abstract. Someone else might need ...


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For myself, I would welcome such a button—without it, the main ways I can view unanswered questions are visit Unanswered Questions, and find questions I've already seen in the recent questions list. manually enter a page number into the URL which I hope will take me back far enough to see unfamiliar ones—which is laborious on mobile. go to the final page, ...


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Frankly for the type of question that you describe, two things are very likely: It is a duplicate It lacks context On the off chance that both do not apply, I think it should not be closed per se. Maybe this particular piece of information is not so easy to find if certain keywords are omitted or not known. In such cases arguably the question adds value to ...


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I would advocate a warning for (or a name change) the tag complex geometry. This is supposed to refer to complex manifolds and complex algebraic geometry, but for a while the bulk of the posts were elementary questions about the complex plane such as one might find in precalculus or beginning undergraduate complex analysis. I suspect that changing the tag to ...


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I am strongly against the idea of closing questions as "too basic", if it is in the sense that the question is an elementary result in the field, or in the sense that the question has a simple solution. This is for two reasons: Who's to decide what's "too basic"? Among those $\geq3k$ users who can vote to close, there are professors of mathematics and ...


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The underlying philosophy of the Stack Exchange Network is that it is a questions and answers site. The goal is to have a database of good questions with high quality answers. The questions and answers are primary---everything else on the site serves to improve the quality of the questions and answers. The intended use for comments is to request ...


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Your question is marked as duplicate, but this might not be the reason why you are getting a down-vote. As pointed out in the comment, you have a net gain of reputation point, so in terms of reputation points, you are not being punished. Yes you cannot delete your post, not because it is marked as duplicate. You cannot do that since there are upvoted ...


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Let me first answer the two questions directly: Is there any way to get aware of such a comment-deletion? There is no functionality on the site to get alerted to comment-deletions. You have to check. Likely, somebody could write a script to check automatically, but that's a bit orthogonal. Is there any way to reply a feedback comment such that the ...


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I am afraid this actually changed and the answer is that (at least currently) this is not possible. See 'Favorite Tags' is now 'Tag Watching' The option to subscribe is not supported anymore. Instead one will be able to chose to get notifications in ones inbox (not yet operational though!). It is still possible to get email notification ...


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There seems to be an inherent tension between, on one hand, providing an ask-question wizard that will actually help homework askers with asking their question in a good way, and on the other hand not giving the impression that homework help is what MSE is for. The really good questions that we always want and need more are not about homework. They would be ...


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It seems that svg-file with the logo is available here: https://cdn.sstatic.net/Sites/math/Img/sprites.svg?v=fa2277060fb6 I got the link after choosing "Inspect" and "Sources" in Google Chrome, while viewing the site. It seems that svg format is not supported as a format which can be used in posts. So here is at least a screenshot showing the content of the ...


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Not seeing any objections, so I enabled the new tag creation warning here on meta as well.


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Instead of downvoting to below zero, one could suggest a tag for the question that would identify it as a kind of question that the downvoter would like to avoid reading in future. Downvoting a particular question below zero doesn't do anything about future questions that are similar. Downvoting does not signify for me (nor for any of the other Community ...


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When you've got enough reputation that you can see deleted content, type the following command into the search bar: [gap] deleted:yes. Searching for deleted content will only show content that you own, so you will immediately see your answers (and your questions if you asked any on the topic) and nothing more.


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Since the link in the accepted answer seems to be dead, here is a solution using SEDE. We're looking at comment replies used below posts by a given users and after comments by a given user. This is by no means foolproof, but usernames of the given user are certainly more likely to appear in such replies. Usernames used in possible comment replies to posts ...


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This would require a change in the Stack Exchange platform. The proposal has been considered before and rejected by the Stack Exchange team. The primary reason is that: we don't want people to answer in comments; that's considered an undesirable practice. And, we don't want to build in site features that encourage undesirable practices. What should you ...


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