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I was asked in a comment elsewhere on meta to address this question...so I am. The "official on-topic list" is something that has been added more recently than the last time I ever looked at the faq, so it is not anything that I have ever given thought to. The SE team seems to like to mildly tinker with site mechanics from time to time, so I would caution ...


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I went through your thirteen points and consolidated them to the following points, which I've arranged in a logical sequence: Understand the question before you answer it. (This implies incoherent questions should not be answered.) Please avoid answering bad questions (especially with trivial answers); learn what questions are off-topic. Read comments and ...


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What notation and symbols are commonly used here? Many posts at Mathematics Stack Exchange include mathematical notation, written using $\mathrm\LaTeX$ commands surrounded by dollar signs. If you see dollar signs with what appears to be gibberish between them, it just means that MathJax, the math rendering we use, isn't working properly for you. There are ...


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The users concerned about the low visibility of site-specific on-topic page may want to upvote meta.SO post On-topic list is too hard to find in the new help center. An answer suggested there is to move Asking to the upper-left corner, so that it naturally comes first in the order of reading. Presently, Help Center opens with "Why can people edit my posts? ...


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Let me do another consolidation step based on Wildcard's: Understand the question before answering. If you misunderstand the question, your answer is unlikely to be helpful. Also take the tags into account. Avoid answering bad questions. Don't reward off-topic questions with answers. Also avoid answering duplicates. If the previous question doesn't have an ...


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That is the new replacement for the FAQ, and there is still the old site-specific "What can I ask here" at https://math.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic. It is less prominent at the moment that it used to be, that has been noticed by others on MSO already. There is a search option planned that should make it easier to find stuff in the help center. The whole ...


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When composing your post, click the image button, bordered in red below. $\hspace{3.5cm}$ That should bring up the "Add Image" dialog: $\hspace{2.5cm}$ In the "Add Image" dialog, click the "Browse..." button and select the image file to upload. Then click the "Add picture" button. Your image should appear in your post.


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Done. See https://math.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic I also moved the caveat about Mathematica up a bit: the site is now graduated and people really are much, much better off asking Mathematica questions there than here.


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I don't think it's a good idea to try to condense the entire How to ask a homework question FAQ into a single share-your-thoughts sentence. It's more complex than that. If the how-to-ask page is site customizable at all (it doesn't look so to me), it would be better to reference the FAQ directly, with an new section such as Homework problems If you'...


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Updated to state: with a minimum score of 2 Instead of: with at least 2 upvotes


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Most pages, including this one, of the help center are the same over most sites and are maintained by SE staff. You could use "Contact" in the footer or create a feature-request on this or the main meta. There are only a few pages that are editable by per-site moderators. For those, you could create a meta thread here or ask us in chat about it. [I am ...


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I think that this is a good suggestion and that we should add this information to the help center. I think that knowing how to use google parameter searches is an important part of using this site to its full functionality. On a related note, it might be useful to directly provide that functionality to users. I’m not sure if this is something we can do with ...


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On the current situation (as I see it) First of all, some questions related to teaching mathematics are on-topic already: questions with actual mathematical contents (what I mean is something like 'how to prove [something] elementary', 'how can I explain / motivate [something] [on some level]' etc). There are also somewhat more... soft questions related to ...


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I like certain things about this idea, but it needs development. It could be helpful to maintain a public list of official guidelines for tagging. As you've mentioned, "the homework tag shouldn't be used on its own" is something not every new user may know about. It would also be nice to have a central place to house widely agreed-upon conventions like "...


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I've added a page about notation for you; it's moderator-editable, so if you want to add more information, change examples, etc. you'll be able to do that without contacting the SE team. Enjoy!


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Sorry about that; help center search should be working again now.


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While there is no specific privilege for accepting answers, the following is from the description of the "create posts" privilege: When you have decided which answer is the most helpful to you, mark it as the accepted answer by clicking on the check box outline to the left of the answer. This at least implicitly indicates that users with the "create ...


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Here's my opinion of the guide: Answering good questions often gives good answers. Likewise, bad questions should be avoided from answering unless you can provide an answer that outweighs the question. I think this all depends on how the question is bad. A question can lack context but that doesn't make it inherently bad. Furthermore, a question ...


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Interesting debate! I will just analyze points that somewhat trouble me. Answering good questions often gives good answers. Likewise, bad questions should be avoided from answering unless you can provide an answer that outweighs the question. I mildy disagree with the bold part. Many questions just have a good spirit and a bad formatting, for ...


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On this announcement it says: If you find that the the new help center page can be improved in anyway, please either leave an answer in the post I linked to above, or open a new feature-request or bug here on Meta.Math.SE as appropriate. A few weeks ago I brought up a concern regarding this part of the FAQ: You should only ask practical, answerable ...


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On this help page, I see • answer is marked “accepted”: +15 (+2 to acceptor)


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This was fixed recently, across the network: 404 in Help Center for bounties To beef up this answer (lest it's converted to a comment), I'll point out help-center tag on meta.SO. To beef it up a little more, I'll ponder aloud whether the existence of Why are questions no longer being accepted from my account? means that automatic question bans are now ...


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