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


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experimentally change the width parameter to find the image size that you regard as the most suitable Be aware that, in general, using absolute sizes can produce something that looks good on your screen, but awful on other people's. I'm looking at this on a 4K monitor, so 200px is going to look too tiny (that's only 5% of the width of my screen), while ...


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Per this request I've added the following paragraph at the help center article about search: This article covers the basics on the built-in search. Please take a look at a community meta post on how to search on this site, both with the built-in search and some external tools. Please let me know if you have any concerns. Thanks to everyone who has ...


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


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The page How do I search? in the help center contains only advice on the built-in search. Maybe a link to meta could be included at the beginning (or near the beginning). Various ways to search this site (both using the built-in search and using some external tools) are summarized on meta: How to search on this site? The purpose of this answer is mainly ...


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


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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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