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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Since this policy was announced, we have witnessed a shift in attitude from the moderators. No longer are users trusted to make their own decisions on what can be posted and what cannot, given their ...
Toby Mak's user avatar
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Isn't this just a form of gatekeeping, where you only get to ask a question about mathematics if you've already learnt enough of mathematics to rigorously formulate your problem? This question seems ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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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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Enforcement of Quality Standards

The real problem with so-called low quality questions and answers (which are often duplicates) is that the incentive system is set up to encourage it. If a user has several tens or hundreds of ...
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Five close votes is not enough to close a question?

Not all users actually had the close privilege thus there were not five votes to close even though the review-ticket lists more than five reviews with that recommendation. Likely this distinction ...
quid's user avatar
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Non-human reviewer

When a user account gets deleted, some of its actions (votes, reviews, etc.) sometimes move to the Community account so they will not be nullified (sometimes we do want these to be nullified, in which ...
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

A week has passed since this post, and I'd like to leave some useful pointers for everyone, which I think will help everyone continue to have a positive experience in the site, and keep the community ...
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Answer not deleted after six "Recommend Deletion"

Because the post has a positive score. According to Shog9's answer on Is “recommend deletion” secretly a vote to delete? Yes, a sufficient number of delete recommendations (currently 6 on most sites, ...
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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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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

We should set our standards high enough, that people doing the bare minimum to meet said standards, are still doing an acceptable amount. What those standards should be then is a question of "...
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Are answers given by comments for low-quality questions against the principles stated with the EoQS?

I'd say that answering Questions in comments is strongly discouraged by SE policies generally, not just on Math.SE and not particularly in connection with EoQS. Poor quality Questions often get ...
hardmath's user avatar
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Answer review - is it really answered question?

Ask the answerer in a comment to expand their answer a bit, and explain that the idea of the site is that in general an answer is not just a link or a reference to a source that gives an actual answer....
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Etiquette of bounty on PSQs.

Please don't put a bounty on a PSQ. It is MSE policy not to answer PSQs until they are improved and no longer PSQs. A bounty on a PSQ works against this policy goal. A better approach in this ...
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Why is an answer not deleted even when all reviewers recommend deletion?

In this case the problem is that the score of the post is too high for being deleted in this form. The idea is that apparently there are some that find value in the contribution and so it maybe should ...
quid's user avatar
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Suspensions for low-quality contributions

There are no automatic account suspension. Each suspension is instated by a moderator or SE staff, who fixes the length. There are some basic guidelines but ultimately it is up to the moderator ...
quid's user avatar
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Self-Answer, or Delete my Question?

I disagree that this is only a simple yes/no question. Well the ultimate answer is either yes or no, but you do need justifications. Think, for example, if some user posted another answer saying &...
Arctic Char's user avatar
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Are the curators becoming overbearing in impeding the use of the site by askers/answerers?

Your point boils down to "people should be allowed to create and enable bad content if they want because it doesn't hurt anyone." But it does. Questions on math.se aren't private messages. ...
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Must low-quality questions be updated with edits instead of comments?

Yes, absolutely! All relevant information must be included in the question. Comments are temporary, and are intended to help improve the question or to leave minor or transient information. Relevant ...
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

There needs to be an analysis of whether this year's EQOS changes have improved the site or damaged it, and to what extent. If a large part of the community identified a problem and felt something ...
Henry's user avatar
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What to do about these set theory questions

There are measures that can be taken, and are taken, to stop such things. I am not able to give details, which are not public for obvious reasons, but, e.g., (automatic) checks and restrictions are ...
quid's user avatar
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Is it acceptable to post a "better" version of an existing question?

It depends. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question—as the extensive discussion in comments illustrates. However, I can address the points you raise one by one and explain how they do ...
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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?

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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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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What to do about these set theory questions

Indeed, this is a problem. And when you first note it, you sometimes feel that being a single user (with a single account) it is impossible to downvote, close and delete these votes. But you are not ...
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

My concern, while related to another answer, is the timing of such things. I have seen many times in the past on others', and again today even on an answer I gave, a near-rabid rapid descent of the ...
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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

Whenever I try to give a hint, I try not to give as much of the answer away as necessary. Most of the time, just a little nudge is enough for the poster to say, "Ah ha! Why didn't I think of ...
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Whether to flag a question as "very low quality" or not

"Very low quality" should generally be interpreted as "of such poor quality that it is unsalvagable." For example, VLQ is for unintelligible grammar, horrible/unreadable formatting, trolling, or ...
Alexander Gruber's user avatar
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User with a pattern of completely incoherent answers

If you see a pattern of problematic behavior of a user, flag a post by that user as "in need of moderator intervention" and describe the problem. This applies to essentially any pattern of ...
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