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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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Are intuition-based questions off-topic?

Intuition is extremely important in mathematics and not always explicitly taught in math courses. As a working mathematician, I need "hard" knowledge to prove and define things in detail, but "soft" ...
Joonas Ilmavirta's user avatar
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New user posts 8 answers, all likely AI-generated, in the span of 82 minutes; I think we either need or are close to needing an official policy

It seems like the current approach is a combination of "posting them violates OpenAI's terms of service" and "handle them like other low quality answers". I think we need a new ...
JonathanZ's user avatar
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I am a student and have reached my limit of 50 questions per month what do I do?

I think the answer here is to be more selective in your questions. The site has to protect itself against getting bombed by low-grade questions from any particular user, hence the limit. (I'm not ...
TonyK's user avatar
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What is our policy on AI-generated content?

AI-generated content should be banned from MSE (except potentially from the profile page). I have had direct experience with evaluating answers produced via an AI tool (some chucklehead posted some AI-...
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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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I voted mistakenly to close as duplicate. When I realised my mistake, my comment explaining why was deleted.

Your Comment contained a link to an older Question. Although this Question was not the final target chosen by voting to close-as-duplicate, someone may have voted to consider that target the ...
hardmath's user avatar
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What is our policy on AI-generated content?

Math SE Policy Currently, there is no policy. In general, we believe that existing policies are sufficient to handle AI generated content on this site. Specifically, answers here should be correct, ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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Limits on self-promotion?

This is totally acceptable on Stack Exchange in general. It is also not really something enforceable. For a significant number of users, let's call them Category 1, having their profile marked with ...
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Is arithmetic mathematics and can we answer questions about it?

The question you mentioned should be closed. The argument given for closing it is arguably prone to cause confusion and dissent though. In our guidelines How to ask a good question. it is mentioned ...
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Answers in a language other than English

Gratias omnibus qui annotavit. [...] Pro recordo, mea positio est, SE consilia quae a locali MSE consilio specialiter non opprimuntur, MSE obligare debere, consilium solutionis violationes esse ...
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Are intuition-based questions off-topic?

I find these questions about intuition to be extremely valuable. A perfect example of an intuitive explanation appears on p. 553 of Terence Tao's book Analysis II: Intuitively, one can think of ...
littleO's user avatar
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Why don't we use a homework policy... like physics.SE?

A note from the other side This may not be evident from a single superficial look at Physics SE's homework-policy canonical meta post, but please do not come away with the impression that it is ...
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"Context" vs. "your work" redux

After giving it some thought, I think the basic principles governing the discussion on context are: Determine where the OP stands. Have they tried anything? Are they trying to get their homework done ...
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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 ...
Pedro's user avatar
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How exactly are we incentivized to post links to duplicates?

I think your action to post the link was fine. Thanks for taking the effort to go search for related questions, by the way! Martin Sleziak has pointed out in the comments a couple of misconceptions ...
The Amplitwist's user avatar
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Should there be a policy about "hints"?

I agree that hints that lead the OP in the wrong direction or barely offer any help at all aren't valid answers, as are hints that simply restate information the OP has already stated. However, ...
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Blindly answering easy questions without considering whether the question satisfies MSE policy.

This really should be a comment to an answer from a now deleted account, but I want to elaborate on a point, and also get a reality check from others. So an answer it is. Quoting The truth is that 99%...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
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Policies on counterproductive retagging sprees

The rule is not to do too many retags at the same time (where three to five is a rule of thumb). This was respected by the retagger as they did four and then stopped. As you mention correctly for ...
quid's user avatar
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Request: an easy way to access the posts on meta that explain policies or serve as tutorials or lists.

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, ...
quid's user avatar
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Policy on posting links to pirated content?

Our practice as I see it, is that they get removed if they are brought to our attention. Moreover, SE has mechanisms in place to handle things like take-down notices; but this is not something with ...
quid's user avatar
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What is our policy on AI-generated content?

I agree with the position stated by @KReiser that such content should be banned from posting Answers. (I'm also inclined to ban it from Questions.) Let me point out some characteristics of the ...
hardmath's user avatar
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Should I vote to close very old questions?

I have a particular opinion when it comes to closing a question as a duplicate specifically, which is a bit different than the other close reasons (e.g. a duplicate should not be put on the path of ...
Anakhand's user avatar
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Is Math StackExchange aging?

If you read about the questions with most votes in MSE, you can find that until the $35$-th of question, the questions are all asked at least 4 years ago. Some of them are even about 8 years ago. ...
Peter Taylor's user avatar
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Deleting questions with upvotes, or with upvoted answers.

You say that: Sometimes poorly formulated questions contain enough information to both answer them, but more important to find them interesting enough for the community. [...] [P]eople vote to close ...
quid's user avatar
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

The XKCD webcomic has a math forum and the homework policy was that you should demonstrate the work you're done in an attempt and that you have read all the definitions required. If the poster failed ...
CyclotomicField's user avatar
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

I'm not on any other math sites other than here, but I'm active on other Stack Exchange sites and have (modest) reputation on some of them (5K on Stack Overflow, for example, and a couple of gold ...
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What to do when someone is answering a question that he/she has no clue about?

In addition to explanations and downvotes: If there is clearly nothing to salvage in the post as is and you are convinced OP is unable or unwilling to rewrite it, flag as "very low quality." (Some ...
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