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Sometimes how attractive a question is is also a matter of luck, of who is connected at the time you ask. But in general here are a few tips: Avoid asking ten questions in one (I've seen that) Try to emphasize the point - even if the context requires some terminology and perhaps an unavoidable long text, you can always give a clear and short introduction ...


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Your first example is structured like this: [mathematical statement] Is this statement true or false and why? [attempt at proof] Is this way of looking at it right or not? It is entirely fair to answer that question with a different proof. This OP doesn't know whether the statement is true or false. Proving it false is an answer to the question. The ...


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I thought my take on the situation existed somewhere, but I think it must only be in comments, or possibly in deleted comments. But thanks for the chance to get it down in a solution! Answers should almost always be posted as answers. If the question exists elsewhere on the site, and you have an answer for it, it should go on that question. if the ...


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This comes up frequently, and the meta-question is basically a duplicate (see below), but this time let me try to pin down the problem with this type of answer. If verifying the answer is just as hard as answering the question, the answer-post adds nothing. Let me elaborate. Literally just yesterday, I came across an answer to a similar question that said ...


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I do not at all agree with rschwieb's statement that "the way we get feedback for solutions is to post them as a solution, and then people have at them". People who have a very weak foundation in mathematics should not be dumping their so-called 'proof attempt' of any mathematical problem onto an existing thread asking about that problem! Proof-verification ...


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Two aims are involved here: (1) we need discipline on the site to keep answers relevant to the questions to which they are attached; (2) we do not want to make people feel bad about posting a correct and elegant proof of a result for the enlightenment of those who, whether as OP or visitor, have evinced some interest in the result. We would be entirely ...


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It would only be a duplicate if the other question consisted basically of the same attempt of proving the statement. This is arguably a valid point of view. However, in my opinion the answer you gave is inconsistent with that view. You do not really engage with the attempt itself, pointing out what exactly was wrong about it and so on. My view is that you ...


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And what incentive is there for a user to verify a proof given by an OP if there is a risk he will discover that the answer is correct and therefore must add additional content, beyond what the OP needs and is actually asking for? Hopefully no incentive, or really a disincentive. In my view "check my work" questions and "yeah it's right" ...


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I answered the question being discussed in this meta-question. The first paragraph of my answer is, I think, relevant here: In general, if a question on Math SE may be answered with a simple yes-or-no, then the question is almost certainly off-topic. There seems to be a consensus in the community that these kinds of proof verification problems are not off-...


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That may very well depend on the context.


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I'm not sure about appealing, but if you're looking for an answer, I think that there are some alternatives. I'm mostly just speaking from personal experience, in hopes to add to a nice list of suggestions by Arnaud Mortier. Explain succinctly the proof idea. Usually, if it is novel/ different and seems likely to work, I will usually read the rest of the ...


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