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I have a bunch of loosely related reactions that I think add up to "no, this is a bad idea". First, the idea seems to assume that everyone who asks a question on MSE is asking it in order to get help with a homework problem; otherwise the proposed new box doesn't make sense. And while homework questions may be in numerical majority on the site, they are ...


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I don't have time this morning to give anything close to a complete "answer", but I wanted to write in to say that I am sympathetic to Rustyn Yazdanpour's perspective. In particular I saw the question he links to when it came up last night and had a very similar reaction to it. I also feel that simply answering questions like these is almost certainly ...


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Personally I think that it would be bad practice to close a question that is perfectly valid, it just doesn't feel right. (This is possibly in part because the question isn't really a duplicate, it is just about the same subject matter so I object to calling something a duplicate when it's not.) It might also annoy people who ask this type of question if ...


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Experience shows: Even if the OP asks only for hints, and someone gives a hint and asks a question of the OP ... STILL someone else will come along (probably within just a few minutes) and write a complete solution. So far, nothing has worked to get that "someone else" not to do this. Not even downvoting the answers. But you can keep trying if you want to....


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I think you hit a serious problem here. But I don't know if you're solution is the best one. Besides this, there is something else I think is worth discussing. MSE is not only designed to help the OP at that moment, but is also designed to help people who could have the same question and search for it on MSE. Personally I belong to both groups. I very ...


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Please add tags like proof-verification and solution-verification to these questions. There are now 367 questions in those tags but the untagged number is much higher. There are a lot of users in one of the two categories: prefer to read/answer these postings, which by definition contain "displayed effort" want to avoid questions that involve line-by-line ...


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Edit: as MadScientist notes below, the chances of the "solution" given in this answer is unlikely to be implemented widely. I was going to fly this by the other Mods before posting this on Meta, but now we have a rather on-topic situation for the following, so here goes: By Introduce sub-communities (or “Portals”) to prevent fragmentation it seems that ...


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Answers are not just for the OP. Many others will come here asking the same question, and they will have different backgrounds; it is preferable to collect all relevant answers in one place. Unless you are proposing that identical copies of the same question, the only difference being that they were asked by people with different backgrounds, should not be ...


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I think we should let things take care of themselves. There are indeed many questions being asked every day and the lack of upvotes on some really good answers speaks volumes about the volume of traffic. But suppose we did the split the site into two- one for elementary questions(let's call it E), the other for more difficult questions(call it A). Then who ...


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Superficially I left a Comment before voting to close, so maybe I'm "off the hook" here. But I think the idea of closing a Question when the OP doesn't respond to collective comments/requests for clarification by editing is to have a bit of a cooling off period. Ideally the OP (or someone who feels confident in editing the Question on their behalf) will ...


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Questions about Riemann/Darboux sums fall under "the definition of the integral" in the integration tag wiki: All aspects of integration, including the definition of the integral and computing indefinite integrals (antiderivatives). More importantly, they should be tagged real-analysis or calculus depending on whether the question is about constructing ...


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Given the +17/-0 margin of on the original question, I have taken the liberty of writing a Question & Answer which are intended to serve as the canonical version of these questions: Examples and Counterexamples of Relations which Satisfy Certain Properties (There are, by the way, 27 permutations by my count. And that is only after eliminating things ...


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I am concerned that the existence of a canonical tag would lead to people fighting over which posts were, or were not, tagged canonical. If it did, the benefit of the tag might be heavily outweighed by the strife it would cause.


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I think there will probably be a lot of objection to this idea, because this is apparently supposed to be a question-and-answer site rather than a tutoring site. But the fact is that it can be and is used for something more in the style of tutoring, and this is something I would like to see a lot more of, because I only participate here in the hope of ...


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You might be interested in the Mathematics Community Blog. (You might also want to read the Community Blog FAQ.)


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Seems sensible to add this observation: there are users who, exclusively in some cases, ask contest preparation questions. That is, there may or may not be a teacher supervising any aspect of the student's activities with regard to these questions. An example is https://math.stackexchange.com/users/297795/puzzled417 The source of some of the questions is a ...


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It seems that the tag riemann-sum has already been created. I've added a very short tag-excerpt and tag-wiki mentioning that it is for both Riemann and Darboux sums. (If you have some ideas how to improve the tag-wiki, please, do so.) I have also created darboux-sum. Since both tags are new (have less then 5 question), there are no users who have ...


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