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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

Many aspects to this. I agree to a great extent with the points raised in the other answers. Yes, there are XY problems. Yes, the question is not here just for the benefit of the asker, and this shows ...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
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Asking "Where did my math go wrong" questions

1) A homework problem (with book citation) Excellent. This provides part of the context, namely where the problem came from. Sadly, many other people don't even bother to state this, and is one ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

Not the exact answer to your situation, but it might give some idea, so in that sense, this answer is also an alternative answer to the question that you are asking. We are not your tutor in here, ...
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Answering "is my approach correct" with a different proof

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 ...
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Posting a solution from elsewhere and asking whether it's correct

TLDR: just ignore them if they don't interest you but are otherwise high quality. If theres too many then maybe we should curtail these but in general when I see a "check my work" question ...
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Should answering that someone's attempt is correct be posted as a comment?

As detailed elsewhere (see How to answer proof-verification questions?) I do not consider it as best practice to post only "this is correct" as an answer. Usually, something more can be said to make ...
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Don't close solution verification as dupe, instead remove questions with the tag of [solution-verification] appearing in search

Why many "solution-verification" questions are closed As has been articulated many times in the past, the goal of Math SE is to create a library of questions and answers. A question should ...
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Attempting to prove the same thing multiple times -- Request For Rules and Guidelines

The main danger with asking multiple questions on a single theorem is that you could easily write several posts where the effort required from answerers is duplicated from question to question - for ...
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Is it okay if I use this site to have someone check my work or give a solution?

It seems that there are two separate issues in what you are asking. So let me address them separately: Is it okay if I use this site to have someone check my work? This was discussed here on meta ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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"Prove that" vs. "Confirmation of proof" in the title.

In my opinion, no, you do not need to say in the title that it is a proof-verification --- in fact, you do not even need to say that it is a proof. Phrases such as "Prove that", "Proving that", "How ...
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Can I post questions to ask where I am making a mistake?

Interesting that each of the responses so far, to the posting, have assumed that the OP (i.e. original poster) should take specific actions. To me this ignores the real problem which is that there is ...
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How should questions tagged "solution-verification" be answered?

It's a good question, and one I have no universal response to. I dislike the flat "Yes, that's correct" response though I have used it. It's effectively meaningless. At best it is Proof by ...
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Answering "is my approach correct" with a different proof

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 ...
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Is it okay if I use this site to have someone check my work or give a solution?

The -verification questions are either the the worst ("too localized") or the best (maximum "research effort") type of question on the site. Opinions differ. The important thing is to add the tag ...
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Comment or Answer?

What to do when someone ask for a mistake, comment indicating where he made the mistake or answer indicating where he made the mistake? If what they seek is the mistake, and you wish to state what ...
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Can I post questions to ask where I am making a mistake?

I believe these questions are useful, but you need to be careful, because they are easily mistaken for duplicates of existing questions. I would suggest this format for your future questions (and, ...
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Should the tag "solution-verification not be removed (from the main site)?

The primary question concerning the tags solution-verification (and its synonym proof-verification) is, in my opinion, whether questions of this type are allowed on this site. At the moment, it seems ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Are check my work question discouraged on this site?

I didn't vote on either of these questions, nor had I seen them until I saw this question. However, I can give my feedback and suggest possible reasons why the what went wrong question was received ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

I think you made your question clear enough in the initial posting, and I think everyone contributing to the discussion here would have endeavoured to answer the question you asked, not solved the ...
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How to answer proof-verification questions?

At least when the question has been there for some time and nobody has found anything to say about it except "yes, that is correct", then I think it is appropriate to post an answer to that effect, ...
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Why does the tag "(solution-verification)" show as "(proof-verification)"?

This is is actually not a bug. When you look more closely at the tag (proof-verification) you can see that there is actually a tag synonym solution-verification $\to$ proof-verification with (proof-...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Closing questions with tag "solution-verification"

I think your proposal is well-motivated, and I appreciate your bringing it up for discussion, but ultimately I'm unsure about your proposal. I agree with you that there is a problem, but I'm unsure ...
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Can I get [solution-validation] on my idea to remove this tag?

Any thoughts? Should the tag stay, or should it be considered for removal? My personal opinion that if this type of questions is still allowed then we should probably keep also the corresponding tag(...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Are posts of the kind "I wrote this proof, is it correct" valid for math.stackexchange?

Many people ask questions of this sort on main with the tags proof-verification and solution-verification. Community reaction to them is not uniform. One problem is that they are not so useful to ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

(I am capturing some notes from a chat into a basic answer so that it doesn't get lost). I personally try to answer what went wrong either as a comment or as a part of my answer. I also upvote the ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

Think of it that way - if somebody were to know the answer to your question, they would give it. If they don't say it - well, they just don't know it. I also find it extremely annoying because ...
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Comment or Answer?

I think the confusion that there are two questions: the maths problem "Where did I go wrong?" The questioner is asking the second of these, and it should be answered in an Answer. This gives you ...
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Should/Can solution-verification be posted as self-answers?

It's weird that you don't try to address the points made in my answer on that linked thread, which explain why all your scenarios fall under the category of solution-attempts that should not be posted ...
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Can users post proofs here they think are valid?

As a part of your post you have asked: "What can I do to view my original post of my proof?" Based on your comment, it seems that the question is: Every even number of the form (P+1) is the ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar

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