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Posting joke non-answers is not within the scope of the site, so we will delete them(1) when they come to our attention. Typically, they don't do much harm, though, so usually the poster faces no dire consequences beyond having the answer deleted. But if somebody posts enough such joke posts that they become a nuisance, further consequences are on the table....


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Although I am not endorsing Makoto Kato's deleted answer [added: in fact, perhaps it will help people to see the spirit of where I am coming from if I disclose that I downvoted that answer before it was deleted], I have to think that deleting an answer on meta -- which is essentially a forum for discussion of math.SE topics -- should be done only in rather ...


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While there was some doubt whether or not Revision 3 of this answer, directly copied gnometorule's answer, there were several other offending examples where the answer was copied verbatim, confirming amWhy's plagiarism. Notably Revision 1 of this answer directly copies Do complex numbers really exist? Revision 2 of this answer directly copies What is the ...


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$$\huge{\color{red}{\text{ABSOLUTELY}}}\tiny{\text{not}}$$


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Unless the upvoter chooses to come and answer this question you're asking people here to read minds -- it's unlikely anyone can do that for you. People upvote wrong answers for a variety of reasons: they don't realise the answer is wrong, they don't care because it's "an answer" to a homework question and they just want something to submit; they think the ...


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People should flag such posts as offensive posts, and not downvote the answer at all. For two main reasons: Every such flag automatically downvotes the post. After six flags the post is deleted immediately. If one feels that deletion is not enough, and some action needs to be taken against the posting user, one can flag the answer (or the question), or ...


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Let me briefly answer your two questions, without dealing with the story around them. When the situation is complex, avoid flagging comments. When we see a comment flag, it is easy to take it out of context, and the response is essentially "delete/edit the comment" or "decline the flag" (or both, sometimes). It is hard to respond to a flag like this, and it'...


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I deleted your answer. I didn't find it offensive. Rather, it was completely irrelevant to the question at hand.


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It is appropriate to rollback if you think that it conflicts with your intent. Obviously if you want to keep it you can keep it, too. While in principle it is possible to find out who added what it is no doubt true that it looks as if you had written it, and thus you should have some control over it. It's also fine to comment-notify the editor; I likely ...


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The internet is dominated by cats. Anything with cats pictures or involving cats gets lots of votes or likes. Sorry gotta go, my feline master demands my attention.


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A few comments: Yes, I personally agree with the commenter that this wasn't a great answer. You clearly have a lot of insight into the transpose operation that you wanted to convey, but unfortunately that insight isn't very helpful for understanding why $\det(A^T)=\det(A)$. It doesn't matter how insightful or well-written an answer is if it doesn't ...


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I hope we can all agree that copying someone else's answers without attribution is completely inappropriate behavior. Moreover, it violates the stack exchange license. In this particular case, the evidence that the answer was copied strikes me as clear and convincing. That said, I wish that in the future these types of incidents would be handled in private ...


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The answer was flagged by several users as spam, and that caused the answer to be deleted as spam by Community♦. These flags were of course incorrectly used, since the post is not spam according to the definition used here on Stack Exchange. Since the spam flags were incorrectly cast, I have cleared them from the post. (It has been re-deleted by the votes ...


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There's little sense determining why some user did this. They obviously felt that they should do that. They probably also had no reason to think that "Your Answer" meant something other than "Post Whatever You Want Here". You see, when you get more than 1000 posts every day, and very few users interested in moderation, quality control becomes a bit of an ...


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Thank you, @Eric Naslund, and everyone else who spent time with this unpleasant matter. I want to believe that this was in the community's interest more than in my own. While the public handling of the matter was probably not ideal (and likely the reason why 3 people downvoted the question, more than being opposed to ask the question - at least that is my ...


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It was flagged as not an answer and I had the impression the flag had merit; being on hold had nothing to do with it. But rethinking the decision, I had made a mistake. The answer is undeleted now.


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The community can be fickle sometimes. Especially with questions that aren't very detailed, folks can get protective of their notions of what the poster is actually looking for. I focused on "What does $0\neq1$ mean?" while you focused on "How is it related to addition and multiplication?" Looking back on it, the real question should have been "Why would ...


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Yes. That is possible, and it certainly happens. This is why you should usually be critical and vote after reading and understanding an answer. And yes, sometimes people will vote a wrong answer because they trust the user. But hopefully someone will actually read it, and point out the mistakes. At least on my end as a high reputation user, that worked out ...


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Thank you for looking into this. There is some argument about perfect proof, or whatever you call it. However, as it happens, in my past I spent a lot of time drafting legal documents corresponding to U.S. standards, which served to protect deals in the hundreds of millions - not against such form of theft (although there were court cases), but against any ...


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There are likely two non-related issues: The answer you gave uses a development of $\tan(x)$, at least initially without much comment, which is in a way stronger than what is asked in the question. Thus, the reasoning feels a bit circular. This is a general problem with these types of questions (not the answers), it is often not made clear what is used as ...


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This case highlighted for me a limitation of the review queue process that might be worth bringing to the attention of the redesign project. The Answer posted (and deleted from Review) was quite terse, and phrased as a "hint", basically "add the first and twice the second equalities." However despite its brevity, this was, in the context of what the ...


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How could such a rhetorical answer get so many up votes? To answer a question with another question $($yet again$)$: how come that all those countless tricky integrals I've solved brought me no more than a few votes each, while a trivial answer to a simple question earned me a silver badge, by gaining over $50$ votes?


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$\Huge \text{Leave it as a comment!}$


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People are downvoting your answer because the question called for a proof and you posted a picture. While it is a nice illustration of the concept, it is inadequate on its own. You might improve your post by adding algebraic details showing how your idea is correct.


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I am also of the opinion that there is no valid reason for Makoto Kato's answer to have been deleted. As per the FAQ, the following are reason an answer might be deleted: commentary on the question or other answers asking another, different question “thanks!” or “me too!” responses exact duplicates of other answers barely more than a link to an external ...


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Generally only the downvoter can explain their actions to you, but having looked at your answer I would say: your answer isn't "worthy" of a negative score; it happens to have one now. That may change as/when people look at it. It's very easy to lose sight of an answer's score being variable, but it is -- upvoted answers can be downvoted later on (even ...


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Such an answer should at least say something like: The Wikipedia article on {subject} is a good reference, see {link}. If this is the intended meaning, since it is not clear if it is meant that the linked to Wikipedia page is the reference or rather if that page provides the reference(s) via its references section. This should be spelled out. Another ...


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