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


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


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For an objective comparison, here is a graphical diff of the relevant parts of @gnometorule's answer and revision 3 of @amWhy's answer, computed automatically using the Meld program. Click for bigger.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Allowed, maybe, but discouraged, I hope. If someone has the time to post a joke non-answer, don't they also have the time to post a bona fide answer? I think that if the question is so bad it doesn't merit a real response, then it doesn't merit any answers period. It should be deleted.


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It is not clear to me what your question is. At any rate, the team of moderators is comprised of various people from very different parts of the world with different views on how moderation is to be carried out. In particular, we do not have an agreement on deletion. In particular, some moderators avoid deleting answers even if they are completely wrong, and ...


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In addition to Pedro's answer, I would like to point out that moderators should be very circumspect with their delete votes. This is because, unlike deletions by regular users, when a moderator deletes a post that post is automatically locked, meaning that no further changes can be made to it until undeleted, which can only be done by a moderator. (...


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If it's any consolation (likely not, I know) the same thing happened to me on this question. Admittedly, the other answer was somewhat more complete than mine, but I was extremely upset to notice that an edit to the other answer was made after I posted mine and essentially included a portion of my answer without attribution. Sure, it could have been a ...


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Thank you for keeping an eye out for things like this. For what it is worth, in the future, it suffices to flag the post in question for moderator attention; it is not necessary to open up a discussion on Meta.


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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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Another possibility: These are MSE users that don't want to log into their account for some reason. For example, they may be using someone else's computer, and normally log in through facebook, but want to post an answer without logging into facebook. Perhaps their host doesn't want them using facebook, perhaps there is a network policy banning facebook, ...


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There are several reasons why link-only answers are discouraged. Most do not apply to your particular situation (e.g. when there is undisclosed affiliation). The most important reason, however, is that a link-only answer is always in suboptimal form. Ideally, enough information should be available for people to make a good decision on whether a click-...


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