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The author of the question flagged and requested it be migrated to Computer Science. Although such questions are also on topic here, if the author requests migration, and the question is also on-topic on the requested target, I see no reason not to oblige.


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Personally, I don't think the question is sexist towards women, or that the edit is sexist towards men. With that said, the fact that I'm not offended by it doesn't invalidate the feelings of the people who are. They have a right to feel that way. There are good points on either side. But it doesn't matter. The edit itself is a matter of taste, and ...


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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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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 in our expectations and also in the answers. I want to emphasize one aspect not present in the other answers. The actual mathematical problem underlying ...


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There are two issues at play, here. This post deals with the way the post was edited, rather than the end state of the post. The Editor is an SE Representative Regardless of whether or not Jaydles was acting in an official manner, he represents StackExchange. As such, his action reflects on SE whether he intended it or not. This has a large intimidation ...


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Regarding your question about keeping flawed answers: there are several reasons people delete their answers once a fundamental flaw has been pointed out: the question will not appear in the Unanswered queue if it has an upvoted incorrect answer, so deleting the flawed approach allows the question to receive more attention; the answer author may want to fix ...


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Next time just flag the post for moderator attention. Site moderators can "lock" the post, which will prevent any and all further edits by normal users. It has already been temporarily locked once, and I have just put it in a longer lock. The user may give up after this, but if not the site moderators can take preventive measures against the user instead ...


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I was going to just comment. Then, as writing a comment, it turned into two, then three...feeling a bit more courageous even as I typed, until it evolved into an answer. I found the edit to be both humorous and gratifying. No, I'm not the one who voted to close, nor did I find the original offensive. But I found it gratifying that on at least one occasion, ...


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Disclaimer: I hadn't seen your question before following the link in this meta question. I'm basing this answer on the first revision of the question. The title is the title, not the first sentence of the body. The question appeared to start (and still does) with a parenthentical sentence which is lacking context, and that's a bad first impression. This is ...


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I'd avoid the word 'best;' it just causes the problem of subjectivity and does not bring much precision in return. You search for references in a relatively specific subject. Explain in a bit more detail than you did already what it is about and what you have read already. Then, ask for additional references to further your studies in this direction. Try ...


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Short answer: Your question is great! I wish more people asked questions like you. Long answer: Of course, anything can be improved. :P Let's address your specific concerns: How to title the question so that it can be relevant for someone apart from just me? Do I describe the problem as its given, along with unnecessary physical details? Do I describe ...


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"Missing context" is a bit of a catch-all term, but basically it's a request for you to motivate the question (why do you want to solve this? Why is it interesting for you, and for people who might help you with it?) and to show some effort (there's a $\sqrt{2}$ there that suggests there's a substitution that might work -- what have you tried? Where did it ...


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This question can be understood as Not a question, but a call for contributions to a project. Should be closed as "not a real question" (no longer a standard reason, but can be a custom off-topic reason). Is a many-in-one question: how do I solve $n$th problem in the book, for $n$ from $1$ to $N$? Should be closed as overly broad. A solution manual is a ...


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This is an unacceptable abuse of the site, as it is more-or-less equivalent to reposting the exact same question multiple times due to impatience. The course of action I would take in this event is to flag for moderator attention (they can attempt to communicate with the user and possibly enact penalties that apply to more than just the user account), ...


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I hesitated to do so at first, but if everyone will remember that we're all in this together, I will give an example of what I was talking about in my comments. I had in mind this question, in which a PhD in computer science admits that he's never seen any applications of groups, rings or fields in his cs work and wonders whether such applications exist. I ...


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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 question was automatically deleted by the Community♦ bot: Apr 11 at 0:16 history deleted Community♦ Scheduled: RemoveDeadQuestions It had a score of $-2$, was more than 30 days old, and had no answer. Such questions are automatically deleted network wide. Your question was never closed, old negatively scored questions without activity are ...


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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, nor this is a website you are getting personalised service; even though you are owner of your own question, the main purpose of that question is to both help you, ...


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My opinions on this: In general, deleting and re-posting anything, be it questions or answers, in order to get rid of the negative score is a big no-no. There's a reason that the system is designed so that one can change one's vote after the post has been edited. I am sad that not more people pay attention to this feature. In the specific cases (such as ...


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The OP did leave a comment below the question with some motivation: by n=3 is IMO 1996shortlist. so I think General n have this . Do not know to have who has this information or Paper? artofproblemsolving.com/Forum/… – So, it seems this is a generalization of another problem from the International Math Olympiad. In the end, I think it's better to think ...


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You have several options: You can do your own research based on the information gained, to check what is correct and what is not correct. You can ask the authors for further clarification, as recommended by Gerry Myerson. You can consider circumstantial evidence to infer which of the two is more credible (author's reputation or score, the amount of ...


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As a preamble let me say that I consider questions touched upon here as important in general, yet the precise instance seems in any case minor in the general context of the problematic so that I think one should not get too upset about it either way. I do consider the (original) formulation of the puzzle as unfortunate, to no small extent for the starting ...


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Since nobody else has answered... You can't delete the question because it has upvoted answers. That's precisely for the reason you identified: it would negate the effort put in by those answerers. So no, don't delete it. If you're worried about the question accumulating more downvotes, the best thing to do is edit it to improve it. Add in some statements of ...


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There are so many questions; plenty of things just fall through the cracks. When you come across clear-cut old duplicates flag/vote one of them as such. (Click "flag" select "a duplicate" etc.) Which one you flag is in a way up to you. Generally, one will want to give most visibility to the subjectively best thread, so flag the other one.


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Mods have the following canned response for such flags: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer In general, you can leave a comment explaining why an answer is wrong, add another answer, downvote, or any combination of these. For this particular case, I disagree that the answer is wrong. I think it's a ...


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I think that this question seems to be more of the type "I would like to have a conversation about ..." than of the type "Please answer this mathematical question". The topic of "mathematical interest" or "mathematical beauty" of obviously of interest to mathematicians, but it is not a mathematical question. In that sense, the question is "off topic" for ...


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In short, we do not have a consolidated homework policy. It is fair to say that we act as though each question is asked in good faith. Other than that, it is up to each answerer to decide their own criteria for when to or not to answer a question. You could, if you really wanted, put up a list of questions on meta. But I doubt many would read it, and fewer ...


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