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If you want to, I think it is good for you to post an answer to your question. You can even accept your own answer. To me, it seems like a waste to just delete the question because what if someone has a similar question later on? I agree. On the other hand, it may look like I am cheating the system somehow I don't think so. (although you don't ...


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There are different scenarios for somebody re-asking the same question, and different reactions are appropriate. On the one hand, we have the relatively harmless case that a new user first posts a question without registering an account, and later registers an account and loses access to the old account. In that situation, for somebody who doesn't yet know ...


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The procedure used by the Crusade of answers, which specializes in trying to reduce the unanswered questions queue, is a synthesis of the aforementioned strategies: Consider if there is a legitimate reason to vote to move/delete/close the question. If not, ask the commenter using the @ feature to convert his/her comment to an answer. If there's no response ...


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No, it's not. However, you should mark any such answers as Community Wiki, so you don't gain reputation from someone else's work.


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If you want to write an answer, then don't worry about the bump. You thought it was interesting, maybe others will too. But if you don't find the question interesting, don't feel obligated to write an answer just for the sake of having one. If it's really dull, you can downvote it, and it will descend into oblivion.


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It's not really that valuable (to you) to worry about "the site" being "overloaded". What's more important to you is how many people are watching the major tags of your question, pde in this case, and how busy that tag is. That is, what you'd really care about is whether the pde tag is "overloaded". What do you care if there are 1001 unanswered pre-calculus ...


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Just edit it. Don't, no matter what else you do, ask the exact same question twice. It will be closed as a duplicate, and people will think it is impolite. If you don't get an answer to your question, you can edit it (preferably with additional information and clarifications), which will have the effect of bumping the question up the active list. If you ...


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There is a meta-thread on MO Interesting and not sufficiently answered questions on math.se whose purpose is to draw attention to questions here. Posting there is an intermediate solution between reposting on MO and doing nothing. That said, I saw in a recent case you only waited two days or so. I feel this is a bit on the short side for a wait-time, for ...


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Posting the same question anew just to get more attention is not acceptable behavior. Please do not do this. If it is noticed your questions will be swiftly closed as a duplicate, likely it will also be downvoted and usually some users will complain. For acceptable ways to draw attention to existing questions see How to grab users' attention on an old ...


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It is fine to place a small bounty on someone else's question. The principal way* that doing so affects the author is that they might suddenly get a bunch of notifications about their question, which is typically welcome (although potentially surprising for old questions). If you're unsure of any particular case, you can use comments to ask the author about ...


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Often I leave a note at the comments: " @who_already_answered : Would you consider posting your comments as an answer?" Usually this works well. I guess people sometimes feel uncomfortable with posting answers that they feel is too trivial. I think it is a matter of building a culture/habit. If people keep asking posters to place answers in the answers, ...


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Regarding statistics, there is an Unanswered Tracker bot that posts in the Crusade of Answers chatroom that indicates that the number of unanswered questions on this site increases by about 200 everyday (except Saturdays). Looking at this page, about 77% of all questions on MathSE have been answered.


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I feel that the best path is to mimic comment answers: Notify, if possible, to the MO answerer about the MSE copy; or post a CW answer with a link to the MO answer and a short notice saying that the answer was given (and accepted, if applicable) on mathoverflow.


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Why not state an answer, stating that this is not a solution because you know of none, and state your thoughts? What's the worst that could happen?


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No. You are not allowed to do that.


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I'm just going to expand my comment from above into a possible solution that shouldn't step on too many toes. It should be possible to construe a partial result as the answer to another question (possibly even one of independent interest, though considering the nature of a large number of questions on math.SE we probably should worry too much about this). ...


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I find this sort of Question mildly interesting, susceptible of Answers backed by mathematical reasoning, and hence opportunities for learning something new. While this doesn't guarantee all or even most such "utterly(?) intractable" problems will receive a well-supported Answer here, I believe it augurs against allowing unsupported Answers merely for a ...


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questions with no upvoted or accepted answers


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I've reduced my engagement here in the SE-network much and thus I should possibly avoid to take explicite position here, but, well, for what it's worth... I think it should be made more clear, that MSE /MO is not a question of difficulties /levels of mathematical puzzles: "MSE easy and my homework", "MO oh-so-difficult", but that MO has been ...


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I will copy the relevant part from this answer on meta.SE: What is the cause of this sudden drop in CV queue size? The cause was our weekly task that deletes old, abandoned questions. Unlike our daily task, which is scheduled for 3 AM UTC, the weekly task is scheduled for anytime on Saturday (actually, it's 7 days since the last run, on a Saturday, so ...


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I agree with the previous two answers because: 1) Comments are not for low quality answers Comments are for asking clarification, discussing an answer, etc. Even if the answer is a 1 liner, it should be an answer and not a comment in my opinion. 2) Helpful comments should not discourage complete answers Some users might not have the time for a full ...


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There are already tabs to see unanswered questions in a different way than having the most highly voted one on top, such as to have the newest first. On the front page, not the question page, select the unanswered tab and then refine. If you want something more specific you can use the search feature. The remark that the list is in part topped by ...


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I'm in a similar situation in that I've posted a difficult question, and thusfar, no answer has been submitted. As an asker, I would very much like to read what you have attempted and, if possible, a clear concise statement of the reasons you did not arrive at the answer. It is beneficial to hear other people's initial ideas on methods of solution, ...


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Only if you make it sound like you came up with the whole thing yourself. For example, I'm going to suggest that you mark your answer as a Community Wiki answer, and I'm going to tell you that A. Norton was the first to suggest this. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to put in a comment addressed to the commenter saying something like "This actually ...


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I would say as long as you make the question easily discoverable and self-contained, extra background (within reason) is harmless and usually helpful. In general, I would recommend putting the question at the very top, clearly marked, and preceded only by any context that is necessary to understand the question. Further, the additional background, etc. ...


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