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What's to stop someone asking the same unanswered question again and again?

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 ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question using someone else's previous comment(s)?

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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Is this site overloaded?

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 ...
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Is double posting allowed if a question is not answered after some time?

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 ...
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Too "difficult" for MSE and too "easy" for MO questions

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 ...
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Is this site overloaded?

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 ...
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Answering a (Seemingly) Unanswerable Question

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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Is it allowed to repost?

No. You are not allowed to do that.
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Is there a 'polite amount' to put up as a bounty for someone else's question?

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 ...
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Proving that $e^\pi-\pi<20$ Without Using a Calculator

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 ...
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Why in unanswered questions there are answered questions?

questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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Why does the Unanswered Question count drop on Saturdays?

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 ...
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Too "difficult" for MSE and too "easy" for MO questions

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 ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question using someone else's previous comment(s)?

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 ...
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The unanswered questions ordering seems wrong

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 ...
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Answering a (Seemingly) Unanswerable Question

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, ...
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Is it bad form to answer a question using someone else's previous comment(s)?

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. ...
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Should "background" be deleted from a question if it is not logically necessary?

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 ...
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How do we know if there's someone working on my question?

Keep in mind that Readers pay attention to your Questions on a voluntary basis, so there's no better mechanism beyond asking a good Question to promote attention. I'd expect the person who posted the ...
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Why in unanswered questions there are answered questions?

As far as I know, a question appears in the "unanswered" queue when it has no answers, or if when it has answers, none of them has a positive score and none is accepted. (For future reference: this ...
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How to get a question answered

For example in one of my question's a person posted try asking Asaf Karagila. So how do I do that? Three simple steps: Ask a question. (Not in a comment, not as an answer, but as a question.) Tag it ...
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Can we have a partial answer checkbox?

The point regarding the "unanswered" queue is a good one. It is indeed not ideal if questions appear as "answered" yet only have a partial answer. However, considering the cost versus the benefit I ...
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There was a post that was recently voluntarily deleted, but I want to answer it. Can anyone help find it?

This question (viewable to users with 10k+ rep) by user268254 asked about a recurrence of the form $$ F(n) = \sum_{i=0}^{n} F\left(\left\lfloor\frac{i}{5}\right\rfloor\right), $$ and it does have a (...
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Answering a (Seemingly) Unanswerable Question

Definitely post it as an answer. Even thought you do not solve the original problem, you provide a piece of information which is precisely what anyone interested in the problem wants to read. Apart ...
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