Jyrki Lahtonen
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Is it appropriate to close every question that doesn't show efforts and/or lacks of context?
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I think I understand your concern, but I feel like adding a few words of consolation. I am quite content with the way the processes available to our core users work in cases like these. The close/...

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Is the review tool *too* effective at helping us process items?
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Apparently "YES!" Just today a relatively new member came up with the bright idea of removing the "soft-question" tag from a few dozen "ancient" questions. In some cases the edit was ok, in some it ...

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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool
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In this context I want to bring up two possible uses of self-answered questions. My goal in posting this as an answer is to poll our user base, and learn whether people find this palatable. I am ...

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Interested in a question which is closed because of "no effort". What to do?
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I am all for closing more PSQs, but putting emphasis on the trivial ones. But I also feel that closing should not be automatic. I spewed out my reasoning earlier and those points are not worth ...

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How many upvotes are too many?
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Agree with everything quid said. Just adding a few observations. Voting old answers is very much ok. As long as you find them during "natural" browsing of the site, like following an interesting ...

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Why a question without showing any work is getting upvoted?
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I have other reasons not to upvote that question, but I would not downvote or vote to close it either. The official reason for closing many a question is "off-topic -> missing context". Some users ...

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What does a new user have to do?
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This happens out of inertia. Once a question has entered the close vote review queue, the default action for many a reviewer is apparently to agree with the initial assessment of a fellow member. If ...

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Can we please be more generous to elementary beginners?
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I feel that the title of this thread is misguided. I see no evidence of this being about the elementary beginner. The asker of your example question has not been seen on the site since March 30th. ...

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Is deleting a question while it is still on hold too quick?
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Nasse-setä is very angry. While I largely agree with the quality standards of C.R.U.D.E. activists, and won't really shed tears for the listed threads, the speed of deletion makes me uncomfortable: ...

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How sometimes new people get punished and discouraged for good behaviour
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Not entirely an answer to Pedro's topic, but something in his post caught my eye, and I cannot let it rest. Too long for a comment, so an answer it is. (Taking off the moderator hat) This is IMHO ...

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Surge in inexplicably declined "obsolete" flags
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I'm afraid I am at least partly responsible for this. I had zero experience with the obsolete flag, and my instinct was that there is no harm in keeping two old comments in a short chain. When ...

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Retroactive automatic editing of question punctuation affecting correctness
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I really think that if this such a problem at SO, then there should be separate scripts run on SO messages only. What's next? Say, leetspeak becomes way too common in some computer related SE. ...

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Can I forsake my superpowers?
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First and foremost: You are not alone feeling/thinking that on some occasions you would prefer only to cast an ordinary vote! I don't think you can forsake the superpowers, but you can use them ...

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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?
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Promoting some of the comments to an answer so that users can vote on them more freely. I got the impression that at least the OP wanted this to happen. As this is somewhat independent from my longer ...

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Can we manually adjust image width in a post?
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I'm the wrong person to tell the whole story, but I know that you can resize images by using an appropriate HTML img attribute. Below I reuse an animation that is a small part of an answer of mine ...

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What if the duplicate has a better answer than the original?
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I guess that my strong antipathy towards duplicates is by now adequately documented. I want to add the following points. Closing a question as a duplicate does not hurt the asker one bit, because ...

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A user has downvoted me many times
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We the diamond moderators have access to some aggregate voting statistics. I had a look. The total number of downvotes from any single user to you is so low that there is nothing actionable. Some ...

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Regarding the question on "Conics passing through integer lattice points".
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For my part I will add the following hopefully clarifying comments: The question showed no effort, and was a wrapper for five separate although closely related questions. I believe that the ...

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Is there an MSE-like site that is more pleasant to work in? Or are there other solutions?
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One suggestion. A significant part (may be I'm projecting here?) of the sentiment against answering routine exercises is related to the fact that variants of the same exercise occur repeatedly. A few ...

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How to write left superscripts
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As pointed out in the comments (by lulu and Xander), it is possible to put the superscript on a blank space. And an alternative is to put it on a vertical (=zero width) phantom box created by TeX's \...

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Can we please STOP closing and deleting old posts with answers?
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Attempting to outline my thinking. Not sure how mainstream my views are, so feel free to vote/comment as you see fit. As always, I may have overlooked something. I downvoted Jack's question because ...

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Some lessons to learn from the 2017 elections
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Thanks for collecting these pieces of data. Digesting it all, and its relation with the outcome of the election, will take a while. As I spent one bike ride to work thinking about this I share my ...

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How aggressively should we tag a question as duplicate?
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Standard disclaimer: This really is a comment, but it's too long, so... My gut feeling is that the efficiency of catching duplicates has been going down. When I started here, the site was about a ...

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Overboard editing of answers?
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There are no official restrictions. But a few comments/observations/pieces of advice: Frequent edits begin to annoy others at some point. Edits "bump" the thread to the front page of active questions,...

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STOP! Look and Listen.
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I have seen one such test edit. It was so obvious to reject it. May be they can one day train their SW to send less and less obviously bad edits? May be the software can eventually do good edits? When ...

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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?
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The site norms about this have gradually changed over the years, so it may be helpful to take a bit of "historical" look at the problem. I think it sheds some additional light. Also, I try to explain ...

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Left-align denominator in MathJax
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Don't use \frac, it is meant to be used only with fractions. Use a bigger array, and insert horizontal lines \hlineat appropriate places. \begin{array}{l} \text{if it is raining, then the grass is ...

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Ways of knowing that a person posting a question understands the question
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My .02 small monetary units. I agree with the sentiment that all the necessary information should be in the question body. Askers leave those bits in the comments only at their own peril. For example ...

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Should we do anything with the tons of seemingly impossible integrals?
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Caveat: My opinions only. I have not discussed this with other moderators. IMHO it is questions like this recent beauty that cause more resentment towards questions about integrals. Several answers, ...

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Locked Question for Done contest
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After clearing the rest of the flag queue I had the time to take another look. Your claim was easy to verify (thanks to Brian M. Scott for giving the link). Unlocking. Sorry about this. My first ...

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