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Rejected into a tiny edit
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Like Clayton (in comments) I don't see any problems with the proposed edit, and I think it should have been accepted. Usually when reviewing proposed edits it takes two reviewers with the same vote ...

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Is it acceptable to leave hints as answers?
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Sometimes the question explicitly only asks for hints. Rather more often, a hint will actually be more useful to the asker. This is often the case for "homework" questions (when they deserve to be ...

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Battle of the sites - cancelled
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In the spirit of Asaf's excellent comments, I hereby formally propose that we just concede the match and leave this silliness to such other sites as want to participate. If SE Inc. wants to donate ...

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Updates to the site
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status-completed Thanks for your feedback, I set the font family to the default font we are using on the site (Helvetica Neue/Helvetica/Arial/sans-serif) instead of the serif font. Could the typeface ...

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Etiquette for Downvoted Questions
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The downvoting means that some users thought the question was ill posed or ill suited to the site. If you disagree with those users, you have no obligation to refrain from answering the question. It'...

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What, when and will we migrate questions to MO 2.0?
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As far as I'm aware, the set of things that are on-topic at MO is a proper subset of the set of things that are on topic here. For this reason I think questions should not be migrated to MO at all -- ...

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A criterion for distinguishing between two kinds of questions
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Let's call a spade a spade and admit that "show your work"/"what have you tried?" in the context of this site are primarily intended to be a less accusatory way to say "no, we will not do your ...

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Where exactly is one supposed to downvote?
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Everything's up to you, of course, but my rules of thumb are: Downvote a question as a helpful hint to other users that it may not be worth their time to try to read and understand the question. ...

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Confused with selecting an accepted answer.
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It's entirely up to you how you choose which answer to reward with a green checkmark; you don't have to explain or defend your reasoning to anyone. But please do choose something if you consider your ...

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Should I be hesitant to answer questions?
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Two points about fear of downvotes in particular: First, a downvote costs you only 2 rep, whereas an upvote gains you 10. This is for a reason. Second, if an answer of yours is downvoted without ...

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Why isn't the batman question closed?
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Note that the "you must show some prior work" maxim applies with greater force to homework questions, and even there it rarely leads to even blatantly violating questions being closed. Conversely, ...

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Updates to the site
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There seems to be a lot more whitespace in various places than before. What immediately stands out to me as not-very-pretty is that there's too much vertical space between the question title and the ...

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Proposition of Separate Box for "Your Work"
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I have a bunch of loosely related reactions that I think add up to "no, this is a bad idea". First, the idea seems to assume that everyone who asks a question on MSE is asking it in order to get help ...

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Unanswered questions
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For case (3) you should just write an answer yourself, summarizing the solution from the comments -- or even just pointing to it, if it is more than a few days old. This will bump the question and ...

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Use of main-site comments for meta suggestions
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Immediate reactions: Comments such as yours on the main site are fine. Extended discussions with back-and-forth exchange of arguments about how best to use the site should happen on the meta site. ...

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Exposure of new questions (poll on browsing habits)
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I regularly read at least the titles of all new questions back to when I was last on the site.

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Don't flag wrong answers?
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As a non-moderator, I agree that simply being wrong is not a reason for anyone (except the author) to delete an answer. Wrong answers should be downvoted (that is fundamentally what downvotes are for)...

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Minimum waiting time to accept answer
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I'm not convinced that there's a problem to solve here, and the proposed solution has the potential to lower the utility of the site for everyone. Yes, sometimes an asker accepts an answer without ...

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No-delete policy...
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Once a question has an answer, it is not acceptable to change the question in a way that invalidates the answer. If the answer makes the asker realize he has asked something different from what he ...

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Is it required to use MathJax for simple listings of numbers?
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In my opinion there's no need to use MathJax as long as one simply mentions a number in the middle of a prose paragraph -- the default text font has prefectly servicable digits that can be used for ...

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Examples and counterexamples of good questions and answers
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For good real-world examples, go to the main list of questions and sort by votes. The highest voted 100 questions or so tend to ones that became blockbusters by resonating with the internet fad of the ...

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SE and MO as reference
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I think that depends on the purpose of the reference. If the purpose is to acknowledge the origin of an idea you use and the idea seems to have been invented by a MSE/MO contributor in an answer, then ...

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Is answering own question okay?
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This may be something that needs to be discussed separately from the Makoto Kato drama, but as a general matter, I think that the "yes, answering one's own question is okay" doctrine needs to be ...

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How much (self) editing is too much?
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(Note: People in chat have pointed out to me that this meta question might have been an attempt to continue a comment discussion from this mainsite post -- at least Willie pointed the particpants in ...

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Treatment of multiple answers by same user to same question
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I agree that we shouldn't be combining posts where there is any reasonable chance that the author meant them as independent alternative answers. I can imagine cases where this isn't true (say, if ...

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RFC: Chat Seminars
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I'm a bit skeptical. I was present for much of the measure theory event, and it was indeed wonderful to watch. But I think what made it wonderful was that it was essentially a one-on-one tutoring ...

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Should questions asking to prove false claims be downvoted or closed?
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It may be relevant to downvote such a question, but that wouldn't merely be because it is asking for proof of something that is false. Something more is needed -- for example, sometimes a user will ...

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Why is a question needing more details called "off-topic"?
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No, it doesn't really mean "off-topic", but it seems that the only way the SE platform supports site-specific closing reasons is by putting them under the "off-topic" heading. So that's where it ends ...

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Are there codified or at least customary acceptance criteria?
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If your only problem is that there isn't a clear reason to prefer one answer to the other, but you still feel that your question has been answered satisfactorily, then I'd say to go ahead, flip a coin ...

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Etiquette in posing questions
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"Epidemic" suggests that they number of such questions has been growing dramatically, but that's not the case as far as I can see. They've been with us for all of the year I've been using MSE. There'...

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