Willie Wong
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How to ask a homework question
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Can I ask a homework question here? There are actually two factors involved here, one is on your end, and one over here on this website. As a general rule, we do not discourage any specific category ...

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How to ask a good question.
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Provide Context Context matters. A question can sometimes be answered in one sentence when the discussion is between two experts familiar with each other's background, while the same question may ...

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People who ask homework questions and then remove them
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As Isaac wrote (somewhat ironically): the best way to counteract this behaviour is to adjust our own behaviour and stop posting answers as comments.

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Is it rude to change which answer you accept?
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No, it is not rude. As always, the "accepted answer" is a subjective judgment by the original question asker about which answer helped him the most. Changing the accepted answer from one to another ...

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"Contest problem" policy
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Why do we have a policy? First and foremost: we believe that the responsibility for the integrity of an exam, contest, competition, etc. ultimately falls on the shoulders of the organizers. That ...

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On the continued impolite closure of questions by new users for the wrong reasons.
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Bill, I would be much obliged if you would stop threaten to leave the site every time something displeases you. It loses its effectiveness after a while. We all agree that there are shortcomings in ...

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How to ask a good question.
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Tagging Tags are a way to help us organize posts on this website. People also use them to locate the questions they will find the most interesting. Thus, good tagging helps to attract the best ...

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Two announcements: new "FAQ" and new "closure rules"
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Since this will be inevitable: Vote this up if you think Context Missing (see definition below) should be among our "Off topic" reasons. (And down if you think otherwise.) (Please vote on the idea ...

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A MathJax alternative from Khan Academy
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At present: I do not think KaTeX is yet a viable option. At issue is feature parity. For comparison: MathJax supports on the order of ~800 built-in commands, plus the ability to define new macros ...

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Is sharing books ok?
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No. I'd strongly advise against it. For some previous discussion see here. Technically by the DMCA what would happen is that You post content copyrighted by others on this site. Copyright owner ...

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What's going on with this Batman question?
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Invoking my Mod Superpowers: the culprit is http://news.ycombinator.com/ where the post is currently number 3 on the list. It accounted for a whopping 25% of the total traffic to Math.SE in the last ...

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How can I delete an answer which has been accepted?
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@Douglas: please don't do what you are requesting the moderators to do. Remember that this is a Q and A website, and it seeks to document questions and answers is a way that is easily searchable and ...

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Downvoting to order?
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Let me present a different voice here (from the other moderators). If you hover your mouse over the up/down-vote arrows for an answer, the caption that pops up is "This answer is useful" versus "...

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I found MO has been included in SE network today
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Short answer : no. (By the way, it has never been "okay" to simultaneously cross-post questions on MSE and MO. We've been requesting users to stick with one site and wait for a reasonable amount of ...

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"flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention". What content is this phrase talking about?
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My bad. I completely misunderstood your flag. You wrote: User already posted an extension of this answer. And given Martin's comment (link viewable to 10K+) which began Please read more ...

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What is the policy regarding mentioning that a book is available to download via BitTorrent
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I'd recommend against even mentioning that it is on a torrent. People with no moral qualms with this kind of thing will already be proficient enough to know where the look without you telling them, ...

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MathJax: better way to prepare a Math.StackExchange question?
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Some ideas: You can install ipython notebook which has built-in MarkDown / MathJax support There are by now (2018!!) lots of MathJax capable MarkDown editors. Personally I use Joplin, I've also ...

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I am also resigning as a moderator
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Is sometimes keeping wrong answer reasonable?
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Whether you delete any (deletable answer set within the constraints of the software) answer (incorrect or otherwise) should be up to you. But I would recommend that, if you know your answer to be ...

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What should one do if they see extremely fast reviewing?
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Flag, flag, flag, flag, and flag. If you see something wrong, tell the mods. If you see your flag declined, you will know that you may be a bit too sensitive. If you see your flag marked as ...

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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)
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This is not an answer for or against the proposal. This is merely some comments about the technical aspects of the proposal: I think that we can in fact ask SE to nuke the entire tag and blacklist it,...

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What kind of comments are "not-constructive"?
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There's no written policy (until now, I guess), and each mod has his or her quirks (so the discussion below is guaranteed to apply only if the handling moderator is yours truly). While you asked about ...

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Why is obvious spam put on hold?
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Moderators are not everywhere. We are only aware of flags if you raise them. (I've deleted the posts before you even finished composed your Meta posting here... your "this user" link is already dead....

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Using the align environment?
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Dustan already discovered a workaround, but let me explain a little bit behind why that works: The particular implementation/configuration of MathJax on this site allows for the use of \begin{align} ...

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Posting an answer as a comment
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Despite this having been discussed multiple times: What are the guidelines for what should be posted as an answer and what should be posted as a comment? There should be none. Like most other ...

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Is this site the right one to get a review to a mathematical solution?
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Yes, we even have a tag for that. Please, however, make sure you include the entirety of the question statement. Sometimes the other users may ask you for further clarifications (such as definitions ...

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If I think an accepted answer is incorrect, how should I respond?
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What I have done is to submit my own answer with a comment at the beginning stating my belief that the accepted answer was incorrect. Is there anything else that I can or should do? Both of what you ...

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Is it inappropriate to post a "Thank you" as a comment?
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While I do not think that "thank you" comments are necessary, and would even advocate that in prevention of clutter that people do not post thank yous, I would also not be offended by someone posting ...

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How to put math equations in a "spoiler" block?
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A work around is to put all the math on one "line". >! \begin{align} x &= 42 \end{align} Gives I think the reason is that to solve other bugs, once you enter a math environment the MarkDown ...

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Are questions of the form "has this ever been studied?" appropriate?
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To add to David Speyer's answer, not only do I think such questions are fine, I think they are something in which (currently) sites like MathOverflow and Math.Stackexchange can excel (provided a ...

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