Milo Brandt
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Attempting to prove the same thing multiple times -- Request For Rules and Guidelines
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The main danger with asking multiple questions on a single theorem is that you could easily write several posts where the effort required from answerers is duplicated from question to question - for ...

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Is a complete rewrite of an answer preferred over a new one?
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One should post a new answer if both answers can stand independently and both answers contribute distinct ideas (i.e. it is valuable to have both). One should use editing to improve an answer without ...

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Is there a 'polite amount' to put up as a bounty for someone else's question?
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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 ...

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What is an appropriate format to ask help for a specific problems in a given book
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I would recommend that you describe the mathematical content of your question in a self-contained way in the title - bibliographic information is certainly important and useful to some (and absolutely ...

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Is my workaround for the minimum character limit okay?
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Yes, it's fine to suggest edits to a post's author via comments - the purpose of comments is to improve answers and this behavior falls within that purpose. The minimum character limit is mostly a ...

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Should we offer comments to questions which are "beyond saving"?
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While it's certainly commendable to look for a good comment to leave, especially with regards to the experience of new users, it is not the case that such a comment always exists - and it is better to ...

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Using text and MathJax instead of screenshot.
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While I agree that images of text or formulae are undesirable, I do not believe use of images alone is a good reason to close a question - I view closure principally as a tool to deal with questions ...

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Engage with people from the fringes - or not?
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Inherently, I don't think that "fringe" is a useful category to judge questions - as always, a good test to apply to a question is to consider if it does all it can to support a good answer. Some ...

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Change of title without editing history
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This is presumably due to the 5 minute* grace period: If you write a post and edit it within 5 minutes, the edits do not show up in the revision history - it is as if the post had never been edited. ...

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Voice to Math Symbol Conversion
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I doubt that Stack Exchange has the resources to accomplish this at all; voice recognition is a very difficult task. However, even if they could, they would be competing with software whose sole ...

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With all other variables held constant, are tags sufficient to contextualize a question?
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I would generally say that it is preferable that the body of the post contain all the relevant information, with the tags and the title not being necessary to understand the question. It seems that, ...

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Would Asking for Feedback about my Notes be Off-Topic/Asking for Advice?
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Questions on Stack Exchange are supposed to be both concise and self-contained. Posting a ten page PDF does not fit well with either of these requirements, especially if the question is of a general ...

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Asking the same question in multiple fora, is it spamming?
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It is perfectly acceptable to ask a question on Stack Exchange and also on other forums outside the SE network. Barring issues of copyright, we are largely agnostic to what exists elsewhere in terms ...

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How to mark that a question has been solved?
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The only mechanism to mark a question as "solved" is for you to accept an answer. This is because Stack Exchange exists as a Q&A site, so the only reason we'd want to mark that a question has been ...

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What does the community think of a "mathematical aesthetics" tag?
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Tags exist to help classify questions, both to help people searching for questions to find them and to help people intending to answer questions find the ones that they are interested in. An "elegant" ...

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Where to have discussions about intuition?
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I don't see any reason one can't ask questions about intuition - understanding concepts intuitively is, after all, a big part of doing math. However, it's worth noting that the question Did I ...

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How should one handle posts offering money?
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Deleting a paragraph of the post is the preferred behavior if the paragraph has nothing to do with mathematics, as is the case if it offers money. It's fairly common to remove paragraphs which contain ...

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Question location
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I think the question is rather vague and would be improved by including an example. Right now, the answer would appear to be "Well, it depends on what $f$, $t$ and $g$ are" - which isn't a very ...

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Could "reverse engineering" be a tag?
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Tags should relate to the mathematical content of a post and the notion of "reverse engineering" is simply too broad and ill defined. One could fairly call the question "how can I find a polynomial ...

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Is this question unclear? Why/Why not?
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I actually think the post you link to is a pretty good question. It gives a clear question of: How can a Cauchy sequence converge to an irrational number? and then goes on to discuss the sequence $...

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Is there a way to bring back a dead question?
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There aren't really any good ways to do this outside of placing a bounty. Indeed, the bounty is here exactly to fill this need of drawing more attention to questions that haven't received enough. Even ...

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Is a Community-Wiki post for rationality/irrationality of numbers on-topic?
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Tags serve the purpose of grouping things like this. In particular, we have the rationality-testing tag for this very purpose. A question like "which numbers are known to be irrational/rational?" ...

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What is the correct syntax for directing a comment to a specific user?
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You should omit the space. For instance, if I wanted to reply to you in comments, I would write @JulesManson. This Meta.SE post lays out how comment replies work in general.

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Etiquette about posting a large number of questions about preliminary exams.
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Well, to start with the facts, users are limited to asking 50 questions in a month or 6 questions in a day. Aside from that, provided that your questions are of good quality (and remain well received ...

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Created an other account to ask question, but also locked. Why?
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Well, the only particular rule to abide by if you have multiple accounts is: Don't use multiple accounts to do anything you couldn't do on a single account. A particular application of this rule ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 01/2015 - 07/2018 )
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Reopened This question was closed as "unclear what you're asking". I have fixed the terminology in the question so that it shouldn't be unclear anymore. (It stalled in the reopen queue just one vote ...

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What is the protocol for telling others you have found your mistake in your working?
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If you haven't yet received an answer, answer it yourself. That way, no one will add an answer which merely expresses what you'd already discovered yourself (which would be a waste of time) and your ...

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Is it good tone to post answers as images/links when no other option is at hand?
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Try to keep as much of your answer in text as possible; obviously, some diagrams cannot be replicated on the site and need to be posted as images and it is certainly appropriate to do so. However, ...

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Disciplinary action for nasty behaviour
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As it stands, having merely rejected the edit and given a custom reason won't draw the moderator's attention. For that, the appropriate course of action would be to flag the post to which the edit was ...

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Physical interpretation question
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I voted to close it as "unclear what you're asking." After reading your question, it was not clear to me what would constitute an answer and what would not. The comment of: Although this is what I ...

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