Milo Brandt
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Questions with "accidental" trivial answers
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You should post a new question, providing a link to the old question (but making the new question stand alone as well). You could also post a link to the new question as a comment to the old one. In ...

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How to handle user that seems to just copy existing answers?
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Flag such a post for moderator attention and, in the message box to the moderator, indicate that this is a frequent behavior of the user, linking to examples if space permits. The behavior hurts the ...

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Snarky comments to an elementary math question
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I think your answer is fine - setting up the subtraction could certainly be sufficient to help someone with this problem, especially since it should be fairly clear to them where those numbers are ...

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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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What is/should be the right way for closing nonsensical questions?
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This is similar to the case of questions asking to prove false claims, which has been previously discussed on meta. In line with that, I would suggest, if such a question is otherwise well written, ...

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Should we allow people to ask whether their personal research is original?
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"Is this original?" is not a good mathematical question on its own. The answers to that are "Yes" and "No" and neither one of them furthers anyone's mathematical knowledge. That said, I don't think ...

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Editing Other's Answers Etiquette
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I use edits on answers almost exclusively to fix typos - that is, to fix things which the poster probably didn't intend originally. Obviously, misspelled words and obvious grammatical errors should be ...

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Down voting a question for not showing a correct attempt?
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No, I would not downvote a question for mathematical errors. It makes no sense to do so, given that a compelling reason we ask for people to show effort is so that answerers can have a better idea of ...

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How do you tell when someone is being mean or reducing your score for legitimate reasons
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To start with, looking at your activity on the site, the answer to "Am I the type of person you want on the site?" is resoundingly yes. Voting, however, is not necessarily the best representation of ...

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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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Can we make IEEE 754 off topic?
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If this question merely regards question of the form "How do I convert $X$ to IEEE 754", then we should just write a question which solves the general case (and stick in this list), and close all ...

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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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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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How to deal with just-google-it questions?
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If a question includes a precise statement of the question they wish answered, includes enough context for us to judge where the OP's misunderstandings may lie and what sort of facts may be obvious to ...

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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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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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Should all math puzzles go to puzzling.SE from now on?
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Assuming the post is otherwise on-topic in both places, where you post it is entirely your choice. If you post it on this site, you're likely to get an explanation of the answer and the post. If it's ...

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Moderators not having a uniform response to flags about potentially graded assignments when the photcopy has the point values next to the problems
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I think the reason for the declined flag says it all: flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires [moderator] attention. The posts you link to really don't need a ...

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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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What do you think is the largest problem facing Math.SE today (July 2015)?
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The way this site interacts with new users seems to often lead to one of the following outcomes: a new user posts a poor question and receives an answer nonetheless (even if the question is later ...

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How to avoid duplications?
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The bad news is that there is no foolproof way to find duplicates. The good news is that the standard for being a good community member is not perfection. It sounds like you're making an effort to ...

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Where do the (many) voters in the 2014 community moderator election come from?
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I'm not sure how to do the relevant analysis you asked for (given that it requires data from multiple sites), but I wrote a nice little query for voter reputation here. The data there's not real time (...

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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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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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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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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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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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Will this series of questions about the mathematics behind various MoMath exhibits be alright?
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As far as on-topicness goes: Is it about math? (i.e. is subject to particular expertise of mathematicians) Yes. Okay, you can post questions about it. Is it actually a question? As far as ...

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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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