Milo Brandt
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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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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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Why is so important if a question is homework?
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Questions should (and, practically, must) be judged by their intrinsic quality. Whether a question is homework or not definitely does not matter, and in judging or discussing the quality of a ...

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PSQ feature request
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I am not sure that this would be a particularly helpful feature. I pretty frequently comment on questions that I close, and I think the primary benefits of this are: Firstly, it puts my name under ...

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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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What is the distribution of the difference between question upvotes and the largest upvoted answer?
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Here's a query which calculates the average value of $A-Q$ over the last month. The highest upvoted answer gets, on average, $.68$ more upvotes than the question does. A graph of the differences is ...

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Is it reasonable for me to submit an answer with mistakes in this situation?
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You are in no way obligated to do work you don't want to. Certainly, editing your answer is beneficial to the community, but you haven't done harm if you delete it - it'll just end up back in the ...

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Should my answer (one solution to an equation) have been in the comments?
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Your answer is definitely better as a comment; this is less a policy per-se than perhaps a thing of mathematical understanding. The question of: Solve in the positive integers... would generally ...

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Can we observe the 24-hour cycle distribution of when votes are cast?
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We can't observe this directly, but we can group posts by the hour of the day in which they were posted and compute the average scores of each group. I wrote a query for this here. From the graph, it ...

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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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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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Proof verification types of questions
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It really depends on where you are in learning mathematics. If you're at the stage where you can look at a proof and be confident about whether it is correct, then asking such questions is not likely ...

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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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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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How democratic and fair is the reward/reputation system actually?
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Well, at some level, the system works regardless of whether it does what it says on the label. The users with a lot of reputation tend to post well-written answers, and do so in good faith. Of course,...

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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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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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Question Closed over a valid Tag
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There is an algebra-precalculus tag, and yet we close questions about algebra too - for the same reason, too: Your questions lacks context. It doesn't tell us where this sequence comes from, or what ...

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Is my self-created question a valid contribution to MSE?
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Your intention of asking a question and then answering it is certainly allowable. However, the usual standards of quality still apply. That is to say, a question which is simply a problem statement (e....

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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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Answers composed entirely mechanically, e.g. by computer algebra systems
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I cannot think of a reason why it would ever be helpful to something which could, with trivial effort or thought, be retrieved from computer algebra software as an answer - this is to say, answers ...

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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 01/2015 - 07/2018 )
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Deleted by Community Undeleted I would like this question to be undeleted: Why is there more room in a square room than there is in a rectangular room? I believe it was deleted as a consequence of ...

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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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How to clean up after multiple questions were posted as one question, then reposted individually
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In this particular case, where there was no duplicated effort, the best course of action would be to edit the original multi-part question to include only the part which was answered, and possibly ...

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Ask and answer questions by subgroups according to age
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Fundamentally, I disagree with any suggestion that seriously restricts who can answer a question. A simple question may benefit from a sophisticated answer. I think my greatest contributions (which ...

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Can we somehow minimize the trolling on the election page?
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I would suggest implementing both a "soft" and a "hard" wall to entering an election - analogously how the site both implements ("soft") text which warns new users about the quality standards of the ...

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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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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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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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