Qiaochu Yuan
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Notifying a moderator without flagging?
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Moderator intervention is invoked using the "flag" link, not a comment. In addition, the @-notification only works if the user is already participating in the comment thread. If you just randomly @...

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What is the purpose of math.se; to learn to provide nice answers or just to get them?
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I have noticed that the experienced people answer questions that must be very simple for them. In our defense, simple questions can, in various ways, hide subtleties that a more straightforward ...

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Require proper citation for verbatim quoted questions, answers, proofs?
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Absolutely. To me it seems incredibly rude to do otherwise. On MO this is less of an issue because grad students and professors in mathematics are already trained to cite sources constantly, but I ...

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Removing comments when they become irrelevant
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I generally delete such comments (both mine and others).

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Can you ask a question with many questions inside of it?
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Ask them separately, but preferably not all at once. It may be that the response to your first question enlightens you about the others as well. In any case, it's slightly rude to take up too much ...

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When is Deleting an Answer Reasonable?
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Theo marked the answer as "not an answer" and I transferred it to the comments. My policy towards deleting answers (I can't speak for the other moderators) is actually quite lenient - I let a lot of ...

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New users bumps and low quality content
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Just to have an option for people to respond to: I have been deleting answers that are not answers (that is, that are questions or otherwise not attempts to answer the question in the OP), and ...

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Referring users to other forums: if and when.
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It's a matter of degree. One or two issues is completely understandable for a new user. If a user repeatedly fails to play by the rules, that's potential grounds for suspension (depending on the ...

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Where can I ask for better explanations?
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Ask a follow-up question, link to the original question, and explain what you're still confused about.

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How general should an answer be?
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As general as you want it to be. The system benefits from having answers at multiple levels of generality.

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Why was the Hamlet question closed?
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I would guess that the reason is to prevent new answers, which would likely not add anything to the existing discussion. That question attracts a little too much attention.

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Is math puzzle "on-topic" or "off-topic"?
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I have changed my mind on this issue. In light of the greater number of off-topic and otherwise poorly-asked questions on the site these days, I would like to advocate a stricter policy with regard to ...

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Is it off-topic asking who were "famous" mathematicians / logicians?
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I don't like it (it's subjective / argumentative). What are you actually planning on doing with this information?

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Closing a question because of legalism
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I did not close the question because of legalism. I closed the question because it was off-topic. The question was about how to use technology to accomplish a particular goal that many people, e.g. ...

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message about "quality standards"
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The point of not being explicit about what the "quality standards" (it would be more accurate to say "heuristics for detecting bad questions," and I suspect length isn't the only one) are is so people ...

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Number of votes needed to close a question
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Basically for cleanup. There are various types of questions (e.g. spam, questions that are clearly not about mathematics) that just don't belong here, but waiting for five people to close them is just ...

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Website plagiarizing math.stackexchange material
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Similar things have been happening to StackOverflow and probably some of the other sites for awhile now (I first became aware of this a year ago). And of course it has been happening to Wikipedia for ...

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I can't leave a comment
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Yes.$\phantom{}$

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Low quality posts
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There's not much to explain. To prevent too many low-quality questions, there's a script that looks for certain properties that low-quality questions share (I don't know the details; I assume it has ...

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Can 10k+ users turn off the visibility of deleted posts?
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Not that I know of. There might be a clever javascript hack, but other than that... and why would you want to, anyway?

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exercising the vote not to close
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As mentioned in the comments, the policy (roughly speaking) that has been adopted on MathOverflow is for a user to leave a comment on the question saying "I vote against closing," and for a subsequent ...

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Getting the word out
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I would love to reach out to teachers. My vision of the ideal math.SE user is a bright high school student who is trying to do some math outside of school but running into difficulties due to lack of ...

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How to bring to attention spiteful down-voting?
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Doesn't look like it. As far as I can tell, no user has ever given you 5 or more downvotes (not just within a period of time but overall).

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When a user (completely) changes their answer via edit
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You can flag as no longer relevant and a moderator can delete the entire conversation.

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Discussing Ideas on Math.SE
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No, math.SE is not a good place to discuss ideas. I agree with both Asaf and Phira's comments.

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A question on formal citation
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I don't see a point to doing this. The barriers to entry should be as low as possible. As long as people cite relevant sources in any way, I'm pretty happy. after all majority of contributors will ...

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Philosophy as target for moving question
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The moderators can migrate to any SE site, so in the future flag and let the moderators take care of it.

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Feature: a site for posting proofs
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The way to do this on math.SE is to ask the proposition as a question, then post your proof as an answer. SE explicitly encourages asking and answering your own questions. If you have something else ...

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Do answerers take into account the reputation of the askers?
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I would be extremely surprised if this were the case (independent of the fact that higher-rep users may ask better questions). There is no incentive I can think of that would cause anyone to ...

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Lost 109 Reputation Points
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The spam flag was my fault; sorry. I was trying to test whether I could dismiss a spam flag as invalid, but apparently if a moderator flags a question as spam the question is automatically locked and ...

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