Eric Naslund
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discrepancies between skills and ambitions
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Who are these people? Well there was a user named "trust god" on Math Overflow, who had an entire meta thread created solely to discuss whether or not his behavior was acceptable. Why these ...

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Do I cite Mathematics Stack Exchange in my thesis/paper?
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There was a discussion on meta.mathoverflow about this, How do I cite Math Overflow? I agree with what Mike Shulman suggested, which is putting a sentence in your acknowledgements: If the answers ...

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What should we do with poorly posed questions?
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April 24th 2013 note: Please see the answer here: Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text, as it is significantly different from the proposed solution below. ...

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Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text
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In my answer in the thread What should we do with poorly posed questions? I suggest being extremely lenient to all users regardless of how bad the question is, and offering suggestions for how to ...

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A Consolidated Homework Policy
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57 votes

I am opposed to such a policy, as I believe it would have a negative long-term impact on the site as a whole. Here are just a handful of the many problem associated with such a policy: One purpose ...

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Should community growth be encouraged?
11 votes

To answer your main concern, questions of any level are welcome on Math Stack Exchange. Having said that, try to actively look to see if a question has been answered before, as this is far more ...

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Is it ok to use bounty for rewarding an answerer?
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35 votes

Yes. When you post a bounty on a question, this is in fact listed as one of the options for why you are putting a bounty on the question: Reward existing answer: One or more of the answers is ...

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How is plagiarism best handled by nonmoderators? Should it be kept entirely private?
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To answer to Jonas' question. How is plagiarism best handled by non-moderators? $(1)$ Flag the offending post for moderator attention. Try to provide as many details as possible in your flag. $(2)$ ...

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Is this the longest answer on the site?
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6 votes

To answer the title question, as of today, December $30^{th}$ $2012$, the answer you linked to is the fourth longest answer on the site as measured by the number of characters. See the data query ...

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Vote early, vote often
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This is very important, I completely agree that people should be voting more. Interestingly, Stack Exchange has recently changed the user page to include not only reputation, but also "voters." This ...

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Upper Bound for Difficulty of Questions on Math.SE
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All mathematics problems are welcome here. There is no upper or lower bound for what level question may be asked, and I do not see why more advanced mathematics would be "detrimental" to the majority ...

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Disappearing users and answers
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User sunflower specifically asked for his account to be deleted for personal reasons. This occasionally happens on all sites. As for the other answer, I am not sure why the author deleted it. ...

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Should we answer questions related to untimed IQtests?
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I think the biggest problem with these type of questions is that they don't belong on the site at all. The question you linked to is not a math question, and it is off topic. It is guesswork at best.

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What to do when a question you have asked with a bounty is not receiving any interaction/attention?
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Your question was asked on the 20th of November. Five days is by no means a long time for a question to go unanswered. Unless of course you are in hurry to obtain the answer, because this is ...

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Downvoting Complete Solutions
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52 votes

I am strongly against downvoting complete solutions, and I believe such behavior would have a negative long-term impact on the site as a whole. I went over my reasons in detail in this past answer, A ...

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Do moderators know who downvotes?
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No, such voting information is kept secret. See also: List of Moderator Privileges.

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How come a question got closed by 3 votes rather than 5?
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Moderator's votes are always binding. A reason why is provided as answer to this question. See also: List of all moderator privileges.

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2012 Community Moderator Election
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Since it is more organized, and I am one of the last people to nominate themselves, I am posting my answers here: How much time do you have to spare and have you thought about whether you are really ...

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MSE becomes unresponsive while I am answering questions
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I posted this on Meta.Stack a few days ago without realizing that it was also posted here. Stack exchange occasionally freezes while writing an answer or editing From what Jarrod Dixon said in the ...

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Sponsoring answers.
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The reason why your answer in the question didn't receive many votes has nothing to do with your reputation. The question received very little views, and there were already 2 answers before yours, ...

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Why should I upvote questions?
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I think it is always important to vote. See this thread: Vote early, vote often Use your judgement to vote, if you think something deserves an upvote then give it one. There are not any definite ...

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Downvoting: What are the Effects of False Negatives?
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This is why a downvote only removes 2 reputation, and costs 1 reputation. I think forcing downvoters to return to posts is a bit much. Although, I am in favor of giving some sort of notification ...

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Are questions about apparent errors in textbook answer keys appropriate here?
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I personally don't see why not. If a student is asking such a question, it means they must have tried to solve it for themselves and are currently stuck. They don't see where their error is (and ...

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How should we deal with differences of opinion about things like homework and tests?
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I am going to be quite blunt with my opinions after reading both threads. How do we deal with the differences of opinions? In as calm, as reasonable and as nice a way as possible. Throughout the ...

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When does editing become over editing?
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I personally do not think so. I see nothing wrong with editing older questions, and improving the quality of posts on this site. Old answers are occasionally looked over, and are not gone forever. (...

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Editor badges and edits
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Edit: It seems there are some strange things going on in Asaf's case, and I don't understand why he doesn't have the badge. What follows is general information regarding what does and does not count ...

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My "days consecutive" just reset to 1
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I personally wouldn't worry too much about the Fanatic Badge, it is just not worth the effort. I realized pretty early on that I will never get it, despite the fact that I spend a very large amount ...

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The b**** incident
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30 votes

More recently I have liked the idea of being overly lenient to new users, and helping them get used to the site. See either this or this. There are certain things people might not realize the first ...

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This doesn't lie within the purview of M.SE, though the users there are good people to ask.
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11 votes

It is courteous of you to ask here first, but if your question is about pursuing mathematics, I suggest just try asking it on MSE, and see what happens. Take the advice given on MSE with a grain of ...

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Referring users to other forums: if and when.
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21 votes

I personally believe that as a community, we are far too harsh to new users, and questions posed in that manner. (Although lately I think it has certainly improved) I would go so far to say that this ...

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