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squeezing for further information once an answer is given
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No you are not required to follow up in comments. At the same time I feel it is not unexpected and rather normal that an asker tries to engage somebody that answered in case something is open. I ...

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Why do we need to avoid to thank somebody?
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The comment you sketch is fine. This is not what is meant. What is meant is that one should not post "Thanks!!!!!!!!!!", "This is so interesting.", "Best answer ever!" on every other good post one ...

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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
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quid Have you ever been suspended from this site or another StackExchange site? If so, please provide a description of the situation that led to the suspension, and how you have reacted to it. ...

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Is it okay to leave stupid comments?
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55 votes

A joke here and there is alright; if somebody minds they can flag as "too chatty" or "not constructive". One should not overdo this though. It is also important to keep in mind that humor and irony ...

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Community Promotion Ads - 2016
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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?
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One thing to consider is that it is rather reasonable to only vote for answers where one is actually confident that they are correct. For for more complicated answer the pool of potential voters is ...

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Getting Help With Calculations From A Paper: Acceptable Or No?
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This is acceptable if you can make your question reasonably self-contained. That is, for example: Your actual question could be how to calculate an integral, and this integral should be included ...

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What qualify questions to be in mathoverflow and not in math.stackexchange?
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How can I choose the preferred website to put my questions? I once read something along the lines "If you have to ask whether to ask on MO or math.se, likely you should ask it on math.se." I think ...

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Is it allowed and encouraged to post non-answer joke to low-quality questions?
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$$\huge{\color{red}{\text{ABSOLUTELY}}}\tiny{\text{not}}$$

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Can actual names with vulgar words be used on Mathematics SE?
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Generally it is alright to use language that otherwise would seem vulgar or offensive if it is established/technical usage, for example Stack Overflow has an entire tag brainfuck, because somebody ...

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Firing mods and forced relicensing: sudden changes at SE
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Regarding your two questions: One problem with this situation (I mean the dismissal, not the license change) is that few have a complete picture of the situation. Even moderators only have a ...

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Why favorite but not upvote?
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40 votes

An incomplete list of reasons why one might track a question: to delete them later. to check if they get deleted. to check if they stay closed. to see if maybe they get turned from something ...

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Using Math.SE for contests
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This site, and an SE site in general, is for actual questions people really have or at least might have, not contests. (There are some exceptions like Code Golf, but this site is not one of them.) ...

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Is it a "rule" of Math Stack Exchange that when asking a question, it's **never** good just to state the question?
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In my opinion it is virtually always better to have some context provided for the question. In the cases you mentioned, a reasonable form of context can be a short explanation why the question is ...

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What does the number "people reached" on the profile page mean?
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The "people reached" is calculated as sum of views of non-deleted questions-threads to which you contributed a 'significant' post, where significant means (I think this is still current We're ...

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How does the voting in the election work?
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How does voting work? You can rank any number of candidates. You select a first choice, a second choice, a third choice, etc. (It is possible to only make a first or a only a first and second choice.) ...

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2014 Nominations for moderator on Math.SE
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The user has declined. I nominate Martin Sleziak. He is very active, not only but also on meta, and takes upon himself various somewhat thankless tasks, like retagging and editing numerous ...

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Is it rude to tag someone in the comments of an old post and politely ask them to check out your new question related to another post?
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"Rude" is maybe a strong word, but it is certainly discouraged. If you do it once, likely nothing much negative will happen. But as a rule please do not do this. An exception might be if the ...

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Is selling a compilation of Math Stackexchange Q&As legal?
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The content on SE is licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows commercial use. Specifically it is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. In particular (from the site, my emphasis): [One is] free to:...

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How to deal with questions that are apparently inconsistent with user's mathematical sophistication
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36 votes

A post should be judged on its merits. As long as there is nothing wrong with the posts themselves – you give no indication there is anything wrong with them – there is nothing to be done.

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Where is the blacklist on Math.StackExchange?
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35 votes

It is not possible for a user to block or to ignore another user on the site. (Only, in chat it is possible to put another user on "ignore.") If you encounter an unfriendly or rude comment, and ...

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Upvoting on previous questions
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[...] would it be considered bad form if I were to upvote it (as they would receive a random notification for an answer they wrote a few years ago and most likely forgot)? It's good form to up-vote ...

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Is it OK for a user to ask other users to vote for him as a quid pro quo for voting their questions?
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It is not allowed to make deals about mutual voting, definitely not explicitly and not even implicitly. This would be considered as a voting-ring. Even to just vote on many of a user's post because ...

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Are others irritated like I am with the use of the word "domain" in questions?
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You may be interested in this question on Math Educators: What is the proper way to ask a find the domain question. It illustrates that it can be a bit tricky to ask this type of questions correctly,...

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Can one use a recently dead person's name as a user name?
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There are very few policies regarding usernames. See Username restrictions and How permissive should we be with user names? for discussions of the general matter. But impersonation is not admitted. ...

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Are "soft questions" "opinion based"? How about vice versa?
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The standard reference for this is "Good Subjective, Bad Subjective". Note that when we compare the two description you quoted there remains a gap. On the one end of the spectrum there are those ...

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Is it rude not to reply?
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In the specific case you describe I second what J.M. said. In my opinion the most apt course of action is to state that you do not wish to elaborate. This has several advantages: OP knows there is ...

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What is the purpose of this site?
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The site is a Q&A site for mathematics. Its purpose is to provide answers to mathematical questions, both by directly responding to such questions as they get asked and by curating the thereby ...

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Deleting 'thanks for help' from posts
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29 votes

The general policy is that edits, especially suggested edits, should be somewhat complete. For "thanks" specifically here is an old post Is it Discouraged to Write 'Thanks' at the ...

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Has the upvoting really gone down?
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29 votes

Is this really happening or is it just me who feels that? In relative terms, yes, this effect is real. However, it is not that users stopped voting. In absolute terms more votes are cast. The issue ...

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