In trying to help a user with a question (see 293958), I ran his code and after a relatively lengthy running time demonstrated that his code does indeed get an answer. However, the answer is quite a lengthy expression.

Since his code is apparently not running on his machine, it makes little sense to simply repost his code as an answer to his question In a comment, he asks for the answer, which is quite lengthy.

Is simply pasting the expression into the answer the best way to answer his question, or is there a more appropriate method on Mathematica Stack Exchange to communicate a lengthy answer (expression) in response?

I hope I am correctly posting this to the Meta section discussion.

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    In general, these questions should be closed as "off topic" as it is detailed code specific to their problem and there isn't future value to others. I also get the desire to help the OP, so here are some options: 1) paste the expression as an answer if it fits 2) use Github/Gists/Dropbox to share the notebook if it is longer or 3) try one of the other exotic ideas here. Once you do that, I propose the question ought to be closed and deleted.
    – rm -rf Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2023 at 0:26
  • I'll try approach 2, so this post can be ignored. I had thought that posting to Meta would be the place where issues such as this could be consulted to serve as a guide to appropriate action for future users. In this sense, i don't understand the purpose of Meta if such questions and follow-up guidance are to be deleted as off-topic. Commented Dec 18, 2023 at 20:15
  • Your question is perfectly fine on meta. I was referring to the question (on main) that you linked to as off-topic.
    – rm -rf Mod
    Commented Dec 18, 2023 at 20:42
  • Perhaps there might usefully be a place where such problem specific issues can be addressed. MMA doesn't always execute as expected and on occasion it can crash, leading one to be unsure if its a problem with a specific implementation on a specific platform or some kind of fault in MMA settings or in MMA itself. I have yet to experience the latter. Commented Dec 18, 2023 at 21:07


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