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Should we discourage editing questions to include a copy of the accepted answer?

Here is an example where a user has accepted an answer and then edited their question to include a copy of that answer. I asked why and the reason given was that "I've seen many people do that" This ...
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How to type Greek letters on mathematica.stackexchange [duplicate]

I usually ask questions on this website, and many of them contain Greek letters in the code part. For instance: \[CapitalTheta]=0 After a while, someone edits the question and, magically, the ...
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Asked a question before signing up and can not sign in back

Yesterday I asked my first question on mathematica.stackexchange, but being as an unregistered user at that moment. Then I confirmed my email and would like to express my gratitude and note the ...
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Help with code development

I have a code that is tens of lines long, aimed at quite a specific task, and I don't know why it isn't behaving the way I expect so as to be able to narrow the problem. My question would be a more ...
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How can we clearly state in our title that the question is always open to new answers?

Everyone will be influenced by a question's answer number. When there's already an answer to a question, people will hesitate to answer it. But sometimes we need multiple solutions to a questions, ...
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Shall we ask questions which are not really questions?

Sometimes some questions will suddenly bump in my mind while actually they have no practice use. Sometimes I'll even 'make' questions according to these ideas. They're great ideas, but they cannot ...
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Up-Vote Etiquette

My daughter and I started using SE recently. My daughter is starting to learn Mathematica, and both of us are very interested in math, science, and coding. We have been voting up some of each other's ...
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wolframlanguage.stackexchange.com should redirect to this site

It seems that the language we use in Mathematica is officially named the Wolfram Language, as seen on the official site. Since this site is for users to ask questions pertaining to the Wolfram ...
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Are questions about general design of a Mathematica program on topic?

When I write small projects in Mathematica, I run into such problem: I know ways to implement the functionality of small parts, but having problem selecting the most Mathematica-style way to group ...
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Mathematica 11 Sneak Peeks from Wolfram European Technology Tour 2016

From the Wolfram Blog post 2016 Wolfram European Technology Tour Dates and Locations it is mentioned that sneak peeks of Mathematica 11 would be given. May someone share the improvements and new ...
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Can a comment be accepted as an answer?

Is it possible to accept a comment as an answer? I often see questions which can be answered in a comment. They mostly come from newcomers and sometimes from old members (like me) as well. For me it ...
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Reasons for closing a question

I wonder why RK for spring pendulum was closed (put on hold). What exactly is out of scope? Why it requires a professional consultant? This question should've been tagged as homework probably but why ...
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How to insert figure from my pc to Mathematica SE

How to upload figure from my pc to Mathematica SE ? On Mathematica SE editor there is a panel called figure, put it describes how to upload figure from a website .. So any help Edit
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Alter Ego very disgusting

By popular demand and to be exact; There is an alter ego Adolf Eichmann that is very disgusting and offensive. Is there a decent way to clean up such violations? I would like to expunge such bad ...
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Converting code from Java, Sage, etc

Is it ok to ask for some help in converting code from another programming language into Mathematica code? I can't find anywhere on the internet to get such help, and perhaps seeing code snippets ...
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How to quickly resize an image

E.g. here: Can Mathematica solve functional equations with nested variable? original pictures are way to big. Smaller pictures are improving readability, unless they are too small and you can't read ...
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How to attach a notebook to a question?

As I have posted a number of times, I am still learning how to do things here. I was wondering if someone could help me to figure out how to attach a notebook file to a question.
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To sermon or not to sermon

As a statistician I focus on attempting to address questions about statistics, probability, and fitting. But I often tend to go beyond the Mathematica functional aspect and discuss/sermonize the need ...
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Granular off-topic close reasons V2.0 - we need “too localized”

Is it possible to modify closing reasons menu? If so I would love to see a small addition, maybe others have other wishes too. So, the last Granular off-topic close reasons lead to creating This ...
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Should we have separate tags for versions 10.0, 10.1, 10.2,…?

According to How should we tag version-dependent questions? Tags such as version-10.2 should be simply version-10. But lately users have been using sub-release numbers like version-10.2. Should ...
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I wonder: am I a leech?

I post a lot of questions and I always obtain learned answers. But rarely, if at any time, am I skilled enough to return the favor and post an answer. How can I contribute more to the community?
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Are we closing questions too quickly?

This meta-question results from the closing of this question in less than 48 hours. I do not argue that the question should be reopened. I do argue that by closing it so quickly we closed it for the ...
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How can I get opinions about a subject that doesn't fit the question-answer format?

I'm turning over in my mind ideas about exception handling in Mathematica. I would like to get opinions about the way I'm approaching the subject, but I find it quite difficult to compress the topic ...
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Copying code from Mathematica to SE [duplicate]

I'm trying to get help on a series of differential equation but I'm running into trouble when attempting to copy the code into S.E. The results look garbled and I'm not sure it's understandable by ...
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Community Knowledge Exchange day 2016

In the sequence of the following conversation: ... Leonid... your answer... "general strategies to write big code in Mathematica" [...] I wonder if you would be interested on giving a course (or two) ...
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Tag proposition: connected-devices

Do we need another tag for questions related to hardware (such as Arduinos, serial communications, IoT devices etc.)? I think we do and created one as kind of test ballon a while ago. I named it ...
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Installation of third party package: is it on-topic?

This post, after being without an answer for 10 months, got 4 close votes with the reasoning: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it deals with the installation process for a ...
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Moving discussion from comments to chat removes deletability ‎- rationale?

Prompted by a recent transferral of a long comment discussion to chat by a moderator, I noticed that (this being chat then) previous comments become permanent. Not an issue in this case at all, but ...
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Tags “slideshows” and “presentations” should be synonyms

We have the tags slideshows (currently 17 uses) and presentations (currently 22 uses). As far as I can tell, these are for the very same thing. I propose merging them. If you are aware of any ...
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DoD/IC problems // Stanford H4D

I hope some here might be interested in some of these problems, some of which, like the VA patients transport - are civilian in nature. http://hacking4defense.stanford.edu/dodic-problems.html There'...
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Posting equations with subscripts and Greek symbols

How can I write this equation in a nice manner when posting on Mathematica.SE? Cos[Subscript[\[Beta], 0][t]] Sin[Subscript[\[Alpha], 0][t]] == Cos[Subscript[\[Beta], i][t]] Sin[Subscript[\[Alpha], ...
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Our 'How to Ask' sidebar

In this meta question, rhermans showed our current 'How to Ask' sidebar and commented: Current tips seems insufficient. I must admit that the sidebar had become invisible to me. Now that I have been ...
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Should we change the “bugs” tag name to something like “confirmed-bugs”?

I'm getting little bit tired of finding the Please don't use the BUGS tag until the community find confirmation there is a bug comment under most bugs questions.
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How to avoid and What to do with OPs moving the goalposts in the comments?

An annoying behaviour that wastes time and effort are comments that shift the goalpost after receiving an answer. Sometimes the cause is an incomplete explanation of their needs and some other times ...
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What is the policy on encouraging a poster to accept answers?

Since January 29th, this new member of our community has posted six questions. None were models of clarity, but some received good answers which exhibited quite a bit effort on the part of the ...
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This community policy about open source applications written in Mathematica

I'm moving from programming middle sized application, intended for personal use and very specifics needs, to broader projects that can result useful for a generic user. I would like to release them as ...
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The positioning of Mathematica or Wolfram Language

I only work from time to time with Mathematica so sometimes I notice I am behind in version or the latest news. The Mathematica programming language is now called Wolfram Language (WL), right? Is ...
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Canonical Q&A needed? function evaluation before plotting

The need to move as much computation as possible outside of the Plot loop is one that comes up again and again, perhaps most recently in Why is this 2D plot so slow? I think we need a canonical Q&...
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comments to a contributor of an answer

How is it possible to alert a contributor of an answer of your post that you have answered to him ? In other words, to put his name in color in comments. I didn't find back the manipulation to this. ...
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Proposed removal of minor tags: set, rotate, interactivity, conditioned, image-filtering

set presently has 13 questions. Reviewing them it seems about half of them should have been marked with assignment, variable-definitions, or perhaps function-construction, and the rest likely mean it ...
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What did I do wrong?

I get the following information when I tried to ask a new question: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. I've ...
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What to do about incorrect use of “webmathematica” tag?

The webmathematica tag is for questions about webMathematica. I noticed that recently new members keep adding this tag to questions unrelated to webMathematica, for no apparent reason. I just ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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How should “Alternatives to Mathematica” be tagged?

Alternatives to Mathematica had only the now-obsolete "big-list" tag on it. I replaced it with guidelines but that isn't really appropriate because it is not about guidelines for using Mathematica. ...
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Proposal: destroy the “big-list” tag

I noticed, not for the first time, that a question was marked "incorrectly" with the big-list tag, which has the description: Questions asking for a "big list" of examples, illustrations, etc. ...
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“Unclear” questions with accepted answers

I found this question on the main site: Map points on a square onto a Torus and there are probably more like it. The question was closed for being unclear, however it has an upvoted answer which was ...
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How to post Mathematica code in StackExchange [duplicate]

How do I post Mathematica code in StackExchange properly? I read some instructions that told me I should copy the Mathematica code from the Mathematica notebook with Copy as > Plain text or Copy as ...
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How to teach Mathematica

Preface A few weeks back I asked in the chat whether other users had any experience preparing and teaching a class/lab on Mathematica as general programming and problem solving tool. I received but ...
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Standard presentation of the SE community

From time to time, some of us that are not affiliated with WRI, are invited (by WRI) to give a small presentation here and there (colleges, institutes, etc.), on the way we use their products, or to ...
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Help with formatting posts

I noticed that sometimes someone is editing my posts with better formatting. I would like to learn how to do certain things so that others can save time not editing my posts. Are there instructions ...