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StackExchange ethos; help with caption

Many of you may be familiar with the XKCD cartoon duty calls, which portrays a rather dim view of discussions on the Internet: One of the things I like about StackExchange, and this community in ...
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What do we mean by a self-contained (minimal) working example?

Szabolcs linked to this page titled "Short, Self Contained, Correct (Compilable), Example" recently, and it really is well written. But not everything there applies to Stack Exchange, and even more so ...
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Canonical question needed: simplification via user definitions

Daniel Lichtblau generously offered to lend his expert attention to the spectrum of problems linked from this Q&A: Can I simplify an expression into form which uses my own definitions? The full ...
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Cannot enter the (existing) built-in-functions tag

It just happened to me when asking a question. I wanted to add the built-in functions tag to my question. When I start typing it, this appears as an option, although I cannot choose it. Still, when I ...
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Is it possible to have an old question appear as a new question?

I have an issue that is similar to one discussed in a question a long time ago. An answer to this question could also answer my question, however it was not answered such that it solved my problem. ...
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What is a good way to make sample data points available in a question?

I am going to ask a question on plotting/fitting a lot of data points. It is hard to generate a "fake" data set to illustrate my problem. However, the data points I have are too many for direct ...
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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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Proper way to provide a link to the Mathematica documentation in a question?

I am a new user exploring the Mathematica Documentation. If I had a question on a particular cell in the Documentation how would I link it to a question on this site? From googling around I ...
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The same question gets asked and answered many times; what should be done?

The same fundamental question about combining data keeps being asked and answered again and again. This is a waste of (human) resources which could be better spent on more unique problems. I am ...
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Group of proposed duplicates: Threading and Listability

There is is a group of similar questions some of which I believe need to be marked as duplicates. Before I highhandedly close according to my own judgement I'd like to give the community a chance to ...
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Duplicates to close - import/export of complex numbers

I believe some of these related question should be closed, perhaps in favor of a canonical Q&A, but I do not wish to act alone: Export to text file Importing array with complex numbers Exporting/...
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Edition/Answer and Last-Activity tag in the main board

When editing a question we now have something like: 1m ago userX 2000 Saying that 1 minute ago userX edited a question. Although it doesn't say anymore who asked the question (lets call the asker ...
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Is there any special kind of crossposting netiquette for SE/mathgroup etc.?

As probably many users here I am a subscriber to comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica (aka mathgroup). A number of questions seem to pop up in more or less identical form on SE and mathgroup and I am ...
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Is it appropriate to post questions I could solve myself just to pad the site?

I posted this question without trying to solve it first because I wanted to keep the site active, not expecting that the answer would be quite so embarrassing (I still blame Szabolcs ;-p). Is it a ...
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Asking questions about special characters in Mathematica

As we all know, there are certain characters which will do not show up properly in searches. Some examples are: f = b f := b f[x_, y__, ___] := c a // f f@b g /@ {x, y, z} I think it would be ...