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Vote here if you believe all SystemModeler-related questions should be ON TOPIC. Personally I have only one concern about allowing SystemModeler questions here: There is not enough SystemModeler expertise. There's a risk that questions won't get answered and the asker will be disappointed. Are we doing a disservice to users by allowing SystemModeler ...


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Yes, questions about Mathematica packages should be on-topic. Such question cannot be rephrased to avoid any mention of Mathematica, and there isn't an alternative place for them. Let us remember why this site was created in the first place, and why we broke away from StackOverlow. StackOverflow was for programming questions, whether it's Mathematica ...


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Here are two relevant links, which say similar things: Limits for self-promotion in answers (Meta) https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/help/promotion (same as @rhermans' link "How to not be a spammer") The intro to the help article sums up the guidelines and advice that follow it: The community here tends to vote down overt self-promotion and flag it ...


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If it has already devolved to the point of a "volatile OP", then I think there's no point in engaging further. Just let it go. What seems more common is what I'll call a "resistant OP" who ignores or deflects requests for more info. In this case, I think it's better to phrase comments in terms of "people will be more likely to help you if you provide ...


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Vote here if you believe SystemModeler-only questions should be OFF TOPIC. I think Szablocs review of the SystemModeler issue is very clear and cogent. But I disagree with his conclusion. I am a strict constructionist and would prefer limiting this site to Mathematica alone. Here are my reasons (all mentioned by Szablocs). There is one user, Malte Lenz, ...


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I now understand why you found my Q&A so objectionable. When I wrote it, I suppose I was thinking of it like an interesting puzzle to be solved: "How do I jump through all these policy hoops to do something that (I think) ought to be simple?". But being relatively new to the site I didn't appreciate how annoying that might be. What I wanted to ...


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I think that answering with commercial solutions should be allowed. Mathematica itself is not free either. What about the question? Ideally, the question would be phrased so that in principle there could be other answers than the commercial package itself. If that is so, I think there is absolutely no problem. However, in practice, there may be no other ...


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