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I don't think that this should be currently one of our primary concerns. I actually think that we will develop better when people have to do a little research to find us. Besides, with the number of answered questions growing fast, and those answers being indexed by search engines, very soon it will be quite straightforward to find us for anyone interested. ...


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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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I suggested introducing the bugs tag. Tags are useful for finding things quickly. From MathGroup experience I know that it is useful to be aware of certain bugs, and I have spent time searching MathGroup for descriptions of old bugs that I didn't remember completely. For example, in version 6, Tally is buggy when using custom comparison functions. In ...


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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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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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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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Last year, when we were still a tag in StackOverflow, I sent an email about precisely this question to suggestions@wolfram.com but never even got a response. I suppose we could repeat this, but I'm not overly optimistic here. I could understand WRI's restraints if they'd voice any, though. This is not a site they can control, and quality of the answers ...


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I now understand why you found my Q&A so objectionable. When I wote 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 do was 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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While I personally agree with the idea that whoever posted the comment should be prodded and given time to make it an answer before someone else posts it as a CW answer, it has come up in discussions on various SE metas that it's not against the rules and not exactly against the spirit of the sites for someone to immediately copy the comment into a (non-CW, ...


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To echo what Isaac said, there a numerous times where a comment is immediately fleshed out into a full answer by someone else. To be fair, you can prod the person who made the comment to provide an answer, but if some time has passed, then don't feel guilty for posting it as a full answer. In this case, I don't think Community-wiki is necessary.


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I like this proposal. Apart from saving future users the effort of interpreting all the comments, the question will also appear in the search results list as answered, making it more likely that the answer will be seen. If you're looking for an answer you don't jump to questions that don't have one, do you? It will also raise our percentage of questions ...


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