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I've just answered such a question. I think the status quo is fine, it serendipitously allows for variations on how to answer the question at the expense of the poster getting his specific answer (and "accepted" rep points for the answerer with the wrong version, I guess). I think this is more positive for individual question-answer quality in the long run ...


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A preliminary Q&A is now posted here: What are some common issues with fitting functions to data? If additional info is required feel free to add it to the answer, or post a new answer if it concerns different MMA functions.


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I wouldn't worry about good examples thread as it is for users who know, more or less, what they want to find. Or at least it is not a place you go when you are in hurry. It is the opposite to common pitfalls which should be readable/searchable after a glimpse. I agree we should not cut it but we should improve it, and my suggestion is to make it friendly ...


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In general I am not a fan of the Pitfalls question and would rather see single-topic canonical Q&A's for these common mistakes/confusions (like this) They could be united by a common tag to make them easy to locate. However, I do appreciate that the community as a whole likes having a single target for the commonly duplicated questions, and it would ...


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I see the problem, but I think I agree with C.E. that culling may not be the best solution. At least for pitfalls, which has been organized into sub-topics, we might break the mega-question it multiple questions -- one new question for each sub-topic. I do worry that this proposed solution might break many established links. Perhaps such links could be ...


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No, requiring specification of Mma version is not helpful. I think indicating your Mma version as a footnote to your question is a good practice if you suspect it's relevant to your question, and maybe as a heads-up to let people know that some answers using newer functionality won't solve your particular issue. But it seems like most of the time it's ...


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