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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I guess such question may have been asked before, but I was not able to find it using search field on meta. What should we do if a user edited his/her question after it was answered? Edit your ...
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How to ask question that makes you famous and highly upvoted?

@whuber asked recently about Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately, i.e. how not to ask questions, but maybe let's address this from the opposite perspective: how to ask a "great" ...
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Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

This is intended to be a "humorous and friendly thread on how to ask a horrible question" (amoeba) which can help new users understand how to write good questions. We hope you will contribute one "...
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Are “how to report in APA style” questions on- or off-topic?

Today a question about reporting results in APA style appeared: How to report non-normal distrubution and wilcoxon in APA style are such questions on- or off-topic? The question is not much ...
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What to do about “sounds like spam” error?

I attempted to post a detailed question, focused on conceptual and statistical issues, not coding. The site rejected my post with an unexplained error message that my post looked like spam. I also ...
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Increasing visibility to questions by upvoting comments = cheating?

I have begun posting questions in CrossValidated and recognized that many go almost unnoticed. I realized that by periodically upvoting the corresponding comments the question may reappear as active,...
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Would you recommend phrasing questions controversially to provoke a response?

For example: "Why are small sample sizes better?" instead of "Why do small sample sizes give more significant p-values for rare events?": I tried this just as an experiment because I wasn't getting ...
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Is there an ideal time of day to ask new questions?

Or more specifically, is there a peak time of day when a greater proportion of newly posted questions tend to get answered? When are the experts online and actively answering? And conversely, are ...
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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?

It seems that some folks are asking large amounts of questions. I remember seeing one fellow ask over 10 questions in an hour! This is getting outrageous, should we introduce a limit on the maximum ...
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Why do so many questions on Cross Validated continue to go unanswered? [duplicate]

Have a look here and scroll to the bottom. You'll notice that (as of the day of this post) Cross Validated has the 3rd worst record for percent of questions answered among SE sites. Only 61% of ...
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Is there an area to ask a question about how a company uses data science?

My question is: What data science tools does Khan Academy use to track student performance? More specifically: I'm curious as to how they track their performance in relation to a student that is not ...
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Follow-on to a question with too much scope

I am really enjoying working through the problem here. I could write a dozen articles for my question. It is a good question, but it is extensible. It addresses a big area. Do you recommend that I:...
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What is and what should be our policy on making questions community wiki?

This recent question has just been converted into a community wiki (CW): When (if ever) is a frequentist approach substantively better than a Bayesian? I understand that the idea behind converting ...
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A question is unclear, but resolving the “unclarity” is part of the answer [duplicate]

Interpretation of the variance of a slope is unclear because the OP seems to be confused by notation, and therefore the notation in the question is confusing. StatStudent pointed this out in the ...
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A beautiful answer to a question that changed

Background: I have, in my own biased opinion, an amazing and beautiful answer that was given to a question that was changed so that the answer was eventually made irrelevant. For the original ...
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Aside from a bounty how can I give incentive to users to answer my question?

Aside from a bounty how can I give incentive to users to answer my question? I know there is this new bounty feature, but I was wondering if there are other ways too.
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A difficulty with self-study-like questions of the form “Is this correct?”

I've seen a spate of questions of a form more or less along the lines of "Is this working correct?" just lately. While this is good from the point of view that the poster is clearly making a proper ...
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What is the proper balance between question & title specificity?

Glen_b and I have been debating how to edit this particular question. My view is that a title specific to the contents of the question is necessary as a summary of the question contents. The title, as ...
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Would question seeking advice on software design involving probabilistic programming be on-topic?

I just wanted to try and see if I can cook up some simple Python routines to allow translation of commonly used models into code that we can then use some inference engine on. So, basically I am ...
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Dead end Questions

I use several Stack Exchange sites, with Stack Overflow being the most usual for me. I strongly agree with the points threshold (needed for every action in the Stack Exchange sites). I've never had ...
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Is there anything wrong with this question?

I am really puzzled that this question received no response, it does not seem to be a difficult question, it is simply asking for the opinion of when to use one method over another. Is this because it ...
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Where should I ask a question about numerical issue about the EM algorithms?

I was trying to implement the EM algorithm (on GMM) in code, however, I was getting that in high dimension, I get numerical issues when computing the E-step: $$p(j|x^{(t)}) = \frac{ p(j) N(x^{(t)} | ...
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What happened to this question?

So I answered this question Jelly Donut Puzzle - What Can Statistics Say About These Donuts My answer got downvoted but that is not the point. The point is that the question got -4 votes, and all ...
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Question about recommended readings

I am trying to do a community talk about hypothesis testing and want to focus on significance testing and p-values in particular. They have been a bit in the news as well recently (with some journal ...
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I attempted to make a FAQ-style question; does it make sense?

There have been several discussions on meta about how to organize frequently asked questions, and one idea is that one can simply write and answer such a question, creating a thread that can later be ...
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Which site is the best to ask about reinforcement learning?

Reinforcement learning is part of ML and I know ML is a good topic here. However, I know there is a data science and a computer science site (and maths etc). I was wondering, where would a ...
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Questions asking to check answers to end-of-chapter exercises. Appropriate or not?

I like to answer end-of-chapter exercises in various econometrics textbooks. Most of the time, there's no solution manual for me to check my answers. I wonder if it is appropriate for me to post such ...
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Is it okay to edit the title of a question to make it broad enough to fully encompass an existing/accepted answer?

I know that people here are very squeamish and punctilious about editing questions of others, and rightly so (see editing is not rewriting). But here is one particular situation that I would like to ...
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Let's curate “What's a real-world example of “overfitting”?”

The following question was recently asked on the main site, and quickly showed up on Hot Network Questions and gained many views. What's a real-world example of "overfitting"? Let's ...
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Is it ok to ask for guidance on my research project?

I am a novice in statistics and would like some guidance in data analysis for my research project. I just want to make sure that it is ok to post my research question, method, and ask the community ...
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Chat to attract answers?

Suppose I have some questions that I would like to see answered. May I use the chat to attract (indiscriminately) some users' attention towards my questions?
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Where should I ask a question about artificial intelligence?

I was interested in knowing which stack exchange site is appropriate for artificial Intelligence questions. Specifically, I wanted to understand the following statement better: statistical ...
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Following questions and tags

It seems to me that it might be useful to have the questions you are participating in or following / favorited readily available from your home page. In order to go back to my questions I have to ...
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Why is “How to stop genetic algorithm population converging to a single value” not being answered

I posted the question "How to stop genetic algorithm population converging to a single value" 11 days ago but it has received very little interest - only a single comment and my response to that ...
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What ways do you use to decide a question is 'good'?

I just got a reminder (while upvoting an answer) that I hadn't upvoted a question in a while. As it turned out, I had explicitly chosen to go to that particular question with the intent of upvoting ...
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Question about answering a self-study question

In Paired t-test or Independent t-test @Damien asks about paired vs. independent t-tests. Two commenters have asked him to say more, but I don't see how he can, given his level of evident confusion. I ...
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How to save a draft version of a question?

Is it possible to save a draft version of a question, and if so how? The only options I'm aware of on SE are to either post the question (and perform consecutive edits) or discard (and lose the draft ...
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Are Software Recommendation Questions Off-Topic for this website?

I have the following question: What software(s) would I need and how would I have to use them to create a box plot for data for which I only know the 95% confidence interval and mean? that I ...
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Multiple questions or one big question?

I have a series of questions related to something I have been working on. As they share the same background information, I originally wanted to post a big question with many multiple parts. On further ...
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Are questions about terminology off topic?

I just discovered this site, and I had a question that has been bugging me for a while. My question isn't so much about a concept as it is about terminology, so I thought I'd check whether this kind ...
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How to ask a “good” question on CrossValidated?

Background First of all please note that I have been a user on SE sites for over two years now; more than 20 months on CV. While active on StackOverflow and Sports.SE I never quite managed to get ...
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Can we help with multiple choice homework without violating site policy?

I recently answered a multiple choice question on CV and although the OP did not label it homework it obviously was. Should we try to give hints? I had a hard time finding a way to suggest an answer ...
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Will we soon exhaust questions?

Of course I really don't think that there are so few good statistical questions left to exhaust all questions, I have noticed that I will answer a question and find someone else saying that the ...
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How to handle controversial question with deleted answers?

I posted what with hindsight I now see is a controversial question: Elementary statistics for jurors I think the question is controversial in the sorts of answers to the question that it's ...
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What to do when the original question is transformed considerably after getting clarification?

I know that deleting one's own question is not encouraged on this site but I'm curious about this situation. This question prompted this inquiry. This began as a simple question about how to interpret ...
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Is there a polite /accepted way of “bumping” up questions?

As the question title says, I was wondering if there is a good or accepted way of "bumping" old and unanswered questions to show up again on the questions list?
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Coping with reformulated questions

We have seen some questions where, after an initial struggle, the poser elects to initiate a new thread in the guise of a new question. For example, from today alone, we have Developing a ...
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What are the guidelines for writing good questions (and titles)?

It seems like a few of my questions have had their titles edited, either to add in capitalization, or to take it out (I've not yet seen both on the same question, though ;). I'm not sure if my title ...