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Absolutely My take on the Code of Conduct (AKA the Be Nice policy) is that it is not just a matter of what the two people directly involved in the conversation think about the language used. It also has the purpose of making our site look welcoming and consistent to readers. If someone isn't familiar with this site, and they read a question and see people ...


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Even if it is by a small amount, corrections like these still improve the clarity of the post. However, I would encourage you to follow the advice of the help page, and look to see if there are any other problems you can correct while you are editing.


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There are multiple reasons why it's better to link to abstract pages rather than directly to the PDF versions: Mobile users and users with slow internet connection prefer an abstract page over a PDF file. (Also, downloading PDFs can redirect to other applications instead of staying in-browser; this should be an explicit choice on the part of the reader.) ...


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One problem with answer-comments you seem to not have considered is that they can be wrong. Answers can be downvoted, but comments can only be upvoted, so there is no proper mechanism to show that an answer-comment is considered wrong and the one-sided upvote mechanism may make it look more authoritative than it is. We do leave comments like "Please ...


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There is nothing unethical about a minor edit, if it improves the post. The practice of bumping posts by edits is only problematic if the edits don't actually improve the post (e.g. only add superfluous whitespace, replace words by synonyms or phrases by equivalent phrases...). Users are invited to flag posts (with a custom moderator flag) when they think a ...


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You can reference material from other answers, even answers on the same page that were submitted after your answer, but you do need to give proper attribution. Eg, As [userX mentions](link_to_their_answer), we also need to consider ... There's no need to repeat everything that userX said, since readers can just click the link & read it for themselves. ...


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Please use edits to substantially improve the posts they are attached to. Please do not use trivial edits as backdoors to enable site features that are inaccessible to you for some reason.


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Yes, while the language of the main body of a SE post should be in English, non-English references are acceptable for various reasons: A non-English reference is better than no reference. It is unfair to not recognize a scientific contribution just because it is not written in English.


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Yes, please do. Such changes make the site easier to use for all readers.


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It's really just personal preference in how one chooses to construct the answer. Sometimes people will put a "TL;DR" at the top, or the bottom, to summarize things which is kind of what you're looking for. Not everybody does though. The "issue" you describe, where you get a lot of extra information and details before the punchline, is a ...


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I was one of the close voters, but I voted to close as engineering not as unclear. If you just read the question then I think it is unclear, so I can see why people have voted that way. When I post a self answered question I usually make the question as brief and clear as possible. If I were writing it I would have just written "How can this vehicle ...


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I saw that comment. Even if it didn't bother you, we don't want stuff like that hanging around. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory


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Yes, you should avoid flooding the front page. I recommend doing them in small batches of say 2 or 3 posts at a time.


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I believe one reason for using these marked revisions is when the question itself is edited by the OP in a significant way, which necessitates an important change in the answer. The answer may have been a good answer to the original question, and the answerer is reluctant to suppress it altogether : he'll rather add an appendix answering the new question. ...


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Any time one finds language that could be considered unwelcoming, I think the right course of action is to edit the post to change or remove it. The usual editing guidelines still apply, so: Make sure the post is still just as clear, if not more clear, after the change is made; Try to improve other areas of the post at the same time; Update the post to ...


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Here's what I do. I try to be "objective" as in – would I vote to close if the answer was by someone else? but a little bit more critical with my own stuff. So, If the new question is very clearly and unambiguously a duplicate, and if I feel that my answer is decent enough, I will vote to close. If there new question is not an obvious duplicate ...


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Is making a large number of edits to old questions in a short time frame encouraged, NO. Editing old questions is indeed encouraged, in the understanding that if the thread was inactive and editing bumps it to the front page, the edit is expected to be comprehensive and fix all the stuff there is to fix, in both the question and the answers; and mass edits ...


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@tpg2114's answer is the right one from a policy standpoint, but it's worth making an extended comment to observe that "guys," specifically, occupies a strange place at the intersection of formal vs. informal language and gender. It's totally true that, at least in the US, "hey guys" or "you guys" is commonly used as a ...


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I think you're over-stressing about this. Closing a question requires a consensus of five different users (potentially down to three at some point in the future) that the question should be closed. It is extremely unlikely that you'll get five (or even, really, three) users with conflicts of interest on the same thread. As such, in addition to AFT's existing ...


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We already do this: an answer which is referenced is, in general, more likely to receive more upvotes than one which is not. Voting is the incentive to reference sources as needed. Not to mention, an answer which has relevant links just feels like a better answer, even from the perspective of the one writing it. However, we're not going to require ...


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You're asking for a list of theories, which is a question without the potential of having a "correct" answer and is usually seen as too broad around here. See e.g. Good list, bad list and its linked questions for prior meta discussion of questions asking for lists


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Should we flag all comments that are no longer needed? Yes. Comments are intended to ask for clarification and provide feedback to questions and answers; they are not intended to help anyone keep track of anything. Once those clarifications and feedback have been incorporated into the post, the comments should be deleted. SE is a Q&A site, not a ...


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Stack Exchange isn't a social network, and tools to contact specific users have been intentionally left limited. Write interesting questions and answers, and active users who share your interests will find their way to you. Note that the algorithm which restricts users with "negative contribution records" from asking or answering questions considers a ...


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Due to the nature of Stack Exchange as a Q&A site, there should at least be an explicit question to be answered. The most common trap of posting a question for self-answering is that the question usually lacks enough detail for other readers and potential answerers. Regardless of self-answer or not, all questions are expected to be self-contained: has ...


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I would personally suggest using the most upvoted answer, when compared to a negatively scored accepted answer. That is because the "Accepted Answer" only reflects what the person asking the question thought was the best answer. On the other hand, votes provide you with information about how good the community thinks any given answer is. That's not to say ...


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The main advantage of downvoting that closing does not have is that it quickly removes questions from the front page, once the post has a score of -3. If you think a question is probably unsalvageable, by all means downvote it. If you are voting to close an otherwise good question as a duplicate, or if you think that with some care the question could be ...


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David's answer is mostly OK, but his proposal includes several parts which are not OK. Specifically: When editing someone else's post: If they use plain d and there is no indication the choice to make it italic was intentional, you can change differential d to \mathrm{d}. No, no, no. If the post uses plain d and there is no indication ...


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I also assume that member decided to go on an edit spree of old high scoring posts to earn a few points. When I noticed the front page getting flooded, I sent them this comment, which I also posted in The h Bar. @xray0 Your edits are helpful, but please do them in small batches so you don't flood the front page with old questions. See Should I not edit my ...


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I don't think there is much you can do beyond what you have discussed and what is already in place. You just have to trust the users looking at the question to be responsible to look for duplicates first (this one is hard to trust at times), give good answers, vote appropriately, and go through the close vote queues to agree on duplicate votes already cast. ...


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The answers on Stack Exchange should be fully complete on their own. Any external references, links, etc. should just be used as supplement. So really it doesn't matter what language your sources are in as long as your post on this site is in English and is complete on its own. One key reason for this is to cover the case for when the reference becomes no ...


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