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It should simply be considered on topic. Notation questions are useful and occasionally interesting, and I see no tangible benefit in not having them on the site. (Unless of course they have other problems, such as being too broad, unclear etc.)


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It probably depends on how you word the question itself. If you simply ask, "How is this step done?" you will likely find the question closed under the homework policy. If, instead, you ask, "I thought that situation X should apply here, but they say it's Y and I don't see why. Can someone fill in why?" or something similar, the question will likely ...


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Usually when I don't understand something that I've read in a paper or figuring out where a result/derivation comes from. So they are specific questions about very specific items and they are usually associated with stuff that I am teaching, rather than research. I often discuss these with colleagues, but would do that in parallel. Examples How is the phase ...


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For interdisciplinary researchers like me, PSE, MSE and MO are a very valuable resource of information and for problem solving. If you are working on fields bordering on your own, you often do not know at all if questions/problems that are arising to you might be common knowledge to an advanced learner of another field. Usually you know enough to be able to ...


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Anything which answers the posted question should be posted as an answer; anything which does not, should not. It's that simple. (Although there are cases in which it's debatable whether a post answers the question.) The post you made here (which I'm guessing is the one you are asking about) does not answer the question, and should not have been posted as ...


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I don't know much about it, but isn't Quora less strict on opinion-based answers? In any case, I personally have strongly mixed feelings towards opinion-based answers. Opinion-based discussions can be very enlightening as well, but they tend to only be that if all the people involved know what they're talking about. When asking for opinions, you most likely ...


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I agree that many of the answers were simply un-detailed lists of a half-dozen books, but it is not the fault of the question nor the question-poser that the answers given were not in line with the rules. True, but the questions weren't locked because of their answers, they were locked because they - the questions themselves - are not good content for a ...


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