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How about this for a template? Welcome to [cs.se]! Unfortunately, your question is not a good fit for the Stack Exchange format. We prefer questions that have objectively correct answers that will be useful both to the asker and others who have the same question in the future. What is or is not a suitable topic for study, projects or research is very much a ...


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Project topics, course selection, etc. For users with enough reputation (20+) to use chat Welcome to [cs.se]! Unfortunately, your question is not a good fit for the Stack Exchange format. We prefer questions that have objectively correct answers that will be useful both to the asker and others who have the same question in the future. What is or is not a ...


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In the words of the official guidance, “comments are temporary "Post-It" notes left on a question or answer”. In practice, a lot of comments stay around indefinitely. However, when a comment has outlived its usefulness, it is ideally deleted. You can vote to delete an obsolete comment by flagging it as “obsolete”. To flag a comment, click on the flag-shaped ...


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I'd guess it's a side effect of the fact that Stack Exchange considers comments second-class citizens: transient, liable to disappear at any time, not a priority for preserving, etc. Or, it might be a side-effect of the fact that all deleted comments are treated the same way, and the primary way that comments can be deleted is for them to be deleted by a ...


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Whether a user account is unregistered or registered is a technical detail that should not have any influence on how they are treated. Anyone is free to decline to answer or curate questions from unregistered users, or questions from users whose name starts with A, or questions from users whose avatar includes more green pixels than blue pixels. That's ...


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We should not treat unregistered users any differently. Stack Exchange does not require registration so we shouldn't infer anything from a user's decision not to register. I suspect that, in this privacy-conscious age, quite a lot of people will be reluctant to register when doing so is optional. Posts should be judged on their own merit, not on whether or ...


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In those cases, you cannot accept an answer. A comment is not an answer, so you cannot mark a comment as accepted. Instead, I recommend you do one of two things: Write an answer yourself that answers the question (incorporating the insights from the comment). Then, mark it as accepted. This ensures that others who come across your question have a nice, ...


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You can always delete your own comments outright and flag the others as "obsolete". The idea is probably that you should not create work for others when you can do the deed yourself. Related: Allow flagging a comment after upvoting it Allow flagging own comments Allow me to flag my own comments as obsolete


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Check My Answer Your question already includes a complete answer to the original problem but no question *about* this answer. Thus, only "yes/no" answers may remain, helping neither you nor future visitors. Please read related meta discussions [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/597/) and [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/519/...


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Simple answer to famous problem You are claiming to have a solution for a well-known, difficult open problem. This is [an extraordinary claim requiring extraordinary evidence](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcello_Truzzi#.22Extraordinary_claims.22). You have not provided such so there is not much to talk about. Even if you had, this would not be a good post ...


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Crossposts Add the name of the other site inside the brackets and a link to the other copy of the question inside the parentheses: [Also posted on ](). Please [do not post the same question on multiple sites](https://meta.stackexchange.com/q/64068). Each community should have an honest shot at answering without anybody's time being wasted. If you don't get ...


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Unfortunately there's no such shortcut. There's a standing feature request on Meta.Stackexchange.com to have link to questions get converted to their title in comments, just like they do elsewhere. See Replace links with the current question title in comments. You can upvote that feature reuqest if you want. However, that feature request has been denied ...


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Moderators get only two buttons on comment flags: “delete” and “dismiss”; the latter makes the flag go away and marks it as declined in the flagger's history. Therefore, if you're requesting anything other than “delete this comment”, it's better if you do it through a post flag, rather than a comment flag. If you think a short comment conversation is ...


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I have some suggestions: Judge questions on their merit. Personally, I'd like to judge questions on their merits, rather than by who they are from. I'm not suggesting this as a policy to enforce on others (how could we?), but rather as a goal that I'd like to aspire to. Perhaps you might like to join me in those aspirations? Be constructive. Let's use ...


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Treat them equal ... as far as content goes. I don't see any reason to moderate or otherwise interact differently. Of course, it's everybody's prerogative to not answer questions by unregistered users, if they feel they're likely to "waste their time". (I don't hold that opinion, but I've seen it uttered.) But tell them about the objective benefits of ...


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Plagiarism Plagiarism is not cool. [Plagiarism](https://cs.stackexchange.com/help/referencing) is [not cool](https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/83955/plagiarism-should-be-addressed-specifically-in-the-faq/134715#134715). In addition to posting this comment, please Edit the post to mark cited content as such (with the “ / Ctrl+Q / leading < ...


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Problem Dump Applies to questions that consist (next to) only a problem statement (and maybe a plea for help). Recommended action is to post below comment (or similar) and vote to close as "Unclear what you are asking". Hello! We discourage posts that simply state a problem out of context, and expect the community to solve it. Assuming you tried to solve ...


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Broad Reference Request Reference requests that ask for a specific reference for some result are completely fine. Those that ask for "any work on X" or "best papers of area Y" are (almost) always too broad for Stack Exchange. Close accordingly and comment like this: A reference request like yours is too broad for Stack Exchange -- you ask for a survey of a ...


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Mathematics Questions We entertain mathematics questions if and only if there is a direct relation to computer science. In the best case this connection is layed out in the question. Other usually accepted cases are such where there is a common agreement that a particular field is of central relevance in CS (and probably more so than in mathematics) or the ...


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We have MathJax Welcome to [cs.SE]! Note that you can use LaTeX here to typeset mathematics in a more readable way. See [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/271/add-short-reference-for-latex-commands) for a short introduction. Welcome to Computer Science! Note that you can use LaTeX here to typeset mathematics in a more readable way. See ...


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Question is mainly an image Don't use images as main content of your post. This makes your question impossible to search and inaccessible to the visually impaired; [we don't like that](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/752/should-we-do-anything-about-questions-that-are-just-a-scan-of-a-problem-in-their). Please transcribe text and mathematics. You ...


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Bad title The title you have chosen is not well suited to representing your question. Please take some time to improve it; we have collected some advice [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/a/815/). Thank you! The title you have chosen is not well suited to representing your question. Please take some time to improve it; we have collected some advice ...


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Reference material may help Welcome to [cs.SE]! Your question is a very basic one. Let me direct you towards our reference questions which cover some fundamentals you seem to be missing in detail. Please work through the related questions listed there, try to solve your problem again and edit to include your attempts along with the specific problems you ...


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Great analysis. Based on the data so far, it looks like 5 would be a reasonable threshold: a post with more than 5 comments within 3 days would raise a flag to moderators. This doesn't necessarily mean that the right answer for all of those flags -- or even for most of those flags -- is going to be to move all of the comments to chat. However, the data ...


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Let's create a list of posts with not too many comments, some of which we'd rather have in chat: https://cs.stackexchange.com/a/29078 -- not the shortest thread and many comments belong here, but the stuff about teaching goals should be taken to chat. https://cs.stackexchange.com/q/28998/ -- Discussion needed/wanted about a question being ontopic resp. ...


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References missing or incomplete We expect references to fulfill the minimal scholarly requirements and be as robust over time as possible. Please take some time to improve your post in this regard. We have collected some advice [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/a/1201/). Thank you! We expect references to fulfill the minimal scholarly ...


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Bad formatting The lack of helpful formatting makes your post hard to comprehend. Please take some time to improve the presentation; we collected some advice [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/a/820/). Thank you! The lack of helpful formatting makes your post hard to comprehend. Please take some time to improve the presentation; we collected some ...


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