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Titles Titles are important: they represent the question on the main site, in search results and in RSS feeds. We want users to visit questions (and to answer them) and a good title may make just the difference. Also, titles fuel the search for related questions in the "Ask Question" form. A question titled "How to analyse this piece of code?" will never ...


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Tagging Tagging is an important feature of Stack Exchange for several reasons. Tags help searching. Tags are used to select "Related" questions for the site bar. Tags help disambiguate titles in question lists. Tags allow users to filter what they see. The last point is probably the most relevant: experts of an area may not even see a question just ...


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This answer was posted from an account that no longer exists. It was deleted automatically. The answer is of low quality: it states that the answer is yes and cites an example language but does not cite what makes this example work. It is written in an evangelist style, rather than in the explanatory style that I would expect on a site which is about ...


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Formatting Markdown Use the basic formatting provided by Markdown to structure posts: lists should be Markdown lists (nesting works!), links should use the [text](URL) syntax, emphasis should be placed by *...*, citations put in > ... paragraphs and source code in code blocks (prepend lines with four spaces). There is extensive documentation of what is ...


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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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This looks Baader-Meinhof-ly complementary to the question I just asked yesterday! I have no idea what “Baader-Meinhof-ly” means, but I think the gist of this sentence is that guest wants to attract attention to this question. Could someone with a stronger addiction to the stackexchange gamification of crowdsourced content creation please commentize this ...


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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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References Rule of thumb: Provide references so that the work is uniquely identified and easily accessible for readers (in case of online resources). Academic resources References to books or papers should consist of more than a link or a book name. Not only do links break eventually, they also require a click; the reference should be clear as is. This ...


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Gutter Anything along the lines of "Hi everybody", "I'm only a beginner but I'm really, really hard-working" or "Thanks in advance, cheers" should be done away with immediately. While we can appreciate nice tone, questions and answers are not supposed to be (part of) a conversation. Other elements that can be removed are things like "EDIT:" We keep a ...


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Language Language often is a matter of taste and many of us are non-natives. Therefore, we are bound to find "strange" language more often than not, but that is no reason to edit everything. On the other hand, posts need to be comprehensible. Sometimes, bad translations, inventive grammar and peculiar terms stand in the way of understanding a post. Edit ...


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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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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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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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The close reason “not a real question” was too broad and unclear. Bringing it back would solve nothing. It isn't any less confusing than applying the current “unclear” to problem statements that are clearly presented but where we don't understand what kind of answers are expected. The guidance about “unclear” does explain that case (“add additional details ...


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The answer to your titular question is no, but you are not really asking this question. Tl;dr: Your complaint is based on a strawman. I reject it. You first complained about this here. In that entire thread, I removed a total of two comments (besides some I wrote myself). Both because they were obsolete, one by other comments by the same user, the other (...


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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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In the last 90 days, there have been 16 CS => SO migrations and 2 have been rejected.1 That migration volume falls just short of my prefered criteria.2 That said, there have been 94 questions closed with the custom reason pointing to Stack Overflow. Since these were not migrated, we can't actually know how many would have been rejected, however. (Migrating ...


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As one of the "delete"-voters, let me explain, how these votes came to be: The "answer" showed up in the "Low Quality Posts" review queue (as I just noticed, you should know this, since you reviewed it yourself). In that queue the reviewer is presented with 2 options: "Looks OK" and "Delete", where "Delete" allows to choose a reason. When I reviewed it, @...


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I agree with deletion. That was not suitable as an answer in its existing form. I couldn't identify any attempt to answer the question. If it was an attempt to answer the question, it was beyond my ability to understand. Perhaps it should have been a comment. Maybe "guest" was thinking that they didn't have enough reputation to post a comment, so they ...


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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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Source Code Applies when a user dumps real programming language source code without need: Please get rid of the source code and replace it with ideas, pseudo code and arguments of correctness. See [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/q/64/) and [here](https://cs.meta.stackexchange.com/q/390/) for related meta discussions. Please get rid of the ...


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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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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 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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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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