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TL,DR: me too. Posting a scan of the text in a textbook or worksheet is a low in laziness. (I'd say a new low but I've seen that before on SE.) That right there can justify a downvote. A scan of a figure can be ok, as long as it has accompanying text that explains the problem. For example, this is an appropriate question: the text in book reference says ...


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Frankly, this is what teachers and teaching assistants are paid for. You can also ask peers or more advanced learners you trust. Reviewing material is generally a bad fit for this platform: it's a task that requires lots of reading (as opposed to a snappy, self-contained question) and has no clear-cut answers. You may also want to consider carefully if ...


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This is a general answer. If someone is editing your question and you think they did it wrong, feel free to roll-back their changes. Most likely there was some misunderstanding going on. I would recommend the following to improve your question after the roll-back. Try to make your question clearer. Check what the editor had got wrong and why. Extend or ...


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I sympathize, and I understand how it can be demoralizing to put in a lot of effort into an answer only to never receive any reaction or feedback at all. It can feel like you are writing into a void, and that's not very motivating. I sympathize with the problem you've identified. Let me suggest a different way to address the problem. Rather than trying ...


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Some users ask a question and disappear. Maybe they found an answer elsewhere. Maybe they don't care anymore. Maybe they they lost the cookie to their account. There's nothing you can do about that. Users with less than 15 reputation cannot vote. Any user can accept an answer on a question they asked (except during the first 15 minutes). They are not under ...


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First of all, if we would like to have a specific rule against such questions, I don't think it is useful to make the topic "P vs NP" part of that rule. I don't believe we are being flooded by questions about that topic and I don't think that that topic is inherently 'problematic', nor that it is within the domain of research. (That is, questions ...


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This post describes the policy that the moderation team currently applies. Policy If a question is clearly and specifically about an active1 contest problem and would otherwise be a fine question2, then please: Leave a comment on the question with a link to the relevant contest problem. Flag the question for moderator attention. If a moderator agrees ...


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Yes -- until you earn more rep.


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You do not directly lose reputation because you answered a question and the asker's account gets deleted. You only lose reputation in two cases: if the account that cast an upvote or an accept vote on your post gets deleted, or if your upvoted post gets deleted. If the account that cast a vote is removed, the vote is removed. This helps limit vote inflation ...


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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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Given the current state if the system, I think the answer is "nothing can be done". As long as there are any votes, you can not know if the asker voted. There is no way to force them to vote or accept. All you can do is not to answer questions of users that you know to be "ungrateful".


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