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Questions tagged [answers]

Questions about answers: how to answer, whether specific answers are appropriate, and so forth.

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Mentioning commercial/freemium product that I developed in my answers

I am an expert on the topic and answered a set of questions. I am wondering if it is OK to mention the solver that I develop given that it is commercial but has freemium plans. All my answers are ...
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Is a quick-and-dirty answer better than no answer?

I find that many questions go unanswered for lack of a great answer. That applies to both CV and here on CV meta. Whether this is due to brain drain, or a flood new users, or perfectionism, is hard to ...
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3 upvotes (on answer) yielded only 10 reputation. Why not 30? [duplicate]

Yesterday, I posted this answer: https://stats.stackexchange.com/a/350970/117812 which yielded 3 upvotes, no downvote. My "latest achievements" (goblet icon) says that I have achieved 10 reputation ...
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What should we do with outdated answers?

We have highly popular question, on extremely popular topic that has an outdated answers (most from 2010, newest ones from 2015): How to choose the number of hidden layers and nodes in a feedforward ...
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How to deal with this interesting but convoluted question

In this question we encounter two problems: Differing p-values car::Anova, anova & post hoc in logistic regression One problem is about differences between the single p-value for an anova test ...
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What to do if your accepted answer is wrong and you believe you know the right answer?

There is a question that I answered. That answer was accepted, and got a decent amount of points. It is also the only answer to that question. I later realized that my answer is wrong. But I now have ...
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Do answers with equations and formulas in them get more votes?

I have this hypothesis. Ceteris paribus the answers that have formulas (equations) in them get more votes than plain English answers. Do you agree?
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What to do when existing answers to your question (with a bounty) are wrong or very incomplete?

I've recently asked this question, and I have two answers. One is very incomplete, lacking the most important cases. The other one I think is completely incorrect, although 'apparently intuitive'. ...
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What happens when the answer is beyond the asker's experience?

Roughly, there are many ways to "answer" a statistical question: with actual mathematics, with "proofs by pictures" or "proofs by simulation", and with casual explanation. Is it ever the case that ...
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Is it OK to use suggestions by other people to answer a question with a bounty?

I wrote this answer and wanted to make sure that I am not violating this community's etiquette. My answer builds on two suggestions made by other users in the comments on the question. Those other ...
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What to do about an answer copied verbatim by another user (in an attempt to be helpful)?

I just noticed that this answer is a nearly verbatim copy of my answer to the duplicate question here (I answered before I marked the question as a dupe: I'm not sure what happened, but I might have ...
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What happens to reputation if an upvoted answer is moved to another SE site?

As per object: if a question which received some upvotes is moved to another SE site, what happens to the OP reputation? Does her/his reputation on CV decreases, and the reputation on the other site ...
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'Cultural differences' between statsSE and mathSE

Notwithstanding that both statsSE and mathSE are both stackexchange sites, and share a similar subject matter, often attended by the same or similar groups of people, I have noticed what I would ...
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Should I upvote an elaborated answer which I do not fully understand?

If I saw a lot of effort in an answer (e.g., assume that there are a lot of derivations, code, and plots), but I'm not sure that the math is correct, should I upvote to encourage the person answering ...
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Should I answer a question that seems off-topic here?

I have what I feel is a very good answer for question Summary of manyglm model objects running too slowly in R; can I speed them up?. However, this does look like a question for Stack Overflow, more ...
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If a complete answer is short, should it be a comment?

Kjetil and I have had a disagreement about whether my answer here should be a comment. OP's question is essentially one of reading/finding documentation for how xgboost works.* The full and ...
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How to encourage people to upvote new answers to old questions?

I have the impression that many new answers to old questions often do not get the number of upvotes they deserve. What can we do so that these answers are also upvoted? "Old question" in this ...
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Why are short answers considered to be poor quality for this site?

I have written some answers that are short, concise and accurate. But I get a message that indicates that my answer is of poor quality. I would appreciate hearing some thoughts on this.
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I asked 2 questions in 1 post, now I have 2 answers, each one answers another question, which one to accept?

In 1 post I asked 2 questions. I asked them together, since they occurred together for me, even though in hindsight I could've asked them separately. However, now I have an answer that answers my ...
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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

This applies to many of us who have been members of this site for many years. Some of my old questions and answers get reviewed periodically. This is fine. Members have a right to upvote or ...
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Should I answer this question or should I add an answer to these other “similar” questions?

I was going to answer a question about books for time series. However, in comments Andre Silva pointed out this answer (which is also a Community Wiki) and this other answer. Now, the latest ...
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Answering off-topic questions. Appropriate?

Sometimes I see off topic questions which have a very simple answer. Here's an example: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/254623/confidence-interval-for-anova-in-spss. It's clearly off topic, ...
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Include someone's comment to your answer, in your answer

If you provide an answer, and someone comments on it with another piece of evidence in favor of your answer, but different, is it appropriate to include that comment in your answer and recognize the ...
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Why is the community moving CV questions to the homepage today?

Officially the Community is saying that this is being done to reevaluate for questions they recently activated (reactivated) the answers as to which are good or bad. But how are new comments, upvotes ...
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Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Recently on CrossValidated I have found that new members may not have studied all the rules prior to asking their first question. I find that moderators and other users will quickly vote to close ...
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When to post a separate answer even when answered in comments [duplicate]

There are times when the answer is provided in the comments. Either implicitly, or sometimes, after several back and forth, it becomes explicit. When it becomes obvious that the OP's question is ...
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Is partial duplication of answers acceptable?

Since this site frequently deals with larger statistical concepts, I frequently find that my explanations to users cover a lot of the same ground. For example, when I am answering a question on cross-...
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Do a few users answer lots of questions?

Consider the reputation graphs of stats.stackexchange in a log-log scale: This seems to mean that very few users answer most of the questions, at least compared to stackoverflow: See this ...
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When an answer is marked as “accepted” and later reversed, how and why can it happen?

If a response (answer) is flagged as answering an OPs question ("accepted") and that decision is subsequently reversed, how does this happen? Who has the authority to reverse an answer? What are the ...
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Should the comments be used to guide someone to the answer?

Currently I am trying to guide a user get to the answer of her/his question by asking successive questions. I believe this technique in general can be a good way to help someone learn, as opposed to ...
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Answers appear sorted by date and not by the vote count

When I read the question How to correct outliers once detected for time series data forecasting? the answers are in an unexpected order, based on how the answers appear in StackOverflow. ...
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Why can't I put a tag on my answer that is different than the tag in the question? [duplicate]

What is the way to add a tag in an answer, possibly regarding a tool, approach, or such, but something the original asker did not envision, without editing the asked question? I'm presuming the ...
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An answer posted 30 seconds after the question was closed; how is it possible?

This question -- SVD for PCA: Why would one standardize the data matrix? -- was closed as a duplicate at 16:59:24 (nine minutes after having been posted). I can swear I saw it closed and without ...
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Multiple answers to same question?

Is it acceptable for a single user to post more than one answer for the same question? Or should all answers be consolidated to a single post? For example, in this question I had posted an initial ...
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A question is a clear duplicate, but the original question doesn't have an answer - only a (real good) comment. What to do?

Question Compare the statistical significance of the difference between two polynomial regressions in R is an obvious duplicate of question Comparing difference between two polynomial regression ...
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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I guess such question may have been asked before, but I was not able to find it using search field on meta. What should we do if a user edited his/her question after it was answered? Edit your ...
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What to do when a question has an answer on Wikipedia?

Question https://stats.stackexchange.com/q/222702/58675 shows a classical errors-in-variables model (and in particular, since the calibration curve looks polynomial, total least square may suffice). ...
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Tag for comments that contain maieutic responses

I asked a question and got a maieutic question in response. After figuring out the answer myself I awarded answer credit to the person who put forth the effort to write the answer. While this ...
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Most voted up answers at Cross Validated?

What is the best way to view the most voted up (or highest scored) answers and questions at Cross Validated?
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Should I edit a Community Wiki answer that seems wrong?

This answer just seems plain wrong to me. https://stats.stackexchange.com/a/501/39632 The question states that there are more features than observations, so backwards stepwise selection (which would ...
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Feature allowing to indicate answerer's confidence level

Sometimes I write answers and use fancy Greek letters which fools naive people to think that I am a Mathematician (which I am not). So I sometimes put a disclaimer in bold (e.g. Disclaimer: I am not ...
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Is there an ideal time of day to ask new questions?

Or more specifically, is there a peak time of day when a greater proportion of newly posted questions tend to get answered? When are the experts online and actively answering? And conversely, are ...
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If you misunderstand the question, should you delete your answer?

When users struggle for appropriate jargon, I often misunderstand what they're after. I feel like if I had a dental appliance, I could encourage more precise questions on this site. Nonetheless, I do ...
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Why do so many questions on Cross Validated continue to go unanswered? [duplicate]

Have a look here and scroll to the bottom. You'll notice that (as of the day of this post) Cross Validated has the 3rd worst record for percent of questions answered among SE sites. Only 61% of ...
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Follow-on to a question with too much scope

I am really enjoying working through the problem here. I could write a dozen articles for my question. It is a good question, but it is extensible. It addresses a big area. Do you recommend that I:...
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Correlation between upvotes and effort

I am curious about your experiences regarding the relationship between time and effort spent on preparing an answer and the number of upvotes it receives. While I do not even have proper data for ...
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A beautiful answer to a question that changed

Background: I have, in my own biased opinion, an amazing and beautiful answer that was given to a question that was changed so that the answer was eventually made irrelevant. For the original ...
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Nearly 40% of questions on Cross Validated are unanswered, is there a way to improve this?

Given the low answer rate on CV (62% based on current information) and discussions thereof, would it be possible to build a easy system to categorize questions, such that it becomes clear why they may ...
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Converting comment for simple question to answer - good practice?

Sometimes there are simple questions, often by newcomers, that could be answered by a one-liner (e.g. "What method to use for my data?"). In most such cases I provide a comment rather than answer ...
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Drive-by Questions - Should Answers Be Accepted by Proxy?

I have been answering questions from users with reputation 1, knowing fully well that chances for reward in points from up-votes, or acceptance of the answer, are low. In great part it is simply that ...