Questions tagged [discussion]

The question you're asking is designed to solicit opinions or best-practices on a particular topic, with the goal of reaching community consensus.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
33 votes
6 answers
4k views

Current tag synonym candidates

Please post your tag synonym suggestions as new answers in this thread, one answer per suggestion. Upvote answers where you believe that the suggested tags should be made synonyms, and downvote ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
88 votes
24 answers
15k views

Internet Support for Statistics Software

A discussion in fall 2010 considered the extent to which purely software-related questions would be welcome on this site. It didn't really reach a conclusion, but one useful suggestion that arose is ...
49 votes
3 answers
4k views

How to ask a "good" question on CrossValidated?

Background First of all please note that I have been a user on SE sites for over two years now; more than 20 months on CV. While active on StackOverflow and Sports.SE I never quite managed to get ...
posdef's user avatar
  • 769
44 votes
7 answers
3k views

We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

Cross-validated is a question-and-answer site. I think it's worthwhile to ask "How well does this website serve people who ask (on-topic, answerable) questions?" To answer this question in a ...
Sycorax's user avatar
  • 91k
32 votes
6 answers
1k views

How to answer R questions

It's inevitable that we will get lots of R questions in this forum. Should we: Bounce them all to SO Answer all questions, even when it's clearly programming and not statistics. Answer the question ...
csgillespie's user avatar
31 votes
2 answers
948 views

Editing questions: dos and don'ts

What is the etiquette for editing questions? How much is it OK to modify? What are the guidelines and what are the limits? I am concerned that once a question has been edited, the difficulties facing ...
Antoni Parellada's user avatar
12 votes
5 answers
468 views

How much programming here?

Of course in context of R-versus-Clojure, I felt it needs external discussion. So, I believe that there are two possible sorts of such questions: An algorithmic question like, "How to implement X?" ...
user avatar
48 votes
22 answers
3k views

Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

This is intended to be a "humorous and friendly thread on how to ask a horrible question" (amoeba) which can help new users understand how to write good questions. We hope you will ...
whuber's user avatar
  • 323k
25 votes
5 answers
3k views

How should we deal with obvious homework questions

When this site takes off, we will get a number of homework questions that can be spotted a mile off. Should we Just down vote them and not answer them. Provide helpful hints Make a note in the FAQ ...
csgillespie's user avatar
25 votes
47 answers
2k views

What should our site be called? / What should our domain name be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
18 votes
10 answers
635 views

What is on topic on Cross Validated?

There have been many threads on CV-meta about whether questions are on-topic, off-topic, are too-localized, etc. For example: Are "find the distribution" questions on topic? Is a ...
russellpierce's user avatar
18 votes
6 answers
1k views

Should we allow more computing questions

I've been thinking about whether this site should incorporate more computing questions. I think the current position of this site can be summarised by this question (which I asked!). Why change I ...
csgillespie's user avatar
77 votes
11 answers
2k views

CV and Data Science: semi-identical twins?

I would like to reopen the discussion regarding CV and the Data Science beta. This question is related to this previous one: Data Science SE but now with a better view of where Data Science seems to ...
Marc Claesen's user avatar
  • 18.5k
55 votes
9 answers
2k views

Why is our answer rate so low?

Has anyone else noticed that we are 5th from bottom with an answer rate of only 76%? On the one hand there are some questions that appear "answered" in the comments, like this one: Is the percent of ...
Corvus's user avatar
  • 5,345
9 votes
12 answers
1k views

What should our FAQ contain?

In line with the link to the 7 Essential Meta Questions of Every Beta above. What should our FAQ contain?
5 votes
3 answers
509 views

How should performance answering questions best be evaluated

There are many statistics computed on the StackExchange websites that could be used to evaluate how well a person is performing at answering questions. We have (1) total reputation points (2) ...
Michael R. Chernick's user avatar
35 votes
4 answers
587 views

Are we closing questions too fast?

It seems to me that we have been closing more and more questions, and that we are moving them into the close votes review queue very quickly. This seems to have evolved naturally, but I wonder if we ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
14 votes
3 answers
262 views

Should tags refer to the answer as well as the question?

In some instances the question doesn't itself fit a particular tag, but the accepted answer/popular answers do. If tags are a useful guide for others then it could make sense to re-tag based on the ...
Corvus's user avatar
  • 5,345
12 votes
1 answer
263 views

Should we be merging our non-merged tag synonyms as a matter of course?

Tags on SE can be made synonyms with or without merging. Non-merged synonyms have a bit of a weird behaviour. Take a look e.g. at books which is a synonym of references. If I search for [books], I ...
amoeba's user avatar
  • 105k
42 votes
10 answers
1k views

What motivates people to answer questions?

I know why I ask questions -- to learn and to get help with problems I'm struggling with. And I have been incredibly impressed with the Stack Exchange community's knowledge, eloquence, and ...
OctaviaQ's user avatar
  • 1,049
22 votes
1 answer
716 views

How should questions be answered on Cross Validated?

Following on my previous question: Should our FAQ include information about answering questions, and the subsequent discussion in the comments there, this question is intended to elicit discussion ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
20 votes
2 answers
279 views

Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

Lately I've been perusing old, unanswered questions when I have a few minutes. I come across ones like this one, where the question is more or less fully addressed in the comments. Since these are ...
Sean Easter's user avatar
  • 8,814
19 votes
2 answers
374 views

What is and what should be our policy on making questions community wiki?

This recent question has just been converted into a community wiki (CW): When (if ever) is a frequentist approach substantively better than a Bayesian? I understand that the idea behind converting ...
amoeba's user avatar
  • 105k
19 votes
2 answers
401 views

Is machine learning a part of statistical analysis?

The is always a disputable thing, especially within "pure statisticians". I personally think they are inevitable connected. In a practical view, it would generate a lot of questions, and making a ...
user avatar
18 votes
3 answers
439 views

The [kernel] tag is dead

Well, it took a while, but I'm finally done with this effort: every question in kernel has been sorted into kernel-trick and/or kernel-density-estimate. kernel is now empty; a moderator should ...
Danica's user avatar
  • 24.8k
14 votes
4 answers
554 views

Tag-candidates for removal

We already have a thread for proposing candidates for tag synonyms, but there doesn't seem to be a similar thread for proposing tags for deletion. Similarly to the "synonym" thread, let's use this one ...
Tim's user avatar
  • 138k
12 votes
3 answers
319 views

Redundant tags: mixed effects and related models

Recently a question came up that I felt had several redundant tags for variants of multilevel or mixed-effects models. As far as I can tell, there are six tags I can find that are related to this ...
smillig's user avatar
  • 2,393
4 votes
3 answers
429 views

What standard should be applied in deciding whether a question requires sufficient 'statistical expertise' to be posted to CV?

The FAQ currently states: If the language is statistically oriented (such as R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, etc.), then decide based on the nature of your question: if it needs statistical expertise to ...
russellpierce's user avatar
41 votes
9 answers
2k views

Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

From time to time I look at CV site-related stats of various kinds in various places. I was alarmed to look at this query on Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), Which shows a dramatic drop in the ...
Glen_b's user avatar
  • 283k
39 votes
5 answers
2k views

Data Science SE

I noticed the ad on the main site today for the data science proposal, which evidently is 77% committed. Some of the people committed to the proposal are users on CV. Most of the questions listed ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
30 votes
1 answer
492 views

FAQ: Best Practices for Searching CV

Over the course of almost nine years, we have amassed a body of good answers to many clearly stated questions: one of our site's principal goals. To be useful, though, these answers have to be ...
23 votes
3 answers
628 views

CrossValidated's rather extreme up-voting problem

Users have pointed out that it is very difficult for beginners to comment on questions, see this thread. These users particularly seem to emphasize that it appears Cross Validated has separate ...
WetlabStudent's user avatar
20 votes
1 answer
437 views

Cross Validated - Voting Improvement and Community Development

My name is Katey and I work in community development at Stack Exchange. I've been studying stats.se for a few weeks, trying to figure out ways to improve this (already pretty great) site. My coworker ...
Katey HW's user avatar
  • 101
19 votes
3 answers
399 views

Handling "suggested edits" to posts

I looked a bit but, surprisingly, couldn't find an answer to this here. Users with edit-privileges have the ability to approve suggested edits from those under 2000 rep. Recently, I've been ...
Macro's user avatar
  • 44.9k
16 votes
5 answers
340 views

How to stem the tide of duplicate Qs

Please note that I searched on the keywords "duplicate" and "exact-duplicate" before posting this :-) It seems to be a point of pride for some that this site has hosted so many thousand Qs. But ...
rolando2's user avatar
  • 12.5k
25 votes
4 answers
807 views

Improvement Drive - Cross Validated

Greetings from Stack Exchange HQ! We have been assigned to evaluate Cross Validated and recommend some methods for making it even better. Please note that this is a more hands-on evaluation, and is ...
Katey HW's user avatar
  • 101
24 votes
1 answer
474 views

How should a new user navigate Cross Validated to learn more about statistics?

(Inspired by this question, I thought it might be worthwhile to post a guide for those who just want to read and learn.) What are the best ways for someone new to Cross Validated to sift through ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
23 votes
3 answers
1k views

What to do about "wrong" questions?

We sometimes get what I would describe as "wrong" questions. For instance, a perennial favorite seems to be questions about binning continuous variables, like What is a best way of binning non-finite ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
22 votes
5 answers
634 views

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 ...
shadowtalker's user avatar
  • 12.6k
20 votes
6 answers
195 views

Library of helpful responses

Some situations come up frequently enough, especially with new users, that it seems useful to maintain a library of polite, helpful responses we can offer. Mods (and anyone else) can then copy and ...
whuber's user avatar
  • 323k
17 votes
3 answers
483 views

Should all "book recommendation" questions be classified as community wiki?

Recently I came across with a question that was asking for book recommendation in an expertise area related to statistic. Then, I was checking for duplicates and I realized among all book ...
Andre Silva's user avatar
  • 3,080
15 votes
6 answers
361 views

2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

In connection with the moderator elections, as with our last session in 2013, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the community to pose ...
Grace Note's user avatar
  • 101
15 votes
2 answers
457 views

Overlap with ai.stackexchange and datascience.stackexchange

I found that quite a few tags are present at each of these sites in the SE universe: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Data Science (DS) Cross Validated (CV) For example: reinforcement-learning (AI, DS, ...
a_guest's user avatar
  • 161
15 votes
2 answers
507 views

Are the "Machine Learning" questions on topic?

Please take a look at this proposal: Machine Learning > On Topic I would like your opinion if these on-topic questions would be welcomed on this site: I am using a neural network with the ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
13 votes
2 answers
351 views

Is the help wrong when it says that cross-posting is not allowed?

I've just been having a discussion in comments here where I referred the poster to the help on cross-posting. I've been told that I'm wrong (which, given how often I am wrong, hardly comes as a shock ...
Glen_b's user avatar
  • 283k
11 votes
0 answers
183 views

Dear mods, what should be our protocol for tag burnination?

There is this Meta thread: Tag-candidates for removal. During the last three six months, it collected 8 answers with up to +12 upvotes. However, not a single action has so far been taken. As ...
amoeba's user avatar
  • 105k
9 votes
2 answers
398 views

I get surges of upvotes, and they are lumpy in time. Is this because the site is surfacing my questions all at once, or do I have a stalker/superfan?

Question is in the title. This morning I wake up to 40 more points, on various questions that I had asked since I started using this site years ago. Yesterday I had something similar. Is the site's ...
generic_user's user avatar
  • 13.3k
8 votes
2 answers
410 views

What could be done with respect to tag "big-list"?

This is not about closing questions labeled as big-list. What could we do about the tag big-list (x38)? It excerpt says: Used to tag questions (often Community Wiki) where a collection of replies ...
Andre Silva's user avatar
  • 3,080
7 votes
2 answers
146 views

The final death of meta-tags?

It did happen on SO, SU and SF: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/. So shall we follow? beginner is the most used tag here... Update: Done. No more beginner and subjective....
user avatar
6 votes
4 answers
527 views

What is the optimal length & level of detail of tag wiki excerpts?

I find tag wiki excerpts extremely useful, much more so than full wikis (I doubt that many people ever come across full wikis because SE design buries them quite deep). When I write wiki excerpts I ...
amoeba's user avatar
  • 105k

1
2 3 4 5
10