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Why are some questions locked by the Community user?

This is in a way a followup on We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?. As a response to that, I am trying to downvote/close some old post we probably ...
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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 ...
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Does close-as-duplicate require an accepted answer on the target thread?

Today I've seen a specific user comment on multiple threads that the target of a close-as-duplicate is not accepted, and therefore one cannot vote to close as a duplicate with the target thread as the ...
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How often do you “skip” on closing a question and why do you do so?

When deciding whether to close a question, one option is to skip - which is like abstaining. How often do you do this? Why do you do so? And, as another question, what happens when people skip?
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When we vote to close a question as “unclear” should we state why in a comment?

Some questions are completely unclear and it's fairly obvious that they need to be closed. But I've seen some votes to close as unclear that could really use an explanation - and sometimes the person ...
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Should I ask questions about interpreting printouts from a statistical package here or on SO?

There's a function from a statistical package whose printout I'm slightly confused about. Should I ask about it on SO or here? On the one hand, it doesn't have anything to do with coding/programming, ...
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Why do we have the [tag:coding] tag?

We have a tag for coding. But the description for the tag says it shouldn't be used and that it should be eliminated. It seems that either we should actually eliminate the tag; or else we should ...
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Shall we get rid of the [type-ii-errors] tag?

There is a tag type-i-errors which covers Type 1 and Type 2 errors; that is very clear from the excerpt and the Wiki. There is also a tag type-ii-errors which seems to deal with Type 2 error ...
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Need for and name of [acf-pcf] tag

@gung recently created the acf-pcf tag which now has 9 questions: 2 old threads tagged by @gung and 7 new threads (plus 1 migrated to SO). I have two questions about the tag: Do we need it? If we ...
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How can requests for references be “too broad”?

I have seen several questions asking for references that someone (or more than one) has marked as too broad. E.g. https://stats.stackexchange.com/review/close/190889 asks for references about using ...
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Dealing with “do my professional work for me” questions?

There has been some discussion on CV Meta of how to deal with homework questions and also job-related questions. Either can be unreasonable in certain cases, but the latter really annoy me, since they ...
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Why do we have a tensorflow tag if questions about programming are off topic?

This question was put on hold for being off topic with the following note: "This question appears to be off-topic because EITHER it is not about statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data ...
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How come I can see the reputation history of other users?

If I go to some other user's profile and look at the Activity tab, then reputation tab, I can see the history of her/his ...
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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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What's the best way to answer “my neural network doesn't work, please fix” questions?

I've observed that we tend to get a number of questions in the vein of "I'm training a neural network and the model is not effective (for some definition of effective). Please help me fix it." (I can ...
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Should we have a [bias-variance] tag?

The bias-variance tradeoff is a specific topic that isn't quite the same as bias or variance (although they obviously overlap). It seems like questions about it are thus somewhat distinct. I wonder ...
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Too high standards for upvoting on the site? [duplicate]

I haven’t been on stats.SE very long, but I noticed that, compared to TeX.SE and SO, that I get less votes there on stats on answers and questions. So I started being conscious about the number of ...
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How do we encourage better participation from problem users?

There is, I feel, a problem user whose participation in this site is pretty appalling. They use the comments to lob out weak, critical remarks that aren't entirely rude/abusive nor off-topic, but show ...
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Do we need a “boruta-tag”?

Boruta is a feature-selection algorithm based on randomForest. In my opinion we should have a tag for this algorithm. Currently there are 23 questions related to boruta. What do you think?
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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 tools does CV recommend or provide for users to share their data?

My question is simply: What is the preferred way for CV users to share data? If there isn't one, I think there should be. For example, some users provide a link to an external data source. Others ...
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Finding a question similar to this one

I recall seeing a question on VAEs last week, similar to this one but more verbose: Variational Autoencoder VS Normal Autoencoder I remember the term "understand the basic math behind [them/VAE]" so ...
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Which close option to choose for this question

I believe this question should be closed: Test accuracy much higher than training accuracy It's impossible to answer it without looking at the code, so the only reasonable suggestion I can give to ...
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Improving [mathematical-statistics] tag excerpt

I've noticed a lot of questions with the mathematical-statistics tag where it clearly doesn't belong. I think this happens because naive users think all statistics is mathematical statistics. The ...
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Disambiguate tag excerpts for [d-prime], [sensitivity] and [sensitivity-analysis]

It seemed like these tags might sometimes get confused, can the excerpts be improved? d-prime is sensitivity index is a measure used in signal detection theory to quantify how well a signal can be ...
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Wiki excerpt for [sensitivity-analysis] tag?

The current excerpt of sensitivity-analysis is wrong; it's not necessarily about violations, just about variations in inputs, possibly unseen: Sensitivity analysis refers to methods to see if ...
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Is CV the right site for this question?

I just asked the following question: What are attention mechanism exactly? It seems that attention-related questions haven't received answers on this site. Is this the right site for these questions?...
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How to improve the following question

A new user asked this question: Neural Network for Foreign Exchange Prediction In my opinion it's quite good as a first question, but it's hard to answer. I'd like the help the OP improve it. ...
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Partial moment tag

With this post Partial quantile moments? there was introduced a new tag [partial-moments] (so far without tag wiki). I think this (or some similar tag) could be useful, but my question is: What ...
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Why was the only thread with the Reversal badge deleted?

I notice that the Reversal badge has been awarded just a single time, to @Macallan in 2015. I was rather sad to see that for something this rare - an answer ...
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Calling attention to an edited question previously marked as a duplicate

I have a question, here, marked as a duplicate. I have substantially rewritten the question to differentiate it from the question it supposedly duplicated, and I am fairly certain that no one reading ...
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Is this an opinion question?

This question is put on hold as opinion based. The tldr version of the question is "Why are some people saying Frequentist statistics is no good?". I have partial sympathy with putting it on hold. ...
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Should the mailing list on structural equation modeling (SEMNET) consider moving to CV?

I am subscribed to SEMNET, a list on structural equation and latent variable modeling, and it is undergoing some sort of an existential crisis. The talk there is about moving to a forum/website -- it ...
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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

For instance, this question asks about why R and SAS give different results in a multi-level model. I think this sort of question is more likely to get an answer here than elsewhere. R list users may ...
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Should we have tags for specific datasets?

Some datasets are perennial favorites. Would it make sense to have tags for questions about these? If I'm asking about a specific analysis I want to apply to a dataset, it might be helpful to see ...
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Links to copyright material

In the suggested edits queue, I found a post referrencing a textbook, and its edit which added a download link to the mentioned textbook. Assuming the following: The uploaded version of the textbook ...
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Why was my question on predicting weekly events closed as unclear?

My very first question here has been closed as "unclear what you're asking". The "How to Ask" section says Is your question about statistics? As far as predictions belong to statistics. We prefer ...
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How should we deal with the [normal-distribution] vs. [normality] tags?

We have a normal-distribution tag with 3158 questions, no tag wiki, and the following tag wiki excerpt: The normal, or Gaussian, distribution has a density function that is a symmetrical bell-...
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Best practice for creating tables on Cross Validated? [duplicate]

I have a question about my Cross Validated post: Appropriate econometric model for repeated cross sectionals I am wondering if someone could please point to some online resource or provide some help ...
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Defining “open-ended” for research-oriented StackExchange sites

There is an old joke sometimes attributed to Einstein: "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" As an example, I am frequently at a loss of how to rigorously ...
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A new tag for mixture of data types

I've created tag mixed-data. I mean a mixture of variables of different types or scales. We long have tags [continuous-data], ...
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Do we need an [evaluation] tag?

We have a new tag, evaluation: For questions regarding the evaluation of experiments, including metrics. Is this something we should keep? It seems to me that probably most of statistics could ...
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What is the best online place (forum, board etc.) to *discuss* a statistical question?

The official rule on CrossValidated is: How to Ask Is your question about statistics? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed. Provide details. Share your research. What ...
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Looking for the question with nice notation on linear mixed models

I recall seeing an answer to some question about linear mixed models where the answer showed an elegant notation for the model. Something like: $$p(y|x,\gamma)=\mathcal{N}(\beta x+\gamma z,\sigma^2I),...
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What to do when a question can be answered in a good, on-topic way, but the OP clearly seems to be interested in a off-topic answer?

Thread Are questions about solving practical data science problems (memory etc.) on topic? here on Meta is discussing the interesting problem of questions which lie at the boundary between on-topic ...
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On the “too broad” reason for closing

Regarding "too broad". I think there are two sorts of ways a question could be too broad. One is the sort of question that amounts to summarizing an entire course or text book: "Please tell me all ...
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Are questions about solving practical data science problems (memory etc.) on topic?

Are questions like How to resolve Error: cannot allocate vector of size 1.1 GB for glmnet in R on topic? On one hand, it asks about software, on another, this is about solving a practical data science ...
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Should we do something about cyclicality of questions related to MOOC sessions?

You could sense when a big MOOC session starts by the nature and quality of questions incoming. They seem to be asking similar questions as the previous wave of students, and not knowing how to look ...
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Why do we have so many overlapping sites?

StackOverflow has multiple overlapping sites, i.e. Cross Validated Mathematics (has 19k statistics questions) MathOverflow (described as being a "Q&A for professional mathematicians", similar to ...
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Is it on topic to ask a question looking for authoritative/canonical references to read on a topic?

I am trying to learn about non-response/dropout bias—and how to correct for it. I do not know this area well. Is it on-topic to ask for authoritative/canonical/highly-cited/classic references on this ...

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