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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...