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What is the best way to give back to the community when I don't have the math skills?

I have only taken introductory statistics courses, and those were several years ago. I haven't taken any other advanced math courses either, so my math skills are clearly not strong enough to answer ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Is there a rich get richer phenomenon on CV and can we do something about it? I have a feeling that we, as a community (including myself), have a bias in up-voting, so that high-reputation users are ...
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I think we need to talk about the SO/CV interface again

Two hours ago (ish), a new user posted this question on two-tailed F-values - how to do them in R. He (or she, but I'm going to say he) was told to take it to SO. So, he did what he can see to do -- ...
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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
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How reasonable is to inform new users about upvotes and accepting answers through an automatic message?

I have noticed that most of the questions in Cross Validated come from new users who, for a number of reasons, do not read the FAQ section and do not know about the upvoting and accepting-an-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 ...
Antoni Parellada's user avatar
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Is it OK to downvote newbies?

Since I'm still quite new to the site, I just wanted to poll what the general consensus is on voting down questions from people with very low rep. As an example, I don't think the OP from this ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

My reading of the various pieces of stackexchange-network information about comments and chattiness would suggest that "Welcome to our site" comments on their own (absent any other text such as being ...
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Suggestions on modeling or forecast techniques - too many possible solutions

Some questions, often from new users, pose a practical problem of modeling or forecasting a behaviour of some system and ask for suggestions for modeling or forecasting techniques. In some cases the ...
Richard Hardy's user avatar
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To the best of my knowledge vs exact knowledge

As a machine learner coming from computer science, I do not had a solid education in statistics. Frankly, my past data analysis experience is dominated by hands-on approaches. I have a solid knowledge ...
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Is there a reputation threshold for including pictures in questions (and answers)?

I am currently interacting with a new user who has a question I think is interesting. To move the discussion forward, he really needs to show a picture. Unfortunately, he can't do that yet. Somewhat ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
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Is there any way to detect / prevent user repeatedly performing minor edits to bring the post into top pages?

A new user (including me) may want more reputation from not so good question and answers. A way to make the post popular is making it to the top page. The trick I discovered is repeatedly doing minor ...
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Downvoting a new member

I just downvoted a post (now deleted) by a new member who has a reputation of one. Downvoting cost me some reputation, but it also cost that user some reputation, or at least it would have if that ...
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Does this question violate any of the community rules?

I'm new to Cross Validated SE. I've asked this question and got 2 down votes. So, I'm asking if it was an off-topic question or if there is a better way to ask it.
Abdu Magdy's user avatar
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Converting comment to answer in simple questions. 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 ...
Tim's user avatar
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Blocked from reviewing?

I have periodically reviewed posts on CV over the past few years. In recent months anytime I click on 'review' there are never any available tasks. Has my account been blocked from reviewing and if ...
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What can we do to encourage broader participation?

Despite being one of the guilty parties, I don't look favorably on the statistics that show a small number of people are collecting most of the points. (E.g., look at the number of people with an ...
whuber's user avatar
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What to do with a question which asks about R packages and how to fit RBF networks

This question How to fit a RBF network in R? asks an off-topic question (which R package to use to fit RBF networks) and a question which, while on-topic, is very likely a duplicate. Should I close ...
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Are CV participants too harsh on naive questioners? [duplicate]

Not sure why, but lately I've noticed that many questions are being downvoted, not because they are "off-topic," but because the CV observers felt the question wasn't clear enough. Is this sort of ...
user78229's user avatar
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What happens with questions of unregistered users?

I found an interesting question, posed by a user who has not registered yet. I am afraid the user may have lost access (account confirmation lost in spam, typo in email address, user on holidays, got ...
Ute's user avatar
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How can a new user with not enough rep comment on a question that the same user has previously asked while unregistered?

I have a question about my Cross Validated post: Polynomial regression with slope constrait in R This question is marked as duplicate of another question here. I posted previous question as well but ...
Robert's user avatar
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When does a newbie become an expert?

Cross-validated is a good site to sharpen one's skills in statistics. Lots of teachers and learners switching roles constantly, almost like taking a seminar. Today, someone said he is just a newbie ...
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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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