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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What's the site policy on removing text such as "thank you", or "This question is too easy"

I can see in this answer that questions shouldn't be asked with "thank you"s, "cheers", etc. But should we remove these during editing? I'm asking because the policy on the Mathematics site is to ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

This question was asked earlier today https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/239640/simulation-problem-in-r#comment455733_239640. The text is copy-pasted from an Exercise from Introduction to ...
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Should we close questions that can be easily answered by Wikipedia or Google?

Suppose, someone asks a question that can be answered very easily by using either a textbook or Wikipedia or Google etc. (See this question for an example). Should we close this type of question? My ...
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Is it acceptable to post the same question on multiple sites?

For example, if I want to reach a wider audience of potential answerers, is it acceptable to post the same question here, as well as on mathoverflow, and other sites that come up that are relevant? ...
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Cross-posting in CV and math.SE tends to become an epidemic

UPDATE 31/7/2014: It continues unabated. I know that the general issue of cross-posting questions has been discussed before; opinions were not unanimous, but one could discern that the general ...
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Syntax highlighting with r tag

Adding r tag to the question syntax highlights the R code present in the question or in the answers. Examples here and here. On the other hand questions tagged r imply that the question is related to ...
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Is this question really not related to "Statistical Analysis"?

Below question has been closed on Statistical Analysis web site. Is this really not a question for this site? I guess it the same as we ask Visual Studio question on stackoverflow, windows/mac ...
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Vote on policy for R questions

The thread Policy on R questions: Stackoverflow vs Stats Analysis suggests that we have some difference of opinions as to how to approach this issue. To get to some sort of resolution I propose that ...
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What to do about answers written by ChatGPT

As you may be aware, over the last week Stack Overflow has been plagued by some users' feeding questions posted there into the chat-bot 'ChatGPT' then copy-&-pasting its responses into purported ...
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Policy on R questions: Stackoverflow Vs Stats Analysis

If you see the comments to the question on MLE for Naive Bayes in R you will notice that there is confusion about whether R questions should go to Stackoverflow or Stats Analysis. I am of the opinion ...
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Policy on questions that read like, "How should I do my job?"

I was wondering what the policy is on questions which look like a commercial organisation is asking how to solve a business problem. It's totally understandable that everyone needs a hand from time ...
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When dealing with old off-topic questions, should we close or lock them, and why?

Some topics that are now considered off-topic used to be tolerated in the early days of this site. Consequently, there exist old threads with lots of votes/views/answers that are off-topic under ...
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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Why is it that CrossValidated requires homework or the like to be tagged w/ self-study, but Math SE did away w/ homework tag a long time ago? Why don't the arguments for no more homework tag in Math ...
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Editing posts protocol: "Please help", and trivial edits

This started as a discussion on chat and it grew into a larger discussion than I anticipated. I'm going to move it over here as suggested by Gung. Here are some links to allow others to follow the ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

I'm not sure where to bring up this issue, but the CV meta seemed as good a place as any. Recently I was reading this question about whether the banning of p-values and confidence intervals by the ...
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What is our policy on merging duplicate questions?

Sometimes a duplicate question gets an answer before it gets closed as a duplicate. In some cases this answer is either better than the answer(s) in the "main" question, or at least adds something ...
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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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Cross-Posting on Math and CV

As I've been using Mathematics, I've noticed that questions related to statistics or probabilities take more time to get answered, if they get answered, than at CV. This is just my impression without ...
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Posting same question on other statistics forums in addition to Cross Validated

I'm aware that it's a no-no to post the same question on multiple Stack Exchange sites. I'm curious, however: what do people feel about posting the same question on non-SE sites, such as MetaOptimize ...
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What is our policy on retagging old questions?

@whuber recently gave some reason as to why we should avoid trivial edits to questions/answers: Users are awarded badges for making lots of edits, editing old posts, etc. Do you want to encourage ...
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Why was an answer considered off-topic and when it was deleted?

One of my recent answers got deleted while it got scoring of +12/-2 and for some time it was the accepted answer. I would consider this scoring to be rather positive. The answer that got deleted ...
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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 ...
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Encouraging questioners to answer their own self-study questions

I just had a thought: we should encourage askers of [self-study] questions to write up (and accept) the answers the answers that they end up with. The question here is: is that a good idea? If we ...
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Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments?

So, there's this chain of comments in Any example of (roughly) independent variables that are dependent at extreme values?: After the edits the whole exchange became obsolete, and will only confuse ...
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Can questions be asked on more than one Stack Exchange site?

No one likes duplicate questions, but I'm considering posting a question about information theory. It would be well-suited to both Cross Validated AND Cryptography. I'd be interested in the opinions ...
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Can I cross-post a question which answer I'm not satisfied with?

For Gaussian distribution matrix $X$, find $E(F(X))$ and $\sigma(X)$ s.t. $F=\sum f(x_i)P_i,$ given $E(f_i(x_i)),\sigma(f_i(x_i)) \forall i$ While jbowman answers my question, I am unsatisfied. I ...
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Asking for clarification on the benefits of redundancy or multiple questions and answers on one topic

I have discovered this site only recently, and coming from a non-mathematical or computer background, but with quite a bit of interest in statistics and scientific methodology, I've come to enjoy it ...
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CrossValidated should not use C.W. as a rep-denial mechanism or for "soft-close"

I've noticed that community wiki status is sometimes applied forcibly to posts that moderators judge are not quite a good fit for this site -- too broad, too open-ended, or too likely to attract ...
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