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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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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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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.&...
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Are very elementary questions off topic on CrossValidated?

In a thread on the main site someone said very elementary questions are off topic It looks like someone upvoted his comment so maybe he's right. Around that same time @gung told me to be cautious ...
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How should we celebrate reaching 100,000 questions?

We currently have over 99,000 questions asked. I think we should celebrate when we reach the 100,000 mark.
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A beautiful answer to a question that changed

Background: I have, in my own biased opinion, an amazing and beautiful answer that was given to a question that was changed so that the answer was eventually made irrelevant. For the original ...
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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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How to ask question that makes you famous and highly upvoted?

@whuber asked recently about Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately, i.e. how not to ask questions, but maybe let's address this from the opposite perspective: how to ask a "great" ...
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Are Software Recommendation Questions Off-Topic for this website?

I have the following question: What software(s) would I need and how would I have to use them to create a box plot for data for which I only know the 95% confidence interval and mean? that I ...
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How many questions are too many?

I'm in the process of learning about neural networks. I'm the kind of person who wants to pull them apart and glue them back together to really get a solid idea of how all the pieces work. I'm doing ...
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Should we expect some effort to study statistical issues before posting questions?

I'm seeing a steady worsening of statistical preparation on the part of those posing questions to the site. If I wanted to start an engineering project, I think I would talk to an engineer before ...
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Is there a polite /accepted way of “bumping” up questions?

As the question title says, I was wondering if there is a good or accepted way of "bumping" old and unanswered questions to show up again on the questions list?
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Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Recently on CrossValidated I have found that new members may not have studied all the rules prior to asking their first question. I find that moderators and other users will quickly vote to close ...
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A difficulty with self-study-like questions of the form “Is this correct?”

I've seen a spate of questions of a form more or less along the lines of "Is this working correct?" just lately. While this is good from the point of view that the poster is clearly making a proper ...
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Will we soon exhaust questions?

Of course I really don't think that there are so few good statistical questions left to exhaust all questions, I have noticed that I will answer a question and find someone else saying that the ...
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Is there a generic question to which we can redirect questions of the type “why does my neural network not generalize well?”

Thanks to Sycorax, we have an excellent question which can be used to close as duplicate (most of) those questions about neural networks which can't overfit the training set: What should I do when my ...
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Would you recommend phrasing questions controversially to provoke a response?

For example: "Why are small sample sizes better?" instead of "Why do small sample sizes give more significant p-values for rare events?": I tried this just as an experiment because I wasn't getting ...
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Are there questions on the modeling of the COVID-19 epidemic?

I'm a bit surprised that this seems to be the only spot of the Internet which hasn't been taken by storm by the COVID-19 infodemic (not necessarily a bad thing). Am I right, or has there been a raise ...
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Is there an ideal time of day to ask new questions?

Or more specifically, is there a peak time of day when a greater proportion of newly posted questions tend to get answered? When are the experts online and actively answering? And conversely, are ...
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What ways do you use to decide a question is 'good'?

I just got a reminder (while upvoting an answer) that I hadn't upvoted a question in a while. As it turned out, I had explicitly chosen to go to that particular question with the intent of upvoting ...
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Question about answering a self-study question

In Paired t-test or Independent t-test @Damien asks about paired vs. independent t-tests. Two commenters have asked him to say more, but I don't see how he can, given his level of evident confusion. I ...
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What to do about very different questions with very similar answers?

I have noticed several times that some questions are flagged by some as "duplicate" questions when the questions appear very different but have similar answers. The questions are asking about very ...
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Which site is the best to ask about reinforcement learning?

Reinforcement learning is part of ML and I know ML is a good topic here. However, I know there is a data science and a computer science site (and maths etc). I was wondering, where would a ...
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Incoming… Machine Learning Questions

There has been strong support to officially merge Machine Learning with Cross Validated. Later this week, we will be migrating questions from the Machine Learning and making it an official part of ...
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Do we have an authoritative answer on why validation accuracy can oscillate or even increase, when validation loss keeps increasing?

I know that accuracy is an improper scoring rule, thus it shouldn't be used to choose among classifiers. In particular, it should not be used to choose the best hyperparameters for a NN. However, ...
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Why is my question about replicating a figure from Hastie et al. not appropriate?

I asked this question earlier today but was quickly put on hold with a generic comment. I can only assume the question is on hold as it has been interpreted as being a coding question. It is clear ...
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Where should I ask a question about artificial intelligence?

I was interested in knowing which stack exchange site is appropriate for artificial Intelligence questions. Specifically, I wanted to understand the following statement better: statistical ...
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How to save a draft version of a question?

Is it possible to save a draft version of a question, and if so how? The only options I'm aware of on SE are to either post the question (and perform consecutive edits) or discard (and lose the draft ...
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I attempted to make a FAQ-style question; does it make sense?

There have been several discussions on meta about how to organize frequently asked questions, and one idea is that one can simply write and answer such a question, creating a thread that can later be ...
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Is it okay to edit the title of a question to make it broad enough to fully encompass an existing/accepted answer?

I know that people here are very squeamish and punctilious about editing questions of others, and rightly so (see editing is not rewriting). But here is one particular situation that I would like 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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What to do when the original question is transformed considerably after getting clarification?

I know that deleting one's own question is not encouraged on this site but I'm curious about this situation. This question prompted this inquiry. This began as a simple question about how to interpret ...
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How to handle controversial question with deleted answers?

I posted what with hindsight I now see is a controversial question: Elementary statistics for jurors I think the question is controversial in the sorts of answers to the question that it's ...
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Aside from a bounty how can I give incentive to users to answer my question?

Aside from a bounty how can I give incentive to users to answer my question? I know there is this new bounty feature, but I was wondering if there are other ways too.
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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 ...
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Would this dice question be on topic if it were posted or migrated here?

RPG.SE is currently having a bit of a vigorous discussion about this question about dice rolling (meta thereupon), in which this stack was brought up as a potential migrate target. There is a dice ...
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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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Are “how to report in APA style” questions on- or off-topic?

Today a question about reporting results in APA style appeared: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/215448/how-to-report-non-normal-distrubution-and-wilcoxon-in-apa-style are such questions on-...
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Soliciting feedback vs asking a question

Is it ever appropriate to share one's thoughts on a topic as a way to garner constructive feedback and opinions from the community instead of asking a direct question, or is there another place for ...
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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I guess such question may have been asked before, but I was not able to find it using search field on meta. What should we do if a user edited his/her question after it was answered? Edit your ...
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Can I ask for a recommended analysis technique?

I don't know much about statistics, and I don't know enough to know e.g. terms to search for in a web search. However, I have a specific data set, and a list of goals I'd like to achieve in an ...
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Can I ask a question again, but with a different point of view?

I approached a question the wrong way and I would like to ask it again from a different point of view, but it already has an answer. I asked this question: Estimating quantiles with linear ...
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What should the description for our general chat room be?

Our general chat room is Ten fold. We sometimes describe it as being, "just for gossip and grumbles". People occasionally ask substantive statistics or machine learning questions there, and we often ...
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Multiple questions or one big question?

I have a series of questions related to something I have been working on. As they share the same background information, I originally wanted to post a big question with many multiple parts. On further ...
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Best way to migrate a question?

I asked this question a couple of weeks ago: Defining the normal distribution It hasn't received much attention and I've just become aware that there's a 'Math Educators' Beta SE where it would ...
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What to do if we see cross-posting

This question fitting a distribution to survival curve in R has been posted as an exact duplicate on Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48137772/fitting-a-distribution-to-survival-...
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Questions asking to check answers to end-of-chapter exercises. Appropriate or not?

I like to answer end-of-chapter exercises in various econometrics textbooks. Most of the time, there's no solution manual for me to check my answers. I wonder if it is appropriate for me to post such ...
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Are questions about terminology off topic?

I just discovered this site, and I had a question that has been bugging me for a while. My question isn't so much about a concept as it is about terminology, so I thought I'd check whether this kind ...
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Celebrate 100,000 questions in Sydney, Australia?

How should we celebrate reaching 100,000 questions? I'm not sure this'd even work... But let's see. I nominate 22nd April Saturday, 3pm gather for coffee breaks in Sydney CBD. Let's me briefly ...
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Coping with reformulated questions

We have seen some questions where, after an initial struggle, the poser elects to initiate a new thread in the guise of a new question. For example, from today alone, we have Developing a ...