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Do we need a soft question tag?

I have just asked a question that I think would qualify on Math.SE as a soft question (it relates to general methods for survey data). Would it be worth creating a "soft question" tag for ...
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Language-specific code blocks versus default code blocks

I've sometimes noticed in the Suggested Edits queue, and even in some code I have written here, that this suggestions is often pushed forward, where it appears the code block already used includes the ...
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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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Shall we edit the Help Centre page on generative A.I.?

S.E. have added a new help page on the use of generative A.I. to write answers: https://stats.stackexchange.com/help/ai-policy I think what's lacking is any reminder that whoever posts an answer is ...
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Deleted recent question

Till yesterday there was a question on "Alternative of SD and variance for non-normal variables". I was following the interesting answers, but suddenly I find that "This question was ...
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non-question reply as a technical dialog, but more than a comment

Background: A made this question years ago: AIC on Savitzky-Golay width This is a great answer, look at the mathjax, the graphs, and the code. AIC on Savitzky-Golay width Request: I want to reply to ...
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Biased moderation?

community! I've been successfully using StackExchange platform for years: helping and being helped. Below you will find the data about my reputation. Recently I stack with the task of calculating ...
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Tag for "structural zeros"?

There are frequent questions on CV about how to deal with structural zeros. Most recently, this question asked about how to use a variable for "spouse's education" when many people have no ...
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Disagreement over classification as duplicate

Yesterday I opened a question, When authors write "model of the data" is this a shorthand for "model of the data generating process", that was marked duplicate of Why do we use ...
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How should we address suggested edits that include copyrighted images?

I stumbled upon a suggestion for an edit that only added a copyrighted image to an answer, presumably without the authors' consent. I rejected the edit on this basis (as supposedly it would harm the ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator

I've been a moderator for a few years, but now I'm not really active neither as a member of CrossValidated, nor as a moderator, so I'm not the best candidate for the role anymore. That's the first ...
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What are the effects of using one's full name on cross validated versus a first name or a pseudonym?

There are some effects of using one's full name on Cross Validated versus a first name, a pen name or a pseudonym. For example, ChatGPT output some rather complimentary statements concerning "...
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Should I accept an answer and if so which one? All useful; none give obvious way forward

I asked a question that got quite a lot of attention and plenty of answers (perhaps in part because I managed to use a subject that was click-baity but appropriate): Having a second bite of the data-...
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Current tag synonym candidates

Please post your tag synonym suggestions as new answers in this thread, one answer per suggestion. Upvote answers where you believe that the suggested tags should be made synonyms, and downvote ...
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What do I need to improve on the 645648 ID question so that I have a better chance of getting an answer?

What do I need to improve on this question Interpretation of this learning rate finder plot$^\dagger$ to have a better chance of getting an answer? -- $\dagger$ deleted by the author
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Confusion about nonlinear tags

There are often questions about nonlinear data here, but I find the tags available are confusing. To my best knowledge there are three tags for this: nonlinear-regression, nonlinearity, and nonlinear. ...
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Amending the "closed as duplicate" message?

Currently, the closed-as-duplicate message states: This question already has answers here: followed by a link to the duplicated question(s). However, it happens that someone who asked the question ...
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Could we have a canonical post on the interpretation of confidence intervals?

Interpretation of confidence intervals in both frequentist and Bayesian formalisms (credible intervals) have been a constant and repeated source of queries over the years at CV. Every now and then, ...
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Should we close questions asking for help with model interpretation if the general issue has been discussed elsewhere?

Some questions on this site are of the basic form: "I ran this model and I don't know how to interpret these results." The individuals who ask these sorts of questions sometimes have a ...
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Profusion of threads on imbalanced data - can we merge/deem canonical any?

We appear to have a number of overlapping threads on imbalanced data. Here are just a few of the more highly-upvoted ones: Are unbalanced datasets problematic, and (how) does oversampling (purport to) ...
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How best to leave comments on questions and answers in the review queue?

I notice that regular Review Queue patrollers often leave a stock comment, particularly on "first posts" and "low quality posts". There are many issues that arise time and again, ...
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Updating own answers

I have old answers here that would really profit from an edit, e.g. linking to later answers, or to other resources I have become aware of. What should I do here? I could edit the answer. That would ...
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Google Cloud will be Sponsoring Cross Validated SE

Update on March 21, 2024 This site sponsorship has been extended through June 30th. Update on January 24, 2024 This site sponsorship is now only visible to users in the US and Canada, due to the ...
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Off-topic message: why is the Open Data website so prominent?

The "off-topic" message when a question is closed currently reads as follows: This question appears to be off-topic because it focuses on programming, debugging, or performing routine ...
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Editing questions: dos and don'ts

What is the etiquette for editing questions? How much is it OK to modify? What are the guidelines and what are the limits? I am concerned that once a question has been edited, the difficulties facing ...
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Did someone... clone... a question?

We just got a question How do I compare the results between two different Likert Scales questionnaires? from a newly registered user. Under "Related", I see a question asked four years ago: ...
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Is this really a Wiki?

Is this question really qualified as a "wiki" question? Frequentist probability: Can we prove mathematically what we are setting probabilities equal to, or are they just assumptions/...
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What motivates people to answer questions?

I know why I ask questions -- to learn and to get help with problems I'm struggling with. And I have been incredibly impressed with the Stack Exchange community's knowledge, eloquence, and ...
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What are some "best practices" for editing to improve a post?

We already have another excellent question on CV.SE setting out editing dos and don'ts, but that mostly focuses on the limitations that apply to editing other people's posts, rather than the substance ...
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Recommended visualization libraries question - on topic?

We have an antique question (asked in 2011): Recommended visualization libraries for standalone applications. Yes, we do have our data-visualization tag, and this one asks about visualizing data (not, ...
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Could we have a tag for question about books?

The tag "references" is about requests for references. Fine. That's a useful tag. But the tags "textbooks" and "books" are synonyms of that tag. That leaves us with no ...
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Are Scihub or Mega/Google Docs articles allowed on CV?

Was just curious about this question today because I have sometimes seen that people here will ask for article links which include whatever is relevant to their statistical questions. Sometimes this ...
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Should we opt for the banner warning the usage of AI-generated contents?

A new banner highlighting the policy on using AI-generated material has been developed and experimentally used (has been graduated) at SO and it has resulted$^\dagger$ in [...] a reduction in posts ...
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Why do statistics journals generally have low impact factors, long publication times, and low acceptance rates? [closed]

Disclaimer: I realize this could be perceived as off-topic, but wanted to get perspectives from those directly in the field. If this question gets closed, I understand. I've been investigating ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Is it off-topic to ask for examples of situations where a lack of statistical understanding causes a problem in data science

Sorry for the long-winded question title. During interviews for a junior data scientist position I have noticed that almost every interviewer I have talked to (not recruiters or "talent managers&...
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Should we have a "nonlinear multilevel analysis" tag?

The title basically tells it. Multilevel models are pretty popular as a question topic and it might be good to have a separate tag for the nonlinear type. But I'm not sure if it's needed. Link to ...
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How to detect and address wayward trends in questions?

I've noticed several questions popping up recently on the topic of Bayesian Optimization. Many of the questions are bizarre, full of misconceptions, and (as some moderators have noted) perfect ...
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Chatgpt and similar chat bots are trained using CV content. Did we agree to it?

When we started contributing to CV we did not foresee the content would be used to train chat bots and that chat bots would be as profitable as they are. Did we consent to the content to be used to ...
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If someone asks "What is the intuition behind the idea that for linear regression, ...", does the answer have to be only about the linear regression?

Since this question asks for an intuition behind the idea: What is the intuition behind the idea that for linear regression, the number of observations should exceed the number of parameters? I ...
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What to do with questions that have bad or incomplete code?

Many people include code in either their questions or their answers, in R or Python or some other language. That's fine. I'm not talking about questions that fall under the 'asking for code' category. ...
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Bug: MathJax/LaTeX mathbb font in array

I recently answered a question using the following code ...
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Should we close old, outdated and off-topic questions?

Please consider the following question: Good GUI for R suitable for a beginner wanting to learn programming in R?. I just voted to close it as off-topic. Besides being off-topic it is also outdated ...
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What tags cover data dredging?

There does not seem to be any one tag covering all of data dredging. The tags I can find are [p-hacking], [stepwise regression], [feature selection] and [model selection]. Are there any other tags ...
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Unanswered questions

I know this has been discussed here on CV meta before, but the most recent discussion I can find is quite old, so I thought it might be worth a new question. We have a lot of unanswered questions. ...
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Why is this question marked as unanswered?

This question is on the list of unanswered questions, even though it has an answer that has many upvotes (including, now, mine). Am I missing something or is this a bug of some kind? EDIT Here is a ...
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Is it on topic to ask about derivation of mathematical statistical formulae?

I am studying multilevel/hierarchical models and I have trouble deriving the mathematical formulae for certain models. Is it on topic to ask about this ? I mean, I fit a model with software, and I ...
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New tag for ethics? Or is there already a tag which can be used?

There are some questions on site which are also about professional ethics. Some examples: Ethics of publishing covariate matrix, Likert Scale - Treatment of Neutral or Mid-Point of 5-Pt Scale (and ...
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How to request reason for closing

My question was closed for lack of enough detail and no private feedback was provided as to what detail is exactly missing, which is not how I read it is supposed to be. Even though I cannot think of ...
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How to vote on partial answers?

At times I see that someone will provide an answer that, while not directly addressing all of the points in a question, will nonetheless give a good insight on something that is either partially ...

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