29 votes

Do answers with equations and formulas in them get more votes?

In short: I think that the bottom-line is that in terms of correlations, there is not a clear effect. It differs per user, and if we would scale the number of equations by the size of the post then ...
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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

When a person in 2017 is looking at an answer that may have been written in 2010 (say), it's not that person's responsibility to try to figure out if the answer might have been correct at some time ...
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If someone answered my question outside CV, can I post the answer myself and accept?

Sure. Just quote them and give the source: [email protected] answered my question in a private e-mail, I'm posting his answer below: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur ...
Tim's user avatar
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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

Votes on this site are highly noisy and so over-analyzing one-offs like this is a waste of energy in my opinion (especially because the criteria for what deserves an up/downvote are completely ...
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Should I upvote an elaborated answer which I do not fully understand?

Some users on this site feel compelled to provide input on things they don't understand and this sounds like a more nuanced version of that...Obviously you can vote however you want but, since you ...
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18 votes

Is a quick-and-dirty answer better than no answer?

I come down strongly in favour of providing quick-and-dirty answers, given two conditions: i) the question is not a bad one (in which case, close and/or downvote), and ii) the alternative is giving no ...
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Mentioning commercial/freemium product that I developed in my answers

Welcome to the site! Expertise is always welcome here, and it's to be expected that many people with such expertise will also use it to develop commercial products. However, it does violate a ...
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17 votes

If a complete answer is short, should it be a comment?

Like Richard Hardy (above), I think that attempts to answer the question should be done as "answers", not comments. This lets people up- (or down-)vote the proposed solution, provides a place for ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

If code is the full answer to a question, then the question is off-topic. When the code illustrates or implements a statistical answer, such as a procedure or algorithm offered in response to a ...
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Do a few users answer lots of questions?

One problem with looking at the total number of answers to look at whether a few users answer most questions is it doesn't tell you whether someone is answering questions now. Someone may have a ...
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Why are short answers considered to be poor quality for this site?

As someone who knows little about statistics I try to contribute here on Meta to repay what I learn on the main site. Looking only on your newest answer: I did not learn much from it. It is just ...
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Is it OK to use suggestions by other people to answer a question with a bounty?

See Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?. I don't think anything changes just because a bounty's at stake. (If someone's really keen to win that bounty they needn't give ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
16 votes

What should we do with outdated answers?

While the canonical "StackExchange/StackOverflow" approach seems to be to allow downvotes, edits and new answers and hope the new good ones eventually float to the top, I think that in practice the ...
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Is a quick-and-dirty answer better than no answer?

TL;DR - Sometimes, short answers are comprehensive answers. I believe that if a question can be completely answered briefly, then a brief answer is fine. I also believe that the purpose of stats.SE ...
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Why are short answers considered to be poor quality for this site?

Note that answers should explain why they're correct; they should give the arguments in any references not simply offer a link or reference (even when a question is a request for a reference, it ...
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15 votes

What are some "best practices" for editing to improve a post?

Improve external references and add hyperlinks CV.SE questions and answers should be self-contained, but often they will refer to external material such as academic papers, course notes, blog posts, ...
Ben's user avatar
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Do a few users answer lots of questions?

I've generated graphs that more directly answer your question here. That was over two years ago, but you could update with newer data if you want. Two years ago we were in the middle of the pack. The ...
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Answering off-topic questions. Appropriate?

I sometimes answer questions and vote to close them at the same time. I don't see any problem with that. What I would do is leave a comment to the OP explaining that the question is off topic and ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Distribution of question and answer votes on CV

Stackexchange/Stackoverflow provides archives of the database as well as a page that allows to write and execute SQL scripts that access the latest database dump. The webpage for the latter is data....
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13 votes

Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Leaving aside the specific incidents you mention (though gave some of my reasoning on one of those in comments), I want to address the title question about whether new users should be able to ask ...
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Mentioning commercial/freemium product that I developed in my answers

There are two issues here. One pertains to self promotion; @mkt has done a good job with that. Let me add a small piece of complementary information. You mention that it is recommended to mention ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
12 votes

What to do when a question has an answer on Wikipedia?

Setting aside the specific thread on the main site that motivated this question, I think we can address the title question more generally. Namely, I think we should be mostly indifferent to what is ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Is a quick-and-dirty answer better than no answer?

Yes. Embrace the twitter-style answer! I am a firm believer in Pareto's principle, and a quick answer that is 80% correct is better than no answer that is 100% correct. I do not believe that ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
12 votes

If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

A question asking for software referral is not on-topic, unless it needs some kind of statistical expertise. The same applies to questions about code. So, for example, a question asking about R ...
Tim's user avatar
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12 votes

What are some "best practices" for editing to improve a post?

Trim gratuitous content in questions (and make the question clear) Questions on CV.SE may contain unnecessary content that distracts from the substance of the question. This excess content can make ...
Ben's user avatar
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11 votes

If you misunderstand the question, should you delete your answer?

At least sometimes, yes, but not always. Consider a couple of cases: If the question was later edited to make it clear, or you conclude your own reading of it was mistaken (so that other people are ...
Glen_b's user avatar
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11 votes
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A mod removed my answer (referencing the answer from comments) to my question saying it doesn't answer it

"See so-and-so's comment" doesn't meet the standard for an answer on our site. Answers should be complete in themselves; for example, if BruceET was to delete his comment, your answer would be useless....
Glen_b's user avatar
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10 votes

A beautiful answer to a question that changed

I want to agree with Glen_b here, but more emphatically. Once a question has been asked and has received an answer, it is not appropriate for the OP to change the question. That wastes the time of ...
Ben's user avatar
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If you misunderstand the question, should you delete your answer?

I think it's up to you. You can (and I have) delete your answer if you don't think it's relevant or contributes to the thread. On the other hand, you can also modify your answer to put a short ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar

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