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My questions don't get an answer - is it a general trend, or am I doing something wrong?

The proportion of unanswered questions is indeed slowly growing because (among other things): the number of people answering questions is growing more slowly than the number of people asking ...
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Table formatting: best practices regarding code sample format

While the MathJax/LaTeX table formatting is nice, it's a lot of work. I would not ask anyone to do it as a matter of routine. The added value is small, despite the prettier appearance. If we spend ...
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Preventing minor stylistic edits on old, duplicated posts (or not pushing those posts at the top of the feed)

These proposals are quite different. Reduce the incentive to edit. To a reputation gain of 1? To 0? Already the incentive is very small and matches the idea that such edits are small (but positive) ...
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Table formatting: best practices regarding code sample format

I would like to express an active preference for the "code format" tables over Latex ones in most circumstances, particularly if the table has been aligned properly. The ease of copying tables of ...
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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, ...
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When is traffic slow on CrossValidated?

Based on number of posts: Time of day: Looks like 3:00-7:00 (all times are UTC) is half as busy as 14:00-18:00 day of week: Saturday is the least busy day, followed by Sunday combined: 6:00-7:00 ...
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A user insists on making a detrimental edit to one of my posts. What do I do?

The preferred solution is to flag the moderators, who have additional tools for limiting edits and, if necessary, limiting the abilities of individual users to interact on this site. Mods can also ...
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My questions don't get an answer - is it a general trend, or am I doing something wrong?

I now have some experience with CV and other SE venues. I think CV is more challenging than others because questions are more technical and scientific, and also because subspecialization is the rule ...
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Why is "kjetil b halvorsen" bumping up old and closed questions?

kjetil b halvorsen is not bumping up old posts. They are improving questions, which in turn bump the questions because that is how Stack Exchange works. kjetil b halvorsen has edited 3,291 posts ...
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Is it acceptable to edit other people's answers to include new information?

I'd say No in broad terms, but as usual much depends on the details. Positively, substantial new information could help a thread considerably, but that should typically be added through comments or ...
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Should trivial (bordering on (if not outright) ideological) edits to post be acceptable?

The code in the question was this: ...
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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 ...
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Should images have alt text as a matter of course, and should alt text be added to existing images?

Given that we have at least a few vision-impaired readers who have mentioned this fact on our site (and no doubt many more who don't post or don't mention it), I think we should attempt to add at ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

I routinely review every active question. Old questions become active whenever they're touched by somebody. The "Community" bot often touches old questions that might have some value (because they ...
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Is it appropriate to heavily rewrite a poorly written question?

Please don't guess what the original poster (OP) intended. When the meaning is clear but poorly worded, then rewriting should be fine. The danger lies in making implicit assumptions (of which you ...
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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 ...
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Fixing typos and minimum change length

In general you should not fix a single letter typo; one exception would be if it's an important word in the title (since people search for those!). The fact that the system tries to prevent you from ...
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Is there any way to detect / prevent user repeatedly performing minor edits to bring the post into top pages?

(To make sure this gets an answer) As whuber mentions, there's an automatic mechanism to detect large numbers of edits and flag the moderators (the community bot is a source of a variety of flags of ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

As for me, the whole idea about self-study is that people are working on some exercise and are looking for some hints since they are stuck. Copying-and-pasting a textbook exercise produces off-topic ...
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When re-tagging old threads, how many should one do at once?

Do not re-tag more than 5 old threads at a time.
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Is it acceptable to edit other people's answers to include new information?

I agree with @NickCox that as a general policy answer edits should only be "minor" (copy editing), i.e. improve grammar, fix spelling and LaTeX mistakes, format the quotes and code blocks, insert full ...
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What to do if your accepted answer is wrong and you believe you know the right answer?

It is not possible to delete an answer that is accepted. So this is not an option. Next, I would argue that the priority should be not to confuse future readers. This means that the correct answer ...
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What are some "best practices" for editing to improve a post?

Improve references to computer code, software, packages, functions, etc. Questions and answers on CV.SE will often refer to computer code, software, packages, or individual functions. That might ...
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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I've done different things in different circumstances. Sometimes I edit my answer to follow the question. This strategy is good if the updated question/answer is a better pair of posts (more likely ...
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Should an OP's edit of their own question be accepted before their accounts are merged?

I agree with @amoeba: it's important that authors have the ability to update or improve their question as quickly as possible. Otherwise it may be closed as unclear, or answers that do get posted will ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

I agree with Tim's position that "Applying the self-study tag does not make a copy-and-pasted question a self-study question". But I suppose there are some nuances in my position which I will ...
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Question put on hold after I already answered it: can I edit it?

I think you are being too cautious here. We close a lot of questions and some of the decisions are inevitably wrong or at least not optimal. If you see a question that was closed but you think it ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

Obviously I am not commenting as a moderator, but I have often contributed to old threads either becoming "active" or entering the review queue. Essentially it happens when I find an old thread and ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

I think tags should describe the contents of the question and nothing else. If our policy is that we treat textbook exercises differently (i.e. only provide "helpful hints"), then it makes ...
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When re-tagging old threads, how many should one do at once?

There is no limit. If you have the energy to re-tag 500 threads in one sitting, then thank you & Godspeed.
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