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How are people asking and answering their same question within minutes?

There is nothing wrong about it. It is perfectly ok to answer your own question, the system even allows it and changes the name of "answer" button to "Answer your own question". This was done in the ...
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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: john.doe@example.com answered my question in a private e-mail, I'm posting his answer below: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur ...
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Editing questions: dos and don'ts

This is a series of side-notes to @Glen_b's excellent answer. Editing is a public service. Even some small edits can just clean up a post and make it easier for everyone to read, which is a positive ...
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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

The basic policy is clear enough -- don't answer in comments, answer in answers. Some SE sites are very strict and simply remove anything in comments that looks like an answer. Others run a bit looser....
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Editing questions: dos and don'ts

[Just to make clear, though my answers should always be read this way: this is personal opinion] You don't need to have any intention of answering a question to edit it. the difficulties facing ...
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Is it WRONG to 'tip the scales' toward certain answer POVs with a bounty?

That's a good, if perhaps risky, use of your hard-earned reputation: it presumes the bounty will actually result in the kinds of answers you seek. As alternatives (or supplements) to this strategy ...
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How do we encourage better participation from problem users?

Yes, you should flag such contributions. You shouldn't necessarily flag them as "rude / abusive", unless that's actually the case, but you can still flag. For example, comments can be flagged as "no ...
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Is there a way to protect against unreasonable downvoting

For reasons I hope are obvious, (1) these "simple checks, heuristics or algorithms" are in place and (2) their details--even their nature--are not publicized. When you think you have been a victim of ...
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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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Is it appropriate to offer a second bounty when the first one has expired with no answer?

You're mixing questions. Are repeated bounties against any rules? Apparently not. Your reputation is yours, to gamble away if you think it's worth the risk. Is offering them regarded as poor ...
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Do you have a right to downvote just because the question is not under your interest?

I'm sorry for any new user who has been discouraged in genuine attempts to ask a question. I agree there's a problem with what appears to be an amount of fairly indiscriminate downvoting. If you're ...
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How do we encourage better participation from problem users?

We're all of us obtuse from time, so assuming good faith & engaging in an honest attempt to find out what precisely the commenter thinks is the issue will almost always be the best option. If they ...
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Does this question violate any of the community rules?

I'm not sure that your question deserves two downvotes. Your question is from a course or textbook, so it qualifies as 'homework' for our purposes. You should add the ...
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Can (should) I delete a question that gained no attention to re-create it with a simpler formulation?

One clear principle has consistently helped me moderate such situations: If your intended changes affect only your work, feel free to make them. Indeed, we encourage you to do so. But if they ...
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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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Are CV participants too harsh on naive questioners?

Interesting and important question. I don't want to add specifically to what I and more crucially many others have said on voting here. There are many such threads. We're not long out of Ganging up ...
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Is there a way to protect against unreasonable downvoting

I think you'd be well advised to look through discussions on SE Meta. I have bumped into numerous discussions which raise the issues you raise and others linked; I have never searched for more. But ...
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Is it OK to downvote newbies?

Ok to vote down newbies? Yes: when they don't show any research effort, are unclear, or not useful. Evidencing confusion about concepts† or making incorrect assertions shouldn't in themselves ...
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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

I agree that it is better to provide an answer for otherwise unanswered questions. In general, if there is an answer in the comments that is substantively the same as the answer I would have ...
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Does this question violate any of the community rules?

Abdu, I was one of the original downvoters, because I believed that your question was posed poorly (and as I commented, the title not reflecting the question bothered me). I undid the downvote after ...
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If someone answered my question outside CV, can I post the answer myself and accept?

I generally agree with @Tim's answer, but I'd like to make a few other points. 1) As noted by @amoeba, consent is really important. I can't emphasize this enough. I have tons of opinions about ...
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Brainstorm: Should we collaborate with an alternative Q&A website? (and how?)

Here's a bump to this thread: Codidact now has a Math.Codidact site, with scope General Q&A about all branches of theoretical and applied mathematics, including closely-adjacent sciences where ...
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Is it a good idea to leave an explanatory comment after flagging a question for migration to another SE site?

What about this possibility? You could leave a comment about the scope of topics on this site, mention your suggested destination and then suggest that the OP flag it to migrate rather than repost (...
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The editing of "thanks very much" at end of posts

The reason why "thanks" and other salutations are edited is to remove noise from questions/answers, so readers can know what posts are about more easily. The following posts have complementary ...
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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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Multiple answers to same question?

Merely discussing more than one method doesn't really justify posting a separate answer for each, especially as a great answer would compare & contrast them. There isn't usually much sense in ...
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Brainstorm: Should we collaborate with an alternative Q&A website? (and how?)

Create a general landing page for statistics questions. We could create a statistics landing page where all sites, for instance also datascience.SE, could join together in a single same spot. This is ...
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What is the protocol or etiquette for pinging users in Ten Fold?

You may be worrying more than you need. I think it's within the rules of the site to ping absolutely anyone -- but not everyone would see the ping. However what's within the rules is not always the ...
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Brainstorm: Should we collaborate with an alternative Q&A website? (and how?)

I am so glad @SextusEmpiricus asked this question, and I have been visiting both sites before this question was posted. That said: Top Answers' Code of Conduct is "Be nice." which seems ripe for ...
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Should trivial (bordering on (if not outright) ideological) edits to post be acceptable?

Should trivial edits be acceptable? What is trivial? Not all 'trivial' edits are useless (sometimes a comma can change the entire meaning of a sentence). When it comes to review suggested-edits, use ...
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