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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: [email protected] answered my question in a private e-mail, I'm posting his answer below: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur ...
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A published article uses statistical analyses that don't seem appropriate to me. Can I ask for clarification as to if and why the analysis is valid?

I think pointing to specific articles is fine. It's fairly common here for readers to quote sections of textbooks and ask for explanations of concepts that aren't clear. Questions calling out bad ...
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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 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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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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Should trivial (bordering on (if not outright) ideological) edits to post be acceptable?

The code in the question was this: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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 ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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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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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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?)

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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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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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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How to deal with this interesting but convoluted question

You can help the asker frame a succinct question. I will sometimes drop a comment like, "Are you asking..." for your example, I might ask, "Are you asking whether the ANOVA and post-hoc tests actually ...
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When re-tagging old threads, how many should one do at once?

Do not re-tag more than 10 old threads at a time.
amoeba's user avatar
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Include someone's comment to your answer, in your answer

I'd have to say that I don't understand why people don't answer questions using the answer section instead of the comments sections. Your post is a good example. Ha! I think we should remove ...
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Multiple answers to same question?

When you have two distinct answers, it's better to post two different answers than to put them both into one answer. If you put two very different answers in one, then one could be a great answer, and ...
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