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Policy on questions that read like, "How should I do my job?"

A question should be judged based on whether it is a good statistics problem. Statistics are used in business, in academic research, in politics, in volunteer activities, and by some really weird ...
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Are plain "Welcome to our site" comments too chatty?

Welcome messages are not noise. Early on in the life of this site, the SE Team actively encouraged posting comments to help people feel welcome. I therefore always decline flags that suggest those ...
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If I use my own StackExchange answers elsewhere, am I violating copyright law?

See http://stackexchange.com/legal & https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/. For what it's worth,† my understanding of all that is that you're perfectly free to reproduce anything ...
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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Statistical questions are unlike mathematical questions. On the math site, a question will quickly be closed if it is not immediately clear what it means and what it is asking. All other questions ...
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If I use my own StackExchange answers elsewhere, am I violating copyright law?

Your content is yours: you own it, and can use it howsoever you wish. You may also license it to other people to use it. By posting something here, you grant Stack Exchange a license to host and ...
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Question closed, user asks it again

@Tim is right: users will be automatically banned by the SE system from asking (answering) questions if they have too many posts that are negatively scored, closed, or deleted. The exact parameters ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

Cromwell's rule : "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken." This wise rule (modernized perhaps by substituting "probable" for "possible", and maybe ...
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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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Is it time for an independent Statistics Q&A website? How can we be more independent? #STEXIT #WhoOwnsTheInternet

Solution: exact copy elsewhere It is possible to have a virtually identical format, widely and productively used, under control of a non-SE entity that is invested in high-quality treatment of the ...
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Why is motivation important

It is difficult to read what your question is about. Your introduction is: I really like the truncated normal but I want to make it discrete. I need a discrete distribution and I hate approximations (...
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Plugging your software: allowed?

I see your valuable contributions quite regularly here; thanks for those. Thanks for asking first, as well. The SE network has a fairly clear policy on self-promotion, which you should look at. ...
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Cross-Posting on Math and CV

Comments Your culpa doesn't seem maxima enough! Knowingly cross-posting...Shame!! I'm guessing you're responding to this comment on your recent Mathematics question. Do clarify if your ...
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What is our policy on merging duplicate questions?

Merging is difficult (impossible?) to reverse and so is used only when the questions are such close duplicates of each other that all the answers to one would read acceptably as valid answers to the ...
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CrossValidated should not use C.W. as a rep-denial mechanism or for "soft-close"

I disagree with this suggestion. Having grown up on this policy, I don't have the same issues with it. Here are some (rambling) thoughts: There are a number of 'big-list' type questions on CV that ...
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Why was an answer considered off-topic and when it was deleted?

The deleted answer has been restored. I am guessing that the deletion of that post was a well-meaning response to a (well-upvoted) comment by a community member claiming that it did not answer the ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

It seems to me that we have to balance two imperatives on CV: We need to preserve information that is germane to on-topic threads and provide information about statistics, machine learning, data ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

I agree with most of what has been said so far. Disclaimers: I didn't see the original comment or add +1 to it. My comments can easily be sharper than average here, so I am not posing as a nice guy,...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

First of all--and most importantly--I am sorry you feel bad about that comment. In coming to a decision about the flag, I considered several aspects of the situation. Relevance. Despite your claim ...
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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Why not treat all questions on CV the way self-study questions are treated? People come to CV to get real help on real problems, and they often succeed. I don't see why we should stop providing this ...
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Editing posts protocol: "Please help", and trivial edits

Based on the discussion in chat and here my understanding is: Pleas for help should be removed as part of a larger edit, just like "Thanks", and ...
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Plugging your software: allowed?

As I understand your description, this would be a pure software / how-to question. As such, it would be off-topic. There is, however, a glmnet tag. You could leave comments (where it seems ...
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Converting comment to answer in simple questions. Good practice?

As long as the question is on-topic, not duplicate and well posed, answering with comments is a bad practice, because it can leave the post officially unanswered, which is bad for our site statistics. ...
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What is and what should be our policy on making questions community wiki?

[Posting an answer myself to enable people to vote.] By now Approximate $e$ using Monte Carlo Simulation became CW as well. I think that making such questions CW is an unfair, unreasonable, and ...
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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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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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What is our policy on creating new tags?

If you have the reputation to reach the correct level of privilege (which you do), then you can create tags. However, with a mature site like this one, you're encouraged to think carefully about ...
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Is it time for an independent Statistics Q&A website? How can we be more independent? #STEXIT #WhoOwnsTheInternet

Solution: create an independent WIKI portal The Q&A format of StackExchange has generated a sort of yellow pages for all sort of problems with several advantages: It generates content/information ...
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Hand-holding versus guidance when answering

You needn't pick out which functions to use from the car or effects packages. Examples of how to apply statistical methods, ...
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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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Can I cross-post a question which answer I'm not satisfied with?

From the on-topic help center page (which Glen_b pointed out): Please note,...,that cross-posting is not encouraged on SE sites. Choose one best location to post your question. Later, if it proves ...
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