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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 ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
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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 ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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What to do about answers written by ChatGPT

I'm sharing an example—of an answer to Confidence interval for Uniform($\theta$, $\theta + a$) generated by ChatGPT. I think it will be agreed that it's either wrong or nonsensical in large part & ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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 ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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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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 ...
eric_kernfeld's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Sextus Empiricus's user avatar
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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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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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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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Should we be merging our non-merged tag synonyms as a matter of course?

Should we be merging our non-merged tag synonyms as a matter of course? Yes, we should. The answer is in your question, which reflects the Stack Exchange guideline towards merging synonyms (What are ...
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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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Any evidence-based arguments in favor of the "comments are not for extended discussion" policy?

What is the actual harm done by an extended discussion in the comments? An extended discussion in the comments obscures any other comments that do not belong to this discussion. Simply because they ...
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When dealing with old off-topic questions, should we close or lock them, and why?

I agree with using a historical lock for the case you've described. It's... kind of exactly the situation the historical lock was invented to handle. (Terminology note: in this post, when I talk ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

The various answers in this thread reveal that we, as a community, use self-study for multiple purposes, of which the major ones are: To signal a desire for conceptual help and hints rather than a ...
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Should we close questions that can be easily answered by Wikipedia or Google?

I agree with Larry Wang and I want to add my two cents. As Larry noticed, to search something you need to know its name. You need to have access to the appropriate sources (e.g. textbooks). Yes, there ...
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What to do about answers written by ChatGPT

ChatGPT is harmful The point of stackexchange is to generate new content. ChatGPT is creating a summary or average of previous content and is able to formulate this with grammatically correct ...
Sextus Empiricus's user avatar
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Should we close questions that can be easily answered by Wikipedia or Google?

I think no general rule can be applied here. As some people already mentioned especially in statistics it is often hard to google since you do not know the exact term to search for yet. For some ...
Steffen Moritz's user avatar
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Syntax highlighting with r tag

There is another option that has not been pointed out here. You can insert an HTML comment that will automatically turn on syntax highlighting within a post (see: What is syntax highlighting and how ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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What to do about answers written by ChatGPT

ChatGPT and similar large language models (LLMs) will revolutionise tech support. I worked as a support engineer in the past, and I am certain it will happen as a good chunk of tech support questions ...
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Shall we edit the Help Centre page on generative A.I.?

I agree with Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's assessment that merely acknowledging the usage of generative AI in one's post doesn't give them the right to open the floodgates of blindly dumping the ...
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Policy on questions that read like, "How should I do my job?"

Given there has been no moderator comment on a policy (at this stage), this question seems like it might be on what we, as the community, think should be a good guideline or motto for answering ...
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Should we close questions that can be easily answered by Wikipedia or Google?

I disagree. Interesting example you gave. Look at the unresolved issues with AIC on the Wikipedia talk page. The quality of posts on CV for AIC is distinctly better, e.g., Is there any reason to ...
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Handling users who act inappropriately after warnings and after being directed to posting guidelines

I'm curious about how CV handles abusive/rude users who continue to act inappropriately on the boards despite being directed to the CV posting guidelines and warned about their inappropriate postings? ...
Andre Silva's user avatar
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What are the criteria applied to conclude this migrated Q was off topic? How do we draw the line?

The key difference here is that the asker's intention was to get maths help. The asker knew how to compute a confidence interval. They were asking how to solve for $\theta$ in an equation. As you say, ...
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Shall we edit the Help Centre page on generative A.I.?

Proposal (to be inserted after the 1st paragraph):— Furthermore, by posting AI-generated content in an answer you vouch for its being correct and relevant; if you are unable to do so, do not post it. ...
Scortchi - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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If I use my own StackExchange answers elsewhere, am I violating copyright law?

An important other note, aside more licensing issues, is the issue of self-plagiarism. Copying your own work without citation can be considered a form of plagiarism. Now I mainly hear about this in ...
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Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments?

Aren't we supposed to flag obsolete comments? Yes, we are; but how the flag will be evaluated is subjective and it depends on many things, one of them is the Stack Exchange community. For example, ...
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