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Is it okay to ask question about a specific paper / model?

I don't see any necessary problem with asking a question like that. Here are some things to be sure you do: Provide a complete and correct citation for the paper. Provide a link to the paper. ...
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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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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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Correcting authors' typos in excerpt from papers

My thoughts first on what one does if one is writing a question: If you're quoting a paper, you should quote it verbatim and then explain why the original is wrong (including quoting the correct ...
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Is «Does anyone have access to this paper?» a valid question?

It is off-topic because it isn't about statistics, machine learning, etc; but having access to a given reference. It would also be kind of a private question which is of low interest to the community. ...
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What to do when a question has an answer on Wikipedia?

Setting aside the specific thread on the main site that motivated this question, I think we can address the title question more generally. Namely, I think we should be mostly indifferent to what is ...
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How can requests for references be "too broad"?

A reference request could be too broad. For example, some reference requests would run into the "too many possible answers" criterion for being overly broad. As such, askers of such requests should ...
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Question about recommended readings

This doesn't seem like a bad question, or that it should be off-topic necessarily, to me. Questions asking for references, and questions asking about the theoretical / philosophical aspects of ...
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Is it okay to ask question about a specific paper / model?

I think it's fine. After all, a "knowledge site" doesn't mean a statistical textbook or encyclopaedia—those exist already, & answering specific, even idiosyncratic, questions is almost the ...
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What to do when a question has an answer on Wikipedia?

Usually I comment, and ask for clarification what part of the question is not already answered by Wikipedia. Then I vote to close as "unclear what you are asking" or "too broad". unclear what you'...
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Is "Why is inside-r.org pointing at mran.microsoft.com?" on topic on Cross Validated?

It's off topic here, and I doubt this particular discussion (aside from the question of on-topicness) would be on topic at any of the other SE network sites. You're free to raise it on our chat if ...
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Are methodological questions concerning Crowdsourcing within the scope of CV?

Methodological questions concerning crowdsourcing and machine learning are on-topic on Cross Validated SE, but they can't be: duplicate unclear. too broad. primarily opinion-based. Questions ...
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Proposal: add reference-request as a synonym for references

The two tags are now merged, and all threads tagged with reference-request have been updated.
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Should all "book recommendation" questions be classified as community wiki?

There's a third approach, which is at least worth presenting: such posts could be treated just like others—recommendations of a statistical method, say—, rather than like polls. A great ...
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What to do when a question has an answer on Wikipedia?

I think an answer that only copies and pastes from Wikipedia, with appropriate attribution, is fine if it answers the question completely. Originality is nice, but shouldn't be required. I believe ...
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Should we have usage guidelines for the meta-tag "references" (and other meta-tags)?

About references: I included a link to the most upvoted answer in Should all "book recommendation" questions be classified as community wiki? in the tag wiki as additional guidance. @...
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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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