Glen_b
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Why is our answer rate so low?
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I think there are numerous factors, but statistics is one of those areas where a really large number of people are using a fairly demanding set of ideas with very little background in it -- in a way ...

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What is the best way to give back to the community when I don't have the math skills?
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41 votes

Firstly, thank you for contributing to our site already. I've noticed you several times and have already been glad of your positive presence. there are a good number of more or less easy questions ...

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Should Cross Validated participate in the 2015 “Winter Bash”?
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36 votes

Yes, Cross Validated should participate in Winter Bash 2015.

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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?
34 votes

My comments expanded enough to be some kind of answer. I think there are a number of reasons why the rate might be different - some have been discussed before. On SO or math.SE (which I participate a ...

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A beautiful answer to a question that changed
28 votes

If you have a good answer to a question that's no longer there, it would be a great pity to leave things as they are, rather than have the benefit of your effort available to be easily found. This is ...

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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?
27 votes

When a person in 2017 is looking at an answer that may have been written in 2010 (say), it's not that person's responsibility to try to figure out if the answer might have been correct at some time ...

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My questions don't get an answer - is it a general trend, or am I doing something wrong?
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26 votes

The proportion of unanswered questions is indeed slowly growing because (among other things): the number of people answering questions is growing more slowly than the number of people asking ...

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Does advanced probability theory belong on stats or math stackexchange?
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25 votes

At what point is a question concerning probability abstract enough that it is more appropriate on the math stackexchange instead of crossvalidated? I don't think there's necessarily a point at which ...

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What does the logo for CrossValidated represent?
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25 votes

I took it to be a representation of the name CrossValidated since it looks to me like a stylized depiction of a five-fold cross-validation. (Presumably the five-fold was chosen for its look rather ...

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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?
24 votes

I presume this is a tongue-in-cheek self-reference, but the question is a good one. Let's take it as a general question -- so let us imagine that we face some case where someone posts a lot of ...

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Should a "Neural Network" Stackexchange site be created?
23 votes

Besides the questions on our site, there's already Computer science, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science (all of which have questions on neural networks - and that's not even counting the neural ...

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Putting Cross Validated stats on resume
22 votes

My effort here is not on my resume, nor do I envision any very likely situation in which I would include it. It's possible that I might in the right circumstance, but it would require a situation (or ...

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Who is using the "bounty" system and how effective are bounties?
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21 votes

Well, I'm certainly using it—I've offered a bit over 150 bounties (>90% of them on other people's questions). Other users have offered a substantial number of bounties as well. I'd say it's ...

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Is it wrong to ask a user to accept an answer?
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21 votes

Users failing to respond to good answers by accepting one is annoying, there's no doubt of that. I've seen some wonderful answers go unrecognized by the poster of the question and the lack of response ...

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Are very elementary questions off topic on CrossValidated?
20 votes

Elementary questions are on topic, and in no way form a basis for closure. It doesn't matter how elementary a question might seem, as long as it fulfills our other criteria for being on topic. ...

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Why do some of my questions remain unanswered?
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20 votes

If I count correctly you have 8 answered questions and 5 unanswered, which is about average (we have almost 33K unanswered questions of a bit over 82K asked, so if that applied to you, you'd expect ...

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StackExchange: Mathematics vs. Cross Validated
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20 votes

Stat theory is definitely on topic here. Yes, there's some overlap with math.SE, just as there is with some computational statistics questions vs similar questions on SO; indeed that same issue ...

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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately
19 votes

[We often don't close these - but I increasingly tend to think we should put them on hold until clarified] The title is: What test should I run? but which contain no indication of any question of ...

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Would you recommend phrasing questions controversially to provoke a response?
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19 votes

This part time cabinet maker and cross trainer will shortcut your power analysis with this one weird trick - statisticians hate him! Being provocative or controversial can garner more attention, but ...

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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?
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19 votes

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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Community moderating vs systemic attacks
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18 votes

To clarify: programming questions are not automatically off-topic here. Instead, they are off-topic if they don't need "statistical expertise to understand or answer"; as we see under Programming in ...

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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire
18 votes

Glen_b's answers [I copied and started working on the questions before Alecos' and Nick's edits above. I'm not going back to change it now. It shouldn't make any substantive difference.] Before ...

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2017 moderator election Q&A - question collection
17 votes

What do you see as the biggest problem facing our site and what would you do to help address it?

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Table formatting: best practices regarding code sample format
17 votes

While the MathJax/LaTeX table formatting is nice, it's a lot of work. I would not ask anyone to do it as a matter of routine. The added value is small, despite the prettier appearance. If we spend ...

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When we vote to close a question as "unclear" should we state why in a comment?
16 votes

I agree -- where feasible we should try to help the poster understand how to fix their post, including trying to explain what's unclear whenever we're able to do so. However, if someone else's ...

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What should we do with outdated answers?
16 votes

While the canonical "StackExchange/StackOverflow" approach seems to be to allow downvotes, edits and new answers and hope the new good ones eventually float to the top, I think that in practice the ...

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Is this the place for simple questions?
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16 votes

This is absolutely a place where you can ask simple questions. However, it's important to understand how things work. In particular homework-style questions are treated specially (as noted there ...

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What should I do if I found a popular answer is wrong?
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16 votes

As a general principle, the first thing to do is consider the possibility that you're mistaken. If there's already comments there, check to see what the discussion says and what may already have been ...

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Do a few users answer lots of questions?
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16 votes

One problem with looking at the total number of answers to look at whether a few users answer most questions is it doesn't tell you whether someone is answering questions now. Someone may have a ...

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Editing questions: dos and don'ts
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[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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