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Acceptable questions Revisited

Some questions are hard to be classified as homework, but they are nevertheless very basic. Such as this one and this one. For these questions, it's hard to urge the OP to "show more effort", since ...
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EconOverflow: Yay or Nay?

Based on this question, I've decided to ask mine. So, what would be the pros and cons of creating a EconOverflow? I ask this, but I assume that most who would commit to the overflow, would abide ...
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We need more PHDs/Professionals on this site/why are we not getting them

I dont know if this is a rant so please downvote/vote to close if need be. This week I actively approached a couple of professors and working economists I know and told them about the site. Most of ...
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Site data Nov 2016 Oct 2017

Back in May-Aug 2015, we had weekly visits around $4,000$ per week, and declining votes that had reached below $200$ per week. At September 2016 visits for the pat-12-months were at around $10,000$ ...
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Self-destructive users: let them go or bring them back?

I just want to know how does the site want to approach self destructive users? A self destructive user in this context is a user who has contributed to the site and now wishes to delete their ...
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Are questions about undefined terms on-topic?

I am struggling to understand why the question "Is a small business owner without employees a capitalist?" is on-topic. Yes, it is about a topic related to the economy (not economics though) and the ...
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Why are we still in beta?

Im just wondering. Why is Econ SE still in beta in-spite of having a strong committed community? What is stopping us from progressing to the next stage of site development?
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Should we make Alecos post more riddles or trick questions? =D

Well, after this question by Alecos, I was left wondering if it wouldn't be nice to promote this type of questions? Maybe in a blog associated with this community. What do you think?
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Reasonable Interpretations of Poorly Worded Questions

Is there room for "reasonable" interpretations of questions, when those questions are somewhat poorly worded, and there is enough information around the question that (perhaps strongly) supports the ...
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Ranking of votes by reputation among top (+1k) users

I created a small query to produce a list of number of votes per reputation among +1k users (49 in total). This is, in my view, one of the many indicator of relative contribution to the site. Voting ...
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Downvotes in cryptocurrency posts

I've noticed that a few posts related to cryptocurrencies have constantly all the answers downvoted: This one from this week had a downvote for both answers, without comments (i upvoted the other ...
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Is a graduate homework question acceptable?

I just stumbled on a graduate level question which is not marked or mentioned as a homework question, though the OP even posted the whole picture of the question without detailing his attempts. I am ...
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How to deal with poor behaviour and rants

As a mod on this site, I've gotten into trouble from the community for making decisions on my own. However, I'm surprised to see that some users choose to use this site as a ranting place and have ...
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Do we get more homework questions on economics than on statistics? If so, why?

I am active both on economics and cross-validated stackexchange and I've noted a LOT more homework questions at this site (including a lot of effort-less ones), than on cross-validated. Given that, ...
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Would a question about economic jokes be on-topic? [duplicate]

What is your favorite Economics joke? There are plenty of similar posts all across Stack Exchange (favorite math joke, favourite programming joke, etc). Some are locked (not closed), with the message:...
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Let us not forget duplicates

Oftentimes new questions appear that are "very likely" to be duplicates, but which are not addressed as that (either voted to close for other reason or answered). I would like to "gently remind us" ...
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Why was this answer deleted instead of commented?

Here. The comment says it was closed for being unclear. Two things: To me it is perfectly clear. Surely, it could have been worded better, and perhaps added a bit of extra calculation, but the ...
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Generic response to Homework Questions

I thought I'd post my blurb on responding to homework questions which violate site policy. If you see any, just post this as a comment, usually the user will edit their question. Hi, Welcome to ...
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Do tag synonyms show up somewhere?

I suggested a tag synonym. I wonder if this shows up somewhere (other than in the linked page)? As far as I can tell, this does not appear in the review menu: Not that we have too many of them, but I ...
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Evaluating homework question effort

Im wondering if anyone would like to suggest a framework by which we should evaluate homework questions. More specifically the fact that we require effort to be put into a homework question before we ...
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Should we explain accepted answers?

I posted this question on the economics.stack and I am wondering if I should explain the answer I am gonna accept. I see this as a good practice but I would like to know about your views. Furthermore,...
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Towards a census

If we want to define ourselves, and who we want to be as community, it might be informative to explore who we are now. Therefore, I propose a census. This of course voluntary, and might reflect strong ...
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Changing sub-title for our SE

Some of you might remember Alecos asking some of the moderator candidates about changing the subtitle for our SE, per this thread from a year ago. I'm down to try and gain a new consensus on the old ...
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User assigned bounty to self

You might remember this question, which went viral on the network some weeks ago. After the asker had got many well received answers, (and if I remember correctly, having accepted the answer of ...
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Regarding the combination of secondary sources

Im currently concidering deleting the question Testing Roberts's Law: data request on CEO pay and company characteristics. The reason why is because I use a definition of firm size which comes ...
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Should we add more off-topic (migration) reasons?

The current off-topic closure reasons are: Migration options are also very limited (and, frankly, rather useless [have ever such option be used]): According to this post, these options can be ...
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Creation of Community Wiki Answer page on banking and related topics

It is not a surprise to the regulars here that many of the questions we get on this site are related to money creation, the Federal Reserve, and banking. They usually entail some sort of confusion ...
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Rename “growth” tag?

The tag growth is very popular, but I feel it is not precise enough. Should we rename it "economic-growth", as that is what it currently stands for? (tag excerpt reads "An increase over time in the ...
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August 2017: Regression between reputation rank and log reputation

Coming out of mini-hibernation, I thought it might be fun to do this little regression again. The original can be found here. I used the top 400 users to do these regressions. (Still profiles above ...
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Merge tag request

There is the quantitative-easing tag and the quantative-easing tag. The latter is clearly a typo. Can these be merged please? That would avoid me spamming the main page with tag edits :)
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Nominating Possible New Moderators

So for those of you in the loop, we have two active moderators pro tempore from the original three that were instated manually by the Stack Exchange staff. After 1001 days in the Beta game, it's not ...
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The business side of stack exchange

Go to this article for a view on the business side of stack exchange, particularly its software development core, http://www.businessinsider.com/stack-overflow-ceo-joel-spolsky-interview-2017-8
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1001 days in the beta

Good: User base is still growing. Visits per day stable (even in this slower season) Meh: Percent of questions answered is stable/stagnant Questions per day stable but slouching (with some ...
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What is the best way to add information to an already answered question?

Should i comment the answer or add another answer referring to the original poster? See this case for example: Is the government a producer, a consumer, or both?
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How to cite others on the site

I'd like to add part HRSE's answer to Are monotonic and continuous preferences necessarily rational? to my question of What is a rational consumer? The reason why I'm asking, is due to potential rep ...
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Should a new moderator be elected?

Of the three moderators this community has, one seems to be gone. Would not be time to call an election to choose a successor? (or other method, if more appropriate for a beta site). There seems to be ...
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Are questions regarding data quality on topic?

I saw the question "Is www.multpl.com reliable?" and im wondering if it is on topic for the site? Should we evaluate data quality is that opinionated?
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Accounting.se has failed - should we change our approach for accounting questions?

Currently, our guidance declares Accounting questions as Off-topic and reads: Accounting: Accounting is a separate discipline, and there is no StackExchange site dedicated to that matter yet. But ...
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Difference between econometrics tags?

Whats the difference between the usage of the tags econometrics and applied-econometrics? Im seeing alot of overlap in the use of the two tags and am wondering if there is a functional difference ...
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Is it allowed in this community to link to definitions proposed in other SE sites instead of copy-pasting them?

Is it allowed in this community to link to definitions proposed in other SE sites instead of copy-pasting them? Specifically, I try to discuss about organization types in software industry and ...
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Closing unanswered questions

Just because noone can answer them doesnt mean they should be closed. Why do this when you can just be patient? Isnt this better in the long run?
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Preemptive protection

This post is sort of a follow up to Alecos' meta post. Already 12 hours after it was posted, it was likely from the answers and votes that the post "People pathologically hoard so much cash that ...
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Alert for possible thread protection

Please monitor this question/ thread People pathologically hoard so much cash that they impoverish the entire nation It possibly approaches a situation where it will need to be protected. Since I ...
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What is the proper approach and place for normative statements on Economics SE?

Note- This question is an extension from a discussion in the comments of this answer. Thanks to @denesp for the recommendation for this meta question, and @AlecosPapadopoulos for the cited answer ...
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How to deal with troll user

This user (https://economics.stackexchange.com/users/13326/liu?tab=topactivity) submitted several answers in the last 9 hours, all of which seem to be nonconstructive comments. Is there anything we ...
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Why is the question intended to understand a concept and was not a homework question is voted to close down?

I wonder why this post is voted to close as off-topic when the one who posted the question has mentioned the source of the problem which contains both the answer and the question, and the intention of ...
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Is this question on topic?

I would like to ask this question: Title: What are the defining features of Capitalism? Body: What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for an economic system (or mode of production) to be ...
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Answer to off-topic question given in comment. What should I do?

Current consensus is that one should downvote answers to off-topic questions. Some users have learned about this the hardway and give answers to trivial questions in the comments. What should we do ...
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Using and Abusing wikipedia/investopedia as a source. Is it an issue?

Im interested in improving my answering methods for this site. For the most part I'm sourcing most of my answers either from Wikipedia or Investopedia, sometimes even just copying and pasting and ...
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Extremely unusual question/answers. This is very likely a FRAUD

This is very very very unusual. The question is surely interesting: what if government put a floor to the sell of houses? However, it has 22 upvotes, and it is already, after just four days, among ...

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