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@amWhy Thanks!
@Peter There was a very racist comment by Jan Safronov that I saw and had been deleted by flags. Of course, the comment objecting to that racist comment was upvoted by the flaggers (including myself), but may seem out of place now that the offensive comment is gone.
 
 
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another PSQ clarification is requested in comments but no feedback yet.
 
 
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6:22 AM
A “I have no clue” question, also a multiple duplicate.
 
 
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7:23 AM
@MartinR: one more vote needed on that question.
 
 
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12:40 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Body starts with title and ends in url (97): $T(n) = T(\frac{n}{2}) + n\log(n)$ ✏️ by SOHAM SHINDE on math.SE
 
1:02 PM
This question is a math question but there are many things wrong with it
 
1:51 PM
D Must have been asked many times here, I guess.
 
2:06 PM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Bad ip for hostname in answer, potentially problematic ns configuration in answer (98): cauchy's first theorem on limits of sequences by Tanya on math.SE
 
Weirdly, some users tried to disprove the four-colour-theorem. I wonder where the doubts come from.
 
@Peter Invariably, those people have something against computers hahaha..
It's not wrong to entertain some skepticism, but not when one doesn't even want to learn about computers and how to reproduce computer-assisted proofs. Which is always what these people are like.
@Peter The 4-color-dispoof only needs 1 more delete-vote to go poof.
 
3:21 PM
The strange $x^x$-question is gone as well. Someone actually guessed the actual intent !
Nice that the number of very low-scored posts decreases as well significant and this not only because of auto-deletions.
 
@Peter Thanks to your systematic efforts, I suppose!
 
I agree :)
 
3:38 PM
@Peter: What do you think about a user who perpetually posts number theory conjectures without ever bothering to learn number theory?
Useless nonsense. CC @XanderHenderson
D1, D2, D3.
D4, D5, D6.
D7, D8, D9.
C1, C2, C3.
C4, C5, C6.
C7, C8, C9.
@RRL: Any long D list for me to use my votes on? =)
 
3:53 PM
Ridiculous and I would even say insulting for the professional mathematicians. The message is something like : "How can professional mathematicians overlook proofs that someone being not even a mathematician can find ?" This is like complaining about a doctor that he cannot heal cancer.
Wow, again 24 questions. I think, you collected the most questions for closure and/or deletion.
@user21820
 
@Peter Well there is one with nearly 13k rep on Math SE who does precisely this.
Such as here.
> Tested for q<100 so far. I'm not familiar with number theory and just wonder if someone can prove the conjecture.
Is $q<100$ a joke? For such conjectures you need to make a program to check and it will take only a few seconds to run it for $q<10^6$ — reuns Jan 14 at 23:06
 
In fact , reuns hit the nail on the head.
 
Exactly, that's why I copied the comment here. =)
And with computer assistance, it's easy to come up with conjectures that are beyond reach of current knowledge, so I find such activity pointless. And yet these people are often allowed to continue...
 
In such cases, I usually suggest that they should download pari/gp and write a little program. This does not only give interesting and useful results, the side effect is that they learn programming. Of course only , if they actually want it and do not just hope others do it.
 
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4:45 PM
@user21820: Was just about to compile one.
 
4:56 PM
@user21820 All but three are gone among the D's
 
@user21820: collatz is terminated now
Going through your list of C&D @user21820
 
RRL
DA, DB, DC, DD, DE, DF, DG, DH
DI, DJ, DK, DL
 
5:12 PM
New user + calculus related question = close as no context
 
RRL
Close: PSQ
 
@RRL All are now gone!
 
@user64742 I don't understand why this should be closed..
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@an4s it’s a PSQ. They provide no external context.
ok I’m done for now. Taking a break from hunting for PSQs.
 
@user64742 What kind of "external" context do you think is required? This user presented their work, and explained their confusion. There is no such requirement that an asker post "external context" whatever you decide that to be.
 
@amWhy they never said /why/ they asked.
 
@user64742 What's wrong with this question?
 
5:46 PM
@amWhy I believe it is someone farming for homework assistance given the calculus tag and their incredibly low rep and also low effort put into the post.
Isn’t closing those sorts of posts what you’ve been requesting lately, Amwhy?
 
@user64742 Then flag their posts for moderator attention. There are far more heinous examples than you provide above. In fact, I think you were off-base in "new user troll post", which for a new user, ain't all that bad.
 
I don't find some of these questions as PSQ. I see reasonable work/thought presented. I did vote-to-close some of them which should be closed.
 
@user64742 I do not know what you are referring to. Do you understand what a PSQ is?
 
@amWhy that’s not an appropriate flag reasons.
 
@an4s Exactly.
 
5:50 PM
Flags are only for actual destructive or rude behavior such as foul language or bullying in comments.
 
@user64742 Please do not target a specific user.
 
@amWhy I never did.
@amWhy a PSQ is when a brand new user makes a one-off post related to a school problem and then never comes back and abandons the post and the account.
And never makes an effort to answer their own question
 
@user64742 You have much to learn about this site. If you believe a user is trolling the site, flag an example for mod attention, and explain, with links to other posts, why you are concerned about the user's behavior.
 
@amWhy nonono I assume any brand new user post with low effort is just a sock account trolling
i always assume that
My reasoning for that is that in my opinion our user base grows far faster than reasonably supported by any actual believable growth in site traffic. Therefore we have a severe sock account problem.
so 90% of new accounts are likely socks
 
@user64742 There are PSQs asked by users with 2K rep, 5k rep, 8k rep. Please, until you deal with your biased assumptions, to not recommend post closures here. If you want to post one or two in a day, then along with your link, explain what you see the problem as. Being a new user is not equivalent to being a troll.
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5:55 PM
@amWhy when the front page of the site is filled daily with new user spam, I have a reason to be concerned and annoyed.
The higher rep user PSQs are rarer.
 
@user64742 Have you ever heard about Covid?, schools and universities shutting down classed,
 
And when I see them I report them too
The new user spam was long before covid
its been happening since 2017
I recall many conversations in chats and meta about the issue of too many new users
Too many to not appear suspicious
 
@user64742 I think it is easy to deal with questions you think maybe spam. I usually look up approach0 and report questions as duplicates if I find matches. Otherwise, it is reasonable to flag questions if the OP does not present any work.
 
@an4s but the flags go to site admins, not close vote holders and then the flag is shot down as not appropriate for mods?
 
@Xander If you have a chance, could you review the above conversation starting about an hour and fifteen minutes prior to this post?
 
6:27 PM
@amWhy: something weird is going on here. Many of the posts presented by @user64742 are not really worth closing.
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@ParamanandSingh I think I know who this user is, based on the frozen rooms in his chat profile, and his long history of bouncing back and forth, one moment acting like a victim, the next, extremely judgemental and close to offensive agains other users' questions from "newer" users.
 
@amWhy : Let's hope @XanderHenderson deals with this in proper manner.
 
@ParamanandSingh Yes indeed. I may ping @quid and @AlexanderGruber, as well. If this is who I think it is, their behavior in the past was quite erratic, regarding their own posts, and about users he interacted with, and was prone to cause trouble through the casting of inappropriate flags in chat rooms.
 
7:48 PM
@user64742 No. PSQ is a description of a type of question. A PSQ is a "Problem Statement Question", i.e. a question which gives only the statement of a problem with no other context (where context might include an attempt at the problem, some description of what the asker is studying, or some motivation for the problem).
(1) is not a good example of a PSQ---the asker made an attempt. Indeed, that question is a pretty good example of how we might expect an asker to give some context to a homework problem.
(2) does look like a PSQ to me, but it is by the same asker as (1), and this causes me to fear that you are targeting this user.
(3) is not a PSQ. It is unclear what the asker wants, but that is distinct from PSQness.
(4) is a PSQ.
(5) is not a PSQ. I might argue that the question is "too local", as it seems to be related to a typo in a text, but it certainly isn't a PSQ.
I'm not going to address further links.
@user64742 Please do not make this assumption. It leads you to judge posts on the site based on (possibly incorrect) assumptions about who is posting the question, rather than on the content of the question. Focus on content, not askers.
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9:05 PM
@Alexander I moved my request to the Cafe.
 

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