By useful and relevant, I mean questions like Operations research book to start with, Introduction to Operations Research, or even How can I mathematically model and analyze an incremental game like Cookie Clicker?

So I’m advocating for questions that are generalistic and particularly interesting on Mathematics SE to be made community-wiki on Operations Research SE. Questions that don’t fall into this category include specific mathematical questions or specific programming problems.

  • $\begingroup$ Just to be clear, are you proposing a community-wiki that is a list of links to posts like that, or copying and pasting the content of those posts? $\endgroup$ Commented May 31, 2019 at 16:24
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    $\begingroup$ Possibly relevant discussion from bioinformatics meta: bioinformatics.meta.stackexchange.com/a/22 $\endgroup$ Commented May 31, 2019 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ @TheSimliFire: Can you migrate this question from CS to OR? At the time that I asked it, I didn't know about OR, but it only got 1 upvote and 0 answers in several months over there. I think it will do better in OR: cs.stackexchange.com/questions/109039/… $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 25, 2019 at 2:56

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If you have encountered a problem in work or study, then certainly feel free to ask it your own words in the context of this site. But I would not suggest going around seeking out questions already asked and answered elsewhere as a way to pad out your content.

The purpose of creating this site is to expand the scope of questions which cannot already be asked elsewhere. Certainly some incidental overlap in scope is to be expected, but the goal of having your own site is to curate a collection of content unique to this community specifically; not to simply copy content from elsewhere.

I'm sure the folks will have plenty of questions on their own — you simply do not need other people's stuff to make this site work. When you copy a bit of text without any real engagement in asking or answering it yourself, you will lose that sense of ownership in what you are building here. Most people with access to this site will also have access to a Google search — it's just not a great way to start a new site.


A difference about the bioinformatics comment Larry made on the question here was partially answered in a comment there, and again by the (former) moderator in an answer - that was about migrating, which isn't possible for older questions.

Generally speaking sites like to keep their popular Q&A's and the interest they generate.

OTOH, if you spot a good question (regardless of upvotes) that is old and has no answers (or any answers that have been poorly received) it is polite and helpful to write a comment on the question on the other site informing the OP that our new site would welcome their question here (especially if you are willing to answer it here). It's better to get credit for an original answer here than to take (or wiki away) credit for a question from another site.

The OP gets credit for their question and hopefully a better answer, while some of us gets credit for answering. Be certain to remind them to use the share link and edit their question on the other site with a link to their question here (and vice versa).

This is helpful for old questions without suitable answers and questions that were closed as off-topic on the other site (as long as they are on-topic here). Don't do it to new questions, as such actions won't be appreciated (it's poaching).

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    $\begingroup$ Great, thanks for your advice. $\endgroup$
    – TheSimpliFire Mod
    Commented Jul 30, 2019 at 7:00

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