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Quant.SE University Ambassadors Program: calling students and teachers

Lauren Gundrum, member of CHAOS, has offered to help any interested students and teachers with starting a pizza ambassadors program to help get the word out about this site. Here's the description ...
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Who are the real “experts” in quantitative finance we could contact to help improve the site?

Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky mention in podcast #30 that they would like to contact true experts in quantitative finance to evaluate this site, perhaps showing them 10 sample questions and paying them ...
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Do we need to raise our standards on what is an acceptable question?

Joel Spolsky mentions in podcast #30 that he has asked true experts in quantitative finance what they think about this site, and they tell him that the questions are all "really beginner questions" ...
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Why don't downvotes cost reputation?

Downvotes used to cost a few reputations points (2 I think I remember), but since a while, I can downvote without any penalty. Has that been added to our site since it's in beta or is it a bug?
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Can we ban certain user or warn them by e-mail.?

User 1633 "Dail" I believe has been quite active recently on the site, but he doesn't not seem to be willing to understand our rules and the way we work. According to his profile, he asked 10 ...
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question about career advice

Would this forum appropriate for questions about career advice? It would be nice to have the advice of many people from this forum in regards of financial career. If not, please, suggest some possible ...
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Should we delete some off-topic questions?

There's been a spate of completely off-topic question lately. For those with access to moderator tools, you can see a list there. For others, see for example, java book comparison how to weigh the ...
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Why is cross posting bad form?

I have seen several times comments etc. on various Stackexchange forums to this effect and I'd like to hear a reason why. In my opinion a question may be relevant to more than one forum and since you ...
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Could we update the FAQ?

I believe some work has to be done in order to make sure that people do understand who are the users we are looking for. The FAQ, first of all, isn't clear. The Quantitative Finance Stack Exchange ...
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My account and my questions have been deleted

So I log in today and I see that my account has been deleted. I have 0 question 0 answers. I asked a question yesterday and that has been deleted too. Anyone care to explain? I had three question on ...
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How do we migrate a question?

I recently obtained the administrative tools, but I can't find where I could suggest a migration for a question when it seems it would suit another site better. Is it normal?
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How to incorporate later edits into a post?

There are two prevailing approaches to editing an existing question or answer: Marking the edit with a keyword such as "edit" or "update", or setting it off using bold or italics. Blending it into ...
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How quantitative should the questions be?

This question is in response to the exchange I had with @Tal Fishman on this question focused on finding the historical weights of the S&P 500 online. I know this is a hot topic, and I'm trying ...
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Should simplistic/naive questions be removed from the site?

I just saw this post being almost closed and I saw the comment of @TalFishman which made me wondering what kind of Q&A site we were looking to create. I haven't seen people using the RoR either, ...
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Answer wrongly converted to comment

Babelproofreader repeatedly tried to post the fact that his question was answered on dsp.SE as an answer so it could be accepted and receive the bounty, but his answer was converted to a comment each ...
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How do we advertise (announce) ideas discussed in meta to main site's users?

There was an idea: vote early, vote often. I like it and many users "here" do. But I don't think most of the registered users are aware of it. In my very early days here (before I registered), I didn'...
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Why do we have more registered users but less participation like vote and answering questions?

Please correct me if I am wrong. When I review the past questions, I have feeling that there seem a period of time where there were obviously less registered users but more participation? The most ...
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Question revival of the week

I occasionally peruse some of the older questions on the site and often find some really insightful questions that, for whatever reason, didn't get the attention they deserve at the time they were ...
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Are questions about the history of quantitative finance in scope?

Prompted by this question: What is the origin of the words “put” and “call” that characterize derivatives? The following questions, posted by a moderator, seems to have gotten a relatively warm ...
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Are questions about “being a quant” in scope?

The original Stack Overflow is dedicated to actual programming questions, whereas questions about "being a programmer" are meant for Programmers. However, since I do not foresee this site growing to ...
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Question Factory

Tal Fishman--in his answer to a previous meta question--suggested that expert users take it upon themselves to post questions. If others are like me, they may have ideas for questions but don't know ...
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Interview questions

I'm wondering if a) this is on topic, and b) if the phrasing is appropriate: I have an upcoming quantitative trading interview, and I would like to have some good questions to ask about the group. ...
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Are questions about quant finance packages in scope?

For example, I believe I have found a discrepancy in fPortfolio - a packaged widely used for constructing optimal portfolios. I find that in the simple case of calculating portfolio weights for a ...
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How should we rationalize our tag scheme?

Many common topics on the site have multiple overlapping tags covering the same or similar areas. The specific tags I have in mind are: Risk risk risk-management risk-models coherent-risk-measure ...
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Scope and Participants of Quant SE

As a beginner of this site, I saw several comments and questions in confusion of scope in Quant SE site. I've read What is the scope of Quant SE?. But the list of accepted answer is mainly ...
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Are programming questions involving quantitative finance libraries in scope?

The following question, using quantlib function in my c++ program, asks about the usage of a popular quantitative finance library, QuantLib, but the question itself does not relate to quantitative ...
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Questions about tax deductions with help of derivative products

S.Neftci in his book "Principles of Financial Engineering" pays some attention to practical usage of derivative contracts to get tax deductions. As one of the examples, author mentioned that it's ...
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Question closed as an offtopic

This question: Is there a quantitative finance ranking system for universities? was closed as an off-topic. While reading articles What kind of questions can I ask here? and What kind of questions ...
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Should changing the phrasing of titles to a question be discouraged long after a question has been asked and answered?

The following question, originally titled Skill vs. luck: Separating the wheat from the chaff, is one of our most popular questions, and for good reason. It is an interesting question, and many ...
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What do we do about undegrad-level homework questions?

The following question, Immunize portfolio with Bonds having restrictions Duration and Present Value? appears to be an undergraduate-level introductory finance homework problem on bond immunization. ...
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What should we do about the proliferation of unanswered questions?

Perusing other SE sites at a similar stage to ours, I've noticed they generally have answered percentages as high as 98-99%. Our site has a number of questions with quite a few up-votes yet no answers....
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About the use of Bounties?

Shouldnt people use more their reputation points for Bounties? and is there some statistics available about this vs other stackexchange sites?
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Missing badges?

I am missing the Nice Answer and Enlightened badges for this answer. The minimum vote tally and the acceptance came in weeks ago. Is anyone else missing a badge? I may have to raise this on Meta SO.
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MathJax multi-line alignment issues

MathJax should theoretically support \begin{eqnarray} \end{eqnarray} statements and have proper alignment with multi-line equations. See for example Testing ...
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Fulfilling commitment

Area51 stats: committed users 315 users committed 75.9% signed up for beta 7% fulfilled commitment Only 7% of the people who committed to the site actively participated for 3 months and asked/...
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Is “Understanding CDOs” in scope?

Is the "Understanding CDOs" question in scope here? I see that it hasn't been closed, thus I've even participated a bit myself. But isn't it not quantitative enough for Quant.SE? I know it may be ...
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Reputation manipulation, take two.

There have been some odd upswings in the rep scores lately. I now know who's been doing this. I took two screen shots at different times yesterday, so it's obvious which user is "vote stuffing". I'm ...
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Math formatting in text editor.

Just noticed that there is no shortcut in the text-editor to start-stop MathJax environment. I personally didn't need it but some users might not see the tips on the right; hence it could be useful ...
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manipulation in reputation numbers?

I am really concerned about my reputation going up and down lately - there seems to be something wrong: I was nearing 2.000, now I am back at 1.600. It is going up and down by 200 points daily, so ...
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What can we do to support the R/Finance conference?

Some of our top contributors (Dirk and Josh) are on the committee for R/Finance this month. What are some ways we can help their work? Jeff Atwood has pointed to the conference sponsorships that ...
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Will this site be closed again? Is there a possibility of continuing it elsewhere?

When you look at the statistics in Area 51 it seems as though this site cannot survive. There are other examples of sites that were closed after beta (example). What do you think? Are there any hard ...
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How are we going to market this site?

An earlier discussion made it clear that we need more participation. Personally, I feel that we need more high-quality questions first and foremost; the rest will follow. I've asked moderators on ...
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Is this site on track?

As I was browsing through Area 51, I managed to look at this site's statistics, and to be honest they looked a mite disturbing. Apparently there are only 2 questions per day and 31 avid users, ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Are behavioral finance questions on-topic?

I'm not sure that this question is truly behavioral finance, but it made me wonder if behavioral finance questions are on-topic or not. I lean towards "no" unless they're sufficiently quantitative to ...
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How Will This Site Overcome These Obstacles?

First off, I should confess I don't have much competence or inclination towards the topic of this StackExchange, quantitative finance. For that, I apologize in advance if my questions are of an ...
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Matrices display in preview but not after posting

If you look at my answer to How to quickly estimate a lower bound on correlation for a large number of stocks? you will see that I tried posting a 3x3 matrix using ...
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Are “explain this to a layman” type qestions on topic?

This question asked for a very basic definition of pairs trading for explaining to laymen. I've seen quite a few other similar questions. I don't think this provides anything of interest to "traders ...
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Are retail trading questions in scope?

I've noticed a few questions about Interactive Brokers, plus a couple mentions of MetaTrader and NinjaTrader. These are all retail-level topics; I can't imagine a professional quant would be concerned ...
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Answers on community wiki questions are not CW?

Whenever a question is made community wiki after the fact, it seems like all the associated answers don't also get concerted. Here's an example: Video lectures and presentations on quantitative ...

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