I've got a question that I really don't like (does not meet my standards, has repetitive answers because I did not realize how many languages had built-in functions for transpositions, etc).

I would edit to fix those things but that would bump the question to the top of the page, and besides, I would still dislike it then. I cannot delete the question because it has too many answers, and I cannot cast a close vote because I have ~1500 rep. Should I just sit and wait for its closure at this point? (it is garnering close votes at this very moment)

  • \$\begingroup\$ The easiest way to avoid this is to simply avoid asking questions. \$\endgroup\$
    – user96495
    Aug 6, 2020 at 5:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related answer. Possibly essentially the same question, but I think the underlying reason for wanting to remove the question were somewhat different. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 7, 2020 at 20:17

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First: I'm sorry you feel this way. This site is supposed to be a source of enjoyment, not pain.

That said, I don't think you need to feel bad about it. There are plenty of challenges that have trivial answers in powerful languages, but as of this writing, you have:

  • 12 upvotes (vs only 3 downvotes)
  • Over 600 views (in less than 24 hours)
  • 20 answers (over a handful non-trivial ones)

This is nothing to be ashamed of. Experienced challenge writers have done worse.

Going forward, I think the wisest thing to do is to utilise the sandbox, but even then, you shouldn't worry too much; this site is all about having fun while becoming better.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll add that in my experience, pretty much any linear-algebra challenge is bound to attract languages with copious linear-algebra built-ins, and I don't think there's really anything you can do about that. \$\endgroup\$
    – xnor
    Aug 3, 2020 at 22:55

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