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# Are challenge-like questions like these considered on-scope in Mathematics CD?

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I have this now-deleted question and here's what's it all about.

For every single answer, a different $y$ would be used to exponentiate $x$. The question revolves getting $x^y$ using $(x-1)^y$ and something to add at it. I already added an answer in it for $x^2$ so that when it's restored, you guys will know how it works.

I talked around in chat and they said it felt more like a challenge (something to be added at Code Golf CD instead) than a (productive) Q&A. Now that I want to make sure, are questions like these on-scope in this site?

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# $x^y$

<Sentence explaining how to get the exponent or straight-up the equation like $x^y = (x-1)^2 + n$, where $n$ has to be an equation so it could satisfy all positive $x$.>

<Something like: "So for $x^y$ (x and y has to be filled out), you can get it like this:".> $$The^{process}=of^{solving}+(the+equation)$$

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Questions like what? (1 comment)
Questions like what?
Peter Taylorâ€­ wrote almost 3 years ago

You ask whether questions "like these" are considered on-topic, but give the example in a format which only moderators can actually read (a link to a deleted question). That doesn't seem very productive. (Although, FWIW, my attempt to reconstruct the question from clues in this meta-question suggests that what you really want to ask about is the binomial theorem).