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What is the motivation for pointless edits?

I am trying to understand why a certain user keeps making pointless edits that add nothing to a question. The one that sparked this post is the fourth edit to this question, which simply inserts a ...
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Request to keep an eye out for PROMYS admissions problems

Many of you may be familiar with PROMYS, a camp based out of Boston University which teaches number theory to high school students each summer. Students applying to the program are asked to submit ...
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Association bonus given without point requirement reached

This user has only one post, with only two upvotes, and $121$ reputation. I was wondering how that could be, so I looked at their reputation tab, which says that they received the association bonus. ...
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How it is possible to receive a “-1” as voting (not only multiple of $\pm 10$?)

I am quite new in mathstack and I have a doubt: I have understood during my activity that for instance if you write an answer and someone thinks that it is useful he can votes up it or down. But today ...
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Improving MathJax experience for beginners

I don't know if this has already been discussed here on the meta, but since most of these 'MathJax Tutorial' have been meant for beginners, wouldn't it make sense if they could comment asking their ...
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Why my question was closed as “Not suitable for this site”

This question Is an ideal finitely generated if its radical is finitely generated? on commutative algebra was down-voted, "Removed from Network Questions" (not sure what it even means) and ...
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Not much community on this site for new members

I joined this community because I often visited MSE when I wanted to find ideas for the intuition behind theorems and definitions. Currently I'm a mathematics graduate student and I often feel that ...
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Where can I get answers to other users question asked a long time ago, but both the asker and the answerer no longer have active accounts?

When to use Inclusion Exclusion principle? I am not asking for clarification, but just to see if my answer is correct because neither the post nor the comments clearly state the answer to this ...
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Better update a question, or posting a new one?

I recently asked a question which was helpfully answered. However I realized that this does not really answer my underlying question, and that I might want stronger premises. Now I don't know which ...
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Why have these “unfriendly or unkind” comment flags been declined?

I recently flagges three comments on an answer to be "unfriendly or unkind" - The reason was that the comments said "you are so boring" (direct quote, addressing the OP of the ...
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Helping Hand Badge (SILVER) suggestion

This badge is a silver badge and its name is "Helping Hand" Description: Comment the link to the MathJax Basic tutorial and reference at MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference on ...
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Can the Intro to new mathSE users be refined to improve the quality of new-user-mathSE queries?

After I specified this meta mathSE query's title, I noticed (in the drop down box) the meta mathSE query: Can the site design be improved to be more welcoming. That query is actually coming from the ...
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Can you copy paste MathJax?

I am a big procrastinator when it comes to learning MathJax. I happened to remember that only before asking a question. Is there perhaps a shortcut to simply copy an equation from one part of the site ...
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Is it okay to answer using a spoiler block?

Is it okay to answer a question in a spoiler block? I am curious since almost no answers use it.
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Friend/Teacher/Mentor Badge idea

These are a series of badges relating to the same idea of helping a specific person. Friend(Bronze): Have $2$ accepted answers with a positive score on $2$ separate questions of a single user. Teacher(...
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Question closed after 4 years

I was surprised to see this The multiplicative groups $\mathbb{Q}^\ast$ and $\mathbb{R}^\ast$ are not isomorphic question of mine, which is over 4 years old, closed today. I was alerted earlier today ...
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How to deal with “hint” answers

I notice that many people put "hints" as answers. For example, let's say I ask the question, how would I solve $\sum_{i=0}^\infty \frac{1}{n(n+1)}$, and someone answers with, "HINT: It ...
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A possible solution to reduce answering of duplicate questions

The whole point of people answering duplicate questions which are duplicates without checking if similar queries exist before are because they will get points if they do so. So, the reason why people ...
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Edit preview window is not displayed, possibly IP specific

For the last few days, I have been missing live edit preview windows on math.SE. The same bug occurs on multiple browsers and multiple machines. It does not occur on other SE sites, e.g. matheducators,...
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How to search for bounties awarded to my answers?

Is there a convenient way to search for answers of mine that have been awarded bounties? I know that I can look through the "reputation" tab of my user profile, but this is very tedious, ...
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Adding the link of the MathJax tutorial in the Tour and/or the sidebar displayed when asking a question

Can we include a prominent link to MathJax in the Tour, a suggested here, and on the sidebar that displays on the right side when one is going to ask a question, as suggested in the comments by Martin ...
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Is it possible to use the search function on stack exchange in the browser itself?

On the top of my page, I have a search bar in math Stack Exchange: Now, instead of google, is it possible to directly feed my search query into this search bar itself from the place you type address ...
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What MathJax commands are most often used on this site?

Following Mark Bennet's question on Short and helpful advice on using Mathjax on this site, I've began drafting a tutorial aimed at complete beginners. It can be found here. It is made up of $5$ ...
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How to avoid downvotes for beginner's questions?

I just asking this because of a question I asked a couple of minutes ago. I am still new to sequences and series, just started to study the subject today on my own and I tried to solve some exercises. ...
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merge new account into old

Allen Hatcher has asked that his new, mysterious account, be merged into an existing one. SEE If a binary quadratic form primitively represents $n$ and $n^3$, must it be the identity form?
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Can one use Stack Exchange to render mathematical equations for personal use?

Is it ok to use the "body" part (of questions and answers) to render LaTeX equations for personal use? In other words is it OK to use it as a LaTeX editor-compiler for non Stack related ...
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Downvoting posts that are very popular but not especially good - is this an acceptable way to vote?

This post is an extension of a related thread on meta: Does your decision to upvote/downvote depend on the current score? The above discussion mostly focuses on the phenomenon of upvoting questions ...
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Short and helpful advice on using MathJax on the site …

The point of this question is to give people a chance to draft their best MathJax tips for new users. Perhaps this question will stand alone as one of the places to go. Perhaps the material in the ...
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What are the reasons that MSE is frequented by professionals?

Mathematics Stack Exchange (MSE) is the most unusual blog or wiki I came across. It is frequented by professional mathematicians. The standard is a lot higher than Wikipedia. What makes them willing ...
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What is the point of restricting people from seeing upvote/downvote ratios?

I notice that on many StackExchanges, you can't see how many upvotes or downvotes a post got, only the net total. I needed to get to $1000$ rep on MSE to be able to view the upvote and downvote counts....
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Bug report: vote buttons don't work in low quality review queue

While reviewing today, I noticed that I now have access to upvote/downvote buttons while reviewing (I don't remember having these before, but I could have just been unobservant). Unfortunately, they ...
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Proper action for a “thank you” answer that may have some useful content?

The question is Integral of sinc function multiplied by Gaussian. The author, who doesn't seem to have contributed since 2012, answered his own question to say thank you. We all know it's not ...
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The grace period for editing the posts.

So far I was sure that during approximately 5 minutes after posting an answer/question the author can edit it without the changes being documented in the edit history. However in this answer the ...
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How to get articles when already graduated and signed out from university? [closed]

I was looking for the article "Kotzig's conjecture on generalized friendschip graphs" from J.A. Bondy. Since I graduated at the UvA and signed out, there is no possibility anymore to take it ...
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Instead of downvotes of academic discuss why not encourage contest response allowing fair and valid explanations? [duplicate]

Concepts and proofs are contestable in Scientific discuss and academics but the practice is usually supported by references (usually peer review, and known authorities in the discipline). I do notice ...
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Audit fail “message” bug

Please look at the highlighted text. It is apparent that the escape character did not work as intended. Also, I request the reviewers to observe if it is network-wide.
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Button for “First Posts” MathJax-based review

When I review "First Posts" questions, a lot of reviews consist of pointing out new users on using MathJax by leaving a comment. Can't we establish a button which automatically creates a ...
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Questions asking discussion under some constraints

I have seen some questions in the last few days in which the OP request exclusively solutions which can be done by hand. This is fine as a practice, but I think such questions should be segregated ...
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Why does this produce math equations indented with grey bar?

By looking at the posts on Mathematics Stack Exchange I have figured out how to produce an inset of math equations, like this: $S=\{1,2,3\ldots \text{ n for }n\in \mathbb{N}\}\\ Y_{i,j}=\{i|i\in \...
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Is something wrong with the reasoning behind my answer?

I recently answered a question here Limit of Sequence?? And, I got down votes, so I deleted it. But, I am curious to know what was wrong with my answer. This was my answer for that post: Because the ...
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What is the most downvoted question on MathStackExchange or Math Meta? [closed]

I saw this post on MSE, which I thought was pretty funny. Then, I realized the ridiculous amount of downvotes it got within an hour. So, that made me think, what is the most downvoted question in ...
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How should we flag duplicates? [duplicate]

There are some questions which have similar concept to solve (in the standard way) but different 'variables' like numbers. For example consider these set of algebra problems: Solve for x: $$ x+3 = 1$$ ...
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Posting generalizations of already asked questions

Sometimes when I see a question out of a textbook or competitive exam, I want to post a generalization of the specs of the question. I think my situation is (probably?) similar to this. Should I post ...
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Where does math stackexchange get its money for hosting servers?

I've read of how the stack overflow get paid with the jobs related to coding and all that, but how exactly does this site pay for hosting all our answers and questions for free?
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Notification about math jax for new users

I saw a problem which is common for new users who are using math jax. although they can write formula for example it is not hard to guess to show $x^2$ you should write ...
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Times between asking questions on MSE [duplicate]

A couple of months ago. I realized I can ask questions on MSE every $90$ minutes (if I'm not mistaking) but now I noticed I can ask any number of questions without time limit. am I right? Can you ...
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My answer was deleted…

I am puzzled why my answer to "a consistent notation for algebraic numbers" was deleted. I've moved the answer to the comments, as suggested by the boilerplate. I was tempted to just repost ...
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Huge $\sqrt{\text{Nested} \sqrt{\text{root} \sqrt{\text{problem}}}}$

Background While thinking about these two meta questions scaling root problem $\sqrt{\text{Nested} \sqrt{\text{root} \sqrt{\text{problem}}}}$ I've come up with another "root problem" which ...
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$\sqrt{\text{Nested} \sqrt{\text{root} \sqrt{\text{problem}}}}$

Problem In the PSQ How to prove $\sqrt{6+2\sqrt{7+3\sqrt{8+\cdots}}}=4$?, I observe that the vertical separations above and below the middle square root sign are uneven. ...
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Closing of a question about an unexpected behavior of a math software

Compare these two questions. Question 4011197 4009941 title Why is there a difference between MATLAB and manual calculation for eigenvectors Linear Programming in R using lpSolve dismisses ...

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