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I recently asked this question which was about What topics do I have the prerequisites for? and the question was closed because it was “Not suitable for this site”. The reason was “Seeking personal advice Questions about choosing a course, academic program, career path, etc. are off-topic. Such questions should be directed to those employed by the institution in question, or other qualified individuals who know your specific circumstances.

As I stated in the question, I am not a college student, so I am not at any institution and I am not choosing a course, academic program, or career path. I am learning math because I just like it, and since I am not a college student, I can’t ask “other qualified individuals who know your specific circumstances”. The only help that I can get is online here.

I am sure that questions of this type have wide applicability for this site because there are many self-learners who don’t know what to learn next because they don’t have any guidance on what they can learn next.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes, asking for advice about what to study next is not on topic. The examples given are examples, not an exhaustive list of what is off-topic. Questions which ask for personal advice are not on-topic here. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Feb 5 at 12:45
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    $\begingroup$ Stack Exchange's mission statement is to provide a repository of high quality questions and answers -- kind of like an ultimate reference book. "What should I study" would need, in such a book, to be answered for every conceivable background and current state of learning in order to be useful, so clearly is not a suitable question for Stack Exchange's ambitions. That's why it's off topic. You could try asking in one of the general chat rooms though, where you can find people willing to offer an opinion. Caveat Emptor might be worth bearing in mind.... $\endgroup$
    – postmortes
    Feb 5 at 12:48
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    $\begingroup$ I would also suggest that the question you asked ("What is usually taught after linear algebra and analysis?") can be answered by a relatively simple Google search: "[local university] course catalog". For example, in my state, the University of Arizona offers the following courses in mathematics: catalog.arizona.edu/… . You can look at the prerequisites to see what requires analysis or linear algebra. Pretty much anything numbered over 300 will be relevant. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Feb 5 at 12:49
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    $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson I don’t think that this is considered personal advice, but advice in general, because as I stated, this question has wide applicability for this site and many users are in similar situations as me. I don’t understand what is the benefit of closing this question, as it could help many self-learners who are interested in math and want to know what topics they can study next. and I think this question is more like a soft question :[For questions whose answers can't be objectively evaluated as correct or incorrect, but which are still relevant to this site.] $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Feb 5 at 12:54
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    $\begingroup$ @pie You seem to be looking for loopholes in the policy in order to argue that your question should be considered on-topic---this is not the right approach to take. Look at the intention behind the rules: the goal is to create a repository of mathematical questions. Asking which course to take next, or which book to study next, is asking for personal advice, and is not asking an actual mathematical question. It is not on-topic here. (Not to mention the point that postmortes makes; i.e. that everyone's background is different, so there isn't a good, general answer to such a question.) $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Feb 5 at 13:01
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    $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson Before I asked this question I knew about this particular reason for "off topic" policy but I thought that mentioning that I am self learner and I am not a college student will mean that this policy wouldn't be applied to my question and I thought (still thinks) that probably all self learners have pretty much the background (one of the comments on my question was from a user that stated he is doing the same as me ) and it will be helpful if there is a complete list on MSE to be something like a road map. $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Feb 5 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ @pie Policies on Stack Exchange don't vary according to your race, background, learning ability or anything else you might come up with. Like any policy there might occasionally be grounds for creating an exception or exemption, but they would be rare and probably cause a fair amount of argument. However: since the study of mathematics depends entirely on your own tastes and preferences once you have reached a certain level - that of Linear Algebra, say, or third-year undergrad (I don't know the USA equivalent of that) the road-map you're asking for would be impossibly complex and unreadable $\endgroup$
    – postmortes
    Feb 5 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson and postmortes thank you for your comments and explanations. I appreciate your help and your Contributions for this community. $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Feb 5 at 13:39
  • $\begingroup$ @postmortes BTW what is "general chat rooms"? $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Feb 6 at 5:31
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    $\begingroup$ @pie I was thinking particularly of this one: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/36/mathematics $\endgroup$
    – postmortes
    Feb 6 at 7:56
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    $\begingroup$ There are some personal advice questions $\endgroup$ Feb 6 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ Dude, I feel like you're spending too much time wondering which book to read and debating why your post was closed. Why not just start reading something new right now? Just get your hands dirty right now and see what kind of math you like! Regardless of what other people think, you're not going to get anywhere commenting back and forth and posting on Meta about why an opinion post was closed. $\endgroup$ Feb 7 at 3:52
  • $\begingroup$ @XanderHenderson I want to ask are these type of questions (I learned this what can I learn next ? etc ) appropriate for other site on SE like Mathematics educators ? $\endgroup$
    – pie
    Feb 7 at 11:02

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