Linked Questions

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Recurring homework themes vs. specific problem

I know that if someone asks What are all roots of $x^4+7x^2+12$ then it is advisable to not directly answer the question if they have included the homework tag. ...
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Generalization case vs Particular case

Could the - generalization of a problem - post be a good enough reason in order to vote for closing a question? I agree that in some cases is proving to be useful and the effort is significantly ...
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How do you search for specific questions?

I have noticed that a lot of times people ask a question and a duplicate is instantly found. It's not necessarily true that the person hasn't tried to look up the question, but it is just hard to ...
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Reference Textbooks at one place

Can anybody recommend me a topology textbook? Introductory book on Topology Best book for topology? Choosing a text for a First Course in Topology All these are multiple ...
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Sylow theorem meta question

This is in relation to http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/1868/list-of-generalizations-of-common-questions : I noticed that there have been quite a few questions (recently and otherwise) ...
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Does our site need a blog like a few sites on the network have?

Does our site need a blog like a few sites on our network have? To me this question is a compact version of the following sub-questions: What do we use the blog for, if we had one? TeX. SX has a ...
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Would "organizer posts" be useful/welcome here?

I believe that question/answer of this form: Q: Is there an online repository of basic identities/results about topic X? A: Many of such identities can be found with the proofs at math.SE, I'll give ...
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Closure of extremely basic questions

I'm somewhat disturbed by the closure of this question: What is $9-5+2$? It appears to be a mathematical question that is specific, answerable, and genuine - a "real" question. I can recall wondering ...
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Please comment on this possible answer for abstract duplicate of "integration by partial fractions"

I've expanded an old answer to include a general discussion of how to solve integrals by partial fractions. Before I add it to the list of abstract duplicates, I'd appreciate corrections and ...
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Stock answer for questions relating to formal proof

Lately there has been a slew of questions (see below) which basically say "how do I construct a formal proof of proposition X?" where $X$ is usually a tautology from propositional logic. These ...
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Handling users asking lots of similar questions with little work

I realize that one of the major goals of this site is to help others learn and understand mathematics, and in fact it is one of my favorite parts of math.SE. As such, I don't mind a bit when I see a ...
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How do you search for duplicates?

Sometimes I am really surprised how fast are the duplicates of new question found, given that we have vast amount of questions here. I hope posting this question here can be useful and can lead to ...
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Graphing Software - a faq?

I noticed another in the line of graphing-software questions. This means we now have Draw customized (calculus) graphs like these?, What is a good graphing software?, Software for plotting a graph, A ...
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Canonical "-1 = 1" answer?

There are quite a few questions which involves "showing" $1=2$ or $0 = 1$ or $-1 = 1$ via incorrect algebraic manipulations of $i = \sqrt{-1}$. Does anyone know if there is a "canonical" question/...
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When are questions the same?

This is a rather philosophical question, but reflects the fact that essentially the same question can be asked at different levels of mathematical sophistication and with differing motivation. Here ...

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