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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - today)

The purpose of this thread is to help focus the attention of the community on posts that may require reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer)....
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New recommended close reason for questions that are “missing context”

Recently, the software has been changed regarding how the closing reasons are displayed for people. If you don't have close-vote privileges or you are not OP, this is how it is displayed: For ...
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List of comment templates

Inspired by this question on meta.cstheory.SE. The post at meta.Tex.SE is quite impressive. We often leave generic comments to OP and answer posters such as "if this is a homework, please add a tag," ...
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How to prevent “no clue” questions?

A significant number of questions asked in MSE begin or end with "I don't even know where to start", as a way to justify one's inability to provide own work on the problem and/or attract sympathy or ...
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MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference

(Deutsch: MathJax: LaTeX Basic Tutorial und Referenz) To see how any formula was written in any question or answer, including this one, right-click on the expression it and choose "Show Math As > TeX ...
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Why is this question off-topic

I have been following this question. It has recently been marked as off-topic. I have checked the requirements for being on/off-topic, but they don't seem to apply to this question. Can someone please ...
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List of commonly misspelled words

Judging by some of the posts on meta1 and comments posted there it seems that there are users who try to improve the posts by correcting spelling mistakes. Of course, there are other ways to improve ...
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What should our goal be in answering questions?

If my search has failed me and this has been covered in some form, let me know and I'll delete this. The post which is motivating my question is this post, where the OP had reduced a problem they are ...
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Reopen votes that don't make it into the queue?

$1/k=\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n^k$ for all k This is a question that I found in the delete queue. I noticed that it had votes to re-open on it, and I was able to cast a reopen vote myself. This seems ...
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Is it appropriate to close every question that doesn't show efforts and/or lacks of context?

Yesterday this question was asked: Finding solutions to $2^x+17=y^2$, then it was closed and finally it was reopened. My concern is about if every question showing no effort or lacking of context ...
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Organizing The MathJax Tutorial

There is a wonderful post dedicated to MathJax code found here: MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference The only problem I see with this post is that the additional contents below the original ...
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What should be acceptable as “context”?

As we all know, questions lacking context are strongly discouraged on this site. This includes mainly "homework questions" that look a bit like: Prove that $\lim_{x\to0}x^2=0$ using $\epsilon$-$\...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. (volume 01/2015 - 07/2018 ) [duplicate]

The purpose of this thread is to help focus the attention of the community on posts that may require exceptional handling. This includes requests for reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be ...
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Question regarding the standards of the site. Need help. Someone mass downvoting my posts.

(I'm trying to avoid this as hard as I could in past, but someone finally make me do it.) (Someone forced me to create another account with different email id because they make me disable to post ...
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Is it OK to ask approximately one question a day from old application exams?

If I ask approximately one question a day (from old application exams) will it be considered flooding/spamming or is this perfectly legal?
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Suggestions for examples of well-asked questions

I am posting this question as a place where we could collect various examples of good questions together with explanations what makes them good. (Feel free to choose the format you like best. I will ...
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How to request easy solutions

I'm a 10th grader so my maths is nowhere near as complex as some of you reading right now. So how do I ask for easy solutions when that is subjective (dependent on the person). Should i explain my ...
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Robotic comments. [duplicate]

Many times I have seen a question put on hold where the stated reason has no relation to the question. It looks like a formula statement. "" put on hold as off-topic by StubbornAtom, Leucippus, ...
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Should the use of “iff” be discouraged?

I've come across a lot of posts where "iff" is used as a short form for "if, and only if,". Maybe it's just me, but when trying to read (a long text) fast, I think it's easy to misunderstand it for ...
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Deleting questions with answers

A few days ago I posted an answer on this question. After that the original poster deleted it. I undeleted it because it is a terrible idea to delete questions which people have taken the time to ...
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Can we please STOP closing and deleting old posts with answers?

This is a follow-up for a recent questions of mine: What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE? I have noticed recently that quite a few ...
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Why was my question put on hold? [duplicate]

Solve for $x^2 + 7x +1 = 3n(x^2 + x +1), n \in \Bbb{Z}$ edit: I want to know what was[is] wrong with my question in the first place. Request to reopen and asking for reasons to put on hold in the ...
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Can we please be more generous to elementary beginners?

This question: Given that $\arctan(1/5) + \arctan(1/8) = \arctan(1/p)$, how to find the value of $p$? (now deleted again) was originally closed as "off-topic". Here is the original title: Tricky ...
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Strange demands for re-adding context

I'm unsure about the validity of the closure my question All integers from 1 to 73 are recorded in a sequence such that each number "This question is perfectly clear and requires no additional ...
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Kafkaesque question closure(s)

This question seems about to be closed (4 votes currently), because it is (supposedly) "not about math as defined in the help center." Can anyone explain this to me (if there is an explanation)? I ...
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Answering a Low-Quality Question with a Community Wiki Answer?

As I'm sure we're all aware, answering a low quality/low effort question that, according to the community standards, ought to be closed, is frowned upon. Reasons cited tend to include It encourages ...
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New user. Reason for downvotes on question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Prove the following relation (using Fourier analysis) This is my first time on Mathematics Stack Exchange. I didn't think my question was ...
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What a good title should be?

In guidance How to ask a good question. it states: Make your title your question Use your title to convey as much information about your question as possible. Since the tags already convey the ...
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I'm reviewing many first posts by leaving a comment. Is it OK?

Well, as the title says, I'm reviewing some first questions with a comment saying basically ''improve your question by adding details (effort, context, etc.)'' and I'm a bit worried. In one hand, I ...
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What can I do to get a quick answer?

Usually if I write a Question it will be answered within one hour or not at all, that' why I want to start a Bounty - it would help me to draw Attention to my Question and would also be an incentive ...
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Does putting a bounty on a question kill the question?

I recently placed a bounty on a long-standing zero-answer question (that question is in this link): Does there exist a space filling curve which sends every convex set to a convex set ? My goal was ...
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How do we earn reputation more easily?

I've been doing lots of problems and if I get stuck, I always seem to solve it and I can't find a problem that I can ask on the mathematics community to earn more reputation. Sometimes, I see ...
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How to begin working on a problem?

I hope the community supports this effort. We often see homework-type questions with no attempt from the OP at solving the problem. In many such cases the OP answers that they don't know how to begin. ...
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Is it a good idea to include source from where a question is taken?

My question is- Should we include the source from where we have obtained a question? Let, a question has been asked in a particular exam/paper/ or anywhere. Is it a good idea to include the ...
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Can I remove my question from the HNQ list?

My question seems to be on the HNQ. Now I have seen many HNQs and I guess it may be due to the title. However, I do not want it on the HNQ list as it attracts traffic from other sites and they may ...
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My question was put on hold, need feedback. [duplicate]

this is a question I asked a few days ago: Lie Group has Euler characteristic zero. And it was put on hold. As I understand it, from looking at the profiles of those who put it on hold, I have (...
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Are my SE questions too difficult?

I hope it is OK to ask this like this here. I thought about asking on MO, but then I was warned because once I had a question that was not appropriate. I also was told once how my questions are not ...
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How to deal with defamations perpetrated through public chat rooms?

I must premise that the present OP, albeit motivated by a personal experience on Mathematical Stack Exchange, aims to solicit an open discussion about an important general issue concerning the common ...
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Two announcements: new “FAQ” and new “closure rules”

I want to point everybody's attention to two changes that will impact your user-experience here on Math.SE The first you may have already noticed: the old FAQ page has been replaced by a "help center"...
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Do questions have to be “good questions” to not be put on-hold/closed?

I have seen many questions that have been put on-hold or closed with the message: "This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, ...
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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool

Recently, I've seen a few examples of users asking questions and answering their own questions as a way of adding to the question pool here on MSE. The most recent example I've seen of this is the ...
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Is it OK to create a tag about exercises from one particular book?

Is it OK to create a tag about exercises from one particular book? The book I have in mind is a book with many hard exercises and unproved theorems in it (the total is about 200 or 300 maybe more), ...
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“I have no idea what to do” - How do you respond to self-study questions by users who are completely lost?

It seems very common for someone to ask a homework question along with some variant of the phrase "I am completely lost" or "I have no idea what to do", and therefore violating the guideline that self-...
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Why was this question deleted after it had been “finished”?

This question was recently deleted. The question had positive score, both answers had positive score, and one had been accepted. It had been closed as well (there's a separate question here about the ...
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Please provide context. [duplicate]

First of all, whether you're a new user or a long-time contributor, welcome! Mathematics Stack Exchange welcomes learners and lovers of mathematics from all levels. You have been directed here ...
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New contributor guidelines

Are new contributors pre-notified during their first ( say 5 ) posts alerting them that they should include details of their efforts and that pure work orders (or what may sound that way) stand a ...
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“Be nice” vs. summarily closing questions for being too naive or “frustrating”

I am puzzled by many questions being increasingly frequently closed as "off-topic", for reasons that are not immediately apparent. Below are a couple of random examples from the past day alone. ...
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Guidelines for good use of $\rm\LaTeX$ in question titles

Motivation: Every once in a while, I find myself making edits like this one, where OP (likely due to inexperience in asking questions) has used display math mode (...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Would tags for specific books be appropriate?

I'm wondering if tags for example Durret's Probability book would be allowed. I think that when one is reading a book, it would be interesting what doubts other user had when reading the same book. ...

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