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Should I Delete My Answer Even Though It's Correct?

I have answered a question concerning the derivation of a physics problem here: Trying to derive Newton's Shell Theorem, How do I integrate this? For some clumsy reason, I wasn't considering the ...
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Can I ask a question about terminology here?

I want to ask a question about the best term to use describe problems such as these where there are multiple steps to the problem. Because I am looking for a term, I am considering it a terminology ...
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Feedback on downvoted question

Yesterday, I asked the following question on conjectured values of certain factorial rational zeta series. It was downvoted twice, and upvoted once. I'm wondering where the downvotes have come from. ...
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Why are MSE policies that were agreed on not enforced?

I have been a member of Mathematics.SE for ten years. Yet I still don't understand why it is that when certain policies are introduced, they are not enforced or enforced selectively. For example: ...
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Is Math Stackexchange only for experts?

So recently I asked a few questions that seemed pretty difficult to me. But when I scrolled through some other questions I felt that to most other users my question are probably just elementary. Since ...
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Can I post questions to ask where I am making a mistake?

One of my biggest problems with the site is that my questions often get closed because they are flagged as duplicate. However, in most of these questions I am trying to not only get the right solution ...
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What is the goal of MSE?

What is the goal of MSE? Is it to get a repository of interesting questions and well-written answers. Or are we instead an online math tutoring site where we help anyone as long as they seem to be ...
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Has the culture of acceptable questions on SE changed over time?

I am relatively new to SE, but I have noticed something quite peculiar. I often am reading lots of old questions (years old) and encounter many that are very short, show very little self-attempt, and ...
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Is a question seeking for an English word for a new terminology on-topic?

I'm a grad student pursuing Master's degree. Though I'm unsure this counts as a research (it has a serious motivation, though), yet I was playing with point-set topology, and I made my own new ...
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Is it OK to ask for suggestions for undergrad thesis topic on MSE?

I am an undergraduate student and I'm about to take a senior thesis course. However I'm not quite sure about the topic that I want to choose; I certainly have some overall sense about what I would ...
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Can I ask for help to name my thesis?

I am finishing my undergraduate thesis, now my advisor has asked me to think of a name, but since in my work I use a mathematical tool to deal with two somewhat distant elements, I cannot think of a ...
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Should we be more harsh on questions with answers elsewhere?

In this question and many others which I have seen, the question is an exact copy with little changes to itself on quora or other sites. I left a comment on the post with reference to the quora post, ...
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Is there an appropriate stackexchange site related to speculative mathematics

I used to love the math.stackexchange web site. It was a great place for an amateur to get feedback and to learn about historical math papers and recent work. It was a great place to test out one's ...
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Would questions about the importance of a theorem in math on-topic?

Reading What topics can I ask about here?, it's unclear whether this kind of question is on-topic or not. Here is my draft question: The Fermat's Last Theorem took 358 years of effort to prove. It's ...
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Receiving multiple close votes with old questions.

I am surprised to see someone flagged my questions — both asked long ago and had accepted answers — as missing context overnight. Question 1 was asked years ago, whilst I was writing an essay and ...
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I would like to bounty a question that lacks context and possibly focus

This question claims three interesting limits about primes. I think it is poorly phrased, in that there is no context, source, or effort; further, it's unclear if any of the limits are related. That ...
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What's the issue with this question regarding style?

I was a bit skeptical of asking this question, since it seemed to be about style, which seems inherently opinion-based. However, there is a tag called "article-writing", which includes "...
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Questions regarding mathematical programming

What is the best place to ask questions about mathematical programming, between Math.SE and StackOverflow? What I have in mind is the following type of questions: Solving the word problem in a group ...
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Is it useful to the community to post questions without having had formal training in mathematics?

As someone who is interested in how numbers behave, but with no formal experience or vocabulary, I recently posted a couple of questions and gained quite a bit of knowledge and insight from the ...
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Is it alright to have a question on Math Stack Exchange that simply asks the name of a theorem?

The title pretty much explains this question. I am wondering what the name for the lemma that states "If one integer divides two different integers then it will divide their difference." Is ...
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Are providing link to "find my mistake" question of the solution okay?

The title might not describe my question really. I want to ask that there are several questions like what have I done wrong or what is my mistake. I usually answer these question telling them their ...
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Is linear elasticity mathematics or physics?

I wonder if questions regarding linear elasticity are considered math or physics. I started wondering when my post was closed without understandable motivation: https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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What's on-topic and off-topic, really?

This post is made in response to this thread, which asked for the error in a purported proof of the Riemann Hypothesis. After an upvote/downvote war (the downvotes have currently narrowly won), it was ...
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Are questions asking for fake proofs of a statement on topic?

This is motivated by a recent post on MSE which asks for fake proofs that there are only finitely many primes. The tag wiki of fake-proofs says: "seemingly flawless arguments are often presented ...
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Should I edit the question before starting a bounty, or start a new question?

I have a question I would like to start a bounty on. But I would like to edit the question to add the possibility for a stronger result. The question I want to start a bounty on is this question: For ...
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Calculator problems that have nothing to do with math

Why does Math.SE permit questions about calculators that have nothing to do with math, for instance this one?
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Are questions which ask for references to other questions, legal?

I was wondering if I could ask for references for a particular type of questions from MSE. Is it legal? For example, if I wanted references of questions which were related to proving $\lim_{n\...
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How to decide if use [mathematical-astronomy], or just post to astronomy.SE?

Recently I have asked this question: Do all spherically symmetric stellar systems have zero anisotropy? I have also asked some other questions in this topic, ie Poisson's equation-like formula in ...
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vertex transitive self answer

Can I self answer a question I post about examples of connected, vertex transitive graphs? I cannot find anything listing larger ones, and am even less likely to find examples with thoughtful choices ...
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Asking questions about difficulty reading proofs.

This is a question about advice specifically for reading proofs, not really about writing them. I have recently been reading Algebra by Hungerford (the standard graduate level 400 some page one) and a ...
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Are questions about mathematical journals appropriate for this forum?

I have a question about a journal, specifically the Mathematical Intelligencer. On Springer's Mathematical Intelligencer web page (https://link.springer.com/journal/283/volumes-and-issues), issues in ...
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Are soft questions allowed on MSE? I see there is a tag for it but I'm scared I will be downvoted for it.

What I was really looking for was a SE but for "soft questions mathematics" - the closest thing I found was the History of Mathematics and Physics SE, which is unlucky considering the ...
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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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Are questions about "Math Education" allowed?

Please read before closing as a duplicate of: Maths Education Questions I am wondering specifically about the process of Math education; I was recently considering showing Grant Sanderson's (...
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Recreational math

Where can I post problems and solutions with no commitment to formal mathematics? Some of the problems I do I do not find equal on the internet, like some variants of sacks spiral, problems of ...
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Posting a discussion type question on topic?

Recently, a large controversy has started within the Minecraft fanbase, regarding the speedrunner Dream, and claims of him possibly cheating by altering probabilities for certain random events within ...
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Can I open a discussion thread on Math.SE?

As written in my title, I wanna ask an opinionated question on Math.SE, but I am not sure if this is okay. So I have this kind of meta-question. Sincerely,
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An old question resurfaces for closing

I saw this question in the close vote queue. I agree it's seems very vague and hard to answer, but apparently the users who know more about statistics disagree since the person who commented on the ...
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Early results venue?

Not sure if this is appropriate but there were similar questions that I checked so I'll try. I've been working on a known problem in the number theory and may have an interesting early result. The ...
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Asking links of MSE questions and references

I am still new in MSE,and still learning how to use MSE properly. Sorry in advance. MSE has really nice Elementary number theory questions and so many nice elementary diophantine equation , and since ...
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doubt regarding what kind of question can be asked on MSE

Can I ask a question about book recommendation on MSE? I'm not sure whether that would be against the quality standards of MSE or not. EDIT: I found the book recommendation tag on MSE with many ...
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Can I ask a question about whether something can be modeled/proven/etc mathematically?

I want to ask whether something not from math can be modeled in any way using math, and particularly in a way that serves to prove/disprove some hypotheses or affirmations about that particular ...
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Can we post PSQs as long as we answer them ourselves?

By PSQ, I mean problem statement questions that have some background but show no attempt to answer the question. I'm aware that posting PSQ's is a direct violation of the MSE guidelines. I would also ...
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Right place to post questions ..

I am very new to MSE. Where am I supposed to post questions like , "Book recommendations" or " Complex numbers in geo vs Barycentric " ..
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Mathematics Stack Exchange vs. Puzzling Stack Exchange

Is there a clear delineation between the possible mathematical puzzles that can be posted only here and the ones that can be posted only in Puzzling Stack Exchange? Or there could be an overlap? I ...
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Can we post questions which are not posted in MSE but is posted in other math communities?

Can we post questions which are not posted in MSE but is posted in other math communities like in AOPS or any other forums? To be more precise: The solution is there in the other math communities but ...
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where / if any can I ask for math book recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations on undergrad math books, in the topics of calculus, elementary set theory, linear algebra and combinatorics. I'm not sure when / in which format I should be asking this ...
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Promoting yourself in the forum

I just wanted to know if it is ok to promote a video about math that I have uploaded. meaning, I'll create a post which will be a discussion about this video, where we will discuss the video, suggest ...
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If I have a question that has already been answered, but I don't understand the answer and the thread seems to be dead, how do I ask?

My post here was closed. I have the same question as another user but I do not understand the accepted answer. To me, it appears incomplete. It is missing details which I do not know how to fill in. ...
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Can I ask Geogebra questions on this site?

There are certain questions, answer of which require a graph, diagram or animation of locus or more precisely something related to Geogebra. So, is asking input command of how to make any animation ...
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