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Questions tagged [allowed-questions]

Use this tag when asking what is on- or off-topic on the main site, and why.

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On Hold/Closed for broad or unclear, Then edited, then…

Kinda dumb/n00b/challenging conventional wisdom question, but what is the procedure for questions that are on hold or closed for being broad or unclear and then edited to hopefully become less broad ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions on identifying theorems?

Suppose I developed a small theorem in a particular domain of mathematics and I don't know whether it was discovered earlier or not. The theorem I derived or the result I found on my own may be ...
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Are requests for proof reading written articles appropriate on MSE?

As I am learning new topics in mathematics, I would like to write web-based tutorial articles that demonstrate my knowledge so that others may perhaps benefit from what I have learnt. However, I am ...
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A somewhat open ended question. What's the fallout of ____- Theorem?

I would like to pose questions occasionally (perhaps I can make a series if this idea is well-received) of the type of the title. In particular I was thinking: Proposed Question: What are some of ...
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Are questions caused by typographical errors in a textbook on-topic?

Recently someone asked a question about an argument in a textbook which (s)he did not understand. Some people quickly noticed that the confusion was just caused by a typographical error in the book, ...
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Why is this question closed as off-topic [duplicate]

Square root of complex numbers in inequalities I was thinking that complex numbers are ordered by their magnitude and in the comments I explained in detail that I wasn't trolling and I never do but ...
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Why my question was put on hold

My question was about derivatives, and I thought it was a good question. But then, Moderators put my question [on hold] saying that it was off-topic. Now, I am wondering why it was an off-topic post....
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Can I post questions to fill in the gaps in a textbook I'm reading from?

I am currently reading Galois Theory on my own from Patrick Morandi's Field and Galois Theory. There are many statements in the textbook that I do not find to be obvious, which is to be expected from ...
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Can I ask similar type of questions frequently?

Am I allowed to ask similar type of questions but not same questions frequently? Consider this and this for example.
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Would a question-series to understand a selected paper be on-topic?

I thought of doing a question series with the aim of understanding a paper. I would like to do it so that even undergraduates could understand. The motivation is of course that I want to understand it ...
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Is Math StackExchange aging?

I am just a relatively new user, so please correct me if I'm wrong. If you read about the questions with most votes in MSE, you can find that until the $35$-th of question, the questions are all ...
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Are math-based economics questions welcome here?

I asked a question on the economics stack about a dynamic, structural model. It's a self study question. The difficulty I'm having with it stems from me not knowing how to set up the problem ...
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Relating slit scan photography to linear algebra?

This should be ok but I thought I'd check, the FAQ suggests that it might not be. I wish to ask a question regarding a simple form of photography (slit scan) and its equivalence to 3D linear ...
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Is it ok to ask if a demonstration is correct? [duplicate]

I just posted a question, and explain the motivations (to get some advances on an open problem, but I don't even hope to solve it) I didn't answer totally to my question, but some further statements ...
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Should homework questions from advanced subjects be closed?

When I say homework question, I mean the kind of questions frequently seen where the question is just a direct copy of an exercise from a textbook without any work from the OP. These questions appear ...
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How should we deal with “sob stories”/gaming the system?

There are many questions where someone posts something along the lines of "my 4 year old daughter conjectured that: (math a 4 year old would obviously not know)". There was one recently where they ...
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What is the right place (on stackexchange) to ask questions concerning mathematical writing?

As a student working on my first academic publication, I have a ton of questions specifically about writing about math. For example: When should I state the full theorem rather than just its name ...
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Can I ask for someone to check a derivative?

So I did some maths and wonder if I did it correct. Is here to correct place to ask a question of the form: I need to find the derivative $\frac{dF}{dx}$ and here is my solution. Is this correct? As ...
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Unsure of wolfram Alpha Questions

I recently asked a question relating to plotting via Wolfram Alpha: How can I plot y vs x with multiple terms/variables? My question was closed as "Off topic" and "missing context". I can sort of ...
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Is how to draw a math-related picture on topic?

Is a question on how to draw a math-related picture (to be better understood) and what are generally accepted meanings of certain math pictures on topic?
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Why is asking how to make a topic on-topic on the main site being off-topic on meta?

How to ask the question about Poincaré's quote about mathematics? Why is this question off-topic on Math Stack Exchange Meta?
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Are posts of the kind “I wrote this proof, is it correct” valid for math.stackexchange?

I'm a programmer learning maths on the side while working. I find one of the best ways to learn is to try and come up with my own proofs from first principles. I suppose these will either a) be wrong ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions about implementation of proof checker software on MSE?

I want to ask questions about how to best implement algorithms for software manipulation of first-order logic formulas. The algorithms would be written in pseudocode, and not specific to any ...
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What qualify questions to be in mathoverflow and not in math.stackexchange?

I have read that https://mathoverflow.net/ is only for the very advanced mathematics, such as upper graduate level or research level, counter to https://math.stackexchange.com/ which is for any ...
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On the appropriateness of some of my recent posts

Recently I've been trying to develop my mathematical writing style, which is largely informed by my experience on this site, into a longer form with an emphasis on interpretation of mathematics rather ...
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Is asking for a proof to be written on topic?

I have a rather complicated (relatively speaking) calculus equation that is true for all values greater then 0. I want to write a proof but the calculus is getting rather advanced. Is asking for a ...
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May I ask to check if my solutions to tasks from former tests are correct?

I will soon have a test...I feel very uneasy about the test, so as an exercise I'm doing tasks from former tests... And I feel pretty unsure about my solutions to these tasks as well... Frankly - may ...
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Coding a mathematical problem in Scilab or C++

As mathematicians need every so often to use programming in the process of a mathematical problem solving, may I ask a question regarding coding within this context? If yes, how can I text the code I ...
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Can a question be too easy? [duplicate]

As a reviewer of first posts (posts by new users) there seems to be a grey area as to what level of question is acceptable. This question (it has already been deleted 11/16/17 2:30 am EST) basically ...
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Is it OK to ask a question as a puzzle?

When I asked this question I did not yet know the answer. Even though I felt that I could probably solve it given a little time, I also felt that I had been able to formulate a question that was clear ...
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Are intuition-based questions off-topic?

I was perusing the "Close Questions" queue just now and noticed a common theme. It seems like a large number of questions involve gaining intuition about some result; most of them use the word "...
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May I ask my physical equation questions here?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Centripetal Acceleration I'm interested in mathematical-physics and want to ask my equation questions here. So, I'm thinking that I'll post ...
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Can I ask a question for a tablet recommendation for doing mathematics?

With all the technology available, I've been thinking of getting a tablet for doing all my mathematical calculations, taking notes in class. Obviously there is a bunch of options of tablets in the ...
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Why don't we use a homework policy… like physics.SE?

I was reading Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text and I came upon some startling old statistics. Since 2013, the number of questions on this site has multiplied ...
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Is it okay to ask for recommendations for a graphing tool?

I want to graph a 2d surface in 3d Euclidean space and then plot multiple trajectories along the surface. Is it okay to ask what free graphing/plotting tool might be suitable on the main site and how ...
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How can this on-hold question be improved?

This recently asked question by a new user: How to solve the inequality $2xy > x^2-y^2$? is put on hold. OP wanted to solve an inequality and used WolframAlpha to get an answer. S/he did not ...
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Is this an appropriate question from this site?

I'm looking for a site where I can ask a question regarding the math education system in the US versus Spain. I asked for a site recommendation on the meta SE, and they suggested this site might be ...
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What is the deal with this “troll” question? [closed]

About an hour ago, an apparently brand-new user posted this absurd question. Because I suspect it will be deleted soon, here it is in full: Physics teacher gave really hard math problem I ...
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Can I ask about my chances in maths career or will I get flagged?

I've been thinking lately how good chances I have to achieve my goals as a mathematics researcher. I need someone who have enough experience in the field. I'm not sure tough, if Mathematics SE is the ...
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Is this question too broad? Would it be well-received?

So while I've known about the classification theorem of finite simple groups for a while, I saw the orders of the sporadic groups factored and noticed that all of them have very many small prime ...
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Where can I ask about a result?

It happens that I proved an elementary result about the commutant (or centralizer) of a matrix; the result is elementary but nice and can be useful; the method is also elementary. my first reaction ...
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Is it acceptable to share notes on mathematics meta?

In response to my question regarding the Collatz Conjecture, I received the following comment: "@GriffonTheorist697, I have done quite a bit of work on the Collatz problem from this angle, and I ...
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Can I Ask Questions About, and to Help, My PhD on Stack Exchange?

I am unsure on the etiquette of asking questions directly related to my PhD on Stack Exchange -- to be specific, I'm doing a discrete probability maths PhD. There are sometimes small technical ...
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Why has this question so many downvotes?

I just found a question Example of map from commutative ring to another commutative that preserves multiplicative identity and addition but NOT multiplication. that has 4 downvotes and is closed as ...
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Why I can ask question in MathOverflow and not here (MSE)? [closed]

Why I can ask question in MathOverflow and not here (MSE)?
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Are basic questions welcome here?

I asked a question yesterday about something that turned out to be an error in my understanding of the Quadratic Formula and radicals. I am taking Algebra I, far inferior to the majority of users on ...
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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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Should questions based on single variable integration allowed?

I am not really a math user here, I'm mostly on chemistry.stackexchange. What I do know, is that integrals can be easily solved on this wonderful website. http://www.integral-calculator.com/ Simply ...
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Are questions about the syllabus appropriate?

Are these types of questions appropriate? In which syllabus in the U.S. Can the Poisson Distribution Formula be found? Why is technique $A$ not in Qualification $B$? And similar questions?...
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Can I ask this question here?

The question: Let $\mathcal{S}$ be the set of strings of length at most $100$, drawn from a finite alphabet $A$; for any $s \in \mathcal{S}$, $s = a_1 , . . . , a_{100}$ where each $a_j \in A$. Let ...