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Clarify an old answer

Today I went to ask a question, but I discovered that somebody else had already asked the exact same thing. Goody for me, right? Well, the trouble is, the question got several answers, but I don't ...
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Are "please check my proof" type of questions proper?

I am investigating a somewhat obscure area of number theory. Can I post a proposition and a complete proof and ask people to check it?
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What is the site etiquette about (i) asking and (ii) answering questions in a language other than English?

We have a new user who has recently both asked and answered questions in French. I think we should discuss the appropriateness of this practice. As of 2023, there is a new policy on this.
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Is there a lower bound to the level of the questions that can be asked in here?

Recently I've seen a couple of questions, specifically this one and this one, that were relatively low level for what I've seen up to now in the site. Basically both questions were just asking for ...
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The problem with proof verification

What I am going to bring up is not a new problem. It was hashed again and again and again. It was brought up as far as 2013, and repeatedly almost every year. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Some of ...
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Can I post a question and an answer just because I think it helps others?

My Question is as it is in the title.. Can I just post (I did not say ask) a question and answer (I am not asking for proofreading) just because I understand the question properly and I know the ...
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Posting multiple questions as one?

It often happens that (usually somewhat inexperienced) users post several questions on more or less related themes as one single question. To give a stylized example, someone may ask: Which of the ...
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Questions whose answers are known to the OP

This has come up in the past, but then the answer was that the website was in beta and needed to be "seeded" with good questions, so it didn't matter. Now that the site is well out of beta, what do ...
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Why close old questions with accepted answers using the "no context" reason?

Recently, I have noticed there is an increasing number of closings (or at least, close votes) on questions like this one. That is, archaic questions with accepted answers, which do not match the "...
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Is math puzzle "on-topic" or "off-topic"?

Can I ask questions that serve as puzzles? I.e. I already know the answers but post the questions anyway to see if other people can solve the puzzles?
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What is the proper way to handle homework questions?

I feel that this topic is important enough to deserve its own page, rather than having bits and pieces be scattered across many answers and comments. It is inevitable that many students will come to ...
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Do we actually "welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use"?

On the FAQ it says: "We welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use". However, when I went to post a question about maple, I found this: About maple For questions involving the ...
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Centralized solutions to textbook problems considered harmful?

Recently I've been toying with the idea of going through Crandall and Pomerance's Prime Numbers: A Computational Perspective cover-to-cover, to the best of my ability. However, it's a very difficult ...
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Questions that Ask to Verify Solution to Problem

Is it okay to ask questions where you give the solution and ask people to review it to see if it is correct?
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Views on asking and answering questions solely to make results available on stack exchange.

How would people view a single user asking or stating minor results or exercises and providing an answer for the sole sake of making the result available on stack exchange? Is this in the spirit of ...
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Guess the next number/guess the relation etc

I think it should be added to the FAQ that "guess the next number of the sequence of numbers" and similar are off-topic since this type of thread is posted quite often. A few examples: Find the ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for references and book recommendations?

More specifically: Occasionally I would like to read a proof of some major theorems, but, as I don't want to bother people by asking them to write it here - I believe it is far better if I could ask ...
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Submitting a paper for review

I have done some research and think I have interesting results. However, I have little experience in scientific publishing, especially in the mathematics domain (I am a Computer Science guy). Can I ...
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Why a question without showing any work is getting upvoted?

Very often here when a post does not show any work gets down voted to hell, this question is getting upvoted +5 without having shown any work. I have seen others people's post get downvoted severely ...
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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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Requests for electronic versions of books

Should we allow requests for electronic versions of books such as this? While sometimes there may be legit copies out there, most of the time the books are copyrighted and we shouldn't post links to ...
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Contest questions on math.SE

This is related to this post, please read the comments. What is the usual way of dealing with that kind of problems on math.SE? (By "that kind of problems" I mean someone posting tasks from an ...
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Proof Verification of Open Problems

Over the past few days, I've noticed several proof verification questions regarding open problems. On one, quid left the comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for ...
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Creating a solutions manual within a single math.SE question

Very recently the following "question" was posted on the main site Solutions to "Vakil - Foundations of Algebraic Geometry" exercises The purpose of this "question" is to create a ...
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"Off-topic" tags

Some tags are about topics that are blatantly not on-topic here. Let me quote the FAQ (I realize this is not the be-all and end-all, but it's better than nothing): Mathematics Stack Exchange is for ...
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What kinds of soft questions are acceptable at math.stackexchange?

I have asked Is remaining single helpful in mathematical career? today and it was put on hold as off-topic. While How hard should a mathematician work? is acceptable with many positive votes and ...
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What to put in the FAQ (the "on-/off-topic" section)?

Currently, we can modify the FAQ, but only half a section: Therefore, most of the [faq-proposed] cannot be applied so far. It was recommended we just include the ...
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Competitions on MSE

I've always wanted math competitions on MSE ever since I've joined. These could be either user-held or officially held, whichever seems better. User-held competitions would run as follows. A user ...
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Academic advising should be explicitly off-topic

Occasionally we get questions of the form I am a student of $N$th year majoring in $A$ with minor or emphasis in $B$. I took courses $C_1,C_2,\dots,C_n$ and did extracurricular activities $E_1,\dots,...
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Are questions about history on topic?

By now, many of you are likely aware of the existence of History of Science and Mathematics Stack Exchange, which started up a year and a half ago and is still going strong in the beta stage. ...
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Large number of self-answered questions permissible?

I have some free time over the next month, and I was thinking of reviewing some material on Hilbert spaces and eventually learning about the associated spectral theory. (I never got to this when I ...
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Are congratulatory posts off-topic on meta? Or only some of them?

Posts commenting some achievements of math.SE users have been posted quite often on meta. Usually it was about a user reaching some reputation milestone, such as 100k or 200k. (I also remember a post ...
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Are small competitions allowed?

I was puzzling: "What is the shortest proof of $\exists x \forall y (P(x) \to P(y)) $?" (a variation of the drinkers paradox see Proof of Drinker paradox) given a certain set of inference rules and ...
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Proof verification types of questions

Is asking proof verification questions frowned upon here -- especially if one keeps asking such a type of question? My concerns stems from the fact if the proof is correct, users merely post "...
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Questions concerning editing of wikipedia articles

As far as I can say, some users of math.stackexchange also participate in editing wikipedia articles. E.g. here the summary says: corrected the statement of the "subring test"; the mistake was ...
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math.SE policy on question from ongoing contests

Triangle Geometry Question That is a question from the Online Math Open which is currently in progress.I would be grateful to know about math.stackexchange's policy on such matters. Please see ...
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Forum for Chatty Math Education Questions

I often find myself considering implementing something new in my classroom, but wanting advice from more experienced teachers. Such questions are not really appropriate for Math.SE, since they solicit ...
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What is our policy on questions that are quite clearly homework? [duplicate]

What's the policy with questions like Prove: $(a + b)^{n} \geq a^{n} + b^{n}$ https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1350/is-the-set-of-polynomials-of-degree-2-a-vector-space which are, I think, ...
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Should I ask stupid questions?

As I'm starting to study mathematics and I feel like to ask a lot of questions, but I'm aware that I could answer part of them alone instead of just asking. Sometimes I can answer the question a few ...
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Is it ok to ask about the correctness of preprints of crank friendly topics?

Motivated by this question here: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/43051/collatz-finally-solved There seems to be a divided opinion (see comments) among users of math.se regarding the "on-...
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Is theoretical computer science on topic?

This question was closed for being off topic, and then reopened, presumably for being on topic. It seems to me that parts of theoretical CS are definitely on topic - e.g. I have read some analysis of ...
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Should we allow ongoing journal questions?

Recently, a question was asked. In an answer, it was explained that the question was a problem from the most recent Mathematics Magazine Problems section, and that the answerer was in fact the author ...
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What Do We Mean by "Context"? [duplicate]

It seems that we at M.SE have developed a rather large repertoire of definitions of the word "context". Looking at the questions in the close vote queue for "missing context", one will see many ...
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Asking questions with very short answers

What should one do when having a short question to which one can't find the answer? With short questions I mean question which generally can be answered with 'no' or 'yes', a simple example, a simple ...
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Suggestions for improving this FAQ: What kind of questions can I (not) ask here?

I think the current answer is too vague for a lot of people (me) to properly understand and possibly even misleading. I would like to try and get exactly sort of questions are good and what aren't so ...
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About collections of questions at SE which are "solution manuals" to some book

This is closely related to this question: Creating a solutions manual within a single math.SE question The difference is that I am asking about possibility of posting exercises from some book as a ...
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Are questions about existence of a solution manual to a book allowed on MSE?

I recall that there were some questions of this type asked on the main. Some of them were closed, some not. I think it would be good to know what the MSE community thinks about this problem and, if ...
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Is matlab on topic

Is a purely matlab-related question, like https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/11171/matlab-numden-does-not-simplify-by-lowest-common-factor, on topic? NB: Asking this question initially required ...
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Is it okay if I use this site to have someone check my work or give a solution?

Seeing the level of work on here and the bad feedback I have gotten makes me wonder if it is okay to use this site to check my work for errors or ask for a solution to a problem that I can't solve. I ...
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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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