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Is it rude to ask for confirmation/proof of my conjecture?

I have a conjecture (I promise, it is not my homework). Is it rude to ask people to give any light about its validity and the topic?
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A guided self-study anti-pattern?

I've observed a certain pattern of behavior a number of times on MSE over the years (to varying degrees), but I didn't find it discussed directly on here (although some related topics have been ...
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May I ask big-list questions like so?

My personal notes often have big lists of related, sometimes only suspected, results. What I have done throughout the years in MSE is to ask whether one specific result is true at a time (one post per ...
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Are questions regarding Geogebra allowed here, or should they be asked on SO?

Question: Are questions regarding Geogebra allowed here, or should they be asked on SO? I have a problem currently with trying to plot a certain function $f(x,y)$ in Geogebra which contains both ...
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Mathematical aspects of ciphers: Ask on here or Puzzling.SE?

Question: Should I ask here or on Puzzling.SE about the mathematical aspects of ciphers? I have a question about a cipher called the "Prime Multiplication Cipher" which is a cipher that ...
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Integral or Series Closed Form Inquiry

I know it's a dumb question still I don't have premium access to Mathematica or Wolfram Alpha, so I sometimes get stuck. Can I ask on Math Stack Exchange community for help finding the closed form of ...
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Mathematical Challenges Question

Can people ask MSE for help in regards to refining or aiding them in solving and creating questions that could potentially be used in mathematical challenges or even Olympiads? My last posted question ...
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Closed Question Despite 8 Upvotes and Detailed Attempts – Seeking Clarification

I joined Math Stack Exchange about 15-17 days ago, so I might not know all the rules for asking questions. One of my early questions got closed, but it had 8 upvotes, and I mentioned what I tried. I’m ...
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Should I split my two-part question into two?

I am currently writing a question about an infinite product I got stuck on trying to solve. I realized that I have not actually proven that it converges, something I also do not know how to do. I see ...
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Marathon on math stackexchange

everyone. Good evening. I've noticed several discussions about integral marathons and infinite series marathons on various forums, such as the Art of Problem Solving and Integrals and Series Prohbb (...
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Can I make a post just for curiosity?

I wanted to ask if I can ask questions that arise only from my curiosity (example: I waste time doing random functions and create a problem out of nothing that seems interesting to me because it has a ...
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Is it possible to make a statement about ways I think MSE could improve? [closed]

My apologies if this question doesn't fit here - I am not sure where this question would best be asked. I have been feeling for some time that I would like to make a suggestion for how math stack ...
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Are non-rigorous questions allowed on MSE?

By non-rigorous questions I mean questions not of the form "Prove that ...". For instance: "Is there a clever way to check this type of equality?" "Does this math thing remind ...
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Is posting informative content without a real question acceptable?

I’ve made an interesting (to me) discovery about something I’ve been working on, but I don’t know if I should post it on any of the math-related stack exchange forums since there isn’t much of a ...
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Can I recycle deleted questions?

Context I wanted to completely empty the list of questions I had deleted but I realized that it is not possible to delete them permanently (or at least... I didn't find it). Question I was wondering ...
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What should I do if I am asked to close an old question that does not meet current standards?

I now realize that many of the closure proposals I was voting for are from posts that date back several years (in this case I received a report from someone who flagged a post from 2016 but I can't ...
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Why are fundamental questions dismissed on MSE?

I was not allowed to ask questions once before and followed the site recommendations of editing posts and answering questions to regain the right to ask questions, which I did regain successfully. ...
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Posting a solution from elsewhere and asking whether it's correct

I have seen postings on math.stackexchange starting "I found this solution somewhere on the internet to [problem x.y in textbook]" (often without information about where they found it, just ...
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Isn't this question opinion-based?

I saw this question. But I'm surprised to see it's not closed for being opinion-based. It looks like a poll actually. It doesn't cope with math itself. There can even be 1000 answers and each answerer ...
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Math Stackexchange vs CrossValidated

I know that the website for statistics and machine learing related questions is Cross Validated. And there is a separate website for Data Science. However, questions in the past on statistics that I ...
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What types of mathematical writing questions are suitable for Mathematics Stack Exchange?

I find it quite strange that every time I discuss mathematical writing, some people suggest closing the topic. For example: Does 'hence' (thus, therefore) need a comma after it? How to avoid ...
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Is asking to verify my P=NP proof appropriate? [closed]

Is providing link to my (8 pages) proof of P=NP and asking to check my proof appropriate for a math.SE question?
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Would questions asking how a concept is modellized/formularized be on-topic?

From the comments of this meta question, Would questions about the importance of a theorem in math on-topic?, it seems to be a consensus that importance is a ...
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Topicality of Black Scholes Option pricing model

It seems to me that for math stack exchange, problems dealing with the Black Scholes option pricing model are on topic. Are they? If they are not, I think they should be. Please comment. For example, ...
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The downvoting system is toxic. [duplicate]

I was told to ask here. Here I am! Does anyone else have the same feeling? Sometimes some questions are downvoted because it seems trivial. But to be honest, as a person first seeing some maths ...
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I have a question on how to study maths, is MSE the right place for it?

I have a question regarding how to study maths efficiently, and how the best study maths. Is this the best place for it?
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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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