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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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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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What should be deleted? If I realize a question is pointless?

Should one remove questions that are "pointless" since the problem is much simpler than one originally thought?
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where do the probability and statistics questions go? (math.se or stats.se)

hi, So I apologize if this question was covered somewhere, or its a little ignorant but I did search for it. Where do questions on the following topics go : Poisson's, Norma, Binomial Distributions ...
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A question about a big-list, historical type question about the relationship between math and physics.

I'm interested in learning about the application mathematics to the field of physics. I.e., Newton's calculus is essential for understanding and applying his law of motion F = ma, and I'm curious if ...
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Should we be an encyclopedia?

There have been a couple of questions of of the form "tell me everything about topic X". See for example: What is a real number (also rational, decimal, integer, natural, cardinal, ordinal...)? https:...
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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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Are questions about Mathematica appropriate here?

For example, I am trying to understand how Reap[] and Sow[] work in Mathematica. On the one hand, it's not really a question about mathematics per se. But on the other, it is a question that some of ...
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Are questions about mathematicians' biographies on topic here, even if they don't relate to mathematics?

I want to ask about Fourier's life. While traveling with Napoleon, he founded an institute in Cairo called the Cairo Institute. Because I have lived in Cairo, I am just curious where that institute ...
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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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Where is the line drawn between mathematics and mathematical software used by mathematicians?

I saw a similar question on the Statistical Analysis meta, but I didn't see any discussion here, so I figured I'd kick this off to the "power users" of Mathematics. Where are the boundaries when it ...
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Philosophical questions

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but this question is a question about philosophy, not a question about mathematics. I'm not saying it's a bad question, but it's just not a mathematical question (insofar as ...
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A homework question to close

Can anyone, please, help to close the following question: my techer now gave us harderproblems man. :((( how can u solve dis problem? 26*8y = 4x - 27/8 u solved before on other ...
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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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Question closers ignoring meta

Now what is the point in having a civilized meta thread about closing a specific question when people just go right ahead and do it anway?!?!!? The meta thread in question had only one answer (mine), ...
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Quotes question should be closed

I have voted to close "What is your favorite Math Quote". I think this question is outside what we hope to silly filling up the site. My comment indicating that it should probably be closed has four ...
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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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Why was my question promoting another math website deleted?

I posted a few hours ago a question about how to promote another math site which has different purposes. I really, really have no intention to spam, but I thought (and still think) that the resource I ...
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Are calculation questions acceptable?

There was recently a question about calculation short-cuts to save time. I'd like to know what the community consensus is about the acceptability of such questions here. I myself voted to close -- I'...
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How should we deal with ill-founded questions?

Inspired by this question on the parent site. Somewhat related to this meta question, but people who ask ill-founded questions are not necessarily cranks. People will continue to ask questions ...
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Which question should be asked?

I am not used to StackExchange (I just stumbled upon the committing phase for this group because a friend of mine who knows I am a math fan told me about it), so I am not really sure which kind of ...
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Are algorithm questions acceptable

I just answered this question How can I randomly generate trees? and then part of me wanted to close it since it seems more like an on topic question for a SO but not here. Thoughts?
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why did you close my question “if all sets were finite”?

I really don't understand your reasoning. I think it was a perfectly reasonable question. If all sets were finite, how could the real numbers be defined?. The all-sets-finite system is a possible ...
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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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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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Philosophical time-wastebaskets

Recently the question Do Complex Numbers Really Exist? was closed as "subjective and argumentative". I voted to close, because the way the question was asked invited two philosophical questions, and ...
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Questions about math jokes

I asked a question related to a math joke, and there are different reactions. Are math jokes strictly prohibited here? From my comment: I already knew the answer, but there could be new ...
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Are topics in the teaching or popularization of math inappropriate?

Thе question “What are some good ways to get children excited about math?” has been tagged as off-topic. Do people agree with this characterization? Personally, I think the question could generate ...