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Need objective comments on the appropriateness of a question

I asked a question about a currently active Internet discussion (What is the reason for the "left to right" rule?) I specifically asked about the algebraic reason of one mathematical rule ...
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Should there be a Challenge tag?

Today I posted the question below: Challenge: find the order of an element in a Finite Abelian Group with a given presentation I was surprised to find that there is no such thing as a ...
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Do Probability and Statistics questions belong here?

When reading random questions on this site, I often come across some Statistics/Probability-related questions. More often than not, these questions receive either not enough or not good enough answers....
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Math.SE Vs MathEducation.SE for questions about efficient structure of solutions?

I’d like to reach out to the community to find an improved way of approaching a specific, common problem type (finding the Taylor coefficients in various binomial series expansions; both a) the ...
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When does Goldbach get away from non research levels? [closed]

This polynomial being every natural number greater than 3 is consistent with Goldbach's conjecture, because if both halves are positive, this is half a sum of two primes.I'm mostly trying to show ...
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Can we ask about code in math.stackexchange?

I was wondering if it's OK to ask about the implementation of a mathematical function in code? Really do not know if I should ask in StackOverflow or math.stackexchange.
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Multiple questions in a single post

Recently this question was edited so as to have two separate questions within the same post (after the OP tried to ask me the second question directly in comments on an unrelated question and I ...
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Are check my work question discouraged on this site?

Are check my work question discouraged on this site? So here are two basically the same question with one asking to answer the problem and other to what went wrong with my approach. What is wrong ...
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How can I make this question better.

Range of $ y = (\operatorname{arccot} x) (\operatorname{ arccot} ( - x)) $. I asked this question. How can I make this better? Someone in comments is saying I should add more context but I did.
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Will this question about understanding what this geometry question mean be on topic here?

https://english.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/13147/will-this-question-be-on-topic-here So I asked this question on English stack exchange and they said "probably not". So will this question be ...
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Possible violation of copyright if question is answered - What is the Community's view?

This question asks users to determine a function involved in the inner working of a software. The identity of the software is unknown at the time of asking this question and it might possibly be ...
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Looking for An Answer [closed]

I was not sure whether to ask this question here or delete my question and ask the question again. The problem: I asked a question a while back but I am still waiting for an answer. I was not sure ...
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How Rigid Is the Multiple Question Rule When Analyzing Mathematical Concepts?

I was wondering if there could be exceptions to the multiple question rule when analyzing mathematical concepts. For example, suppose a user quotes a math-related paragraph on Wikipedia, and wants to ...
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Word requests okay?

I wanted to ask: Is there a mathematical term for completing a collection of sets with the operations of intersection, union, and complement? In other words, all the regions of a Venn diagram of ...
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Are questions about professional mathematician culture and language on-topic?

I want to ask this questions: What points mathematicians need in an explanation about red herring names? This question seems to be off-topic in Math Edu, since the site is more about teachers ...
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Master thesis: asking people to check the math

My academic advisor quit and the project is now discontinued. Yet, I'm still registered and I intend to hand in the thesis soon. The last time my advisor checked my work was a while ago since then I ...
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Is [programming] appropriate for “I will understand computer code better than maths notation”?

My understanding of the programming tag is informed by its tag description. In part: For […] questions where a computer-aided solution is strongly suggested. A ...
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What Counts as a duplicate Question?

Imagine somebody who is studying differential equations. He comes to the section on first order linear differential equations. He attempts to do the first problem in the section, but he comes up with ...
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Electronics/Physics related question which is mostly mathematics - on topic here?

I have a question which is related to a physical topic (force of one charge on another). In fact this specific question is about a charged ring with a radius $R$ and a charge in z-direction in ...
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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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Asking for the validity of papers in pre-print websites

Assume that I'm a beginner and I want to read a research paper on a pre-print website. Is it on the topic in mse to ask for the validity of a research paper in any pre-print websites such as arXiv ...
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Where to report MathJax bugs?

TL;DR: What is a suitable place where to report MathJax bugs? I mean the bugs which seem to be issues with MathJax in general - not specific to this site or Stack Exchange network. Often some ...
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How to properly ask a "textbook recommendation" question?

I've seen several "textbook recommendation" type questions on MSE, and some of them have been quite popular and helpful. In a lot of them, the poster provides their mathematical background information ...
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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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Are questions about mathematical language, writing, and terminology on topic here?

I just came across the question "Does "another" mean "another" in mathematics?". This question is asking about how the word "another" is used in mathematical writing. Someone ...
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Why is this question "not" off-topic here?

I came across this question [edit - now deleted] and looking at the number of years and his reputation at MSE I feel that the questioner has quite a good experience of how MSE works. The moment I read ...
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Can I ask about a problem solving approach?

I have a question and I have a way of approaching its solution. But I don't know whether that approach is correct or not. So can I ask about whether my approach is correct or not on this site?
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Should I delete question that is an open problem and has been discussed in papers?

Related question:Finding $\max |A|$ with $a_{ij}=\pm 1$ I have asked this question before I searched OEIS. After I have asked this question, I found this problem called "Hadamard maximal determinant ...
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How to deal with questions, I am not sure they fit the "rules" of this site?

I would like to ask a question how to deal with knowledge gaps. How to figure out you have one and what the best way is to fix them, or even avoid them to happen. This sounds like a "personal advice" ...
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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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Questions should not be closed as "primarily opinion-based" if the OP lacks understanding to know that it's primarily opinion-based in the first place

My question was closed as "primarily opinion-based," but I don't believe it was justified. If the OP lacks minimal understanding to know that a question is opinion-based, the community ...
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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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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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