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The (publishing) tag and academia.SE

I voted to close this question, with the justification that it is about mathematical publishing, not mathematics itself, and it would be better suited to academia.SE. This seems consistent with the ...
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Why use repressive actions instead of constructive?

I posted two questions yesterday that was closed/put on hold. The question If $p$ is a prime then $p^2+26$ is not a prime was marked as a duplicate of On the primality of integers of the form $p^2+k$,...
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MATLAB questions?

There are a lot of questions marked as "off-topic" in the subject, the majority are the newest ones. matlab is a tag of mathematics and there is no subject in stackexange exclusivelly for this topic. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for the state-of-the-art on a specific problem?

Is it on-topic to ask for the latest works on a particular problem, if the problem is specific enough? E.g. 'what are the latest works on graph theory' would obviously not be OK, but what about 'what ...
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computational number theoretic questions

Are computational number theoretic question in scope of math.stackexchange.com? Here the OP asks for a arithmetic progression of 6 primes and a commenter asked for an arithmetic progression of 10 ...
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About demanding work from askers

I only found out about MSE around the end of my degree, so I didn't get to ask that many questions. However, had I known about it earlier, I could see myself wanting to ask questions, having thought ...
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Inviting people to proofread a mathematical text allowed?

I recently wrote a short introduction to the Lebesgue-Integral, following a path that was outlined in a German textbook on functional-analysis, but without any proofs there. The approach is probably a ...
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How to handle repeated poor questions attempting to prove Famous Conjecture

I've noticed a couple of users, some more active than others, that repeatedly post questions that either claim a proof or a viable approach to a proof of some famous conjecture, such as the twin prime ...
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Can I ask a question, of which I know an answer? [duplicate]

Can I ask a question, of which I know an answer ? Thanks.
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Asking competitive exam questions (to which I have solutions)

I have several books of standard exercises that were asked in competitive exams in France (typically, ENS/Polytechnique), from my earlier years. In particular, a lot of them are quite interesting, ...
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On topic to put out my solutions of self study questions and ask for confirmation?

I am mostly self tutoring myself on the math behind fluid dynamics using an advanced textbook. So the book has several problems. Is it OK to post the problem solution as I do it and ask for ...
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Why people get mad when someone posts their homework?

When people post their homework and ask for help, a lot of other users get upset and ask questions like show what you did etc. I personally have never downvoted any questions, and if I know how to ...
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Question allowed?

I want to ask some questions not related directly to math problems, seeking for personal advices to be exact. So can you tell me where can I find answers for questions like "should I make a math blog?"...
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Asking “Where did my math go wrong” questions

Let's say a Math Exchange inquirer posts: 1) A homework problem (with book citation) 2) The inquirer's workings towards an (ultimately incorrect) final answer 3) The textbook's answer 4) And ...
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Is this site only for questions?

Sometimes I have something nice that I wish to publish, and get some feedback or comments about it from the community. So should I not post it here? Or maybe there is some other platform for this ...
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A question on an answer made by a user who is no longer active

I saw an answer in a old thread that I do not understand. I made a comment yesterday asking the user to explain a particular step. But I realize now that the thread is old and the user is no longer ...
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Is it OK to ask a question that will (likely) involve some programming by the answerer?

I have thought of a puzzle that I'd like to see the result of about primes. To continue my investigation I need some computer programming. I have absolutely no experience or even know which program ...
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Are questions asking whether a concept has been rigorously studied before and where I can read more about it in general?

So, sometimes one doesn't have a question about a subject sometimes. One just thought of the idea and wish to find out if it actually exists out there already. After all, no point wasting time if ...
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Can I ask a question for clarification of an answer?

Suppose that I received a somehow terse answer or an answer which is a little bit beyond my level, and that I would like to understand the answer in some more detail. Is it appropriate to ask a ...
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May I ask a question which contains longer verbatim quotes from a book?

My question is about mathematics. My question involves a proof contained in a book (Introduction to Mathematical Thinking--Devlin) My question requires I (verbatim) quote portions of a proof presented ...
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Should I remove a link if given an external request?

In good faith, I posted a question about a paper which was published in an online journal, claiming to have proven a result about a well-known theorem. I naturally linked to the paper in question, ...
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Policy on questions used in interviews

Recently there was a post with question which is used in an interview process by one company. I had an impression that at least questions from ongoing contests are closed/deleted (see e.g. here). Even ...
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Is this the right place to ask about math software/code? [closed]

If it isn't, please let me know where. Best.
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Asking for reference to mathematicians, not books — off-topic?

Is my question here: Categorical axiomatization of projective spaces off-topic? If yes, where would be a good place to post it?
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Is this too broad: “How many species of projective space are there?”

Realizing this covers a lot of territory, i.e. projective geometry, algebraic spaces, manifolds, etc., I'm basically looking for an exhaustive tabulation. [edit, post comment] I better understand ...
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Should I ask questions about Maxima here at Math SE or at Stackoverflow?

I see that questions about Maxima (a computer algebra system) are asked both at the Math SE and at Stackoverflow. Where should I ask my question about Maxima? Does it depend on the type of question?
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Is it off-topic to ask for advice on what courses/subject areas to study in preparation for PhD study in a certain area of mathematics?

The title pretty much explains the question but here it is Is it off-topic to ask for advice on what courses/subject areas to study in preparation for PhD study in a certain area of mathematics? ...
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Are there any lower bounds on the mathematical knowledge level to ask a question on MathSE? [duplicate]

I have been wondering around on some stackexchange sites for quite a while and sometimes read the hot network questions. An interesting fact that got my attention is, when a user on stackoverflow asks ...
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Is a question about “Best books/papers on X” appropriate?

I’ve recently become interested in rational right triangles — especially the relationship between their geometric and algebraic properties and possible applications to the solutions of Diophantine ...
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Is there a way to take a poll on Maths Stack Exchange?

The title says it all. Is there a way to take a poll on Maths Stack Exchange? Is a poll an acceptable question?
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Would a question asking “Is Theorem X interesting enough to be submitted for publication?” appropriate for MSE?

I have recently proved something (let's call it theorem X) which seems to be a cute, elementary result (I certainly do not mean Riemann, Goldbach etc.) I would like to post the following question: "Do ...
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Are requests for problems of a certain type on-topic

Is it on-topic to ask for problems concerning a certain subject matter? For example, could I ask for something like "counting problems involving the Euler totient function," or "problems involving ...
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Does “mathematics at all levels” include the level of those who harbor typical confusions held by most laypersons?

is all math beyond arithmetic just advanced arithmetic? A person suffering from the usual laypersons' extreme confusions about the nature of mathematics posted the question linked above. Might I be ...
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Does my applied math question belong on another stack?

My question about error in LHS sampling is not receiving very much attention. Is this the right stack for my question? This is applied math, which might be more appropriate for the stats stack. What ...
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Is my question on topic for MSE?

A few days ago I asked this question. So far it has zero score and has not received any answers or comments. I am starting to wonder if my question is even on topic. My question here is this: is ...
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When should I ask questions on here (meta math SE) and when should I ask on über meta?

It is my understanding if my question is about math.SE and can't be generalized to other SEs, here is better. If my question is about site functionality then über meta is better. Is this understanding ...
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Is it alright to ask about calculator programming?

I'm not sure which StackExchange site is specific for this, but assuming this site mostly covers Mathematics and of course, most of us should be using calculators or some sort of programming interface ...
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Are algorithm questions asking for pseudocode acceptable?

For instance, if I ask for an algorithm in pseudocode to compute GCD by the Euclidean algorithm in $\textbf{Z}[\sqrt{7}]$?
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Reference request on books allowed?

I have seen several of them. But I just wanted to make sure I could ask for reference requests rather than losing a lot of reputation afterwards. So are reference requests allowed in the math forum?
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Question about devices, related to mathematics

Well, I was searching for Math display and support in Amazon Kindle, surprisingly, I came across couple of questions about devices in MSE, Kindle paperwhite A digital notebook for Mathematics? The ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions regarding essential courses for all Mathematicians?

I'm currently looking into switching my degree program from Applied Math to Statistics. That being said there are some courses which I view in my university's Applied Math program that are not ...
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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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Would it be allowed to post a question as an exercise for students?

So I'm a math teacher and would like my students to get comfortable with this community and to get familiar with this resource. To this end I've daydreamed about assigning them a problem, then posting ...
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Is it ok to ask Mathematics questions of Economic nature?

I'm just curious, due to a lot of Mathematics being used in Economics (i.e. Use of Multivariate Calculus and Linear Algebra) if it would be ok to ask Math questions pertaining to Economists. It could ...
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What is a research level math question? (Ie what types of questions should be asked on MathOverflow and not here?) [closed]

I have some questions about material I learned in a graduate level mathematics course which are largely conceptual, and/or requests for relevant theorems/results. However, in general I am not sure if ...
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Would this question be too vague?

Below is a question I would like to ask on math.SE, but as it is a soft question I want to check first that it would not be considered too vague (or otherwise inappropriate). Here it is: Title: "...
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Would Asking for Feedback about my Notes be Off-Topic/Asking for Advice?

I am writing some notes about stochastic integration as a way to increase my understanding of the subject since I am learning it for the first time. It's about a 10 page PDF file in LateX. I assume ...
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Should a good question, be asked, no matter if I myself have already an answer? (This is not referring to answering it myself) [duplicate]

The mentioned "duplicate" Link has actually nothing to do with my question. GEdgar posted and actually similar post. IF you are interested in an answer to my question. Do NOT look up the "duplicate"...
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What is the minimal level of the question on this site? [duplicate]

Are mathematics at the level of elementary school(i.e. mostly arithmetic) not welcome on this site? Previously I posted an addition problem and show my attempt/effort but the question got deleted in ...
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“Context” vs. “your work” redux

Recently, we (once again) discussed the practices of requiring context and asking for someone's work on a question. It has been quite an established principle these days that people ought to include ...