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Are you allowed to ask about general principles of a certain type of math? [duplicate]

So, if I ask a question like this, but what I want to know the general principles of solving such equations, where would I ask? Are those types of questions allowed? A question of that sort would be ...
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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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Same Question with answer already existent

What if an answer to my question already exists but I'm looking for an alternative solution that suits my current level of knowledge better? Is it still redundant to post the same question again or is ...
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Is the following question suitable for stackexchange

I don't know if the following question is suitable for being asked on Math Stackexchange. Can someone please clarify? I wish to use a software to compute the generators of the ring invariant under ...
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Are Statistics questions off-topic?

I recently attempted to answer a question about statistics on MSE, but didn't bother with completing my answer because there was too little traffic on the question and the OP took no interest. I wasn'...
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Subjective behavior regarding to which question are immediately closed

I recently asked this question. Immediately there were votes cast to close it and it several people downvoted it (although some also voted it up). But my question is no more subjective than this or ...
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Are voting systems on topic?

There is a new proposal in area 51 about voting systems. Are questions on voting systems welcome here? Under what conditions?
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Can I edit a question making it more specific then change the accepted answer?

Let's say I ask a question and accept an answer. Then I decide the answer doesn't fully satisfy me and the reason is that my question should be slightly more specific. Is it appropriate to edit the ...
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Can I ask for examples?

I'm thinking about asking for curious examples of certain topic specific, like for example of finite groups and sets where they can act. It is ok to ask such questions in math.stackexchange?
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Where to have discussions about intuition?

As a beginning math major, I'll have access to professors for seamless discussion of concepts and the underlying motivation. However, time for this will be limited. I'm wondering whether a Math.SE ...
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Is it appropriate to ask questions about previously unexplored concepts?

I'm curious. Do questions on math stack exchange have to be about math that has already been documented and can be literarily researched, or can it involve new segments of math that the asker is ...
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Math.SE's Opinion on Discussing Interpretation of Homework Questions?

Well, we know that getting help from Stack Exchange for homework is a complete no-no. But what about discussing the interpretation of a particular question?
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Is it okay to ask very basic questions on SE?

I have avoided asking elementary questions on Maths SE (and on the other communities) after observing the quality of the content here. I just want to know if it's okay to ask questions about very ...
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Are mathematical translations on-topic?

Translating an Italian exercise precisely It seems a little off-topic, but I wanted to ask here. The problem is it seems rather specialized, and requires a good deal of non-mathematical knowledge.
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Is it ok to ask here if it's alright to ask a particular question in math.SE?

Let $Q$ be a question. Suppose someone is unsure if $Q$ fits math.SE, and instead of getting negative votes/ $Q$ immediately closed, he decides to ask if it's okay to ask that question, here. Is ...
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Where is the best place to ask for the names of mathematical things?

Are questions about the names of things in mathematics on-topic on math.SE? If not, can they be asked in Meta? I am quite good at mathematics but often I don't know what things are called. For ...
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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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Referring to WolframAlpha / equivalent systems for verification

I recently came across a question which was (at least by my reading) just asking for verification of the value of a limit, and the asker claimed to be pretty sure of their answer already. I'm fairly ...
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Does the question belong in Mathematics?

I wrote a program that computes the fast insert_name_here transform of a matrix. I am at a loss of what its application is, what its proper name should be, and find an existing algorithm for it. I ...
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Ask for proof verification and ask for other ways to prove the same statement. One or two questions?

Let's say I came up with a proof and want to ask for verification/advice, but I'm also interested in seeing other ways people can come up with to prove the same statement. Should I ask for both of ...
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I need to use Lemma X in a paper, but don't have space to include a proof. Is it acceptable to post a proof at math.SE and link to it in the paper?

I need to use a lemma in a paper. Here it is: Lemma: Any $m \geq 52$ can be written in the form $m=\binom{n+1}{2}+a-3b-6d$ for $n \geq 13$, $a,b \in \{0,1\}$, and $d \in \{0,1,\ldots,2 \lfloor n/2 \...
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Should we do anything with the tons of seemingly impossible integrals?

I've seen huge amounts of seemingly impossible integrals. A lot have no nice answer while some have very nice answers. I don't want to remove these answers as many are (IMO) quite beautiful. However ...
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Proposal: Creation of Actuarial Science SE

I have noticed that there are quite a few (un-answered) questions with the actuarial science tag in the Mathematics SE and also on Cross Validated. To increase the response rate of these types of ...
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Should Logic be queried on Maths SE or Philosophy SE?

Where should a question on Logic be posted? How does a querier decide? Or should there be a separate SE for Logic? The questions quoted here appear admissible and suitable also for Philosophy SE?
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Is it okay to ask for a hint to a problem that had already been solved here?

I am trying to prove a certain proposition on my own, and I got stuck. I have the proof somewhere in my lecture notes, and the proposition had been proved here in some question on this site, but I ...
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Can I ask a question about real-world tasks for a statistician?

Thanks in advance! Is it ok to ask about some examples of real-world tasks for a statistician? Is "MATHEMATICS" the right place to ask or I should try the "Workplace" community. I'm not asking the ...
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Order to learn a subject (self-learning)?

There are a lot of subjects that to understand them you need to have other basic knowledge. So, let's say I want to study for some specific reason, the subject of abstract algebra. Could this ...
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Can we ask question by referring the equations, say, in an article in Wikipedia?

I was reading about "Poisson summation formula" in Wikipedia, yet there is something I can't understand. So can I copy the link and say I did not understand this and this in that link? It seems ...
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Can we add questions that explain some concept?

I have seen some questions like: I'm looking for a resource that explains X, where X is a fairly broad, but not really broad subject. Sometimes I really feel the urge to answer it with my own ...
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What are some examples of good questions falling under the tags (soft-question), (advice), (career-development)?

What are some examples of good questions falling under the following tags? soft-question advice career-development I am asking this question because often, positive reactions from users towards ...
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Are “Verify if I'm correct” questions really on-topic?

There is a considerable amount of questions of the type Can you see if my proof/solution is correct? My question is simple: are they on-topic? My point is two-fold: I think they fail usefulness (...
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Is either Math.SE or StackOverflow an appropriate forum for questions about Magma?

I am beginning to use the computer algebra system Magma heavily. I am spending a lot of time with its documentation (which is wonderfully organized and clear), but am very much hoping that there is a ...
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Why this type of questions are voted to be closed?

I recently asked a question which is desiring a learning map for the self-study of a subject in mathematics. In my opinion, it is not really seeking personal advice but it was voted by the others to ...
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Physical interpretation question

So I asked https://math.stackexchange.com/q/1524356/21820 and don't understand why people have voted to close it as unclear or opinion-based, and down-voted as well. I specifically ask: I'm looking ...
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Are regression question unwelcome on M.SE? What are the requirements if they are?

I was wondering if M.SE was the right place to ask regression questions. Indeed sometimes One can ask regression question and get bright answers like here when he would'nt have no answers on Cross ...
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What are the criteria for acceptable questions on Meta-MSE?

I thought the idea of Meta-MSE was to help MSE users. Please could someone explain to me what I did wrong by asking this question I thought careers/study advice was off topic. It has received 6 down-...
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Is this the correct site/forum for reviewing logical proofs?

Although Mathematics.SE meta seems like a better location to ask this, apparently I don't have enough points to post there so... Is this the correct site for posting logical proofs in hopes of getting ...
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I thought careers/study advice was off topic.

Concerning Can I use my powers for good?. This post is about careers/study advice. Why is it on-topic? To down-voters and voters to close my question, may I point out that the advice on what topics ...
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Is my question doomed or can I still save it by rephrasing?

Here's a question I asked recently: Does category theory help in operator algebras? So far I got 1 down vote and 4 close votes. Most of the close votes claim the question is unclear. Can somebody ...
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Can we ask broad questions like: “What are permutations and combinations? What is topology?”

I just stumbled upon a question: What is a Limit? But I was surprised that it wasn't closed for too broad, it was upvoted! Can I ask what is topology? And the comments are also not responded to by ...
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Closed as off-topic after asking and answering own question

I came across a question by a new user where he had asked a question and answered it himself right away (since he had read the guidelines that says that this is encouraged). The question which was a ...
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Do proof verification questions fit the website- evade duplicate tag - sometimes answer for them is just 'yes'

What to do when a question just wants a yes/no answer. In the case of this question of mine, the answer was a 'yes' or a 'no - and here's why'. In the case of questions with the proof verification ...
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What to do with questions of the form “Someone or something says ___, are they right?”

"My friend/professor/teacher/parent/solution manual/etc. says ___ are they right?" What should we do with these types of posts? I feel like it's missing a ton of context. We don't know what 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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How should I ask a question which can be answered with one link?

I wanted to ask the following question on Math SE: Some time ago I have read a paper in which the author introduces an alternative to the notion of cardinality, which had the properties [...]. Can ...
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Are review questions on topic?

Consider the following: Someone has written an algorithm (or came up with some math in general). Are questions about possible improvements (eg. simplification) on topic for this forum? Analogy: For ...
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Intended use of “seeking personal advice” close reason

In case you missed it, there's a new close reason: Seeking personal advice. Questions about choosing a course, academic program, career path, etc. are off-topic. Such questions should be directed ...
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What are good ways to ask about (famous) open problems?

I understand that asking a question about a famous open problem is viewed as a bit of a red flag and not encouraged, which makes sense of course. Is there a way to stay within protocol/etiquette ...
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User consistently posting low-quality questions

I have just found a user who has posted about 70 questions on this site, all very short with missing punctuation and so on, and with very poor titles. Several times questions have been closed, and ...
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Is this question sufficiently different from this other question to warrant posting?

Is Question 1 sufficiently different from Question 2 to warrant posting Question 1?: "If I am given N congruent circles with radii R, and they are equidistantly spaced upon a sphere, can I figure out ...