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About a mathematics-physics question I closed (why is it off-topic?)

Recently I have removed one question related with Topology and physics. This is the link, but is removed, I do not know if it could be seen by the administrators (here): It was regarding a question ...
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Unresolved problem from comments based on another user's question

I was intrigued by a question asked by another user, and although I didn't provide an answer, I engaged in externded chat with a user who did. He gave me lots of great advice, and gave me a lot of his ...
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Should we allow people to ask whether their personal research is original?

What is the status of questions of the form: I came up with this idea. But I don't think its original. Please show me how this idea is unoriginal. On one hand it could be seen as spam - ...
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Should I ask this question that is about data mining but mostly mathematical here?

I have a question that is about data mining (Which may relate to cross validated), but it's mostly mathematical. The question is: Title: How to fit a function with multi-parameters to data with ...
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Is it ok to post the same question to two different StackExchange sites, for ex Math/Physics? [duplicate]

I asked this question: What are "instantaneous" rates of change, really? on Math.SE. I got very interesting answers from different perspectives, which to me is one of the greatest values of ...
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Questions that involve opinions

I am wondering why it is that questions that are deemed to require opinions are closed or put on hold? But I am also wondering if there is any alternate ways/formats that these types of questions can ...
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How to make question related to math of an investment on topic?

I've edited this question to try and make it more on topic. Please let me know if this is now on topic or if not, what the outstanding issues might be?
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Is it acceptable to ask what are the pre-requisites of a book?

Sometimes I find an advanced mathematics book that does not state the pre-requisites in the preface or introduction. Is it acceptable to ask about them here? Perhaps someone could take a look at the ...
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Asking a question that might be too broad

Being over half a year in this advanced maths course, time has come for the finals. As I was browsing through some of the tests from previous years, I' ve encountered several difficult questions. ...
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Is it appropriate to get help finding the time complexity for an algorithm?

I'm writing an algorithm but am not sure if my assumptions for its complexity are accurate. I'd like to know if posting the python code with my own assessment would be appropriate. I believe I'm ...
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What's the policy on answering a question where the correct answer is simply “yes”?

Occasionally I see questions on math.SE where either the answer is completely trivial -- for example this one where the correct answer would just be "Yes. You did it correctly" -- or questions where ...
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Terrified of asking in here, haven't had a problem yet but hoping I can if I get stuck.

Excuse me if the language is a bit off I'm not a native English speaker. I've been studying(self study) computers and programming for a little over two years, but do not have much education. I've been ...
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Is asking for a CAS recommendation on-topic?

I want to solicit recommendations for a computer algebra system that accomplishes my technical requirements as well as fits in with some specific hardware limitations. Is this considered on-topic? If ...
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What if your math question is a conjecture which you can't prove

According to this question :-Why is so important if a question is homework? it is not right if you don't show any work in solving or answering you own question and shows academic dishonesty but if the ...
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Is the site being too lenient in helping people with homework?

Most questions which are actually exercises and considered homework on other sites are closed within a short span of time, but since this site requires people to show their work so that they are ...
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History and development of mathematics

Tour says we can ask about "History and development of mathematics" - is it valid anymore since History of Science and Mathematics SE is already alive? Won't we be stealing the life out of it still ...
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Are typesetting questions allowed on the main math site?

I would like to know if questions pertaining to "how something should be formatted" (and not how to format it) are allowed on the main math.stackexchange site1. Suppose we don't want to know how to ...
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Protocol for Answers Containing Claims of Cheating

While reviewing posts, I've seen quite a few instances of a new user posting an answer to a question claiming that the question is from a current exam/competition. The new user also usually calls out ...
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Can I ask for verification of work as opposed to asking people to solve problems? [duplicate]

I often find problems in textbooks or on the internet that don't have answers posted anywhere. Is it OK to do the work for these problems and then ask to have my work verified? All the questions I ...
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Appropriate tags for equation formulation question

I'm a biologist-turned-programmer (yes, one of those) trying to write up equations describing my code. I'm in the process of writing a question about it (it includes a description of the algorithm and ...
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Questions about how best to express a question

I have been fascinated for a very long time about primorials and reduced residue classes. Unfortunately, my interest regularly gets past my ability to express my questions in clear, precise, standard ...
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Large number of posts in the spirit of “How do I become good at Mathematics?”

There have been a steady number of questions being asked in the spirit of: Hi, I'm yada yada. Here's a short version of my life story and why I can't math. I currently only understand such and ...
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Can anyone offer tips in understanding why a question is not well-received?

There are the obvious reasons why a question is not well-received: User just copied a question from homework or a textbook and doesn't explain. A question is unclear A question has been asked a ...
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Should all math puzzles go to puzzling.SE from now on?

Sometimes I come up with and solve cute math problems that I then want to share with others. These are problems that don't involve any advanced math, just arithmetic and logic, maybe a touch of ...
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Proof verification types of questions

Is asking proof verification questions frowned upon here -- especially if one keeps asking such a type of question? My concerns stems from the fact if the proof is correct, users merely post "...
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Are all symbolic logic questions on-topic?

I realise that Math SE $\neq$ Philosophy SE, but what questions of logic can be posed? Particularly, can any question of logic involving symbols be asked here? (This is what I mean by 'symbolic logic' ...
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Academic advising should be explicitly off-topic

Occasionally we get questions of the form I am a student of $N$th year majoring in $A$ with minor or emphasis in $B$. I took courses $C_1,C_2,\dots,C_n$ and did extracurricular activities $E_1,\...
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Are the “teaching” and “learning”, and “education” tags appropriate here given that there's a ME.SE?

The education tag seems almost as compromised as the self-learning tag, i.e. lots of questions that aren't about the education process are tagged so simply because some is [self-]educating by asking a ...
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What Do We Mean by “Context”? [duplicate]

It seems that we at M.SE have developed a rather large repertoire of definitions of the word "context". Looking at the questions in the close vote queue for "missing context", one will see many ...
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Will this series of questions about the mathematics behind various MoMath exhibits be alright?

The National Museum of Mathematics, known as MoMath, has a wonderful collection of mathematical exhibits at their museum in midtown Manhattan, and I would recommend anyone to visit. The museum is ...
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Proof Verification of Open Problems

Over the past few days, I've noticed several proof verification questions regarding open problems. On one, quid left the comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for ...
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Can we make IEEE 754 off topic?

For those who may be unfamiliar with IEEE 754, it is the standard that the vast majority of computers use to store floating-point numbers. There are about 100 questions on this site about converting ...
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Question Regarding Off Topic Status

I have a question regarding the following question that was made: Probability of going into an absorbing state It has been marked off topic by several people. Looking at the suggested help page, the ...
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Are career related questions allowed?

Are questions about asking career advice and opportunities removed ? I have seen such some question with up votes and answers, while other are down voted and removed. Are there particular career ...
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How to clean up after multiple questions were posted as one question, then reposted individually

A user asked a question with multiple unrelated parts (three problems and their answers from a book, which the OP wanted help in understanding). Someone advised that the different problems in this "...
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How do I ask an open question?

The question that I asked here: Open Problems Of Clay Mathematics Institute has been put on hold since it is an opinion-based question. So, how do I ask an open question NICELY, one whose answers ...
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Am I breaking the community rule?

If I have a question which has been posted here in MSE before, and if, after following the hints give by someone there I still got stuck, can I post the problem again without getting branded as "...
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Why close old questions with accepted answers using the “no context” reason?

Recently, I have noticed there is an increasing number of closings (or at least, close votes) on questions like this one. That is, archaic questions with accepted answers, which do not match the "...
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Where do you ask trivial questions, to which answer can't be found online not anywhere else?

From time to time, questions so trivial they can be answered with a yes or no, come up. My math teacher is busy doing his own stuffs, so there is really nobody around to reach for help. This site as I ...
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Is it ok to ask a more specific version of a question that I have asked?

I have asked this question yesterday: On the sum of digits of $n^k$ and it doesn't seem likely to receive a definitive answer anytime soon. As TonyK pointed out in his answer the (seemingly simpler) ...
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Questions about how to read mathematical notation

Following the closure of my question here, I would like to know in what cases asking questions about how to read mathematical notation aloud are off-topic. In the comments to my question, I ...
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Can Stack Exchange provide a correction on an article?

I am having a doubt in a proof of an article and I am only have the pdf of that article means How can I post Question in some part of the article? Can I upload that pdf? If so, how? And if we ...
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Is it okay to ask for a big-list of answers for many other (very similar) questions which are already answered?

I’m planning on asking a big-list CW-question asking for examples of useful homeomorphisms between cones, cylinders, suspensions, spheres and balls etc. together with a proof for them. When writing ...
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Asking about how to approach proofs.

I'd like to have a thread to discuss how people approach writing proofs. In short, the reason why I'd like to ask about this is I get repeatedly stuck on exercise proofs, let alone proving existing ...
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Questions about mathematicians in the workplace

Where should I address questions such as "What kind of tasks do people specializing in FEM work on?" or "Do you need to know a lot about computer architecture to work with large scale optimization?" ...
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Homework questions allowed?

I'm learning set theory independently at the moment and using a book that doesn't have a solutions manual. Under these conditions, is it okay if I make a thread asking if my solution is correct? ...
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Why is a post on mathsoftware off topic when we have the tags for it? [duplicate]

Why is https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1075994/converting-mathematica-code-to-matlab-code/1076034#1076034 off topic? We have tags for Matlab, Math Software, and Mathematica. I see people ...
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How do I present a current state of research and ask for ideas/guidance?

I am currently tinkering with an idea and have exhausted the possible exploration on the matter by me. I would like to present what I am doing and where I am at and hopefully ask people to show me ...
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Forum for discussion-type questions

I really like M.SE and its community members, and I've found great answers to many questions here. But I see that questions that don't admit a definite answer or open too much room for discussion are ...
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What kinds of soft questions are acceptable at math.stackexchange?

I have asked Is remaining single helpful in mathematical career? today and it was put on hold as off-topic. While How hard should a mathematician work? is acceptable with many positive votes and ...