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Questions specifically about the process of asking questions on this site.

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About a possible change of instructions to ask a question, for beginners.

It's a well known problem that a new user often doesn't ask a question properly, e.g. asks a PSQ. Perhaps the user can be suggested to check just this table, (to begin with), instead of the current 2 ...
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Looking for stats on relation between rep, number of questions, and number of questions downvoted is

I'm looking for some following stats: A detailed histogram depicting for a given amount of rep, what the average number of questions asked is Conversely, a detailed histogram depicting for a given ...
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

I recently created a nice olympiad problem on the invariance principle, and I thought about posting it on Math Stack Exchange. However, I was unsure about it as the community guidelines have not ...
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Why can't I edit a new question in place of a duplicate?

I have $5$ or so duplicate/closed questions, which is hurting my "positive question record" statistic. So, I edited a useless duplicate question and asked a new question, which I was told &...
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Has the culture of acceptable questions on SE changed over time?

I am relatively new to SE, but I have noticed something quite peculiar. I often am reading lots of old questions (years old) and encounter many that are very short, show very little self-attempt, and ...
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Why sometimes when I post a problem I need to wait for 40 minutes?

I recently was trying to post a maths problem but when I click on submit it tells me that you can post once in every 40minutes as such I didn't post anything at all before this in few months so why ...
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Can I make a collapse/expandable area?

Is it possible to make a collapse/expandable section in a question ?
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Feature request to help new users [duplicate]

I had this thought the other day on what was concerning new users the most, and one thing I noticed was how new users' questions were regularly downvoted. Being a new user means being exposed to many ...
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Questions from elementary beginners

I'm tutoring a high school student who is taking calculus for the first time. I've been trying to encourage her to become more interested in math, and so I thought it could be a good idea to teach her ...
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Improving guidance on the "Ask question" page

I am aware that this issue has been rehashed on Meta numerous times, so I was surprised to discover today that the guidance given to posters on the "Ask question" page is still far from ...
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How come some of my questions get only some comments but not any answer?

Certain times, I post questions that get some valuable comments but never an answer. For example the question for comparison on real numbers and caveats. I am not sure why this happening. Is my post ...
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User keeps posting questions with posted images, instead of writing the question themself.

It seems that a certain user is in the habit of posting questions (often homework) by cutting and pasting images instead of taking the time to write it out explicitly in MathJax. With more than three ...
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What to do if I like the question in a post but the post is presented in a bad quality. [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this question for the last week. It is really pointed out to everyone at all times that whenever you ask a question, you must include details, motivation, thoughts, or some ...
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How fundamental is the choice of title in a question on Math.SE?

When I'm trying to write a question I certainly make a lot of effort to be as clear as possible. Certainly the hurry does not provide good advice and, several times in my specific case, I spend little ...
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Questions regarding mathematical programming

What is the best place to ask questions about mathematical programming, between Math.SE and StackOverflow? What I have in mind is the following type of questions: Solving the word problem in a group ...
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Why image cannot be used for explaining my maths problem?

I joined few days ago and have recently asked many questions. In most of these questions, I use image to make everyone understand it better. I prefer to use both MathJax as well as Image. But most of ...
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Is there a shorter and more opinionated version of "How to ask a good question?" that we can direct new users to?

The advice in how to ask a good question is good, but reading through the whole thing takes a while and, IMHO, requires some familiarity with the site to interpret. It also presents the reader with ...
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Unusual behaviour of community

I recently (3 days ago) posted a question. It was quite lengthy and descriptive but I had given it my best to outline the question and made sure it was well written. Like I mentioned earlier it is 3 ...
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Is it useful to the community to post questions without having had formal training in mathematics?

As someone who is interested in how numbers behave, but with no formal experience or vocabulary, I recently posted a couple of questions and gained quite a bit of knowledge and insight from the ...
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"You can only post once every 40 minutes."

Dear all friendly mathematicians, When I tried to post my question on this site - I saw "You can only post once every 40 minutes." Is there a restriction on that in general? Or is that due ...
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Is it alright to have a question on Math Stack Exchange that simply asks the name of a theorem?

The title pretty much explains this question. I am wondering what the name for the lemma that states "If one integer divides two different integers then it will divide their difference." Is ...
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Color change on the M.Se site.

This is a quick question which again happened as a glitch. I was looking for questions to answer and somehow saw the “ask question” and “activity” button, on the home page and my page respectively, ...
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Would someone looking for this question know what a "codomain" is?

Looking at this question should the word "codomain" be changed to "range" in the title to make this post more easily find-able by those with same question? I.e. do kids these days ...
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What is a "PSQ"?

The term "PSQ" is frequently used on Mathematics Stack Exchange, both on the main site and meta. For the benefit of users unfamiliar with this term, I thought that it would be a good idea to ...
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Duplicating standard reasoning in a question about an open problem in number theory

Recently, a math professor, with a very impressive set of mathematical papers. made a comment that took me by surprise. I am very open to the feedback. I wanted to open it up here to see what others ...
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How can I improve my specific question?

My question I am here to understand how improve to formulate my question. As matter of fact in the link I have tried to show my attempt and I have required as a question to check if my attempt is ...
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Red Colored Tags Showing Up for Certain Tags and Questions is Confusing me. What do They Mean and Why are They Here?

Status-byDesign and faq are both tags that appear completely red when one tries to view them or put them into a question Here is what I mean: These appear to look like this because these tags are ...
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vertex transitive self answer

Can I self answer a question I post about examples of connected, vertex transitive graphs? I cannot find anything listing larger ones, and am even less likely to find examples with thoughtful choices ...
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Does this question on observed animal choices in a binary decision tree belong on math.SE?

I am conducting biological research on animal behavior. I have an experimental design that looks to me awfully like a math problem. I don't know if it is suitable for the math.SE and I have problems ...
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Advise new users to stay engaged with their question

A number of times recently I've seen a new user drop a simple question (some bad, but some OK questions), and it's got some misunderstanding of what they're working on or a confusing explanation, ...
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Can you have two accounts for two separate people, on the same computer?

Can you have two accounts for two separate people, on the same computer? My sister and I thought so, but she just tried to create a new account on this site. However, I personally can't ask questions ...
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I am a student and have reached my limit of 50 questions per month what do I do?

I am a student and have reached my limit of 50 questions per month. I am poor and can't afford a math teacher and have been using this site to teach me a lot of new things so that I can get better at ...
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What is the problem in formulating my question

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Existence condition of an expression I am new in mathstack and before writing a question I have tried to read how be able to write a quite ...
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how to ask good question? [duplicate]

I'm new to this community& mathematics is my weakness. I found some answers in this community that were very helpful and decided to join and ask questions. But some of my questions were not ...
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Adding the link of the MathJax tutorial in the Tour and/or the sidebar (bulletin) displayed when one is going to ask a question

Can we include a prominent link to MathJax in the Tour, a suggested here, and on the sidebar (bulletin) that displays on the right side when one is going to ask a question, as suggested in the ...
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How to avoid downvotes for beginner's questions?

I just asking this because of a question I asked a couple of minutes ago. I am still new to sequences and series, just started to study the subject today on my own and I tried to solve some exercises. ...
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Posting generalizations of already asked questions

Sometimes when I see a question out of a textbook or competitive exam, I want to post a generalization of the specs of the question. I think my situation is (probably?) similar to this. Should I post ...
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Can I post a 'homework' question without any MathJax/Latex.

Beginner here to mathstackexchange. I have a 'homework' question from a university course that I'm getting quite stuck on. Important Note: This is homework from a past course I've already completed ...
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Deletion of question [duplicate]

https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3849893/792431 Why question with above link has been deleted? This question was asked in ISI UGA 2009 EXAM.
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When asking: Should I explain my reasoning so far?

In Are all product topologies/spaces over real numbers Euclidean spaces? I asked the "simple" question whether all product spaces (not inner product space) over real numbers are Euclidean ...
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Reaching question limit problem

Recently I would like to ask a question but it showed up "I've reached the question limit", what should I do to remove my ban?
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What is the minimum time difference between 2 questions?

What is the minimum time difference between 2 questions ? Like I have recently posted a geometry question but I also got a FE doubt and I want to ask it as soon as possible, but if I post it ...
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A strange hurry to get an answer

In several months since I have been re-registered, I have observed that some users are in an unusual hurry to receive a response. I was asking myself these days if some users ask a question at an exam ...
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How to ask many related questions?

I've been looking into $n$-bit Gray codes just a bit recently, and I have several questions about them, especially since they have so many different interpretations: Hamiltonian paths in $n$-unit ...
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Editing the title/body of a question hours after asking?

I asked a question which received some comments immediately. Only after the comments came in did I realize that I should ask my question differently. I edited the question then. I now realize that the ...
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How can I fix my question? [duplicate]

Question in consideration: Mathematics as several Type-0 Grammars I've asked the question above because I've been trying to understand the way mathematicians do mathematics from a formalist ...
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Add quantum computing stackexchange to "What to ask here" page

In the help center on the page What topics can I ask about here there is a list of sister sites that might be better suited for some questions that are still on-topic here. I propose to add quantum ...
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If I have a question that has already been answered, but I don't understand the answer and the thread seems to be dead, how do I ask?

My post here was closed. I have the same question as another user but I do not understand the accepted answer. To me, it appears incomplete. It is missing details which I do not know how to fill in. ...
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Answering my own question to attract attention. [duplicate]

Sometimes I have a question and have an idea how to answer it. I'm pretty sure (see edit 1) the idea is correct but not so sure (see edit 1). However, I do want to be so sure (see edit 1), so I ask ...
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Referring to ones own questions as examples, is it an accepted practice?

Is the following unethical? I want to refer new users on the website to questions that I have asked. I want to help them to ask better questions by providing my questions as examples. I am asking ...
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