Questions tagged [asking-questions]

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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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How to estimate if a question will be closed?

How to estimate if a question will be closed? This seems like a obvious question, with the obvious answer: ...if it doesn't meet the community guidelines. But there are still some examples where I've ...
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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 my question ( so far it has no received answers)?

I want to tell some clarifications about my last question: Existence conditions of an expression with algebraic fractions A few days ago I have read a question here where someone asked if his question ...
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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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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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Times between asking questions on MSE [duplicate]

A couple of months ago. I realized I can ask questions on MSE every $90$ minutes (if I'm not mistaking) but now I noticed I can ask any number of questions without time limit. am I right? Can you ...
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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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Change the link to search in modal window for the first-time askers

Since March 2020, a modal window with some basic information is shown to a user who is asking their first question, see here: The new ask page is now live on the network! This replaced the older /ask/...
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Can I ask this question? [closed]

I have done some research and several google searches but I have not found the answer to this question: What is the largest finite number you can write using no more than 6 characters? Characters ...
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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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Edition of formulas from a generic New Contributor for the first post or comment: how do they learn it?

I would like to know as curiosity, or as a reflection or thought that maybe can be useful the following question (I didn't add answers on this site Mathematics Stack Exchange and I don't help to ...
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Using text and MathJax instead of screenshot.

I would suggest the community simply close questions containing screenshots of text. I can understand a screenshot of a figure, but if the text part of a question can be easily typeset with the built-...
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Why can't I post a question about math -stack-exchange?

I am an user of math-stack-exchange an unfortunately a short time ago I have tried to ask a question but the system submit to me the following message: «You can only ask 6 questions in a 24-hour ...
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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

I have seen many times that somebody voted to close short questions (and probably downvoted the questions as well), even though the OP made clear that there had been good attempts. This thread is the ...
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Is asking for a specific reference to an article mentioned in an MSE question unacceptable?

I see quite a few MSE questions where the OP says "I keep reading blah blah blah" without any reference to what they've been reading. I commented on the following question: How does one do ...
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Question does not gain answers in Math Stack Exchange. Would a migration to StackOverflow be a solution?

I recently asked this question in Math Stack Exchange but does not gain any answers even though I bountied it. It seems either there aren‘t many people familiar with the Singular-CAS in Math Stack ...
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Why I am not able to ask questions?

In my profile I have asked 6 questions of which no have down votes. 1 have 0 votes and 4 have 1 up votes and 1 have 2 up votes. I don't have asked poor quality questions (no down votes). It's also ...
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Should I create a new question?

I forgot a minus sign everywhere and I made a question wrong. I asked The differential entropy cannot be negative for pdf in (0,1) but the question should have been positive instead of negative. The ...
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Demeaning comments made by a high rep user [closed]

I have been made aware of a comment talking about me by a high rep user in this post: Trouble conveying question: In the linked post, I was referencing a different high rep user. As you can see, ...
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Inactive posts for the last six months

I wonder how to find all the inactive for at least 6 months posts in mathstack? Thanks.
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How can I improve my question?

In what way should I improve my question to get an answer? Since this is a pretty "classical" example, I assume that many people have seen it and can say something about it. So there must be a ...
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Trouble conveying question

In one of my recent questions, Embedding manifolds in a $3$-torus. Fact or fiction?, a commenter said that what I wrote "makes little sense." I am having trouble putting myself in the commenter's ...
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What advice do you give to someone who's written an incomplete question below any understanding?

It happened recently and again today (post now deleted) that someone submitted a question with so little content that it was close to impossible to guess anything from it. We all know that by the ...
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Post getting down-votes, because it's a duplicate. Can't delete.

I posted a question regarding a "new discovery" with divisibility tests and it was marked as duplicate by a user because it is very similar to other divisibility tests. I am losing reputation because ...
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How do I ask questions about a person's answer?

For the post Fundamental group of projective plane is $C_{2}$???, I think there is a mistake in Amos Joshua's answer: If you rotate the 1 2 loop, it will no longer be connected to the 3 4 loop, and a ...
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How to ask for opinions on textbooks?

Where does one go on the Stack Exchange network to ask for opinions on math related topics? Does such an outlet even exist? This question comes to mind because I have been using the same book on ODEs ...
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Limitation on asking questions

When I attempted to ask a question on math.stackechange this message appeared... ...
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Modifying or deleting a stupid and trivial but answered question should be allowed for the person that asked it

Asking a math question is an effort of exploration into the delicate world of mathematics. Sometimes a person fails at making a sensible effort and asks a stupid and trivial question due to his/her ...
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How should I improve my question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Trouble with complex numbers within a given equation. Two things $1.~$ Is their anyway I can get this question off the "On hold" status ? ...
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Is it OK to ask approximately one question a day from old application exams?

If I ask approximately one question a day (from old application exams) will it be considered flooding/spamming or is this perfectly legal?
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Will this site add a guided mode similar to the one recently introduced on Stack Overflow?

The Stack Overflow has an interesting guided mode which got implemented quite recently, see https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/381671/the-ask-question-wizard-is-live . Personally I think it ...
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Question Limit due to questions not being received well

Yesterday I asked two questions for the first time on the Maths Stack. The initial question was well received and I was given many helpful answers. However, my second question was less well received. ...
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How to request easy solutions

I'm a 10th grader so my maths is nowhere near as complex as some of you reading right now. So how do I ask for easy solutions when that is subjective (dependent on the person). Should i explain my ...
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A suggestion to improve 'similar questions' suggestions: let's include tags.

Sorry for the title. When I write a new question, right below the title, a drop-down menu opens up with suggestions of questions similar to mine. My suggestion is to interact that menu with the tag ...

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