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Questions tagged [asking-questions]

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

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How to properly ask a “textbook recommendation” question?

I've seen several "textbook recommendation" type questions on MSE, and some of them have been quite popular and helpful. In a lot of them, the poster provides their mathematical background information ...
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Why don't we create the tag question-exam-recommendation?

It's an idea that came to my mind today. I saw book-recommendation tag and then I thought why not question-exam-recommendation tag. This new tag would be very useful to summarize ALL the theory that ...
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Is it okay to re-ask a deleted question?

Greetings I went trough some questions here on meta and didn't found something similar so I hope there is no problem with asking here. I'll try to keep it short. I noticed that some questions got ...
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Can we agree on a minimum lapse of time to put a very poor question asked by a new contributor on hold?

The title refers, and this is the situation that I want to focus my question, when a poor question asked by a new user is put on hold after few minutes*. To be concise about those cases in which I am ...
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Why can't I start a bounty? (More than three bounties.)

Why can't I start a bounty in this question From the unit disk to the right half plane and $T(0)=3$ ? It's been more than 2 days since I asked. I wanted to put 100 points as bounty but there's no ...
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How to make a question regarding proof verification more interesting and more attractive?

Since I self-study mathematical analysis without formal teacher, I can only appeal to help from out site most of the time. It's obvious that to grasp the underlying concepts in mathematics, we must ...
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Help improving my question please?

I believe I tried to be as specific as possible namely by numbering the questions, showing a solution and then showing my own solution. How do I improve please? Show holomorphic $\text{image}(f)\...
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Should I include sources when asking questions that include some other user's idea?

In my math question, I'm trying to show the progress I've made for solving the problem. But it includes some other user's idea. Should I specify where I got the idea from?
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How to write question on MSE offline?

I have recently downloaded MathJax-2.7.4 and successfully render test htmls in folder test. Then I save the webpage https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/ask offline to write question. But when I ...
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Should we have some aggregate question for probability / combinatorics? [duplicate]

Should we have some aggregate question for probability / combinatorics? Basically a Duplicate of: List of Generalizations of Common Questions
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What are the rules for posting an image with my attempts to solve my question?

Hi guys not sure if this is the right place to post this but just wondering what is the rules regarding posting images of individual attempts for a question you have asked, i.e. if I have a question, ...
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How is this restriction of 50 questions in 30 days calculated in Mathematics Stack Exchange?

I have started asking questions since April, the 3rd and today is May, the 3rd and I have already asked 50 questions so far in this period. Reason behind this is that I have been constantly solving ...
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Statistics of single questions

We have at the moment c. 940,000 questions at MSE. Some users have access to statistics of the site. I'm interested in the issue: How many questions were asked by one-question users? (users ...
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Is it better to fundamentally rewrite or to re-ask altogether?

I need to work out an answer to this, frankly rubbish question. Now time has moved on and so has my command of the problem. I can rewrite this question with a precise mathematical description and in ...
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Placeholder text in question box to remind showing effort

We all know there is this constant issue that questions get asked without the user showing any own effort towards solving them on his own. Because of this one reads often first comments like this: ...
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Is there a better way to improve question asking skills?

The goal of Math StackExchange is to serve people studying maths at every level. However, being able to ask a good question is a skill in and of itself. In order to ask a good question, you need both ...
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Make new users feel a bit more involved when they first submit a question [duplicate]

Very simple thought triggered by the overwhelming amount of new users who clearly haven't read the excellent threads how-to-ask-a-good-question and how-to-ask-a-homework-question: it would perhaps be ...
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What mechanisms are there to stop people from simply creating a new account if they've been question banned?

I understand the idea of a question ban - if you keep making bad questions you can't do so anymore. But what's to stop someone from simply creating a new account and continuing to do so?
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Posting multiple times within a short span

I was just wondering if I have say, 3 questions posted at the same time within a short period (less than 1 hour). Is this frowned upon by the community, and as it breaking any rules?
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What qualify questions to be in mathoverflow and not in math.stackexchange?

I have read that https://mathoverflow.net/ is only for the very advanced mathematics, such as upper graduate level or research level, counter to https://math.stackexchange.com/ which is for any ...
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My account is banned from asking questions

I don't understand why I take this message "Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account. Although, I asked my last question at 22 August and I have contributed positively to the site....
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How to ask a question if I would like to answer it on my own?

According to an instruction in Help Center: Can I answer my own question? and an answer to a meta question Can I post a question and an answer just because I think it helps others?, answering one's ...
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What context was this question missing?

Why does $n = \lceil 1/\sqrt{x-1}\rceil+1 $ imply that $\frac{1}{n^2} < x-1$? Since this clearly doesn't require any complex 'context', the only reason I can think of for it getting closed is ...
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Registration to ask a question – has it made a difference?

In October 2016, Grace noted that registration to ask a question had been implemented on math.stackexchange. I would like to know whether this has had any effect on our site.
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Is it acceptable to post a “better” version of an existing question?

Situation: Lets say there was an interesting question, but: It was poorly written (e.g. language, formatting, missing assumptions). It was posted many day ago but got only a few views. It received ...
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Should errors in the question be edited, or left there for context?

I've recently asked this question. As pointed out correctly by one of the commenters, there is a (completely in context) error in my description. Also, my general attempt to solve the question I ...
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How can this on-hold question be improved?

This recently asked question by a new user: How to solve the inequality $2xy > x^2-y^2$? is put on hold. OP wanted to solve an inequality and used WolframAlpha to get an answer. S/he did not ...
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Should there be a notification when a user asks multiple questions in succession?

Many of us have seen instances of a user asking multiple questions, often a few minutes apart. When this happens, the user usually puts little to no effort on answering the questions themselves and ...
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About publishing proofs and math tricks

Can we publish interesting proofs and math tricks on math.stackexchange which we know? How do we do it. How to do it correctly? How to stop it from getting downvotes based on it ...
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Is there a way to get some priviliges concerning limited questions per certain amount of time?

I know I've a lot to do this year (i.e. making a lot of past papers and past editions of maths olympiads both of secondary school and university level) and I want to get the most out of it. So this ...
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Adding question to a post.

There are some cases when users ask a specific question in their post and then after receiving an answer addressing their question,they edit their post with more than 2 or 3 questions which are not so ...
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How to redeem my Math SE privileges [duplicate]

I used to enjoy using math SE to get help with questions I was struggling with. I'm no advanced mathematician and hence I can't really contribute lots of answers to the site. I must have added a few ...
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Referencing answer given on SE

Recently I asked the math.SE community my first question (link), after a few minutes an experienced used resolved my issue with a smooth answer. But my problem is that this question was derived from ...
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Bumping new questions to format, highlight or update context

I tried to search past questions, to see if this was asked, and found one (of a similar nature) that does not address my problem here. Now we proceed with the question itself: Is it okay to bump a ...
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A criterion for distinguishing between two kinds of questions

Abstract: In which cases must a poster exhibit efforts to answer a question and in which does the content of the question itself suffice to provide context? It is often suggested that a question ...
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Instantaneously Latex Rendering [duplicate]

Is it possible to turn off the instantaneous latex rendering when typing up questions on MSE? The instantaneous rendering slows down the process of entering text to an annoyingly slow pace.
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Should there be a place to check the quality of your question before posting?

I've recently had a question put on hold, and in retrospect, I can see how the people who put it on hold would have felt compelled to do so, and I don't want to argue this specific case. But I do ...
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What's wrong with my post?

I'm sorry that this might be a duplicate question. I've checked out many posts on meta, but it seems that none of them suits my situation. If it's duplicate, please close it. Here's my question: I ...
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Is double posting allowed if a question is not answered after some time?

I've asked questions in the past that have gone unanswered or have not had sufficient answers, would it be unethical to repost my questions to try to get an answer another time?
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Statistically, how does question length relate to community response?

It is obvious that a question which is too short will almost certainly lack context, and that a question which is too long may run the risk of readers never finding out what the question actually is (...
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Can I embed a YouTube video?

I'd like to link a YouTube video (from Numberphile) and pose a question about its content. Is it possible to embed the video into the question body?
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Is 'Proper' English Required in Questions?

In a recent question, the poster used slang. When it was pointed out, his response was 'sorry, I'm from a the hood, tryna learn some math. You feel me' My instinct was to take the OP for their word, ...
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Should I ask about suggestions here?

Sometimes I need to ask for suggestions on studying and researching in mathematics but am not sure if those questions are suitable for this site. Some questions of this nature are: How many hours ...
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How can I make my question better?

I asked a question a yesterday and haven't seen much activity for a while. I am really struggling to properly formulate my question. Is there any way I can improve this post? Should I make a new ...
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How to ask Math Concept questions?

Most of the questions I ask on Mathematics Stack Exchange are to help me understand the concept of how a mathematical function operates. Unfortunately I have received a lot of negativity on these ...
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squeezing for further information once an answer is given

I gave a correct answer at is it ever possible for a sequence of real-valued smooth, non-diffeomorphic functions in $\mathbb{R}$ to jump across a repulsive fixed-point? a few minutes ago. The OP then ...
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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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How to know if a question is good for MATHSE or MathOverflow or Others?

Often a question asked where, no one answer or comment on it. Sometimes I think may be it's better to ask the question for other sites, like MathOverflow. But it is considered non-ethical to ask a ...
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How to get an answer when the bounty doesn't work?

I have recently asked a question here. First it has some meaning problems but now it doesn't. It didn't get any answers so I set a bounty but it doesn't work how can I get an answer? I really need an ...
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How to get people to respond to an edit made to a question?

I asked a question here regarding pythagoras' theorem and the multivariable chain rule. I received some responses and edited my question to better reflect my new understanding. I commented on the ...