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Is it wrong to write an answer for my own question for a proof that doesn't exist anywhere on the web? [duplicate]

Today, I answered my own question How to derive the formula to determine the length of chord intercepted by a parabola on a line?. I proved a result which is not available anywhere on the web as well ...
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Want to post many problems for exam

I am in a serious issue now. I have an exam in the next few days and have a lot of questions to ask to the community at MSE. I had been procrastinating since to ask all of these problems. ...
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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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How to prevent “no clue” questions?

A significant amount of questions asked in MSE begin or end with "I don't even know where to start", as a way to justify one's inability to provide own work on the problem and/or attract sympathy or ...
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Why I received a message that stopped me from asking another question?

I've registered a new account several months ago, and have asked 4 questions for 4 consecutive days (until yesterday). These questions receive 1,1,8 and 11 upvotes for each. When I was asking another ...
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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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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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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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Suggestions for examples of well-asked questions

I am posting this question as a place where we could collect various examples of good questions together with explanations what makes them good. (Feel free to choose the format you like best. I will ...
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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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How to ask a good question.

How to ask a good question. This thread has advice on the following aspects of writing a good question on this site. Each item in this list links to an answer below about that specific aspect of ...
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Should there be a question on intuition for $0.999\dots = 1$?

I think that as described in this answer, Jonathan Fischoff burned a lot of reputation points asking questions to gain intuition on $0.999\dots = 1$ in MathOverflow. Even if that user really did lose ...
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No longer accepting questions? Then back and forth?

Upon some amount of time I've been allowed to ask a question again after being barred from asking. Upon asking a question I have received no negative reviews. But yet I have been barred again. May I ...
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How much did “advice for first-time askers” help?

Since October 2015 a "How to ask?" page is shown before a user asks their first question on this site, and they need to confirm that they read it; see here: Show “how to ask” advice before a new user ...
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How can I make this question better.

Range of $ y = (\operatorname{arccot} x) (\operatorname{ arccot} ( - x)) $. I asked this question. How can I make this better? Someone in comments is saying I should add more context but I did.
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Live preview is not available

A few minutes ago, I posted a question on MSE and noticed that live preview is not available when writing a question. I would like to ask if other users have encountered this problem too. Thanks!
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How can I avoid immediate down-voting and how should I go about requesting feedback?

I just posted a question. I took my time to write it. I thought it was a good question. Less than an hour later, and the question has been downvoted 4 times. I thought "okay, I clearly said something ...
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What is a positive question record?

What is a positive question record? Some of the badges need positive question record what is it? And how can I earn it?
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Blocking to ask a question for a beginner.

Is it possible to block to ask a question for a beginner who has not take the Tour?
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Looking for An Answer [closed]

I was not sure whether to ask this question here or delete my question and ask the question again. The problem: I asked a question a while back but I am still waiting for an answer. I was not sure ...
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Why I can't make question on stack exchange app? [duplicate]

Whenever I try to upload a question. It is showing that your limit is exhausted. Try after 7 days. Can anyone suggest me how to come up with this problem? And ask my doubts frequently.
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How Rigid Is the Multiple Question Rule When Analyzing Mathematical Concepts?

I was wondering if there could be exceptions to the multiple question rule when analyzing mathematical concepts. For example, suppose a user quotes a math-related paragraph on Wikipedia, and wants to ...
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Master thesis: asking people to check the math

My academic advisor quit and the project is now discontinued. Yet, I'm still registered and I intend to hand in the thesis soon. The last time my advisor checked my work was a while ago since then I ...
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How do you search for specific questions?

I have noticed that a lot of times people ask a question and a duplicate is instantly found. It's not necessarily true that the person hasn't tried to look up the question, but it is just hard to ...
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Is there a limit on number of questions a user can ask in a given time frame?

Is there a limit on number of questions a user can ask in a given time frame? Here is a similar question which was posted 5 years ago? It says the limit is 50 questions per 30 days. Has the limit ...
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How to begin working on a problem?

I hope the community supports this effort. We often see homework-type questions with no attempt from the OP at solving the problem. In many such cases the OP answers that they don't know how to begin. ...
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Is it a good idea to include source from where a question is taken?

My question is- Should we include the source from where we have obtained a question? Let, a question has been asked in a particular exam/paper/ or anywhere. Is it a good idea to include the ...
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How do I preview my post before posting?

How do I preview my post before posting? I do not find any preview button.
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Answered Questions With Mistaken Calculation

Suppose I ask a question which includes a mistaken calculation, such that if the calculation were to be corrected, the question would be uninteresting. The question receives an answer, indicating the ...
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Posting solutions to textbook exercises

I am fairly new to Stack Exchange, starting with stackoverflow.com. I added a math.stackexchange.com account to ask questions about my current self-study in Categorical Type Theory. Today, I posted a ...
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I have been banned from asking question from mathematics stack exchange from two month what should I do now?

When I was banned, my reputation was less than 50, and now it is greater than 100. It means I have improved. Also I am a beginner in abstract mathematics, so I should be given at least one more ...
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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool

Recently, I've seen a few examples of users asking questions and answering their own questions as a way of adding to the question pool here on MSE. The most recent example I've seen of this is the ...
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Can we have the suggested questions' titles parsed by default?

The suggested questions' titles here are not parsed: I find this a bit odd, because they are indeed parsed in other scenarios, like this: Why aren't the titles parsed when suggesting questions? I ...
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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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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 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, ...