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

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“Maybe answered questions” box on “Ask Question” page is much more useful than “Search Q&A”

I often find that "Search Q&A" is quite useless when I want to find a question or something related to it. But I've also noticed that when I'm about to ask a question, the "Questions that may ...
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Could “Ask Question” dialog be more helpful?

The Ask Question dialog has an appropriate faint overlay text in the Title input area: what's your math question? be specific. (Aside: this seems to suggest ...
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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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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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Showing related questions from MathOverflow

I'm a professional mathematician but I usually have non-professional questions, or perhaps some dumb professional ones that do not reach “research level”. Nevertheless, I think that sometimes it might ...
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I have a question that has been asked and answered, but I am not satisfied with the answers provided.

Generally, I have been very satisfied with the stack exchanges, but on occasion I run into a problem like this. I am trying to understand the significance of the transition functions of a manifold ...
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Can I ask for examples?

I'm thinking about asking for curious examples of certain topic specific, like for example of finite groups and sets where they can act. It is ok to ask such questions in math.stackexchange?
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Add give references to “how do I ask good questions page”

On the page https://math.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask I would suggest to change Be specific If you ask a vague question, you’ll get a vague answer. But if you give us details and context,...
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Asking for websites

In the math Stack Exchange can I ask for websites relating to math that others might suggest? For example, I was thinking about asking this question, but was hesitant: Next semester I'm taking ...
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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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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 could the “Properties of 2015” question be on-topic?

The question Is there something special about 2015? has just popped on the reopen queue. Although I agree that it is not right for Math.SE as it is (too broad and it inherently doesn't have a correct ...
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breaking a question into smaller parts

I have a question that I wrote here determinant of infinitely large matrix by decomposition that required a rather lengthy explanation. Would it be appropriate to break down that question into smaller ...
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Where and how to post a “big-list” question with multiple parts?

I have the following question I'd like to ask: "Which claims made by Fermat have had published proofs using math available in his time?" This brings up several issues: Is MSE the right forum for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Double mathjax when asking

I have been getting double mathjax recently when asking questions, and only when asking questions. It renders correctly on the preview but just makes my input box look weird. I use the latest version ...
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Can I change a little the existing question to a new one?

I have previously asked an obvious question and got no answer but very helpful comments which answer me. I find that if I change a little, qualification of question and may be answers will grow up. ...
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Where should I put this question?

I submitted this question: Difference between dynamic system and complex system And it was noted to me that this didn't belong to the site, so the first thing I ask is: why? and the second is: Where ...
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How to ask questions in context?

I'm used to provide the context before asking the real question. However, I noticed that this writing style leads to very poor automatically generated previews on the main page: Convergence of ...
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How can I share interesting problems I know the answer to without having my question closed for lack of context?

I've run across a few fun problems I want to share. Some are just fun problems with quick/clever answers. I want to share them on here, but I don't really know how to do so without people (rightfully) ...
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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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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 ...
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Where do I ask about research topics and departments?

I would like to ask the community where I could apply for a PhD, given some (advanced) topics that I really like. If I ask it on math.se or mathoverflow, I'm afraid that they send me to academia.se, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 should I respond to old questions that I find but don't fully answer what I'm looking for?

I seem to find a lot of older questions that address what I wish to ask (and seem to be answered) but do not completely clarify an answer to my question. I don't want to start a new one just to ...
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What to do with unanswered questions?

I have some questions on MathSE that does not have actually any answer. What is the best to do other than bounty ? Asking the same question for a second time or trying to edit the question ?
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Error message when trying to ask a question

I've been trying to ask a question, but an error about the message body is given. This is the question: Can someone help me with this? Given that x, y are positive integers with x(x + 1)jy(y +...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...