Questions tagged [asking-questions]

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

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failure to submit a question

I have tried to submit the following question on the math exchange: I need to prove that: $$ 27x^2 < x^{\log_3x} $$ can any one please explain how to solve this type of equation? I have no idea ...
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edit and rephrase or ask new question?

If neither the commentators nor I (meanwhile) are happy with my question, should I edit it completely or post a new one? (how do I close the fist one then?)
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How self-contained should questions be?

Every once in a while, someone posts a question that relies on an image or a Wolfram|Alpha link with a formula or the like. In the case of images, it's often because they don't have sufficient ...
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Question Limit Per Month

Just to clarify, hypothetically if I asked 50 questions on the last day of a month would my quota of questions reset to 50 the next day? Edit. Suppose I had asked 44 questions. On the last day of the ...
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question edited to change meaning

The question Example of function which is not computable was recently edited by the original poster to completely change the meaning. In particular, the accepted answer is no longer reflective of the ...
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"How to ask" page on math.SE

On MathOverflow there is a link on the top bar "How to ask", giving a very detailed guide for formatting and asking good questions. It is of no doubt why a question needs to be good, especially in ...
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What should we do with poorly posed questions?

This is regarding Bill Dubuques post. After reading the discussion, I agree that the community should be more welcoming and friendlier. I personally am not sure what to do when someone asks poorly ...
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Asking an amusing, but only very loosely on-topic question?

I've got a question which is only loosely related to mathematics, and I don't know the proper place in which to ask. While it's a question I've previously posed on Twitter (in 2009); I think with it ...
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Is it possible to "bump" a question?

Hello, I recently asked a question asking for the help of the community in my preparation for grad school. However, I only got one answer to the question and I fear it has now faded into oblivion. Is ...
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On the inclusion of pages-of-text-as-images in questions

This is to ask if there is and if there should be an official position of math.SE about the inclusion, as images, of pages and pages of printed documents in questions. For a recent example of the ...
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How to ask a question which is based on your attempt to answer another question?

I was trying to solve a question on math.SE. I arrived at a solution whose validity I am not sure of. I do not wish to post it as an answer, even with caveats, as I believe it is ethically wrong to ...
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On New Users Asking Questions Poorly

I think everyone knows what I mean, questions that immediately get comments such as: "Please don't just copy your homework." "If this is homework, please add the homework tag." "Please don't state ...
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Add new stuff in the question or add a new answer instead

A question of etiquette. I asked a question a while back to which someone offered a very good answer to part of the question. Nothing has happened since. However, recently, I've made some progress on ...
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How should I deal with asking questions in which I just want to have my work checked?

I have read this question and its answers, but it seems that no community consensus was made, and the only answer given doesn't really discuss verification. My question is whether I should include ...
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How to get people to notice I added a comment which is a follow-up question

I recently asked a question about the beginning of a proof in a book. Artudo Magidin helped me greatly, but it took me 2 days until I understood the answer and could accept it. Now I have another ...
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How can I ask a good question? [duplicate]

MathOverflow has an excellent guide on how to write a good question. Another great guide exists on meta.stackoverflow. We will probably want our own site-specific guide on how to ask good questions. ...

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