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Notifications to participants are needed.

Two persons voted to close this question as "off topic" at a time when its entire content was this: In a graph model like wikipedia, with 5.4 million pages/nodes (a) and 20 links/edges per node (b),...
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Best way to "revive" a question (which does not abide by the Math.SE rules) [duplicate]

There exists a question which looks interesting to me, given that I scribbled some attempts to solve it and, in spite of the fact that it "seems" like an easy application of Rolle's theorem, couldn't ...
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Finding my old closed questions.

When I first signed up here I posted a question about the monotone class theorem that was closed. Is there a way to find it or is it gone?
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What to do when a specific user's posts are always flagged for a closing?

I have been surfing the close votes portion of the review queue and after going through maybe $5$ - $10$ posts, I noticed that a specific user's questions kept coming up to be closed. Most of these ...
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Massive rework of a closed question by another user several months later

I just rejected this edit. IMO, it's not a good practice to edit so massively a question, since we know nothing about the author's intent, but I wonder if there is a policy about this? Of course, for ...
Jean-Claude Arbaut's user avatar
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Is there a way to see all questions that have been put on hold as "unclear"?

Is there a way to see all questions that have been put on hold as "unclear"? (In chronological order with the newest ones first?
Michael Hardy's user avatar
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What should a $<3000$ user do when a question is good enough to reopen.

What should a $<3000$ user do when a question is good enough to reopen. Consider a question was bad but it get better by editing now what should a $<3000$ user do when it is good enough to ...
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Should questions closed as "unclear" be reopened if they have a reasonable answer that the OP claims "hits the spot"?

This is something that happens on occasion. Someone asks a question, but the question is somewhat vague. Someone with some experience in the field, or rather in answering questions in said field, ...
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Answer to a closed question

I'm interested in the following question: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/1851713/84976 and I'd like to provide an answer. The problem is that the question has been closed (maybe before the last ...
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What is an effective close-vote reason for wrong questions? [duplicate]

I just noticed a question that is obviously wrong here, and the OP doesn't seem to acknowledge it when somebody pointed out. (To clarify, the question was ok, but the OP seemed convinced that his ...
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Why is this question about the integral of the $\Gamma$ function "unclear?"

Here is the post: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1807791/what-is-the-most-practical-way-to-express-in-mathematical-notation-the-indefinit/1807814?noredirect=1#comment3696360_1807814 I tried ...
asher drummond's user avatar
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Users having many closed questions.

I know whether an user asks few questions and these are highly downvoted, then the system will not allow him to post more questions (for a while?). But what's going on if an user has many questions ...
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Reopening closed questions with good answers

I often come by questions that are closed because of lack of context, but that still have good answers. It can be questions that contain nothing more than What is this integral $\int \ldots dx$? ...
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Reopen-reclose request

Long ago, I asked this question. It was never a duplicate of this one, since the question was pretty different, and when the question changed it still had a different viewpoint, yet it was closed as ...
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Why was my (topology) question closed

Show that a matrix has strictly positive real eigenvalues topology exercise I don't understand, is the question too trivial? It's always very hard to know whether a question I ask will be well ...
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Why this type of questions are voted to be closed?

I recently asked a question which is desiring a learning map for the self-study of a subject in mathematics. In my opinion, it is not really seeking personal advice but it was voted by the others to ...
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Is there a notification of "on hold" and "closed"?

Perhaps I am mistaken but I think there is no notification of these events when they occur. Should there be one in the notification area?
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What is the difference between "on hold" and "closed"?

I flagged this question for review and suggested it be closed. My flag was declined, but the question was put on hold. So that I can write better flags, I'd like some clarification. It seems to me ...
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Why was my Question Offtopic?

I ask yesterday this Question and today it is marked as off-Topic. After that I read the help Center Guidelines, but I miss the point why my question is not in the scope. I hope someone can explain ...
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Should we close/lock old questions with many answers at some point?

From time to time you see someone posting yet another answer to very old questions which have many answers. It is almost always the case that the newly added answer is in fact a duplicate or a ...
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Question Closed over a valid Tag

I posted a question , see https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1339824/how-to-find-the-next-number?noredirect=1#comment2724983_1339824 and it was immediately down voted and eventually closed. ...
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What happens to otherwise good answers when their question is closed?

I answered this question the other day. It was one of those cases when I just happened to see it right as it was posted and it was a fun question that I knew something about. So I gave an answer (...
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Dealing with questions that the community appreciates but are yet closed

I saw this question today: How do you respond to "I was always bad at math"?, and I thought that it was a contradiction that that question had so many upvotes and favorites yet it was closed....
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What happened to my question on discrete valuation rings?

I asked a question whose title was Two discrete valuation rings one of which is contained in another(Two discrete valuation rings, one contained into another). It was closed, but I have no idea why it ...
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Why the questions of which an answer has been accepted won't be close automatically?

In my opinion. If one accepted an answer, he or she would not expect more answers. Why not close this question automatically?
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Provide a way to search for a user's answers to closed questions

The only notification one gets that a question they've answered has met with others' dissatisfaction is when it has been deleted and their reputation is reduced. It would be nice if a user, who has ...
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Should Reputations Gained from Answers Be Removed When a Question Is Deleted?

This is just a soft question asking for people's opinions on a certain situation. This afternoon I lost 38 reputation, and I had no idea where it went. I started typing a question to ask about it, ...
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Editing closed questions to add answers

Recently we have seen quite a few instances of users editing questions that are closed to add their answers to the body of the questions themselves. That is a clear subversion of the rules and an ...
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My problem with the closing brigade

This question was put on hold 22 hours ago, less than an hour after it was asked; no explanation was given to the asker. More than 12 hours ago it was edited into a decently formatted question, and ...
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Closed question banner contains incorrect information about the reasons [duplicate]

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1034067/prove-language-is-not-regular-with-pumping-lemma?noredirect=1 was recently closed, and the banner says, inaccurately: put on hold as off-topic by ...
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Closed questions fully answered into the comments

I don't think it is appropriate to answer closed questions into the comments as it happens here. Can (or should) we do something with such things?
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"Help me find a paper"-type questions

Recently, this question was closed as "not being about maths". I think that this closure is worthy of further discussion. Basically, I believe that finding papers (especially old ones, or ...
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Knowing why a question was closed

I'd like to know why this question: Using Baire Category Theorem to prove $\mathbb{R}^2\not\cong\mathbb{R}^3$. was closed. I thought it was very interesting and I really want to see a prove of it! ...
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Searching for questions closed as off-topic

I want to find questions that were closed because they were off-topic. So far the best I have been able to do is to search for closed:1 duplicate:no which finds questions that were closed, but not ...
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Must still need some work for a question that is now closed.

I recently added a question to stack.exchange and it was quickly put 'on hold'(and for good reason, it needed work). After having several helpful comments and a lot of editing I had thought the issues ...
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Question voted for close

This question of mine has been voted to be closed. The reason stated there is because some user thinks it's off topic. Is it really? In my opinion, it's not, but I maybe wrong. What do you think?
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How to repair the close-delete pipeline?

In a recent discussion the issue of scale of deletions was brought up. I remarked there that over the $12$-month period ending in February this year, $10$K users deleted $218$ questions altogether, ...
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About a question on formalising "interestingness" in mathematics

I want to discuss this question. It was closed, re-opened, then closed again. The close reason is "off-topic", and I want to ask if it really is off topic. The question itself basically asks Can we ...
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Is there a way to see all the closed or deleted questions?

Is there a way to see all the closed or deleted questions both in the main and the meta? I searched the meta to see if the same(or similar) question was asked before, but I couldn't find it. If the ...
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Closed questions being deleted and re-asked as new questions

This seems to be a phenomenon: Someone posts a question. Others ask them what they've tried / put the question on hold. The OP simply deletes the question, and re-asks it as a new question (and gets ...
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Question marked as duplicate, but I think I'm asking a different question

I recently asked this question about building an intuition for summations of divergent series. The question was based on the fact I had recently learned that $1 + 2 + 3 + ... = \frac{-1}{12}$. My ...
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Is it possible to change a question's reason for closure?

This question about $\gcd(a+b, a^2+b^2)$ picked up several closure votes in an early state where it was somewhat unclear about what it was asking (though it obviously wasn't too hard to puzzle out). ...
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I answered a question that was on hold

I was reading this question, and I had started writing my answer, but then once I posted it I noticed the question had been put on hold, and was wondering: Why can you still answer on hold questions? ...
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Closing a question on comparing books.

The following question was closed because it was "too broad". What are the differences between Jacobson's "Basic Algebra" and "Lectures in Abstract Algebra"? The question ...
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What is the problem with this question?

This question was asked almost 3 weeks ago and today it was closed. The first vote to close it is from the author of the question. It is strange, it seems that he edited the question and then voted to ...
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Problems with homework questions

This is the first time I post a question here, but sometimes I do read posts here. My question is concerned (again) with homework questions. My objectives in this site has been always the followings: ...
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Interested in a question which is closed because of "no effort". What to do?

Let me first state my general opinion (see also this discussion on meta): To keep the quality and attractiveness of math.SE at a reasonable level, I think it is important to counter questions probably ...
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Enable reputation tooltip for close voters

It already works for comments, that the reputation is shown as a tooltip when you hover over the user link of the commentator. It can't be be a big deal to enable it for users that voted to close a ...
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What is the meaning of closed or on hold?

I found in front of some posts are written [closed] or [on hold]. What is the meaning of them and who writes them? Thanks
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What really means "on hold"? [duplicate]

A new feature of MSE is confusing me: this is "on hold". What does this means? For instance, this topic received this label with the mention that the question is a homework. How do the voters know ...
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