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I am requesting the moderators to delete that post

As I lack sufficient reputation to comment, I am creating a meta post. I am requesting the moderators to delete that post because they are cheating Solving $(a+1)^{\log_a(x-2)} - a^{\log_{a+1}(x-1)} = ...
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Mathematical Challenges Question

Can people ask MSE for help in regards to refining or aiding them in solving and creating questions that could potentially be used in mathematical challenges or even Olympiads? My last posted question ...
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How to better ask problems from known contests?

As we know, AoPS has got contest collections, containing threads where users discuss corresponding contest problems. Therefore, is it really necessary to ask them on mathematics stack exchange, if one ...
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USAMTS 2022-23, third round

Previous rounds of this years' USAMTS were brought up recently on meta.1 This post is to serve as a reminder that there is an ongoing contest. The relevant links: the USAMTS site, the page with the ...
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USAMTS Discussion Policy

I see that discussion has “opened” (solutions posted to some of the problems) for this years USAMTS round 2 as the due date was November 28th. Close the discussion as soon as possible. Although the ...
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Someone is cheating on current USAMTS problems

I am the user @TheBestMagician, and I can’t log in to my normal account right now. I don’t have enough reputation to comment or flag a question, but the asker is cheating on literally all USAMTS ...
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What is the utility of the contest-math tag?

I thought it was put to prevent cheating in ongoing contests, but I am unable to figure out what utility it is of when put on questions from a contest, for which knowing answers in the present is ...
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Do problems from competitive exams for colleges count as "Competition Maths"?

I recently came across this post on always mentioning if a question is from a competition , and in the past, I've asked many questions that are from certain comeptitive exams in my country. However, ...
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Steps to avoid cheating in an International mathematics olympiad. [duplicate]

First of all, I am sorry if the title doesn't make sense as I am posting after quite some time now. Feel free to change it if you can make it more informative. I am part of the organising team of an ...
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There are several questions here which are basically from a current ($2021$-$2022$ round $1$) USAMTS math contest

The year $33$ online USAMTS $2021$-$2021$ round $1$ contest has a submit by date of October $18$, $2021$. However, although users are not allowed to ask questions online about it, there are $2$ ...
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Cheating in the Time of Corona

I ask you to consider not answering olympiad-style problems by relatively new users within the first six hours. I know that you consider it the responsibility of the organizers of a competition to ...
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Sudden influx of similar types of questions with grammatical and formatting errors

There have been 3 recent posts in the span of around 10 minutes with generally the same types of questions all coming from low score accounts. the length of a perpendicular inside of a triangle Adding ...
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How likely is it that a question with 2021 is from a current contest?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4094863/ Original title: Olympiad Geometry, How can I find values of c such that f(c) is even? I have gotten an equation of c !! The OP was busy deleting the ...
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Possible math contest question

I've just discovered a possible math contest question... https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4069992/pqr-pqqrrp2021-find-all-triples-of-p-q-r-and-all-of-them-are-prime The "$2021$" ...
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German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik $2021$"

Recently I've seen two questions related to the German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik $2021$" - both voluntary removed by the author (both new users). Therefore I ask you to be aware of ...
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Is it within policy for instructors to edit post text to remove questions from active exams?

I am teaching an intro math class this semester, and today was the final, which was given remotely due to the pandemic. A few exam questions popped up on this site (the posts were word-for-word ...
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Should there be a community for math contests?

On occasion, there are posts related to math contests and olympiads on math.se, and there is a contests tag well. I was thinking recently about whether it would be appropriate for there to be a ...
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Polish Mathematical Olympiad 2020

Recently, a user has posted questions from the Polish Mathematical Olympiad $2020$, which is an ongoing contest. If one of these questions appears, please flag it for moderator attention, and request ...
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What kind of context is good to add to a contest math question?

This is a call for brainstorming for ideas on how to best make questions from math contests meet our quality requirements, outlined in many places, but How to ask a good question is the most commonly ...
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How to ensure that an active contest question is locked until the contest expires

I answered the following question: 4th Point Of A Rectangle - Co-Ordinate Geometry I then learned it was part of an active contest: https://www.codechef.com/JULY20B/problems/PTMSSNG I voted to close ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions from Project Euler here?

Can we ask Project Euler questions here?
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About "question deleted by user"

I have answered geometry question about 3 times, each time got some situation. It is either an on-going competition question, this happens twice,and I was told after my answer has been there for a ...
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Why do we care about monitoring for CodeChef problems?

Title kind of gives away the question, but here we go. Very recently another meta-thread has appeared "warning" about the possible appearance of questions related to a CodeChef challenge. There have ...
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Suggestion for advertising contests more actively to manage contest problem issues

There is a fair amount of discussion about contests at the moment, in the context of active problems being posted to the site for answers and needing to be closed. Bearing in mind that (a) contest ...
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Active Contest Ending 18 December 2018: Questions from CodeChef December Challenge

The CodeChef December Challenge runs from 1500 Indian standard time 7 December 2018 until 1500 Indian standard time 17 December 2018. In past months, this site has attracted numerous users who ...
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Should we change the "contest problem" policy regarding soft deletes?

The details of the policy are discussed separately. Specifically, I ask whether a soft delete of an answer is sufficient. Users with 10K reputation can see these soft deleted answers. Hence, among ...
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German contest "Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik" $2019$ [closed]

Recently this question was asked. This is exactly task $4.$ of the German mathematical contest "Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik". Since it is forbidden to ask questions of an on-going contest here on MSE ...
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Active Contest Ending 12 November 2018: Questions from CodeChef November Challenge

Questions have begun arising on this site from an active contest. It is the CodeChef November Challenge, which ends at 15:00 Indian Standard Time on 12 November 2018. There are two divisions, ...
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I found 3 questions asking about an ongoing contest.

The following 3 questions were asked and are part of an ongoing contest: https://iymc.info/data/Pre-Final-Round-Problems-2018-x3285s7f2.pdf I did not realize this yesterday, but upon going through ...
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Cheating on USAMTS 2018-2019

As some may know, USAMTS round 1 problems have just been released. To read more about the USAMTS go here: http://www.usamts.org (From the above link) "Students may use any materials - books, ...
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Area 51 Proposal: Mathematical Challenges

Important Update: I am saddened to say that Math Challenges has been closed by the Community Moderator, Robert Cartaino (prematurely). I'd like to thank everyone who have participated in the past ...
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SUMaC 2018 entrance exam questions

The Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) 2018 Admission Exam is online. The rules say, "You are expected to do your own work without the use of any outside source (books, internet search, etc)....
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USAMTS 2017-18 Round 2 Problems

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students. As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows ...
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User who posts ongoing contest problems

Over the past few days, I have come across multiple posts from a particular user that are questions from ongoing contests. On both, I have commented this fact on both the question and the answer, and ...
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Is it unfair to post a live journal problem?

I have received downvotes for posting live journal problem from Mathematical Reflections, mainly from the user quasi for a number of problems. I ask whether it is unfair to ask it? After the ...
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USAMTS 2016-17 Round 3 problem set is out!

Following up the "It's that time of year again: USAMTS 2016-17 Round 1 problem set is out!" post here in "Mathematics Meta Stack Exchange" (posted by "Mathematics Stack Exchange" Moderator @arjafi ...
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USAMTS 2016-17 Round 2 problem set is out!

Following up the "It's that time of year again: USAMTS 2016-17 Round 1 problem set is out!" post here in "Mathematics Meta Stack Exchange" (posted by "Mathematics Stack Exchange" Moderator @arjafi ...
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Polish Mathematical Olympiad 2016/17

After seeing this post about problems from USAMTS I thought it might be a good idea to post here about problems from Polish Mathematical Olympiad. The first stage of this olympiad is involves high-...
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How closely must a question match a contest question to fall under our policy?

With the start of this academic year's USAMTS, we are going to get a some questions that have their origin in these problems, some more closely worded to the original than others. Perhaps it is time ...
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It's that time of year again: USAMTS 2016-17 Round 1 problem set is out!

The 2016-17 USAMTS Round 1 problem set is out, and some problems from it have been found on the site already. This is yet another request for all users to be on the lookout for these problems, and ...
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Anyone know the contest this is from? [closed]

Evidently the problem is to show this is impossible: $$\frac{z^3}{x^3+y^3+2xyz}=3$$$(x,y,z\in \mathbb N)$ Posted as Why there isn't any solution in positive integers for $z^3 = 3(x^3 +y^3+2xyz)$...
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Contest questions today (3/14)

Pizza Hut is having a contest today (March 14). The questions are in the link above. I thought I'd make this known here in case anyone posts them on the main site. Of course, such posts should not be ...
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Why a question without showing any work is getting upvoted?

Very often here when a post does not show any work gets down voted to hell, this question is getting upvoted +5 without having shown any work. I have seen others people's post get downvoted severely ...
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Is there a more effective way to lock current contest questions that contain quality answers?

This question was recently locked (I only know because I had a bounty on the question). As Sky's comment points out, this problem is part of a current USAMTS competition (deadline to submit solutions ...
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2015-16 USAMTS Round 1 Problems

I would like to request that everyone keep an eye out for the USAMTS Round 1 problems, per the ongoing competitions rules. They'll be released tomorrow at this address: here. (Currently the link goes ...
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Project Euler, again

I realize we have discussed Project Euler and other ongoing contests before (here and here and here and elsewhere), but I was a bit surprised a while ago when I flagged a question for moderator ...
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Perplexity about an IMO question. [duplicate]

Today and tomorrow IMO 2015 competition will take place. I surfing on MSE I have bumped into the following question (now closed by author) asking for some help about an IMO 2015 problem. The problem ...
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How to determine if a question is from a current Contest.

I had never really heard of online contest math question before coming to this site. However, now that I am answering question, I would like to avoid these questions (and flag them). How do you go ...
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Locked question concerning contest problem

This question has come to my attention: Prove this inequality with $xyz\le 1$. It has been locked and it seems appropriate to make a meta post about it. I'm not requesting to unlock, I just think ...
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Voting for pure contest questions?

So, I just saw this querstion If both $a,b>0$, then $a^ab^b \ge a^bb^a$ , and I became confused at the number of upvotes it had. I perused the policies here on meta, and I see that questions ...
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