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For discussions about contest questions posted on this site.

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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

It has come to my attention that there is a group of users in MSE (myself included) who want to share their own mathematical challenges. Thus, I have made a proposal in Area 51: Math Challenges. ...
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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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Is our main site breeding USAMTS Round 3 problems?

The 2014-15 USAMTS Round 3 set has been released, and unsurprisingly some problems from it have already been spotted on the main site. This is another request for all users to be on the lookout for ...
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This year's Putnam exam (2014)

Briefly: is it kosher yet for me to ask questions about this year's exam? (I'd really like to know how to do the B3!)
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APB on all USAMTS Round Two problems [closed]

This contest has ended. Thanks to everyone who helped track down these questions! Now onto round three. The 2014-15 USAMTS Round Two problem set is out, and it appears that there are numerous ...
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Etiquette of removing Moderator's Note

There is a recent Question that popped up in Close Review. It had been on-hold for several days because it came from an on-going online competition, but it seems the deadline passed. My question is ...
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Contest problem boilerplate lock reason

Given our current contest problem policy, I would like to request there be a customised post-notice for handling the locking of those questions. Proposed notice text: This question is locked in ...
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“Contest problem” policy

What is our policy concerning contest questions on the Mathematics Stack Exchange? Why do we have a policy? What is a contest question? How we deal with on-going contest questions? I see a question ...
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Ask for a delete

I answered this question : https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/549841/a-game-of-probability And was ask for a delete, because the question is a part of some current challenge on a site. I was ...
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Is it our responsibility to police for competition/exam/etc questions?

The recent posts about assisting organizations to help hindering cheaters in competitions / tests (e.g. PRIMES and a Polish Math Olympiad) made me think: Is it our responsibility to police for ...
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Repost of problems from a live Polish Olympiad

It has recently come to my attention that questions from a live Polish Olympiad were posted on the site. I found 3 by the same user ivan, and have flagged them as such - $\gcd(a,b,c)=1$ and Triangle ...
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Given new closing nomenclature, how do I close a contest problem?

What should I use to request that a problem be closed as it has been posed by Brilliant? In the past, I tended to use "not constructive / too localized". Currently, none of "duplicate, off-topic, ...
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Closing contest problems

This question is about the policy for general contest problems, NOT ongoing contest problems. I noticed today that this question is being closed and again, for reasons I cannot understand. I would ...
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Is there a case for treating the contest math tag a bit like homework?

There has been some debate about live contest questions and how to handle them - and likewise about homework, which is a side issue to the question I want to ask, which is about the use of the "...
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another contest problem.

3 Dimensional Geometry and his other question. I will look up the previous questions about contest problems in a minute. I was halfway through composing an answer, then I found http://www....
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Deleted questions

I had previously posted some questions, and they have now been deleted without notice. I am not certain of what happened to them. If I could be shown the questions and given an explanation by a ...
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What are ongoing non-proctored mathematical competitions where math.SE could be used to cheat?

The purpose of this thread is to list the mathematical competitions where math.SE based cheating is relevant. This is useful for two purposes: (1) To understand the scope of the problem and (2) To aid ...
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Proposing a definite policy on contest questions

There has been a lot of heated debate on this issue lately and as a user, I decided to propose a definite policy on such matters: The following is my proposed policy 1) When a problem from an ...
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Request for my id to be deleted

I have been put off by math.stackexchange's policy on people posting questions from ongoing math contests. A very recent violation occurred here: Triangle Geometry Question and I believe moderators ...
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math.SE policy on question from ongoing contests

Triangle Geometry Question That is a question from the Online Math Open which is currently in progress.I would be grateful to know about math.stackexchange's policy on such matters. Please see ...
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Should we allow ongoing journal questions?

Recently, a question was asked. In an answer, it was explained that the question was a problem from the most recent Mathematics Magazine Problems section, and that the answerer was in fact the author ...
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Contest questions on math.SE

This is related to this post, please read the comments. What is the usual way of dealing with that kind of problems on math.SE? (By "that kind of problems" I mean someone posting tasks from an ...