Questions tagged [discussion]

This tag is used for questions that ask users to discuss an idea, concept, or problem in an abstract way. A discussion question may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and is often subjective. On Meta, you do not need to use community-wiki mode for subjective topics unless you are asking a "poll" question.

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Is my post still unclear?

Is my post still unclear? It was down-voted twice.
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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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Request: Review Queue Activity Differences

So, anyone who's been around M.SE very long, and has access to some of the review queues, knows that the review queues are by no means of equal activity (or busy-ness). Close Votes is always the ...
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I simplified my question that other readers could not understand, now I am asking if it can be re-opened. [duplicate]

Recently, I've edited my closed question. Reasons being ignorant of describing the search problem that I wanted to prove is NP-hard. May it be re-opened, please? Link here
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Should the use of “iff” be discouraged?

I've come across a lot of posts where "iff" is used as a short form for "if, and only if,". Maybe it's just me, but when trying to read (a long text) fast, I think it's easy to misunderstand it for ...
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Are real questions sometimes getting deleted and should we try and stop that?

I once saw a question that I think was titled "Do irrational numbers really exist?" and it later got deleted. I think the person who asked it had a real question. I think that person had an intuition ...
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Is it a good idea to ask understanding-verification type of questions on this site?

In my process of studying math, I am often amased by how much different understandings of the same concept can really deepen one's comprehension. And I am also shocked by how much a wrong or ...
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About an specific user not writing properly

I have observed that there is a user out there that I think is not being nice/polite/etc when he leaves comments on post. I checked the activity and are some of them what the heck is $f$? ...
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Migrating this not-answered-bounty-expired question to MathOverflow?

I've recently asked this question on Math SE and upon not receiving any answers, offered a bounty to draw attention. The question has attracted a reasonable number of up and no down-votes, so I'd say ...
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Database of abstract duplicates displayed when asking question/clicking on tag

The following question came up today: Prove $5a^2 ≠ 3b^2$ for all non-zero rational numbers $a$ and $b$ This is surely an abstract duplicate if not an actual duplicate. Yet as I intended to indicate ...
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Do Probability and Statistics questions belong here?

When reading random questions on this site, I often come across some Statistics/Probability-related questions. More often than not, these questions receive either not enough or not good enough answers....
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Should there be a question on intuition for $0.999\dots = 1$?

I think that as described in this answer, Jonathan Fischoff burned a lot of reputation points asking questions to gain intuition on $0.999\dots = 1$ in MathOverflow. Even if that user really did lose ...
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How do I ask a good question about a topic I am not completely familiar with?

In my classes, it is easy as my professor would correct my question if it bad, or ask me to re-state it and I would learn something new if my question was good or bad. However, in this site I have ...
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Can I start a bounty on a already answered question?

I came across with the following question Definition of "descends to" I think that is a question that many students of algebraic geometry (and probably many others) have in the ...
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Why have I been banned from asking questions?

I've been banned from asking questions. But, when I checked all my past questions and answers, I've got a total of 6 downvotes. Is this enough to get a question ban? Or have I been banned due to ...
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Math.SE Vs MathEducation.SE for questions about efficient structure of solutions?

I’d like to reach out to the community to find an improved way of approaching a specific, common problem type (finding the Taylor coefficients in various binomial series expansions; both a) the ...
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The geometry-without-trigonometry tag [duplicate]

Similar to the limits-without-lhopital tag, we should have a geometry-without-trigonometry tag. Many times the OP posts a problem hoping to find an "elementary" solution but the answers use ...
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Can't improve question any further, another 6 month ban. Reason, must be tackling a problem beyond my knowledge.

For one month, I have put in some minimal research into NP problems, P problems, and other computer science topics. I was a noob and I'm still am. But, due to my limited experience no amount of ...
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What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply?

What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply? Solve for x $ \sin 30° \sin x \sin 10° = \sin 20° \sin ({80°-x}) \sin 40° $ So someone answered my ...
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“too broad” tags? [duplicate]

There are some tags, that can be considered «too broad»: For example [abstract-algebra]: The tag wiki says, that it is a tag for questions about algebraic objects However, most important classes of ...
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Reputation for attention / replies? (When your questions aren't upvoted).

I hope this is the right place to post this question, apologies in advance, if not. Would it be possible to adjust the reputation system so that answering a question would either [edit:] for example: ...
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Re-edited small details in question, hoping that no one confuses my problem [duplicate]

I have recently, realized that people thought my aloof obsession with Sudoku matrices is a finite problem. I found out that given any arbitrary Sudoku solution there is infinite Sudoku Grid generators ...
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Should titles be included in begingroup..endgroup (similarly as posts and comments)?

Not too long ago, a Stack Exchange software was changed in such way that macros defined in a post are valid only inside that post (similarly for comments). It was announced in an answer on this meta: ...
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When does Goldbach get away from non research levels? [closed]

This polynomial being every natural number greater than 3 is consistent with Goldbach's conjecture, because if both halves are positive, this is half a sum of two primes.I'm mostly trying to show ...
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Does this question deserve to be closed? [duplicate]

Here is a question A property of the tangent line that I asked where I was confused on the matter "what is the property that characterises a tangent line" and I thought that this property is that the ...
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How could this question be improved?

Unable to solve $ \int \frac{x + \sqrt{2}}{x^2 + \sqrt{2} x + 1} dx $? The people who voted to close gave the reason that it's missing context. I would like to know what kind of context I could have ...
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What is the mathematics behind MSE logo? [duplicate]

This is the logo of our main website. What is the mathematics behind this logo. I mean the logo should have some mathematical significance or idea. I can only see six cubes arranged in a pattern. ...
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Does the question contain enough information to ask on regular mathematics?

Intro I'm trying to prove that all valid $n^2 \times n^2$ Sudoku solutions follow a cyclic permutation pattern for a subset of $n!$ Sudoku grids. But, I'm not sure on how to prove it. $S= {[n....x]...
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Should we have an [automatic-sequences] tag?

The main motivation for this proposal lies in the fact that there are a lot of questions on the site concerning the Thue-Morse and Rudin-Shapiro sequences as well as other related automatic integer ...
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Is there any way to have comment templates whenever we are typing comments?

We already have a comment template thread but oftentimes it takes a long time to open meta, go to the question, wait for the page to load, scroll down to the correct comment and copy it, especially if ...
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How does one handle books without errata?

My situation: My book is Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology by Loring W. Tu and Raoul Bott of which An Introduction to Manifolds by Loring W. Tu is a prequel. Neither of which appears to have ...
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reputation points - how are they determined and by whom?

How and by whom are reputation points given? On May 30 I answered a post and it was rated +30. On May 31 it was rated +25 (I don't know if that was a replacement or an addition). On June 2 I ...
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Is English (US) vs English (UK) grounds for an edit?

I use SOX and I get notified whenever there is anything new on meta. Today, I saw this edit to a post. It replaced favourites with ...
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Wolfram Releases the Wolfram Engine for Developers!!

This isn't technically a question, but I thought there would be enough interest in Mathematica here on M.SE.Meta to post it. Wolfram made what I would call a gigantic move: they released the Wolfram ...
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An old “list question” edited to include other points

This question from 2016: Some possible mistakes in Bott and Tu contains a list of what the OP suspects to be errors in a famous book. The OP explains for each point their reasoning as to why they ...
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I don't understand this audit.

Recently, when going through the Low Quality Posts review queue, I failed an audit. Of course, audits have notoriously been inaccurate at times and I have failed other review audits before, but those ...
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1/2 of question answered by different people

In the question I posed here: A characterization of Weak Convergence in $L^p$ spaces I have a two way implication, one way was answered by one person, the other answered by another. I'd like to ...
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What to do if the question says “I'm too tired…”

In the first posts review queue, I saw a question saying "I'm too tired to solve this ...". If I see such question again, what is the best action?
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Can we ask about code in math.stackexchange?

I was wondering if it's OK to ask about the implementation of a mathematical function in code? Really do not know if I should ask in StackOverflow or math.stackexchange.
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Tag proposal: concatenation

A simple lookup of "concatenation" reveals 1,637 questions with that word in the post. Thus it is not uncommon on MSE with questions based around that topic. Questions Here are some suggestions. ...
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Many users using the phrase “How to prove…?” incorrectly. How can this be resolved? [closed]

I see the bolded phrases every day, multiple times a day on this site. It may be in the title of the question or in the body of the question. Sometimes, it's even in the comments. I feel it is my duty ...
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Multiple questions in a single post

Recently this question was edited so as to have two separate questions within the same post (after the OP tried to ask me the second question directly in comments on an unrelated question and I ...
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Why when a user account is suspended, is suspended in both math.meta.stack and math.stack?

Why when a user account is suspended, is suspended in both math.meta.stack and math.stack? That seems like double punishment for only one fault. If you are a good contributor math.stack and for some ...
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Why does the down-vote popup say: “This question doesn't show any research effort; it is unclear,or not useful.”?

I've notices that when the pointer hovers over the down-vote button there is a popup that says: "This question doesn't show any research effort; it is unclear,or not useful." Is that what down-voting ...
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What happened on April 2017?

I used the query in this answer to see the number of edits per month and I was fairly surprised as April 2017 had $86,444$ edits. The graph of edits per day is even more surprising as one day had $55,...
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Review queue tests in need of revision?

I was going through the review queue earlier when I was asked to review this question, which, in my opinion, is poorly written and most of its content is an image. Although, judging by this thread, ...
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Are check my work question discouraged on this site?

Are check my work question discouraged on this site? So here are two basically the same question with one asking to answer the problem and other to what went wrong with my approach. What is wrong ...
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Why does the community seem to encourage technical cleverness over the actual answer to a question?

First post on meta, so here goes nothing. Earlier today, I answered the question linked below: Evaluating $\int_0^1 \frac{3x}{\sqrt{4-3x}} dx$ I believe it is a good question. The user had a ...
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How can I make this question better.

Range of $ y = (\operatorname{arccot} x) (\operatorname{ arccot} ( - x)) $. I asked this question. How can I make this better? Someone in comments is saying I should add more context but I did.
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Tag triangle and triangles

Why do we have tags triangle and then again triangles ? They both seems to have exactly same description. So maybe I am missing something.