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Why did my question receive a negative reception?

I had recently asked this question which shortly after posting got three downvotes. I can't seem to understand why. I suspect that it has something to do with the level of how speculative it is. ...
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Lack of [untagged] considered harmful

A few hours ago, a user posted this question under integration. Though the question has been closed, it has not yet been deleted, which means that anyone who follows the tag integration is being ...
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Confusing rolling back of edits by the moderator

This recent question: Show that the $l_p$ norm of $x$ as $p\to 0$ is the support of $x$ was nominated to be reopened in meta after edits. It was then reopened by several other users. Here is version 4 ...
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Why was this question automatically deleted by the Community Bot on 08/13/2022?

Why was this question automatically deleted by the Community Bot on 08/13/2022? (And for no apparent good reason, that is!) I tried voting to undelete, but it says I can no longer vote to undelete, ...
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When should posts be closed as duplicates?

One could answer " when they are the same" but what if a question is answered by combination of more than one old post? So, let's say a question ask how to show a statement C from a ...
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Reason behind "+1" rep?

I opened my account to see a I've gained 1 rep point for the above reason. I'm curious to know the reason behind it? Other than when an answer is accepted, I don't remember ever dealing with ...
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Does the moderator violate the EoQS?

This recent question on the main site: If whenever $|x-a|<\delta$, $|y-a|<\delta$ then $|f(x)-f(y)|<\epsilon$, is this equiv. to $f$ cont. at $c$ then $f$ cont. on some interval around $c$? ...
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Why was my post was removed from the HNQ list? [duplicate]

Question: Why was my recent post: Side of the largest possible cube inside a cone? was removed from the HNQ list? Context: I do realize related general discussions (see below) but I don't feel right ...
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Mistake in this "First Question" Review marked spam?

In several review tests I had given, this is the first one that I failed. Also, this the first "spam" alert I saw. I looked at some meta posts and checked some google results too (for the ...
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Separate an extremely long second solution into another answer or leave it in the original one?

I answered this question yesterday. In my answer, I discuss 2 different evaluation techniques, one of which is long and partially incomplete. However, after thinking about it for a while, I have ...
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Feedback on downvoted question

Yesterday, I asked the following question on conjectured values of certain factorial rational zeta series. It was downvoted twice, and upvoted once. I'm wondering where the downvotes have come from. ...
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What additional context can I add to make my question eligible for the site?

EDIT: the question got reopened thanks to the suggestions. I got my question closed with the following reason: Please provide additional context, which ideally explains why the question is relevant ...
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Mod removing questions out of HNQ

It has been observation as of late that moderator Asaf Karagila has been removing quite a bit of questions from HNQ. What is the basis for removal? and, under what circumstances is a moderator ...
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Why are MSE policies that were agreed on not enforced?

I have been a member of Mathematics.SE for ten years. Yet I still don't understand why it is that when certain policies are introduced, they are not enforced or enforced selectively. For example: ...
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Why this my upvoted answer has been deleted by moderator with no explanation?

This my answer seems to be absolutely relevant to the question: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/4436362/2513 This looks like some personal attack. The answer is below. If it is undeleted I would like ...
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Which question received 10 upvotes with the lowest number of views?

It seems to me that receiving say $10$ upvotes ("Nice Question" badge) with $50$ views is more impressive, in terms of indicating a high quality question, than receiving $10$ upvotes with $...
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The thin line between answers and comments

What qualifies as an answer? I reproduce my (deleted) answer here: Use SFFT to factor $xy-8x-4y = 0$. The answer received $2$ upvotes and was also accepted by the OP. A while later, however, a ...
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Should figuring out how small and insignificant a question is be done collaboratively?

A asked the question Can hyperbolic geometry be described using something that is similar to quaternions but not biquaternions? and answered my own question. About 9 hours later, it got closed with a ...
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People on this site have the exact oposite attitude to what they should have about answering questions

This post will likely be downvoted to oblivion, however this is my point. I love maths almost as much as I love chess but these two communities have the same issue; As both are difficult and appeal to ...
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"Bookmarks" option below "Home" link or among top-right options

Often times I find myself visiting the bookmarked post of "meta". So: Open meta in new tab. Click on the profile. Click on "Bookmarks". And now I select the one required. This, ...
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Figuring out which Answer was Deleted when reputation reduces

When I get a DownVote (or UpVote) I know which Answer got that DV or (UV) & there is no confusion here. When some random stale Question (having one Answer by me) gets Deleted or MODS Decide to ...
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I want to respond to a comment on my answer which I want to Delete?

Let us say, I answer a Question. One user comes along to Point out that my answer is wrong. I want to Delete that wrong answer. All okay till now. Still, I want to respond to that user who left a ...
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"Post Answer" option for those mid-way writing despite "Closed" post

When the post is closed, no longer answers are accepted as: the answer box gets removed. if you were writing something, the post answer option is no longer available. In the latter case, I am ...
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Bounty Message despite Accepted Answer

Why am I getting this message? (Note in this case I'm getting it after accepting an answer.) In this case, I had this message for long as I had neither accepted nor received any answer. But then, ...
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List of edits waiting for approval

I want to see the list of all my edits that are still waiting for an approval. Does such a list exist? If yes, where/how can I see/get such a list?
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How to ask a question which has to use terminology from a foreign language that doesn't have an accurate translation in English?

The question I want to ask is about a concept for which there is a specific term in a foreign language. The problem is that this term doesn't have an accurate translation in english and since it ...
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Would quality picture answers be on topic?

I recently came across this free website, and I've been using it to present ideas and explain things. I recently asked a question which got a great answer by user Mateo. Using the website, I then ...
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Are users obligated to read (or at least skim) existing answers before posting a new answer?

Are users obligated to read (or at least skim) existing answers before posting a new answer? I can see one reason for "yes": it would reduce redundant answers. But How to write a good answer ...
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What question about Math can I ask?

https://math.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic mentions about what I can ask on the math site. However, I have tried asking several questions on this site. Yet, every question I asked has been closed as ...
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How to respond to nagging followup questions after answering a question

I've had the experience about five times recently when after I answer a question, the asker ends up nagging me with more questions in the comments. The most recently was just now: Exercise $14$, ...
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Limits on self-promotion?

What, if any, are the limits on using ones participation in math.se for self promotion? I ask because a user (who had already been noticed for 'iffy' answering habits) has now changed their display ...
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OP engages with only 1 user among many who posted answer

This is in reference to this post. I gave my best efforts in trying to answer the OP's question. Since I have answered I was very excited to check whether there are more interesting answers which ...
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Is MSE bad for undergraduate students? [closed]

My question is focused on thinking that MSE is a "temptation" for students, that is, many prefer to search or ask directly for the answers to their exercises here before trying it on their ...
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New answer which is identical to mine

As I was scrolling through the new questions of MSE, I thought of checking out some of my previous unaccepted answers and learn something from the accepted answers. And it happened that a question($g(...
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gifts after some reputation threshold

I got to know that stackoverflow gives gifts after 100k reputation, and then I wondered if this community did the same. Apparently this was once planned Math Stack Exchange swag ideas, but I'm not ...
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Editing a proof verification question to add a problem with said proof.

I have recently written a question on the main site (The Riemann–Stieltjes Integral: Proving a Convergence Theorem) that asked for a solution verification. On checking over the question I have found a ...
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Can MathSE posting closure/deletion be automated, based on a specific tag?

I am adding this clarification just to be sure that my posting is not being misinterpreted. The reason that I am adding this clarification is that the negative reaction to this meta posting seems to ...
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Hostile mentality on StackExchange. Why am I wrong to answer "low quality" questions? [duplicate]

I've been using StackExchange for slightly over 4 years now, asking maths related questions here and there, and answering questions that I know the solution for. Recently, I answered this question. It'...
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Should the following question be closed?

The top half of this posting is a response to the issue of whether this posting is itself a duplicate of a pre-existing MathSE Meta posting. The issue was raised whether this posting is a duplicate of ...
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Etiquette of bounty on PSQs.

This question was asked by an account that has currently been suspended temporarily. I found this question, liked it too much, and put a bounty on it (At that time the account was not suspended I ...
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I have been banned from asking questions due to serial downvoting. What should I do?

About two months ago I was a victim of serial downvotes and as a result I was banned from asking questions on Math SE. I am still banned at the time of this post. It first showed me a warning that my ...
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Question about bounties and serial votes. [closed]

Can I see the question that I put a bounty on (I am not the OP of that question) in the “bountied questions” list? I can’t seem to be able to see it and am freaking out, thinking it’s not getting ...
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What should one do if one thinks that someone is mass-voting them?

If an anonymous person is mass-voting anyone's questions, what should one do?
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Implementing a fill-in-the-blank type structure for new users asking questions

A notable problem on this site seems to be PSQs from new users. In order to encourage better questions, I suggest implementing a fill-in-the-blank type structure for new users asking questions. Once a ...
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Valid Edit accepted by OP, but rejected by Reviewers

I had made one Edit Suggestion to this Question, but it was rejected. I was wondering whether I was mistaken and the Edit is wrong. Hence, I then made the same Edit Suggestion via Comment and OP ...
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How did this closed question gain a new answer?

I closed a question (“ Transposing matrices by multiplication ”) some hours ago as a dupe, but someone gave it a new answer two hours later. Looking at the revision history, the question had not been ...
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Is there any general algorithm used in the CURED chatroom for nominating closing and deleting questions?

I notice that there is a list (shown at the end of the post) in the chatroom called "CURED" for nominating closing and deleting questions from the main site. This search shows that such ...
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Should I post link as a comment or an answer?

Situation: A question was asked. I tried to find a solution, but got stuck. So I asked for help from MSE and am currently waiting for answers. If I get a suitable answer, then I plan on posting this ...
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Is Math Stackexchange only for experts?

So recently I asked a few questions that seemed pretty difficult to me. But when I scrolled through some other questions I felt that to most other users my question are probably just elementary. Since ...
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Why was my question downvoted, and why won't people give advice when they downvote?

I was working through Griffiths' for quantum mechanics, and I came across some problems where we have to calculate expectation values. This motivated me to ask the following question: https://math....
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