Questions tagged [discussion]

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Are answers involving final answer only allowed?

I was wondering in what circumstances are short final answers allowed. There are some case where I am left astonished of how such answers follow MSE's guidelines.
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Must low-quality questions be updated with edits instead of comments?

My question specifically concerns this question, which was closed as "Not suitable for this site." I suspect that what made this question unsuitable is that there was no context or work ...
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Am I allowed to answer even if I am unsure that my answer is correct?

Sometimes I want to try answering someone's question to receive feedback for my answer from more qualified people, because I am not sure if my answer is valid. I am willing to take my answer down if ...
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Awarding a bounty to an undeserving answer [duplicate]

I put out a bounty on a question I made in order to call attention to it. While this had the intended effect and my post received an answer, said answer was incorrect. I got notified that I must award ...
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Probable homework question showing detailed work, followed by very similar question from another user, showing little work: flag as duplicate, or not?

Yesterday, a question was posted asking for comments on a fully detailed solution to what was obviously a coursework question. The OP's solution was essentially correct, just overly complicated. The ...
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A question missed in my “recently deleted answers” link [duplicate]

I had a deleted question (with no answer) two months ago and it could be found always in my recently deleted questions link. Today, I needed a good comment on that post but the post (the question) is ...
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Possibility of intentional downvote sabotage? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is off-topic but this is my first question and I haven't been around the meta page very much. I checked my daily reputation gain today and I found three new downvotes on my answers. The ...
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Duplicating standard reasoning in a question about an open problem in number theory

Recently, a math professor, with a very impressive set of mathematical papers. made a comment that took me by surprise. I am very open to the feedback. I wanted to open it up here to see what others ...
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No response/views despite bounty

This question has no significant views despite putting a bounty over it :( What should I do? Moreover there was a downvote despite the question being excellent and very challenging. I got 2 answers ...
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Is the [proof-writing] tag being applied in accordance with its usage guidance?

The usage guidance for the tag proof-writing says: For questions about the formulation of a proof. This tag should not be the only tag for a question and should not be used to ask for a proof of a ...
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A question about enforcement of quality standards

I'm reading this post about enforcement of quality standards, and it puzzles me. I feel like most of the time, it a user were able to ask a question that follows the quality standards, they would ...
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Can I improve this question?

This question of mine was closed as I need to "provide additional context". I'm struggling to think of what context exactly I could add - there is no external motivation of the question ...
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Left and right positions of some user cards in the question queue

I would like to know if there is a specific reason or justification for some users being are displayed on the left and some on the right as shown in the red boxes.
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Why is it allowed for users to delete questions that others created?

I opened a question and was marked as duplicate. But what I find surprising is that some users actually deleted my question! Why is this allowed? From my perspective the linked question does not ...
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e books and book materials [closed]

Stack exchange is a treasure of knowledge in various branches of study. Are categorized e books or materials of various topics available? If not available, is there any thinking on the part of the ...
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How to give a better title to my question: why cannot I simplify with the same phase factor from a sum of states

Recently I have asked this question: Why cannot I simplify with the same phase factor from a sum of states However, I think the title doesn't capture well the crux of the matter: it seems like a ...
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How To Hide An Array on MathSE

I constructed a (long) self-answer, that I subsequently discarded, since I found that the question + answer was a duplicate. I intended to have the answer hidden. I had trouble converting the ...
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Should duplicate closing be based on quality or on time of posting? [duplicate]

Here's a scenario: Suppose there are two persons X and Y, now person X posts a question about topic Z but with a poor title (and poor presentation overall), now some time later (maybe years) , person ...
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What's wrong with this my answer? It got 5 downvotes in just a few minutes.

I am asking about this: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/4158379/2513 Are there any suggestions on how can I improve it?
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Am I, as a comment flagger, a waster of the moderators' time?

Preamble I am a novice SE user, a toddler. In this post I want to criticize some moderator actions, which seems risky and futile, regarding unwritten policies on the meta; however, just for the record,...
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Reasonable answer deleted by high reputation user

As an anonymous user, I gave an answer to this question: Equivalence of two expressions for the Weeks manifold hyperbolic volume I gave a link to a paper of Zagier which explains how one can write ...
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Drawback of answers written by some high reputation users

Drawback of answers written by some high reputation users This is my personal view: some high reputation users don't write their answers in detail. I think they should write their answers in detail so ...
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Why do edits have to be at least 6 characters?

I am wondering why edits are required to be at least 6 characters. As an example, someone answered the question How to calculate the integral of a Legendre polynomial excellently but for a typo, which ...
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Should I edit the question before starting a bounty, or start a new question?

I have a question I would like to start a bounty on. But I would like to edit the question to add the possibility for a stronger result. The question I want to start a bounty on is this question: For ...
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If your network is slow and you keep trying to upvote one of your answers just continuously clicking on it again and again your answer get upvoted

So I have discovered a bug or hack whatever you may call it. So today morning my network was bit slow ($<5$ MBPS). So I answered a question and I wanted to answer more question but slow network ...
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Transferring reputation between different SE sites [closed]

As someone who has accounts on multiple Stack Exchange sites I am wondering if there is a means by which reputation between accounts can be transferred. This may be useful, for example, to offer a ...
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What can I do to improve this question?

This self-answered question has $5$ downvotes . Metamorphy commented that 'Still the question should have a context and not just a problem statement' after which I added an attempt. After discussion ...
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Seeking discussion forum for mathematics

A month ago I posted a question. It was viewed by about 50 people, received one comment (for which I am grateful), and no answer, not even an attempt at an answer. I suspect this is because the ...
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Calculator problems that have nothing to do with math

Why does Math.SE permit questions about calculators that have nothing to do with math, for instance this one?
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Why delete when closed is just fine?

Question with correct amswer https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4144556/when-does-this-method-fail , could only get the correct answer on 3rd time trying to ask a simple question in a "...
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Partial MathJaX editing

There was a (now-closed) question which was horribly formatted by the OP. I put in some initial formatting to show him what to do in order to make it more readable, but did not finish everything since ...
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Voting to delete questions without citing reasons

Asked the question https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4144196/wrong-proof-lim-n-to-infty-left-frac1-frac12-frac13-cdots With tags of summability theory and citing a reference to a lecture, all ...
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How can I improve my specific question?

My question I am here to understand how improve to formulate my question. As matter of fact in the link I have tried to show my attempt and I have required as a question to check if my attempt is ...
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Badge award reason

A couple of days ago, I was awarded the "refiner" badge ["Edit and answer 50 questions (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0"]. But in the last couple of weeks, I've ...
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Downvoting newbie user's questions

I found this post today. Yeah, I agree that this question has been asked many times before but isn't 9 downvotes for a new user a bit too intense? I think mass downvoting newbies will only harm the ...
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Can my question around an identity involving a uniform distribution please be un-closed? [duplicate]

I asked a question about an identity involving large uniform random numbers here: Prove that $\lim_{m \to \infty} (\lceil m U \rceil -mU ) \sim U(0,1)$. The question is part of a larger theme of ...
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Can anything be done if a single user is downvoting several posts in a row? [duplicate]

I’ve taken a look at my reputation and believe a single user is downvoting several of my posts in a row. Normally I would ignore this but my reputation is low. (I wish to place a bounty on a recent ...
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Proposed new solution to having unwanted noise and unfairly exposed questions again after editing on this site as to not decrease the site quality.

It has been noticed that when editing my own posts, that I sometimes get annoyed with a small wrong detail in a post that I then do a 5 character or less edit. Here is proof of this causing trouble ...
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Accidentally editing without knowing a question was closed in the review queue made a question unable to be reopened. New feature to prevent this.

I have seen this large issue with this website which can endanger the new user: It was accidentally done that one edited the question of another user whose question was already closed, but then had ...
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Alternate account to remind askers to accept answers when I am one of the answerers

There are many instances when a question receives satisfactory answers yet none of them is accepted. Specifically, in situations when the asker has explicitly commented below useful answers that their ...
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Are questions which ask for references to other questions, legal?

I was wondering if I could ask for references for a particular type of questions from MSE. Is it legal? For example, if I wanted references of questions which were related to proving $\lim_{n\...
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When and why is there traffic on MSE

I have been visiting MSE at different times of the day lately (I am from East N.A.). I noticed that when I visit in the morning, there seems to be a lot less traffic on the site that when I visit in ...
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What privileges can get after reaching 25k reputation?

I am interested especially in whether one can get the right to delete the others' comments. Unfortunately, from what I read there are no more privileges after 25k reputation. Is this right?
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How to decide if use [mathematical-astronomy], or just post to astronomy.SE?

Recently I have asked this question: Do all spherically symmetric stellar systems have zero anisotropy? I have also asked some other questions in this topic, ie Poisson's equation-like formula in ...
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I am failing to make the answer look good. What can I do?

My answer to this question Minimizing $a_1x_1^2 + a_2x_2^2$ for positive $a_i$, where $a_1x_1+a_2x_2=B$ looks very bad on the phone. The syntaxes look fine when I switch to the desktop version of the ...
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Who Created the Community User. There is a Saying on Their Account that “They are not Really a Person”, But Who Made Their About Page?

It has been interesting to see the robot user editing other people’s posts as if a person is editing them. I understand that there are a pattern of posts, but some of them seem human like. This ...
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What should I choose between “needs improvement” and “very low quality”?

I just accessed the review queues last 2 weeks, and I find Needs improvement and Very low quality confusing. To be particular ...
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Why is an answer not deleted even when all reviewers recommend deletion?

Today I vote to "recommend delete" an answer in the low quality queue and I just check that, although the low quality review was completed, that all six reviewers recommend deletion, the ...
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How to deal with comments discouraging attempts to answer a question.

I frequently use Mathematics Stack Exchange to ask mathematical questions which find applications in electromagnetics. These often boil down to the behaviour of integrals and summations. Recently, I'...
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How to view the recently deleted answer?

I thought there was an answer to this question, but it seems to be deleted. How to view the deleted answer? many thanks! Prove or disprove $SO(4n) \supseteq \frac{(Sp(1)\times Sp(n))}{\mathbb{Z}_2}$? ...

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