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About editing the prominent mistakes

While reviewing many Suggested Edits in Math SE, I've found that many users are editing the prominent mistakes of the author. However, if I'm not wrong, editing should not conflict with the author's ...
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How to get rid of the space in between name of the function and the parenthesis e.g. in $f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)$? [duplicate]

I want to get rid of the space between name of the function and the parenthesis argument as in $f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)$. This space feels unnatural to me. I know a solution to get around this but I ...
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User David C. Ullrich and long-time sci.math participant died 22 March 2024

By accident -- I don't even remember what I was originally searching for -- I just learned that user David Charles Ullrich (2642 answers in Mathematics Stack Exchange; Mathematics Genealogy Project ...
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why my question is closed [duplicate]

See the link. How to solve the Diophantine equation with number sequence as a known variable? No one asked for declaratory No one asked for details Why?
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Why am I getting downvoted for simply asking if a question would be appropriate? [duplicate]

Consider one of me questions here: Is it okay to ask for tutoring in a chatroom?. For some reason the question is at -4 votes. I am struggling to understand why. I thought the purposes of the votes is ...
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Is it okay to ask for tutoring in a chatroom?

There is a particular user who has helped a lot of a niche area of questions on this website. I am preparing for a competitive exam in a couple of months and I do have some more questions which may ...
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Review issue: post looked disabled

While working on some review queues, I fell upon this one. I could almost not see the post, as it seemed disabled (the letters were that fainted that I could almost not read them). As a result, I ...
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Why Was This Logic Question Closed?

The self-answer question Truth Teller Problem Revisited - What Fraction Like Winter [closed] was just closed. The reason given was: Please provide additional context, which ideally explains why the ...
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The relevance of simple questions [closed]

I received two negative votes for my question about relationships between discriminants. I would like to say the following about this. I am not a mathematician, but I am very interested in the subject ...
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Tag: april-fools

I am new to having some tag privileges, and it appears I have just created an "april-fools" tag. I know there are people with strong feelings about tagging, so I'm just posting this to let ...
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Mathematical aspects of ciphers: Ask on here or Puzzling.SE?

Question: Should I ask here or on Puzzling.SE about the mathematical aspects of ciphers? I have a question about a cipher called the "Prime Multiplication Cipher" which is a cipher that ...
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Over-zealous closure of what seems a perfectly good question

I see that Prove that $r+x$ is irrational. was closed less than 2 hours after its being asked. Now it seems to me that the questioner did everything right, including editing it for clarity and ...
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What to do if answer is unrelated to question?

I asked a question earlier using a piece of terminology that was clear in context. A reputable user answered as if the question had been about a more familiar use of the word in an unrelated area. As ...
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Was this question closed by a human or a bot? what more details could be added?

This question was closed because This question needs details or clarity. "can there be an infinite set S whose elements all contain S? [closed]" However, ...
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Why is this an audit test? [duplicate]

I just failed this audit: https://math.stackexchange.com/review/first-answers/2095656 The question was: give me a book about a specific mathematical subject in physics. The answer was: hereby a ...
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Trying to understand downvote criteria [duplicate]

I recently asked a question after spending some time researching the web for an answer. It turned out that there was already a similar question on Stackexchange. I had not found it, but not for lack ...
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How do I respond to edits?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Minimum losses to eliminate you from top 2 in round robin Someone asked a question about round robin. I answered. He then realized that he ...
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Why aren’t my answers being seen?

I’m a relatively new user on this site, and over the past 2-3 months, I’ve posted various answers to questions that were within my skill level to explain properly. My earlier answers were seen and ...
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How in the world did I fail this audit?

So a few minutes ago I got this question as an audit review (link to audit). When I saw it in the review queue, it looked to me (it showed as having 0 answers/votes) that quite obviously it lacked ...
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Query about question closed for "Needs Details or Clarity"

I had posted a question Query on reducts and core algorithm in Rough Sets [closed], where I was trying to understand a ppt example in Computational Intelligence subject. I gave the example, I gave the ...
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Why was this question closed/deleted for lacking context?

This question was closed, and the reason was lack of context. While I understand that an attempt doesn't equal context, I am confused as to what exactly was wrong with the post. The OP had made some ...
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Abusing the downvote ability

I feel that many users abuse the downvote feature and downvote genuinely researched questions/answers without any reason. I have noticed this in many posts and it has personally happened to me a few ...
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Feature: options for downvoting an answer similar to the options for closing a question

For the most part, users give very useful comments that help improve the question/answer. But I am sure many of you too must have come across sometimes the mysterious offshoot downvote and then spend ...
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I want to understand as to why my question was downvoted.

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Need to compute the conditional expectation I have received two downvotes for this question. I am a new user to this platform, and this was ...
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Ask a new question or undelete and edit the deleted question?

So initially I asked a not so well-focused and clear question on expressing functions as sums of exponential and sinusoidal functions. Then later I deleted it because it wasn’t so clear. Then, just ...
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When is it appropriate to retract a downvote?

I was idly looking through a list of questions that I had downvoted. Some of those questions now looked OK, and I wondered why I had downvoted them. In one case I investigated, the explanation was ...
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Ideal onboarding for MathSE

As a community, we expect new users of the site to do a lot of work before making their first post (which is on average a new question). They have to make an account and sign up, be at least somewhat ...
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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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Integral or Series Closed Form Inquiry

I know it's a dumb question still I don't have premium access to Mathematica or Wolfram Alpha, so I sometimes get stuck. Can I ask on Math Stack Exchange community for help finding the closed form of ...
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May I ask why my answer was deleted without explanation?

In Why do we believe the equation ax+by+c=0 represents a line?, I wrote this answer: Let $A=\left(x_{A},y_{A}\right)$ and $B=\left(x_{B},y_{B}\right)$ be distinct points. We define the line $l$ ...
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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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Closed Question Despite 8 Upvotes and Detailed Attempts – Seeking Clarification

I joined Math Stack Exchange about 15-17 days ago, so I might not know all the rules for asking questions. One of my early questions got closed, but it had 8 upvotes, and I mentioned what I tried. I’m ...
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Is it okay to ask a question on the interpretation of a result or for an alternate solution?

I posted a problem a while back and recently put a bounty on it: Locus of centroid, given the slopes of the sides I tried to be as clear as I could about what I was asking (basically just an intuitive ...
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real functions or complex functions [closed]

There are many questions from students about (presumably) real functions of (presumably) real variables. I say presumably, because information is often scarce. Now with real functions there are often ...
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Closing new users questions without comments.

I saw some questions in my close votes review queue that were asked by new users and had 4 close votes (and eventually got closed) without any answer or comment at all and without any comment ...
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Why was this question closed for lacking focus?

I posted a question that, in retrospect, was too broad, and it received two votes to close with comments telling me why. I edited it to substantially restrict its scope, and it was upvoted and ...
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Are we being too harsh about questions that aren't homework problems

I get the feeling that the MSE community is being much more harsh and dogmatic than it used to be and that that is detrimental to its use to help people who are trying to learn mathematics and have ...
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My question was closed but now I have edited it [duplicate]

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Hard permutation question My question was closed and I did not get an option to send it for review even though I have edited it now. Please ...
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Why I seemingly cannot find my question when searching but then later when I get flagged for duplicate question I find the similar question

I try to avoid creating duplicates but I always fail. Consider my recent question. I was searching the finite subgroup criterion. So I typed into the search function "Finite subgroup criterion&...
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Why can I close my own question?

While I know closing questions is supposed to be done by the community to encourage higher-quality questions, I also have the option to close my own question. See the following: This is how it would ...
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Should I delete my question if I already got a definitive answer?

There are a lot of times when I just post a question, and a couple minutes after, I get an answer that just completely answers the question without any problems. Take this one. I posted it, and ...
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Can you explain me why my question was closed?

This question was closed for being "opinion-based". I honestly don't see how this relates to any opinion. The answer is actually written in the comments and was here pretty much from the ...
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How should I (nicely) tell people they should answer my question rather than giving the answer in comments?

I know this isn't an issue specific with math.se, but this is one of the community where I feel like it is widespread. Take as an example my last question. I am basically asking "Is the result X ...
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When should a question that requires only algebraic manipulation to answer use the algebra-precalculus tag?

Say for example a question deals with a curve in the complex plane but the only technique required to solve the problem is algebraic manipulation (albeit perhaps using complex numbers) and the user ...
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Should I split my two-part question into two?

I am currently writing a question about an infinite product I got stuck on trying to solve. I realized that I have not actually proven that it converges, something I also do not know how to do. I see ...
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Why my first question was deleted? [duplicate]

My first question was deleted more than a year ago. I will admit that I didn’t give additional context and an effort as at that time, I was very new to the site and I don’t know that it is requirement ...
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Marathon on math stackexchange

everyone. Good evening. I've noticed several discussions about integral marathons and infinite series marathons on various forums, such as the Art of Problem Solving and Integrals and Series Prohbb (...
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Should I vote to close very old questions?

I saw some very old questions in my close votes review queue (one from 7 years ago, one from 10 years ago, and another from 12 years ago) like this or this or this, and I was not sure what to do. ...
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Are my questions simply bad/in violation of rules of the site?

I've recently noticed that my recent questions do not receive much attention / are not answered even within one or two days. For example, for this question I had to put a bounty on the question to get ...
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Answered a question that I later realized is a duplicate

I have just added an answer to a question that, shortly after posting my answer, I realised is probably a duplicate of this other question, as suggested in the comments, and I flagged it as such. My ...
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