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Why was my question on real numbers poorly received? [closed]

Applications of real numbers being a vector space over the rational numbers I'm trying to understand why this question was poorly received. I explained the motivation behind it: I had originally ...
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MathJax fails to load in the comments [duplicate]

Starting few days ago MathJax fails to load in the comments. It works well in the other boxes: questions and answers. Used browser: Mozilla. However this phenomenon doesn't occur when I use Chrome. ...
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Can vulgar words be used on Mathematics Stack Exchange? (Don't panic, see the whole question…)

I recently asked on Mathematics Stack Exchange (and quickly deleted) a question named "How is used Chinese Dumbass Notation?" The question was upsetting to the public, so I decided to ask this ...
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Informally, would anyone be interested in starting a Polymath Projects type site? [closed]

See Wiki, blog, and actual site if you're not familiar with it. Mathematicians of all kinds have been supposedly coming together and using these to successfully solve or make real progress on a number ...
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Isn't changing $\sum_x^y …$ to $\displaystyle \sum_x^y …$, 8 times, an improvement on an answer?

How come an edit was rejected if it improved the formating? Isn't changing $\sum_x^y...$ to $\displaystyle \sum_x^y...$, 8 times, an improvement on an answer ? (notice the above it's just an ...
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Why did my post on Andrew Wiles get put on hold?

For context, I'm referring to this post: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3441209/was-andrew-wiles-a-child-prodigy My question was about Andrew Wiles' life and specifically his mathematical ...
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I think I have a very important question, but should I ask it here on math-stack? [closed]

After, I've divulged into some critical thinking. I would want the readers to divulge just as deeply into this question. As it can be tricky and hard to understand. I believe I've found something ...
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Why the bracket(s) disappear? [closed]

I tried all the ways before asking the question here. I've tried all the ways I know. I'm having a problem like this. I'm looking for a way to transform equations written in MathJax into pictures in ...
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How shall we handle big numbers / computer searching problems?

There are certain questions that ask about finding an object find certain property, usually some large number. Now to me it is on the edge of what this site is about, as the question is not really ...
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Could someone check the edit processing code ? I think there's a bug in it?

this post gave me trouble, I edited it, tapped the +2 for editing after page refreshing (I do that too much), played around putting my mobile browser into desktop site mode (another thing I do too ...
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Is activity slowing down on MSE or only on “elementary set theory”?

It seems to me that there are not a lot of new questions on "elementary set theory"? Have new tags been created? which would explain this apparent evaporation...
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Proper use of italics when asking a question.

What are the pros/cons of using two asterisks vs using mathjax when trying to italicize something in a question? Thanks in advance.
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Would my mini math web platform be useful to anyone else?

(I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this, but it seemed more appropriate than the main math site...) So I got sick of keeping all my notes spread across Mathematica and vi, and wrote a tiny ...
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Factor Analysis Rotational effects on RMSEA? [closed]

Hi there I have some data which I'm doing EFA on. I'm experimenting with different rotations; none, varimax and oblimin. When I change the rotation the correlation matrices change as expected, but ...
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What is voting fraud?

So I just noticed that today I had a rather large gain in reputation, followed by a subsequent large loss of reputation. When I click on the appropriate tab by my profile, it says "Serial voting was ...
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Trouble conveying question

In one of my recent questions, Embedding manifolds in a $3$-torus. Fact or fiction?, a commenter said that what I wrote "makes little sense." I am having trouble putting myself in the commenter's ...
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Asking a question which is pretty much a dupe

I want to ask a question, but it is basically a duplicate of a (5 year old) question already asked here and that question doesn't have an answer. Morally, any good answer to that question would be an ...
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How can I write the left and right sides of the equation in different sizes?

I hope I'm at the right place to write my question.Because the mathjax tag exists at both stackoverflow.comand tex.stackexchange.com. I want to write this equation (This is just an example) $$G(x_1,...
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Question that is clearly not a duplicate linked to my question, marking it as duplicate. [duplicate]

I asked a question yesterday: Coupon collector's problem: mean and variance in number of coupons to be collected to complete a set This asks for the mean and variance of the coupon collector's ...
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What was wrong with my answer to “what does $0 \ne 1$ mean”?

A while back, I came across this question. At the time, the question read: What is $0 \neq 1$ in the context of Algebraic Axioms? In this wiki link, the author included $0 \neq 1$ as the axiom ...
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What advice do you give to someone who's written an incomplete question below any understanding?

It happened recently and again today (post now deleted) that someone submitted a question with so little content that it was close to impossible to guess anything from it. We all know that by the ...
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A question bouncing in and out of the delete graveyard

Are there a finite number of trees with $k$ leaves and no vertices of degree $2$? In the 35 days or so since this question was asked, it has been closed, deleted twice, undeleted twice, and is ...
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Is this knee-jerk downvoting of anything related to $1+2+3+… = -1/12$, or does this question actually need improvement?

This question of mine is currently sitting at a score of -2, but no one left any comments on how it can be improved. I wonder if some others could weigh in with any suggestions for how the question ...
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Progressive deduction in rep for downvoting

I asked a question why should I lose rep points when I downvote what I consider a wrong (or otherwise inadequate) answer. My question was donwvoted with the usual answer, ooh no, how would we stop ...
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Why taking off points for downvoting? [duplicate]

So this question was already answered. I was given an option and explain why my question is different, so why I am not happy with the answers already provided. Here is my clarification. My question ...
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How can I write backslash in MathJax?

I want to write following in MathJax: L(A)\L(B) When I type following: $L(A)\ L(B)$ It prints: $L(A)\ L(B)$ When I type ...
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Why Math Jax sans-serif in Opera, but serif in Fire-fox?

I screen-shot Continuous Functions map compact sets to compact sets. Modus operandi of proof (Abbott p 115 t4.4.2). I want serif as in Fire-fox.
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Post getting down-votes, because it's a duplicate. Can't delete.

I posted a question regarding a "new discovery" with divisibility tests and it was marked as duplicate by a user because it is very similar to other divisibility tests. I am losing reputation because ...
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List of commonly misspelled words

Judging by some of the posts on meta1 and comments posted there it seems that there are users who try to improve the posts by correcting spelling mistakes. Of course, there are other ways to improve ...
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StackOverflow-specific announcements at math.SE

I got this banner this morning on math.SE: This is a StackOverflow podcast and is unlikely to interest people on math.SE... can we ask to not get this sort of thing across all SE websites?
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Open question by new user put on hold due to pessimism from wearied reviewers?

There are some highly active reviewers on this site to whom we owe much. Understandably, they can become wearied by the task, and develop a sort of pessimism. I think that this question is a victim ...
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Wrong spelling of “occurrence”

On Mathematics Stack Exchange, there are 30,436 posts containing "occurence" versus 3,287 posts containing "occurrence", although "occurrence" is the right spelling (in English and in French). I am ...
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Should perfectly fine questions that have been closed and have an answer be re-opened?

I just came across a question that had been closed by votes. The question itself seems perfectly fine to me, and I don't see any reason to close it. The question also received an excellent answer, ...
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Isn't rewarding question askers taking away from downvotes?

Recently there was a change made that gives question askers ten points for each up-vote. Doesn't this reduce the impact of down votes? A person can get 5 upvotes and 4 downvotes - with a reputation ...
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Switch to MathJax version 3?

It seems it has been a long time since the MathJax has been updated on this site (probably MathJax 2.7 beta by @m0sa). So I was wondering if there is a plan to switch to newer version 3? (http://docs....
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Proposal to delete tag [tag:integer-relation] and [tag:invariant-measure]

integer-relation only has two uses, and neither usage seems to use the tag properly. I suggest we remove this tag (I don't know the protocol for this, please let me know if this is not how one should ...
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About a specific question that had a +250 points of bounty but no one answered [duplicate]

Days ago I saw this: "...is there any chance to change the rules of bounty that if someone would not answer then the OP should get his/her points back?" Today I saw that bountied question Some ...
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At 5000 point I received a new privilege.

I recently reached 5000 points and I got a message, saying I have a new privilege. "Approve tag wiki edits" What does this mean?
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Wrong accepted answer and inactive users [duplicate]

I was browsing through some of my answers to check if some improvements are necessary. Then I've found this post. The answer of alexjo is not right-but accepted. The solution of the equation is not ...
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Is there something wrong in getting your bounty back if no one answered your question?

I found only one instance where this shouldn't be allowed: If you wanna do this twice (to set a bounty again on the same question). Also, from this answer (by 40 votes): "Abuse potential aside, it ...
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How should my question be tagged

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: A math/beauty question How should this question be tagged?
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How do I make sure my question is not a duplicate? [duplicate]

A couple of questions that I have asked on this site have been marked duplicates and I have seen people attach the link of the previously asked question quickly (not just on mine, but on all other ...
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Collaboration on Proofs

I'm a burgeoning computer scientist and interested in collaborating with others on proofs and solutions to difficult problems, both for fun and for publication purposes. I'm wondering whether there is ...
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What are good answers? [duplicate]

This guideline of moderator tools says the following: Before voting to delete, please check whether there are any good answers; if so, then the question should be flagged for moderator attention as ...
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Sites with copypasta from MSE? [duplicate]

Recently, when I surfed the web, I stumbled onto this and had a deja vu. Despite I see that site for the first time, the answer there was indeed written by me. It's original can still be found here. ...
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Negative answer to “does there exist a proof not using this general result”

I refer to this question. Basically it asks for a proof of a known result, without using a very general & basic formula. The question has received a decent amount of views and there seemed to be ...
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Comment etiquette: Should one delete a comment about a minor error after correction has been made?

I recently commented on a solution and pointed out a small error; the author soon commented back, thanked me and corrected the error. He/she was perfectly nice, and I'm not asking the question because ...
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Are more users deleting their accounts now than in the past?

In the last week and a half, I've had three reputation decreases of 10 points each due to "User was removed." I understand why this happened; in three cases, users deleted their accounts (or were ...
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Getting Help With Calculations From A Paper: Acceptable Or No?

There is a math. ecology paper that I am interested in using in my own project but the math that is used in the paper is outside of my knowledge base. So ideally I was hoping to post the paper and the ...
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Best way to ask multiple questions

Sometimes when I sit down for a lengthy review session I find with many questions that I can't solve, and especially if it's on a weekend I won't have TA/Professors to ask, so I typically bring them ...