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Question/suggestion about a tag (Kleinian groups)

I am a bit unsure if this should be posted here or in Mathematics, but I try it here. I was surprised to see that there was no "Kleinian groups"-tag at Mathematics and Mathoverflow. I would ...
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how can i save something in math stack exchange or better yet any of the forums

i can't find it now but at one point i think in reading my own user profile or whatever u call it which has my score, reputation , activity etc. etc. i read 0 , zero saved items. so my question is ...
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Why are we required to write "why this question is relevant to us"?

When I ask questions, it's always for the same reason: because I'm curious about the answer. It's not like my life depends on it, it's just a random question I asked myself while thinking about a ...
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"Close as duplicate" boilerplate text changed

When the first vote to close-as-duplicate is cast, the Math SE software also posts a comment that says This question is similar to: …. If you believe it’s different, please edit the question, make it ...
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What exactly does 'using artificial intelligence.. not allowed ' or something like that on the math website rules mean?

It is a bit unclear as to what is meant in the math section by using artificial intelligence ... is not allowed. For example does that include using symbolic math tools such as Maple, Maxima and many ...
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Why would someone close this question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Can all the sides of a right triangle be hypotenuse numbers? I don’t understand why this question was deleted, how, or by who. Two people ...
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Is downvoting without comment a common and/or recommended practise?

I am a new user on Math.StackExchange. So far, I've asked 3 questions, and submitted one answer. Of the questions I asked, two were down-voted, and one was subsequently deleted. All these actions were ...
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Remove of the 'Sangaku' Tag

Today I came across a question that was tagged Sangaku. The description of this tag says "Sangaku are Japanese geometrical problems or theorems on wooden tablets which were placed as offerings at ...
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Difficulty Presenting Tables When Going From StackEdit To MathJax

stackedit.io is very convenient for polishing long answers before pasting them into a MathSE answer box. Among other things, this avoids MathSE sometimes being slow to render, during the editing. ...
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How to deal with unclear questions about geometry?

I just had a look at again a typical question about geometry. The question starts by a rectangle, called $ABCD$. Problem: there are two "kinds" of rectangles $ABCD$: The "Joe sixpack&...
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How could I have possibly been banned for asking only serious mathematics questions? [duplicate]

IMPORTANT: I'm NOT trying to get the ban lifted; I just want to know why I was banned permanently for asking questions that got almost exclusively upvotes. I'm wondering if improper factors were used, ...
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Whatever happened to helping people?

I'll try to keep this brief. Time and time again, I've seen a poorly formed or off-topic question which was inevitably closed; however, I read between the lines and found a way to give the questioner ...
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How to guide users re PSQs

I’ve reviewed a fair slug of the discussion here on the meta about so-called problem-statement questions (PSQs). I know that some of us disdain them and that others defend them. I also know from ...
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Question not visible in the list of questions under a tag

My question isn't visible in the lists of questions of any of the three tags that were added. I searched using "No accepted answers" filter and went till Feb 11, 2022 (the date on which it ...
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Feature request: Edit without bumping question. [duplicate]

I frequently use MSE to ask math questions. However, I'm not a native English speaker, and a lot of times I make minor grammar or spelling mistakes in my posts. Additionally, on occasion, I might ...
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What should be the general procedure for tags which are synonymized but not merged?

On Mathematics Stack Exchange, there are several tag synonyms which haven't been merged; meaning that both the master tag and the synonym contain some questions.1 The situation when there is a synonym ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Please help to improve the question so that it could be reopened [duplicate]

I did my best to improve the Priority of subscript and superscript operations question and still failing to do so. Could you please help me to realize how to reshape the question and what lessons ...
Damir Tenishev's user avatar
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How long is too long of an answer?

I recently answered my own question here and decided to lay out most of the mathematical procedure I took to solve the problem. My only concern is that this answer seems very long and I was wondering ...
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Does this matrix look like a matrix to you? It doesn't to me

$$\begin{pmatrix} a& b& c \\ d & e & f \\ g & h & i \end{pmatrix} $$ Here what I'm seeing What is the work around for this issue?
Sidharth Ghoshal's user avatar
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Is it rude to ask for confirmation/proof of my conjecture?

I have a conjecture (I promise, it is not my homework). Is it rude to ask people to give any light about its validity and the topic?
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A guided self-study anti-pattern?

I've observed a certain pattern of behavior a number of times on MSE over the years (to varying degrees), but I didn't find it discussed directly on here (although some related topics have been ...
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Tag color: blue or gray

Is there a change in the appearance of tags in MSE?? It used to be blue in color but now it is gray. What is happening in Mathstackexchange?
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Since when does this site require registration to post answers?

I remember the discussion which led to allowing only registered users to ask questions: Let's require registration to ask a question. (It was marked status-completed in October 2016.) IIRC, ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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MSE's policy on restricting the use of downvotes for answers: Targeting a member or ANY non-scientific reasons? [closed]

I recently received the following public comments on how to use down-votes from a senior diamond moderator, Dr. Xander Henderson, who patiently explained me the policy of the site on how to use down-...
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Is a separate tag (differential-calculus) needed?

The tag differential-calculus was created several times in the past - almost always removed relatively quickly.1 The most recent incarnation was created in April 2024. This one still exists.2 We ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Erased comment? [duplicate]

Roughly an hour ago, I wrote a comment on this question. It wasn't offensive, I was merely pointing out the similarity with the arcsinh function and the obvious change of variable that it allows. An ...
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Please help improve this question on whether nCk and nCn-k are topologically equivalent [closed]

This is the question at the moment: The original question was whether these two expressions are topologically equivalent, and I was was unaware that there was a theory which studies these symmetries. ...
Attila Vajda's user avatar
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How to apply the scrolling bar display instead of the text going to the next line

When I write a really large expression in latex, it usually comes in the next line. Like this, $$\alpha\beta=(\frac ab+\frac cd)(\frac bc +\frac da)=\frac ac+\frac bd+\frac db+\frac ca=8 $$ But ...
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Is it correct a member or moderator who wants to close a question uses Down Votes to force MSE members to not answer that question? [closed]

This post pertains to this question: Does convergence of measures, with respect to the KL-divergence, imply almost sure convergence of the RN-derivatives? using down-votes by a member or moderator to ...
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May I ask big-list questions like so?

My personal notes often have big lists of related, sometimes only suspected, results. What I have done throughout the years in MSE is to ask whether one specific result is true at a time (one post per ...
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Why is my question being closed for not explaining "why the question is interesting or important"? [duplicate]

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: A right-angled triangle has sides of integer length. Its area (in square metres) is twice its perimeter (in metres). What are the lengths of ...
didlidoo's user avatar
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Is my question hard or just niche?

I asked this question a few days ago and bountied it this morning. I've got around 50 views but the only feedback I've had is one comment. I don't know enough about the topic to tell whether it's a ...
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What is the reason behind my question getting closed? [closed]

The following question was asked by me on Math StackExchange. I was trying to evaluate this integral: this integral $$ \int_{0}^{1} \frac{\ln (x) \ln^{2}(1+x) \ln(1-x)}{x} \ dx $$ I was stuck at the ...
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Is it not smart to answer old questions?

I randomly found some questions I thought very interesting or probably I would have asked during my school time. However, you will see that no one even tried to answer it at all although been tagged ...
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Is there a tutorial on learning how to use formating on Stackexchange Maths? [duplicate]

I would like to post a question but need to express a number of symbols that are not on my keypad. I have a Chromebook. I thought there may be a question on stackexchange or some resource I can use to ...
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May I write an answer to a question I do not find anymore?

As I wrote yesterday, I am unable to find anymore a question I found interesting (I remember all the details of it). May I post an answer ? Edit In the parent question, good news since @Matthew Towers ...
Claude Leibovici's user avatar
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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 ...
Dave L. Renfro's user avatar
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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 ...
Maths Wizzard's user avatar
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
Jaideep Shekhar's user avatar
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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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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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