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Is there anything to improve in this post? About ambiguity in question about field axioms

If downvote means no to yes/no question then well...with my 5 downvotes seems like 5 people don't seem to think there is something improve. Interesting..... Can you talk about (the rest of the) field ...
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Should there be ways to earn reputation by doing tasks in review queues?

Should there be ways to earn reputation by doing tasks in review queues? I think that way, users will be more incentivized to do work on that department.
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Why image cannot be used for explaining my maths problem?

I joined few days ago and have recently asked many questions. In most of these questions, I use image to make everyone understand it better. I prefer to use both MathJax as well as Image. But most of ...
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Are the words "hey guys" blacklisted and automatically stripped from edits?

Today I chose to edit a post that I found in the "First questions" queue. It began with the words "Hey guys", and I chose to leave them since they expressed the OP's personality ...
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Is the last seen/ last active feature of users disabled by the stack exchange website? Why so?

Well, I have been inactive on the MSE for quite some time due to personal problems and as I came back I observed that earlier I could see on the profile on users that at what date and time they have ...
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Should I ask a different question, or edit my existing one?

I recently asked this question on main and it has received very little views, but no votes in either direction. This allows me to assume two things: My question is good quality (otherwise there'd be ...
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A post has a mistake and the author made a correction below it, not editing it. Should the incorrect one be edited out?

The author of this post made a mistake in their formula. Then they only added a correction below it, while not removing the mistaken one. Is there any reason to do so? Should I clean it up? When I ...
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A lot of upvotes in a single day?

I know someone upvoted for here, but someone new did it. Here is my strange string of upvotes which I am sure has been asked about, but would like to know if it is “real reputation”: I woke up today ...
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Why Suggested Edit review queue can be reviewed by me when my tag-edit itself has to go through Suggested Edits queue?

Why Suggested Edit review queue can be reviewed by me when my tag-edit itself has to go through Suggested Edits queue? Here I am talking about users with Suggested Edit privilege but don't have Edit ...
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Restate or withdraw a badly written bountied-question

I've been a member of this community for almost 9 years. Recently, I've asked a question with a bounty - my first time! Anyway, I've later realized that my question was badly written (just FYI, the ...
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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

Stack Overflow changed the way they sort answers: We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes (...
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User activity after recent updates [duplicate]

I am guessing there have been some updates on this website recently. For example, I cannot see when the user was last online. Am I wrong or not? Can anyone help me please?
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Regularly, I feel that a significant part of the community closes or downvotes question because they don't fit neatly into the category of "well-presented question", while the question is ...
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Adding MathJax to the title of posts being edited - bad habit?

Recently, I've found out that questions with $ \TeX $ markup in their title are excluded from the Hot Network Questions. This made me think about my editing habits. One of my favorite topics is ...
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Why has the meta user option been removed from my profile?

I'm not able to find the meta user option on my profile: I have to type math.meta.stackexchange.com on Google to visit this site.
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Is there a shorter and more opinionated version of "How to ask a good question?" that we can direct new users to?

The advice in how to ask a good question is good, but reading through the whole thing takes a while and, IMHO, requires some familiarity with the site to interpret. It also presents the reader with ...
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Community comments on low effort questions by first time users

Lately, I have been noticing many comments given by the "user" Community to low effort questions. In particular, the comment is worded as: Please clarify your specific problem or provide ...
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Where should I post my answer?

Yesterday I answered this question: What should be the technique applied here to get a equation of just $x$ to solve for $\cos x?$ At the time I answered, the question had some other answers. The ...
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Would giving away all my rep make me lose my privileges? [duplicate]

Supposes I bountied a lot of question and gave away a lot of the rep I have, if I kept doing this till my rep hit the minimum threshold. Would I lose all the rep related priviledges?
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Frequency of appearing of audits in review queues - WHEN do they appear?

As the subject seems to be about something nework-wide, I've asked the same question on the main meta site. Today, I've made more than forty reviews in different queues on the main site. Strangely, ...
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Compiling asymptote code for a figure in Math Stack Exchange

I wanted to ask a question in Mathematics Stack Exchange. In the question, I wanted to add a geometric figure. I have the asymptote code of the figure. I know I can compile the code in other sites and ...
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Voting for closing a question without writing a comment

I often see questions where one person has voted that the question should be closed without him/her leaving a comment, for example this question about a Hölder-like inequality. We shall of course ...
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is or why is the editor of a question in the regular NOT meta not aware

about a week or so ago i got the following message from admin: " https://math.stackexchange.com/users/158293/user158293 We noticed that you've edited Kummer's hypergeometric negative integer ...
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also pertaining to last question

From where do upvotes originate? I have gotten a few +10 upvotes but don't know from where or from whom they originated. If not listed does it mean they came from moderator or just what. Also got a -...
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Displaying total number of up-votes and down-votes together

I observed a nice feature in the MSE and here in meta site too. If we click on the place where votes are shown we can see the total number of upvotes and downvotes together. Like this But I did not ...
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What is the etiquette of tag creation and editing?

In this years Tag management thread, I've suggested the creation of the tags hochschild-cohomology and a-infinity-algebras. Let's say for the sake of argument that this suggestion is well received and ...
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Criteria for a post to be shown on the 'hot meta posts' sidebar

On the main site (also on meta), there is a sidebar for 'hot meta posts'. What are the criteria for a post to be shown on this sidebar, given that only a few questions are listed?
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Casually "commentless downvoting", now "deleting by community".... What's wrong with my question(s)?

Concerning https://math.stackexchange.com/q/4192434/1714 . "At 2-step-cycle for $mx+1$ - problem: is there an analogon for the Rhin-bound (lowbound $S\log 2−N\log3$ )" For unknown reasons ...
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Is it useful to the community to post questions without having had formal training in mathematics?

As someone who is interested in how numbers behave, but with no formal experience or vocabulary, I recently posted a couple of questions and gained quite a bit of knowledge and insight from the ...
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Should I delete my questions?

I am not concerned about reputation. I would like to be a useful contributor, and gain knowledge from interacting with mathematicians. I have no formal training. I posted 2 questions, learned a lot, ...
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Is EoQS not working nowadays? Yes it is working

I recently saw a few questions where the questioner wanted us to simply solve the problem for them without showing any research effort I unknowingly answered one such question in past and had to face ...
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Why has the number of profile views been removed from MSE?

The number of profile views of each user is no longer visible. Why has this been removed from MSE?
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A question was closed as being a duplicate. But it's not a duplicate.

I recently came across this question which was closed as being a duplicate of that question. But if we read carefully, we see that there is a slight difference. In "this question", it's ...
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Should the tag "solution-verification not be removed (from the main site)?

I think the tag solution-verification should be removed (burninated) due to the following points: According to some SE policy, each post must contain just one question. However, when someone tags a ...
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Are providing link to "find my mistake" question of the solution okay?

The title might not describe my question really. I want to ask that there are several questions like what have I done wrong or what is my mistake. I usually answer these question telling them their ...
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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

Regarding this question, I edited out the references of rape and it was almost instantly reverted by someone who left a sarcastic comment about my edit that they later deleted. Consider the two ...
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Is it fine not to enforce quality standards on questions by non-mathematicians?

This is my first question on the meta site, so I look forward to any feedback. Sometimes we get questions from non-mathematicians that don't live up to the usual quality standards. Take a look at this ...
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A question quickly closed and deleted

I've been trying to stay off meta recently, but I did want to talk about the following question: Why is this proof of the collatz conjecture wrong The question is now deleted, so here is a quote of ...
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Why is this question about functions off-topic

Why is the following question off-topic? Why is every continuous function on the reals determined by its value on rationals?
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What is the most upvoted comment?

You can see that the most upvoted question in the main Math Stack Exchange site also has many upvoted comments with one even having over 200 comment upvotes. So then what is the most upvoted comment ...
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Misleading usage excerpt for the [coding-theory] tag

The usage excerpt for tag coding-theory reads: Use this tag for questions about source coding, error-correcting codes, error-detecting codes, and related algebraic and/or combinatoric constructions. ...
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Part 2- Let us introduce non mandatory tests for new users

Some approximately 100 days before I posted a similar question explaining a mandatory test for new user to get more familiar with site working however it was highly disagreed in form of downvotes. Let ...
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Criteria for closing questions as duplicates

I recently came across this question which was closed as being a duplicate. When I read the linked source question, it was not a literal or even particularly specifically close duplicate, but in all ...
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Accepting own answer if there are other, good answers that don't answer the question as intented.

I recently posted the following reference request: click The question got two very good answers and both answeres made an effort to explain things well. But, in the question I asked for a reference of ...
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Why I recently lost lot of reputation?

Recently, I got lots of negative reputation. Why? I guess, I earned all those reputation by accepting answer. But, some answers were written by me. Although, I lost reputation. But, I didn't get ...
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Recommendation: enhance the mathSE HTML/Markdown help article re images

Turns out, based on the responses, that the topic is much more complex than I first envisioned. One alternative is for someone to edit the corresponding Help article (referenced below), with a link ...
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Color change on the M.Se site.

This is a quick question which again happened as a glitch. I was looking for questions to answer and somehow saw the “ask question” and “activity” button, on the home page and my page respectively, ...
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Is linear elasticity mathematics or physics?

I wonder if questions regarding linear elasticity are considered math or physics. I started wondering when my post was closed without understandable motivation: https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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Does the appearance of a unary minus sign where a hyphen belongs result from software packages?

It seems many posters to math.stackexchange.com use software packages that write MathJax code for them (I don't know where they find those things). And one thing I keep seeing is people writing things ...

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