Questions tagged [discussion]

This tag is used for questions that ask users to discuss an idea, concept, or problem in an abstract way. A discussion question may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and is often subjective. On Meta, you do not need to use community-wiki mode for subjective topics unless you are asking a "poll" question.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
1 answer
85 views

What is the utility of the contest-math tag?

I thought it was put to prevent cheating in ongoing contests, but I am unable to figure out what utility it is of when put on questions from a contest, for which knowing answers in the present is ...
7 votes
1 answer
272 views

Best advice for editing an attempted but incorrect proof?

A questioner asked me about re-asking/re-trying after an attempted proof. What is the correct advice here? The questioner's proof was somewhat bungled. Should they ask another question, or edit the ...
  • 10.4k
-2 votes
0 answers
138 views

Why my account is not resume as normal after suspended period was completed? What should I do?

My account was suspended for some weeks and In this link it was written that At the end of this timed suspension period, your reputation will be recalculated, and your account will resume as normal. ...
's user avatar
-4 votes
0 answers
99 views

Can we see examples of commutative diagrams and string diagrams?

I want to ask better category theory questions and for that I need commutative diagrams and string diagrams. Can we see examples in this thread?
  • 1,121
-9 votes
1 answer
106 views

Can we stop marking any and all questions about math-jax as a duplicate of the "MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference"?

$\require{enclose}$ Almost every question about $\mathcal{MathJax}$ gets marked as a duplicate of the, now canonical, $\text{ } \mathcal{MathJax} \text{ Tutorial}$ I often ask simple questions about $\...
-4 votes
0 answers
104 views

Is this question too broad and/or does it contain unnecessities?

What theories are there on the topic of recursive functions begins by generally describing recursive functions, as a demonstration of what I'm looking for (and also as an indication of my current ...
1 vote
0 answers
148 views

Why were all comments removed from 4532159 [duplicate]

All comments made prior to about half an hour ago were removed from Upper bound for $S(m)=1+\frac{2^{m-1}}{2}+\frac{3^{m-1}}{2^2}+\frac{4^{m-1}}{2^3}+\dots$. Why is this? The tone and utility of some ...
  • 1,404
7 votes
0 answers
838 views

Should I Delete My Answer Even Though It's Correct?

I have answered a question concerning the derivation of a physics problem here: Trying to derive Newton's Shell Theorem, How do I integrate this? For some clumsy reason, I wasn't considering the ...
  • 1,552
-3 votes
0 answers
86 views

SPAM flagging : Why was it Declined? [duplicate]

I saw a SPAM Post & flagged it. The Post itself was heavily DownVoted & later Deleted. All OK till now. I then see that my "SPAM flag" has been "Declined" because there is ...
  • 1,122
10 votes
1 answer
445 views

Are edits removing tags frowned upon?

I tried to remove the tag "set-theory" tag from this question because I thought it was blatantly wrong but my edit was rejected by two reviewers. Does that mean that those reviewers are ...
2 votes
2 answers
101 views

Vector accent with emphasized origin

A vector accent can be applied to a letter, or a string of letters, via the \vec command, which is built into MathJax, as follows: ...
  • 10.6k
1 vote
2 answers
261 views

Is a math quiz worth overlooking the rules?

Here’s the original post. My question is simple. The post checks all possible boxes for Quality Standards: Formatting with MathJax Context OP’s own try Specific roadblock where OP seeks help Easy to ...
-1 votes
0 answers
59 views

Question modified to remove technical terms but still not approved for opening [duplicate]

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Nearest overlapping time for periodic flashing light bulbs In the comments, it was suggested to move the (original) question to Networking ...
  • 29
12 votes
3 answers
483 views

Left pointing vector accent

I'd like to typeset $\vec{\square}$ but with the arrow pointing left, where $\square$ stands for an arbitrary letter from the Latin alphabet. I've tried to implement the solution described here, ...
  • 10.6k
30 votes
1 answer
1k views

About putting a -passed away- notice on some user’s profiles, but having prior approval from the close relatives

When a person passes away, usually a notice indicating this, is added on their profiles, or names (papers, etc). For such users on the site, can the notice be implemented too? but having the prior ...
-6 votes
0 answers
314 views

How do I can ask question in math stackexchange without getting many downvote?

This is my question that get 5 downvote Integrate $f(x) = \int \frac{\mathrm dx}{x*\ln(x)*\ln(\ln(x))*\ln(\ln(\ln(x)))*...*\overbrace{\ln(...\ln(x)...)}^{100\ \text{copies of}\ln}}$ This is another ...
  • 749
16 votes
5 answers
1k views

Are answers given by comments for low-quality questions against the principles stated with the EoQS?

Very often I’ve seen low-quality questions (i.e. questions which don’t fit the requirements for what Good Question is supposed to be) hinted or answered by comments (here one very recent among many ...
  • 142k
-3 votes
0 answers
85 views

Same test again! (for review queue)

Above is exactly the same question I got in the previous test (perhaps last to last or last to last to last). Is it alright? Also, just for a test, I had the following!:
0 votes
0 answers
112 views

No record of change of 2 rep

I'm just curious and not particularly concerned to know that when my rep changed from 2005 to 2003, I went to check the rep tab, and there I could see no reason for that happening which is the first-...
1 vote
0 answers
100 views

Is it okay to be under-educated compared to the average StackExchange user? [duplicate]

I am a high school student. I am advanced in math for my standards. I am a junior in Calc 1. Compared to the average Math Stack Exchange user, I am years behind. Is it okay to post my questions? It ...
-8 votes
1 answer
121 views

Question asked for how to carry out a computation and all the respondents tried to answer as "how to prove"

Hi I dont think this is a particularly high quality question: How to expand $\frac{x^n-1}{x-1}$? but the asker very clearly had trouble with how to perform a computation/carry out an algorithm/know ...
-10 votes
1 answer
139 views

Too many interesting questions are closed

In my opinion you close far too many interesting questions as being off-topic and requiring additional context. If someone is asking a question, he or she must consider it relevant. If it is about ...
4 votes
1 answer
233 views

Why was I notified inbox without being tagged?

combinatorics duplicates question In the above post when OP tagged trueblueanil, I got notified too why? Proof:
7 votes
0 answers
707 views

How do we handle a chain of "duplicate" questions that are linked to a "missing context or other details" question?

The following chain questions are currently all closed: Proving that $\langle x, y \rangle$ is a not principal ideal of $\mathbb{Q}[x, y]$ Non-principal ideal in $K[x,y]$? The ideal $I= \langle x,y \...
's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
491 views

The ever rising barrier to entry of Mathematics SE

Recently, I have been going over the accounts of a few users (using since 2 years or more) here and sorting questions by newest. I found that, usually, most people's oldest questions or answers weren'...
4 votes
1 answer
102 views

Why red instead of grey in review queue?

This is the first time I'm seeing a red colour beside a queue. What's its significance? I did around 5 "First Questions" review and that I've done before with a grey symbol too. (1 was a ...
20 votes
1 answer
764 views

Confusing rolling back of edits by the moderator

This recent question: Show that the $l_p$ norm of $x$ as $p\to 0$ is the support of $x$ was nominated to be reopened in meta after edits. It was then reopened by several other users. Here is version 4 ...
's user avatar
14 votes
1 answer
569 views

Why was this question automatically deleted by the Community Bot on 08/13/2022?

Why was this question automatically deleted by the Community Bot on 08/13/2022? (And for no apparent good reason, that is!) I tried voting to undelete, but it says I can no longer vote to undelete, ...
-4 votes
1 answer
124 views

When should posts be closed as duplicates?

One could answer " when they are the same" but what if a question is answered by combination of more than one old post? So, let's say a question ask how to show a statement C from a ...
0 votes
0 answers
96 views

Reason behind "+1" rep?

I opened my account to see a I've gained 1 rep point for the above reason. I'm curious to know the reason behind it? Other than when an answer is accepted, I don't remember ever dealing with ...
13 votes
4 answers
2k views

Does the moderator violate the EoQS?

This recent question on the main site: If whenever $|x-a|<\delta$, $|y-a|<\delta$ then $|f(x)-f(y)|<\epsilon$, is this equiv. to $f$ cont. at $c$ then $f$ cont. on some interval around $c$? ...
's user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
405 views

Why was my post was removed from the HNQ list? [duplicate]

Question: Why was my recent post: Side of the largest possible cube inside a cone? was removed from the HNQ list? Context: I do realize related general discussions (see below) but I don't feel right ...
1 vote
1 answer
147 views

Mistake in this "First Question" Review marked spam?

In several review tests I had given, this is the first one that I failed. Also, this the first "spam" alert I saw. I looked at some meta posts and checked some google results too (for the ...
4 votes
0 answers
348 views

Separate an extremely long second solution into another answer or leave it in the original one?

I answered this question yesterday. In my answer, I discuss 2 different evaluation techniques, one of which is long and partially incomplete. However, after thinking about it for a while, I have ...
  • 1,140
8 votes
0 answers
544 views

Feedback on downvoted question

Yesterday, I asked the following question on conjectured values of certain factorial rational zeta series. It was downvoted twice, and upvoted once. I'm wondering where the downvotes have come from. ...
  • 5,742
2 votes
1 answer
227 views

What additional context can I add to make my question eligible for the site?

EDIT: the question got reopened thanks to the suggestions. I got my question closed with the following reason: Please provide additional context, which ideally explains why the question is relevant ...
1 vote
1 answer
613 views

Mod removing questions out of HNQ

It has been observation as of late that moderator Asaf Karagila has been removing quite a bit of questions from HNQ. What is the basis for removal? and, under what circumstances is a moderator ...
4 votes
2 answers
421 views

Why are MSE policies that were agreed on not enforced?

I have been a member of Mathematics.SE for ten years. Yet I still don't understand why it is that when certain policies are introduced, they are not enforced or enforced selectively. For example: ...
  • 2,924
-10 votes
1 answer
216 views

Why this my upvoted answer has been deleted by moderator with no explanation?

This my answer seems to be absolutely relevant to the question: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/4436362/2513 This looks like some personal attack. The answer is below. If it is undeleted I would like ...
  • 7,915
0 votes
0 answers
75 views

Which question received 10 upvotes with the lowest number of views?

It seems to me that receiving say $10$ upvotes ("Nice Question" badge) with $50$ views is more impressive, in terms of indicating a high quality question, than receiving $10$ upvotes with $...
  • 3,428
9 votes
1 answer
660 views

The thin line between answers and comments

What qualifies as an answer? I reproduce my (deleted) answer here: Use SFFT to factor $xy-8x-4y = 0$. The answer received $2$ upvotes and was also accepted by the OP. A while later, however, a ...
's user avatar
-2 votes
3 answers
458 views

People on this site have the exact oposite attitude to what they should have about answering questions

This post will likely be downvoted to oblivion, however this is my point. I love maths almost as much as I love chess but these two communities have the same issue; As both are difficult and appeal to ...
1 vote
0 answers
47 views

"Bookmarks" option below "Home" link or among top-right options

Often times I find myself visiting the bookmarked post of "meta". So: Open meta in new tab. Click on the profile. Click on "Bookmarks". And now I select the one required. This, ...
5 votes
3 answers
387 views

I want to respond to a comment on my answer which I want to Delete?

Let us say, I answer a Question. One user comes along to Point out that my answer is wrong. I want to Delete that wrong answer. All okay till now. Still, I want to respond to that user who left a ...
  • 1,122
-9 votes
1 answer
134 views

"Post Answer" option for those mid-way writing despite "Closed" post

When the post is closed, no longer answers are accepted as: the answer box gets removed. if you were writing something, the post answer option is no longer available. In the latter case, I am ...
13 votes
1 answer
411 views

Bounty Message despite Accepted Answer

Why am I getting this message? (Note in this case I'm getting it after accepting an answer.) In this case, I had this message for long as I had neither accepted nor received any answer. But then, ...
6 votes
1 answer
233 views

List of edits waiting for approval

I want to see the list of all my edits that are still waiting for an approval. Does such a list exist? If yes, where/how can I see/get such a list?
2 votes
1 answer
158 views

How to ask a question which has to use terminology from a foreign language that doesn't have an accurate translation in English?

The question I want to ask is about a concept for which there is a specific term in a foreign language. The problem is that this term doesn't have an accurate translation in english and since it ...
-12 votes
1 answer
182 views

Would quality picture answers be on topic?

I recently came across this free website, and I've been using it to present ideas and explain things. I recently asked a question which got a great answer by user Mateo. Using the website, I then ...
9 votes
3 answers
646 views

Are users obligated to read (or at least skim) existing answers before posting a new answer?

Are users obligated to read (or at least skim) existing answers before posting a new answer? I can see one reason for "yes": it would reduce redundant answers. But How to write a good answer ...
  • 3,428

1
2 3 4 5
115