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Claiming back bounty reputation [duplicate]

I have a bounty to my own question that's about to expire and no-one has been able to answer the problem successfully. Is it possible to claim back my bounty reputation by answering the question ...
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Why has a post been downvoted and voted to be closed?

I do not understand the reason this post has been downvoted many times and got close votes while the OP showed his attempt. I guess people did not like the post since the attempt was kind of ...
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Are questions which ask for references to other questions, legal?

I was wondering if I could ask for references for a particular type of questions from MSE. Is it legal? For example, if I wanted references of questions which were related to proving $\lim_{n\...
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Many times it happens new user asks questions with images but can't express image and then others say that pls put image instead of link

I know this site wants new user to use MathJax instead of image. But one should understand that new users will face difficulty in writing MathJax and would take time to adjust (not all but most do ...
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When and why is there traffic on MSE

I have been visiting MSE at different times of the day lately (I am from East N.A.). I noticed that when I visit in the morning, there seems to be a lot less traffic on the site that when I visit in ...
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What privileges can get after reaching 25k reputation?

I am interested especially in whether one can get the right to delete the others' comments. Unfortunately, from what I read there are no more privileges after 25k reputation. Is this right?
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How to decide if use [mathematical-astronomy], or just post to astronomy.SE?

Recently I have asked this question: Do all spherically symmetric stellar systems have zero anisotropy? I have also asked some other questions in this topic, ie Poisson's equation-like formula in ...
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I am failing to make the answer look good. What can I do?

My answer to this question Minimizing $a_1x_1^2 + a_2x_2^2$ for positive $a_i$, where $a_1x_1+a_2x_2=B$ looks very bad on the phone. The syntaxes look fine when I switch to the desktop version of the ...
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Who Created the Community User. There is a Saying on Their Account that “They are not Really a Person”, But Who Made Their About Page?

It has been interesting to see the robot user editing other people’s posts as if a person is editing them. I understand that there are a pattern of posts, but some of them seem human like. This ...
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What should I choose between “needs improvement” and “very low quality”?

I just accessed the review queues last 2 weeks, and I find Needs improvement and Very low quality confusing. To be particular ...
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Why is an answer not deleted even when all reviewers recommend deletion?

Today I vote to "recommend delete" an answer in the low quality queue and I just check that, although the low quality review was completed, that all six reviewers recommend deletion, the ...
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How to deal with comments discouraging attempts to answer a question.

I frequently use Mathematics Stack Exchange to ask mathematical questions which find applications in electromagnetics. These often boil down to the behaviour of integrals and summations. Recently, I'...
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How to view the recently deleted answer?

I thought there was an answer to this question, but it seems to be deleted. How to view the deleted answer? many thanks! Prove or disprove $SO(4n) \supseteq \frac{(Sp(1)\times Sp(n))}{\mathbb{Z}_2}$? ...
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Cheating in the Time of Corona

I ask you to consider not answering olympiad-style problems by relatively new users within the first six hours. I know that you consider it the responsibility of the organizers of a competition to ...
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Possibility of multiple questions with same title

Let us say I want to ask a question on probability. Take a look at the following image: There are dozens and dozens of such posts with almost same titles. I have seen this post. In fact, one of the ...
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Should I delete my answer to a downvoted and closed question?

I've recently answered two questions (here and here) that were subsequently closed and downvoted to -5 (one for being opinion-based and the other for not meeting the MSE guidelines). Though the ...
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vertex transitive self answer

Can I self answer a question I post about examples of connected, vertex transitive graphs? I cannot find anything listing larger ones, and am even less likely to find examples with thoughtful choices ...
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User deletes their account and questions several times after receiving comments/answers

I have noticed a certain activity which strikes me as odd and somehow suspicious. A few weeks ago, a user posted a question; after two answers were posted to this question, the user deleted their ...
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Duplicate flag was replaced by comment in my name

Yesterday I flagged this question: restriction diagonalizable operator is diagonalizable as a duplicate of this other question: Diagonalizable transformation restricted to an invariant subspace is ...
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Math SE has a long-standing policy regarding what constitutes a Good Question. The policy is intended to ensure that the collection of questions and answers here is of high quality, is searchable, ...
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How much Mathematical Knowledge do most people on Mathematics Stack Exchange have? [closed]

How much Mathematical Knowledge do most people on Mathematics Stack Exchange have in terms of experience, and highest level of education (High school, College, Post-Graduate) How can I get better at ...
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My main maths stack exchange bookmarks r not showing

My all previous bookmarks are not there in the bookmarks section. Pls is it possible to bring it back the previous all bookmarks they were of very nice topics and detail explanation. Pls help ...
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Large activity on specific posts

I have always noticed that some topics(like limits and algebra precalculus) get a large attention and multiple people want to answer it. I know these topics are fascinating and have always liked the ...
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Should I thank people when they post comments?

When I ask questions on MSE, a lot of people often leave very helpful tips and suggestions in the comment section under my question. I feel that it's only right to thank each and every one of them for ...
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Avalanche of deletions

[I expect the point I raise here has been raised before. I searched but didn't find it. Maybe all I need is a pointer to an earlier thread.] I was looking for a question on which I had recently made a ...
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Enforce better titles or is it OP's choice? [duplicate]

I had recently made an edit on the title of this question, so that it is applicable to a more general audience and a person clicking it would know what they are getting into. In a little while, the OP ...
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Where did uniquation go?

Several posts both on the main site and on meta mention uniquation as a tool for searching online for websites containing some mathematical formula.1 The URL for this website provided in those answers ...
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Confusion on down votes

I came across Prove that $\phi(x) = 2x^2$ : $\phi[-1,1] \to [0,1]$ has two fixed points from a new user. It's a question with several thoughts/attempts at methods of solving it and it had -2 votes ...
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Wrongly migrated from Physics SE?

The question What are the implications of deterministic chaos: useful or detrimental? has just been migrated from Physics SE. Since it's mostly about modeling, about the consequences in the physical ...
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How do I get dissociated from a question I dislike?

Sometime ago I asked a question I currently very much dislike. The question was considerably upvoted (7 upvotes currently) though and received two answers. I would delete it but the system worries me ...
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Asking questions about difficulty reading proofs.

This is a question about advice specifically for reading proofs, not really about writing them. I have recently been reading Algebra by Hungerford (the standard graduate level 400 some page one) and a ...
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Should I flag an answer if the answer is wrong?

I am referring to this flag I raised- The answer should have been deleted, apart from being downvoted. For this purpose, couldn't I flag? These types of answers (from high rep. users) lower the ...
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Does this question on observed animal choices in a binary decision tree belong on math.SE?

I am conducting biological research on animal behavior. I have an experimental design that looks to me awfully like a math problem. I don't know if it is suitable for the math.SE and I have problems ...
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Should the main site have a 'roadmap' tag? [duplicate]

I think a new tag roadmap should be made on the main site. (Actually, I already made it and tagged some example posts, which can be found here.) The 'roadmap' tag ...
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Can we ask users to provide practice problems that aren't part of their problem set?

I don't want to link to a specific question to avoid singling people out and to avoid making assumptions about specific questions, but I think people posting questions directly from problem sets is a ...
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Sudden influx of similar types of questions with grammatical and formatting errors

There have been 3 recent posts in the span of around 10 minutes with generally the same types of questions all coming from low score accounts. the length of a perpendicular inside of a triangle Adding ...
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Can I ask that a closed mathSE query not be deleted

A mathSE query posted by someone received interesting info in an answer by someone else. I have bookmarked this query. Since it has been closed, I have also downloaded the (full) html page, just to ...
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answered on math overflow tag

I notice that a number of questions are "unanswered" because in a comment it is pointed out that said question is answered on MO. Could there be a tag "answered in MO" (or "...
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Why cannot I approve suggested edits?

I still remember the time as I was able to approve suggested edits. Then at some point my approvals start require an agreement of a further user. The only possible reason for this restriction I can ...
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Need some help not in a math problem but in something else…

Hope this problem might get resolved before someone closes this. The problem is that I don't know how to type using Mathjax so what should I do in this situation? The things which I think I can do ...
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How to estimate if a question will be closed?

How to estimate if a question will be closed? This seems like a obvious question, with the obvious answer: ...if it doesn't meet the community guidelines. But there are still some examples where I've ...
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How do I find the right questions to answer?

I'm not sure if this is on-topic for meta; I apologize if it isn't, but I think it's OK because it's somewhat the opposite of this. My question is about how I can improve as a contributor, not about ...
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Are questions about mathematical journals appropriate for this forum?

I have a question about a journal, specifically the Mathematical Intelligencer. On Springer's Mathematical Intelligencer web page (https://link.springer.com/journal/283/volumes-and-issues), issues in ...
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Recently proposed problems in mathematical journals are subject to contest problem policy?

I'm wondering what was the reason for the moderator Asaf Karagila deleted this question: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4088822 I know the question is a problem in the last AMM issue for the ...
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How likely is it that a question with 2021 is from a current contest?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4094863/ Original title: Olympiad Geometry, How can I find values of c such that f(c) is even? I have gotten an equation of c !! The OP was busy deleting the ...
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Advise new users to stay engaged with their question

A number of times recently I've seen a new user drop a simple question (some bad, but some OK questions), and it's got some misunderstanding of what they're working on or a confusing explanation, ...
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When are community ads 2021 rolling out?

Does anybody know when the community ads are coming out I am excitedly waiting for them!!! I see they usually come out in March, is my guess incorrect?
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Putting special Tags by spending reputation?

Are there special tags that can be put on a post but will cost reputation? What I mean by this, I have seen tags that can be put by anyone. I have also seen moderator only tags. But I have never seen ...
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Should comments advertising other sites be removed?

This morning I noticed a low-quality question with a comment written yesterday by the user MathKid containing the text: you may ask such questions at websites like [other site] and get it answered ...
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A list of questions on Boyd & Vandenberghe

Work in progress. To be updated whenever the opportunity arises. I take the liberty of compiling a list of questions on Math SE pertaining to theorems, lemmas, examples and exercises from Boyd & ...

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