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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 ...

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How to properly ask a “textbook recommendation” question?

I've seen several "textbook recommendation" type questions on MSE, and some of them have been quite popular and helpful. In a lot of them, the poster provides their mathematical background information ...
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Why don't in-app visits count for “Consecutive days visited”?

On the week-end I seldomly use my computer and thus do not log in to math.stackexchange from a browser. I do, however, use the (ios) app to check for new questions or notifications on the weekends ...
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Why are the user suspension criteria applied for unfair comments on the main site currently not applied for unfair use of public chat rooms?

After my first 7 days suspension on April 2018, I raised HERE some questions related to the proper use of chat rooms to avoid defamatory actions clearly not compatible with the fair harmony of the ...
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bibfile entry in Thesis [on hold]

I want to add references which are included in a bibfile named as "mybibfile". I have used the following commands and the tex files are made chapterwise. Everything runs fine but the references are ...
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Misuse of tag “divergence”: How to deal with questions with the wrong tag?

According to the tag info of divergence, it is used when questions are about vector calculus. However, it is often tagged with convergence, at questions about convergence/divergence of sequences, ...
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Where do I learn latex for math overflow. [duplicate]

I am very beginner in writhing math in computer and I want to learn latex to write in math overflow where do I start and how does latex is invoked in math overflow.
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Complaint regarding habit of unecessarily downvoting [closed]

Please give the reason for downvoting a question. I want to address all those critics who without any fault downvote questions.
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Should I change the tag to the correct one, even if the asker does not know the topic?

See this question: Question on the notation $ds^2=dx^2+dy^2$ : what does it really mean? The question is really about differential geometry and metric tensor. The asker originally tagged the question ...
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Identify our millionth question

Somewhere in the past few hours, the millionth question was asked on Math.SE. Could someone cleverer than I am please figure out which one it was. Presumably there should be a plaque or statue, or ...
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Strange new users with Chinese/Korean usernames

From here, we can see many 1-rep users with Chinese or Korean usernames. Their profile photos are their usernames themselves. I am a Chinese native speaker, I can see their usernames does not seem to ...
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Indication on why a question is closed should be more specific

I believe notices such as "closed as unclear what you're asking", "closed as off-topic", etc. on a closed/deleted/flagged question should be more specific. Closing questions with the one-line generic ...
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“I have no idea what to do” - How do you respond to self-study questions by users who are completely lost?

It seems very common for someone to ask a homework question along with some variant of the phrase "I am completely lost" or "I have no idea what to do", and therefore violating the guideline that self-...
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Why don't we create the tag question-exam-recommendation?

It's an idea that came to my mind today. I saw book-recommendation tag and then I thought why not question-exam-recommendation tag. This new tag would be very useful to summarize ALL the theory that ...
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Why do people think downvotes need explanation?

Stack Exchange (or, at least, MSE) has the interesting phenomenon that people often demand for downvotes to have an accompanying justification. However, I don't see this on other sites I visit with a ...
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Why is this spam?

I'm just curious, I was looking at this question with a view to answer it, and suddenly the Community bot deleted it for abuse/spam. It didn't seem like either; it was just a regular question. Does ...
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Should duplicate questions be deleted?

Lately, I came across several suggestions for deletion of questions simply because they are duplicates. In my opininion: If the question is somehow a bad question, then it ought to be deleted, and so ...
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What type of questions can you ask? [duplicate]

What kind of questions can you ask on this site? does it all have to be advanced trig or pre- calculus? I'm in the 10th grade and taking Geometry this year.
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Should a diamond moderator having voted to close a question, delete counterarguments from that question's comments?

Like many people with an interest in mathematics right now, I want to get a deeper understanding where Atiyah's proof of Riemann Hypothesis might fall down. I searched and found no such question here ...
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Why was this question deleted after it had been “finished”?

This question was recently deleted. The question had positive score, both answers had positive score, and one had been accepted. It had been closed as well (there's a separate question here about the ...
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Incorrectly posting on Meta

Every so often a new user posts a question on Meta that should have been put on the main site, and a few minutes later it is on hold as off-topic. On two occasions I have seen such a question on Meta ...
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How to add comment to protected question

I have some answer to this question but it is protected. Can you add a comment there (I hope this answer can help someone) before downvoting or deleting it - thanks: Example is blackbox password ...
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Choosing between mathsoverflow and mathstackexchange? [duplicate]

I am currently studying valuation rings in commutative algebra and I have few things to ask. I confused in choosing between mathstackexchange and MO as I think commutative algebra is a part of both ...
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Heteronormativity and binary gender assumptions

Recently quite a number of questions have been posted that contain heteronormative assumptions or assumptions about binary genders, e.g. questions about married couples that assume that these consist ...
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Is it okay to re-ask a deleted question?

Greetings I went trough some questions here on meta and didn't found something similar so I hope there is no problem with asking here. I'll try to keep it short. I noticed that some questions got ...
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background color [duplicate]

Numbers referring to number of answers and other things appear within rectangular boxes. Most of the time the numbers are green inside white background. Occasionally they are white with green ...
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Can we agree on a minimum lapse of time to put a very poor question asked by a new contributor on hold?

The title refers, and this is the situation that I want to focus my question, when a poor question asked by a new user is put on hold after few minutes*. To be concise about those cases in which I am ...
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I don't know how to proceed in this situation

Yesterday I posted a question about a problem that appeared on a differential geometry book, and it happened to be written by an active member of this community. I showed my work and another user ...
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The problem with proof verification

What I am going to bring up is not a new problem. It was hashed again and again and again. It was brought up as far as 2013, and repeatedly almost every year. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Some of ...
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Please provide context. [duplicate]

First of all, whether you're a new user or a long-time contributor, welcome! Mathematics Stack Exchange welcomes learners and lovers of mathematics from all levels. You have been directed here ...
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Which tag should be used for (elementary-logic)?

I came across this question, which was tagged "linear algebra". I wasn't sure what to retag it as. I thought about (logic), but that's for advanced mathematical logic, model theory and whatnot. We ...
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Are questions about mathematical language, writing, and terminology on topic here?

I just came across the question "Does "another" mean "another" in mathematics?". This question is asking about how the word "another" is used in mathematical writing. Someone ...
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Non-OP bumping a question

I am working on a Java algorithm to plot multiple hyperbolas at different angles. To help with that I googled and stumbled on this question. My old and tired brain doesn't think I can do the ...
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What happens if a bounty finishes and no one answered. [duplicate]

What happens if a bounty finishes and no one answered? Does the person started it get the reputation back?
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Why is this question “not” off-topic here?

I came across this question [edit - now deleted] and looking at the number of years and his reputation at MSE I feel that the questioner has quite a good experience of how MSE works. The moment I read ...
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Can I ask about a problem solving approach?

I have a question and I have a way of approaching its solution. But I don't know whether that approach is correct or not. So can I ask about whether my approach is correct or not on this site?
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Are hint answers allowed? [duplicate]

I seem to recall reading on some help page that an answer must in fact answer the question posed. Yet I often see Hint answers, and sometimes want to answer with hints as well. So are Hint answers "...
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Should I delete question that is an open problem and has been discussed in papers?

Related question:Finding $\max |A|$ with $a_{ij}=\pm 1$ I have asked this question before I searched OEIS. After I have asked this question, I found this problem called "Hadamard maximal determinant ...
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Is it on topic to ask for answers or clarifications on small mathematics quiz or problems?

I've been solving some mathematics quiz/problems for fun. I did answer all the questions I've faced. Considering I don't have the written answers to compare them with mine, is this the right place to ...
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Are downvotes considered offensive?

I am asking this question because more and more frequently, I feel that people treat and experience downvotes as offensive. To give one example, I just stumbled across this question: Why is true that ...
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Can't close duplicate bounty questions with exactly same “accepted” answers

This question is the exact duplicate of this question and both were answered by the same user with the exact same answer (Although he has mentioned it as a duplicate in his second answer and the ...
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Interactive check-list for first-time contributors at submission stage

As a follow-up to this question, I would like to know if the following proposal would be helpful to reduce low-quality first-time contributions. Duplicate disclaimer. While writing this question, I ...
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Should we have a canonical question on transitive / symmetric / reflexive relations?

It seems that we fairly regularly get elementary questions of the form: "Does a relation that is [A] and [B] have to be [C]?" where [A], [B] and [C] are some permutation of "transitive", "...
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Near-duplicate questions, but both questions are effectively blind to each other.

On the question here, it was eventually discovered that this question was a duplicate; however, if we go through the same process that the OP has done and craft a question as they have (with the same ...
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Latest Google Chrome breaking MSE?

I just got the latest Google Chrome browser. (Version 69.0.3497.81 (Official Build) (64-bit)). Here is a screen shot Is this a Chrome problem or does this have something to do with the new user ...
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Cheating on USAMTS 2018-2019

As some may know, USAMTS round 1 problems have just been released. To read more about the USAMTS go here: http://www.usamts.org (From the above link) "Students may use any materials - books, ...
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Area 51 Proposal: Mathematical Challenges

It has come to my attention that there is a group of users in MSE (myself included) who want to share their own mathematical challenges. Thus, I have made a proposal in Area 51: Math Challenges. ...
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Meet users located in the same geographical region

I am new to MSE, and I do appreciate the good attitude of (almost all) the users. However, I really miss the personal interaction, possibly with the assistance of a blackboard. Therefore, I wonder ...
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Filtering a Tag [duplicate]

How can I remove all questions with accepted answers from view?
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A statistical question about statistical questions

In Mathematics Stack Exchange, has there been an increase (since the end of March) in the frequency of questions about probability and statistics (say, as a fraction of the weekly total of questions ...
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Reason of closing a question with good answers

Let us look at the question Evaluate $\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{x^2\log^2{(\sin{x})}}{\sin^2x}dx$ I understand, that the formulation is rather short, but we have at least two precise, large answers. I ...