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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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New site theme - are there statistics on how readership has changed?

Since the new site theme has been introduced, I find that I hardly read math.SE anymore. In essence, I find it illegible ... including that the topics that interest me hardly 'show up' anymore. The ...
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How to compute the Jachson radical in $R=M_2(\mathbb{Z}_2)$ [on hold]

I already know that the ring $R:=M_2(\mathbb{Z}_2)$ is a local ring from literature, but I have not verified this fact because I don't know its maximal ideal. So my question is on how to compute the ...
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What's the difference between “moderators” and “moderation”?

What's the difference between these two tags - moderators and moderation? Should these two tags be merged?
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What exactly is a “Rep-farmer”, and what can we/the moderators do about them?

In the wake of the recent election, I've been thinking about the hot-button issue about PSQs and Rep-farmers. Firstly, what is a Rep-farmer? I understand that it's someone who, in some way, uses the ...
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No-delete policy…

In the past I've seen people told that as a matter of policy they should not delete questions that already have substantial answers. What about not literally deleting the question, but "editing" it so ...
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MSE reputation on my resume

Though my reputation isn't that high, can I still put it on my resume while applying for an admission in a premier Mathematical Institute? Does having a good reputation on MSE counts as an ...
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Should we synonymise a tag used more than the master tag?

Scrolling through the list on tag synonyms on MSE, I found that there were two tags that were suggested to be synonymised with their master tags which were used less than them. Note that both are ...
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Ratings for questions and answers

Recently an answer I gave was given a negative rating. Upon examination, I saw that the answer was incomplete, so I revised it, and now the answer is complete and correct. However this seems not to ...
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“Be nice” vs. summarily closing questions for being too naive or “frustrating”

I am puzzled by many questions being increasingly frequently closed as "off-topic", for reasons that are not immediately apparent. Below are a couple of random examples from the past day alone. ...
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Is it enough to only comment for a First Question review?

I recently reviewed this question in the First Questions queue. I decided that the post needed more information and/or context, and commented nudging the new user in that direction. I then marked that ...
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Please help me improve question on Cauchy's Integral Formula

I believe the initial revisions were unclear or wrong. Now just unclear? Find and relate an antiderivative to proving Cauchy's Integral Formula for a convex region
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2018 Community Moderator Election Results

Mathematics's seventh moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Ignoring the unneeded

In the watched tags how can I ignore the questions with accepted answers so, in the least, they do not show like ignored tags do not show?
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Solution for abandoned accounts or with little activity: a special Newsletter or email to encourage the return to the site

If my calculations are rights I believe that in the main site Mathematics Stack Exchange there are at least 200000 users whose reputation is 1. My belief about this situation (I haven't stats) is that ...
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Would tags for specific books be appropriate?

I'm wondering if tags for example Durret's Probability book would be allowed. I think that when one is reading a book, it would be interesting what doubts other user had when reading the same book. ...
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Should I close my question if I found an answer? [duplicate]

I've asked a question and then with the help of commenters I've found the answer. Should I close it/post the answer by myself or wait for other to post an answer?
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Question wrongly closed as duplicate and deleted [duplicate]

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2872448/why-doesnt-1-0-999-break-math What's wrong with this question? Is being bad at math the cause of the downvotes?
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Does it make sense to flag a question as duplicate if it already has an answer?

I guess the purpose of flagging a post as duplicate is to prevent people from taking the effort to answer a question that has been answered before. So does it make sense to flag a question if someone ...
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Faded Failure Feature [closed]

Why now are some questions being so faded they cannot be properly read? Is the new web page design an attempt to get people to talk about mathstack instead of talking about math?
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Is it OK to ask for grammar corrections?

Due to the international user base, small and big grammar mistakes are unavoidable on this SE. The top priority here is math, not grammar. And that's how it should be! Despite that, I would actually ...
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How to make a question regarding proof verification more interesting and more attractive?

Since I self-study mathematical analysis without formal teacher, I can only appeal to help from out site most of the time. It's obvious that to grasp the underlying concepts in mathematics, we must ...
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The new updated math stack exchangr [duplicate]

The new web page layout of math stack exchange is not an improvement. It is actually not as good. Using three columes instead of two is wasting much used space as the first colume has too little in ...
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Why was this useful answer deleted?

I'd like to know why this answer was deleted by a moderator. It doesn't answer the question completely, but it goes a long way towards answering it. Answers such as this that report on substantial ...
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Is [tag:predicate-logic] a synonym for [tag:first-order-logic]?

What is the difference between the tags first-order-logic and predicate-logic? This question has been raised several times (here, here and here), and several users proposed in their comments to ...
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What was the reason to change the layout?

Sadly, the layout of this site was changed. I always was glad about the superior layout compared to other sites that already had this layout. What were the reasons for this change ? What was wrong ...
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Mathematics new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Mathematics. It is live now. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled ...
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Why “Search” is inferior to “Ask Question Search”? [duplicate]

This is a problem I've stumbled many times in Math.SE. When I want to ask something, I go to search to see if my question was already made, and most of the time I find nothing related. But then, when ...
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Some pictures don't show on mobile site.

I've noticed that, recently, some pictures don't show on the mobile site despite being formatted correctly. I'm using the ZTE Blade V8. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this problem. They ...
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Are there (public) stats about how many users are banned to ask more questions per month or year in the site Mathematics Stack Exchange?

I would like to know, if it is possible, how many users are banned to ask more questions per month or year. I'm asking for an approximation. Also I would also like to know if these users are typically ...
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Are questions asking for various applications of some theory Community Wiki?

I've asked a question here that does not admit a concrete answer. I will add the tag soft to it as well. For questions regarding applications of certain topics, for example this question, should they ...
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Is it possible to migrate an answer from one question to another?

Is it possible to migrate an answer from one question to another question without losing reputation and comments. This happened to me recently whereby the OP had asked two questions and it turned out ...
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Closing Questions once answered in comments [duplicate]

Not long ago, nobody provided an answer to a question I had but a comment answered the question that I had. I noticed that the question kept getting viewed and another user asked about the status of ...
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User Profile Idea [duplicate]

Generally, I do not post such a question, but I am just throwing out an idea for this site. I know this might not even be the right community to post such a question, but any help would be appreciated....
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Help improving my question please?

I believe I tried to be as specific as possible namely by numbering the questions, showing a solution and then showing my own solution. How do I improve please? Show holomorphic $\text{image}(f)\...
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How can I lose today $176$ reputation points? [duplicate]

This is probably a silly question. Looking at my reputation points five minutes ago, I notice that I lost $176$ reputation points because user was removed. Is there a way to know and see the list of ...
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Should questions about special cases of a more general problem be marked (closed) as duplicate?

While browsing new questions asked on this website, it is common to find some of them as duplicates of older ones, and it is then generally productive to indicate it as such, and redirect the OP to ...
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Which tag to use for series convergence testing?

It would seem both the convergence and divergent-series tags are frequently used for questions concerning the convergence of a series. I would've thought the convergence tag would be more appropriate ...
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Asking about possibly new research results

I believe I have come up with a new formula for a certain combinatorial sequence. Is it considered safe to ask whether my result is actually new on MSE? I mean "safe" in the sense that no one could ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions on identifying theorems?

Suppose I developed a small theorem in a particular domain of mathematics and I don't know whether it was discovered earlier or not. The theorem I derived or the result I found on my own may be ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Are requests for proof reading written articles appropriate on MSE?

As I am learning new topics in mathematics, I would like to write web-based tutorial articles that demonstrate my knowledge so that others may perhaps benefit from what I have learnt. However, I am ...
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Should the summation symbol be used for Ramanujan Summation?

I recently asked a question about Ramanujan Summation, and naturally some confusion over what I was asking arose. Should we use $\sum$ for irregular summations such as Ramanujan Summation? Or should ...
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Should I include sources when asking questions that include some other user's idea?

In my math question, I'm trying to show the progress I've made for solving the problem. But it includes some other user's idea. Should I specify where I got the idea from?
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The Elementary probability tag [duplicate]

What's the point of elementary probability tag please? https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/elementary-probability
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Should the (permutation-cycles) tag be deleted? [duplicate]

Someone just created this tag today, and added it to three questions. As written, the description is... the most generic thing ever, basically "anything associated with permutation groups and ...
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“… including any attempts you have made to solve it.”

Me again. Blind application of that criterion "ideally including any attempts you have made to solve it" just seems silly for some problems. Consider this question. Seems like an excellent question ...
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What is the problem with this post? [closed]

I asked this question: How to find the fraction of integers with the smallest denominator matching an interval? Maybe you looked over something? What "context or other details" are missing? Why ...
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What's the point of the best-practices tag on meta?

I saw a tag: best-practices Isn't the entire point of meta to discuss what the best practices are? Couldn't we tag just about every meta question with this? What extra information does this provide?
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Why this question is deleted?

Here I have posted a problem which was down voted and deleted without noting how much tough the problem is. Also my account is disabled from questioning in math.stack website. Can you enable it again? ...