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The community need to make a good decision regarding closing/downvoting good questions/answers

The most common problem I see on this site is that many poor questions/ solutions are highly upvoted and many great questions/ solutions are downvoted. I have no problem with the highly-upvoted poor ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election Results [duplicate]

Moderator election #9 on Mathematics has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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2021 Election Results: Congratulations to our new moderators!

The 2021 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, I'd like to welcome to the moderators' team the winners of the 2021 moderators elections:: Paramanand Singh ...
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Would questions about the importance of a theorem in math on-topic?

Reading What topics can I ask about here?, it's unclear whether this kind of question is on-topic or not. Here is my draft question: The Fermat's Last Theorem took 358 years of effort to prove. It's ...
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Receiving multiple close votes with old questions.

I am surprised to see someone flagged my questions — both asked long ago and had accepted answers — as missing context overnight. Question 1 was asked years ago, whilst I was writing an essay and ...
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How can I appeal against closing my specific question? [duplicate]

I posted, I believe, very specific and very detailed question Where from the “three” comes in the volume of a cone? and someone just closed it with a reason "This question needs details or ...
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Are there often serial upvoters on the site?

I started working on Mathematics Stack Exchange more than $8$ years ago and I had a few problems with serial downvoters. Starting two days ago, I started facing the opposite situation: a serial ...
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Can we have "2021: a year of EoQS"?

In Paramanand's questionnaire response, he suggests that the effects of the EoQS should be studied. This made me realise that I don't really know anything past the "theory" of the EoQS since ...
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Should we discourage full solutions to questions that explicitly ask for a hint?

I've encountered several posts in the past that explicitly ask for a hint for their stated problem. It's not uncommon for these questions to gather full solutions for their problem, sometimes in their ...
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How do moderators prove that they are at least 18 years old?

I've just noticed that moderators are required to be at least 18 years old (the very bottom of the page). How do they prove this? Do they have to send the image of a national identity document issued ...
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2021 Community Moderator Election

The 2021 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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How I can Get reputation?

I used to write my answer in image, But when I want to post it, it said need 10 reputations How do I must write?
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The unofficial 2021 elections nomination post

We will have an election soon to elect 2 new moderators. Continuing the tradition from past elections (2014, 2017, 2018, 2020) we have a thread where people can nominate other people. Since candidacy ...
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2021 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Mathematics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, ...
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How come some of my questions get only some comments but not any answer?

Certain times, I post questions that get some valuable comments but never an answer. For example the question for comparison on real numbers and caveats. I am not sure why this happening. Is my post ...
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Please help me improve post closed too broad/unfocused even after it was edited to have only 1 question [duplicate]

Please help me improve a question closed for too broad/unfocused even after it was edited to have only 1 question: Whether or not a (cyclic and thus Abelian) group $\mathbb Z_{p^m}$ (prime power) is ...
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Why was my question closed as "unclear or needs details"

My original question What in the world is "unclear or needs details" about this question? I actually felt the question was a bit long and included some overkill. What needs to be improved ...
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Solution verification questions and duplicates: proposal for discussion

When a user posts a (solution-verification) question on a problem (often a standard problem), I tend to not vote to close as a duplicate, since the user is asking for feedback on their particular ...
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User keeps posting questions with posted images, instead of writing the question themself.

It seems that a certain user is in the habit of posting questions (often homework) by cutting and pasting images instead of taking the time to write it out explicitly in MathJax. With more than three ...
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May I ask a question that might have no answer? If so, would it be discourteous to those who suggest that it has no answer?

A while ago I asked the question "Is there a group-theoretic proof that multiplicative groups of integers modulo a prime are cyclic?". Instead of an answer I got a few comments from ...
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can one ask a question one came up with oneself and one knows the answer to

I recently did so on mathematics site, and, someone kindly commented: "why do you ask if you know?". I am rather new here and I certainly try to behave like a good citizen. In fact, I asked ...
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Are questions on mathematical etymology off-topic?

A decade ago, this question was asked about the names of the inverse trigonometric functions. At the time, it received a Nice Answer, which was accepted, as well as a few other answers and comments. ...
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Does the community acknowledge potential harm to mental health by excessive usage of math stackexchange

I am not sure whether this is an appropriate question. Perhaps it will be closed, or perhaps not. It is generally the case that people derive satisfaction from getting their responses validated on Q ...
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Can a user whose account is suspended due to voting irregularities comment on his answer to my question?

I asked a few questions long time ago and couldn't see the answer to them due to being critically ill. Now on some answers the answerer's reputation is changed to 1 and it is written on his account ...
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Remove the strikethrough on deleted text in suggested edits

I have also posted this feature request on Meta. I recently reached 2k rep, so I've done my first few suggested edit reviews. I reviewed this edit, and I noticed something. The strikethrough through ...
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A suggestion to add to review queues ( First questions - Share feedback)

I suggest that you add this type of examples to review queues ( First questions - Share feedback) it will be much of help for the new users and the one who reviews the question, I know there is a ...
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It is Midterm Season! Please help out with the review queues.

It is, apparently, midterm season, and the site is currently being inundated by a large number of problem statement questions, duplicate questions, and other low-quality questions, which means that ...
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I would like to bounty a question that lacks context and possibly focus

This question claims three interesting limits about primes. I think it is poorly phrased, in that there is no context, source, or effort; further, it's unclear if any of the limits are related. That ...
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What to do if I like the question in a post but the post is presented in a bad quality. [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this question for the last week. It is really pointed out to everyone at all times that whenever you ask a question, you must include details, motivation, thoughts, or some ...
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What's the issue with this question regarding style?

I was a bit skeptical of asking this question, since it seemed to be about style, which seems inherently opinion-based. However, there is a tag called "article-writing", which includes "...
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A super easy way to speedup MathJax loading with LocalCDN add-on

I found a very neat way to speed up MathJax execution times. Typically whenever I start my browser I have to load up all of these MathJax resources from the Cloudflare CDN when I first visit math....
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what is the maximum duration of moderator ? How many years they will remain in their positions as moderator?

I think MSE is like a democratic country. we cast vote and choosing our favourite USER My question : what is the maximum duration of moderator ? How many years they will remain in their positions as ...
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How fundamental is the choice of title in a question on Math.SE?

When I'm trying to write a question I certainly make a lot of effort to be as clear as possible. Certainly the hurry does not provide good advice and, several times in my specific case, I spend little ...
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Should I fix trivial typos in my old posts? [duplicate]

I thought this definitely would have been asked before, but I searched and couldn't find it. I was looking at one of my questions I asked a while ago and I realised a very minor typo in it. Actually, ...
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Questions regarding mathematical programming

What is the best place to ask questions about mathematical programming, between Math.SE and StackOverflow? What I have in mind is the following type of questions: Solving the word problem in a group ...
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Why awkward rules for bounties?

I started a bounty for a certain answer to: Estimate a logistic function from an estimated exponential function I had to wait one week to tell who was going to get the bounty and the bounty just ...
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Question placement

I’ve seen questions on the math stack exchange get closed since they did not include a math question, but instead a question pertaining to math. For example asking “what type of math is needed to etc. ...
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Is there a way to enlarge the expressions in a piecewise function?

$$\text{No. palindromes} = \begin{cases} {n \div 2 \choose (n-k) \div 2, k \div 2}, & n = 2x, k = 2y \\[2ex] {\lfloor n \div 2 \rfloor\choose (n-1 -k) \div 2, k \div 2}, & n = 2x +1, k = 2y \\[...
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Standards of editing [duplicate]

A question posted to math.s.e. said $$ X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda) $$ and that was coded as X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda). It is obvious that the poster ...
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Where to Place Answer to a Duplicate Question

I recently posted this answer to a question marked as a duplicate. I did check first that my approach had not previously been taken. Should I delete my answer and transplant the analysis as an ...
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Is there anything to improve in this post which is about ambiguity in question about field axioms?

Can you talk about (the rest of the) field axioms when the operations are not closed? Check out this deleted post if you want if you can: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4256287/generalising-...
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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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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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