Questions tagged [discussion]

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Why was my retag rejected?

A couple of days ago I was looking for algebraic geometry questions to answer and this question appeared in my feed. It has nothing to do with algebraic geometry, so I wanted to remove that tag in ...
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User answering poor question while also voting to close

Context Tonight I witnessed conduct from a reputable user that I find outrageous. I won’t name names, but as the individual’s identity could be determined by tracing my activity anyways, I’ll include ...
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Is it appropriate to edit and remove religious salutations

An otherwise good question ended with the questioner thanking the community in a religious way. It just feels inappropriate in my mind despite the op obvious good intentions. Can a moderator remove? ...
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Why was my question taken negatively?

The question is here. It is currently closed as opinion based, with +2/-5, 1 vote to reopen and 1 vote to delete. I need help understanding this local disaster. As to close reason: I can easily ...
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Can screenshots from youtube videos be used as references for a question?

I love to learn math by watching videos. So I eventually end up with a lot of questions and thoughts based on the topics discussed in those videos. So if I were to ask these questions on SE, one ...
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Tag pairs such as elementary-set-theory and set-theory are hard to decide upon and may appear to be condescending. (With proposed solution.)

Proposed solution: Rename: elementary-set-theoryset-theory set-theory → ...
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Is this plagiarism [closed]

It was earlier posted on Academia but I think I must ask here too. (https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/149324/is-this-plagrism-or-something-similar-in-a-masters-project) I am a master's ...
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Should a question asked for finding out error be deleted after solved?

Let's say there is a question I asked to find out the error I made in my solution of a problem. Someone then answers, pointing out a "silly error" I made (like simple calculation error, or switching +...
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New user whose question you edited asks for email for further communication

I recently edited this question, which had formatting problems and had the question in form of an image as a link. The user who's question I had edited, then asked me for my email id through the ...
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Someone “Copying” your answer after you post it

I was answering this question; after my answer posted, this user edited his/her answer to make it almost identical to mine, but just rearranged the statements $(1)$ and $(2)$ in different order. ...
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As a novice user, what crime did I commit?

My Story I am a novice SE user, a toddler. After visiting the Help Center, I realized that one way of contributing to this community is editing. I browsed in the Help Center and found the guideline ...
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Question about RSS Feed

Is there a way to RSS feed the unanswered questions? Because I would find it easier to have an influx of questions about certain tags I like. Is that even possible?
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Is it preferable to give links to external resources in questions or to give the context yourself?

Sometimes you are working through a math book and there is a fair bit of context involved. For example question involves few definitions from the book + some paragraph explaining the context. There ...
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For titles on questions, which of these is better: Author of the book- Chapter number- Exercise number-, the exercise explicitly or Both?

Regarding the titles on questions, Is better The author of the book, the chapter number and the exercise number. The exercise as explicit or informative as possible (not always possible tho :( )....
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Please don't delete your question [duplicate]

This is not a question; it is simply that something happened that annoyed me and I wanted to record it. Moments ago, I was typing an answer to https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3672909/8157 when ...
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Question Prescreen, and Migrations

SE, and Moderators, When I started this account there used to be question prescreens on meta to see if questions were on topic for the website I believe there used to be a tag called question ...
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Feature or Bug Request

Can we flag questions to be edited by users who understand the math level that the question was asked? Like if a question was asked in real analysis and they know the language, and syntax of the ...
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Why does the acceptance of an answer not imply an upvote?

It happens to see accepted answers that don't get any upvote. I am struggling understanding the meaning of this. According to Help Center, accepting an answer simply means that the author received ...
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Should the PDE notion of trace be tagged with the 'trace' tag?

Is the trace tag supposed to be used for questions about the trace operator from Sobolev theory (analysis)? I was going to de-tag "trace" from a question, but it seems like it's not the first time ...
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For one problem, is two question okay?

Suppose a person is having problems with a math problem. He posts a question to Math Stack Exchange and the answer he gets enables him to proceed with the problem. He likes the answer he received so ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for possible downvote sources on Mathematics Meta?

I recently received a downvote for an answer I gave, but I am unsure of the cause. I would like to ask for a possible explanation of the downvote on Mathematics Meta SE, but I am unsure of the policy ...
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Why did this answer get an upvote?

On this question: What set is this?, a user posted a clearly incorrect answer. It almost immediately got an upvote even though I posted a comment very quickly proving that it was wrong. It seems ...
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4 downvotes in 1 minute on this question and others. Why? [closed]

Here's the question: Is $X_3 = X_1 \star X_2$ always a geodesic manifold w.r.t. $X_1$ and $X_2$. I think it's an extremely insightful question. For whatever reason it was downvoted with no ...
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Could we encourage posting code for numerical analysis and visualizations?

Many answerers create stunning visualizations to augment their answers. Numerical analysis is often leveraged to come to results. Both are using programming knowledge as a piece of the mathematician's ...
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Is my question about three-body orbits and conservation laws on-topic here and is this a good place to ask it?

I've asked Can there be an energetically unbounded three-body orbit where escape is impossible due to conservation of angular momentum? and I'm pretty sure that it is a mathematical problem will ...
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Can users not call another anonymous user a “nut-case” due to said anon-user's upvote or a downvote?

Can users not call another anonymous user a "nut-case" (or any other name-call) due to said anon-user's upvote or a downvote? This happened today. I flagged the comment. So I am asking askers, ...
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

I recently reviewed an answer and decided to vote for deletion as it was in my own opinion merely a comment, and could not be qualified as an answer. My decision was backed by 6 other reviewers. The ...
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Downvote even contributing with more information to an old question

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Help with understanding an example from the book 'Fooled by Randomness' Dear all, I just spent a few hours today after reading ...
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How do you curate the content that you want to read?

I'm interested in understanding how the more regular users (who don't come here through web searches anymore $-$ or at least not as often) use this website. The notion of a feed on stackexchange ...
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Why are people downvoting my question?

My question Coming up with a rigorous definition for a Riemman-like sum which is easier to compute? has been downvoted twice. Is it because: a) My question is too similar to this question? b) I ask ...
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Building a Library

Is math.stackexchange a good place to ask where to find copies of books? Say I want to get my hands on a copy of Baby Rudin, would it be appropriate to ask on this website where one can found? I use ...
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Would it be possible to include the scicomp.SE site in the list of related SE sites?

I came across a post that is in my opinion more about scientific computing, than mathematics. Therefore I wanted to flag the question accordingly, but I couldn't find the scicomp.SE site among the ...
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How to Better the Queue?

I have a question and maybe this for the moderators as well. How does one know that one is doing a good job when doing the Queue about Posts like Edits, and Low-Quality Posts and so on. My thoughts ...
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Answer deleted. Should I just ask a new question showing more detail?

My answer was deleted to this question: Minimax problem for optimization $\inf \sup \frac{x f(x)}{\int_0^1 f(t) dt}$ I see why it was deleted. It was because I could not form the question in the ...
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Can we have a smarter serial voting detection?

Serial voting simply because of disagreement of opinions is toxic in the main site. While deduction of a few points does not (maybe it does) matter a lot for the victim, in the long run, however, it ...
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Flagged duplicate “Does this answer your question?” text is misleading

Here's at least the second instance in which I have flagged a question as a duplicate, and the canned comment text "Does this answer your question?" elicits from the author of the duplicate question a ...
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Allow users to down vote their own posts?

Sometimes after one posted a question or an answer, one may realize later that the post is wrong or not helpful. However, it is not always a great idea to just delete the post, for reasons like unable ...
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MSE is run by answerers. Is that a good or bad thing?

One of the things I've always found extremely ironic about MSE is that the people with the least experience in asking questions and who have perhaps the least perspective on what it's like to ask ...
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Where can I find some interesting quant trading questions? [closed]

I'm preparing for a quant interview and want some more practice problems. Is there a way to find a lot of them easily on this website?
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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

I have seen many times that somebody voted to close short questions (and probably downvoted the questions as well), even though the OP made clear that there had been good attempts. This thread is the ...
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Whether to flag a question as “very low quality” or not

There are always some questions in math.SE that contain a huge image as a major part of the question, which is known to be problematic because they cannot be searched or be piped into a screen reader. ...
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Are questions about how to make mathematical plots in Desmos on topic?

While there is a similar question about drawing diagrams, it was not clear to me from that post whether the software aspect of 'how to draw' something is considering being on topic. While I can plot ...
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About bans to ask question in math.stackexchange [duplicate]

I was banned from asking questions and it's still continuing. I even don't know whether it's OK to ask this question here. But I can't really distinguish the purposes of different sites of ...
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Should (convergence-divergence) include divergence/convergence of integrals?

According to the tag-info, convergence-divergence is intended for convergence/divergence of sequences and series. Here is the revision history for the tag-excerpt and the tag-wiki. However, in ...
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Updating epsilon-delta tag name to reflect recent revision

The scope of the epsilon-delta tag was recently expanded to include $\varepsilon N$-definition of the limit of a sequence. I agreed with the revision, and offered an additional suggestion. My answer ...
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What addional context am I to give to make this question being reopened?

I posted this question: If $f:[a,b]→\mathbb{R}$ is convex on the interior (a,b) and continuous on x=a and x=b, then it is convex on [a,b]. I am wondering if an analogous result is true for strict ...
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Why people vote negative when you clearly show the question and your working

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Van Dyke's matching principles
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User keeps deleting most of the original text of the question after getting an answer

I would like to ask whether it is within the rules that a user keeps deleting most of the original text of a question after getting an answer. I have in mind for example these questions (of the same ...
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How can this question be further improved? [duplicate]

I asked a question (Original). I asked how it could be improved (Meta: What's wrong with this question? How can it be improved?) Someone kindly and patiently explained its faults. At least 10 ...
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Is it allowed to repost?

If I have a question no one answered or comment to ever, since 2 months. Is it allowed to delete it and repost it, or is this abuse?

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