Questions tagged [discussion]

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Downvotes on my questions

I have seen quite strange behavior on this site about my questions. Some of them, I feel, have been serial downvoted. Since, I found that even though this question When L'Hopital's rule fails (...
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Did my answer about $\lim_{x\to\infty} (0.99999…)^x$ contain a mistake?

I am unsure if this is the right place to ask this, but recently I answered a question about $0.\overline{9}=1$ that can be found here. The question is as follows: Is $\lim_{x\to\infty} (0.99999...)^...
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Why has this user been suspended? [closed]

A certain user has been suspended until “Nov 24 '48 at 17:38”. I understand by this that he may not post on MSE until November 2048—more than 28 years after his last post (a reasonable-looking ...
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What is going on with MSE's “first” question?

Out of curiosity, I decided to try sorting MSE questions by age from back to front, and I noticed something odd: while the second through $48^\text{th}$ questions are all from July 20, 2010, there is ...
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Duplicate question doubt

I want to know an answer and concept of a question but it's similar version has been asked about 4 times before atleast 3 to 4 years ago. I have been unable to understand the answer given as well as ...
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Recreational math

Where can I post problems and solutions with no commitment to formal mathematics? Some of the problems I do I do not find equal on the internet, like some variants of sacks spiral, problems of ...
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How math teachers are encouraged to answers questions on MSE? [duplicate]

There are a lot of math professors and math teachers on the MSE who are eager to answer math questions on the site. It's been my question for a long time that how it is possible to bring this number ...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Should we not allow users to delete a question if it's been open for more than 12 hours?

I keep seeing people post good or interesting questions and then delete them as soon as someone gives a good answer or hint in the comments. Here is an example: https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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Partially-unresolved questions with substantial progress: should I post a very long question, or a question + answer?

Most of my questions on math.SE come up in the course of personal investigations into some topic, and usually get asked after a fair bit of reflection and attempted work on the problem. Unlike ...
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Should you ask questions on math.se (and other sites) that you know you won't understand the answer to any time soon?

...But seem natural to ask at the time? I think this happens to me fairly frequently. Just to be clear, I'm not talking about asking questions that I know nothing about. But on topics I haven't ...
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Would it be a good idea to have an introductory YouTube video (with subtitles in many languages) about math.stack?

I've thinking about that maybe could be helpful for new users (users that did just start university, know nothing about virtual communities, nothing about MathJax, don't know much english, etc) as an ...
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Don't review a first post by simply downvoting it or voting to close it

A fair amount of first posts are of very low quality. Even so, I think that it is not correct, when a user gets one such first post from the First Posts review queue, to simply downvote it or to vote ...
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How to make or suggest good edits

What should I do when editing a post, or suggesting an edit? Math SE is a collaborative platform where almost anyone can contribute. One way in which you can improve the site is by editing posts (...
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Should I feel upset because I have accepted few answers over the years? [duplicate]

First off, I want to make clear that I have read this question beforehand thus to avoid duplicating the question. I changed it in such a way that it describes best my current feeling about this ...
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How to flag a question that asks multiple duplicated questions?

How can I close Suggestions for a good statistics book and a calculus book? as duplications both What are the recommended textbooks for introductory calculus? and Recommend a statistics fundamentals ...
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How do you write equations in math exchange? [duplicate]

When asking a question I don´t know how to insert equations, vectors, symbols etc. Can anyone help?
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Is it okay to delete a question, and then re-post that question after drastic edits made for clarity?

This question of mine was formulated quite badly I believe. So, I edited it, and it is now very different, however, still asks the same question. Someone has commented on it, and someone has submitted ...
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scaling root problem

Background [TL;DR] In my previous meta question Vertical space between superscript and square root sign, I attempted (not so successfully) to illustrate a display problem about the square root sign by ...
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Vertical space between superscript and square root sign

Background [TL;DR] In Difference between Ornstein-Uhlenbeck, Vasicek and Geometric Mean Reversion, the radicals in these two equations $$S_{T,i}=\exp\left(\ln(S_0)e^{-\alpha T}+\left(\theta-\frac{\...
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Convert inputs in latex to text

How do math stackexchange convert inputs in latex to text? Is there any way I can use it too if I am planning to build a website or an app?
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 01/2021 - today)

The purpose of this thread is to focus the attention of the community on posts that may require reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer). ...
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Tag management 2021

New year, new tag management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: “if I can't imagine a person ...
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Change the link to search in modal window for the first-time askers

Since March 2020, a modal window with some basic information is shown to a user who is asking their first question, see here: The new ask page is now live on the network! This replaced the older /ask/...
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how and where you can ask for clarification of a complicated answer

I don't fully understand this answer, how and where is it better for me to ask a question with a request to explain?
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The Strange World of Question asking at the Mathematics Stack Exchange (MSE).

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Mr. Sarn Ursell, and, recently, -I had actually posted a question here at the Mathematics Stack Exchange, and yet it got blocked. And, -this seems strange to ...
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Why shouldn't the [tag:closed-form] tag exclude the interpretation of 'closed' as in differential geometry?

in re this rejected edit https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1516676 Why shouldn't the closed-form tag exclude the interpretation of 'closed' as in differential geometry? Gee ...
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Edit Recent Posts to Display HTML-Tables with Markdown

Users have been using $\rm\LaTeX$'s array environment for displaying tables. For instance, in the MathJax Tutorial's "Table" section, ...
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Curiosity about a deleted question.

This question has been deleted, but I'm still a little curious about the claim. This is not the first time I have been curious about a question, but later I find out that it has been deleted. I'm not ...
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Why don't we have an elementary-geometry tag? Or why don't we use geometry to mean elementary geometry?

Notes/Observations/Opinions: Related: Why is there an elementary-geometry tag? The tag usage guidance for geometry goes For questions about geometric shapes, congruences, similarities, ...
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Why does the type (or the scale) of rating statistics change?

There is a little line showing users' ranking on the Reputation board that is at the Activity page (marked with red): $\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad$ Sometimes it shows the year rank ...
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What happens if exceed character limit in comments?

I am aware that for comments we have maximum of 600 characters to type and by curiosity I just happened to type some random words in a comment box. I expected that when comment exceeded 600 characters ...
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German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik $2021$"

Recently I've seen two questions related to the German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik $2021$" - both voluntary removed by the author (both new users). Therefore I ask you to be aware of ...
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Posting a discussion type question on topic?

Recently, a large controversy has started within the Minecraft fanbase, regarding the speedrunner Dream, and claims of him possibly cheating by altering probabilities for certain random events within ...
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Attempting to prove the same thing multiple times — Request For Rules and Guidelines

NOTE: I did try again to prove the Löwenheim-Skolem theorem. My new question is here. What are the rules and guidelines for attempting to prove the same theorem again? Some notes specific to my ...
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Why do high rep, long time users answer duplicate or too similar questions on book recommendations?

Way too many duplicates to Selecting the Real Analysis Textbooks, Recommend a statistics fundamentals book, What is the best book to learn probability?! I feel that too many book recommendations ...
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Is it possible to take back my suggestion on edit an answer or (question)?

I recently suggested an edit to an answer on MSE site, but a few minute later I realized I was wrong and the answer didn't need that edit. So I clicked on the edit again to find an option to cancel ...
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What is the name of the (now removed) tag for which this Taxonomist badge has been awarded?

In the list of awardees of the Taxonomist badge, Yujie Zha has been awarded this badge for a "no longer available" tag. I wonder what's the name of this removed tag.
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Flags aged away

Some of my post flags were aged away, and I wanted to re-flag them. However, the options of the standard ones were not available, and so my only choice is to use "moderator attention" flags. ...
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Should linked and related questions be the same question?

I found this question which was rather interesting, and gave it an upvote, and I looked at the linked and related questions as well. For some reason, the linked question was also part of the related ...
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Why were my edits correcting grammar rejected?

https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1512035 I concede I might've edited too much text, but undoubtedly the OP made typos. Saxon genitives are missing. The problem is Bertsekas ...
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Question getting blurred ! Are many of you seeing this? [duplicate]

Today while browsing through questions i observed something rather peculiar: The screenshot explains it.As you can see themiddle question has sort of become blurred .I notice that this happens to a ...
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Adding a bounty to an unanswered question, then copying an answer from another SE site. Is this allowed?

I wanted to start a bounty and I thought of getting to the unanswered ones. This one in particular is where I placed it. I waited for a while and no one still answered, so all that was left for me to ...
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Why do the numbers on Math SE show in an ugly way when not using MathJax?

I understand the need to use MathJax which I always do but I think it is very inconvenient to keep using it when having small numbers alone in different parts of the text, If I don't use it they look ...
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Regularization tag

It seems, the word regularization has two major meanings: one in statistical analysis, and the other in the context of divergent series. Can we somehow solve this issue?
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Figuring out name of result / theorem

I had made a question here asking about a result mentioned in a book I was reading whose theorem I didn't know. One of the comments gave the right name of the theorem and proof, I posted that as a ...
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List of duplicates: questions defaced or vandalised

Periodically, we get questions about what to do when someone vandalises their question, or even someone else's question. Here I have compiled a list of these questions so that this kind of question ...
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Is it within policy for instructors to edit post text to remove questions from active exams?

I am teaching an intro math class this semester, and today was the final, which was given remotely due to the pandemic. A few exam questions popped up on this site (the posts were word-for-word ...
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What to do about repeated self-vandalization? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is answered somewhere else -- it's my first time on meta. There is a question which is being repeatedly vandalized by the OP and someone else (perhaps a friend?). Regardless, It seems me ...
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Can I open a discussion thread on Math.SE?

As written in my title, I wanna ask an opinionated question on Math.SE, but I am not sure if this is okay. So I have this kind of meta-question. Sincerely,

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