Questions tagged [discussion]

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Do the Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges encourage bad behaviour?

I've been noticing that occasionally poorly written questions that clearly go against the guidelines for writing good questions still receive answers, sometimes numerous answers. Mostly I will simply ...
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Is closing this question against the code of conduct?

Two days ago I stumbled across this question. Today I noticed that it was closed with the comment "This question needs details or clarity". One of the closers already posted the following ...
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Is it possible that a high reputation user post a completely wrong answer?

Is it possible that a high reputation (>50K) user post a completely wrong answer? or its answer contains some lines that shows the user is misunderstanding that topic in math? If so, how we can ...
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Why [derivatives] instead of [differentiation]?

At the moment, Mathematics SE has tag derivatives (with synonym differentiation) and tag integration. Why the lack of symmetry? Why not have tag differentiation with synonym derivatives instead? ...
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Too many ellipsoid questions being bumped to the front page.

I was browsing the front page and noticed that the first 20ish questions were all old questions, edited to include the newly created ellipsoids tag. I was under the impression that there was some ...
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Reason for downvoting the answer.

This question is in accordance with the question that I answered yesterday. It was downvoted three times without any comment (even the pop-up displayed instructs to do so) of the users that what was ...
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Can we post PSQs as long as we answer them ourselves?

By PSQ, I mean problem statement questions that have some background but show no attempt to answer the question. I'm aware that posting PSQ's is a direct violation of the MSE guidelines. I would also ...
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Linear algebra and linear equations are sometimes confused

It is unfortunate that the term 'algebra' refers to two quite distinct things depending on what level of mathematics you are studying at. While I suppose linear equations such as $2x+8=12$ do ...
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Right place to post questions ..

I am very new to MSE. Where am I supposed to post questions like , "Book recommendations" or " Complex numbers in geo vs Barycentric " ..
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Low voter turnout in elections

Before the election mania is over let us do some analysis of the trends in elections so far. The relevant data is presented in the following table \begin{array}{|r|r|r|r|r|} \hline\\ \text{Year} &...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results [duplicate]

Mathematics's eighth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and ...
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2020 Election Results: Congratulations to our new moderator!

The 2020 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, I'd like to welcome to the moderators' team the winner of the 2020 moderator elections, who is: You can see the results ...
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Doubt regarding what kind of questions I can ask on meta

Suppose in the actual math stackexchange site, I got my answer down voted. I actually was pretty satisfied with my answer and was pretty down on not getting any upvotes, and then I got a downvote. Is ...
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Closing question when asking an advice

So, recently I asked on the main Mathematics site about interesting subjects for my thesis. And it was closed as opinion-based. Btw this is my question: My question Then, I tried to looking for ...
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Is it rude to tag someone in the comments of an old post and politely ask them to check out your new question related to another post?

I was wondering whether is it rude to tag someone (who was extremely helpful in the past) in the comments of an old post and politely ask them to check out your new question related to another post ...
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Why was specific mathSE posting closed?

I am referring to this posting: Prove that square of all primes greater than 3 can be shown in the form of 12k+1 and similar 2 question. The subsequent explanation was that the question was not "...
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Mathematics Stack Exchange vs. Puzzling Stack Exchange

Is there a clear delineation between the possible mathematical puzzles that can be posted only here and the ones that can be posted only in Puzzling Stack Exchange? Or there could be an overlap? I ...
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Can we post questions which are not posted in MSE but is posted in other math communities?

Can we post questions which are not posted in MSE but is posted in other math communities like in AOPS or any other forums? To be more precise: The solution is there in the other math communities but ...
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Proof-verification question [duplicate]

My answer to a proof verification question is about to be deleted. The only question posed by the OP was: "Is my approach correct?" I made the effort of checking that the OP's solution was ...
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where / if any can I ask for math book recommendations?

I'm looking for recommendations on undergrad math books, in the topics of calculus, elementary set theory, linear algebra and combinatorics. I'm not sure when / in which format I should be asking this ...
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How can I revive an old question [duplicate]

I found some interesting old questions in the website, but no one has answered them and they are unlikely to be answered in the future because they are too old for people to see them. I wonder if it ...
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When can I really retract my vote on a question?

Sometimes, I cannot change the up-vote action to an answer. There appears a pink notice saying You last voted on this question 20 minutes ago. Your vote is now locked in unless this question is ...
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MSE or MO? Ambiguity in the quality of the questions, and boundary of eligible questions, which are eligible to be asked on MO.

Since the beginning of my membership, it happened for me too many times, that I had a question, which I thought that I will not receive a good answer on MSE. Also, I didn't have enough courage and ...
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Should we offer comments to questions which are “beyond saving”?

On a question such as this (currently deleted and thus only visible to some users), should we offer a comment as to why the post is being downvoted?(since they are a new user) and if so what comment? ...
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pre-viewing mobile answers

This meta-posting is intended to serve as a combination query + feature-request. I do not have a mobile device; I think that this posting needs input from users who do have a mobile device (e.g. ...
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Deleting questions with upvotes, or with upvoted answers.

Sometimes, poorly formulated questions contain enough information to answer them and, more importantly, for the community to find them interesting enough. Then I found that there is a race between ...
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Several users are gorging themselves in the Late Answer queue

This is something I've noticed for a while but I wanted to wait until I earned a Steward badge to show I have some 'skin in the game,' so to speak. Of the review queues, Late Answers (LA) are by far ...
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How do I get answers involving conceptual discussion instead of solutions?

Finding a general way to construct least degree polynomial having rational coefficient having irrational roots Removing superfluous functions from limits L'hopital rule fails with limits to ...
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A suggestion about serial downvoting

I don't know is this site suitable for this or not. But I want to give a suggestion about the serial downvoting problem. Clearly this is a loophole in the system. Even if there is an automatic process ...
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What kind of context is good to add to a contest math question?

This is a call for brainstorming for ideas on how to best make questions from math contests meet our quality requirements, outlined in many places, but How to ask a good question is the most commonly ...
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A post once made community wiki cannot be changed?

I answered a question and by mistake while editing the answer it became community wiki. Now I want to undo the action but there is no such option even if by rolling back it. Cannot it be changed ever? ...
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Answer to a short question that was already answered in comments

The question Find $\nabla f(x,y)$, where $f(x,y)=10x^3-5x^2+5xy+5y^2+8$ is pretty much of a kind "please, check if I did this correctly". I have clarified a couple of confusions in comments, ...
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Improving other's questions via adding solution attempts in the question

This is a bit of a puzzler for me and I'd like to try to work out what our community norms and guidelines are around this topic. Suppose user A posts a question which is a bit light on context. User B ...
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Editing the title/body of a question hours after asking?

I asked a question which received some comments immediately. Only after the comments came in did I realize that I should ask my question differently. I edited the question then. I now realize that the ...
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Posting link to another website

Getting to the point, is recommending another website in comments each time, considered advertising and spam or not? Or in even simpler terms, is this against the rules of stack exchange , as it may ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the 2020 moderator election, 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 ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 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 to bump someone else's old, unanswered question that's exactly the question I want to ask?

On the main site, there's an old, unanswered question that's exactly the same question I'd like to ask. Is there some way to bump it? And what would meta be without a meta-conversation: I've read ...
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Is it a good idea to add the gained perspective from a good answer to the body of the question?

In the following questions: Prove that for all real numbers $a$ and $b$, $|a|\leq b$ iff $-b\leq a\leq b$. Prove that $B\cup(\bigcap \mathcal F)=\bigcap_{A\in \mathcal F}(B\cup A)$. the answers ...
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Tagging migrated questions

One thing I've noticed is that questions like these end up creating an untagged tag whenever a migration takes place. Is this intended behavior? If not, what is the appropriate method of handling ...
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Why can't I select any other SE website when flagging a question?

I flagged this question recently. I wanted to select "this question belongs on another stack exchange network" but only three other SE sites came up (as shown below) when it asked which site ...
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I suggested an edit, title, tag and body on a 5 years old post and was rejected, Why?

I happened to suggest an edit where IMO I made the title more descriptive, edited and added text in the body and added one more tag. On a 5 years old post. This https://math.stackexchange.com/review/...
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Policies on counterproductive retagging sprees

I have just noticed that, right now, old questions in field theory and Galois theory are being brought up because someone is tagging them ring-theory, for instance here, here, or here. This somewhat ...
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How can I fix my question? [duplicate]

Question in consideration: Mathematics as several Type-0 Grammars I've asked the question above because I've been trying to understand the way mathematicians do mathematics from a formalist ...
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What is the difference between following a post and bookmarking a question?

I'm a bit confused about the difference of following a post or bookmarking a question: Isn't they are of similar use? I've only used the bookmarking part before, it seems enough for me since I can ...
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The unofficial 2020 elections nomination thread

We will have an election soon to elect 1 new moderator. Continuing the tradition from past elections (2014, 2017, 2018) we have a thread where people can nominate other people. Since candidacy is ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

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 to begin an election next ...
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Someone edited my answer. Now it is wrong.

There has been an edit to an old answer of mine and it was approved by other two users. Now the answer is wrong, obviously. What should I do? I'm not happy about this at all. How can it be that some ...
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Why did my comment(s) get deleted?

I recently gave this answer to a question. Initially, I gave a sloppy answer—the kernel was there, but I didn't set it up properly. Someone pointed this out, and after some time, I was able to ...
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Writing Math equations in MSE. [duplicate]

How do I write the mathematical equations in a question, here on stack exchange? When I try to write a question which involves equations, I get stuck as I don't know how to input those equations... ...

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