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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 are asking a "poll" question.

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how to know why was your was one's question down voted?

This is a repeated question which pops up. How is one suppose to know why was a question downvoted so they can improve it? Recently two of my questions were downvoted. Here is the image. And the ...
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Tag management 2019

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 ...
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Policy on smileys?

Is there a policy about using smileys in questions/answers? I am especially concerned by the colored icons, rather the more traditional ascii combinations. I only started to see smileys recently on ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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List of comment templates

Inspired by this question on meta.cstheory.SE. The post at meta.Tex.SE is quite impressive. We often leave generic comments to OP and answer posters such as: "if this is a homework, please add a tag,"...
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Can hypothetical questions with impossible criteria really be on-topic?

I have not been on this site very much, I must admit, but I stumbled on the question Can I have visited all rooms of Hilbert's infinite hotel? and before I put forward why I am posting about this ...
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Should we divide [tag:dimension-theory] into 2 tags, one for topology, and one for algebra?

A discussion in chatroom about tag hausdorff-dimension draw attention to tag dimension-theory again. Here's some data about how tag dimension-theory is used questions about topology and algebra. My ...
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Why are my questions hardly answered? [duplicate]

I like to think that I explained questions quite clearly yet I feel like the exposure of my question is quite low, reflected by the views of each question. There are hardly any comments or hints ...
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What is the {real} meaning of duplicate question?

edit: I want to know the rules of this site. I no longer care about answer and that question. Find the least value of $ \sec^6 x +\csc^6 x + \sec^6 x\csc^6 x$ First I asked this question because my ...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - today)

The purpose of this thread is to help 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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downvoting because of duplication?

This question has five downvotes, and was closed as a duplicate of a question with 25 up-votes. Should one down-vote a question merely because of duplication? There's no mention of anything wrong ...
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Why do users give answers using alternative method when I'm asking what went wrong with my solution?

I'll just put this out here. This is a sock my main account is Avnish Kabaj and user619072(now deleted sock). I've asked a couple of questions as to why my method is wrong. For some reason, users ...
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What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta?

What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta? Does it mean "We should not discuss this," or "Good question, the answer is 'no'"?
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Can we please be more generous to elementary beginners?

This question: Given that $\arctan(1/5) + \arctan(1/8) = \arctan(1/p)$, how to find the value of $p$? (now deleted again) was originally closed as "off-topic". Here is the original title: Tricky ...
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Why was my question put on hold? [duplicate]

Solve for $x^2 + 7x +1 = 3n(x^2 + x +1), n \in \Bbb{Z}$ edit: I want to know what was[is] wrong with my question in the first place. Request to reopen and asking for reasons to put on hold in the ...
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Similar tag descriptions for (physics) and (mathematical-physics)

I understand t.b.'s reasoning on why we should keep both the physics and mathematical-physics tags, but I notice that their wikis, and more specifically their excerpts, are sufficiently similar that ...
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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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Difficulty of getting review badges

I like to feel like I'm a fairly helpful member of MSE, even if I don't have a lot of time to spend on it. But I'm befuddled by the difficulty of obtaining the "Custodian" badge! Complete at least ...
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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?

Note 2: † This is NOT a duplicate of the linked question: I am NOT asking at all "Under what circumstances is it appropriate to delete a question that has received a good answer?" Again, this ...
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Confusion when editing questions with [tag:mathematical-physics]

I'm a mathematical physics student, and recently I edited a lot questions with mathematical-physics, quantum-field-theory and tqft. According to Wikipedia and my knowledge, mathematical physics is a ...
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Why closed as duplicate? “Why $x^2$ in $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}$?” [duplicate]

Apologia if I didn't write Why $x^2$ in $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}$? clearly enough, but I was asking about Prof. Magidin's answer specifically? I don't see what's duplicated...
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Abuse “Reject-and-Edit” to reject singlehandedly

Although it requires 2 contributors (rep $\geq2000$) to reject an edit, it only needs 1 by "rejecting and editing" actually. And later, I found this problem have been came up before. Today I found ...
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Differences between mathoverflow and math.stackexchange.

What are the differences between MathOverflow.net and Math.stackexchange.com? Why two communities for Mathematics? Wasn't one enough?
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Why are questions with no downvotes deleted?

I can understand that questions with downvotes or closing votes are closed since they might not meet MSE quality standards. However, why should "upvoted" questions with upvoted answers be deleted? ...
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What happened to the Maths Stack Exchange? [duplicate]

What happened to the Maths Stack Exchange? There is a flower and flowers when the mouse is moving in the screen. It is not comfortable for me. It looks like a cartoon world.
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Blocking to ask a question for a beginner.

Is it possible to block to ask a question for a beginner who has not take the Tour?
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What to do with answers to low quality questions? [duplicate]

Would it be ethical (or acceptable) to dislike an answer to a low quality question for encouraging poor quality question, or would it be better to comment under the answer? What about flagging it for ...
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Should I answer exactly what the user ask or solve the problem?

Ref: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3166216 I am sorry, I am new to Meta, so I don't exactly know the proper formatting rules here. I am having a doubt regarding answering a question which I have ...
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Can I get [solution-validation] on my idea to remove this tag?

Related: (solution-verification) tag I was recently considering adding the solution-verification tag to one of my questions (with apologies for the shameless self-promotion), and got to thinking: is ...
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Should there be a policy about “hints”?

First, let me say that I completely understand the idea of not posting full solutions, but instead "hints" (or outlines) to let the OP figure out the details by themselves. I tend to do that myself. ...
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Looking for An Answer [closed]

I was not sure whether to ask this question here or delete my question and ask the question again. The problem: I asked a question a while back but I am still waiting for an answer. I was not sure ...
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Accepted answer was wrong

I posted a question not long ago. A similar question was posted years ago, with an accepted answer (Edit: now deleted) and a second answer. But the accepted answer was wrong, although it received ...
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List of Generalizations of Common Questions

Bill Dubuque raised an excellent point here: Coping with *abstract* duplicate questions. I suggest we use this question as a list of the generalized questions we create. I suggest we categorize ...
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Is the decision problems tag needed?

I recently created a new tag: decision-problems. I do believe that this tag is indeed needed because its lack does lead to a lot of somewhat erroneously or misleadingly tagged questions. For example, ...
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https://math.blogoverflow.com Why was it shut down?

I was framing a question for meta.math regarding a proposal of starting a blog where users can submit articles related to mathematics. I googled it about it first, and I found this website: https://...
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Why do some users citing compatibility issues when deprecating the use of Unicode characters?

I have encountered for several times that some users have complained to me the use of Unicode characters (of normal series and normal shape, i.e. not bold nor italic) such ...
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History of Math.StackExchange

This thread is used to record significant events in the life of Math.StackExchange. What should be recorded. Creation of the site (proposed, beta tested, graduated). Technological innovations like ...
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Why do some users delete their questions after receiving an answer?

It has happened several times now that a question is deleted by its author a few minutes after I post an answer. I suspect it's because the question is a homework question and the user wants to ...
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showing gratitude for a very helpful / detailed answer?

I know that this is a Q&A forum, but sometimes there are answers, where I feel like it takes a lot of effort and work(?) to write a detailed answer, especially if there is confusion which needs ...
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Some ideas on tags about physical field theory

Update: For (1), I have edited info of field-theory. For (2), moderator Alexander Gruber♦ has created a synonym and contributor YuiTo Cheng improved info of tqft. For (3), contributor YuiTo Cheng ...
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Strange demands for re-adding context

I'm unsure about the validity of the closure my question All integers from 1 to 73 are recorded in a sequence such that each number "This question is perfectly clear and requires no additional ...
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Asking about wrong answer

Recently, I answered a question on Math.stackexchange, but it turned out to be wrong. However, I do not know why it is wrong. Is it appropriate to create new questions asking about why the answer I ...
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Is there an MSE-like site that is more pleasant to work in? Or are there other solutions?

The Problem: It becomes more difficult to help people on a site in which there is mass closing of questions. And I am disturbed that a small group of people is engaged in trying to delete permanently ...
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Tag management 2018 [duplicate]

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 ...
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Word requests okay?

I wanted to ask: Is there a mathematical term for completing a collection of sets with the operations of intersection, union, and complement? In other words, all the regions of a Venn diagram of ...
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Self-answered questions as lemmas for an existing question

According to https://math.stackexchange.com/help/self-answer answering one's own questions is encouraged. I've found an old question that I'd like to answer, on a subject I've investigated in the ...
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Kafkaesque question closure(s)

This question seems about to be closed (4 votes currently), because it is (supposedly) "not about math as defined in the help center." Can anyone explain this to me (if there is an explanation)? I ...
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Wrong answer that has been accepted

The scenario: a question has been asked "does A=B?". An answer is given that is wrong. And the questioner has accepted it. My questions: This is math so there is (for many and this particular ...
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Answering a Low-Quality Question with a Community Wiki Answer?

As I'm sure we're all aware, answering a low quality/low effort question that, according to the community standards, ought to be closed, is frowned upon. Reasons cited tend to include It encourages ...
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How Rigid Is the Multiple Question Rule When Analyzing Mathematical Concepts?

I was wondering if there could be exceptions to the multiple question rule when analyzing mathematical concepts. For example, suppose a user quotes a math-related paragraph on Wikipedia, and wants to ...