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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 ...

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Do we want tag warnings, and for which tags?

(Inspired by this meta.academia.SE discussion) A new feature has been introduced this summer, tag warnings. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them ...
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Can one create a personal math blog using the stackexchange functionality?

I apologize if this isn't the right place to ask this question. Two features of stackexchange would be very useful for a personal math blog -- Latex works great, and comments and replies can be voted ...
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Historical lock for preserving old, low quality questions

The question Compute $ \lim\limits_{n \to \infty }\sin \sin \dots\sin n$ was recently closed (then reopened and historical-locked). I agree that, by modern standards, the question is not a good one. ...
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Is it a good idea to include source from where a question is taken?

My question is- Should we include the source from where we have obtained a question? Let, a question has been asked in a particular exam/paper/ or anywhere. Is it a good idea to include the ...
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MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference

(Deutsch: MathJax: LaTeX Basic Tutorial und Referenz) To see how any formula was written in any question or answer, including this one, right-click on the expression it and choose "Show Math As > TeX ...
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Active Contest Ending 18 December 2018: Questions from CodeChef December Challenge

The CodeChef December Challenge runs from 1500 Indian standard time 7 December 2018 until 1500 Indian standard time 17 December 2018. In past months, this site has attracted numerous users who ...
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Useful vague question closed?

This question What does a $\sigma$-field have to do with foundations of probability theory? was closed as too broad. In the strict sense that's true: there is no precisely stated problem to be ...
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My question was put on hold, need feedback. [duplicate]

this is a question I asked a few days ago: Lie Group has Euler characteristic zero. And it was put on hold. As I understand it, from looking at the profiles of those who put it on hold, I have (...
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Drawing (multivariable) funktions [on hold]

my question is a bit different. when is it able to draw a funktion.E.g a 4-dimensional vectorspace is no more imaginable. If we a function from R^2 to R, we can draw it 3- dimensional. If we use ...
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Are my SE questions too difficult?

I hope it is OK to ask this like this here. I thought about asking on MO, but then I was warned because once I had a question that was not appropriate. I also was told once how my questions are not ...
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A hierarchy of duplicates - which questions generalise other questions?

I think the site would benefit from a hierarchical structure to the duplicate question functionality, indicating which questions generalise others. I was contemplating duplicate questions last night ...
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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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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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What should be the role of *Welcome to MSE*?

When a constant stream of new users come to MSE and repeatedly flout policy, deluge the site with bad questions, write them as PSQs, post images instead of MathJax, then get them serially downvoted, ...
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How to begin working on a problem?

I hope the community supports this effort. We often see homework-type questions with no attempt from the OP at solving the problem. In many such cases the OP answers that they don't know how to begin. ...
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Edits which add substantive material to an existing answer

This has just happened to one of my answers, so I thought I'd ask here whether people think it's OK. I posted an answer to a question about physical units appearing in exponents and the like. Shortly ...
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How do I preview my post before posting?

How do I preview my post before posting? I do not find any preview button.
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Suggestion for advertising contests more actively to manage contest problem issues

There is a fair amount of discussion about contests at the moment, in the context of active problems being posted to the site for answers and needing to be closed. Bearing in mind that (a) contest ...
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What's with some new contributors flagrantly violating the rules for answering questions?

Recently I have posted a few questions in varying fields and new contributors keep posting with what only can be described as nonsense. Sometimes they're ill attempts at humour other times they are ...
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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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How to deal with defamations perpetrated through public chat rooms?

I must premise that the present OP, albeit motivated by a personal experience on Mathematical Stack Exchange, aims to solicit an open discussion about an important general issue concerning the common ...
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A statistical question about statistical questions

In Mathematics Stack Exchange, has there been an increase (since the end of March) in the frequency of questions about probability and statistics (say, as a fraction of the weekly total of questions ...
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Answered Questions With Mistaken Calculation

Suppose I ask a question which includes a mistaken calculation, such that if the calculation were to be corrected, the question would be uninteresting. The question receives an answer, indicating the ...
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Answering a question via comments: good or bad practice? [duplicate]

Quite often, a number of the answers to a question will be in the comments rather than an official Answer. For some questions, all the answers are there, including one that fully answers the question. ...
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German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik”

Recently this question was asked. This is exactly task $4.$ of the German mathematical contest "Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik". Since it is forbidden to ask questions of an on-going contest here on MSE ...
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Do we need an additional close reason for posts that turned out not to add value?

As many of you are aware, there are people active on Maths.SE that close and delete posts. The CRUDE chat is probably the best known concentration point of them. As part of the activities, also old(...
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Two announcements: new “FAQ” and new “closure rules”

I want to point everybody's attention to two changes that will impact your user-experience here on Math.SE The first you may have already noticed: the old FAQ page has been replaced by a "help center"...
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Regarding giving credit to the source of inspiration of your answer.

If I answer a question whose answer was inspired by a similar question answered by someone else then should I credit that user's name or link to the original question in my answer?
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Should we change the “contest problem” policy regarding soft deletes?

The details of the policy are discussed separately. Specifically, I ask whether a soft delete of an answer is sufficient. Users with 10K reputation can see these soft deleted answers. Hence, among ...
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Serial down-voting [duplicate]

I answered three question a while back, and today when I logged-in I see they were all voted down in chronological order. In fact one of my answers was even accepted by OP. Refer to these links: ...
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Can/do moderators contact inactive users to try to lure them back?

From time to time a high-reputation, highly active user will stop coming here. Today, I am thinking specifically of Brian M. Scott, last seen January 2. Are moderators able to email such users to try ...
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Might it be worth determining a quorum for a veto over content removal?

I fully appreciate most users want fast, efficient content curation without repeated work. But the question is this; in the rare case multiple users express the counter-wish to reinstate or keep ...
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Why was a bold, unrelated font chosen for formatted equations?

When reviewing my question, I realized that the body changes three times during the loading of the page (the screenshots below were taken as the page was loading, at various stages - there is a ~1 ...
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Why was my edit rejected?

Suggested edit: https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1113380 Answer: Volume of a solid with base of circular disk, parallel crosssections perpendicular to base are squares. I found ...
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Do questions have to be “good questions” to not be put on-hold/closed?

I have seen many questions that have been put on-hold or closed with the message: "This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, ...
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Inappropriate to clarify a questioner's title?

[edit: I posted this while possibly not in the best frame of mind for calm and thoughtful writing, and that probably comes through. But I seriously would appreciate feedback about how to treat this ...
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Area 51 Proposal: Mathematical Challenges

Update: The proposal now has 98 followers but only has 26 questions of 40 with a score of 10+. So if you're interested and haven't yet upvoted 5 example questions that haven't reached a score of 10 ...
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I had a question, but instead of answers I kept getting downvotes without any comments [closed]

so I asked this Question in the main SE: [I would appreciate If someone could translate the following for me. I want to know if it is coherent, thanks in advance. Or, instead of translating you can ...
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Math is the best option in Stack Exchange for ask about math doubts?

Hello before nothing this question is no similar like this: i-use-the-site-to-ask-about-specific-topics-in-my-math-learning-is-it-ok I know Math is: Mathematics For people studying math at any ...
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Is this site overloaded?

I'm a fairly new user to this site. I asked my first question a few days ago here: Question about characteristics and classification of second-order PDEs it received a few views; however, no-one as ...
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Who Maximizes the Ratio of “People Reached” to “Questions Answered”?

Whoever maximizes the ratio $$ \frac{\text{People Reached}}{\text{Questions Answered}} $$ must have an uncanny sense for which questions are going to be heavily viewed and worth answering. In some ...
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What's with these “sangaku” geometry problems?

This morning I decided to whip out my phone and check out some new questions on the main site through my mobile app. To my surprise, I saw 8 questions, titled or labelled as "sangaku" geometry ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam", "rude or abusive" nor "very low quality") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own ...
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My question gets a perfect answer which deserves a bounty (or some kind of recognition). What can I do about it?

This Stack Exchange site is a very welcoming place to all kinds of questions. People usually do their best to help (not like Stack Overflow) and I would like to pay something back to the community. ...
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Edit by op makes question meaningless [duplicate]

I recently came across this question. At first glance it just seems to be nonsense, but then I realized that it actually had had genuine mathematical content before the op edited it. In the comments ...
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What to do with spoiler questions?

I've recently noticed and flagged for moderator attention 2 questions: this and that. Both about the same problem from MIT 6.431x online probability course, from the second midterm exam which is still ...
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How to make this question more interesting?

How does the locally compact group play a role in many branches of math? I have tried bump edited it several times, but it still lacks of attention. I can start a bounty, but it's just external ...
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The late answer review queue for “Late answers from new users”

Recently I've noticed a pattern of comments being left for new users who leave "late answers" which show up in the "late answers from new users" review queue. The general gist of many of the comments ...
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How to ask a homework question?

How to ask a homework question? Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't you ...
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Using Math.SE as a tool for my lecture/exercise

I am giving a lecture in a mathematical subject and in the exercise it turned out that many students had a big problem solving one particular homework. Since the calculation is longer and we have ...