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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
18
votes
2answers
492 views

When should each type of vertical bar (pipe) be used?

There are many ways to type a pipe. You could use \$|\$ ($|$), \$\vert\$ ($\vert$), \$\mid\$ ($\mid$), or just a plain | (not surrounded by dollar signs). You could also use vmatrix to indicate matrix ...
3
votes
1answer
67 views

What is the best place to discuss about a particular book on mathematics? [closed]

I am wondering if anyone knows where the best place to discuss about a particular book on mathematics. Thank you!
2
votes
0answers
92 views

Relating to create a new tag named “wronskian”

I have created a new tag named "wronskian" and given the full details about it and also I fit some questions relating this new tag. I just want to know is it acceptable for this site? If all goes ...
5
votes
1answer
113 views

What are your options to draw commutative diagrams on MSE? [duplicate]

I know that I asked similar questions in the past, but I still do not seem to figure it out, what the best way is to post a 'complex' diagram on this website. Nothing seems to work, and the things ...
-4
votes
1answer
106 views

How should I improve my question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Trouble with complex numbers within a given equation. Two things $1.~$ Is their anyway I can get this question off the "On hold" status ? ...
25
votes
1answer
770 views

Misspelled titles to avoid duplicate titles

I've encountered a number of times when a question has a misspelled title (here's the most recent one; as you can see in the edit history, it originally said "Isomorophism between modules"). Turns ...
7
votes
2answers
416 views

What should I do when an answer-in-a-comment is redundant with an actual answer?

The question "Mathematic notation: What does "$a|p$" or "$b|c$" mean?" received an answer-in-a-comment: Assuming you are referring to a and b as (say) integers, then a∣b means a ...
11
votes
2answers
397 views

How should basic questions about transfinite ordinals and cardinals be tagged?

I was about to retag this question when I noticed that neither of the elementary-set-theory or set-theory tags seems to really want questions of this tag. The tag wikis say: elementary-set-theory ...
13
votes
0answers
284 views

Questions Regarding Mathematical Software

My instinct on this question was to close it because it was about the MATLAB software. To be sure I was making the right choice, I wanted to verify that it was off-topic and not about mathematics as ...
-1
votes
2answers
549 views

Unfriendly Behaviour in Maths SE

I have observed and experienced unfriendly as well as demoralising behaviour in many SEs For instance thisquestion was marked as off topic without informing the person what amendments he/she should ...
9
votes
1answer
467 views

Need objective comments on the appropriateness of a question

I asked a question about a currently active Internet discussion (What is the reason for the "left to right" rule?) I specifically asked about the algebraic reason of one mathematical rule ...
14
votes
1answer
341 views

Is There a Reason We Can't Edit Our Recently Deleted Questions?

I recently wrote a reasonably long question, but noticed a mistake a few minutes after posting which would take a fair amount of rewriting. Not wanting to waste people's time in working around that ...
13
votes
2answers
381 views

Is there a way to make a section of a post “collapsible”?

You know how some webpages will have a section that looks like > 'heading'; and when you click on it, it expands into a wall of text? Is there a way to include one of those in post? There are times ...
-9
votes
1answer
153 views

Should there be a Challenge tag?

Today I posted the question below: Challenge: find the order of an element in a Finite Abelian Group with a given presentation I was surprised to find that there is no such thing as a ...
24
votes
2answers
2k views

Is this user suspended until 2092?

Recently I came across a user who is suspended: Does this mean that the user is suspended until 2092? What type of offense might warrant such a long suspension, but not a permanent ban?
12
votes
1answer
340 views

Ad URLs should not use path nested under stackexchange.com (but maybe a subdomain instead)

I just noticed this on the right-hand side of a question: It looked sort of interesting to me but being new I wasn't sure if this was an ad or not, so I hovered my mouse over it. It links to "http://...
7
votes
1answer
533 views

What if potential errors in an answer are pointed out in comments but not addressed?

I was told " flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer" and then I found Don't flag wrong answers? A claim here made by a user named Neal, asked ...
-1
votes
1answer
290 views

Robotic comments. [duplicate]

Many times I have seen a question put on hold where the stated reason has no relation to the question. It looks like a formula statement. "" put on hold as off-topic by StubbornAtom, Leucippus, ...
16
votes
1answer
368 views

Request: an easy way to access the posts on meta that explain policies or serve as tutorials or lists.

Today when I was going through the questions on our main site, I saw a question that showed absolutely no effort. But the op left a sentence "don't know where to start". Then I remembered I've seen ...
1
vote
0answers
144 views

A suggestion to improve 'similar questions' suggestions: let's include tags.

Sorry for the title. When I write a new question, right below the title, a drop-down menu opens up with suggestions of questions similar to mine. My suggestion is to interact that menu with the tag ...
11
votes
0answers
240 views

Request: Review Queue Activity Differences

So, anyone who's been around M.SE very long, and has access to some of the review queues, knows that the review queues are by no means of equal activity (or busy-ness). Close Votes is always the ...
0
votes
0answers
61 views

I simplified my question that other readers could not understand, now I am asking if it can be re-opened. [duplicate]

Recently, I've edited my closed question. Reasons being ignorant of describing the search problem that I wanted to prove is NP-hard. May it be re-opened, please? Link here
-9
votes
2answers
244 views

Should the use of “iff” be discouraged?

I've come across a lot of posts where "iff" is used as a short form for "if, and only if,". Maybe it's just me, but when trying to read (a long text) fast, I think it's easy to misunderstand it for ...
-9
votes
1answer
129 views

Are real questions sometimes getting deleted and should we try and stop that?

I once saw a question that I think was titled "Do irrational numbers really exist?" and it later got deleted. I think the person who asked it had a real question. I think that person had an intuition ...
19
votes
1answer
465 views

Is it a good idea to ask understanding-verification type of questions on this site?

In my process of studying math, I am often amased by how much different understandings of the same concept can really deepen one's comprehension. And I am also shocked by how much a wrong or ...
2
votes
2answers
540 views

About an specific user not writing properly

I have observed that there is a user out there that I think is not being nice/polite/etc when he leaves comments on post. I checked the activity and are some of them what the heck is $f$? ...
0
votes
0answers
86 views

Migrating this not-answered-bounty-expired question to MathOverflow?

I've recently asked this question on Math SE and upon not receiving any answers, offered a bounty to draw attention. The question has attracted a reasonable number of up and no down-votes, so I'd say ...
9
votes
0answers
227 views

Database of abstract duplicates displayed when asking question/clicking on tag

The following question came up today: Prove $5a^2 ≠ 3b^2$ for all non-zero rational numbers $a$ and $b$ This is surely an abstract duplicate if not an actual duplicate. Yet as I intended to indicate ...
2
votes
1answer
72 views

Do Probability and Statistics questions belong here?

When reading random questions on this site, I often come across some Statistics/Probability-related questions. More often than not, these questions receive either not enough or not good enough answers....
-9
votes
1answer
208 views

Should there be a question on intuition for $0.999\dots = 1$?

I think that as described in this answer, Jonathan Fischoff burned a lot of reputation points asking questions to gain intuition on $0.999\dots = 1$ in MathOverflow. Even if that user really did lose ...
36
votes
4answers
847 views

How do I ask a good question about a topic I am not completely familiar with?

In my classes, it is easy as my professor would correct my question if it bad, or ask me to re-state it and I would learn something new if my question was good or bad. However, in this site I have ...
3
votes
1answer
88 views

Can I start a bounty on a already answered question?

I came across with the following question Definition of "descends to" I think that is a question that many students of algebraic geometry (and probably many others) have in the ...
2
votes
1answer
133 views

Why have I been banned from asking questions?

I've been banned from asking questions. But, when I checked all my past questions and answers, I've got a total of 6 downvotes. Is this enough to get a question ban? Or have I been banned due to ...
8
votes
1answer
308 views

Math.SE Vs MathEducation.SE for questions about efficient structure of solutions?

I’d like to reach out to the community to find an improved way of approaching a specific, common problem type (finding the Taylor coefficients in various binomial series expansions; both a) the ...
3
votes
0answers
129 views

What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply?

What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply? Solve for x $ \sin 30° \sin x \sin 10° = \sin 20° \sin ({80°-x}) \sin 40° $ So someone answered my ...
4
votes
0answers
75 views

“too broad” tags? [duplicate]

There are some tags, that can be considered «too broad»: For example [abstract-algebra]: The tag wiki says, that it is a tag for questions about algebraic objects However, most important classes of ...
1
vote
1answer
137 views

Reputation for attention / replies? (When your questions aren't upvoted).

I hope this is the right place to post this question, apologies in advance, if not. Would it be possible to adjust the reputation system so that answering a question would either [edit:] for example: ...
14
votes
1answer
428 views

Should titles be included in begingroup..endgroup (similarly as posts and comments)?

Not too long ago, a Stack Exchange software was changed in such way that macros defined in a post are valid only inside that post (similarly for comments). It was announced in an answer on this meta: ...
-10
votes
1answer
253 views

When does Goldbach get away from non research levels? [closed]

This polynomial being every natural number greater than 3 is consistent with Goldbach's conjecture, because if both halves are positive, this is half a sum of two primes.I'm mostly trying to show ...
7
votes
0answers
126 views

Does this question deserve to be closed? [duplicate]

Here is a question A property of the tangent line that I asked where I was confused on the matter "what is the property that characterises a tangent line" and I thought that this property is that the ...
10
votes
1answer
461 views

How could this question be improved?

Unable to solve $ \int \frac{x + \sqrt{2}}{x^2 + \sqrt{2} x + 1} dx $? The people who voted to close gave the reason that it's missing context. I would like to know what kind of context I could have ...
1
vote
0answers
98 views

What is the mathematics behind MSE logo? [duplicate]

This is the logo of our main website. What is the mathematics behind this logo. I mean the logo should have some mathematical significance or idea. I can only see six cubes arranged in a pattern. ...
3
votes
1answer
173 views

Does the question contain enough information to ask on regular mathematics?

Intro I'm trying to prove that all valid $n^2 \times n^2$ Sudoku solutions follow a cyclic permutation pattern for a subset of $n!$ Sudoku grids. But, I'm not sure on how to prove it. $S= {[n....x]...
1
vote
0answers
78 views

Should we have an [automatic-sequences] tag?

The main motivation for this proposal lies in the fact that there are a lot of questions on the site concerning the Thue-Morse and Rudin-Shapiro sequences as well as other related automatic integer ...
17
votes
1answer
337 views

Is there any way to have comment templates whenever we are typing comments?

We already have a comment template thread but oftentimes it takes a long time to open meta, go to the question, wait for the page to load, scroll down to the correct comment and copy it, especially if ...
27
votes
2answers
847 views

How does one handle books without errata?

My situation: My book is Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology by Loring W. Tu and Raoul Bott of which An Introduction to Manifolds by Loring W. Tu is a prequel. Neither of which appears to have ...
3
votes
1answer
130 views

reputation points - how are they determined and by whom?

How and by whom are reputation points given? On May 30 I answered a post and it was rated +30. On May 31 it was rated +25 (I don't know if that was a replacement or an addition). On June 2 I ...
18
votes
2answers
746 views

Is English (US) vs English (UK) grounds for an edit?

I use SOX and I get notified whenever there is anything new on meta. Today, I saw this edit to a post. It replaced favourites with ...
37
votes
0answers
666 views

Wolfram Releases the Wolfram Engine for Developers!!

This isn't technically a question, but I thought there would be enough interest in Mathematica here on M.SE.Meta to post it. Wolfram made what I would call a gigantic move: they released the Wolfram ...
12
votes
0answers
279 views

An old “list question” edited to include other points

This question from 2016: Some possible mistakes in Bott and Tu contains a list of what the OP suspects to be errors in a famous book. The OP explains for each point their reasoning as to why they ...