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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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The Elementary probability tag [duplicate]

What's the point of elementary probability tag please? https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/elementary-probability
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Should the (permutation-cycles) tag be deleted? [duplicate]

Someone just created this tag today, and added it to three questions. As written, the description is... the most generic thing ever, basically "anything associated with permutation groups and ...
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“… including any attempts you have made to solve it.”

Me again. Blind application of that criterion "ideally including any attempts you have made to solve it" just seems silly for some problems. Consider this question. Seems like an excellent question ...
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What is the problem with this post? [closed]

I asked this question: How to find the fraction of integers with the smallest denominator matching an interval? Maybe you looked over something? What "context or other details" are missing? Why ...
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What's the point of the best-practices tag on meta?

I saw a tag: best-practices Isn't the entire point of meta to discuss what the best practices are? Couldn't we tag just about every meta question with this? What extra information does this provide?
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Why this question is deleted?

Here I have posted a problem which was down voted and deleted without noting how much tough the problem is. Also my account is disabled from questioning in math.stack website. Can you enable it again? ...
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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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Does the overall closing questions policy too procrastinating? [closed]

I find that when asking e.g. slightly cunning DEs, some corps will make those questions close quite quickly, but reopening those questions are often very difficult, influence greatly the image of MSE ...
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Getting past “What have you tried?” with “Try this!”

What are the most common first steps that a user can take to make progress on a question? This question is of the spirit of this one but I would like it to focus on actionable suggestions for a ...
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Inadequate Notification and Timeline for 2018 Election

I apologize for complaining, but I'm rather taken aback by how the site has decided to run the 2018 election. I don't check the main site on a daily basis, and I visit Meta even more infrequently---...
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The unofficial 2018 elections nomination post

There is a moderator election about to happen; we shall elect two new moderators that will reinforce the team. The procedure dictates that candidates self-nominate (this is not yet possible). ...
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Ask not what MSE can do for you but ask what you can do for MSE!

What needs to get done around here? Are we putting our farmers to good use? Let's say I was of the mind to spend some time doing mindless hygiene on our site: what would be a good use of my time? ...
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A somewhat open ended question. What's the fallout of ____- Theorem?

I would like to pose questions occasionally (perhaps I can make a series if this idea is well-received) of the type of the title. In particular I was thinking: Proposed Question: What are some of ...
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Feature request: close reason “unresponsiveness”.

The problem: Sometimes, an user begins acting adversarially and is unresponsive to improvement of their post. This is bad behaviour in general and part of the community feels urged to address it. We ...
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Adding MathJax for new user versus adding a comment

Forgive me if this is a dupe. It happens frequently that new users post questions without using MathJax (either using Unicode, ASCII, an image, etc.). Sometimes, I see experienced users comment ...
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Receiving Notifications when getting an answer or comment

Why do we get notifications when on the questions page and a new question is added but we don't get notifications when somebody responds to a post of ours? I'm referring to notifications in the tab ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Mathematics Stack Exchange will be hosting an election on July 30th, 2018. In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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New Mathematics site theme coming soon

As mentioned on meta.stackexchange.com several months ago, all network sites will be getting updated themes. Mathematics is one of the first sites that will be updated. As such, I'm posting the design ...
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Why is the reason for the down and close vote for this question?

Closed and reopened I'm member of this site for almost 3 years, and I cannot understand why this question takes one down vote and 4 close votes. Can someone who can understand the reason for this ...
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Taking edits into account before upvoting a question

Sometimes I come across a question that has a couple negative votes although it meets the requirements of a good question. Then I note that it has been edited by some other user different from the ...
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Clarification about edit rejection and suggestion for future edits

I'm relatively new to MSE and I'd like to learn how to improve myself as a user. I saw this answer which was good, useful, and clear but it had some wrong figures. Who wrote the answer got some ...
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copy written text in Microsoft Word into stack websites [duplicate]

I wrote a mathematical equation in Microsoft word and now want to copy it into math stack exchange but it doesn't work and give me wrong format. for example: (total-0 correct edge)/total which ...
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How to reduce PSQ?

I think many users of this site believe that the of PSQs, especially on uninteresting math content wise questions, is a problem. I believe the current methods of dealing with the problem are, mostly,...
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Answering questions in comments should be outright banned and those comments should be deleted.

According to the help center, comments should NOT be used to answer questions. However I see many answers in comments. Other stackexchanges have a policy of deleting answers written in comments. We ...
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Are questions caused by typographical errors in a textbook on-topic?

Recently someone asked a question about an argument in a textbook which (s)he did not understand. Some people quickly noticed that the confusion was just caused by a typographical error in the book, ...
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What is the (calculus-identities) tag intended for?

The tag calculus-identities has been created about a year ago in this question: Quotient rule/Quotient rule. When I look at questions which have this tag now (31 questions at the moment) or which ...
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Should a closed question be reopened if it gets a duplicate?

This question How do you prove that $n^2-1$ is composite when $n>2$? was closed as a duplicate. That was the right outcome, as opposed to, you know, "off-topic." But the question it's a duplicate ...
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Etiquette for flagging a comment that points out a (corrected) typo?

Typos happen often. On old posts there's a lot of clutter in the first comments that simply point out typos in the question or answer. I assume it's fine to flag these for deletion? This seems fine ...
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What is the record for the fastest close vote, and which question achieved this accolade?

What is the record for the fastest close vote, and which question achieved this accolade? I wondered if somebody has access to this data and I was curious about the distribution around the shorter ...
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Why do links in question and answer work differently then links in comments?

Currently when linking to other question, one might use just the [link](http://example.com). This works great in questions, answers and comments. So far so good. ...
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Rejected into a tiny edit

I'm still getting used to how stack exchange sites work, so I hope this is the right place to post this (and if it's not, please let me know.) I made a substantial revision to an answer I had read ...
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How to ask better algorithm/computation questions?

Sometimes I come to this site when I have a (usually geometric) programming problem that involves math, like testing the orientation of a spherical polygon. That question got an answer, but it was a ...
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An Identity Crisis

I'm raising a philosophical question, here, having to do with the format and layout of M.SE versus the stated goals. Essentially, I am asking the question of whether the format of M.SE is in alignment ...
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Writing problem. [duplicate]

How do I write mathematical questions. I am on android. I can't write questions related to vectors or Calculus etc. Sorry i was new here i did not know the rules.
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Questions should not be closed as “primarily opinion-based” if the OP lacks understanding to know that it's primarily opinion-based in the first place [closed]

My question was closed as "primarily opinion-based," but I don't believe it was justified. If the OP lacks minimal understanding to know that a question is opinion-based, the community shouldn't vote ...
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Put own question on hold

I think there are times when it would be helpful to be able to put one's own question (or answer) on hold. There are containers for draft questions within Meta, which gives users an environment in ...
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Editing for On hold-question

On hold question is between open and closed. So if we add a suitble editing, then it can be reopen. If not, it may be closed in five days. Here I have a question : Other people can edit ? In site ...
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Why my question was put on hold

My question was about derivatives, and I thought it was a good question. But then, Moderators put my question [on hold] saying that it was off-topic. Now, I am wondering why it was an off-topic post....
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Can I post questions to fill in the gaps in a textbook I'm reading from?

I am currently reading Galois Theory on my own from Patrick Morandi's Field and Galois Theory. There are many statements in the textbook that I do not find to be obvious, which is to be expected from ...
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Bad questions from new users immediately getting (sometimes multiple) upvotes

It seems like there are routinely low effort, sloppy PSQ questions from new users that immediately after being posted get upvotes, sometimes multiple. Is this a case of sock puppet accounts? What ...
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Grey score since a few days

Since a few days my score has become grey (picture below). It has always been white. Is it just the website that has changed? Has anybody had the same 'problem'?
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Resigning from moderator duties

Sorry. At the moment I cannot handle the duties of a diamond bearer with the patience it requires. This job forces one to encounter all the worst the site has to offer. My approach to the job (and ...
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Should a canonical for common errors be created?

Should MSE create canonical posts for common "non-trivial" errors (as in not arithmetic or typographical-esque errors)? One example is freshman's dream, which is an erroneously calculation of $(a + b)^...
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How to avoid hint answers

I know some people like to give hints because they're concerned that they'll be doing some students homework for them or they're genuinely trying to help teach the matter at hand by offering a hint ...
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Should “background” be deleted from a question if it is not logically necessary?

I have this question in mind. I included the "standard" way to solve the problem in a "background" section as well as the general approach to solve these types of problems. While writing the question,...
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Are the machines upon us?

I suspect that this MSE question (Screenshot) and an MO question by the same account (Screenshot) have been artificially generated. But I'm not sure. For a machine, those would be nice works of ...
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Transforming numbers in a matrix structure into color squares

Suppose we have a matrix of numbers $$\begin{matrix} 1 & 3 & 2 & 4 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\ 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 \\ \end{matrix}$$ I would like to ...
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Is it bad to edit your own answer several times?

I often need to edit my answers several times to fix errors or maybe to answer more directly the questions asked. But each time I edit my answer, the post will get a bit higher in the top questions ...
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How should I share new understandings following an answered question

Suppose I've asked a question on this site, and one of the answers has been so helpful that not only did it answer the question, but has also helped me gain greater understanding and clarity as to: ...
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What are Triage and Help and Improvement review queue?

Recently the possibility of implementing triage on Mathematics Stack Exchange has been mentioned a few times both here on meta and in chat. (Perhaps most prominently in an answer from one of the ...