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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 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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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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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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Editing the list of abstract duplicates

I'd like to add some content to the meta post List of Generalizations of Common Questions. The entry will be under Probability and is going to be titled something ...
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What Counts as a duplicate Question?

Imagine somebody who is studying differential equations. He comes to the section on first order linear differential equations. He attempts to do the first problem in the section, but he comes up with ...
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Is it OK to create a tag about exercises from one particular book?

Is it OK to create a tag about exercises from one particular book? The book I have in mind is a book with many hard exercises and unproved theorems in it (the total is about 200 or 300 maybe more), ...
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Where to post for feedback

I had difficulty finding a single, concise treatment online of the construction of numbers from the naturals through the reals. I have collected my notes in a document (<1,200 words) and before I ...
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Answering by copying from textbooks feels like cheating; should I do it?

So I want to answer this question: How to look at the covariant derivative along a curve? The OP asks for a formal definition of an object. I found a satisfactory definition from a textbook, which ...
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Electronics/Physics related question which is mostly mathematics - on topic here?

I have a question which is related to a physical topic (force of one charge on another). In fact this specific question is about a charged ring with a radius $R$ and a charge in z-direction in ...
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Active Contest Ending 12 November 2018: Questions from CodeChef November Challenge

Questions have begun arising on this site from an active contest. It is the CodeChef November Challenge, which ends at 15:00 Indian Standard Time on 12 November 2018. There are two divisions, ...
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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool

Recently, I've seen a few examples of users asking questions and answering their own questions as a way of adding to the question pool here on MSE. The most recent example I've seen of this is the ...
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Why was this question removed? “Example of a metric space where diameter of a ball is not equal twice the radius”

The question Example of a metric space where diameter of a ball is not equal twice the radius was recently removed (around an hour ago). I noticed this because I had written an answer to the question, ...
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Deleted question/answer is visible

I wonder why are deleted answers still visible to people with enough reputation. I'm not comfortable with this. Is it possible to change that. If I delete something then I don't want anyone to see my ...
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Abstract duplicates vs. canonical question

What is the difference between the concept of canonical question (as used across the whole SE network, see e.g. 1 2 3) and this abstract duplicate thing that you have at math.se? Are they just the ...
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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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I found 3 questions asking about an ongoing contest.

The following 3 questions were asked and are part of an ongoing contest: https://iymc.info/data/Pre-Final-Round-Problems-2018-x3285s7f2.pdf I did not realize this yesterday, but upon going through ...
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Software to draw Geometrical Diagrams

On MSE, many users include diagrams with their solutions to help illustrate concepts and make their solutions clearer. Is there an optimal software for doing so? Any recommendations are greatly ...
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Should we edit the post of a user who has left the site for medical reasons?

I recently encountered an answer by a user who has left the site for medical reasons. The answer, which was otherwise well-written, contained a minor error. The author's intention was clear, so I ...
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Unreasonable rejected edit suggestion?

I have asked a question today at math.SE. I got a nice answer in the comments by Marco. He changed his comment to an answer, and explained the general idea, but not the special case to answer my ...
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Is it always that difficult questions are upvoted?

I have seen that many people down vote those questions which are very basic or easy. Is this website only meant for asking difficult questions or can I clear my some basic doubts and problems without ...
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Asking for the validity of papers in pre-print websites

Assume that I'm a beginner and I want to read a research paper on a pre-print website. Is it on the topic in mse to ask for the validity of a research paper in any pre-print websites such as arXiv ...
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I voted mistakenly to close as duplicate. When I realised my mistake, my comment explaining why was deleted.

I refer to this question: Comparing logarithms with different bases. Over-hastily, I flagged it as a possible duplicate of How to compare logarithms $\log_4 5$ and $\log_5 6$?. I also thought it was ...
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Unfair downvoting of question?

Today, there was this question posted on the main site asking about the probability of passing a genetic disease expressed by a dominant allele. However, as soon as it was posted a few users came ...
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My flag was considered disputed, but the post still got put on hold. What did I do wrong?

I flagged this post and I got the message that my flag suggestion was considered disputed. But as you can see from the post, the post was put on hold in the end and I do not really understand that ...
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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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Where to report MathJax bugs?

TL;DR: What is a suitable place where to report MathJax bugs? I mean the bugs which seem to be issues with MathJax in general - not specific to this site or Stack Exchange network. Often some ...
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How to properly ask a “textbook recommendation” question?

I've seen several "textbook recommendation" type questions on MSE, and some of them have been quite popular and helpful. In a lot of them, the poster provides their mathematical background information ...
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Why don't in-app visits count for “Consecutive days visited”?

On the week-end I seldomly use my computer and thus do not log in to Mathematics Stack Exchange from a browser. I do, however, use the (iOS) app to check for new questions or notifications on the ...
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Why are the user suspension criteria applied for unfair comments on the main site currently not applied for unfair use of public chat rooms?

After my first 7 days suspension on April 2018, I raised HERE some questions related to the proper use of chat rooms to avoid defamatory actions clearly not compatible with the fair harmony of the ...
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Misuse of tag “divergence”: How to deal with questions with the wrong tag?

According to the tag info of divergence, it is used when questions are about vector calculus. However, it is often tagged with convergence, at questions about convergence/divergence of sequences, ...
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Should I change the tag to the correct one, even if the asker does not know the topic?

See this question: Question on the notation $ds^2=dx^2+dy^2$ : what does it really mean? The question is really about differential geometry and metric tensor. The asker originally tagged the question ...
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Identify our millionth question

Somewhere in the past few hours, the millionth question was asked on Math.SE. Could someone cleverer than I am please figure out which one it was. Presumably there should be a plaque or statue, or ...
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Strange new users with Chinese/Korean usernames

From here, we can see many 1-rep users with Chinese or Korean usernames. Their profile photos are their usernames themselves. I am a Chinese native speaker, I can see their usernames do not seem to be ...
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Indication on why a question is closed should be more specific

I believe notices such as "closed as unclear what you're asking", "closed as off-topic", etc. on a closed/deleted/flagged question should be more specific. Closing questions with the one-line generic ...
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“I have no idea what to do” - How do you respond to self-study questions by users who are completely lost?

It seems very common for someone to ask a homework question along with some variant of the phrase "I am completely lost" or "I have no idea what to do", and therefore violating the guideline that self-...
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Why don't we create the tag question-exam-recommendation?

It's an idea that came to my mind today. I saw book-recommendation tag and then I thought why not question-exam-recommendation tag. This new tag would be very useful to summarize ALL the theory that ...
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Why do people think downvotes need explanation?

Stack Exchange (or, at least, MSE) has the interesting phenomenon that people often demand for downvotes to have an accompanying justification. However, I don't see this on other sites I visit with a ...
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Why is this spam?

I'm just curious, I was looking at this question with a view to answer it, and suddenly the Community bot deleted it for abuse/spam. It didn't seem like either; it was just a regular question. Does ...
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Should duplicate questions be deleted?

Lately, I came across several suggestions for deletion of questions simply because they are duplicates. In my opininion: If the question is somehow a bad question, then it ought to be deleted, and so ...
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What type of questions can you ask? [duplicate]

What kind of questions can you ask on this site? does it all have to be advanced trig or pre- calculus? I'm in the 10th grade and taking Geometry this year.
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Should a diamond moderator having voted to close a question, delete counterarguments from that question's comments?

Like many people with an interest in mathematics right now, I want to get a deeper understanding where Atiyah's proof of Riemann Hypothesis might fall down. I searched and found no such question here ...
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Why was this question deleted after it had been “finished”?

This question was recently deleted. The question had positive score, both answers had positive score, and one had been accepted. It had been closed as well (there's a separate question here about the ...
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Incorrectly posting on Meta

Every so often a new user posts a question on Meta that should have been put on the main site, and a few minutes later it is on hold as off-topic. On two occasions I have seen such a question on Meta ...
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How to add comment to protected question

I have some answer to this question but it is protected. Can you add a comment there (I hope this answer can help someone) before downvoting or deleting it - thanks: Example is blackbox password ...
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Heteronormativity and binary gender assumptions

Recently quite a number of questions have been posted that contain heteronormative assumptions or assumptions about binary genders, e.g. questions about married couples that assume that these consist ...
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Is it okay to re-ask a deleted question?

Greetings I went trough some questions here on meta and didn't found something similar so I hope there is no problem with asking here. I'll try to keep it short. I noticed that some questions got ...
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background color [duplicate]

Numbers referring to number of answers and other things appear within rectangular boxes. Most of the time the numbers are green inside white background. Occasionally they are white with green ...
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Can we agree on a minimum lapse of time to put a very poor question asked by a new contributor on hold?

The title refers, and this is the situation that I want to focus my question, when a poor question asked by a new user is put on hold after few minutes*. To be concise about those cases in which I am ...
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I don't know how to proceed in this situation

Yesterday I posted a question about a problem that appeared on a differential geometry book, and it happened to be written by an active member of this community. I showed my work and another user ...
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The problem with proof verification

What I am going to bring up is not a new problem. It was hashed again and again and again. It was brought up as far as 2013, and repeatedly almost every year. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Some of ...