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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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Is [tag:predicate-logic] a synonym for [tag:first-order-logic]?

What is the difference between the tags first-order-logic and predicate-logic? This question has been raised several times (here, here and here), and several users proposed in their comments to ...
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What was the reason to change the layout?

Sadly, the layout of this site was changed. I always was glad about the superior layout compared to other sites that already had this layout. What were the reasons for this change ? What was wrong ...
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Mathematics new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Mathematics. It is live now. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled ...
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Why “Search” is inferior to “Ask Question Search”? [duplicate]

This is a problem I've stumbled many times in Math.SE. When I want to ask something, I go to search to see if my question was already made, and most of the time I find nothing related. But then, when ...
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Some pictures don't show on mobile site.

I've noticed that, recently, some pictures don't show on the mobile site despite being formatted correctly. I'm using the ZTE Blade V8. I wonder if anyone else is experiencing this problem. They ...
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Are questions asking for various applications of some theory Community Wiki?

I've asked a question here that does not admit a concrete answer. I will add the tag soft to it as well. For questions regarding applications of certain topics, for example this question, should they ...
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Is it possible to migrate an answer from one question to another?

Is it possible to migrate an answer from one question to another question without losing reputation and comments. This happened to me recently whereby the OP had asked two questions and it turned out ...
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Closing Questions once answered in comments [duplicate]

Not long ago, nobody provided an answer to a question I had but a comment answered the question that I had. I noticed that the question kept getting viewed and another user asked about the status of ...
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Help improving my question please?

I believe I tried to be as specific as possible namely by numbering the questions, showing a solution and then showing my own solution. How do I improve please? Show holomorphic $\text{image}(f)\...
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How can I lose today $176$ reputation points? [duplicate]

This is probably a silly question. Looking at my reputation points five minutes ago, I notice that I lost $176$ reputation points because user was removed. Is there a way to know and see the list of ...
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Should questions about special cases of a more general problem be marked (closed) as duplicate?

While browsing new questions asked on this website, it is common to find some of them as duplicates of older ones, and it is then generally productive to indicate it as such, and redirect the OP to ...
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Which tag to use for series convergence testing?

It would seem both the convergence and divergent-series tags are frequently used for questions concerning the convergence of a series. I would've thought the convergence tag would be more appropriate ...
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Asking about possibly new research results

I believe I have come up with a new formula for a certain combinatorial sequence. Is it considered safe to ask whether my result is actually new on MSE? I mean "safe" in the sense that no one could ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions on identifying theorems?

Suppose I developed a small theorem in a particular domain of mathematics and I don't know whether it was discovered earlier or not. The theorem I derived or the result I found on my own may be ...
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2018 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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2018 Community Moderator Election

The 2018 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Are requests for proof reading written articles appropriate on MSE?

As I am learning new topics in mathematics, I would like to write web-based tutorial articles that demonstrate my knowledge so that others may perhaps benefit from what I have learnt. However, I am ...
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Should the summation symbol be used for Ramanujan Summation?

I recently asked a question about Ramanujan Summation, and naturally some confusion over what I was asking arose. Should we use $\sum$ for irregular summations such as Ramanujan Summation? Or should ...
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Should I include sources when asking questions that include some other user's idea?

In my math question, I'm trying to show the progress I've made for solving the problem. But it includes some other user's idea. Should I specify where I got the idea from?
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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 ...