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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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Should old questions be retitled?

The title for Is there a formula for this? is currently "Is there a formula for this?" Obviously, this doesn't describe the problem at all, except to say that the OP is looking for a formula. It ...
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Why has the Batman question been closed?

I just noticed that the Batman question was closed this past February, which seems a sad fate to befall such a historic and beloved question on this site. I understand there were always concerns about ...
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Should we have some aggregate question for probability / combinatorics? [duplicate]

Should we have some aggregate question for probability / combinatorics? Basically a Duplicate of: List of Generalizations of Common Questions
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Math Overflow has a new “infinite games” tag. Can we get one over here?

https://mathoverflow.net/questions/tagged/infinite-games Dr. Hamkins put out a request to re-tag suitable questions on Math overflow. This is something I'd be happy to undertake on this stack (say ...
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Is there some way to trace the downvoter?

I want to know if there is any way to trace the down voter? Today, I got serial downvotes on 3 of my previous questions. I suspect that the person who down voted them did so out of contempt, so I ...
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Can I ask similar type of questions frequently?

Am I allowed to ask similar type of questions but not same questions frequently? Consider this and this for example.
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A cyan background for any question

I wanted to understand why I see some of the questions in cyan as in the attached image. Thanks in advance.
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Clarifying the usage of (path-length) tag

The tag path-length was created about two months ago in the question: Prove that there exists an another path $g$ with the same image as $f$ but length of $g = tL \forall t\in [0,1]$ where $L$ is the ...
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Proposal: Onboarding process

I propose that MSE introduces an onboarding process for new users. Problem statement: Too many PSQ's & MSE used as a homework-completion site Growing resentment of "rep-farming" Conflict between ...
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To what extent is Math.SE accessible to a blind user?

My attention has recently been drawn to more questions about the accessibility of mathematics on the web. I've recently seen demos of a variety of screen readers interpret a variety of math-content on ...
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What to do with a question that is no longer relevant?

Refer to this question I asked a little while ago. I thought I spotted a mistake in a textbook, but actually I made a mistake myself when I tried to write a counterexample. There is no longer a ...
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closing weak questions

I'm trying to do my part clearing the close vote queue. Here's one with an accepted answer: Vector addition of opposing vectors It deserves to be closed since it shows no work. It's unlikely to be ...
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Are there some ways to find sites linking to a specific post or works citing it?

Over the years, Mathematics Stack Exchange became quite popular and certainly at least some of the content provided here is rather useful. It is not surprising that many people link to some stuff ...
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Capitalization and Usage for “Fundamental Theorem of the Calculus” in tag wikis

Is there a standard way on M.SE to refer to the Fundamental Theorem of the Calculus in tag wikis? What I've just written is what I was taught, but I recognize there are many other ways. Interestingly, ...
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How to store chat history for recall?

I had a very fun interaction today using the math chat to ask an open ended question that I wanted to think more about, but wouldn't be comfortable asking in the normal Q/A (since I think its not ...
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What are the rules for posting an image with my attempts to solve my question?

Hi guys not sure if this is the right place to post this but just wondering what is the rules regarding posting images of individual attempts for a question you have asked, i.e. if I have a question, ...
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Is it okay to ask for proof assistance frequently as you self-teach a topic?

I'm self-teaching algebraic geometry, and obviously the problems get hard fast (for a hobbyist at least) and I can't be 100% sure if I solved a particular problem. Initially I found Math SE to be very ...
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How can a proof-verification question be closed as a duplicate? [duplicate]

Consider a question of this type: “My task is to prove […]. Here's my attempt: […] Is my approach correct?” I've seen several questions like this being closed as duplicates. ...
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simple questions tag-changing

I'm not a mathematician, but an electircal engineer. However, EE guys also use a lot of mathematical theory. So Mathematics Stack Exchange seems the best place to ask questions about those. In the ...
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Would a question-series to understand a selected paper be on-topic?

I thought of doing a question series with the aim of understanding a paper. I would like to do it so that even undergraduates could understand. The motivation is of course that I want to understand it ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

The chatroom CRUDE stands for Close, Reopen, Undelete, Delete, Edit. Is the way this room is currently used healthy for Maths Stack Exchange? There is a core of users which can be counted on one ...
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What's wrong with asking for the next term in a sequence? [duplicate]

I have the first few terms of a sequence, something like $3,5,7,9,11,\ldots$ or $1,2,4,7,\ldots$ or $2,4,8,16,32,\ldots$ or $1,6,3,4,45,186,\ldots$ I want to know what the next term is, or maybe ...
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Why was this question downvoted?

I answered the following question and saw the asker was downvoted: What are the elements of $\mathbb Z/3[x]$? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxc8uQJV7Kg in this video he shows the division ...
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Expectation means average?

We have three ambiguous tags average, expectation and means. They are often used for probability and statistics problems. The tag expected-value has been synonymized with probability. The current ...
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What caused a massive traffic spike around April the 8th

I noticed that page views of the site started going up on the 5th of April and peaked at 13 times normal before going back to normal on the 12th. Does anyone know what caused this? I am unaware of ...
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Should we rate limit answerers?

I was reading this post where Jyrki writes: I have come to think that answers that clearly required less than ten minutes of processing from the part of the answerer should be just left unposted. ...
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Proposed tags *Lucas Sequences* and *basis*

I wondered if the tags Lucas Sequences and Basis might be of use? I imagine these would be sub-tags of sequences-and-series and linear-algebra.
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How is this restriction of 50 questions in 30 days calculated in Mathematics Stack Exchange?

I have started asking questions since April, the 3rd and today is May, the 3rd and I have already asked 50 questions so far in this period. Reason behind this is that I have been constantly solving ...
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Tag tips/warnings [duplicate]

Inspired by: Help the helpless with how-to-ask tag tips It seems this hasn't been proposed on this site yet, so here goes... We could consider adding tag-specific messages that pop-up when you try ...
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How to get moderators' attention to an issue with some chat messages?

It is possible to flag a message in chat. However, chat flags are handled by users in chat, not by moderators. But occasionally there might be issues with some chat messages in rooms associated with ...
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Downvote / Close / Delete

Down voting, closing, and deleting content on this site are important tools to help ensure the quality of this site. My impression is that there is a distinction between these tools, though. We ...
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Why does a question marked as duplicate get more views than the original?

As an example case, there's this question, slated to be deleted, which is marked as a duplicate of this question. Even though the latter one is more general and has been around longer, it has ...
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Should I award a bounty early if there is a satisfactory answer?

Recently I asked this question. It originally received very little attention (and only one cryptic-to-me answer in a comment), so I placed a bounty on it. It now has an answer which I like; hence I ...
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How can we, as a community, reduce some of the tension on the site?

It feels like there's a lot of tension on this site, broadly about closing/downvoting/deleting questions. I am quite prolific in closing/downvoting/deleting questions myself because well...there's a ...
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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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Is Math StackExchange aging?

I am just a relatively new user, so please correct me if I'm wrong. If you read about the questions with most votes in MSE, you can find that until the $35$-th of question, the questions are all ...
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Do we have a “How to write a good answer” post? If not, can we have one?

Today I suggested to a new user that the style of his answer was not very appropriate for MSE. In searching for links of suggestions on how to write a good answer, I did not find an authoritative ...
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@username tag inside answers and to adapt when user name changes

It is not uncommon that in answers or comments one refers to some other user. I’ve seen a lot of answers which for example start with “The answer [username] gave is great, but I’d like to add a ...
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Are there some tools to follow deletions on this site?

Main question: Are there some (reasonably easy to use) tools to follow deletions on site? In particular, are there some ways to find self-deleted questions? Are there some ways to see deleted content ...
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How to proceed to get an answer corrected

I built an answer to a question asked on Math SE, and I got a wrong result. But I can not find the flaw in my proof... Should I create a new thread or should I comment to draw the attention of ...
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Grammatical error added in edit

This question originally said "The question is to find all the possible limits of (1/n,0)." This was edited to "It is to find all the possible limits of (1/n,0)." While the edit also included other ...
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Some objections [closed]

I'd like to object to the deletion of the comments on my answer here. If memory serves, Bill Dubuque commented there that he was concerned about over-eager deletion of material on the website, and ...
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Statistics of single questions

We have at the moment c. 940,000 questions at MSE. Some users have access to statistics of the site. I'm interested in the issue: How many questions were asked by one-question users? (users ...
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Where can I find questions I can answer as a high school student?

The question speaks mostly for itself. I'm currently doing high school and while I'm very interested in mathematics, I do not have the appropriate level to answer many questions. Complex Vector Fields,...
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Are math-based economics questions welcome here?

I asked a question on the economics stack about a dynamic, structural model. It's a self study question. The difficulty I'm having with it stems from me not knowing how to set up the problem ...
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Relating slit scan photography to linear algebra?

This should be ok but I thought I'd check, the FAQ suggests that it might not be. I wish to ask a question regarding a simple form of photography (slit scan) and its equivalence to 3D linear ...
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Should we discourage bounties that encourage “clever” but unclear answers?

According to its comment (which may be a joke, but I assume not), this answer was posted in response to a bounty offered to the best answer that does not contain the letter "e". I think that these ...
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What is the recommended procedure to request disassociation from a post?

As far as I know, it is possible to transfer the ownership of a question or an answer to the community user. For example, this was done for answers in some of the sandboxes here on meta (as I've ...
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Immediate question deletion to prevent others from seeing an answer

I recently answered a question about a simple strategy game. (Mine was the only answer.) The OP deleted the question about a minute later. It occurs to me that he might not have wanted a potential ...
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Removal of images which OP himself uploaded as context.

In this question, OP initially uploaded a sequence of images which he initially said "were not so relevant". Turns out that sequence shows where his problem comes from, and is a motivation which ...