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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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Words of warning from people who have seen it before.

Bill Dubuque said: Remark that there are plenty of MO users that could provide very useful advice from their prior experiences in forums at this level, e.g. sci.math. Surely MU will encounter ...
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How do we advertise math.SE?

We all presumably came here after receiving the email that math.SE was in private beta. In a few days, however, the site will go public. We'd like to get a much bigger following, and I doubt we'll ...
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Can people make it obvious when they are seeding?

The seeding is confusing me. It is making it hard for me to keep track of how good people are so I know how I can trust their answers.
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Mathematical Modeling and Applied Mathematics Question Policy

I'd like to discuss what we think about questions that are not formulated in the language of mathematics, but ask for a mathematical formulation, or pose a question--in a thoughtful and motivated way, ...
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How can I find what questions SO closes? [closed]

I was trying to figure out what the bar is for closing questions on SO, but ran into the rather dumb thing that the search on SO for "closed" doesn't actually pull up a list of closed questions. ...
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Calling all Physics, Mathematical Bio, Engineering, Econ, Contest Math, etc. Enthusiasts…

Please seed the main site with applied math and contest-math type questions! We've been talking a lot about what counts as math related, and these types have come up in theory, but until we have some ...
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Irc chat channel to supplement the beta

Having a chat channel wouldn't scale ultimately, but I wouldn't mind chatting about tangentially related subjects to the questions. Does anyone else have interest in setting up and Irc channel. I have ...
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Does SO really allow “All questions related to programming?” [closed]

Oftentimes when people are discussing SO and having a math site like it they say things like "all questions related to programming are allowed at SO." Now I haven't spent much time at SO but I don't ...
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Dissonance of purpose: What kind of site should MU be?

It appears that there are two factions on MU. Those of us who want MU to function as something like a lower-level MO, and some of us who want a less-focused general math forum. The main difference ...
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Setting things straight: What style of tags are we going to be using when we launch Public?

We must do this before we go Public. This is because, on the day Public starts, all of a sudden, tag creation is limited to all but the highest of rep counts. Tag style will more or less be "locked ...
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why did you close my question “if all sets were finite”?

I really don't understand your reasoning. I think it was a perfectly reasonable question. If all sets were finite, how could the real numbers be defined?. The all-sets-finite system is a possible ...
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Are “What is X?” questions acceptable?

There have been a few questions of the form "What is this mathematical concept?" On MO, there were several at the beginning, including some asked by reputed mathematicians, but since then they've ...
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elect our (Provisional) Moderators

In accordance with these guidelines, we should be participating in Moderator nomination discussions. Add another answer to this question for your nomination for a ...
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About the [soft-question] and [big-list] tags

The folk coming from Math Overflow generally seem keen to bring across the practice that: Questions that don't look like they will have a single, correct answer should be tagged either [soft-question]...
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Closing questions as “too localized”

It's probably worth starting a few meta threads to discuss and debate policy for closing questions, even though this is -- as MO experience suggests -- likely to evolve over time. Note that typically ...
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How to deal with cranks

Katie's question (which, one should note, is not written seriously but precisely as a test question intended to establish policy) brings up this topic. There are a lot of mathematics websites out ...
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Stop tagging things with the tag [proofs]

Please! It is a completely pointless and useless tag. It applies to somewhere near 80% of the questions that appear on this site. I will continue to remove this tag whenever it crops up, so ...
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Should we adapt the FAQ from the Mathoverflow FAQ? If yes, how much of it is relevant?

Over at Mathoverflow, we put a lot of time and thought into the FAQ. While a lot of it is not applicable to math.SE, there are a number of ideas there that could be very useful to this site. I ...
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FAQ for math.stackexchange

Right now, the faq only contains the boilerplate explanations of the stackoverflow engine, reputation levels, etc. This page serves as an index of other important support questions for the community. ...
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What is the proper way to handle homework questions?

I feel that this topic is important enough to deserve its own page, rather than having bits and pieces be scattered across many answers and comments. It is inevitable that many students will come to ...
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Is theoretical computer science on topic?

This question was closed for being off topic, and then reopened, presumably for being on topic. It seems to me that parts of theoretical CS are definitely on topic - e.g. I have read some analysis of ...
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Philosophical time-wastebaskets

Recently the question Do Complex Numbers Really Exist? was closed as "subjective and argumentative". I voted to close, because the way the question was asked invited two philosophical questions, and ...
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General Policy of Environment: More MathOverflow-like, or StackOverflow-like?

It seems like much of of the conflicts arising here revolve around people bringing different philosophies to the table, which they have worked with and have found successful (both of them). There is ...
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Should MU be a knowledge base for all mathematics?

I, for one, think that MU should try to be a Q&A site that is accessible to people at a lower level than MO. This does not mean that it should be a lower quality site than MO. It's been ...
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Questions about math jokes

I asked a question related to a math joke, and there are different reactions. Are math jokes strictly prohibited here? From my comment: I already knew the answer, but there could be new ...
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MathOverflow tags + others ?

I have re-tagged two questions today, 0.999=1? and the issue of the divergence of the harmonic series as "calculus" because I don't think they are real-analysis questions. However, when a real-...
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Moderators and Great People

One of the reasons that MO (also SO) was able to grow so well in the early days is that it had a small dedicated group of people who guided the site through its early stages and kept things on topic. ...
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Is it right to be retagging everyone's questions?

Because the website is in beta, I think, anyone can retag anyone's question. There are thus some people retagging every single question that is being asked, even when the retagging is not ...
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should MathOverflow tag prefixes be used?

It would probably be good to get some sort of consensus on tagging style (pr.probability-theory vs plain probability-theory.) I'...
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Differences between mathoverflow and math.stackexchange.

What are the differences between MathOverflow.net and Math.stackexchange.com? Why two communities for Mathematics? Wasn't one enough?
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Can some questions have a “bounty”, as they do at MathOverflow ?

Even though this is not a location for original research, can questions still have a bounty? The following question was just posted: How do you determine if a point sits inside a polygon? and it ...
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Moving the meta link to the same spot it occupies on MO.

Is there any chance we could move the link to meta to the right of the FAQ link? Arguments are forthcoming.
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Answers that simply link to a paper, with little or no content in the answer itself

What is the policy on this? On one hand, they are technically "correct". On the other, I do not feel that they add much to the site itself. What if the link one day goes down? Should this answer ...
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Are topics in the teaching or popularization of math inappropriate?

This question, "What are some good ways to get children excited about math?", has been tagged as off-topic. Do people agree with this characterization? Personally, I think the question could generate ...
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Questions with multiple, very similar answers

I'm seeing a phenomenon wherein questions receive multiple answers that are very similar in nature (for example, the 0.9999... = 1 question) or answers that do not build off or acknowledge the ...
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What is the appropriate tag for questions not directly about math?

There are already several questions posted that are not really 'math questions.' Instead, they ask for blogs, podcasts, etc. Inevitably, more will follow. Favorite math-related cartoon, favorite math-...
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Is maths or math the shortened form on the site?

Are both shortened forms (British and American) of mathematics acceptable?
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Should we migrate by hand good-but-not-research level questions from MathOverflow?

MathOverflow has a large supply of reasonable to excellent mathematics questions, which have been closed for not being "research level". Should we migrate some of these by hand?