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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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Use of moderator power to close questions

Look at the question on Ito's lemma which has been closed with only two close votes. I believe that it is a valid question - while this type of question would probably be closed on MathOverflow, it ...
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Add “SE is not a social networking site” to the list of what-site-is-not in the FAQ

In reading the endless discussions of the acceptability of postings by particular users (e.g., are six postings per day too much for one person), or by users in particular situations (e.g., should ...
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Is this website really for everyone?

From the FAQ: Mathematics - Stack Exchange is for people studying math at any level & professionals in related fields. I'm looking around and virtually every single question and answer on ...
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Do we really want a [homework] tag? [closed]

What is the purpose of a [homework] tag? It can't be to differentiate homework questions from non-homework ones since it's impossible to verify whether or not a question is homework. I don't think ...
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Closure of duplicate questions

The following two questions are exactly equivalent. Can anyone explain why the later one wasn't closed - I think it would be better to concentrate all the answers in a single location when we have two ...
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Where is the line drawn between mathematics and mathematical software used by mathematicians?

I saw a similar question on the Statistical Analysis meta, but I didn't see any discussion here, so I figured I'd kick this off to the "power users" of Mathematics. Where are the boundaries when it ...
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User flooding the site with questions - more than 6/day

In the past couple of days one user has asked over 6 questions per day. Is this behavior that we should allow?
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Question based on a blog post I was not aware it was a theorem stated and proved in another site

This question of mine was based on an exercise posted in a blog. I asked an identification of the theorem it refers to. This theorem was identified in a comment to my question: it is stated and proved ...
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Texts that are verbatim copied from somewhere else

This is related to the following answer, which is a verbatim copy of a text from the source cited at the end: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/153/what-should-i-learn-first-mathematica-or-...
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How can I ask a good question? [duplicate]

MathOverflow has an excellent guide on how to write a good question. Another great guide exists on meta.stackoverflow. We will probably want our own site-specific guide on how to ask good questions. ...
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Questions on signature policy and Interface issue

This is a post by proxy for Gerhard Paseman. Please see the relevant meta.MO discussion. questions on math.stackexchange Posting policy and Interface issue I thank the poster in advance for posting ...
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Philosophical questions

Sorry to be a curmudgeon, but this question is a question about philosophy, not a question about mathematics. I'm not saying it's a bad question, but it's just not a mathematical question (insofar as ...
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Berating other users in comments..

On the continuing theme of toxic threads, I think this is a turn for the worse: Which 4 maths courses to take as an Economics PhD student? Almost all of the comments on this question are bickering ...
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A homework question to close

Can anyone, please, help to close the following question: my techer now gave us harderproblems man. :((( how can u solve dis problem? 26*8y = 4x - 27/8 u solved before on other ...
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Is it okay/allowed to incorporate other people's answers into your previously given answer?

I've seen this phenomenon occur on various SE sites. On the one hand, it might lead to an optimal answer. On the other hand, it might offend people contributing valuable information without earning ...
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Suggestions for improving this FAQ: What kind of questions can I (not) ask here?

I think the current answer is too vague for a lot of people (me) to properly understand and possibly even misleading. I would like to try and get exactly sort of questions are good and what aren't so ...
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Question closers ignoring meta

Now what is the point in having a civilized meta thread about closing a specific question when people just go right ahead and do it anway?!?!!? The meta thread in question had only one answer (mine), ...
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dealing with many poorly motivated questions from a single user

This character seems to be asking asking many high-level (meaning broad and vague) questions in rapid succession. As well, the replies from this person are essentially excerpts from (searchable?) ...
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Quotes question should be closed

I have voted to close "What is your favorite Math Quote". I think this question is outside what we hope to silly filling up the site. My comment indicating that it should probably be closed has four ...
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To what extent should copyrighted material be made available on math.se?

The standing policy on mathoverflow.net is that it is not the community's job to enforce copyright. See http://tea.mathoverflow.net/discussion/313/ On Stack Overflow historically, moderators have ...
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Should moderators recuse themselves from closing or locking meta questions about their own conduct?

Kaestur Hakarl has closed a meta question about his conduct that should remain open because there is substantive discussion that is taking place. Meta is for users to discuss issues, and his proposed ...
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Suggesting more specific titles to an OP

I have seen several posts recently, I think from new users, where the title is too vague to be useful. Also, I have not seen any suggestions in the comments to re-title the question. Examples: ...
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Offering to e-mail a copy of a book to the OP of a question

Kaestur Hakarl keeps removing my offer to e-mail a copy of Emil Artin's Geometric Algebra to the OP of a question. Revision list What I did is not against the rules, and I ask Kaestur Hakarl to ...
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The difference between [teaching] and [education]

Update: teaching is now a synonym of education. While I think that teaching has a clear meaning, education could refer to teaching (doing the educating) or being/getting educated. I'd suggest that ...
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Should we eliminate [soft-question]?

Given "The Death of Meta Tags", should we eliminate the [soft-question] tag? Near as I can tell, there are three types of questions tagged with [soft-question]: those that are also tagged [big-list] ...
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What's the difference between [tags] and [tagging]?

What's the difference between the [tagging] and [tags] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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What's the difference between [physics] and [mathematical-physics]?

What's the difference between the [physics] and [mathematical-physics] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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Would questions like “I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc” be welcome here?

Would questions like "I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc" be welcome here? Where Foo is field of mathematics of course. I haven't seen any yet, but they aren't ...
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The use of the [algebra] tag

edit (Oct 26): I think there are two separate (but entangled) issues here. Does the algebra tag have a clear meaning or will/has it ended up on questions in two distinct areas? If algebra does not ...
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Should there be tags for problems/exercises, such as [solution-request] ?

T.. suggested as a comment on this question that we use a solution-request tag for certain questions. The resulting conversation has been transferred here: This ...
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What questions should be community wiki?

Under what circumstances should a question be made community wiki? Probably any question asking for a list of something (e.g. 1) must be CW. What else? What about questions asking for a list of ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Moderator Pro Tem Announcement As we enter the second week of the public beta, we desperately need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and ...
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Math.StackExchange chat Room

I created a chat room for us here. There are plans for each Stack Exchange site to eventually have its own chat site, but a single chat room should be fine for now.
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Feedback on MathJax TeX rendering

NOTE: I am locking this question to make sure that people who have problems with the MathJax TeX rendering post their issue as a new question, rather than an answer here. (This question was put up ...
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Homework questions - avoiding giving a complete solution

We already have a question, on the policy of handling homework questions, but I believe that this point is important enough to deserve its own discussion. There is a general consensus that completely ...
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On current content of the site

Feels like we have a problem with content: to many questions are either 1) homework or 2) soft-questions/intuition/terminology — whatever but not a "well-defined math question that actually have ...
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What is our policy on questions that are quite clearly homework? [duplicate]

What's the policy with questions like Prove: $(a + b)^{n} \geq a^{n} + b^{n}$ https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1350/is-the-set-of-polynomials-of-degree-2-a-vector-space which are, I think, ...
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List of other mathematics resources for the FAQ

In response to this thread, I am starting a thread to compile other online mathematics-related sites to give people places to look before asking a question. These should be included in the FAQ like ...
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Why was my question promoting another math website deleted?

I posted a few hours ago a question about how to promote another math site which has different purposes. I really, really have no intention to spam, but I thought (and still think) that the resource I ...
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Protocol for deleting wrong answers.

Assume someone asks a question, I read it and think "ok I've got it". And post my answer. After some amount of time I realize, or am alerted that my answer is wrong. Perhaps it was too sloppy, or ...
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I am so glad this site exists! [closed]

I just want to say that I'm really happy this site exists now. A place to ask and answer math questions intelligently, at any level, is greatly needed, and using the SE voting system to keep things ...
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Tags to kill: “vectors”

I just retagged two questions containing the tag [vectors]. This is a useless tag. It's like making a tag [elements-of-a-group]. Kill it whenever you see it from now on. Good hunting.
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Can we get rid of the grid background?

Sorry, but all it does is make everything harder to read.
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Maths Education Questions

What do you guys think of maths education questions? I wouldn't want the site to be overwhelmed, but they are related to maths. By its nature, many education questions will be subjective and difficult ...
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Are calculation questions acceptable?

There was recently a question about calculation short-cuts to save time. I'd like to know what the community consensus is about the acceptability of such questions here. I myself voted to close -- I'...
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Feedback on Google Charts for TeX processing

We have implemented google charts TeX processing based on John Gietzen's grease monkey script which from our perspective works pretty well. There are a few advantages to using google charts: They ...
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Why is this website so strict?

This is more of a rant then it is a question. The website is too strict on what it wants as its topics right now. It is at a very early stage and you want activity on the site. If you close most of ...
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'What domain name to use?' Brainstorm

Problem Okay so this is clearly an important question and a real head-scratcher at that- from what I've seen, with no one proposal at over 4 votes, we still seem to be miles from the answer (if such ...
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Protocol for (simple) questions that do not have an accepted answer in (actual) research-level Maths?

I believe we already have a couple of questions that are, while understandable at the high-school or even lower level, have no accepted answer in even research-level Maths. I'm not referring to in-...
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How should we deal with ill-founded questions?

Inspired by this question on the parent site. Somewhat related to this meta question, but people who ask ill-founded questions are not necessarily cranks. People will continue to ask questions ...