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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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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 ...
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Asking questions whose answers are clearly known to the OP

What is the Math.SE take on questions like Perfect set without rationals, whose answer, judging from the comment, is known to the OP?
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Do we need moderators pro tempore right now?

Per this post on the SO/SE blog (which, curiously, does not include math.SE in its graphic list), it looks like the admins will choose moderators pro tempore at about 7 days into the public beta. In ...
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Cloning over questions from MO

It seems that we are getting a lot of questions that are simply copied over from MO. In at least a few cases, the answers we are ending up with here are also just copied over from MO. Do we want ...
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Questions that keep getting bumped back

There are certain questions (such as 0.99..=1) that get an extremely large number of answers, even though many are redundant. Since the topic is popular, it's likely that many future posts will be ...
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Policy on using real names?

MathOverflow encourages users to use their real names as their usernames. This is partly to encourage civility and I imagine there are a few other reasons behind this policy; in any case, I always ...
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Logo ideas/proposals

Right now, math.stackexchange has the same look as every other beta SE 2.0 site. However, we will eventually need our own logo. Please post as answers below, your logo proposals for this site. One per ...
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Suggestions for image hosting

I think it'd be useful to have a list of suggested sites on which to host images (e.g. diagrams) used in questions and answer.
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Which question should be asked?

I am not used to StackExchange (I just stumbled upon the committing phase for this group because a friend of mine who knows I am a math fan told me about it), so I am not really sure which kind of ...
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So few questions

Everyone seems to have stopped posting questions. How come?
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What is a seeded question?

Is it a question one knows how to solve, in order to flesh out the beta?
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Are algorithm questions acceptable

I just answered this question How can I randomly generate trees? and then part of me wanted to close it since it seems more like an on topic question for a SO but not here. Thoughts?
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Seeded Questions Set to CW

I tend to think that maybe seeded questions should be CW. Not that I care about rep being given for seeded questions because they are helping the site, and rep should be awarded for helping out. But ...
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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'...