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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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Resigning from moderator duties

Sorry. At the moment I cannot handle the duties of a diamond bearer with the patience it requires. This job forces one to encounter all the worst the site has to offer. My approach to the job (and ...
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Announcement: I'm retiring

I've been thinking about this for some months now, and recently I've made up my mind to retire from moderator duty. It has been an awesome four years, and I see a lot of positive in how the community ...
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Trying to ask a question provides better results than normal search.

I have noticed this interesting behavior several times now. Many a time I scour Math SE looking for a particular query but fail to find anything even after several rounds of rephrasing and ...
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Main Chatroom Guidelines

Welcome. Hello friends. My online handle is anon, and I will be your guide. Associated with the Mathematics StackExchange is the main chatroom. I am chatroom co-owner alongside current moderator ...
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An attempt to add real-time previewing for comments

Screenshot About When writing a comment with a lot of formatting, especially one containing formulas, I often found myself pasting it into the "new answer" editor at the bottom of the page to see if ...
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2014 Election Results: Congratulations to the new moderators!

The 2014 elections are over. Analyzing the OpenSTV file (you may view an online summary report here as well) the results are as follows (with no particular order): At the same time, I'd like to thank ...
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Please don't flag posts containing re-purposed ImageShack image URLs as spam

It has recently been noticed that ImageShack does a horrible thing: they re-purpose old image URLs for advertising purposes. This can lead the impression that some older posts are actually spam, for ...
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Proposal for promoting more interesting, deeper questions

There was recently a (now-locked) thread about the prevalence of "do my homework" questions on math.se. I want to set aside for now the question about what to do about people posting homework ...
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Cheating on USAMTS 2018-2019

As some may know, USAMTS round 1 problems have just been released. To read more about the USAMTS go here: http://www.usamts.org (From the above link) "Students may use any materials - books, ...
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“Maybe answered questions” box on “Ask Question” page is much more useful than “Search Q&A”

I often find that "Search Q&A" is quite useless when I want to find a question or something related to it. But I've also noticed that when I'm about to ask a question, the "Questions that may ...
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USAMTS 2017-18 Round 2 Problems

The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students. As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows ...
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An interactive graph of Math.SE tags

Some time I created A Graph Map of Math.SE, which met with a warm response from this community. Encouraged by this, I created a new visualization, this time interactive and up-to-date (as long as the ...
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German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik”

Recently this question was asked. This is exactly task $4.$ of the German mathematical contest "Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik". Since it is forbidden to ask questions of an on-going contest here on MSE ...
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It's that time of year again: USAMTS 2016-17 Round 1 problem set is out!

The 2016-17 USAMTS Round 1 problem set is out, and some problems from it have been found on the site already. This is yet another request for all users to be on the lookout for these problems, and ...
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Announcement: the MathStackExchange Blog is active, and Call for Content!

Announcement: We have a blog! And in case you didn't notice, the standard links in the dropdown menu have updated. So now clicking here takes you to the blog! This is an exciting time, as the blog ...
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When closing question for lack of effort, leave a comment to OP explaining what to do

Recently there was an extensive discussion about closing the questions containing only the problem statement: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9201/proposal-discourage-questions-that-are-...
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Strange new users with Chinese/Korean usernames

From here, we can see many 1-rep users with Chinese or Korean usernames. Their profile photos are their usernames themselves. I am a Chinese native speaker, I can see their usernames do not seem to be ...
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Edit session for wrong spelling of mathematicians and mathematical concepts

Wrong spelling of mathematician's names and mathematical concepts is perpetuated by their presence in highly indexed resources like stackexchange. I think that the internet would become a better ...
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User asking exercises from textbook without so identifying

A user is copying verbatim exercises from a textbook, e.g., Local Feature Size, Describe Conv(A U B), Flip graph of point set, Expected number on the convex hull, etc. Is the MSE convention that he ...
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Nearly all frontpage questions downvoted

Of the 50 questions on the front page a few minutes ago, all but 4 have downvotes. (Many also have upvotes, of course, and many have more upvotes than downvotes.) This doesn't seem normal to me. Is ...
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Could those named “User XXXX” please consider changing their names to something more distinctive?

It might be completely unremarkable if there were only a couple of such names on this server, but lately there are many people now going by monikers such as user3432 and user5633, who've accumulated a ...
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Announcement: private contacts by moderators

I am writing this post to discuss a possible small upcoming change in moderator policy. I post this here on Meta (instead in the Mods only discussion room) because The topic is not sensitive. There ...
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Polish Mathematical Olympiad 2016/17

After seeing this post about problems from USAMTS I thought it might be a good idea to post here about problems from Polish Mathematical Olympiad. The first stage of this olympiad is involves high-...
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Improving the search system

When recognizing some questions as duplicates, sometimes it is difficult to find the original question one remembers. For instance, I recently saw a question asking to prove that $$\forall x\in(-1,1),\...
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Bookmarklet plugin to speed up LaTeX macro typing

I've developed a little tool that assists in writing LaTeX macros. It works the same as the OSX press and hold accent picker. You press a key, and then there will appear a pop menu, with symbols ...
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MathJax v2.7.2 beta

Update: v2.7.2 has been released, so we're switching over to the non-beta version today. MathJax v2.7.2 has entered the public beta phase. We're setting it up here to kick the tires and help out with ...
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New Math Teaching Stackexchange is looking for 38 more people to register for a private beta

Edit: Thanks to the 162 people who have signed up so far! You've made this proposal one of the fastest-growing proposals of all time. The math teaching SE proposal has reached the commitment phase, ...
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Quality blocks enabled for questions

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, for some people entirely too difficult to bother with. When the Trilogy sites reached traffic levels ...
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Race condition in editing question

I have noticed this problem. Let's say when I first see a question, it is in version $A$. It is badly formatted, so I click edit. However, it takes a long time for me to edit. Before I finish, someone ...
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Should a mathematical error in the context of a question be edited?

This is a scenario I have encountered a few times when going through the edit suggestion review queue. An asker posts a question and as context they provide some information that they used when ...
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Is our main site breeding USAMTS Round 3 problems?

The 2014-15 USAMTS Round 3 set has been released, and unsurprisingly some problems from it have already been spotted on the main site. This is another request for all users to be on the lookout for ...
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Why restrict my ability to change my vote once I have editing priveleges?

Yesterday I intended to upvote an answer, but accidentally downvoted. I did not notice this and did not change it within the five-minute window for changing votes. Later that day I noticed a drop on 1 ...
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SUMaC 2018 entrance exam questions

The Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) 2018 Admission Exam is online. The rules say, "You are expected to do your own work without the use of any outside source (books, internet search, etc)....
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wrong edit made by a user

I have asked Homotopy invariance of de Rham cohomology question Some user has changed the context from homotopy invariant(by which I mean homotopy equivalent) to diffeomorphic. This is totally ...
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New site theme - are there statistics on how readership has changed?

Since the new site theme has been introduced, I find that I hardly read math.SE anymore. In essence, I find it illegible ... including that the topics that interest me hardly 'show up' anymore. The ...
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Why not add the title of the question in the preview while writing it?

Sometimes I don't know if the $\LaTeX$ used in the title of a question I'm writing is correct. Why is not added the title preview of the question when one is writing it to avoid typos? Just like it's ...
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modularizing answers

Sometimes in answering a question I need to derive an intermediate result that might be of interest in its own right. It seems to me that in such a case it's best to post a separate question asking ...
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Demotivating test reviews

Some of the posts I review as candidates for deletion are test items. After I duly pass or condemn such an item, I get the message Congratulations! This was only a test, designed to make sure you ...
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Editing closed questions to add answers

Recently we have seen quite a few instances of users editing questions that are closed to add their answers to the body of the questions themselves. That is a clear subversion of the rules and an ...
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Retire localized meta.MSE acronyms including PSQ and its variants

Earlier in 2013, for a short time a volcano of postings about basic homework questions took over practically the entire meta.MSE, with the same 20 users rapidly exchanging what seemed to be thousands ...
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Active Contest Ending 12 November 2018: Questions from CodeChef November Challenge

Questions have begun arising on this site from an active contest. It is the CodeChef November Challenge, which ends at 15:00 Indian Standard Time on 12 November 2018. There are two divisions, ...
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Help me find an original for questions like “Why $(-1)^{ab} \ne [(-1)^a]^b$ when $a, b, \in \Bbb R$?”

There are many questions that boil down to "why is it not true that $(-1)^{ab} = [(-1)^a]^b$ (or $z^{ab} = (z^a)^b$) for $z \in \Bbb C$ and $a, b \in \Bbb R$ (or $\Bbb C$)?" and, respectively, "...
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USAMTS 2016-17 Round 2 problem set is out!

Following up the "It's that time of year again: USAMTS 2016-17 Round 1 problem set is out!" post here in "Mathematics Meta Stack Exchange" (posted by "Mathematics Stack Exchange" Moderator @arjafi ...
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MathJax editing preview improvements userscript

There have been a number of issues recently with how MathJax interacts with the editing preview code: MathJax preview bug MathJax not rendering in previews Problems with losing MathJax formatting ...
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User adding irrelevant tags

There have been a couple days now when at around the same time, a certain user has been going through old posts marked with the 'probability' tag and editing them to add irrelevant tags, most commonly ...
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Is there a way to discourage premature answers?

This question and some others I've seen leave me feeling that one should help the person understand what a question says rather than helping them answer it. Maybe after meeting with success at ...
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Should we have a more centralized approach to book recommendations?

There are already quite a few results suggesting books to be purchased for particular topics. For example, take the search someone might follow to find a probability book. They might visit these ...
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There are 1,732 questions tagged both elementary-number-theory and number-theory

(Prompted by this question) As you can see here, there are currently 1,732 questions tagged elementary-number-theory and number-theory. (For the record, there are respectively 9,252 and 10,636 ...
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A certain kind of serial downvoting?

I apologize in advance if this seems like whining. I have, however, observed someone - I think - systematically downvoting each new answer I provide. It would seem to me that this sort of downvoting ...
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fix or explain?

When I encounter an unformatted or badly formatted post, I usually leave a comment such as this one explaining how to fix the problems rather than fixing them myself. This is not just because I don't ...