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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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MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference

(Deutsch: MathJax: LaTeX Basic Tutorial und Referenz) To see how any formula was written in any question or answer, including this one, right-click on the expression it and choose "Show Math As > TeX ...
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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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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

Note. After over one month of discussion, and more than one week of voting, I think the community has decided. Leave the tag alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Consider the tag deprecated, but do ...
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List of Generalizations of Common Questions

Bill Dubuque raised an excellent point here: Coping with *abstract* duplicate questions. I suggest we use this question as a list of the generalized questions we create. I suggest we categorize ...
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How to ask a homework question?

How to ask a homework question? Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't 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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I am resigning as moderator

I don't want to give a big speech about this. In short, moderating is draining my emotional energy and I'm much less convinced of its value than I used to be. Edit: Thanks for the warm comments! ...
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Let's require registration to ask a question

More than two years after http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/4569/, this may be the time for reconsideration. A brief update: In July 2012, when the aforementioned discussion took place, the site ...
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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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Congratulations, Brian M. Scott! [duplicate]

Congratulations on reaching 100k reputation! We all appreciate the quality (and quantity) of your posts on Math.SE.
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Should chat have TeX support?

OK, so chat is now available... but; it has been suggested that for Mathematics we should have TeX support. The current TeX processing has some non-trivial client impact. Before I even attempt trying ...
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Congratulations to Brian M. Scott!! (200K edition) [duplicate]

It's been a little more than two weeks since our last celebration, but today another math.SE user has passed the 200K barrier! Prof. Scott's habit of providing fantastic answers to questions of all ...
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2017 Election Results: Congratulations to the new moderators!

The 2017 elections are over. By analyzing the OpaSTV file with the voting data, the result of the 2017 moderator elections are as follows (with no particular order): In the name of all the users on ...
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History of Math.StackExchange

This thread is used to record significant events in the life of Math.StackExchange. What should be recorded. Creation of the site (proposed, beta tested, graduated). Technological innovations like ...
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List of comment templates

Inspired by this question on meta.cstheory.SE. The post at meta.Tex.SE is quite impressive. We often leave generic comments to OP and answer posters such as: "if this is a homework, please add a tag,"...
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Congratulations to André Nicolas! [duplicate]

Congratulations on reaching $200,000$ reputation! I think I speak for us all when I say that your posts here are greatly appreciated.
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Vote early, vote often

I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Tex.SE. I think this is definitely something we are experiencing here on Math.SE. A link to the post here, and the text of the post: "I'm a ...
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I am also resigning as a moderator

An election is a big process for the community (and for SE team to set up), and now that Qiaochu's resignation will set one in motion, I am going to take the opportunity to resign as well. To be ...
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My letter of resignation

I have just submitted my resignation as a moderator on this website to Jeff Atwood. I would like to use this thread to explain my reasons. When I make a significant time commitment to a given ...
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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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Congratulations, Arturo! [duplicate]

I think congratulations are due to Arturo Magidin on hitting 100k reputation points here on MSE! All the users of this site are better off for his tireless contributions, and we appreciate his ...
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Are we too trigger-happy about deleting (relatively) new posts?

I was directed just now to a post with the following abbreviated time-line: Question was posted 21 hours ago Question was closed as "unclear what you are asking" 19 hours ago Question was deleted by ...
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The unilateral removal of comments by Jeff Atwood

Initially, I was going to write this as a response to this discussion. It seems, however, a larger issue, which I think merits a separate thread, perhaps a sequel to this one. For people who have not ...
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Addiction to Math Stack Exchange

This is a fairly silly comment, but I am starting (already started actually) to get addicted to this site. I am even looking at this in parties and or with friends, as recreational activity, or as a ...
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A Graph Map of Math.SE

I've just made a map of tags for Math.SE. (And to some degree - a greatly simplified map of mathematics.) In short: tag size is related to tag popularity (caveat: see below) and edges are related to ...
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Congratulations, Asaf! [duplicate]

Congratulations to Asaf for joining the 100k club (Arturo, Qiaochu, André, Brian, Did). Your contributions are always appreciated!
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Announcing a third-party search engine for Math StackExchange.

Approach0 is a math-aware search engine. “Math-aware” means you can add math expression(s) as some of your keywords to have search engine help you find similar expressions. Check out here: https://...
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Congratulations, André! [duplicate]

Since yesterday, the number of 100k+ users on MSE has doubled, courtesy of André Nicolas. I think congratulations are in order!
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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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STOP! Look and Listen.

I was reviewing a bit and ran into a bad answer. Usually I open the question to see it within context (I know this is not the supposed course of action) and so I did. The bad answer I was reviewing ...
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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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Papers that originated on math.SE

I was thinking it would be interesting to have a list here on meta of any published papers that originated on math.SE. I realize that most of the questions here aren't research-level, and that it's ...
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Congratulations, Qiaochu! [duplicate]

The 100k club (or "100k-club", if you care about hyphens) has increased in size again!
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Can we be nicer to downvoters?

I vote a lot. This includes quite a few downvotes. I do not comment with my downvotes anymore, because most of the time when I do comment I am met with attacks. I have been called names, received ...
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Why do *you* answer questions on math.stackexchange?

Why do you post answers on math.stackexchange? As a math student, this is a very helpful resource. This could be asked for any forum, but I would like to understand the motives why people are ...
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discrepancies between skills and ambitions

This is something I've been wondering about for a while now. I hope I don't offend anyone with this question; but in addition to satisfying my personal curiosity, perhaps an answer to this question ...
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Proposal: Discourage questions that are nothing besides a problem statement

This is a very clear followup to Qiaochu's question: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9180/proposal-ban-verbatim-homework-questions The reason that I create a new post is because I want ...
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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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I feel mathematically inadequate for this site. What level are the majority of questions?

I visit this site alot (even though I have only just signed up, I was a big reader), as it helps me understand important mathematics and was a big help when I was a student. However, despite ...
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The word “urgent” in a title should trigger a warning

It doesn't currently, and it adds nothing to the question. Most of the time it's "urgent" because homework is due soon. Agree or disagree?
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Academic advising should be explicitly off-topic

Occasionally we get questions of the form I am a student of $N$th year majoring in $A$ with minor or emphasis in $B$. I took courses $C_1,C_2,\dots,C_n$ and did extracurricular activities $E_1,\...
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A community blog for Math.SE

Starting a community blog has been proposed a couple of times, to a fair amount of support, but nothing has ever gotten off the ground. StackExchange already has a platform for site blogs, and a ...
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Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text

Edit: Clarification: I think we should start closing questions which are obviously copied verbatim from a homework assignment and which consist of no other text. Questions about homework with other ...
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Congratulations, joriki! [duplicate]

Congratulation to joriki for getting $100,001>100,000$ reputation! Thanks for you amazing answers! You've helped a countless number of people in the M.SE community. I will wish you, on the behalf ...
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Coping with *abstract* duplicate questions.

Any longtime reader cannot help but notice that we get many abstract duplicate questions, e.g. this recent question on partial fraction computation, which is not essentially different from many other ...
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2013 Election Results: Congratulations to the new moderators!

The 2013 elections are over, and it's time to congratulate the winners, our new moderators: Good luck in your new positions, and may the force be with you! In the same breath, I wish to thank again ...
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Is there an MSE-like site that is more pleasant to work in? Or are there other solutions? [closed]

The Problem: It becomes more difficult to help people on a site in which there is mass closing of questions. And I am disturbed that a small group of people is engaged in trying to delete permanently ...
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Changing $dx$ to $\operatorname d\!x$

Seems like someone has gone on a bizarre edit spree, deciding to randomly change $dx$ to $\operatorname d\!x$ (with no other edits). This is purely a matter of stylistic choice, and I find it really ...
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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 ...