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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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Recreational math

Where can I post problems and solutions with no commitment to formal mathematics? Some of the problems I do I do not find equal on the internet, like some variants of sacks spiral, problems of ...
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Should you ask questions on math.se (and other sites) that you know you won't understand the answer to any time soon?

...But seem natural to ask at the time? I think this happens to me fairly frequently. Just to be clear, I'm not talking about asking questions that I know nothing about. But on topics I haven't ...
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Don't review a first post by simply downvoting it or voting to close it

A fair amount of first posts are of very low quality. Even so, I think that it is not correct, when a user gets one such first post from the First Posts review queue, to simply downvote it or to vote ...
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Flags aged away

Some of my post flags were aged away, and I wanted to re-flag them. However, the options of the standard ones were not available, and so my only choice is to use "moderator attention" flags. ...
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How math teachers are encouraged to answers questions on MSE? [duplicate]

There are a lot of math professors and math teachers on the MSE who are eager to answer math questions on the site. It's been my question for a long time that how it is possible to bring this number ...
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Network-wide feature request to support MathJax in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the communities with MathJax support, ...
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How to flag a question that asks multiple duplicated questions?

How can I close Suggestions for a good statistics book and a calculus book? as duplications both What are the recommended textbooks for introductory calculus? and Recommend a statistics fundamentals ...
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Should we not allow users to delete a question if it's been open for more than 12 hours?

I keep seeing people post good or interesting questions and then delete them as soon as someone gives a good answer or hint in the comments. Here is an example: https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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Partially-unresolved questions with substantial progress: should I post a very long question, or a question + answer?

Most of my questions on math.SE come up in the course of personal investigations into some topic, and usually get asked after a fair bit of reflection and attempted work on the problem. Unlike ...
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Why CAPTCHA verification?

I was surprised by seeing the site asking for CAPTCHA verification. I am curious that what prompts MSE to ask a user to confirm that they are not Bots. What is the intention of site to verify that ...
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How to make or suggest good edits

What should I do when editing a post, or suggesting an edit? Math SE is a collaborative platform where almost anyone can contribute. One way in which you can improve the site is by editing posts (...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 01/2021 - today)

The purpose of this thread is to focus the attention of the community on posts that may require reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer). ...
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Would it be a good idea to have an introductory YouTube video (with subtitles in many languages) about math.stack?

I've thinking about that maybe could be helpful for new users (users that did just start university, know nothing about virtual communities, nothing about MathJax, don't know much english, etc) as an ...
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Tag management 2021

New year, new tag management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: “if I can't imagine a person ...
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Should I feel upset because I have accepted few answers over the years? [duplicate]

First off, I want to make clear that I have read this question beforehand thus to avoid duplicating the question. I changed it in such a way that it describes best my current feeling about this ...
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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 these ...
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How to properly align a fitch style proof on Math Exchange?

Is it possible to align a fitch style proof? When I say align, I mean instead of: $$ 1: \forall x [P(x)] \rightarrow Q \quad \text{Premise} \\ 2: | \lnot \exists x[P(x) \rightarrow Q] \quad \text{...
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Examples of poor review audits

Since threads about review audits seem to be turning up fairly frequently now, it seemed like a good idea to open a thread to collect examples of those audits where people failed but feel like they ...
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scaling root problem

Background [TL;DR] In my previous meta question Vertical space between superscript and square root sign, I attempted (not so successfully) to illustrate a display problem about the square root sign by ...
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Why is this question completely disappearing where I have answered and got a bounty of 200?

The hidden question was: New numeration system, mapping to binary numeration system Where I have answered with the copyright notice that must be always respected and not only for my topics, and my ...
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How do you write equations in math exchange? [duplicate]

When asking a question I don´t know how to insert equations, vectors, symbols etc. Can anyone help?
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Why do high rep, long time users answer duplicate or too similar questions on book recommendations?

Way too many duplicates to Selecting the Real Analysis Textbooks, Recommend a statistics fundamentals book, What is the best book to learn probability?! I feel that too many book recommendations ...
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Is it okay to delete a question, and then re-post that question after drastic edits made for clarity?

This question of mine was formulated quite badly I believe. So, I edited it, and it is now very different, however, still asks the same question. Someone has commented on it, and someone has submitted ...
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Vertical space between superscript and square root sign

Background [TL;DR] In Difference between Ornstein-Uhlenbeck, Vasicek and Geometric Mean Reversion, the radicals in these two equations $$S_{T,i}=\exp\left(\ln(S_0)e^{-\alpha T}+\left(\theta-\frac{\...
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Convert inputs in latex to text

How do math stackexchange convert inputs in latex to text? Is there any way I can use it too if I am planning to build a website or an app?
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - 12/2020) [duplicate]

The purpose of this thread is to help focus the attention of the community on posts that may require reopen and undeletion votes. A request should be posted as an answer below (one request per answer)....
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Change the link to search in modal window for the first-time askers

Since March 2020, a modal window with some basic information is shown to a user who is asking their first question, see here: The new ask page is now live on the network! This replaced the older /ask/...
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German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik $2021$"

Recently I've seen two questions related to the German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik $2021$" - both voluntary removed by the author (both new users). Therefore I ask you to be aware of ...
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how and where you can ask for clarification of a complicated answer

I don't fully understand this answer, how and where is it better for me to ask a question with a request to explain?
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The Efficacy of Mathematics Stack Exchange

I have two questions. First, how "effective" is asking a question on the math stack exchange? I find 3252 pages of questions in the "unanswered" section - these questions have received zero responses....
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The Strange World of Question asking at the Mathematics Stack Exchange (MSE).

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Mr. Sarn Ursell, and, recently, -I had actually posted a question here at the Mathematics Stack Exchange, and yet it got blocked. And, -this seems strange to ...
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Why shouldn't the [tag:closed-form] tag exclude the interpretation of 'closed' as in differential geometry?

in re this rejected edit https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1516676 Why shouldn't the closed-form tag exclude the interpretation of 'closed' as in differential geometry? Gee ...
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Attempting to prove the same thing multiple times — Request For Rules and Guidelines

NOTE: I did try again to prove the Löwenheim-Skolem theorem. My new question is here. What are the rules and guidelines for attempting to prove the same theorem again? Some notes specific to my ...
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Edit Recent Posts to Display HTML-Tables with Markdown

Users have been using $\rm\LaTeX$'s array environment for displaying tables. For instance, in the MathJax Tutorial's "Table" section, ...
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Why do the numbers on Math SE show in an ugly way when not using MathJax?

I understand the need to use MathJax which I always do but I think it is very inconvenient to keep using it when having small numbers alone in different parts of the text, If I don't use it they look ...
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Curiosity about a deleted question.

This question has been deleted, but I'm still a little curious about the claim. This is not the first time I have been curious about a question, but later I find out that it has been deleted. I'm not ...
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Why don't we have an elementary-geometry tag? Or why don't we use geometry to mean elementary geometry?

Notes/Observations/Opinions: Related: Why is there an elementary-geometry tag? The tag usage guidance for geometry goes For questions about geometric shapes, congruences, similarities, ...
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Why does the type (or the scale) of rating statistics change?

There is a little line showing users' ranking on the Reputation board that is at the Activity page (marked with red): $\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad\qquad$ Sometimes it shows the year rank ...
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Posting a discussion type question on topic?

Recently, a large controversy has started within the Minecraft fanbase, regarding the speedrunner Dream, and claims of him possibly cheating by altering probabilities for certain random events within ...
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What happens if exceed character limit in comments?

I am aware that for comments we have maximum of 600 characters to type and by curiosity I just happened to type some random words in a comment box. I expected that when comment exceeded 600 characters ...
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Tag management 2020 [duplicate]

New year, new tag management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: “if I can't imagine a ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Is it possible to take back my suggestion on edit an answer or (question)?

I recently suggested an edit to an answer on MSE site, but a few minute later I realized I was wrong and the answer didn't need that edit. So I clicked on the edit again to find an option to cancel ...
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My very own tags

The badge Taxonomist is given when a user creates a tag which reaches 50 questions. This means that somewhere in the system there is an assignment for the user who created a tag. Is there any ...
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What is the name of the (now removed) tag for which this Taxonomist badge has been awarded?

In the list of awardees of the Taxonomist badge, Yujie Zha has been awarded this badge for a "no longer available" tag. I wonder what's the name of this removed tag.
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List of duplicates: questions defaced or vandalised

Periodically, we get questions about what to do when someone vandalises their question, or even someone else's question. Here I have compiled a list of these questions so that this kind of question ...
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What can moderators do when a user defaces his/her own post?

Recently, there have been a number of users who deface their own questions soon after posting them. In some cases, members of the community have invested time and effort in order to answer these ...
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Questions edited in such a way that they cannot be recognized

I specifically refer to this question, but this is not the first time I observe the following behavior: after a question is answered it is changed by the author in such a way that it cannot be anymore ...
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What is the policy for users who deliberately vandalise their own posts?

I came across this post today: proving $L^\infty$ norm inequality (disprove $\Vert f\Vert_\infty\le\sqrt{n}$) The user deliberately deleted a large chunk of his/her own post, making the question ...

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