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Best way to ask multiple questions

Sometimes when I sit down for a lengthy review session I find with many questions that I can't solve, and especially if it's on a weekend I won't have TA/Professors to ask, so I typically bring them ...
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Calculus Applications: Rate of Increase [on hold]

I am a student, studying engineering. I have a calculus exam on Monday and this question is from a past paper and is one of the concepts that challenge me. A new wonderful computer comes on the ...
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Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes (volume 07/2018 - today)

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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Why is this question not appropriate to the site ? How could it be made appropriate?

This question https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3397809/is-this-method-to-evaluate-convolution-integrals-more-efficient-than-traditiona , according to some users, is not appropriate to the site,...
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Posting a question for the purpose of posting an answer

Recently, I have seen users posting questions and then posting answers themselves afterwards. Usually, I would not be concerned about this, as it is accepted - I've even ended up doing this once after ...
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A push for easier solutions

Question: Why do people prove/solve questions in such a complex way when there is an obvious, simpler way to do it? For example, this question on proving divisibility entailed an answer using ...
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Is it okay to give an answer with only “Yes” or “No” with no further details supporting the conclusion?

I came across this question and so far the answer with only three letters "Yes" received 50+ upvotes. The answer contains no details, shows no research effort and cites nothing; but it is well ...
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Is it okay to ask a question about an old question that doesn't have answers

So there's a part of the proof of L'hopital rule given in Pugh's Real Mathematical Analysis that I don't understand. I was going to ask a question, but it turns out that another user had the same ...
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Is there a way to contact a person who voted to close a question

I typically put 20-30 minutes into each of my questions to make sure they are as clear possible. Someone recently voted to close my question because they felt the question wasn’t clear and didn’t ...
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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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Eulerian digraphs [closed]

Let $G$ be a digraph such that a) $d^{+}(v)=d^{-}(v)$ for all but two special vertices $x$ and $y$; and b) $d^{+}(x)-d^{-}(x)=d^{-}(y)-d^{+}(y)=5$. Prove that $G$ has $5$ edge-disjoint paths from $...
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Regarding research work. [duplicate]

Suppose I have asked some question related to my research and got the answer. May I add that result and proof(obtained on this site) in my research article?
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How do I ask questions about a person's answer?

For the post Fundamental group of projective plane is $C_{2}$???, I think there is a mistake in Amos Joshua's answer: If you rotate the 1 2 loop, it will no longer be connected to the 3 4 loop, and a ...
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The \newcommand question is farfetched, but $\LaTeX$ typing still takes ages

Everything is in the title. For now, I stop answering questions, it takes me too much time.
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Extending the grace period for account deletion

In this recent post, one user suggested to extend the grace period for account deletion, given that they felt those points were valuable or could be used in some way. Although the user has now ...
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Firing mods and forced relicensing: sudden changes at SE

Thank you to Martin Sleziak for bringing this to my attention on the math meta chat. I would just like to inform the Math SE community of a recent change in behaviour from Stack Exchange (meta post). ...
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Auto-detecting dead links within the Stack Exchange network

I was exploring this question. The answer in particular links to a CS Theory question (that I assume was similar or the same) that had been deleted/moved. I imagine that there A LOT of questions ...
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What are the current statistics of migrations to other sites?

Are the current statistics of questions migrated to other sites visible somewhere? I suspect it is available through https://math.stackexchange.com/tools/posts/migrated/stats for > 10k rep users, so I ...
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My question was automatically deleted

My question on Mathematics Stack Exchange (A different type of exponentiation) was automatically deleted for the reason "RemoveAbandonedClosed". Why?
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New member - I want to improve my math skills. [closed]

This may or may not belong on meta, but I didn't have a specific math related question so felt it fits within here (meta). I am a software developer, I have some college algebra under my belt but it ...
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I don't believe my question is a duplicate

I asked a question here which was closed for being a duplicate, and though I have edited the question to clarify why it was not it has not been reopened. To restate: the question I am asking is a ...
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How to ask for opinions on textbooks?

Where does one go on the Stack Exchange network to ask for opinions on math related topics? Does such an outlet even exist? This question comes to mind because I have been using the same book on ODEs ...
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Closed question after several months.

I was browsing through some of my answers. Then I've found this question. It has been closed after more than 7 months. Now my question: Is there a reason why such questions can be closed after such ...
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Limitation on asking questions

When I attempted to ask a question on math.stackechange this message appeared... ...
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Mathjax word processor [duplicate]

Question: Is there any word processor like google docs or Microsoft Word that uses Mathjax. My mathstackechange account is still timed out and I want to start forming/researching a question I'm having ...
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Is it ok to try to identify downvoters?

I've noted the same user on several occasions asking in comments (rather rudely) about who downvoted his answer. Is this acceptable behaviour? Just an example: @xxxxx: Are you the downvoter? and ...
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Actually, when does the computer give an audit?

Sometimes, the first post queue has no post but it suddenly shows up a post. It is very likely to be an audit. Or it is just a real. How is an audit generated to a reviewer? Is it just random or there ...
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Topic of questions

I have recently asked on both Physics and Math StackExchange education-related questions (such as prerequisites for a textbook or features of online courses) and they have been reported. I would like ...
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List of answer templates

I've created this post with the same purpose as the List of comment templates post, although I imagine it'll be far less useful. There are a few questions on the Unanswered Questions Queue only ...
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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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Why did a moderator remove my question from HNQ?

Recently, I have asked why did a question has a lot of views, and it turned out that it is an HNQ. But in the timeline, it said the question is removed from HNQ by a moderator. But why is it removed?
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Some of my past questions have not been well-received, but it is not true.

I want to create new question, but I see tip: Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from asking any more. For help formulating ...
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2 answers — different reactions.

The following question: Regional Mathematics Olympiad 2018 Question has received two answers. One, by @HagenvonEitzen, got 4 upvotes (I have upvoted it myself) and 1 downvote; and the other one (by ...
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Comparison of Stack Exchange and Wikipedia?

I believe that both Wikipedia and Stack Exchange are reliable sources for quick access to our specific problems, that we are looking for. But my only concern is Wikipedia seems to be editable by ...
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Avoiding the lost of a user and the lost of more than 20k points [closed]

Using this query get post list of a deleted user or answers of a deleted user and estimated reputation of a deleted user I could realize that an specific no longer user had 722 answers and ...
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This question has been deleted…

Not sure how many have the same experience... After writing a llllong answer, just shortly before clicking on "Post Your Answer", the OP deleted the question for whatever reason, and no more answers ...
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Congratulations: the big thread!

Also known as the happiest place on the website! Use this thread to congratulate MSE users that you feel have reached a significant milestone on the website, or to congratulate the website itself, if ...
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Removing non-visible text from a post

This question contains a block of text that is not visible when the question is rendered: % MathType!MTEF!2!1!+- % faaagCart1ev2aaaKnaaaaWenf2ys9wBH5garuavP1wzZbItLDhis9 % ...
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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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How can one avoid silly mistakes? [closed]

In both questions and answers… I find that it is oftentimes that I am hacking away, writing an answer only to realize that a silly mistake I made quite some lines above has done me in and I have to ...
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Removing closed questions, abuse of moderation(?)

I recently wondered about a loss in reputation (-28), and I was confused, because I did not get a notification. Since the reputation loss was a little bit higher, I assumed that some user was deleted....
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What should be acceptable as “context”?

As we all know, questions lacking context are strongly discouraged on this site. This includes mainly "homework questions" that look a bit like: Prove that $\lim_{x\to0}x^2=0$ using $\epsilon$-$\...
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I don't have a review-audit for a while already. Why?

I don't have a review-audit for a while already. Why? I love review-audits, because when it said I passed, I am happy. But I think there should be an audit about per 10 reviews, but I still don't ...
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How many actual mathematicians are here?

I am a junior of mathematics. My top post is: Weird distributive laws? The answerer, "Theo Bendit", looks like an expert of algebra. This makes me wonder whether people who answer are actual ...
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Searching for old posts from words remembered

I tried to search a recent topic using " hyperbolic William David crochet geometry " but had no luck. How do advanced search options show up? Is there a more effective search method? Thanks for ...
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showing gratitude for a very helpful / detailed answer?

I know that this is a Q&A forum, but sometimes there are answers, where I feel like it takes a lot of effort and work(?) to write a detailed answer, especially if there is confusion which needs ...
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I have been downvoted four times in different posts today. [duplicate]

As I said in the title, I have been downvoted four times today. Seems like someone is searching in my activity and he/she downvotes some posts, with no justification. I have been years posting mainly ...
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What makes a contributor new?

I notice that this user is currently flagged as a new contributor on the main site (see here for example) despite the fact that he has been a member of MSE for quite a while and has plenty of rep ...
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threads for the question, as more conclusions, comments are made [closed]

Instead of just commenting under the answer, it will be helpful to create a thread by the person who raised the question, in order to imply the steps of conclusion drawn with the help of the comments ...
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Can we have a feed of watched tags

On the questions tab can we have a filter feature (I mean like frequented votes etc) of watched tags. I am aware that the tags that I have watched are demarked in a different colour. But I would like ...