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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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May I ask a question that might have no answer? If so, would it be discourteous to those who suggest that it has no answer?

A while ago I asked the question "Is there a group-theoretic proof that multiplicative groups of integers modulo a prime are cyclic?". Instead of an answer I got a few comments from ...
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Does the community acknowledge potential harm to mental health by excessive usage of math stackexchange

I am not sure whether this is an appropriate question. Perhaps it will be closed, or perhaps not. It is generally the case that people derive satisfaction from getting their responses validated on Q ...
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Remove the strikethrough on deleted text in suggested edits

I recently reached 2k rep, so I've done my first few suggested edit reviews. I reviewed this edit, and I noticed something. The strikethrough through the removed text obstructed my view of the post ...
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How fundamental is the choice of title in a question on Math.SE?

When I'm trying to write a question I certainly make a lot of effort to be as clear as possible. Certainly the hurry does not provide good advice and, several times in my specific case, I spend little ...
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can one ask a question one came up with oneself and one knows the answer to

I recently did so on mathematics site, and, someone kindly commented: "why do you ask if you know?". I am rather new here and I certainly try to behave like a good citizen. In fact, I asked ...
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$\pi + e$ is irrational, I want to share but nervous.

I have the proof for $\pi + e$ being irrational. Honestly, I’ve been delving into irrational analysis for awhile now, and I got lucky stumbling into a solution. I’m not an amateur mathematician, but ...
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I have a reputation of about 1000 on MSE but I can't comment in CURED chatroom

I was trying to post/comment in CURED chatroom but I was unable to do so because when I entered the CURED Chatroom(https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/2165/cured) , it leaves that I must have atleast ...
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Solutions to the book "Toric varieties" by Cox, Little, Schenck? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the correct community, if you have any suggestions where I should post this question, please let me know: I'm working a lot with toric varieties and one main resource is the ...
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Are questions on mathematical etymology off-topic?

A decade ago, this question was asked about the names of the inverse trigonometric functions. At the time, it received a Nice Answer, which was accepted, as well as a few other answers and comments. ...
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Can a user whose account is suspended due to voting irregularities comment on his answer to my question?

I asked a few questions long time ago and couldn't see the answer to them due to being critically ill. Now on some answers the answerer's reputation is changed to 1 and it is written on his account ...
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A suggestion to add to review queues ( First questions - Share feedback)

I suggest that you add this type of examples to review queues ( First questions - Share feedback) it will be much of help for the new users and the one who reviews the question, I know there is a ...
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It is Midterm Season! Please help out with the review queues.

It is, apparently, midterm season, and the site is currently being inundated by a large number of problem statement questions, duplicate questions, and other low-quality questions, which means that ...
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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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Do we want accepted answers unpinned on Math.SE?

Stack Overflow changed the way they sort answers: We no longer pin the accepted answer (with the green checkmark) to the top of the list of answers. By default, we now sort strictly by votes (...
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What to do if I like the question in a post but the post is presented in a bad quality. [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this question for the last week. It is really pointed out to everyone at all times that whenever you ask a question, you must include details, motivation, thoughts, or some ...
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I would like to bounty a question that lacks context and possibly focus

This question claims three interesting limits about primes. I think it is poorly phrased, in that there is no context, source, or effort; further, it's unclear if any of the limits are related. That ...
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Why my soft question get closed/deleted every time?

I don't understand why my soft question get closed everytime? last time I've posted about Perelman, Breakthrough prize in mathematics, Phd , about algebraic geometry subject , musics and maths + ...
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Are there other robots besides Community? [closed]

This will partly come from: Community user new profile photo As we know Community has $104$ accounts currently, but There are currently $178$ sites, so that means $74$ Stack Exchange websites are ...
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Where to Place Answer to a Duplicate Question

I recently posted this answer to a question marked as a duplicate. I did check first that my approach had not previously been taken. Should I delete my answer and transplant the analysis as an ...
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Should there be two first-post review queues? [closed]

When I am doing first-post reviews, I notice that I treat questions and answers differently. For first-post questions I think am quite relaxed. No spam, reasonably clear, good references and so on ...
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A super easy way to speedup MathJax loading with LocalCDN add-on

I found a very neat way to speed up MathJax execution times. Typically whenever I start my browser I have to load up all of these MathJax resources from the Cloudflare CDN when I first visit math....
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Are there some tools to follow deletions on this site?

Main question: Are there some (reasonably easy to use) tools to follow deletions on site? In particular, are there some ways to find self-deleted questions? Are there some ways to see deleted content ...
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What's the issue with this question regarding style?

I was a bit skeptical of asking this question, since it seemed to be about style, which seems inherently opinion-based. However, there is a tag called "article-writing", which includes "...
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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 TeX ...
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Request from PRIMES to keep an eye out for their problems

As many of you may recall, last year there was a problem with someone cheating here on the entrance problem set for the PRIMES high school research program at MIT. Selection for PRIMES for this year ...
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what is the maximum duration of moderator ? How many years they will remain in their positions as moderator?

I think MSE is like a democratic country. we cast vote and choosing our favourite USER My question : what is the maximum duration of moderator ? How many years they will remain in their positions as ...
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Standards of editing [duplicate]

A question posted to math.s.e. said $$ X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda) $$ and that was coded as X ~ \operatorname{Poi}(\lambda). It is obvious that the poster ...
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How much work do I need to get back to normal [duplicate]

As you see my reputation has been rising https://math.stackexchange.com/users/837396/eudoxus How much work do I need to get out of a ban? I know of filters. According to MSE, the ban is lifted ...
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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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Should I fix trivial typos in my old posts? [duplicate]

I thought this definitely would have been asked before, but I searched and couldn't find it. I was looking at one of my questions I asked a while ago and I realised a very minor typo in it. Actually, ...
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An, admittedly, no-effort question, incorrectly labeled as duplicate, with a correct good answer that helped me, was deleted. I appeal to un-delete it [duplicate]

I'm talking about this https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/463698/point-which-minimises-the-sum-of-the-distances-from-the-sides-in-a-triangle-not It's in the wayback machine if you can't access ...
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Questions regarding mathematical programming

What is the best place to ask questions about mathematical programming, between Math.SE and StackOverflow? What I have in mind is the following type of questions: Solving the word problem in a group ...
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Is there a way to enlarge the expressions in a piecewise function?

$$\text{No. palindromes} = \begin{cases} {n \div 2 \choose (n-k) \div 2, k \div 2}, & n = 2x, k = 2y \\[2ex] {\lfloor n \div 2 \rfloor\choose (n-1 -k) \div 2, k \div 2}, & n = 2x +1, k = 2y \\[...
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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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Why awkward rules for bounties?

I started a bounty for a certain answer to: Estimate a logistic function from an estimated exponential function I had to wait one week to tell who was going to get the bounty and the bounty just ...
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Question placement

I’ve seen questions on the math stack exchange get closed since they did not include a math question, but instead a question pertaining to math. For example asking “what type of math is needed to etc. ...
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Is there anything to improve in this post which is about ambiguity in question about field axioms?

Can you talk about (the rest of the) field axioms when the operations are not closed? Check out this deleted post if you want if you can: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4256287/generalising-...
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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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Why image cannot be used for explaining my maths problem?

I joined few days ago and have recently asked many questions. In most of these questions, I use image to make everyone understand it better. I prefer to use both MathJax as well as Image. But most of ...
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Should there be ways to earn reputation by doing tasks in review queues?

Should there be ways to earn reputation by doing tasks in review queues? I think that way, users will be more incentivized to do work on that department.
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Are the words "hey guys" blacklisted and automatically stripped from edits?

Today I chose to edit a post that I found in the "First questions" queue. It began with the words "Hey guys", and I chose to leave them since they expressed the OP's personality ...
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A list of questions on Boyd & Vandenberghe

Work in progress. To be updated whenever the opportunity arises. I take the liberty of compiling a list of questions on Math SE pertaining to theorems, lemmas, examples and exercises from Boyd & ...
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Homework user who deletes their questions - what to do?

A certain user posted a question today, received an answer (from myself), accepted the answer, then deleted the question sometime afterwards. I now find that a very, very similar question has popped ...
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Regularly, I feel that a significant part of the community closes or downvotes question because they don't fit neatly into the category of "well-presented question", while the question is ...
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Is the last seen/ last active feature of users disabled by the stack exchange website? Why so?

Well, I have been inactive on the MSE for quite some time due to personal problems and as I came back I observed that earlier I could see on the profile on users that at what date and time they have ...
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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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A post has a mistake and the author made a correction below it, not editing it. Should the incorrect one be edited out?

The author of this post made a mistake in their formula. Then they only added a correction below it, while not removing the mistaken one. Is there any reason to do so? Should I clean it up? When I ...
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A lot of upvotes in a single day?

I know someone upvoted for here, but someone new did it. Here is my strange string of upvotes which I am sure has been asked about, but would like to know if it is “real reputation”: I woke up today ...
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Is there a shorter and more opinionated version of "How to ask a good question?" that we can direct new users to?

The advice in how to ask a good question is good, but reading through the whole thing takes a while and, IMHO, requires some familiarity with the site to interpret. It also presents the reader with ...

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