Questions tagged [discussion]

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Tag management 2020

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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Should [tag:hypergeometric-function] be generalized to admit higher weights, or should a new tag be created?

Right now, the tag wiki and excerpt of hypergeometric-function refer specifically to the Gaussian hypergeometric function $_2F_1(a,b;c;z)$, functions of the form $$ _2F_1(a,b;c;z) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}...
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Does this site endorse this sort of attacks? [closed]

I am reporting abusive attacks on my posts that happen on daily basis since one or two months ago. I know who are doing this, given the recent discrimination and attacks exposed in my previous posts (...
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Has it become too hard to write self answer questions?

Recently I posted a self answer question which I had been working on in the Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts for $2$ months (August $10^{th}$ to October $10^{th}$), which underwent $44$ ...
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Problem with Question Sniping

In the last weeks, I noticed a behavior by myself and others: Most of the days, there are several "beginner" questions where you know that everyone who has a mathematical education will ...
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Why do very few questions tagged stochastic PDE actually have stochastic PDE in them?

I check the tag stochastic-pde occasionally and always like 9 out of the last 10 posts have no stochastic PDE in them. I comment and suggest an edit to remove the tag. The tag has the following ...
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Request clarification of Help Center - Downvoting article. [closed]

Please see the Addendum which discusses whether this query was poorly written. I request that the following Help Center article be re-written to more explicitly clarify when a mathSE query should be ...
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List of chatrooms

This is a place where we could collect list of chat rooms associated with this site. There are several rooms which have potential to be useful if more users were aware of them or more users visited ...
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doubt regarding what kind of question can be asked on MSE

Can I ask a question about book recommendation on MSE? I'm not sure whether that would be against the quality standards of MSE or not. EDIT: I found the book recommendation tag on MSE with many ...
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Some concerns about phrasings related to the Code of Conduct [closed]

This: In the Code of Conduct, we state “We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion — and those are just a few examples.” ...
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Allow users to still access First Post and Late Answer even though the user has no votes left

I know that from the answer to this question that "if you are not able to use the full range of options in the queue, it is better to give the reviewer's role to someone who is." However, I ...
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Unexplained Problem with my Review Queues

In my review queue, it shows this. This is a bit weird. My reputation, as seen on the picture, is 839, clearly enough to access First Posts and Late Answers. However, it is not shown on the top ...
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Hints: how to give them?

I was wondering what is your method for giving hints. I find it generally harder than posting full answers (but less tedious, as some trivial points may be omitted), but still I have to write a ...
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Why do people give “hints” instead of “answers”? [closed]

Seriously. Everything can be a homework problem if you think about it. Do you see stackoverflow saying "ooh, here's a hint how to run a certain script on Ubuntu reboot"? Their problems are ...
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Should we add external searches in some help pages about search?

I think that it might be useful to add somewhere advice about other possibilities how to search. (I am not sure what would be right place, but it would be nice to have it somewhere where new users who ...
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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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How can I resolve a question ban while having no negative votes? [duplicate]

To all my wonder, I noticed that I am question banned, after coming back to use the website after a long time. While I had received very clear and good answers on my questions and had no negative ...
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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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How to set up “xypic.js” on mathjax v3 through CDN [closed]

I want to use xypic.js on mathjax version 3 through CDN. I have been using it on mathjax version 2.7.5 through CDN. and there, the setting in header is this: <script type="text/x-mathjax-...
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How to fix (or help OP delete) an OP vandalized question [duplicate]

A reasonable question with well expressed answers was vandalized by the OP. (edited title, text, and tags to remove all original content.) What is the appropriate action to help the OP with her poorly ...
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Can I ask a question about whether something can be modeled/proven/etc mathematically?

I want to ask whether something not from math can be modeled in any way using math, and particularly in a way that serves to prove/disprove some hypotheses or affirmations about that particular ...
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Polish Mathematical Olympiad 2020

Recently, a user has posted questions from the Polish Mathematical Olympiad $2020$, which is an ongoing contest. If one of these questions appears, please flag it for moderator attention, and request ...
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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 am I able to ask?

My account was banned from asking because of the poor quality several months ago (Math SE). But now I see I can ask on the main site! How come? Are the bans temporary?
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Help with asking a question, my closed questions and my experience with the site overall [duplicate]

Is there any way... to get help with asking a question? Imagine you have a really simple question on your mind and it's really important to you but you lack a bit of knowledge to ask it in the simple (...
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Retired vs. Not Retired Badges

I was taking a look at the list of badges, and I couldn't figure out why some badges are retired, while others are not. The retired badges are: Analytical: Visited every section of the FAQ Reversal: ...
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Why were my suggested edits rejected? Posters failed to transcribe book's question accurately. Omitted book version, exercise, page numbers

There are four editions of Bartle & Sherbert's Intro to Real Analysis. The posters didn't clarify which. Keen-ameteur and José Carlos Santos rejected https://math.stackexchange.com/review/...
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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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Hostility towards new members and treating them disrespectfully like they are total noobs? [closed]

So I asked this question Calculate determinant of a continuant matrix with variable elements? and then it was followed by a half baked 'answer' that should have been a comment at best. There is no way ...
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Is there a way to communicate with the moderators about concerns other than ONE PARTICULAR posting?

Is there some way to communicate with the moderators of math.stackexchange.com when it's not about some particular posting, but rather about their policies and their behavior that persist over a ...
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Was My MathSE answer appropriate

This meta-query focuses on my (user2661923) answer to the following link, Solving $3\cos x+4\sin x = \frac52$, as well as the subsequent comment that my answer triggered. I encountered a mathSE query ...
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What are the hottest sinks on Mathematics SE? [duplicate]

Consider the directed graph in which nodes are questions on Mathematics SE and (directed) edges are links from one question to another question. What questions have the highest in-degree? Can one find ...
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How to obtain the math.SE network whose edges are linked questions?

Q: What is the best way to obtain the math.SE network whose edges are linked questions? I.e., the network whose nodes are the on the site and we have an undirected edge from node A to node B ...
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How long should one wait before cross-posting?

In posting questions on MSE, I find that, if a question is not answered within a day or so, it will not receive an answer at all. Typically, I have waited for several weeks before cross-posting such a ...
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Are Tag-only edits too minor (the use of the Number-Theory tag)?

As a relatively new participant (long time user) of Math.SE I must confess that my knowledge of what is considered "appropriately non-minor" as an edit is certainly lacking. This question ...
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Answering by copying from textbooks feels like cheating; should I do it?

So I want to answer this question: How to look at the covariant derivative along a curve? The OP asks for a formal definition of an object. I found a satisfactory definition from a textbook, which ...
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Receiving Notifications when getting an answer or comment

Why do we get notifications when on the questions page and a new question is added but we don't get notifications when somebody responds to a post of ours? I'm referring to notifications in the tab ...
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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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Proposal for a Portuguese version of Mathematics SE

There is a proposal for a new Q&A site of Mathematics for Portuguese-speaking users, which form a considerable amount of contributors of this site. I'd really appreciate the support and comments ...
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Policy on posting links to pirated content?

Do we have a policy about users posting links to sites that feature pirated content? Like sites offering "free" copies of my book, for example? (see comment at the bottom). Edit: in case you'...
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Looking for other math forums for more “soft” discussions

Well, I don't even know if meta is the right place to ask this, but I thought it suited more than the standard Math Stack Exchange. As a mathematics undergrad student, I usually face some questions ...
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Unsure over why Question was closed

I had a recent question closed (link below) and the reason given was that it lacked detail... Not exactly sure how anyone can read this as lacking detail? Applications of Vector Spaces that are not ...
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Is the mathematical German tag needed?

I recently created a new tag: mathematical-german. Other than English, the main languages in which mathematics is published are French, German and Russian. We have a tag mathematical-french already. ...
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Why was this question “returned” to another SE site?

This is a question about this post. The post was originally from the Mathematica SE site and was migrated to MSE (math SE) because the underlying question is one of mathematics rather than one of ...
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Are there any users who have invested more than what they presently have?

Are there any Mathematics SE users who have invested more reputation points in bounties than what they presently have? How can one find out?
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Mathematical symbols in Mathematica and Stack Exchange

How may I transfer mathematical text (with symbols, etc.) from Wolfram Mathematica into Stack Exchange?
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Can I make this little table of diagrams better than ASCII graphics?

In my question How can one recognize when two Coxeter diagrams represent the same uniform polytope?, I have a simple table into which I want to put three little Coxeter diagrams. Here are the three ...
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When a very short subject line is too long

Showing $\frac{|\overrightarrow{A_1B}|}{|\overrightarrow{A_1C}|}\frac{|\overrightarrow{B_1C}|}{|\overrightarrow{B_1A}|}\frac{|\overrightarrow{C_1A}|}{|\overrightarrow{C_1B}|}=1$ implies $AA_1$, $BB_1$,...
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Where did [gradient] go?

At the moment, Mathematics SE has tags hessian-matrix and jacobian. However, tag gradient is a synonym for tag vector-analysis. Why? Motivation Since tag gradient does not exist, tags gradient-...
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Is my workaround for the minimum character limit okay?

I tried to edit this answer, simply by adding 2 pairs of parentheses which fell short of the 6 character minimum limit. So I cancelled the edit and suggested the change via a comment, then the OP did ...

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