Questions tagged [discussion]

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Community Ads for 2021

We're almost halfway through 2021, and in case you missed it, Community Promotion Ads are gonna be a bit different this time! TL;DR: submit and vote for ad proposals before August 2nd! What are ...
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Enforcement of Toxicity Standards [closed]

After I was sent yesterday into the penalty box for 24 hours, for answering these questions: Can a repeating decimal be said to be exactly equal to a whole number? (now deleted) Let $G$ be a group of ...
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Posts need to be revised to be more visible in search results

Preamble Please note that the suggestion in this post likely seems practically impossible due to the huge number of questions on this community; however, please let us deal with it constructively ...
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Bounty question with no answer

I am on this site for some months and it's the first time a question with a bounty has no received an answer: Order of a NARX model. I am here in particular to understand the reason: maybe this ...
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“Applications of intuitionistic logic” [duplicate]

This my question was closed today, and I don't understand why. Can anybody explain to me what was wrong with this question and why it was closed?
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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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Is it ok to use an alternate account for meta?

I don't like to use my main account for meta because I find that some people like to downvote my stuff (imho somewhat randomly) after I get into some sort of argument on the site. I also don't like ...
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Am I allowed to answer even if I am unsure that my answer is correct?

Sometimes I want to try answering someone's question to receive feedback for my answer from more qualified people, because I am not sure if my answer is valid. I am willing to take my answer down if ...
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Why users are providing expired link?

I see many old answers contains expired links. Whenever I click on a link it show that links has expired. I'm not getting why users are providing expired links in an answer?
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Are answers involving final answer only allowed? [closed]

I was wondering in what circumstances are short final answers allowed. There are some case where I am left astonished of how such answers follow MSE's guidelines.
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Must low-quality questions be updated with edits instead of comments?

My question specifically concerns this question, which was closed as "Not suitable for this site." I suspect that what made this question unsuitable is that there was no context or work ...
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Am I, as a comment flagger, a waster of the moderators' time?

Preamble I am a novice SE user, a toddler. In this post I want to criticize some moderator actions, which seems risky and futile, regarding unwritten policies on the meta; however, just for the record,...
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Awarding a bounty to an undeserving answer [duplicate]

I put out a bounty on a question I made in order to call attention to it. While this had the intended effect and my post received an answer, said answer was incorrect. I got notified that I must award ...
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Probable homework question showing detailed work, followed by very similar question from another user, showing little work: flag as duplicate, or not?

Yesterday, a question was posted asking for comments on a fully detailed solution to what was obviously a coursework question. The OP's solution was essentially correct, just overly complicated. The ...
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A question missed in my “recently deleted answers” link [duplicate]

I had a deleted question (with no answer) two months ago and it could be found always in my recently deleted questions link. Today, I needed a good comment on that post but the post (the question) is ...
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Possibility of intentional downvote sabotage? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is off-topic but this is my first question and I haven't been around the meta page very much. I checked my daily reputation gain today and I found three new downvotes on my answers. The ...
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Duplicating standard reasoning in a question about an open problem in number theory

Recently, a math professor, with a very impressive set of mathematical papers. made a comment that took me by surprise. I am very open to the feedback. I wanted to open it up here to see what others ...
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Where does Mathematics Stack Exchange get its money for hosting servers?

I've read of how the stack overflow get paid with the jobs related to coding and all that, but how exactly does this site pay for hosting all our answers and questions for free?
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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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A question about enforcement of quality standards

I'm reading this post about enforcement of quality standards, and it puzzles me. I feel like most of the time, it a user were able to ask a question that follows the quality standards, they would ...
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No response/views despite bounty

This question has no significant views despite putting a bounty over it :( What should I do? Moreover there was a downvote despite the question being excellent and very challenging. I got 2 answers ...
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Is the [proof-writing] tag being applied in accordance with its usage guidance?

The usage guidance for the tag proof-writing says: For questions about the formulation of a proof. This tag should not be the only tag for a question and should not be used to ask for a proof of a ...
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Can I improve this question?

This question of mine was closed as I need to "provide additional context". I'm struggling to think of what context exactly I could add - there is no external motivation of the question ...
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Left and right positions of some user cards in the question queue

I would like to know if there is a specific reason or justification for some users being are displayed on the left and some on the right as shown in the red boxes.
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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 is it allowed for users to delete questions that others created?

I opened a question and was marked as duplicate. But what I find surprising is that some users actually deleted my question! Why is this allowed? From my perspective the linked question does not ...
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How To Hide An Array on MathSE

I constructed a (long) self-answer, that I subsequently discarded, since I found that the question + answer was a duplicate. I intended to have the answer hidden. I had trouble converting the ...
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How to give a better title to my question: why cannot I simplify with the same phase factor from a sum of states

Recently I have asked this question: Why cannot I simplify with the same phase factor from a sum of states However, I think the title doesn't capture well the crux of the matter: it seems like a ...
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Is there any plan to bring dark mode to MSE as in the case of Stack Overflow?

Recently, dark mode has been applied on https://stackoverflow.com. The result is fantastic to me. Is there any plan to bring it to MSE?
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Why would a question with an upvoted and accepted answer be deleted?

This is a question on MSE which I had answered a month or so ago. It was an interesting question and it took me some effort to write the answer. The answer got upvoted twice and accepted. Two weeks ...
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Should duplicate closing be based on quality or on time of posting? [duplicate]

Here's a scenario: Suppose there are two persons X and Y, now person X posts a question about topic Z but with a poor title (and poor presentation overall), now some time later (maybe years) , person ...
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Reasonable answer deleted by high reputation user

As an anonymous user, I gave an answer to this question: Equivalence of two expressions for the Weeks manifold hyperbolic volume I gave a link to a paper of Zagier which explains how one can write ...
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What's wrong with this my answer? It got 5 downvotes in just a few minutes.

I am asking about this: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/4158379/2513 Are there any suggestions on how can I improve it?
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Short and helpful advice on using MathJax on the site …

The point of this question is to give people a chance to draft their best MathJax tips for new users. Perhaps this question will stand alone as one of the places to go. Perhaps the material in the ...
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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Math SE has a long-standing policy regarding what constitutes a Good Question. The policy is intended to ensure that the collection of questions and answers here is of high quality, is searchable, ...
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Downvoting newbie user's questions

I found this post today. Yeah, I agree that this question has been asked many times before but isn't 9 downvotes for a new user a bit too intense? I think mass downvoting newbies will only harm the ...
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Drawback of answers written by some high reputation users

Drawback of answers written by some high reputation users This is my personal view: some high reputation users don't write their answers in detail. I think they should write their answers in detail so ...
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I am a student and have reached my limit of 50 questions per month what do I do?

I am a student and have reached my limit of 50 questions per month. I am poor and can't afford a math teacher and have been using this site to teach me a lot of new things so that I can get better at ...
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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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Why do edits have to be at least 6 characters?

I am wondering why edits are required to be at least 6 characters. As an example, someone answered the question How to calculate the integral of a Legendre polynomial excellently but for a typo, which ...
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Should I edit the question before starting a bounty, or start a new question?

I have a question I would like to start a bounty on. But I would like to edit the question to add the possibility for a stronger result. The question I want to start a bounty on is this question: For ...
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What can I do to improve this question?

This self-answered question has $5$ downvotes . Metamorphy commented that 'Still the question should have a context and not just a problem statement' after which I added an attempt. After discussion ...
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If your network is slow and you keep trying to upvote one of your answers just continuously clicking on it again and again your answer get upvoted

So I have discovered a bug or hack whatever you may call it. So today morning my network was bit slow ($<5$ MBPS). So I answered a question and I wanted to answer more question but slow network ...
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Guidelines for good use of MathJax in question titles

Motivation: Every once in a while, I find myself making edits like this one, where OP (likely due to inexperience in asking questions) has used display math mode ($$...
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Calculator problems that have nothing to do with math

Why does Math.SE permit questions about calculators that have nothing to do with math, for instance this one?
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Transferring reputation between different SE sites [closed]

As someone who has accounts on multiple Stack Exchange sites I am wondering if there is a means by which reputation between accounts can be transferred. This may be useful, for example, to offer a ...
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Badge award reason

A couple of days ago, I was awarded the "refiner" badge ["Edit and answer 50 questions (both actions within 12 hours, answer score > 0"]. But in the last couple of weeks, I've ...
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Seeking discussion forum for mathematics

A month ago I posted a question. It was viewed by about 50 people, received one comment (for which I am grateful), and no answer, not even an attempt at an answer. I suspect this is because the ...
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Why delete when closed is just fine?

Question with correct amswer https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4144556/when-does-this-method-fail , could only get the correct answer on 3rd time trying to ask a simple question in a "...
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Should we have a more centralized approach to book recommendations?

There are already quite a few results suggesting books to be purchased for particular topics. For example, take the search someone might follow to find a probability book. They might visit these ...

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