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Reason for Downvotes

I have an answer here: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/3477238/633100. It just got an unexpected downvote but no one ever left a comment on why the downvote was casted, a comment was there but was ...
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Why was my question marked as offtopic?

Yesterday, I was trying to solve a maths problem and got confused on how to factor an equation. So, I asked it here. Luckily I got an answer, I could rejog my memory about some basic concepts that I ...
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List of commonly misspelled words

Judging by some of the posts on meta1 and comments posted there it seems that there are users who try to improve the posts by correcting spelling mistakes. Of course, there are other ways to improve ...
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Can we have an implementation of spell-check-grammar to write mathematics properly?

Can we have an implementation of a kind of "grammar spell check" on Math.SE so that could fix the grammar of nonnative english speakers whether on their questions, answers, comments, etc. about ...
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A curious advice

Dear users I wanted to understand the reason for this warning that appears when I have to check/approve or edit specific questions. What is the reason?
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How shall we handle big numbers / computer searching problems?

There are certain questions that ask about finding an object find certain property, usually some large number. Now to me it is on the edge of what this site is about, as the question is not really ...
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Why do this complex patterns generate from this simple code? [closed]

I was playing around with some simple turtle code a few months ago and found a very neat and complex patter emerging from a simple code. I noticed that changing the x to x*(2^n) where n is any whole ...
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Reopen votes that don't make it into the queue?

$1/k=\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n^k$ for all k This is a question that I found in the delete queue. I noticed that it had votes to re-open on it, and I was able to cast a reopen vote myself. This seems ...
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Did I make a mistake in my edit? (specific question)

I recently posted this question. It was closed shortly after posting for being opinion based. I tried to edit the question to make it clear exactly what I was asking, and the question was downvoted ...
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Should we divide [tag:dimension-theory] into 2 tags, one for topology, and one for algebra?

A discussion in chatroom about tag hausdorff-dimension draw attention to tag dimension-theory again. Here's some data about how tag dimension-theory is used questions about topology and algebra. My ...
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Change in computation of “Announcer” badges?

I just received seven Announcer badges in math.se (plus one in MathOverflow) ... Coincidence? Was the method of computing them changed? A whole bunch of people suddenly followed all my links? ...
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discrepancies between skills and ambitions

This is something I've been wondering about for a while now. I hope I don't offend anyone with this question; but in addition to satisfying my personal curiosity, perhaps an answer to this question ...
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Can vulgar words be used on Mathematics Stack Exchange? (Don't panic, see the whole question…)

I recently asked on Mathematics Stack Exchange (and quickly deleted) a question named "How is used Chinese Dumbass Notation?" The question was upsetting to the public, so I decided to ask this ...
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MathJax fails to load in the comments [duplicate]

Starting few days ago MathJax fails to load in the comments. It works well in the other boxes: questions and answers. Used browser: Mozilla. However this phenomenon doesn't occur when I use Chrome. ...
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Isn't changing $\sum_x^y …$ to $\displaystyle \sum_x^y …$, 8 times, an improvement on an answer?

How come an edit was rejected if it improved the formating? Isn't changing $\sum_x^y...$ to $\displaystyle \sum_x^y...$, 8 times, an improvement on an answer ? (notice the above it's just an ...
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Should questions on (matrices) and (matrix-equations) be also tagged as (linear-algebra)?

Recently the following text was added to linear algebra tag-excerpt: For questions specifically concerning matrices, use the (matrices) tag. For questions specifically concerning matrix equations, ...
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Age, Profile, Kids asking questions!

I came across a post from a kid, it was this one: How to calculate the opposite of a number? Some members find this types of question to easy, lets call it "trivial", so they rated this question -1. ...
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Are questions about teaching Math to Secondary Level students fair game?

I'm currently teaching science at a secondary level in Thailand, but it's looking more and more like I'm going to have to take over for the Math teacher - who is leaving - next semester. This is ...
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Informally, would anyone be interested in starting a Polymath Projects type site? [closed]

See Wiki, blog, and actual site if you're not familiar with it. Mathematicians of all kinds have been supposedly coming together and using these to successfully solve or make real progress on a number ...
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Why did my post on Andrew Wiles get put on hold?

For context, I'm referring to this post: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3441209/was-andrew-wiles-a-child-prodigy My question was about Andrew Wiles' life and specifically his mathematical ...
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I think I have a very important question, but should I ask it here on math-stack? [closed]

After, I've divulged into some critical thinking. I would want the readers to divulge just as deeply into this question. As it can be tricky and hard to understand. I believe I've found something ...
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Why the bracket(s) disappear? [closed]

I tried all the ways before asking the question here. I've tried all the ways I know. I'm having a problem like this. I'm looking for a way to transform equations written in MathJax into pictures in ...
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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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Is activity slowing down on MSE or only on “elementary set theory”?

It seems to me that there are not a lot of new questions on "elementary set theory"? Have new tags been created? which would explain this apparent evaporation...
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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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Tag management 2019

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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Could someone check the edit processing code ? I think there's a bug in it?

this post gave me trouble, I edited it, tapped the +2 for editing after page refreshing (I do that too much), played around putting my mobile browser into desktop site mode (another thing I do too ...
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Proper use of italics when asking a question.

What are the pros/cons of using two asterisks vs using mathjax when trying to italicize something in a question? Thanks in advance.
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What was wrong with my answer to “what does $0 \ne 1$ mean”?

A while back, I came across this question. At the time, the question read: What is $0 \neq 1$ in the context of Algebraic Axioms? In this wiki link, the author included $0 \neq 1$ as the axiom ...
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Would my mini math web platform be useful to anyone else?

(I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this, but it seemed more appropriate than the main math site...) So I got sick of keeping all my notes spread across Mathematica and vi, and wrote a tiny ...
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What is voting fraud?

So I just noticed that today I had a rather large gain in reputation, followed by a subsequent large loss of reputation. When I click on the appropriate tab by my profile, it says "Serial voting was ...
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Trouble conveying question

In one of my recent questions, Embedding manifolds in a $3$-torus. Fact or fiction?, a commenter said that what I wrote "makes little sense." I am having trouble putting myself in the commenter's ...
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How can I write the left and right sides of the equation in different sizes?

I hope I'm at the right place to write my question.Because the mathjax tag exists at both stackoverflow.comand tex.stackexchange.com. I want to write this equation (This is just an example) $$G(x_1,...
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Is it appropriate to close every question that doesn't show efforts and/or lacks of context?

Yesterday this question was asked: Finding solutions to $2^x+17=y^2$, then it was closed and finally it was reopened. My concern is about if every question showing no effort or lacking of context ...
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Asking a question which is pretty much a dupe

I want to ask a question, but it is basically a duplicate of a (5 year old) question already asked here and that question doesn't have an answer. Morally, any good answer to that question would be an ...
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Is this knee-jerk downvoting of anything related to $1+2+3+… = -1/12$, or does this question actually need improvement?

This question of mine is currently sitting at a score of -2, but no one left any comments on how it can be improved. I wonder if some others could weigh in with any suggestions for how the question ...
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Question that is clearly not a duplicate linked to my question, marking it as duplicate. [duplicate]

I asked a question yesterday: Coupon collector's problem: mean and variance in number of coupons to be collected to complete a set This asks for the mean and variance of the coupon collector's ...
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What advice do you give to someone who's written an incomplete question below any understanding?

It happened recently and again today (post now deleted) that someone submitted a question with so little content that it was close to impossible to guess anything from it. We all know that by the ...
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A question bouncing in and out of the delete graveyard

Are there a finite number of trees with $k$ leaves and no vertices of degree $2$? In the 35 days or so since this question was asked, it has been closed, deleted twice, undeleted twice, and is ...
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Deduction in rep for downvoting

If I downvote someone's answer with detail in the comment as to why, then why is my reputation deducted ( by -1). I am helping the community. Reputation is hard to earn, and if it's deducted every ...
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Isn't rewarding question askers taking away from downvotes?

Recently there was a change made that gives question askers ten points for each up-vote. Doesn't this reduce the impact of down votes? A person can get 5 upvotes and 4 downvotes - with a reputation ...
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How can I write backslash in MathJax?

I want to write following in MathJax: L(A)\L(B) When I type following: $L(A)\ L(B)$ It prints: $L(A)\ L(B)$ When I type ...
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Why taking off points for downvoting? [duplicate]

So this question was already answered. I was given an option and explain why my question is different, so why I am not happy with the answers already provided. Here is my clarification. My question ...
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Progressive deduction in rep for downvoting

I asked a question why should I lose rep points when I downvote what I consider a wrong (or otherwise inadequate) answer. My question was donwvoted with the usual answer, ooh no, how would we stop ...
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Why Math Jax sans-serif in Opera, but serif in Fire-fox?

I screen-shot Continuous Functions map compact sets to compact sets. Modus operandi of proof (Abbott p 115 t4.4.2). I want serif as in Fire-fox.
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Post getting down-votes, because it's a duplicate. Can't delete.

I posted a question regarding a "new discovery" with divisibility tests and it was marked as duplicate by a user because it is very similar to other divisibility tests. I am losing reputation because ...
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Heteronormativity and binary gender assumptions

Recently quite a number of questions have been posted that contain heteronormative assumptions or assumptions about binary genders, e.g. questions about married couples that assume that these consist ...
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Unfriendly Behaviour in Maths SE

I have observed and experienced unfriendly as well as demoralising behaviour in many SEs For instance thisquestion was marked as off topic without informing the person what amendments he/she should ...
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Open question by new user put on hold due to pessimism from wearied reviewers?

There are some highly active reviewers on this site to whom we owe much. Understandably, they can become wearied by the task, and develop a sort of pessimism. I think that this question is a victim ...