Questions tagged [discussion]

This tag is used for questions that ask users to discuss an idea, concept, or problem in an abstract way. A discussion question may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and is often subjective. On Meta, you do not need to use community-wiki mode for subjective topics unless you are asking a "poll" question.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
1answer
28 views

Is there any tools to automatically correct math formulas?

I am a person who prefer standard formula, so I often edit the formula to make it look better. But I find most of the mistakes or malformedTeX writing have repeated pattern. For example: ...
2
votes
0answers
105 views

Why was my question closed

On math stack exchange my question: Prove $\lceil z \rceil=z+\frac12-\frac{\tan^{-1}(\tan(\pi(z+0.5)))}{\pi}$ when $z$ is not an integer Was closed and for being off topic. Please tell me how it was ...
3
votes
0answers
68 views

How to draw Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams? [duplicate]

I asked this question on the main site. There was an answer, and I edited the question to be more accurate about what I'm asking. Meanwhile, I did some searching on Wikipedia, and found "5-cell ...
36
votes
140answers
10k views

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)....
0
votes
0answers
67 views

If you had a question about someone's answer to not your question, is it better to comment or make a new question?

If you had a question about someone's answer to not your question from 7 years ago by an active user, is it better to comment or make a new question? The problem is they have no incentive to answer ...
11
votes
0answers
224 views

Anything to be done about (bad?) question deletion

I just had this experience and was wondering if there is anything to be done about it: I see a question on the front page. Have (what I think is) a nice approach to it so spend 5-10 minutes writing ...
12
votes
1answer
240 views

Is there some way to include some default text quickly in a post?

Question. Is there something which would make possible to quickly include predefined text in a new post I start writing. (For example, some bookmarklet for this - with a bookmarklet, one click could ...
54
votes
0answers
1k views

German contest “Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik” $2019$ [closed]

Recently this question was asked. This is exactly task $4.$ of the German mathematical contest "Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik". Since it is forbidden to ask questions of an on-going contest here on MSE ...
-8
votes
0answers
98 views

asking questions without providing attempts at solving

I am currently preparing for an application exam at the royal institute of technology here in Stockholm. They have old tests at the website and offer answers among a few alternatives that are listed ...
231
votes
9answers
20k views

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 ...
32
votes
3answers
773 views

Engage with people from the fringes - or not?

I am quite tempted to ask this question because I have committed this a few times recently (e.g. Is this a useful concept in trying to solve the Riemann Hypothesis? Or am I still to naïve? , Why ...
52
votes
48answers
3k views

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 ...
14
votes
0answers
325 views

When is a statistics question on-topic?

I have a background in pure mathematics, and I happen to be teaching mostly statistics at the moment. When there is a question that I can't answer efficiently myself, or when I need a confirmation, I ...
24
votes
2answers
557 views

There are 5,931 questions tagged both elementary-number-theory and number-theory

(Prompted by this question) As you can see here, there are (as of January 2020) 5,931 questions tagged elementary-number-theory and number-theory. (For the record, there are respectively 28,327 and ...
0
votes
0answers
114 views

Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account [duplicate]

I have two deleted questions, one of them received 2 down-votes because it was duplicate of another question and the other received 3 down-votes because it was said it didn't have enough information, ...
4
votes
1answer
807 views

Why I am not able to ask questions?

In my profile I have asked 6 questions of which no have down votes. 1 have 0 votes and 4 have 1 up votes and 1 have 2 up votes. I don't have asked poor quality questions (no down votes). It's also ...
0
votes
0answers
81 views

Is identifying an algorithm from equations on-topic?

I have neither the full vocabulary to explain in exact mathematical terminology nor the MathJax expertise to illustrate, so would such a question on reverse engineering (reverse mathematicing?) as ...
13
votes
1answer
271 views

Answering in the comments [duplicate]

I have this question its mine (my question) Its not the first time that people answer in the comments, I know that the unanswered questions impact the site statistics, and if I answer it using the ...
136
votes
27answers
12k views

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," ...
9
votes
10answers
579 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
494 views

Should there be a separate tag for Euler's number $e$?

At the moment, there are two tags which are related to the number $e$. The e has been synonym of exponential function for a long time.1 A newer tag called eulers-number was created in January 2019. ...
10
votes
2answers
381 views

When should one not edit their own questions?

I am the type of person who unfortunately makes a lot of mistakes of the dumb kind with miscalculations. Sometimes I end up posting my questions containing those miscalculations. Is it ok to edit my ...
3
votes
1answer
189 views

Suspensions for low-quality contributions

How does the automated flagging system for length and content work? Can it trigger suspensions by itself without human input? How is the severity of the penalty determined? I am wondering because I ...
45
votes
1answer
2k views

New recommended close reason for questions that are “missing context”

Recently, the software has been changed regarding how the closing reasons are displayed for people. If you don't have close-vote privileges or you are not OP, this is how it is displayed: For ...
3
votes
0answers
120 views

How much time a day is healthy to spend on MSE? [duplicate]

I'm being relatively active in MSE approximately a month ago. I've spent a lot of time between trying to answer questions, editing, viewing the questions, even reading some old posts here in Meta, ...
35
votes
0answers
483 views

Encouraging duplicate hunters

There are more and more duplicates on this site, but sometimes it is time consuming to find an earlier source. Now, there is a variety of moderation badges for editing, voting, reviewing, raising ...
-2
votes
0answers
104 views

Why was this question about fitting a function to specific points closed?

I'm looking for a function that passes through 12 points. Here is the question. Why was it closed and what can I do to make it on-topic?
21
votes
1answer
249 views

What tools can be used to extract MathJax/LaTeX from scanned input?

Some users post question (and sometimes also answers) which contain text and formulas as images. Often some other users help with retyping the questions into properly formatted text and MathJax ...
2
votes
1answer
43 views

Help with Chat and Question

I am trying to add a user to chat I made because I have a question about his answer he gave a while back to a specific question Problem Here The person's name is the last answer at the bottom. Do you ...
9
votes
1answer
360 views

Does reputation change if an answer gets deleted due to deletion of original post by vote(s)?

I recently found that the following post $\lim_{x\rightarrow +\infty}\sqrt{x}e^{-x}\left(\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{x^{k}}{k!\sqrt{k}}\right)$ was deleted by vote(s) and as a result my answer also got ...
11
votes
0answers
197 views

More specific feedback to OP upon voting to close

Although I have been with the wider StackExchange community for a number of years, I still consider myself inexperienced when writing posts on math.SE. Today, for the first time, a question I posted ...
80
votes
6answers
2k views

How can non-experts best contribute?

Hi all, I'm a fairly recent arrival to math.se. I've asked a good amount of questions (and learned a lot from the answers). But I haven't had the chance to answer many questions. I've been perusing ...
13
votes
5answers
1k views

How to type special characters in this forum?

The general rule used in LaTeX doesn't work: for example, typing M\"{o}bius and Cram\'{e}r doesn't give the desired outputs.
47
votes
0answers
3k views

Launching *Pearl Dive* - a chatroom where excellent questions/answers meet willing sponsors

Announcing the birth of the Pearl Dive – a chatroom dedicated to enhancing the quality of the material on the site, sieving out the pearls from the sand. Caveat: I'm new to creating chatrooms, ...
2
votes
1answer
139 views

Request for Hyperbolic $ \sech \,x $ inclusion in MathJax

MathJax does not work for hyperbolic $ \sech \,x$... Can it be now included? Thanks in advance. EDIT1: From user1729's comment suggestion, they work okay: $$\operatorname{sech}(x) $$ $$ \...
-10
votes
1answer
194 views

Demeaning comments made by a high rep user [closed]

I have been made aware of a comment talking about me by a high rep user in this post: Trouble conveying question: In the linked post, I was referencing a different high rep user. As you can see, ...
5
votes
2answers
274 views

Typesetting variants of sum and integral signs in MathJax

Is there any way to enforce the lower and upper limits of integrals and sums to appear below and above the respective signs in MathJax (cf e.g. the German variant described here: https://en.wikipedia....
8
votes
1answer
489 views

Would it be a good idea to create a Bounty chatroom?

Would it be a good idea to create a chatroom for users to ask for bounties on questions (own or not)? Say OP (user) wants/needs an answer to a question (could be their own or not). But for some ...
-8
votes
0answers
151 views

Should I copy trigonometry questions from books and post them here instead of asking my own questions?

Here's a question (not posted by me) that was rated positively: Does $\cot^2 $ equal $ \cos^2/ \sin^2$? Link: Does $\cot^2 $ equal $ \cos^2/ \sin^2$? Here's a question (posted by me) that was rated ...
-14
votes
2answers
334 views

Why is this question completely disappearing where I have answered and got a bounty of 200?

The hidden question was: New numeration system, mapping to binary numeration system Where I have answered with the copyright notice that must be always respected and not only for my topics, and my ...
71
votes
20answers
6k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
140 views

Why is this question off-topic

I have been following this question. It has recently been marked as off-topic. I have checked the requirements for being on/off-topic, but they don't seem to apply to this question. Can someone please ...
21
votes
3answers
828 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
132 views

Create algebraic dynamics tag and make it a synonym for arithmetic dynamics?

Is it a good idea to create a tag called "algebraic-dynamics" and make it a tag synonym for arithmetic-dynamics? Note that the current text (good for a quick impression, but probably needs expanding) ...
1
vote
0answers
72 views

Looking for undergraduate math forum.

Hi: I have searched in google looking for math forums but, really, I have not found many. Could somebody give me the URL of a good mathematics forum for the undergraduate level? This forum I like it ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

Why are we allowed to see vote counts / click on questions in the review queue?

Today I ran into this answer by @URL in the queue I know that there's a litany of issues with the audit system, and many can't be resolved, but I'm not sure why things like seeing vote counts (as in ...
3
votes
1answer
230 views

Animated GIFs in questions

I saw this post come up during review, and my lizard brain yelling ANIMATED GIF ARGH DIE IN A FIRE overcame any rational response. I'm not sure I've seen any GIFs in MSE before that. Here is a prior ...
47
votes
2answers
2k views

To whom am I replying?

Here's another potentially dumb question. As I go through old comments, I find myself to have replied to @users who seem to have changed their name. Anyway, while I can guess to whom I was speaking, ...
24
votes
3answers
727 views

Is it a good thing to erase wrong answer?

Recently, user answered this question Inequality for Distribution of points in space, but his solution was wrong. (I don't know in what detail am I supposed to explain things here since this is my ...
-19
votes
5answers
189 views

Should we eliminate protecting?

There are many users who, at the moment, have less than 10 rep. There are many reasons why, including the fact that they haven't come across a question in their expertise, or that they don't have any ...

1 2 3 4 5 100