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Why was my question closed? [duplicate]

The question was reopened. Thank you, MSE! Yesterday, a moderator suddenly closed my question How can one mathematically compute the security level of a human computable password schema?. I asked this ...
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A question has been closed as not being about mathematics

I used to post here at least one question a week. Within the last few years, it has felt like the community has changed and the moderating has changed. I stopped being as active and watched ...
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Questions being reported as duplicates despite the "duplicate" being a generalization to the other

I am a second year math student and a fairly new user of this page so there's still a lot of things I don't understand both in the site and about maths. This is why I tend to ask a lot of questions as ...
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How to highlight important points of your text?

A while back quotation by > was done with a orange box. The new quotation box is visually very bland. One might like that, one may not. That's fine. I remember that highlighting questions or other ...
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About a possible change of instructions to ask a question, for beginners.

It's a well known problem that a new user often doesn't ask a question properly, e.g. asks a PSQ. Perhaps the user can be suggested to check just this table, (to begin with), instead of the current 2 ...
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Setting up a mathematics help website [closed]

Over the years there have been a number of websites whose purported reason for existence is to provide help for those studying mathematics. All seem to have imploded. I wonder whether there is anyone ...
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About removing the reputation of suggested-edits and put that reputation to find duplicates

In the context of the current situation, and also, time ago situation, in part for the duplicate-questions on math.SE, Could it be that, perhaps temporarily, the +2 reputation for the suggested edits ...
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How improve the quality of my question (without answers)

I would like to understand how to improve the quality of my question:Doubts on asymptotic criterion for $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{a}\tan^{-1}\bigg(\frac{1}{n^a}\bigg)-e^{1/n}$ with ...
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Is this particular PSQ damaging?

(Before reading the below post, you may benefit from studying this: What is a "PSQ"?) We all know (or, at least 29 of us do) why PSQs are damaging to Mathematics Stack Exchange. This has ...
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Valid edit suggestion to a post was rejected.

I proposed an edit, two times on Find $\lim_{x \rightarrow \infty} \frac{\arctan (x^{3/2})}{\sqrt x}$. this question but both the times, It got rejected. For the first time, I ignored it. But it ...
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

I recently created a nice olympiad problem on the invariance principle, and I thought about posting it on Math Stack Exchange. However, I was unsure about it as the community guidelines have not ...
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Adding a reference/citation to someone else's post [duplicate]

Is it encouraged to add references/citations to someone else's post (when you are absolutely sure about it)?
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What does "low quality contributions" mean and who decides this?

Some time ago I had the unpleasant surprise to see that some valuable users like Bernard were suspended for 1 year for "low quality contributions". What does (I mean "low quality ...
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What is the goal of MSE?

What is the goal of MSE? Is it to get a repository of interesting questions and well-written answers. Or are we instead an online math tutoring site where we help anyone as long as they seem to be ...
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What should we do when posts look too much like an exam question?

I have checked different existing posts on the topic and none of them really clearly address that point. With the increase of online exams, there has been an increased of exam questions asked and ...
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Should the tag [soft-question] be blacklisted, after the EOQS?

A recent question tagged as soft-question made me wonder if this tag is outdated nowadays. After the EOQS made its way into this side, it does not really fit anymore. I skimmed shortly over the ...
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Would this question be more suitable for Math Overflow?

I asked the following question, but I didn't get any answer, even after adding a bounty: Finite-sample confidence interval for the sample mean of N iid Beta-Binomial random variables Do you think I ...
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Why can't I edit a new question in place of a duplicate?

I have $5$ or so duplicate/closed questions, which is hurting my "positive question record" statistic. So, I edited a useless duplicate question and asked a new question, which I was told &...
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Asking hint for a problem

This is my first meta post. I want to ask about one of my deleted post. In that post, I asked for a hint to some problem and gave reasons(brief) why I wasn’t able to solve that problem. To avoid ...
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Duplicates allowed from years ago, but mine are not

This is annoying. I spend $15$ minutes looking for resources online for a question I have, I check SE, approach$0$, all the wikis, etc. and have found nothing. So, I spend a good while writing up my ...
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Short answer turned into a comment by moderator

I'd like to update my poor knowledge about the policy of this site: The hints, which are usually very short answers, have become unwanted (as answers, I mean)? I'm asking this since my my answer ...
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Calling attention to the Staging Ground, a new site area under development to help new users

Recently Stack Exchange is developing a new area of the website called the Staging Ground, and the announcement is now a featured post on Meta.SE. Having searched the meta and a couple of chatrooms ...
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Why did this answer get downvoted? [closed]

The user Bill Dubuque posted a great answer to a question I asked, but it got two downvotes, despite it clearly answering my question (I accepted the answer) and it is clearly a well constructed ...
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Number of bounties offered by an user

Is it possible to see how many bounties offered a specific user and how many of these bounties were awarded?
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About the proper tagging of questions on math.SE

There is a question I came across, and it was about the convergence of a Cauchy sequence in a metric space. OP considered the tags: convergence-divergence, sequences-and-series, general-topology and ...
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Has the culture of acceptable questions on SE changed over time?

I am relatively new to SE, but I have noticed something quite peculiar. I often am reading lots of old questions (years old) and encounter many that are very short, show very little self-attempt, and ...
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Is it legal to add images from online graphing calculators such as Desmos or WolframAlpha?

Often a relevant image can supplement an answer and make it better. Sometimes I add a graph which is created using free tools like Matplotlib, but this can take a little while. I was wondering if it ...
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Timeline of an answer; acceptance

Can we see when an answer has been accepted in the timeline of that answer? (I've tried it, but to no avail.) If not, where can I see this?
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Domains with dead links

It is natural that some of the links in the posts stop working eventually. In some cases, the dead links are fixable. (And there are many editors on this site who try to edit such links.) Perhaps we ...
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Is there an application where you can visually input LaTeX and have it translate to a code that works in Stack Exchange?

I do not know if this question is appropriate to the Mathematics Meta. This question may be closed if it isn't. But I would like to ask if there is an application people can refer me to that can ...
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Where do we ask questions that are open-ended?

If I am tinkering with an idea, and am curious if people have any thoughts on it, where can I ask about it? The normal Math Stack Exchange is for factual, answerable questions, so I feel like that isn'...
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Why was this question on planar graphs closed like this?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4425339/must-all-graphs-fulfilling-euler-s-formula-be-planar I see no comments on it telling OP to improve something, nor do I see any issues with it except ...
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Should/Can solution-verification be posted as self-answers?

In this answer a user suggests that "answers should almost always be posted as answers”, which I quote If the question exists elsewhere on the site, and you have an answer for it, it should go ...
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What is going on with these questions?

Today I stumbled upon two different (now deleted) questions. The format of the two questions was very similar: a question on measure theory (more specifically, on the exchangeability of a sum and a ...
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Which notational convention for complex conjugate is preferred here? [closed]

This is a simple question. I know of two different notational conventions for the complex conjugate of a complex number. Perhaps there are more than two. Which notation should I use in questions or ...
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Why is the default font of numbers so poor? [duplicate]

When I'm choosing to write a number on math.se, why is the default font like 314159 and not like $314159$? I find it quite annoying to have to write $314159$ every ...
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Steps to avoid cheating in an International mathematics olympiad. [duplicate]

First of all, I am sorry if the title doesn't make sense as I am posting after quite some time now. Feel free to change it if you can make it more informative. I am part of the organising team of an ...
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Why was my question on the objectivity of math heavily downvoted?

I posted the question Is math truly objective? which has been heavily downvoted (a score of $-9$ at the time of posting). I have requested the downvoters to comment on the rationale behind their ...
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"alternative method" type questions

I have a numerical type question on matrices, for which I already have a solution, but is a bit tedious. I actually wanted to know an alternative method or wether that question is kind of a “standard ...
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What do I do if I got two equally good answers for a question that say basically the same thing, and I don't know which one to accept?

Here is the post for context: Is "today is Presidents' Day" a proposition, propositional function, or neither? Both the answers are really great and thorough, and they basically say the ...
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How to put a math formula into a comment to a question on StackExchange

Is there a way to write math formulae in a comment to a question on StackExchange (Mathematics Meta). I'm sure this must have been asked before but my search didn't come up with anything (a reference ...
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OP defaced their question, after an answer was given. [duplicate]

I came across a thread with the question post erased by the asker. There was an answer at the time of defacement. So I rolled back to the original post. But my suggested edit was rejected. Should I ...
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Reputation change bug

I recently answered this question (Simple quadratic function, but can't understand the question).I got 24 upvotes as well as my answer(edited by @Dan) was accepted; but my reputation change due ...
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Why is MSE still down (read-only)?

When accessing the main site, I see a banner with the text "This site is currently in read-only mode. We’ll return with full functionality soon. Follow @StackStatus, visit our status blog or ...
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Why was this comment deleted?

I've had a comment to this recent question removed without, well, comment and I'm curious why. The deleted comment was: "(Incidentally, I disagree with the downvote and have upvoted to compensate....
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Forum deleting questions and answers

It does feel to me that the moderators here go too far when it comes to deleting questions here. These are often questions that were quite interesting in their own right and received some good answers ...
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Better praxis: my answer in MO would be good for this question in MSE. "Link to it in a comment" or "copy/paste text"?

A question in MSE has no answer yet; and I recalled I've answered a similar question years ago in MO. I've looked at it and even found it would be good to add a picture to it (and just did it). This ...
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Communication and civility

Sometimes users post questions in which(1) mathematical terminology is used in grossly incorrect ways, and(2) sentence structure is abominable, and(3) grammar and spelling are quite bad, and (4) ...
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How do I write a better title and improve my post?

I am unable to write a proper title for my question. It is too long and I'm unable to define “non-piecewise” in my title: Is there a non-piecewise average extending the average from Hausdorff Measure/...
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How are my two questions considered similar and thus duplicate? [duplicate]

Recently, I have asked 2 questions. The first is Lower semi-continuous function attains minimum on a compact set and the second is Characterize lower semi-continuous functions by net convergence. The ...
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