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I have an answer to a question where the algebra seems perfect; yet the community gave me down votes for it. Where is the algebra error??

Hello Mathematics Meta, I have a question that I answered, and it seems to me that the algebra in the answer is perfect. Yet overall I got a downvote. What can be done when the math is perfect, but ...
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Ideal onboarding for MathSE

As a community, we expect new users of the site to do a lot of work before making their first post (which is on average a new question). They have to make an account and sign up, be at least somewhat ...
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I am requesting the moderators to delete that post

As I lack sufficient reputation to comment, I am creating a meta post. I am requesting the moderators to delete that post because they are cheating Solving $(a+1)^{\log_a(x-2)} - a^{\log_{a+1}(x-1)} = ...
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Integral or Series Closed Form Inquiry

I know it's a dumb question still I don't have premium access to Mathematica or Wolfram Alpha, so I sometimes get stuck. Can I ask on Math Stack Exchange community for help finding the closed form of ...
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May I ask why my answer was deleted without explanation?

In Why do we believe the equation ax+by+c=0 represents a line?, I wrote this answer: Let $A=\left(x_{A},y_{A}\right)$ and $B=\left(x_{B},y_{B}\right)$ be distinct points. We define the line $l$ ...
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Mathematical Challenges Question

Can people ask MSE for help in regards to refining or aiding them in solving and creating questions that could potentially be used in mathematical challenges or even Olympiads? My last posted question ...
Yajat Shamji's user avatar
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Closed Question Despite 8 Upvotes and Detailed Attempts – Seeking Clarification

I joined Math Stack Exchange about 15-17 days ago, so I might not know all the rules for asking questions. One of my early questions got closed, but it had 8 upvotes, and I mentioned what I tried. I’m ...
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Is it okay to ask a question on the interpretation of a result or for an alternate solution?

I posted a problem a while back and recently put a bounty on it: Locus of centroid, given the slopes of the sides I tried to be as clear as I could about what I was asking (basically just an intuitive ...
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real functions or complex functions [closed]

There are many questions from students about (presumably) real functions of (presumably) real variables. I say presumably, because information is often scarce. Now with real functions there are often ...
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Are "is this publishable"-type questions allowed? [duplicate]

Do questions that ask for feedback on the quality, originality or novelty of a given result prior to publishing belong to MSE?
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Closing new users questions without comments.

I saw some questions in my close votes review queue that were asked by new users and had 4 close votes (and eventually got closed) without any answer or comment at all and without any comment ...
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Why was this question closed for lacking focus?

I posted a question that, in retrospect, was too broad, and it received two votes to close with comments telling me why. I edited it to substantially restrict its scope, and it was upvoted and ...
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Are we being too harsh about questions that aren't homework problems

I get the feeling that the MSE community is being much more harsh and dogmatic than it used to be and that that is detrimental to its use to help people who are trying to learn mathematics and have ...
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My question was closed but now I have edited it [duplicate]

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Hard permutation question My question was closed and I did not get an option to send it for review even though I have edited it now. Please ...
Aayush Sethia's user avatar
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Why I seemingly cannot find my question when searching but then later when I get flagged for duplicate question I find the similar question

I try to avoid creating duplicates but I always fail. Consider my recent question. I was searching the finite subgroup criterion. So I typed into the search function "Finite subgroup criterion&...
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Why can I close my own question?

While I know closing questions is supposed to be done by the community to encourage higher-quality questions, I also have the option to close my own question. See the following: This is how it would ...
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Should I delete my question if I already got a definitive answer?

There are a lot of times when I just post a question, and a couple minutes after, I get an answer that just completely answers the question without any problems. Take this one. I posted it, and ...
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Can you explain me why my question was closed?

This question was closed for being "opinion-based". I honestly don't see how this relates to any opinion. The answer is actually written in the comments and was here pretty much from the ...
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How should I (nicely) tell people they should answer my question rather than giving the answer in comments?

I know this isn't an issue specific with math.se, but this is one of the community where I feel like it is widespread. Take as an example my last question. I am basically asking "Is the result X ...
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When should a question that requires only algebraic manipulation to answer use the algebra-precalculus tag?

Say for example a question deals with a curve in the complex plane but the only technique required to solve the problem is algebraic manipulation (albeit perhaps using complex numbers) and the user ...
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Is it off-topic to ask for What topics I have the prerequisites for self-learning?

I recently asked this question which was about What topics do I have the prerequisites for? and the question was closed because it was “Not suitable for this site”. The reason was “Seeking personal ...
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Should I split my two-part question into two?

I am currently writing a question about an infinite product I got stuck on trying to solve. I realized that I have not actually proven that it converges, something I also do not know how to do. I see ...
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Why my first question was deleted? [duplicate]

My first question was deleted more than a year ago. I will admit that I didn’t give additional context and an effort as at that time, I was very new to the site and I don’t know that it is requirement ...
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Marathon on math stackexchange

everyone. Good evening. I've noticed several discussions about integral marathons and infinite series marathons on various forums, such as the Art of Problem Solving and Integrals and Series Prohbb (...
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Should I vote to close very old questions?

I saw some very old questions in my close votes review queue (one from 7 years ago, one from 10 years ago, and another from 12 years ago) like this or this or this, and I was not sure what to do. ...
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Are my questions simply bad/in violation of rules of the site?

I've recently noticed that my recent questions do not receive much attention / are not answered even within one or two days. For example, for this question I had to put a bounty on the question to get ...
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Answered a question that I later realized is a duplicate

I have just added an answer to a question that, shortly after posting my answer, I realised is probably a duplicate of this other question, as suggested in the comments, and I flagged it as such. My ...
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What are "voting irregularities"?

I found a user that was answered several of my questions suspended for "voting irregularities" ... is there any information what "voting irregularities" means?
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Accepting an answer that doesn't solve the question

I recently asked a question on MSE and got this answer. It doesn't actually provide a solution to the mathematical problem posed but rather gives a practical workaround to use interpolation and ...
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Can I make a post just for curiosity?

I wanted to ask if I can ask questions that arise only from my curiosity (example: I waste time doing random functions and create a problem out of nothing that seems interesting to me because it has a ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Is it possible to make a statement about ways I think MSE could improve? [closed]

My apologies if this question doesn't fit here - I am not sure where this question would best be asked. I have been feeling for some time that I would like to make a suggestion for how math stack ...
Harry Partridge's user avatar
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Should the circle tag's description be modified to include disks?

I've asked a lot of questions about disks (example 1, example 2, example 3). There is no tag for disk, so I just choose the circle tag. But the circle tag's description is fairly clear about the scope ...
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How to write mathematical equations with automatic line numbers in Stack exchange editor [duplicate]

Here is the equations with automatic line numbers obatined in texstudio How can I write same in latex editor in Mathstackexchange?
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Are users of Math Stack Exchange more rude to inexperienced mathematicians than users on other sites in their respective subject domains?

More times than I can count, I have had my questions on Math Stack Exchange criticized and condescended to in the comments and sometimes answers. The usual theme is that my question is dumb, makes no ...
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Are non-rigorous questions allowed on MSE?

By non-rigorous questions I mean questions not of the form "Prove that ...". For instance: "Is there a clever way to check this type of equality?" "Does this math thing remind ...
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Help-centre content for the banner regarding AI tools

At the moment there is majority support for having a banner on-site that reminds users that AI-generated content is not welcome on math.stackexchange. As part of getting that banner put in place, we ...
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Do we want a banner regarding AI-generated content?

For details, see Sites can now request to enable a banner to warn about their policy on AI-generated content Edit note: I've added in three answers for upvoting. This should cover all options without ...
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Question regarding deleted questions whilst under a post ban.

I wanted to ask if you could recycle deleted questions that the Bot has automatically deleted and repurpose them into new questions before voting to undelete whilst under a post ban in any Stack ...
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Should we have a [monotonicity] tag? [duplicate]

I often encounter problems that require proving or finding the conditions for a function or sequence to be increasing, decreasing, or monotonic. For example, I recently asked this question about ...
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Is there anyway I can attract more attention to an answer to an old question?

In this case, I wrote an answer to an old question and I wanted to know (without sounding spammy) if there is anyway to attract attention to the answer just to see if it meets the criteria for "...
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Can I recycle deleted questions?

Context I wanted to completely empty the list of questions I had deleted but I realized that it is not possible to delete them permanently (or at least... I didn't find it). Question I was wondering ...
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Found an incorrect yet accepted and upvoted answer

This answer claims that eigenvalues of a matrix are preserved under elementary row operations. It has two upvotes and it is an accepted answer. I came across it while searching related topics on ...
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Being able to easily distinguish when one is commenting on their own question

I've been having this problem on Math Stack Exchange — and it has to do with the fact that I can't really tell when somebody is commenting on their own question, usually in response to another comment,...
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Guidelines for solution-verification and proof-explanation tags

Two posts I read today made me see what seems to me to be an inconsistency between the guidelines for the for the proof-explanation and solution-verification tags. The post with the solution-...
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Let's discuss this in chat ...

Occasionally, I get involved in exchanges of comments on MSE and the other party eventually says "let's discuss this in chat". Am I being antisocial in never taking up this offer? I feel ...
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On [counting], [enumeration] and [enumerative-combinatorics] synonyms of [combinatorics]

Currently, the tags counting, enumeration and enumerative-combinatorics are synonyms of combinatorics. This reflects what combinatorics was considered to be maybe 100 years ago, but modern ...
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There should be a "How to Ask" page tailored to math se.

The "how to ask" page for this site includes very generic advice, it is be applicable to almost all stack exchange sites. But, for example, stackoverflow has their own "how to ask" ...
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Should I ask my doubt and later answer it on my own?

So I was studying numerical methods from my class notes and got this doubt which I had asked here. My notes are short and quick so they skip over a lot of detail. Later, I followed a textbook and my ...
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Club/Organization accounts

I just want to state for the record that this is something I am considering doing, not something that I have already done. This site has a lot of interesting questions on it and I'm considering ...
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