Questions tagged [discussion]

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Modifying or deleting a stupid and trivial but answered question should be allowed

Asking a math question is an effort of exploration into the delicate world of mathematics. Sometimes a person fails at making a sensible effort and asks a stupid and trivial question due to his/her ...
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When should each type of vertical bar (pipe) be used?

There are many ways to type a pipe. You could use \$|\$ ($|$), \$\vert\$ ($\vert$), \$\mid\$ ($\mid$), or just a plain | (not surrounded by dollar signs). You could also use vmatrix to indicate matrix ...
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What is the best place to discuss about a particular book on mathematics? [on hold]

I am wondering if anyone knows where the best place to discuss about a particular book on mathematics. Thank you!
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Relating to create a new tag named “wronskian”

I have created a new tag named "wronskian" and given the full details about it and also I fit some questions relating this new tag. I just want to know is it acceptable for this site? If all goes ...
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What are your options to draw commutative diagrams on MSE? [duplicate]

I know that I asked similar questions in the past, but I still do not seem to figure it out, what the best way is to post a 'complex' diagram on this website. Nothing seems to work, and the things ...
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How should I improve my question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Trouble with complex numbers within a given equation. two things Is their anyway I can get this question off the "On hold" status. I made ...
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Misspelled titles to avoid duplicate titles

I've encountered a number of times when a question has a misspelled title (here's the most recent one; as you can see in the edit history, it originally said "Isomorophism between modules"). Turns ...
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What is mod's team view on the crude deleted posts?

I apologize in advance for my language, my english was always quite mediocre. This post is mostly related to some like this one and many more on meta. On that post a moderator, davidlowryduda, ...
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What should I do when an answer-in-a-comment is redundant with an actual answer?

The question "Mathematic notation: What does "$a|p$" or "$b|c$" mean?" received an answer-in-a-comment: Assuming you are referring to a and b as (say) integers, then a∣b means a ...
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How should basic questions about transfinite ordinals and cardinals be tagged?

I was about to retag this question when I noticed that neither of the elementary-set-theory or set-theory tags seems to really want questions of this tag. The tag wikis say: elementary-set-theory ...
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Questions Regarding Mathematical Software

My instinct on this question was to close it because it was about the MATLAB software. To be sure I was making the right choice, I wanted to verify that it was off-topic and not about mathematics as ...
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Toxicity 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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Need objective comments on the appropriateness of a question

I asked a question about a currently active Internet discussion (What is the reason for the "left to right" rule?) I specifically asked about the algebraic reason of one mathematical rule ...
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Is There a Reason We Can't Edit Our Recently Deleted Questions?

I recently wrote a reasonably long question, but noticed a mistake a few minutes after posting which would take a fair amount of rewriting. Not wanting to waste people's time in working around that ...
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Is there a way to make a section of a post “collapsible”?

You know how some webpages will have a section that looks like > 'heading'; and when you click on it, it expands into a wall of text? Is there a way to include one of those in post? There are times ...
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Should there be a Challenge tag?

Today I posted the question below: Challenge: find the order of an element in a Finite Abelian Group with a given presentation I was surprised to find that there is no such thing as a ...
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Is this user suspended until 2092?

Recently I came across a user who is suspended: Does this mean that the user is suspended until 2092? What type of offense might warrant such a long suspension, but not a permanent ban?
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Ad URLs should not use path nested under stackexchange.com (but maybe a subdomain instead)

I just noticed this on the right-hand side of a question: It looked sort of interesting to me but being new I wasn't sure if this was an ad or not, so I hovered my mouse over it. It links to "http://...
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Why was this voted as off topic?

When I looked at Is this a concurrency? I found someone that has done some work and was wondering if his "discovery" has merit. The responses and discussion was really of value for people interested ...
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What if potential errors in an answer are pointed out in comments but not addressed?

I was told " flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer" and then I found Don't flag wrong answers? A claim here made by a user named Neal, asked ...
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Robotic comments. [duplicate]

Many times I have seen a question put on hold where the stated reason has no relation to the question. It looks like a formula statement. "" put on hold as off-topic by StubbornAtom, Leucippus, ...
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Request: an easy way to access the posts on meta that explain policies or serve as tutorials or lists.

Today when I was going through the questions on our main site, I saw a question that showed absolutely no effort. But the op left a sentence "don't know where to start". Then I remembered I've seen ...
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A suggestion to improve 'similar questions' suggestions: let's include tags.

Sorry for the title. When I write a new question, right below the title, a drop-down menu opens up with suggestions of questions similar to mine. My suggestion is to interact that menu with the tag ...
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Request: Review Queue Activity Differences

So, anyone who's been around M.SE very long, and has access to some of the review queues, knows that the review queues are by no means of equal activity (or busy-ness). Close Votes is always the ...
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I simplified my question that other readers could not understand, now I am asking if it can be re-opened. [duplicate]

Recently, I've edited my closed question. Reasons being ignorant of describing the search problem that I wanted to prove is NP-hard. May it be re-opened, please? Link here
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Should the use of “iff” be discouraged?

I've come across a lot of posts where "iff" is used as a short form for "if, and only if,". Maybe it's just me, but when trying to read (a long text) fast, I think it's easy to misunderstand it for ...
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Are real questions sometimes getting deleted and should we try and stop that?

I once saw a question that I think was titled "Do irrational numbers really exist?" and it later got deleted. I think the person who asked it had a real question. I think that person had an intuition ...
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Is it a good idea to ask understanding-verification type of questions on this site?

In my process of studying math, I am often amased by how much different understandings of the same concept can really deepen one's comprehension. And I am also shocked by how much a wrong or ...
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About an specific user not writing properly

I have observed that there is a user out there that I think is not being nice/polite/etc when he leaves comments on post. I checked the activity and are some of them what the heck is $f$? ...
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Migrating this not-answered-bounty-expired question to MathOverflow?

I've recently asked this question on Math SE and upon not receiving any answers, offered a bounty to draw attention. The question has attracted a reasonable number of up and no down-votes, so I'd say ...
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Database of abstract duplicates displayed when asking question/clicking on tag

The following question came up today: Prove $5a^2 ≠ 3b^2$ for all non-zero rational numbers $a$ and $b$ This is surely an abstract duplicate if not an actual duplicate. Yet as I intended to indicate ...
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Do Probability and Statistics questions belong here?

When reading random questions on this site, I often come across some Statistics/Probability-related questions. More often than not, these questions receive either not enough or not good enough answers....
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Should there be a question on intuition for $0.999\dots = 1$?

I think that as described in this answer, Jonathan Fischoff burned a lot of reputation points asking questions to gain intuition on $0.999\dots = 1$ in MathOverflow. Even if that user really did lose ...
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How do I ask a good question about a topic I am not completely familiar with?

In my classes, it is easy as my professor would correct my question if it bad, or ask me to re-state it and I would learn something new if my question was good or bad. However, in this site I have ...
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Can I start a bounty on a already answered question?

I came across with the following question Definition of "descends to" I think that is a question that many students of algebraic geometry (and probably many others) have in the ...
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Why have I been banned from asking questions?

I've been banned from asking questions. But, when I checked all my past questions and answers, I've got a total of 6 downvotes. Is this enough to get a question ban? Or have I been banned due to ...
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Math.SE Vs MathEducation.SE for questions about efficient structure of solutions?

I’d like to reach out to the community to find an improved way of approaching a specific, common problem type (finding the Taylor coefficients in various binomial series expansions; both a) the ...
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What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply?

What to do when I don't understand an answer and author don't reply? Solve for x $ \sin 30° \sin x \sin 10° = \sin 20° \sin ({80°-x}) \sin 40° $ So someone answered my ...
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“too broad” tags? [duplicate]

There are some tags, that can be considered «too broad»: For example [abstract-algebra]: The tag wiki says, that it is a tag for questions about algebraic objects However, most important classes of ...
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Reputation for attention / replies? (When your questions aren't upvoted).

I hope this is the right place to post this question, apologies in advance, if not. Would it be possible to adjust the reputation system so that answering a question would either [edit:] for example: ...
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Should titles be included in begingroup..endgroup (similarly as posts and comments)?

Not too long ago, a Stack Exchange software was changed in such way that macros defined in a post are valid only inside that post (similarly for comments). It was announced in an answer on this meta: ...
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When does Goldbach get away from non research levels? [closed]

This polynomial being every natural number greater than 3 is consistent with Goldbach's conjecture, because if both halves are positive, this is half a sum of two primes.I'm mostly trying to show ...
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Does this question deserve to be closed? [duplicate]

Here is a question A property of the tangent line that I asked where I was confused on the matter "what is the property that characterises a tangent line" and I thought that this property is that the ...
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How could this question be improved?

Unable to solve $ \int \frac{x + \sqrt{2}}{x^2 + \sqrt{2} x + 1} dx $? The people who voted to close gave the reason that it's missing context. I would like to know what kind of context I could have ...
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What is the mathematics behind MSE logo? [duplicate]

This is the logo of our main website. What is the mathematics behind this logo. I mean the logo should have some mathematical significance or idea. I can only see six cubes arranged in a pattern. ...
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Does the question contain enough information to ask on regular mathematics?

Intro I'm trying to prove that all valid $n^2 \times n^2$ Sudoku solutions follow a cyclic permutation pattern for a subset of $n!$ Sudoku grids. But, I'm not sure on how to prove it. $S= {[n....x]...
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Should we have an [automatic-sequences] tag?

The main motivation for this proposal lies in the fact that there are a lot of questions on the site concerning the Thue-Morse and Rudin-Shapiro sequences as well as other related automatic integer ...
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Is there any way to have comment templates whenever we are typing comments?

We already have a comment template thread but oftentimes it takes a long time to open meta, go to the question, wait for the page to load, scroll down to the correct comment and copy it, especially if ...
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How does one handle books without errata?

My situation: My book is Differential Forms in Algebraic Topology by Loring W. Tu and Raoul Bott of which An Introduction to Manifolds by Loring W. Tu is a prequel. Neither of which appears to have ...
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reputation points - how are they determined and by whom?

How and by whom are reputation points given? On May 30 I answered a post and it was rated +30. On May 31 it was rated +25 (I don't know if that was a replacement or an addition). On June 2 I ...