Questions tagged [discussion]

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What's the difference between [tags] and [tagging]?

What's the difference between the [tagging] and [tags] tags? Are they similar enough that we shouldn't have both?
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Can we get rid of the grid background?

Sorry, but all it does is make everything harder to read.
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On current content of the site

Feels like we have a problem with content: to many questions are either 1) homework or 2) soft-questions/intuition/terminology — whatever but not a "well-defined math question that actually have ...
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Would questions like “I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc” be welcome here?

Would questions like "I'm interested in learning Foo, recommend me some books, websites etc" be welcome here? Where Foo is field of mathematics of course. I haven't seen any yet, but they aren't ...
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Why was my question promoting another math website deleted?

I posted a few hours ago a question about how to promote another math site which has different purposes. I really, really have no intention to spam, but I thought (and still think) that the resource I ...
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Can some questions have a “bounty”, as they do at MathOverflow ?

Even though this is not a location for original research, can questions still have a bounty? The following question was just posted: How do you determine if a point sits inside a polygon? and it ...
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Feedback on Google Charts for TeX processing

We have implemented google charts TeX processing based on John Gietzen's grease monkey script which from our perspective works pretty well. There are a few advantages to using google charts: They ...
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Moving the meta link to the same spot it occupies on MO.

Is there any chance we could move the link to meta to the right of the FAQ link? Arguments are forthcoming.
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Logo ideas/proposals

Right now, math.stackexchange has the same look as every other beta SE 2.0 site. However, we will eventually need our own logo. Please post as answers below, your logo proposals for this site. One per ...
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Protocol for deleting wrong answers.

Assume someone asks a question, I read it and think "ok I've got it". And post my answer. After some amount of time I realize, or am alerted that my answer is wrong. Perhaps it was too sloppy, or ...
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I am so glad this site exists! [closed]

I just want to say that I'm really happy this site exists now. A place to ask and answer math questions intelligently, at any level, is greatly needed, and using the SE voting system to keep things ...
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Tags to kill: “vectors”

I just retagged two questions containing the tag [vectors]. This is a useless tag. It's like making a tag [elements-of-a-group]. Kill it whenever you see it from now on. Good hunting.
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elect our (Provisional) Moderators

In accordance with these guidelines, we should be participating in Moderator nomination discussions. Add another answer to this question for your nomination for a ...
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Maths Education Questions

What do you guys think of maths education questions? I wouldn't want the site to be overwhelmed, but they are related to maths. By its nature, many education questions will be subjective and difficult ...
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Why is this website so strict?

This is more of a rant then it is a question. The website is too strict on what it wants as its topics right now. It is at a very early stage and you want activity on the site. If you close most of ...
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About the [soft-question] and [big-list] tags

The folk coming from Math Overflow generally seem keen to bring across the practice that: Questions that don't look like they will have a single, correct answer should be tagged either [soft-question]...
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Protocol for (simple) questions that do not have an accepted answer in (actual) research-level Maths?

I believe we already have a couple of questions that are, while understandable at the high-school or even lower level, have no accepted answer in even research-level Maths. I'm not referring to in-...
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Do we need moderators pro tempore right now?

Per this post on the SO/SE blog (which, curiously, does not include math.SE in its graphic list), it looks like the admins will choose moderators pro tempore at about 7 days into the public beta. In ...
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How should we deal with ill-founded questions?

Inspired by this question on the parent site. Somewhat related to this meta question, but people who ask ill-founded questions are not necessarily cranks. People will continue to ask questions ...
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Asking questions whose answers are clearly known to the OP

What is the Math.SE take on questions like Perfect set without rationals, whose answer, judging from the comment, is known to the OP?
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Cloning over questions from MO

It seems that we are getting a lot of questions that are simply copied over from MO. In at least a few cases, the answers we are ending up with here are also just copied over from MO. Do we want ...
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Questions that keep getting bumped back

There are certain questions (such as 0.99..=1) that get an extremely large number of answers, even though many are redundant. Since the topic is popular, it's likely that many future posts will be ...
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Philosophical time-wastebaskets

Recently the question Do Complex Numbers Really Exist? was closed as "subjective and argumentative". I voted to close, because the way the question was asked invited two philosophical questions, and ...
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Should we adapt the FAQ from the Mathoverflow FAQ? If yes, how much of it is relevant?

Over at Mathoverflow, we put a lot of time and thought into the FAQ. While a lot of it is not applicable to math.SE, there are a number of ideas there that could be very useful to this site. I ...
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Which question should be asked?

I am not used to StackExchange (I just stumbled upon the committing phase for this group because a friend of mine who knows I am a math fan told me about it), so I am not really sure which kind of ...
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How do we advertise math.SE?

We all presumably came here after receiving the email that math.SE was in private beta. In a few days, however, the site will go public. We'd like to get a much bigger following, and I doubt we'll ...
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Dissonance of purpose: What kind of site should MU be?

It appears that there are two factions on MU. Those of us who want MU to function as something like a lower-level MO, and some of us who want a less-focused general math forum. The main difference ...
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So few questions

Everyone seems to have stopped posting questions. How come?
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What is a seeded question?

Is it a question one knows how to solve, in order to flesh out the beta?
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How can I find what questions SO closes? [closed]

I was trying to figure out what the bar is for closing questions on SO, but ran into the rather dumb thing that the search on SO for "closed" doesn't actually pull up a list of closed questions. ...
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Seeded Questions Set to CW

I tend to think that maybe seeded questions should be CW. Not that I care about rep being given for seeded questions because they are helping the site, and rep should be awarded for helping out. But ...
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Stop tagging things with the tag [proofs]

Please! It is a completely pointless and useless tag. It applies to somewhere near 80% of the questions that appear on this site. I will continue to remove this tag whenever it crops up, so ...
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Calling all Physics, Mathematical Bio, Engineering, Econ, Contest Math, etc. Enthusiasts…

Please seed the main site with applied math and contest-math type questions! We've been talking a lot about what counts as math related, and these types have come up in theory, but until we have some ...
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Mathematical Modeling and Applied Mathematics Question Policy

I'd like to discuss what we think about questions that are not formulated in the language of mathematics, but ask for a mathematical formulation, or pose a question--in a thoughtful and motivated way, ...
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Are “What is X?” questions acceptable?

There have been a few questions of the form "What is this mathematical concept?" On MO, there were several at the beginning, including some asked by reputed mathematicians, but since then they've ...
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Moderators and Great People

One of the reasons that MO (also SO) was able to grow so well in the early days is that it had a small dedicated group of people who guided the site through its early stages and kept things on topic. ...
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MathOverflow tags + others ?

I have re-tagged two questions today, 0.999=1? and the issue of the divergence of the harmonic series as "calculus" because I don't think they are real-analysis questions. However, when a real-...
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Should we migrate by hand good-but-not-research level questions from MathOverflow?

MathOverflow has a large supply of reasonable to excellent mathematics questions, which have been closed for not being "research level". Should we migrate some of these by hand?
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Should MU be a knowledge base for all mathematics?

I, for one, think that MU should try to be a Q&A site that is accessible to people at a lower level than MO. This does not mean that it should be a lower quality site than MO. It's been ...
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What is the appropriate tag for questions not directly about math?

There are already several questions posted that are not really 'math questions.' Instead, they ask for blogs, podcasts, etc. Inevitably, more will follow. Favorite math-related cartoon, favorite math-...
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Questions with multiple, very similar answers

I'm seeing a phenomenon wherein questions receive multiple answers that are very similar in nature (for example, the 0.9999... = 1 question) or answers that do not build off or acknowledge the ...

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