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.

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Improving other's questions via adding solution attempts in the question

This is a bit of a puzzler for me and I'd like to try to work out what our community norms and guidelines are around this topic. Suppose user A posts a question which is a bit light on context. User B ...
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Posting link to another website

Getting to the point, is recommending another website in comments each time, considered advertising and spam or not? Or in even simpler terms, is this against the rules of stack exchange , as it may ...
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Editing the title/body of a question hours after asking?

I asked a question which received some comments immediately. Only after the comments came in did I realize that I should ask my question differently. I edited the question then. I now realize that the ...
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The unofficial 2020 elections nomination thread

We will have an election soon to elect 1 new moderator. Continuing the tradition from past elections (2014, 2017, 2018) we have a thread where people can nominate other people. Since candidacy is ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

StackOverflow has quite the reputation as a toxic site, mostly for being unwelcoming to new users. But what's MathSE's general reputation? For users who are teachers, have you heard any of your ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection [closed]

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. Mathematics Stack Exchange is scheduled to begin an election next ...
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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," ...
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I suggested an edit, title, tag and body on a 5 years old post and was rejected, Why?

I happened to suggest an edit where IMO I made the title more descriptive, edited and added text in the body and added one more tag. On a 5 years old post. This https://math.stackexchange.com/review/...
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Tagging migrated questions

One thing I've noticed is that questions like these end up creating an untagged tag whenever a migration takes place. Is this intended behavior? If not, what is the appropriate method of handling ...
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Policies on counterproductive retagging sprees

I have just noticed that, right now, old questions in field theory and Galois theory are being brought up because someone is tagging them ring-theory, for instance here, here, or here. This somewhat ...
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Why can't I select any other SE website when flagging a question?

I flagged this question recently. I wanted to select "this question belongs on another stack exchange network" but only three other SE sites came up (as shown below) when it asked which site ...
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Is it ok to remove the (discrete-mathematics) tag from a question?

When I see a recently active discrete-mathematics question about e.g. number theory being poorly tagged, I tend not only to add the relevant, more specified, tags but also I remove the tag discrete-...
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How can I fix my question? [duplicate]

Question in consideration: Mathematics as several Type-0 Grammars I've asked the question above because I've been trying to understand the way mathematicians do mathematics from a formalist ...
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Advice for getting a question reopened

I had recently asked this question. There were some good answers before it got closed. However, I think there could be better answers. I don't know how to phrase my query precisely, as it's not ...
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Someone edited my answer. Now it is wrong.

There has been an edit to an old answer of mine and it was approved by other two users. Now the answer is wrong, obviously. What should I do? I'm not happy about this at all. How can it be that some ...
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What is the difference between following a post and bookmarking a question?

I'm a bit confused about the difference of following a post or bookmarking a question: Isn't they are of similar use? I've only used the bookmarking part before, it seems enough for me since I can ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Same question format, but one question gets a good response, while the other gets closed. Why is that happening?

I'm speaking with reference to this question. When I read through the question, it immediately struck me as a low-effort question. It did not include an attempt to solve the problem. Nevertheless, it ...
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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 ...
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Writing Math equations in MSE. [duplicate]

How do I write the mathematical equations in a question, here on stack exchange? When I try to write a question which involves equations, I get stuck as I don't know how to input those equations... ...
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Why did my comment(s) get deleted?

I recently gave this answer to a question. Initially, I gave a sloppy answer—the kernel was there, but I didn't set it up properly. Someone pointed this out, and after some time, I was able to ...
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Searching in comments for a specific OP of a question and a word used in comments

I would like to search for my username user122424 and a specific word used in comments that I remember from reading that comment to get back to it. How can I do that?
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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 ...
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Blindly answering easy questions without considering whether the question satisfies MSE policy.

Here's the question which motivated me to write this question. Inspite of being clearly mentioned in the MSE's homework policy about Avoid "no clue" questions this question was asked by the ...
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Why aren't duplicates deleted?

Let's say a question is closed as duplicate and someone provided the link of the original question: Wouldn't it be better that duplicates are deleted off of the site? Or deleting them would be a ...
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Why do I get a “-1” when I downvote others' answers? [duplicate]

Well, in How does reputation work? post, I've read that if you put a downvote on others' answers you'd get "-1" on your reputation. Yet, I cannot think of a potential reason for this as long ...
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Deduction in rep for downvoting

If I downvote someone's answer with detail in the comment as to why, then why is my reputation deducted ( by -1). I am helping the community. Reputation is hard to earn, and if it's deducted every ...
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Livestream plagiarism of question titles from Math.SE onto Quora

I noticed this first over at Chinese.SE and it turns out it was reported 5 months ago on meta.SE. A Quora user Dex Jackson is copy/pasting large numbers of question titles from Stack Exchange onto ...
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Why do simple answers get more positive feedback?

Consider these answers (vectors, inequality) on one hand and these (Coupon Collector's problem, angles, arithmetic-geometric series sum, and even alternative CRT approach) on the other. Why do ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

I have noticed that sometimes answers are downvoted in order to cause the automatic deletion of a question by the community user. In particular, there are closed questions with $1$-point answers - ...
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Shadow or background question

Why I see sometimes some questions with shadows or in background like the picture in attachment? My question, following my comment, refers to the fact that I do not have any Ignored tags and, for ...
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Should users that by now, should already have +2k but due to some reason have less than 2k, be suggesting edits?

I was observing that some users, by now, should already have 2k points or more, but due to say bounties here and there, have less than 2k.
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Is it no longer considered OK to post a comment of more than 600 characters as an answer?

On more than one occasion, always with an explicit disclaimer, I have posted a comment of more than 600 characters as an "answer". I have done this because I have quite often seen other ...
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Mistake done by MSE in calculating score.

In my profile of Mathematics SE, it shows that I've score of $7$ in algebra-precalculus tag. However, if you manually count the scores of all the questions ...
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And something you can show in a kind of vector representation. How you do this?

This question is in fact a meta question. I have less than 5 points of reputation on meta. So I can not ask this question on the meta.math.stackexchange.com. It reports: "You must have at least 5 ...
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Promoting yourself in the forum

I just wanted to know if it is ok to promote a video about math that I have uploaded. meaning, I'll create a post which will be a discussion about this video, where we will discuss the video, suggest ...
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Problem asking problem.

I think it's been one month. Mathematics Stack Exchange doesn't accept my question. After the positive work in Stack Exchange I earned more than $500$ reputation by answering many questions and ...
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Strange sequence of upvotes

About 10 minutes into the "day", I started receiving a long sequence of single votes on questions There are 28 upvotes over a period of 2-3 minutes. Moreover, they occurred on my answers in almost ...
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Where does the funding for Mathematics - Stack Exchange come from?

I encounter no ads that I am aware of, and it must cost money, which makes me wonder.
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Is it possible to flag users who use photos of very young children, or is there an age limit for Math.SE?

In Stack Exchange communities, like Math.SE, are users allowed to have profile photos of children? I would like to know whether or not it is correct to flag those profiles where there are pictures of ...
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Problem : You have reached your question limit

When I try to ask a question, my Mathematics Stack Exchange account says that I have reached my question limit and should fix my previous posts. But I don't have clue how should I fix my previous ...
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What to do with duplicates of deleted questions?

There are 109 questions that are closed as duplicates of deleted posts. This SEDE query lists all such posts. Can we do something about these posts? One question is on its way to be Roomba'd and some ...
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Can we move an unanswered question to MathOverflow?

Two months ago, I asked this question, which no one answered. Therefore, later I offered a +50 bounty for it. Sadly, again no answers. Now I think that the question might be more suitable for ...
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Rationale and need for rule barring low-reputation users from inserting images

Occasionally, a new user will ask a question for which a picture is required. Sometimes it's because they don't have the time, energy, or knowledge to convert a handwritten or typeset equation (often ...
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Can I ask Geogebra questions on this site?

There are certain questions, answer of which require a graph, diagram or animation of locus or more precisely something related to Geogebra. So, is asking input command of how to make any animation ...
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Shouldn't the “impossible” badges be removed?

You can't set bounties on meta sites So why are there still those 4 bounty related badges!? P.S. I definitely wasn't going to waste atleast 100 reputation points just to get atleast two badges that no ...
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Was my username vulgar?

My username has been changed to default without any notice. The original username was "AshWhole" Yes, it is similar to an inappropriate word, but does not the exact spelling, nor the ...
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Adding an entirely different construction to someone else’s answer

Today, a user edited an old answer of mine to add a completely different construction to the one I used. There was no indication made into the addition that this was not me writing it (a user would ...
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Can I ask a question using photos?

Can I ask a question using photos?
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$\rm\LaTeX$ align code is not working properly.

Recently I had answered a question. I had used the $\rm\LaTeX$ command \begin{align}...\end{align} but the equations are not perfectly aligned. This is the code I ...