Questions tagged [discussion]

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Accepting your own answer

Why does MSE allows accepting your own answers on your question? As I cannot upvote my own post, I think accepting your own answer should also be prohibited or there should be an option that if 5 or ...
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homework questions deleted by poster - authentication by teacher

Suppose a question is given by a teacher to a student, who obtains an answer here, copies it and then deletes the question. Is there an easy way for the teacher to prove that the student has not ...
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Why is the number of required close votes constant?

How do high traffic questions survive without any system in place to prevent them from being closed too easily? It seems strange to me that the number of votes required to close a question is a ...
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What does the community think of a “mathematical aesthetics” tag? [duplicate]

Often mathematics is also a matter of aesthetics and elegance. Sometimes there appear questions asking for a "more elegant" way to do this or that, or a "nice" proof of some fact. I'd like to know ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions from Project Euler here?

Can we ask Project Euler questions here?
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When to raise flag above 5k reputation?

I have a 5k reputation and so what are the cases where I should use flag because I have some of my flags declined. Secondly, there are some answers where the questioner didn't accept my answer in ...
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Copy and paste as answer

For this question I am wondering if it would be wrong for me to copy and paste the comment into the answer box because being honest it answers my question. Let me know what I should do?
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Do we have a “How to write a good answer” post? If not, can we have one?

Today I suggested to a new user that the style of his answer was not very appropriate for MSE. In searching for links of suggestions on how to write a good answer, I did not find an authoritative ...
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After my questions is closed and deleted - is the reputation lost from downvotes returned?

Sorry I can't link to the question. I knew going in that I would get a few down-votes because the question was a little abstruse. I was willing to take my lumps. However, when the thread was ...
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Why isn't my question showing up in active questions when I edit it? [closed]

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3723674/is-incompleteness-eliminated-when-construed-within-this-adaptation-to-the-sound
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How to grab users' attention on an old question?

Unfortunately, I haven't figured out whether this question is appropriate here. So I'm sorry if it is not. But nevertheless, here it is. For example, I have a question. A problem, or maybe a piece of ...
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Answering my own question to attract attention. [duplicate]

Sometimes I have a question and have an idea how to answer it. I'm pretty sure (see edit 1) the idea is correct but not so sure (see edit 1). However, I do want to be so sure (see edit 1), so I ask ...
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Why has this question entered the Close Queue fifteen times?

I'm rather amused by the timeline of this question - /posts/477/timeline. I don't think the system would flag this post 15 times, so I guess it has been sent manually to the Close Queue $≥14$ times. ...
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Suggestion to improve the quality of questions.

Recently, a contentious discussion has been taken place in Removed Question vs Reputation around the opening of the question Determine if $\frac{k-1}{k}+ \frac{1}{k(k+1)}= \frac{k}{k+1}$ holds. I have ...
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Why was a comment deleted as obsolete when part of it is still relevant? [closed]

I noticed that my comment to this answer has disappeared. Why did it happen? If the comment was flagged as outdated and then removed, I believe this is wrong. The first part of the comment was about ...
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My (deleted) controversial answer to integration problem.

I just noticed that my answer to the Integrating $ \int\frac{5}{\ 16 + 9\cos^2(x)}\,dx $ query was deleted. I also just noticed that I was invited to a chat. Apparently, I got the message to late. ...
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Is it possible to see a list of tags I have not favorited or ignored?

For any tag, you can ignore it (questions with this tag are hidden or grayed out), favorite it (questions with this tag are highlighted), or neither. By going to Preferences on the Edit Profile & ...
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Is arithmetic mathematics and can we answer questions about it?

Yesterday, I answered this question (later deleted, see below for the text) and was a little surprised when the question was closed. A user in the comments stated, "This is not mathematics. It is ...
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Can we have a feed of watched tags

On the questions tab can we have a filter feature (I mean like frequented votes etc) of watched tags. I am aware that the tags that I have watched are demarked in a different colour. But I would like ...
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Is CRUDE healthy?

The chatroom CRUDE stands for Close, Reopen, Undelete, Delete, Edit. Is the way this room is currently used healthy for Maths Stack Exchange? There is a core of users which can be counted on one ...
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Should we write every constant upright?

This post comes out because some of my edit was rejected. I honestly think we should use upright letter for specific mathematical constant. For example I think $\operatorname i$ is the immaginary ...
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How to fill the learning gaps before posting a question on MSE

I am a self learning student of mathematics, that is I never had classroom experience beyond high school. I am seeking to self study this subject and often when I asked questions on MSE I find that I ...
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Questions edited in such a way that they cannot be recognized

I specifically refer to this question, but this is not the first time I observe the following behavior: after a question is answered it is changed by the author in such a way that it cannot be anymore ...
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Is context significant in determining if a question is a duplicate?

I was looking at a pair of questions: Sum of random numbers and e constant And Expected number of (0,1) distributed continuous random variables required to sum upto 1 The rules of Math ...
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User answering poor question while also voting to close

Context Tonight I witnessed conduct from a reputable user that I find outrageous. I won’t name names, but as the individual’s identity could be determined by tracing my activity anyways, I’ll include ...
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How to answer proof-verification questions?

Sometimes, proof-verification questions ask for verification of a valid and overall solid proof (some examples: What is the $\dim L(X,Y)$?, Prove $(\overline{A \cap B}) \subseteq \overline{A} \cap \...
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Is the [orientation] tag useful?

According to the tag description, the orientation is: For question[sic] regarding the notion of orientation both in topology and in global analysis. There is no further information in the tag wiki....
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Why was my question unclear?

I wish to know why my question Analyzing a definition of average which uses a variation of the Lebesgue integral and measure? was closed for being unclear. I believe I have fully clarified my ...
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Using text and MathJax instead of screenshot.

I would suggest the community simply close questions containing screenshots of text. I can understand a screenshot of a figure, but if the text part of a question can be easily typeset with the built-...
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Course of Action in case you realise the answer you post needs more.

I recently answered a question. But minutes after posting the answer, I realised that I missed out a constraint. I edited informing any reader that this particular constraint is missing. Now I tried ...
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How to handle unanswered MSE questions with answers on MO?

For reference, I am looking at this MSE question in particular, which mentions obtaining an answer on MO here. I guess the question was posted to MSE first and, perhaps after nudging from other uses, ...
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If I don't get an answer does it mean I am right?

I was asking whether something is true or not : In the form of : Can I say that ..... is true? If I don't get an answer does it mean I am correct? characterization of homomorphisms $K^{m\times n}\...
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Meta Stack Exchange in relationship with the site Meta of Mathematics Stack Exchange

I would like to know what is the relationship of the site Meta Stack Exhange and the site Meta of Mathematics Stack Exchange. I am not member of the community Meta Stack Exchange, I don't know if ...
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Curiosity question - Why does “Hi!” get removed at the beginning of posts?

Out of habit I write "Hi!" at the beginning of my questions and I noticed it got automatically removed, and then when I edited to add it back in, it got automatically removed again. I'm just ...
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How to deal with users consistently posting answers without LaTeX?

The title says it all, is there a way to get in contact which users who consistently post answers without using $\LaTeX$? I've come across a user who does that and (as I had some free time) edited ...
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Referring to ones own questions as examples, is it an accepted practice?

Is the following unethical? I want to refer new users on the website to questions that I have asked. I want to help them to ask better questions by providing my questions as examples. I am asking ...
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Should we add external searches in some help pages about search?

I think that it might be useful to add somewhere advice about other possibilities how to search. (I am not sure what would be right place, but it would be nice to have it somewhere where new users who ...
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Is sharing the site among fellow students helpful/desired?

I'm a first year student in Computer Science and we all have big problems with math here. We study real analysis, elementary set theory, linear algebra and discrete math and we seek help wherever we ...
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Edition of formulas from a generic New Contributor for the first post or comment: how do they learn it?

I would like to know as curiosity, or as a reflection or thought that maybe can be useful the following question (I didn't add answers on this site Mathematics Stack Exchange and I don't help to ...
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Contacting a suspended user via meta?

How can a user suspended on this site that is also not allowed to chat communicate with other users on this site ? Can this be done via meta or is there another proper way to do that ? In my case I ...
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What is the reasoning against posting questions which are “broad”?

It is really, really, hard to find good math resources on the internet. In my opinion, MSE provides an unmatched quality and talent compared to any other place on the internet. There are a lot of ...
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How to best format the question mark that immediately follows an equation in a question sentence?

Searching for "punctuation after equation" didn't turn up anything here so I'll post this as a new question. This question (on a different site) in its entirety: I was wondering where does the ...
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Why was my retag rejected?

A couple of days ago I was looking for algebraic geometry questions to answer and this question appeared in my feed. It has nothing to do with algebraic geometry, so I wanted to remove that tag in ...
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Please don't delete your question [duplicate]

This is not a question; it is simply that something happened that annoyed me and I wanted to record it. Moments ago, I was typing an answer to https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3672909/8157 when ...
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Closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate?

Few times I've faced the following dilemma: To vote for closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate of another one (sometimes equally poor)? The last example is this: https://math....
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Is it appropriate to edit and remove religious salutations

An otherwise good question ended with the questioner thanking the community in a religious way. It just feels inappropriate in my mind despite the op obvious good intentions. Can a moderator remove? ...
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Matching level of answer to level of question

So, I finally retired, got stuck at home by illness, and got some time to use this site more regularly. I have taught at all levels from kindergarten to university undergraduate. I tutor high school, ...
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Why was my question taken negatively?

The question is here. It is currently closed as opinion based, with +2/-5, 1 vote to reopen and 1 vote to delete. I need help understanding this local disaster. As to close reason: I can easily ...
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Can screenshots from youtube videos be used as references for a question?

I love to learn math by watching videos. So I eventually end up with a lot of questions and thoughts based on the topics discussed in those videos. So if I were to ask these questions on SE, one ...
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Should a question asked for finding out error be deleted after solved?

Let's say there is a question I asked to find out the error I made in my solution of a problem. Someone then answers, pointing out a "silly error" I made (like simple calculation error, or switching +...