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Is this plagiarism [closed]

It was earlier posted on Academia but I think I must ask here too. (https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/149324/is-this-plagrism-or-something-similar-in-a-masters-project) I am a master's ...
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Someone “Copying” your answer after you post it

I was answering this question; after my answer posted, this user edited his/her answer to make it almost identical to mine, but just rearranged the statements $(1)$ and $(2)$ in different order. ...
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What do we do with users who post numerous unlabeled homework questions?

User student has, quite impressively, recognized that all of user6560's questions are homework questions from the ongoing course Math 620 at the University of Buffalo. I just went through, downvoted ...
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New user whose question you edited asks for email for further communication

I recently edited this question, which had formatting problems and had the question in form of an image as a link. The user who's question I had edited, then asked me for my email id through the ...
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Question about RSS Feed

Is there a way to RSS feed the unanswered questions? Because I would find it easier to have an influx of questions about certain tags I like. Is that even possible?
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Is it preferable to give links to external resources in questions or to give the context yourself?

Sometimes you are working through a math book and there is a fair bit of context involved. For example question involves few definitions from the book + some paragraph explaining the context. There ...
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Can we please delete the high-school tag? [duplicate]

This is one of those "meta" tags. Currently there are 31 questions with this tag: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/high-school There are 4-5 questions which specifically talk about ...
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For titles on questions, which of these is better: Author of the book- Chapter number- Exercise number-, the exercise explicitly or Both?

Regarding the titles on questions, Is better The author of the book, the chapter number and the exercise number. The exercise as explicit or informative as possible (not always possible tho :( )....
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Could we encourage posting code for numerical analysis and visualizations?

Many answerers create stunning visualizations to augment their answers. Numerical analysis is often leveraged to come to results. Both are using programming knowledge as a piece of the mathematician's ...
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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

I have seen many times that somebody voted to close short questions (and probably downvoted the questions as well), even though the OP made clear that there had been good attempts. This thread is the ...
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Feature or Bug Request

Can we flag questions to be edited by users who understand the math level that the question was asked? Like if a question was asked in real analysis and they know the language, and syntax of the ...
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Why does the acceptance of an answer not imply an upvote?

It happens to see accepted answers that don't get any upvote. I am struggling understanding the meaning of this. According to Help Center, accepting an answer simply means that the author received ...
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Should the PDE notion of trace be tagged with the 'trace' tag?

Is the trace tag supposed to be used for questions about the trace operator from Sobolev theory (analysis)? I was going to de-tag "trace" from a question, but it seems like it's not the first time ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for possible downvote sources on Mathematics Meta?

I recently received a downvote for an answer I gave, but I am unsure of the cause. I would like to ask for a possible explanation of the downvote on Mathematics Meta SE, but I am unsure of the policy ...
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List of chatrooms

This is a place where we could collect list of chat rooms associated with this site. There are several rooms which have potential to be useful if more users were aware of them or more users visited ...
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How do you curate the content that you want to read?

I'm interested in understanding how the more regular users (who don't come here through web searches anymore $-$ or at least not as often) use this website. The notion of a feed on stackexchange ...
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For one problem, is two question okay?

Suppose a person is having problems with a math problem. He posts a question to Math Stack Exchange and the answer he gets enables him to proceed with the problem. He likes the answer he received so ...
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Why did this answer get an upvote?

On this question: What set is this?, a user posted a clearly incorrect answer. It almost immediately got an upvote even though I posted a comment very quickly proving that it was wrong. It seems ...
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Why are people downvoting my question?

My question Coming up with a rigorous definition for a Riemman-like sum which is easier to compute? has been downvoted twice. Is it because: a) My question is too similar to this question? b) I ask ...
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4 downvotes in 1 minute on this question and others. Why? [closed]

Here's the question: Is $X_3 = X_1 \star X_2$ always a geodesic manifold w.r.t. $X_1$ and $X_2$. I think it's an extremely insightful question. For whatever reason it was downvoted with no ...
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Is my question about three-body orbits and conservation laws on-topic here and is this a good place to ask it?

I've asked Can there be an energetically unbounded three-body orbit where escape is impossible due to conservation of angular momentum? and I'm pretty sure that it is a mathematical problem will ...
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MSE is run by answerers. Is that a good or bad thing?

One of the things I've always found extremely ironic about MSE is that the people with the least experience in asking questions and who have perhaps the least perspective on what it's like to ask ...
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Can users not call another anonymous user a “nut-case” due to said anon-user's upvote or a downvote?

Can users not call another anonymous user a "nut-case" (or any other name-call) due to said anon-user's upvote or a downvote? This happened today. I flagged the comment. So I am asking askers, ...
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Asking questions to add to the general knowledge pool

Recently, I've seen a few examples of users asking questions and answering their own questions as a way of adding to the question pool here on MSE. The most recent example I've seen of this is the ...
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour - user complaining about deletion

I recently reviewed an answer and decided to vote for deletion as it was in my own opinion merely a comment, and could not be qualified as an answer. My decision was backed by 6 other reviewers. The ...
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Downvote even contributing with more information to an old question

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Help with understanding an example from the book 'Fooled by Randomness' Dear all, I just spent a few hours today after reading ...
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Building a Library

Is math.stackexchange a good place to ask where to find copies of books? Say I want to get my hands on a copy of Baby Rudin, would it be appropriate to ask on this website where one can found? I use ...
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Would it be possible to include the scicomp.SE site in the list of related SE sites?

I came across a post that is in my opinion more about scientific computing, than mathematics. Therefore I wanted to flag the question accordingly, but I couldn't find the scicomp.SE site among the ...
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Am I the only one getting addicted to this site? How do you manage time doing other things?

On one hand, this site is a blessing because we can all learn a lot quickly looking at some technical questions/topics being discussed. On the other hand, this could also be addictive. Maybe set ...
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Answer deleted. Should I just ask a new question showing more detail?

My answer was deleted to this question: Minimax problem for optimization $\inf \sup \frac{x f(x)}{\int_0^1 f(t) dt}$ I see why it was deleted. It was because I could not form the question in the ...
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How to Better the Queue?

I have a question and maybe this for the moderators as well. How does one know that one is doing a good job when doing the Queue about Posts like Edits, and Low-Quality Posts and so on. My thoughts ...
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Can we have a smarter serial voting detection?

Serial voting simply because of disagreement of opinions is toxic in the main site. While deduction of a few points does not (maybe it does) matter a lot for the victim, in the long run, however, it ...
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Flagged duplicate “Does this answer your question?” text is misleading

Here's at least the second instance in which I have flagged a question as a duplicate, and the canned comment text "Does this answer your question?" elicits from the author of the duplicate question a ...
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Is it allowed to repost?

If I have a question no one answered or comment to ever, since 2 months. Is it allowed to delete it and repost it, or is this abuse?
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Where can I find some interesting quant trading questions? [closed]

I'm preparing for a quant interview and want some more practice problems. Is there a way to find a lot of them easily on this website?
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Whether to flag a question as “very low quality” or not

There are always some questions in math.SE that contain a huge image as a major part of the question, which is known to be problematic because they cannot be searched or be piped into a screen reader. ...
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Addiction to Math Stack Exchange

This is a fairly silly comment, but I am starting (already started actually) to get addicted to this site. I am even looking at this in parties and or with friends, as recreational activity, or as a ...
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Are questions about how to make mathematical plots in Desmos on topic?

While there is a similar question about drawing diagrams, it was not clear to me from that post whether the software aspect of 'how to draw' something is considering being on topic. While I can plot ...
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About bans to ask question in math.stackexchange [duplicate]

I was banned from asking questions and it's still continuing. I even don't know whether it's OK to ask this question here. But I can't really distinguish the purposes of different sites of ...
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Should (convergence-divergence) include divergence/convergence of integrals?

According to the tag-info, convergence-divergence is intended for convergence/divergence of sequences and series. Here is the revision history for the tag-excerpt and the tag-wiki. However, in ...
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Why is the PDE tag abbreviated but not ODE or SDE?

Why is pde abbreviated (with its full name being a synonym) while the reverse is true for ode and sde? The closest discussion I can find is Expanding abbreviated tag names so apologies if this is a ...
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Why people vote negative when you clearly show the question and your working

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Van Dyke's matching principles
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User keeps deleting most of the original text of the question after getting an answer

I would like to ask whether it is within the rules that a user keeps deleting most of the original text of a question after getting an answer. I have in mind for example these questions (of the same ...
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What else is wrong (or right) with this question? How can it (or not) be further improved?

Updated meta question: I asked a question (Original). I asked how it could be improved (this meta question) Someone kindly and patiently explained its faults. At least 10 others agreed with the ...
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Common problem: OP deletes question immediately upon receiving answer

I saw a question on this site and solved it and took a very long time to answer it after a lot of typing, and as soon as the asker saw the solution he/she deleted their question immediately. Is this ...
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Is it a bad thing to give more than one example in a [big-list] question?

In most [big-list] questions, I see that every person has entered at most one example. Why is this so? I recently provided about 5 examples in this answer. Is that considered a bad thing?
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New changes to close reasons

Not long ago, we had to adapt to the circumstances at hand regarding the changes to how close reasons were displayed. You can read more about this here. We now have other changes. A good place to ...
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Why do posts show up in low-quality post review queue multiple times?

Why do posts show up in low-quality post review queue multiple times? Based on this post it seems to suggest that this isn't a bug. What is the point of multiple high/medium rep users reviewing the ...
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Can I run a course project on Math.SE?

I'm an instructor at a North American university and I've been asked to teach an introductory group theory course online this summer. One of my learning goals emphasizes mathematical communication, ...
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Is asking for a specific reference to an article mentioned in an MSE question unacceptable?

I see quite a few MSE questions where the OP says "I keep reading blah blah blah" without any reference to what they've been reading. I commented on the following question: How does one do ...