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Bug: Can't write matrices and newlines $\LaTeX$ in Tag Editor.

Problem: I can't write matrices and newlines with MathJax in $\LaTeX$ in the Tag Editor. I've noticed on several SE pages that I can't write line breaks in MathJax. On some pages, an ...
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Would questions asking how a concept is modellized/formularized be on-topic?

From the comments of this meta question, Would questions about the importance of a theorem in math on-topic?, it seems to be a consensus that importance is a ...
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New user posts 8 answers, all likely AI-generated, in the span of 82 minutes; I think we either need or are close to needing an official policy

According to Xander's answer to a previous question on AI-generated content, posting chatGPT-generated answers without disclosing they are generated by chatGPT is a violation of openAI's terms of ...
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It’s become difficult to see visually if I’ve upvoted a post

I suppose this isn’t such a big deal, but it seems to have become difficult to see visually if I’ve upvoted a post on math.stackexchange: Compare this with the clear coloring on stackoverflow: Has ...
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Should the overuse of colored text be discouraged?

I have just edited this question, because apart from some spelling mistakes the asker had colored a good portion of the text (not the equations!), almost as if they wanted to convey what they felt ...
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Can I re-ask a closed question? [duplicate]

I am talking about this question. This seems to be OP's first question, and OP didn't show any of their work. This is why the question got closed. However, I find the question itself very interesting ...
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Is it a duplicate if the same question exists in another site?

I often see some questions which are the same or similar to other questions on another site (Like AOPS, Math Overflow, etc.) Is it a duplicate if other questions in OTHER SITES can answer the question?...
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What should be the attitude and response to the following phenomenon?

Suppose, there is a question (a math problem). It is answered by User A. The answer is, basically, that there is no solution. The answer is upvoted. Then (after, say, a year) comes User B and posts an ...
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Did the avatars change recently?

The question is in title. My wife notice that my avatar changed from the last time she saw it. Being blind, I did not pay attention to this. Now, it is very pale yellow. Is there a way to restore it ...
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$\mathbb Q$ looking odd in my browser [duplicate]

Did MathJax get an update? Or something wrong in Chrome? In a question on $\mathbb R/\mathbb Q,$ the \mathbb Q seems way bolder than the $\mathbb R,$ and looks ...
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Are we closing short questions too hastily?

I refer to this question, which I was spending a couple hours preparing the answer for only to find it already closed by the time I could post it. This is not the only instance in recent memory – I ...
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How should I rewrite the beginning of the linked post?

How should I rewrite the beginning of this post? It seems people aren’t commenting since it’s difficult to understand. Any suggestions are welcomed.
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Request to add a new privilege on MSE - the right of reply

It should be only fair that, when someone casts a downvote on MSE, the recipient of the downvote had a chance to respond. This is known at large as the right of reply or "the right to defend ...
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Imgur's "old, unused, and inactive content"

Imgur plans to change its Terms of Service on May 15, 2023. Part of this will be the removal of "old, unused, and inactive content". Many of the images on Stack Exchange have imgur links. ...
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Three strike rule to using MathJax

I believe one problem with math.stackexchange is the lack of discipline by newer users when it comes to using MathJax. Let me elaborate. Much too often, one can see a question posted by a user that ...
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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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Regarding research work. [duplicate]

Suppose I have asked some question related to my research and got the answer. May I add that result and proof(obtained on this site) in my research article?
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What counts as an allowable answer

Suppose user A posts a math problem and his answer to it. He then asks if his/her solution is right. Now user B posts, as an answer to A, that the answer is correct. I have been told that user B is ...
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How (or where) can I ask something in order to understand a specific part of a specific book?

I'm reading a book (Varadarajan's "Geometry of Quantum Theory") and I don't understand what it says about the universal covering group of the Galilean group. I'm afraid that the policy of ...
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Answers in a language other than English

I would appreciate if someone could clarify what the policy and etiquette are about using languages other than English on MSE, or point me to an authoritative resource on the subject. What prompted ...
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Should I split my (specific) post up into two questions after posting?

This is pertaining to my recent question What are the algebraic and geometric multiplicities of the eigenvalues of a Kronecker (or tensor) product?. I chose to ask about both the algebraic and ...
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What is the site etiquette about (i) asking and (ii) answering questions in a language other than English?

We have a new user who has recently both asked and answered questions in French. I think we should discuss the appropriateness of this practice. As of 2023, there is a new policy on this.
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Answers composed entirely mechanically, e.g. by computer algebra systems

Some users post many entirely machine-composed answers, e.g. integrals computed by Maple (e.g one user has over 150 such answers). Should such "answers" be CW? Should they be comments? ...
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About a possible change of instructions to ask a question, for beginners.

It's a well known problem that a new user often doesn't ask a question properly, e.g. asks a PSQ. Perhaps the user can be suggested to check just this table, (to begin with), instead of the current 2 ...
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Does getting upvotes encourage people to give out upvotes?

I was reading something (I don't remember what), where it was suggested that, on Quora, users who receive upvotes are temporarily more likely to give out upvotes. There's some period of time for ...
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Weaknesses of Mathematics SE — Not knowing where some difficulties lie

I think it would be useful to start a series of posts on the weaknesses of Mathematics SE for diagnosis precedes remedy. In my humble opinion, one major weakness of Mathematics SE is that many users — ...
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Why does this suggested edit not show any tag changes I made?

A couple of days ago, I suggested an edit which was rejected, the reason being This edit introduces tags that do not help to define the topic of the question. Tags should help to describe what the ...
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9to5Science scraper site is plagiarizing our content

While testing AI tools on DuckDuckGo (DDG), I noticed that the scraper site 9to5Science.com is plagiarizing much of our content (along with other SE science sites). For example a DDG search on "...
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Locating a deleted answer to my question

2 days ago I posted this question: Suppose we have $F(z)=f(\phi(z))$ where $\phi$ is a mobius transformation which maps points of the unit circle to points of the unit circle. Suppose also that there ...
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Can we put some paragraphs inside a box?

I have some paragraphs, for example, For inline formulas, enclose the formula in $$. For displayed formulas, use ...
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Why is my question closed? [duplicate]

Recently, I posted a question but end up being closed. It states for the reason to be closed is that it is similar to this question. The exercise cited in both posts clear indicated that it has two ...
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Newest unanswered questions with my tags

Is there a way (or can I suggest making this possible) to show questions with "my tags" sorted in order of newest to oldest... instead of most votes to least votes? The reason I ask is that it seems ...
126 votes
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Announcing a third-party search engine for Math StackExchange.

Approach0 is a math-aware search engine. “Math-aware” means you can add math expression(s) as some of your keywords to have search engine help you find similar expressions. Check out here: https://...
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Why was this comment section deleted? [duplicate]

Over the past 24 hours, this question's comment section was summarily deleted. I do not understand why. No moderator left a comment explaining why comments were deleted. Clarification would be most ...
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Discussion about the tag system at MSE

I'm surprised to read what a co-founder of Stack Exchange thinks about the tagging system. From meta.discourse.org : we saw on Stack Exchange that Users don't understand how to navigate via tags ...
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How to ask a good proof-verification question?

Firstly, I want to thank the people who have commented on or reviewed my attempted proofs over the years. I'm not a student, so that kind of feedback is invaluable. I've gotten a little bit better at ...
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Moderator misusing his powers

I wrote a very beautiful (non copied) answer to a question. The question was this As you people can't see, I got $7$ upvotes on that answer. Now that question was closed because of a duplicate. I ...
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The [mobile-web] tag info is outdated

The mobile-web tag info For questions about the mobile versions of Stack Exchange sites. You can access the mobile version of a site by clicking the "mobile" link in the page footer. is ...
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Tag management 2021 [duplicate]

New year, new tag management thread. Rules of the game are basically the same: Post your suggestion as an answer here if you see A particularly bad tag (a rule of thumb: “if I can't imagine a person ...
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Do all questions need to show work?

Check this question with over a hundred upvotes: If squaring a number means multiplying that number with itself then shouldn't taking square root of a number mean to divide a number by itself? ...
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Asking and editing good questions, but still receiving more downvotes than upvotes [duplicate]

Not a duplicate of I have been banned from asking questions, what should I do? I edited and improved some Math StackExchange questions as much as possible, but I'm still receiving more downvotes than ...
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Topicality of Black Scholes Option pricing model

It seems to me that for math stack exchange, problems dealing with the Black Scholes option pricing model are on topic. Are they? If they are not, I think they should be. Please comment. For example, ...
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Why image cannot be used for explaining my maths problem?

I joined few days ago and have recently asked many questions. In most of these questions, I use images to make everyone understand it better. I prefer to use both MathJax and images. But most of the ...
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Are `math.meta.stackexchange.com` and `meta.math.stackexchange.com` the same website?

Are math.meta.stackexchange.com and meta.math.stackexchange.com the same website? The order in which the words "math" and "meta" are swapped. math meta meta math
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Visual effect of formulas in mac [duplicate]

As can be seen, some parts of the formulas overlap with each other in mac. So the visual effect is not really satisfying. How can I solve this problem?
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Is my queueing theory question completely misunderstood? [duplicate]

My question on queuing theory has been closed as "not about mathematics". It references a paper about ChatGPT, but that is completely incidental to the question. The question and associated ...
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Fractional-Differential-Equation tag [duplicate]

Fractional Differential Equations are becoming very important. I propose to the community to consider it a tag, and also its abbreviation FDE. To give a flavor of its importance I'm including an ...
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Addressing cheating on tests

Not often, but often enough, questions such as this one appear on the site: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/4658795/im-in-quiz-i-need-asap-help This question is either a blatant troll, or it ...
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What to do when my question has already been asked and answered, but unsatisfactorily?

I would like to ask about the classification of finite simple groups, in particular, how we can be confident that it is correct. This post asks essentially the same question, so if I were to ask, it ...
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Hierarchical spoilers

When giving hints to a problem, sometimes it's beneficial to use the spoiler markers >!, however if the reasoning is longer and split into more than one hint, ...

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