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Original post marked as duplicate

I was just asked to review a question that was posted in 2010, and that has now been closed as a duplicate of a more recent post (this was closed in favour of this). Is it normal and/or accepted for ...
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question edited to change meaning

The question Example of function which is not computable was recently edited by the original poster to completely change the meaning. In particular, the accepted answer is no longer reflective of the ...
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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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Enforcement of Quality Standards

Math SE has a long-standing policy regarding what constitutes a Good Question. The policy is intended to ensure that the collection of questions and answers here is of high quality, is searchable, ...
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How can I ask a good question? [duplicate]

MathOverflow has an excellent guide on how to write a good question. Another great guide exists on meta.stackoverflow. We will probably want our own site-specific guide on how to ask good questions. ...
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Creating diagrams

I am fed up of using MS paint for creating diagrams and posting images on our board , do you have any application which will me to create diagrams easily . which must be portable or is there any ...
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Is there a lower bound to the level of the questions that can be asked in here?

Recently I've seen a couple of questions, specifically this one and this one, that were relatively low level for what I've seen up to now in the site. Basically both questions were just asking for ...
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Would “organizer posts” be useful/welcome here?

I believe that question/answer of this form: Q: Is there an online repository of basic identities/results about topic X? A: Many of such identities can be found with the proofs at math.SE, I'll give ...
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How do you search for duplicates?

Sometimes I am really surprised how fast are the duplicates of new question found, given that we have vast amount of questions here. I hope posting this question here can be useful and can lead to ...
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Posting multiple questions as one?

It often happens that (usually somewhat inexperienced) users post several questions on more or less related themes as one single question. To give a stylized example, someone may ask: Which of the ...
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Recently rolled out SE Encyclopedia feature.

In the recent blog post, stackexchange announced a new feature that would allow to post question and answer at the same time. I just used this to document my solution to a problem I happened to ...
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Tag management 2020 [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 ...
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Is it in the Moderator's Job Description to patrol for correctness?

A user flagged a comment of another user, with the specific request to delete the other user's comment because it is "factually incorrect". Now, I'm inclined to just ignore flags like this, as I've ...
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What happens if my bounty time expires?

What happens if my bounty time expires? I will lose this bounty points or I will take it back? If I did a bounty but I had no answer, what's the next steps is suggested?
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Is math puzzle “on-topic” or “off-topic”?

Can I ask questions that serve as puzzles? I.e. I already know the answers but post the questions anyway to see if other people can solve the puzzles?
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Differences between mathoverflow and math.stackexchange.

What are the differences between MathOverflow.net and Math.stackexchange.com? Why two communities for Mathematics? Wasn't one enough?
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What do you think is the largest problem facing Math.SE today (July 2015)?

I think it can safely be said that Math.StackExchange (and MathOverflow and perhaps some of the sister sites on the SE network) are the best resources for (English-speaking) people with objective math ...
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What is the proper way to handle homework questions?

I feel that this topic is important enough to deserve its own page, rather than having bits and pieces be scattered across many answers and comments. It is inevitable that many students will come to ...
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Asking the same question on MSE and MO

Under what circumstances is it acceptable to post the same question on Math Stack Exchange and on Math Overflow? More specifically, I want to know if it is acceptable to duplicate the question if I ...
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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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Updates to the site

My name is Stéphane and I'm a designer at Stack Exchange, you may have noticed some updates to the design lately. The updates are part of a SE network-wide update which allows us to: Have sharper / ...
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What, when and will we migrate questions to MO 2.0?

It was announced on meta.MO that preparations are taking place for the migration of MO to the SE network. In particular this means that we will be able to migrate questions over there, and will ...
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When are serial downvotes classified as anomalous? What to do about a sequence of downvotes?

I recently got downvoted on four posts within a span of three minutes. I have read that such patterns are identified and reversed. Does my case qualify? If the same downvotes were exercised over a ...
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Is sometimes keeping wrong answer reasonable?

My memory might be fooling me, but I believe I have seen comments or discussions an meta regarding this matter. I am unable to find it now, so I will ask about your opinion. If I answer some question ...
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What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta?

What do upvotes and downvotes mean on Meta? Does it mean "We should not discuss this," or "Good question, the answer is 'no'"?
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Can I post a question and an answer just because I think it helps others?

My Question is as it is in the title.. Can I just post (I did not say ask) a question and answer (I am not asking for proofreading) just because I understand the question properly and I know the ...
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Retagging after an answer is given

Sometimes a question is asked under a perfectly suitable tag, but is given an answer which is addresses respects strongly related to other tags. What should be the proper etiquette regarding ...
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Closing as a duplicate if the post contains OP's own proof/solution

It is generally agreed that good question should also indicate what the OP have tried. Many people do this and we receive many questions also contain the OP's attempted proof/solution for the question ...
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Downvoting for no stated reason is abusive

When I post a short simple answer to a posted question and someone downvotes it, they should be able to explain their objections if I so request. During the months I've been here, I don't recall that ...
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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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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

Note. After over one month of discussion, and more than one week of voting, I think the community has decided. Leave the tag alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Consider the tag deprecated, but do not remove ...
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How do I insert a table when asking a question?

I'm having a hard time to insert a table here when I'm asking a question. Any help would be appreciated. Also, is there any, not too expensive, math programs that allow me to enter math terms and ...
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Are there some tools to follow deletions on this site?

Main question: Are there some (reasonably easy to use) tools to follow deletions on site? In particular, are there some ways to find self-deleted questions? Are there some ways to see deleted content ...
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Design Ideas for Mathematics Site

Hi all. I'm Jin and I'll be working on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic. However, all ...
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People who ask homework questions and then remove them

It just happened (again) that someone removed a homework question after getting responses in comments. I realized this because the OP had responded to my comment before deleting the question, so that ...
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What should I do when I see a “pic-question”?

This is something I often come across, question that have barely any text (usually no latex at all) and just a picture taken to the problem (sometimes is not even a screen captures, I've seen pictures ...
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A minor gripe about upvoting things that have been downvoted [pity upvotes]

I have noticed that sometimes, when I downvote a new question or answer that is borderline, exactly one other person will upvote it and no others. I can guess at the reasoning behind this: This ...
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Why close old questions with accepted answers using the “no context” reason?

Recently, I have noticed there is an increasing number of closings (or at least, close votes) on questions like this one. That is, archaic questions with accepted answers, which do not match the "...
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Is there need to patrol for deleted questions?

In a recent discussion Mariano Suárez-Alvarez told us, that if we are aware of users, who delete their questions after receiving an answer, we should bring them to the attention of mods. (IIRC the OP ...
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Would HTML/Unicode formatting cause troubles?

Although, as of now, this comment collected 17 upvotes, I still hope that the thought was expressed not precisely enough. (Mis)typesetting like      b^2 - a^2 = (b+a)x(b-a) can induce vomit, many ...
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Should the algebra tag be blacklisted?

I'll mention the history of the problems with algebra tag, although I think that most people who visit meta regularly know about this. The problem with algebra was that it was used for different ...
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Avoiding duplicates

I was wondering if I could ask a question on meta whether some question is on the site or not. I'm asking this since sometimes one might ask a duplicate question which he/she searched for and didn't ...
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Is there an MSE-like site that is more pleasant to work in? Or are there other solutions?

The Problem: It becomes more difficult to help people on a site in which there is mass closing of questions. And I am disturbed that a small group of people is engaged in trying to delete permanently ...
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Three levels of Math

This is my first post on Mathematics Meta, I hope it is appropriate and not a duplicate. I do want to ask why there are only 2 levels of Math as MO and MSE but not a third one. MO is interested in ...
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Proposal for promoting more interesting, deeper questions

There was recently a (now-locked) thread about the prevalence of "do my homework" questions on math.se. I want to set aside for now the question about what to do about people posting homework ...
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Let's require registration to ask a question

More than two years after http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/4569/, this may be the time for reconsideration. A brief update: In July 2012, when the aforementioned discussion took place, the site ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. This is a link to the previous thread. What are Community ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2019 [duplicate]

2019 is here! And with the new year, as usual, comes a new iteration of Community Promotion Ads! Let’s refresh these for the coming year :) What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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Do we actually “welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use”?

On the FAQ it says: "We welcome questions about: • Software that mathematicians use". However, when I went to post a question about maple, I found this: About maple For questions involving the ...
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Editing someone else's question to add context

I recently came across a problem statement question about a block matrix inverse. The original author did not include context, and the question got put on hold. I personally know a lot of situations ...

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