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Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text

Edit: Clarification: I think we should start closing questions which are obviously copied verbatim from a homework assignment and which consist of no other text. Questions about homework with other ...
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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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Should we vote to delete wrong answers?

It is not difficult to notice that sometimes an answer is deleted (by users other than the OP)1 simply on the grounds that it is considered incorrect by the users who voted to delete. (Probably if you ...
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Should every new tag be discussed on meta before creation?

In several discussions here on meta, one user expressed the opinion, that every new tag (or at least most of them) should be discussed on meta before creating. For example here There is a saying ...
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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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Interested in a question which is closed because of “no effort”. What to do?

Let me first state my general opinion (see also this discussion on meta): To keep the quality and attractiveness of math.SE at a reasonable level, I think it is important to counter questions probably ...
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Is it OK to answer a question with a higher level of mathematics than I expect the OP to know?

I saw this post, and I am pretty sure that it comes from a setting of a first year student. I wanted to answer this question by using Galois theory (though an overkill I think its more elegant since ...
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Can a down/up votes be accompanied by a comment?

Having been here for a while now, I understand the futility/meaninglessness of this question. Becoming accustomed to how this place works and how much and fast I have learned from the people here, I ...
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Would splitting the site into more elementary and more advanced questions help?

There were several discussions about possible solutions of large increase in quantity of questions; with too many rather elementary questions. The possibility of dividing the site so that there is one ...
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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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Posting exam questions

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/353202/how-to-find-a-recurrence-relation-from-a-word-problem/353385#353385 Is there some policy concerning how to deal with this sort of thing? The user ...
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Should I edit a question everytime I see an image in it?

I often encounter questions (or even answers!) which contains text-&-latex in an image. Now, should I edit them even if they are 2 years old, already have an answer, just to remove the picture ...
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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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Views on asking and answering questions solely to make results available on stack exchange.

How would people view a single user asking or stating minor results or exercises and providing an answer for the sole sake of making the result available on stack exchange? Is this in the spirit of ...
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On deleting vs. closing duplicate questions.

Recently a question was deleted by the OP after it was pointed out in comments that it was a duplicate. I was in the process of composing an answer, but I was not able to post it when I finished since ...
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Papers that originated on math.SE

I was thinking it would be interesting to have a list here on meta of any published papers that originated on math.SE. I realize that most of the questions here aren't research-level, and that it's ...
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Main Chatroom Guidelines

Welcome. Hello friends. My online handle is anon, and I will be your guide. Associated with the Mathematics StackExchange is the main chatroom. I am chatroom co-owner alongside current moderator ...
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Save the answer in TEX?

Lot of answers here are excellent but there is no way to save it in LaTeX format. Even if we can put them in favorites or print them or save as pdf . What about create a way to save answers in tex? ...
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What is “very low quality”?

TL;DR: What does it mean when a post is "very low quality"? The site allows us to flag a post as "very low quality", in which case that flag is reviewed by several users which can either dismiss it ...
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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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How much editing is too much?

Occasionally there are questions in dire need of editing. Often, I wonder, how much editing is too much? Specifically I am refering to this MSE thread. I felt my first edit was quite aggressive, ...
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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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About posting identical answers to a question

I've been a fairly active member for about a month, and I first of all want to say that this is a terrific site for someone like me that loves to mess around with challenging problems for no reason ...
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Retitling Questions: a modest proposal

I'd like to suggest that after a Question receives an Accepted Answer, some consideration be given to revising the title (if appropriate) to reflect what the real issue turned out to be. It seems to ...
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Is it wrong to ask a user to accept an answer?

I have seen several instances of questions which have at least one complete answer, but none of which are accepted, and no comments have been made to indicate why the user has not accepted an answer. ...
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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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The use of the [algebra] tag

edit (Oct 26): I think there are two separate (but entangled) issues here. Does the algebra tag have a clear meaning or will/has it ended up on questions in two distinct areas? If algebra does not ...
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Questions that Ask to Verify Solution to Problem

Is it okay to ask questions where you give the solution and ask people to review it to see if it is correct?
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Would a new tag for mistakes/typos/errata for books be useful/appropriate?

Maybe it could be called book-errata? I cannot give many examples of discussions from math.SE offhand but at least one example from here https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/34641/find-limit-of-...
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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 effective are bounties?

Background: When you add a bounty to a question, it appears on the featured questions list. However, depending on the timing, the featured questions page can be multiple pages long. So for about half ...
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Guess the next number/guess the relation etc

I think it should be added to the FAQ that "guess the next number of the sequence of numbers" and similar are off-topic since this type of thread is posted quite often. A few examples: Find the ...
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Mathematics new site theme is live

We rolled out the new site theme for Mathematics. It is live now. What new theme? If you're like, "What the heck are you talking about?", then you should read the Meta Stack Exchange post entitled ...
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Letting less-reputable people answer questions

I'm a soon to be math graduate student and thought that this site would be a good learning environment for my extracurricular endeavors. Through my experience here, I've come to realize that a lot of ...
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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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Friends lists — keeping track of users

Is there a better way of keeping track of users you want to follow than just visiting their page manually every time? I've found I enjoy looking at various users' posts and the list of usernames/...
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Statistics on upvoting

Has there recently been statistically less upvoting than usual? I know I should answer questions for the love of it and not care about rep, but I've been sort of discouraged as of late. Out of my ...
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Do we want tag warnings, and for which tags?

(Inspired by this meta.academia.SE discussion) A new feature has been introduced this summer, tag warnings. These warnings are meant to provide users with just-in-time information to help them avoid ...
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Downvoting Complete Solutions

I recently had an answer to this homework question downvoted twice because I provided a complete solution. Has a consensus been reached about how to treat homework problems? If not, is this an ...
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Is voting on questions getting harsher?

Lately - just in the last few days for me, but I haven't been paying close attention - I've noticed that the scores on questions seem to be substantially lower. Digging in more deeply, questions like ...
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Why do people answer the question in the comment section?

I am wondering why many answers are posted in the comment section of the question? Why not post as an answer?
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What is the etiquette about leaving short thank-you comments?

I left a brief question in a comment, and got a helpful reply, also in a comment. Then I wanted to leave a reply that said "Thank you.", but the comment system will not accept a comment of fewer than ...
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

An hour ago I closed a question as a duplicate of an, in my opinion appropriate, generic question. Two gold badge holders have since expressed disagreement with my decision, and the question has since ...
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Title and $\LaTeX$

This is not a question. Just a request. This Issue has been discussed previously and I think this can be implemented technically as well. Writing title all in latex disables the options like "Open ...
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A prototype for incremental preview updates

Overview StackExchange's live-preview-with-$\rm\LaTeX$-support gives you the ability to see your mathematics properly typeset as you compose your post, but it has some drawbacks (as everyone who has ...
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Distribution of time to first answer in MathStackExchange?

Has anybody got the information on the distribution of the time interval between posting of a question and the posting of the first answer to that question (answer need not be accepted)? I believe ...
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Re: Project Euler questions

There seems to be something quite dissatisfying about questions that simply copy/paste questions from Project Euler. For example: Find the sum of all the multiples of 3 or 5 below 1000 From the ...
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How much (self) editing is too much?

(N.B. not to be confused with this question) We are all aware of editing being a core value of the part-Wiki nature of the Stack Exchange websites. We are also all aware of the website providing a ...
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Should moderators intervene when the accepted answer is blatantly wrong?

Generally the moderators have nothing to do with the actual mathematical content of the posts. Their work is when the posts are incorrectly made (e.g. questions in answers, or comments in answers), or ...
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Does our site need a blog like a few sites on the network have?

Does our site need a blog like a few sites on our network have? To me this question is a compact version of the following sub-questions: What do we use the blog for, if we had one? TeX. SX has a ...

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