Questions tagged [discussion]

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Is it OK to ask a question as a puzzle?

When I asked this question I did not yet know the answer. Even though I felt that I could probably solve it given a little time, I also felt that I had been able to formulate a question that was clear ...
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What to do about edit being rejected for invalid reasons?

An edit I suggested this afternoon was rejected and the reasons given make no sense. To give context, the question asks for mathematical discoveries which were kept secret rather than being announced ...
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If I am not getting feeback for my questions, can I just post the same question another day?

I posted a thread a few days ago about the explanation of a proof. I arranged the thread by providing little fragments of the proof, getting feeback on that specific fragment and then posting the ...
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Downvoting: What are the Effects of False Negatives?

O.K, so I have at times shown an ugly side of my personality when posting angry comments when being downvoted, and having had the impression that the votes were undeserved. I understand that it is ...
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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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Hide answers for a period immediately after a question is posted

At the moment there is a competition for being the first answer because the first answer tends to earn the most votes. As a consequence some people tend to only skim the question or even only half of ...
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Sudden spike in close votes and not enough reviewers [duplicate]

As of right now, there are 32 questions on the main site that have been voted to be closed. The peak today was 42 questions (which occurred about 3 hours ago). Looking at the stats for the close votes,...
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Why unexplained down-voting does not make bad postings appear less frequently.

Apparently a number of people here (at least three I encountered today) need to find out the following. If you are in the habit of down-voting postings without explanation when you think something is ...
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Seeded Questions Set to CW

I tend to think that maybe seeded questions should be CW. Not that I care about rep being given for seeded questions because they are helping the site, and rep should be awarded for helping out. But ...
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Is my solution correct? Posts

I feel bothered by questions where the body begins with a problem statement and then is followed by a giant solution and then succeeded by the question: "Can someone please tell me whether or not this ...
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Does Np vs P question belongs to this site?

I asked: Proof verification: $P \neq NP$ and somebody told me that I should post it on https://cstheory.stackexchange.com/ Is he right?
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How to Adapt or Emend : Specific Advice/Tips to Streamline Studying Math

What can be edited to reopen and refine Specific Advice/Tips to Streamline Studying Math ? There are $4$ upvotes on the question and $7$ upvotes on my answer (as of Dec 23 2013). In the spirit of ...
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How does one inform readers of a question with answers that there are serious mathematical problems with the answers?

In Wikipedia, if an entry does not come with references to works such as texts or journal articles, it is flagged as not being approved by Wikipedia but still allowed there perhaps edited by someone ...
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Would tags for specific books be appropriate?

I'm wondering if tags for example Durret's Probability book would be allowed. I think that when one is reading a book, it would be interesting what doubts other user had when reading the same book. ...
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Is it possible to see the reason for down-votes?

I'm relatively new on Math Stack Exchange, so if this question is already answered, please direct me to it. During the few days that I have been on Stack Exchange, I saw some perfectly good questions ...
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Meta.meta: New close reason: “This is a duplicate on Meta.SE”

We don't have cross-site, close-as-duplicate capabilities. This makes sense, because Main sites shouldn't substantially overlap in scope (at least, not enough to warrant this extra feature). That ...
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What is the specific purpose of the 'homework' tag? [closed]

What is the specific purpose of the 'homework' tag? thanks ugphysics
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Avoiding the lost of a user and the lost of more than 20k points [closed]

Using this query get post list of a deleted user or answers of a deleted user and estimated reputation of a deleted user I could realize that an specific no longer user had 722 answers and ...
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My answer was turned into a comment

In the question “It looks straightforward, but actually it isn't” I gave an answer which was turned into this comment. I understand that there are a couple of reasons to turn my answer into a ...
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How could I attach a pdf file?

How could I attach a PDF file through my questions? Excuse me for this question, but I have much trouble to do this! Thank you very much.
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Can/do moderators contact inactive users to try to lure them back?

From time to time a high-reputation, highly active user will stop coming here. Today, I am thinking specifically of Brian M. Scott, last seen January 2. Are moderators able to email such users to try ...
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Area 51 proposal: Mathematics golf

I recently (i.e. yesterday) put a proposal for a 'Mathematics golf' stack exchange on area 51. This would follow the same concept as 'code golf' for which there is already a stack exchange for: https:/...
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Homework integrals

I suggest to filter them somehow. For example, who asks about integrals it would be obligatory to say "I used computer algebra xyz, but it was unable to determine it, see the link here". Maybe, not ...
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Creation of a Hamel basis tag

Today I created a new tag: hamel-basis (by the way, it was my first tag creation). I tagged several questions with it, including this one (the one which was the inspiration for doing it). Then, Asaf ...
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Posting a meta question which asks for the reason for voting to close a specific question is not allowed?

This question has 4 votes to close. I have no idea why it was voted to close so heavily. I need to know the reason because otherwise I cannot improve the question to avoid closure. So I posted a meta ...
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Why can't I delete a question with a bounty that has no answers?

Why can't I delete a question with a bounty that has no answers? It needs only 3 friends to cash the bounty by giving a nonsensical answer and adding 2 upvotes to it. I'd rather like to lose the ...
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What is the difference between Mathematics SE and Mathematics Meta? [closed]

As the title sounds, what is the difference between Mathematics Stack Exchange and Mathematics Meta?
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I thought careers/study advice was off topic.

Concerning Can I use my powers for good?. This post is about careers/study advice. Why is it on-topic? To down-voters and voters to close my question, may I point out that the advice on what topics ...
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Should upvoted comments gain reputation?

Why don't we give reputation for upvoting comments? I don't know what else to say. It seems like, just like the answer, they often give valuable insights that just don't accomplish the task from start-...
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What is the minimal level of the question on this site? [duplicate]

Are mathematics at the level of elementary school(i.e. mostly arithmetic) not welcome on this site? Previously I posted an addition problem and show my attempt/effort but the question got deleted in ...
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Why this body does not qualify as a valid maths question?

"Given $ \frac r s $, with $ r, s \in \mathbb N $. Is there an expression to obtain the values for $ x, y, u, v \in \mathbb N $, where $ \frac x y $ and $ \frac u v $ are irreducible, such that $ \...
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Asking for the validity of papers in pre-print websites

Assume that I'm a beginner and I want to read a research paper on a pre-print website. Is it on the topic in mse to ask for the validity of a research paper in any pre-print websites such as arXiv ...
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late-downvotes received, no reason

One month ago I answered this question. From my perspective, even if the question was very simple, I think I manage to find why the OP had trouble understanding the problem and provide a succesful ...
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Re-opening a question [duplicate]

I have asked a question at Math.SE which has been subjected to lot of criticisms due to my improper notation and presentation. Later due to kind advice of Mr.Willie Wong, I tried my level in re-...
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Frustrating Down-votes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a down/up votes be accompanied by a comment? I have been facing lot of trouble with the down-vote system, in the past people used to down-vote me as my english was poor, ...
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Should people write many equations in one line?

Update People are downvoting. Maybe I should ask if it is a good idea in the first place to put many equations in one line. I just can't puzzle out something like $a^{-1}(aa^{-1})a = (a^{-1}a)(a^{-1}a)...
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Getting a question unlocked.

One of my questions has been locked while dispute about it's content is being resolved. This makes me unable to place a bounty on my question. How do I go about doing this?
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Why has the captcha targeted me? Are helpful robots bad?

I was just posting my answer here when I was assumed to be a robot. I always surf low-script, so I had to put in some effort to make the captcha even work correctly. As I have by now over 500 points ...
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move to delete, not just close, a question

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/13375/how-to-suggest-young-girls-who-think-of-mathematics-as-an-unnecessary-thing-if-th is beyond off-topic; it's actually offensive. It's been closed but I ...
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Why do we not delete answers to closed questions which smell like homework?

Why do we not do this? Could we consider making the answers invisible to everyone but moderators once it received, say, 3 votes for 'off topic due to lack of context'? Also at the moment, there are ...
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Why do some respondents avoid the simple answer?

I posed my first Math Stack question, earlier this evening. It was on the product of expectation values. I received an answer that enabled me to solve my problem by using Cauchy's Inequality. ...
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Diminishing interest towards theoretical aspects in math?

From my observations on math.SE over a couple of years and after seeing that this Q&A and this beautiful answer by Willie Wong, and this discussion and wrap up by me, is not getting any attention ...
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Raising the reputation for approving edit suggestions

Just now I came across this question: Proving that $\lim\limits_{x\to 0}\frac{f(x)}{g(x)}=L$ implies $\lim\limits_{r\to 0}\frac {\int_R f(ry)h(y)\,dy}{\int_R g(ry)h(y)dy}=L$ If it has not been ...
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Some of my answers downvoted unnecessarily? [closed]

Some of my answers were downvoted unnecessarily and even the moderators decline to look into this saying that: "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their ...
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Why do we keep meta questions with lots of downvotes open?

I was recently told that meta questions should not be closed because you disagree with them. I then found Downvoting vs voting to close on Meta And have since removed my vote to close. However, I ...
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Another reason why the (algebra) tag should be allowed.

This question is one example of why I think the (algebra) tag should not be treated as deprecated (blacklisted). This isn't really "abstract" algebra because it's all done within one particular field,...
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Can you please give new users some time to breathe?

I have just logged in on math.stack and I immediately see Can you guys please provide the answer? [closed] and then I clicked and I realized that OP asked the question 5 minutes ago see Is that ...
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Stop misuse of Markdown blockquotes for emphasis

As discussed in the comment to this answer, several users of this site use Markdown blockquotes (lines starting with >, like in an e-mail) to emphasize text. For ...
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Irresponsible votes to close [closed]

There are three votes to close this question. My questions regarding this are: Is there some way of stating a reason to vote to close, or of finding out what someone's reason was, or of finding out ...
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OPs changing mind about accepting solutions

I have noticed a couple of times that some time after an OP accepts a solution, he changes his mind and accepts another. I am interested in what people think of this. I don't feel it's cricket to do ...