Questions tagged [discussion]

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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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Editing to remove a “Thank you” in a post [duplicate]

What should be done when a (for example, brand-new) user has a question which ends with, "Thank you." I ask because in the "edit suggestions" review queue today there was an edit which removed such ...
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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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Guideline for using “lack of context” and “homework” close reasons

Since a few days, we have the new predefined close reason about "lack of context". It would seem to me, that, even if a question superficially looks like homework, this is the appropriate close ...
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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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In praise of silence

I want to praise silent downvotes. I think they are underused, underappreciated, and misunderstood. This may be due to statements such as one in down-voting tag ...
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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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More informative titles

Often when I see a question I think it's probably a duplicate of some earlier question, but it's hard to know. The software always suggests related questions, but that only helps if the titles are ...
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Is cross-posted forbidden/discouraged on Stack Exchange sites? If so, why?

Math people: I have never posted a question to Mathematics meta before and I hope this is the right thing to do. Yesterday I posted a question to Math Stack Exchange (is there a name for this ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for references and book recommendations?

More specifically: Occasionally I would like to read a proof of some major theorems, but, as I don't want to bother people by asking them to write it here - I believe it is far better if I could ask ...
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Posting an answer as a comment

Related (possible duplicates):Dealing with answers in comments and What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? I've seen this more than a couple times now: here is a ...
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Do we need a tag for Books?

I have found myself using Math.SE for finding books on various subjects. The way I am doing this is writing the subject followed by the word book, or by filtering the search results with the ...
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Question Limit Per Month

Just to clarify, hypothetically if I asked 50 questions on the last day of a month would my quota of questions reset to 50 the next day? Edit. Suppose I had asked 44 questions. On the last day of the ...
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Can you change the name of a tag?

Can you change the name of a tag? I recently came across the tag sage, which I think should be renamed to sagemath to be more clear. Is it possible to change the name of a tag? If so, how?
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Tags [proof-strategy] and [proof-writing]

What are the tags proof-strategy and proof-writing used for? They feel like meta tags to me. Instead of adding answers here, please vote on the answers in the tagging thread here: proof-strategy, ...
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“What have you tried?”…

Sometimes this "What have you tried" thing seems silly. Take this question [edit: question deleted/link broken] for example. It's obvious that one should try to do it by induction, but it's not the ...
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Using Math.SE for contests

This isn't the usual issue about questions from contest competitions being posted here for assistance, but rather about the use of Math.SE as a venue for hosting a "contest" using a future bounty as ...
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Homework, reasonable to have no clue?

In this post OP was asked to derive the Catalan numbers. I am not sure how to react. As posted, there was no background. OP showed no effort. If I were asked the question and had no clue how to ...
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Could we make a book with MSE answers?

Several days ago, I was thinking: "This site has so much amazing answers, I guess it's possible to colect some of them and compile a book with them." I want to know if such project already exist here....
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STOP! Look and Listen.

I was reviewing a bit and ran into a bad answer. Usually I open the question to see it within context (I know this is not the supposed course of action) and so I did. The bad answer I was reviewing ...
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Why do I have superpowers?

I just voted to close a question as a duplicate, and it got immediately closed. How?? Why?? Should I use these powers for good, or for evil? Is the "set" of all algebraic extensions a ...
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Why should we accept answers?

Recently there was some discussion (in comments to some questions and in chat) about: accepting answers and unwillingness of some users to do so; some users find comments reminding users to improve ...
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Deleting questions with answers

A few days ago I posted an answer on this question. After that the original poster deleted it. I undeleted it because it is a terrible idea to delete questions which people have taken the time to ...
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Community Wiki?

Every so often I run into a question which I think should be community wiki. I am usually not sure about flagging since some of them have been around for a while and the question of why did noone ...
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What are the current traffic and usage patterns of this site?

The new site analytics page rolled out recently. It displays interesting statistics such as traffic sources and the volume of votes over time. What's in it currently?
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Compiling an introductory resource for (say) Abstract Algebra, from MSE answers.

A recent answer to an elementary question on group theory reminded me of a proposal that I thought I had seen somewhere on MSE (#), but maybe it was just a passing comment in chat... Would the site ...
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Why a question without showing any work is getting upvoted?

Very often here when a post does not show any work gets down voted to hell, this question is getting upvoted +5 without having shown any work. I have seen others people's post get downvoted severely ...
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When closing question for lack of effort, leave a comment to OP explaining what to do

Recently there was an extensive discussion about closing the questions containing only the problem statement: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9201/proposal-discourage-questions-that-are-...
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Is it acceptable to leave hints as answers?

Question: Is it acceptable to leave a hint as an answer? For the purposes of this question, let me attempt to define a "hint": A hint is a short, generally terse, comment which does not provide ...
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MSE 'mirror' or…?

This may not be terribly important, but while searching with Google for some stuff, I had a few MSE links come up, and then the same things on another site: http://math.troplet.com/ It appears to be ...
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Do hints belong in answers or comments?

If the OP doesn't indicate whether they'd prefer a hint, a sketch, or a full answer, and you'd like to leave just a hint, should it be an answer or a comment? Should one option be encouraged? If so, ...
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Can someone explain the “economics” of StackExchange points?

To date, I had not been bothering to formally accepting my best answer, and had a 0% acceptance rate. On a recent question I posed, I was informed that no one will answer questions with 0%. So, I ...
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Is it okay to re-ask a deleted question?

Greetings I went trough some questions here on meta and didn't found something similar so I hope there is no problem with asking here. I'll try to keep it short. I noticed that some questions got ...
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Contest questions on math.SE

This is related to this post, please read the comments. What is the usual way of dealing with that kind of problems on math.SE? (By "that kind of problems" I mean someone posting tasks from an ...
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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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Creating a solutions manual within a single math.SE question

Very recently the following "question" was posted on the main site Solutions to "Vakil - Foundations of Algebraic Geometry" exercises The purpose of this "question" is to create a ...
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What is the usefulness of having “proof-verification” and “solution-verification” as different tags?

I know there is a topic about the solution-verification tag (vs proof-writing), but now we have the proof-verification tag which has affiliated 2452 questions, while "solution-verification" has only ...
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Proper use of the (homework) tag redux [closed]

When, if ever, is it appropriate to add the homework tag to a question that has not been acknowledged by the OP to be homework? My position is that it is never appropriate, full stop. It’s fine to ...
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“Off-topic” tags

Some tags are about topics that are blatantly not on-topic here. Let me quote the FAQ (I realize this is not the be-all and end-all, but it's better than nothing): Mathematics Stack Exchange is for ...
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Suggestions for examples of well-asked questions

I am posting this question as a place where we could collect various examples of good questions together with explanations what makes them good. (Feel free to choose the format you like best. I will ...
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Submitting a paper for review

I have done some research and think I have interesting results. However, I have little experience in scientific publishing, especially in the mathematics domain (I am a Computer Science guy). Can I ...
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Using block (displayed) equations in question titles

I tried to submit a question to math.SE, and received the following message: Why are block equations not allowed in question titles on Mathematics Stack Exchange? (To be honest, I don't even think I ...
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What's the deal with naming names?

Asaf's comment ("No Names policy") on a meta question of mine has kept me wondering: When is it appropriate to identify a user for the purpose of discussion? What benefit is there to a "No Names"...
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When does a post become a Community Wiki post?

Does an answer become automatically a Community Wiki when it is revised too much? Are those who have enough reputation allowed to transform an answer into a Community Wiki's answer?
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\newcommand{\ord}{\operatorname{ord}}

$\newcommand{\ord}{\operatorname{ord}}$ I keep seeing things like this: $$ ord_a p $$ etc. I just went through a posting and changed a lot of instances of "ord" to "\ord" after prefacing it with ...

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