Questions tagged [discussion]

This tag is used for questions that ask users to discuss an idea, concept, or problem in an abstract way. A discussion question may not necessarily have a clear-cut right or wrong answer and is often subjective. On Meta, you do not need to use community-wiki mode for subjective topics unless you are asking a "poll" question.

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How should we treat subjective titles?

One big problem that can plague Q&A sites is the subjectivity within the variety of topics. In our community one person might find it interesting to deal with algebraic geometry, while another ...
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Book recommendation opinion based? [duplicate]

The question Recommendation for books on topology (light reads) was closed as opinion based. What is the purpose of the book recommendation tag if not for exactly what it was used for here?
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Is using blockquote for highlighting problematic?

I want to ask whether using blockquote for the purpose of highlighting some part of a post is discouraged and whether it can cause some problems for users viewing the question? Example: Is using ...
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Requests for electronic versions of books

Should we allow requests for electronic versions of books such as this? While sometimes there may be legit copies out there, most of the time the books are copyrighted and we shouldn't post links to ...
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Limit for number of questions where tag can be added by tag-creator soon after the creation of tag

Occasionally we have seen a situation like this: A user creates a new tag. The tag is then discussed on meta and the consensus is that the tag is not suitable and should be completely removed. However,...
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What to do with a newer post and a related, older, less thorough post?

Let me give a specific example. Today, I answered this post, and my answer seemed familiar. Looking through my old answers, I found that I'd answered this post a while back. The older post is a less ...
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Answering own question “ahead of time”.

A quick search reveals that this hasn't really been answered before, so...I have this problem that I came up with and solved offsite. However, I still want to post the problem as a question and then ...
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Why was the “curious badge” badge not being awarded?

Recently, I visited my profile page, but got surprised by seeing this. Actually, long days ago, I chose the Curious badge as my next target badge. The criteria for this badge says, Ask a well-...
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Does reputation change if an answer gets deleted due to deletion of original post by vote(s)?

I recently found that the following post $\lim_{x\rightarrow +\infty}\sqrt{x}e^{-x}\left(\sum_{k=1}^{\infty}\frac{x^{k}}{k!\sqrt{k}}\right)$ was deleted by vote(s) and as a result my answer also got ...
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New Tags: When?

When coming to post a question, one looks for the most fitting tags. After a while, it may be apparent that a new tag is in order. Good examples are the elementay-number-theory and elementary-set-...
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Should we require a tag that which specifies difficulty of a question?

It's usually hard for me to find questions to answer here because 99% of them are above my level (calculus 1). Should we make a set of tags specifying difficulty to go along with the question? For ...
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A community blog for Math.SE

Starting a community blog has been proposed a couple of times, to a fair amount of support, but nothing has ever gotten off the ground. StackExchange already has a platform for site blogs, and a ...
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How to search for a formula/expression

Suppose I want to search for instances where an expression similar to $x_n^2-x_{n-1}x_{n+1}$ shows up. How would I do that? I suppose the question goes beyond searching MSE. Are there search engines ...
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How can non-experts best contribute?

Hi all, I'm a fairly recent arrival to math.se. I've asked a good amount of questions (and learned a lot from the answers). But I haven't had the chance to answer many questions. I've been perusing ...
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It's that time of year again: USAMTS 2016-17 Round 1 problem set is out!

The 2016-17 USAMTS Round 1 problem set is out, and some problems from it have been found on the site already. This is yet another request for all users to be on the lookout for these problems, and ...
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The problem with proof verification

What I am going to bring up is not a new problem. It was hashed again and again and again. It was brought up as far as 2013, and repeatedly almost every year. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Some of ...
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No offense intended, but…

I haven't been a member on here for all that long of a period of time, but I would like to point out some things that I have observed that some may be overlooking. I have visited the site a large ...
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Short and helpful advice on using MathJax on the site …

The point of this question is to give people a chance to draft their best MathJax tips for new users. Perhaps this question will stand alone as one of the places to go. Perhaps the material in the ...
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List of other mathematics resources for the FAQ

In response to this thread, I am starting a thread to compile other online mathematics-related sites to give people places to look before asking a question. These should be included in the FAQ like ...
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Threatening emails from Jeff Atwood

I just received the following threat in private email from Jeff Atwood. I have no intention of corresponding privately with Mr Atwood, so I reproduce his message here. Mr Atwood starts with a ...
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MSE and meta.MSE as seen by moderators

There have been a lot of statements by moderators and others about aspects of the site (not necessarily visible to ordinary users) as seen by moderators. This thread is for accumulation of any data ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2016 [duplicate]

It's 2016 now, and we've made some changes to the sidebar size. As such, we can now restart the Community Promotion Ads for 2016! Keep in mind, we have updated some of the guidelines compared to ...
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Congratulations to Asaf [duplicate]

Asaf Karagila has become the first to be on MSE for 1000 consecutive days. There is even a movie, Asaf of the Thousand Days, with Richard Burton, and Genevieve Bujold playing Asaf. EDIT. The Guide ...
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Suggested Guideline for “I Don't Know Where to Begin” Questions

We've all seen them: posts that ask the community members for help regarding a homework problem, lacking in any previously attempted work. Sometimes you can't blame the asker for not knowing where to ...
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Could list of unresolved past bounties be useful?

Probably a few of us have been in a situation like this. I have placed a bounty on some question in hope to get an answer (or a better answer or a specific type of answer, for example, combinatorial ...
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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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MathJax 2.6 beta

Today we are entering the public beta phase of MathJax v2.6 beta. We are asking you to try out the new output. Be aware, this one will offer a new set of fonts. I will allow Peter Krautzberger to ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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People who do not accept answers; suggestion for dealing with this.

Suppose someone has asked twenty questions, but has accepted no answer on any of them. Is there not a strong case for preventing this person from asking any more questions? Of course, it may be ...
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Does your decision to upvote/downvote depend on the current score?

For example, do you more or less likely to upvote the currently high score answer? Do you ever upvote a question or answer because you think "it does not deserve negative score." although you don't ...
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2014 Nominations for moderator on Math.SE

As suggested on the chat of Mathematics 2014 Moderator Election, I'm opening this thread to give us an opportunity to nominate our choices for moderator. Please state the your candidate election and ...
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What is the Real Use of Reputation?

Despite some rights that are granted, when reaching a threshold, what is its real use? In my opinion the only real use is to start bounties, the higher the better. I have to admit that I'm more on the ...
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Etiquette: How to deal with “spoon feeding” requests?

I gave hints for this question, https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/839401/limit-of-arg-mins/839962#839962 and explicitly told the op they were hints not an answer. I am not expecting to get the ...
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Proof Verification of Open Problems

Over the past few days, I've noticed several proof verification questions regarding open problems. On one, quid left the comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for ...
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Math Stack Exchange Top User Swag

As a thank you for being awesome, if you have at least 8075 reputation (as of Apr 23) and are on page 1 or page 2 of … https://math.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all &...
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Is it okay to never accept any answer?

I just joined MathSE and it's beautiful here, except for the fact that some unregistered users ask a question and never come back. Most of the time these questions are trivial, though they still ...
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How to prevent the loss of excellent answers to poor questions.

This question has rightly been closed for lack of context, which the OP has proved unwilling or unable to attempt to provide. At present, it has two votes for deletion, and I fear it isn't long for ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Mathematics Stack Exchange is scheduled for an election next week, October 2nd.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of ...
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Cross posting, or flag for migration?

Now that MathOverflow is within a flag for moderator away, comes the question. Suppose that you post a question on MSE, and it's a good question and you get some positive feedback. However nothing ...
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How much experience should a potential moderator have?

How much experience should a potential moderator have, in order to be considered a suitable candidate? This question was inspired by reading some of the responses to the candidates posts. Which read ...
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The “off-topic” close reason about homework questions

EDIT: There is now a new standard close reason that doesn't mention homework. (No TL;DR, please just read the question.) Background The new close reasons contain a designated option for homework ...
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printing pages from m.s.e.

I went to a question on this m.s.e. and printed it, expecting to see the page as it had appeared in the browser window. But the mathematical notation appears in the printed copy as unrendered TeX ...
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Number-guessing, sum of all natural numbers and hot trend questions

I really think that "popular" questions are treated with inappropriate hostility here. Do I think that "What is the rule for constructing the sequence $3,4,6,10$?" is a mathematically interesting ...
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Is it annoying that I don't answer questions and just ask?

Hi I'm pretty new with math.se, well I think I am, I have been getting a lot of great answers from a lot of smart and reliable people. However, I am starting to feel kinda bad because I never answer ...
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Is it rude to change which answer you accept?

Let's say you post a question, and someone answers it. The answer seems reasonable, so you accept it. Then, later, someone else comes along and provides a much more thorough and detailed response, ...
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Where is the fine line between using and misusing?

Disclaimer: I am fully aware that we have a no-names policy on the meta. However due to recent events I am sorry to be the one to break it on such a delicate topic. Willie tried to do it without ...
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Research which began at the website

I spent the last few days working on a solution for the question regarding the axiom of choice and vector spaces. I believe that I have a result, which might be original, and I might be able to ...
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Is it okay to ask mathematical puzzles and problems I have solved?

I went through this thread but it doesn't answer my question entirely. My question is a little different. I want to post a problem I've already solved for the sole purpose of watching how others ...
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To whom am I replying?

Here's another potentially dumb question. As I go through old comments, I find myself to have replied to @users who seem to have changed their name. Anyway, while I can guess to whom I was speaking, ...
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Quick downvoting of ill-formatted questions by new users

Is it just me, or are we seeing a substantial uptick in very quick down-voting of questions by fairly new users who post ill-formatted, ill-motivated, or ill-posed questions? This question got a very ...

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