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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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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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Community Promotion Ads - 2013 [duplicate]

As it is December 2012, we are now going to reset our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. This is a link to the previous thread. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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I have been banned from asking questions, what should I do?

Almost 2 week ago I asked a question, which first put on hold but after I had edited, it re-opened. Since then I have been banned from asking question. According to help centre, in order to ban to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why was “Rational numbers - sticks and stones” deleted?

Could some 10k or ♦ mod shed some light on why this question was deleted? I understand that there may have been a good reason for it, but the error page I'm getting doesn't really explain it, beyond ...
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Discussion: what should we do about the increasing number of questions?

Let's try this again. For some reason I am not allowed to directly share this data (even though I think it is all accessible via data.stackexchange.com), but let me tell you roughly how the number of ...
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Quality blocks enabled for questions

Questions are the lifeblood of any Stack Exchange site. But asking good questions can be difficult, for some people entirely too difficult to bother with. When the Trilogy sites reached traffic levels ...
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CFV: Proposal for standardized meta-comments, to avoid main-site meta discussions

Below is a sketch of a proposal I devised for handling the problem of rambling contentious meta-level discussions on the main site. The basic idea is to have a list of standardized community-elected ...
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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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MO-MSE tag incompatibility

When a question is migrated from MO to MSE, the system attempts to retag it using MSE tags (taking into account synonyms on the MSE side only; synonyms are a one-way street). If no MSE tag can be ...
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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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Is deleting a question while it is still on hold too quick?

This is a follow-up (not a duplicate) to an old question on Meta: Are we too trigger-happy about deleting (relatively) new posts? I have noticed recently that there are lots of on-hold questions ...
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Preferred course of action for flagging of multiple obsolete comments

One of the recurring things on the main site is comments about the content of a question or an answer. Once the question/answer is edited to reflect these comments, they are often rendered obsolete. ...
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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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Why is a question needing more details called “off-topic”?

When voting to close, under "off-topic" we have This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts ...
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θ vs. $\theta$ - What is preferred? Unicode or MathJax?

In the edit queue, I've seen some improvements of non-MathJax code into MathJax. However, some Unicode characters were untouched and they were actually displaying fine. Are there downsides in using $\...
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Large number of self-answered questions permissible?

I have some free time over the next month, and I was thinking of reviewing some material on Hilbert spaces and eventually learning about the associated spectral theory. (I never got to this when I ...
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Closing questions that show no effort - official policy?

I can't figure out what I think about this. Again (https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/351591/1) someone just copied and pasted a question without showing any work at all. There is nothing about ...
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Automatic Community-wikification of very long answers with lots of edits

I ended up doing a heavy rewrite of my answer on center-commutator subgroup duality because I was unsatisfied with the flow of it. This pushed the answer beyond the 10 edit limit which turned it into ...
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Unanswered questions

I am looking through unanswered questions (specifically in combinatorics, but this is irrelevant) and I want to ask advice on how to proceed. Apart from questions that I can simply answer or where I ...
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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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