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About the [soft-question] and [big-list] tags

The folk coming from Math Overflow generally seem keen to bring across the practice that: Questions that don't look like they will have a single, correct answer should be tagged either [soft-question]...
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Closing questions as "too localized"

It's probably worth starting a few meta threads to discuss and debate policy for closing questions, even though this is -- as MO experience suggests -- likely to evolve over time. Note that typically ...
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How to deal with cranks

Katie's question (which, one should note, is not written seriously but precisely as a test question intended to establish policy) brings up this topic. There are a lot of mathematics websites out ...
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How should we handle misstyped TeX formulas?

This is related to http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/2/tex-math-markup-is-sorely-needed but it's not the same. While we're waiting for a TeX script to be installed (soon, I hope), there ...
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Stop tagging things with the tag [proofs]

Please! It is a completely pointless and useless tag. It applies to somewhere near 80% of the questions that appear on this site. I will continue to remove this tag whenever it crops up, so ...
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Should we adapt the FAQ from the Mathoverflow FAQ? If yes, how much of it is relevant?

Over at Mathoverflow, we put a lot of time and thought into the FAQ. While a lot of it is not applicable to math.SE, there are a number of ideas there that could be very useful to this site. I ...
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FAQ for math.stackexchange

Right now, the faq only contains the boilerplate explanations of the stackoverflow engine, reputation levels, etc. This page serves as an index of other important support questions for the community. ...
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What is the proper way to handle homework questions?

I feel that this topic is important enough to deserve its own page, rather than having bits and pieces be scattered across many answers and comments. It is inevitable that many students will come to ...
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Is theoretical computer science on topic?

This question was closed for being off topic, and then reopened, presumably for being on topic. It seems to me that parts of theoretical CS are definitely on topic - e.g. I have read some analysis of ...
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Philosophical time-wastebaskets

Recently the question Do Complex Numbers Really Exist? was closed as "subjective and argumentative". I voted to close, because the way the question was asked invited two philosophical questions, and ...
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General Policy of Environment: More MathOverflow-like, or StackOverflow-like?

It seems like much of of the conflicts arising here revolve around people bringing different philosophies to the table, which they have worked with and have found successful (both of them). There is ...
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Should MU be a knowledge base for all mathematics?

I, for one, think that MU should try to be a Q&A site that is accessible to people at a lower level than MO. This does not mean that it should be a lower quality site than MO. It's been ...
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Questions about math jokes

I asked a question related to a math joke, and there are different reactions. Are math jokes strictly prohibited here? From my comment: I already knew the answer, but there could be new ...
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MathOverflow tags + others ?

I have re-tagged two questions today, 0.999=1? and the issue of the divergence of the harmonic series as "calculus" because I don't think they are real-analysis questions. However, when a real-...
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Moderators and Great People

One of the reasons that MO (also SO) was able to grow so well in the early days is that it had a small dedicated group of people who guided the site through its early stages and kept things on topic. ...
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Is it right to be retagging everyone's questions?

Because the website is in beta, I think, anyone can retag anyone's question. There are thus some people retagging every single question that is being asked, even when the retagging is not ...
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Should MathOverflow tag prefixes be used?

It would probably be good to get some sort of consensus on tagging style (pr.probability-theory vs plain probability-theory.) I'...
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Differences between mathoverflow and math.stackexchange.

What are the differences between MathOverflow.net and Math.stackexchange.com? Why two communities for Mathematics? Wasn't one enough?
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Can some questions have a "bounty", as they do at MathOverflow ?

Even though this is not a location for original research, can questions still have a bounty? The following question was just posted: How do you determine if a point sits inside a polygon? and it ...
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What domain name to use? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Write an Elevator Pitch / Tagline Note: We are closing this domain naming thread. It is asking the entirely wrong question. See this blog post for details: Domain Names: Wrong ...
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Moving the meta link to the same spot it occupies on MO.

Is there any chance we could move the link to meta to the right of the FAQ link? Arguments are forthcoming.
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Answers that simply link to a paper, with little or no content in the answer itself

What is the policy on this? On one hand, they are technically "correct". On the other, I do not feel that they add much to the site itself. What if the link one day goes down? Should this answer ...
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Are topics in the teaching or popularization of math inappropriate?

Thе question “What are some good ways to get children excited about math?” has been tagged as off-topic. Do people agree with this characterization? Personally, I think the question could generate ...
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Questions with multiple, very similar answers

I'm seeing a phenomenon wherein questions receive multiple answers that are very similar in nature (for example, the 0.9999... = 1 question) or answers that do not build off or acknowledge the ...
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What is the appropriate tag for questions not directly about math?

There are already several questions posted that are not really 'math questions.' Instead, they ask for blogs, podcasts, etc. Inevitably, more will follow. Favorite math-related cartoon, favorite math-...
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Is maths or math the shortened form on the site?

Are both shortened forms (British and American) of mathematics acceptable?
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Should we migrate by hand good-but-not-research level questions from MathOverflow?

MathOverflow has a large supply of reasonable to excellent mathematics questions, which have been closed for not being "research level". Should we migrate some of these by hand?
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