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What is the protocol (if any) for answering old questions?

As I've started digging through older (more than two months, say) unanswered questions, I've noticed a few in which the OP asked a fairly specific homework-type question, did not get much of a ...
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Dumb Edits keep bumping questions

I am wondering if there is a work around to keep my edits from bumping questions. I recently saw a tex error in my answer and fixed it, I don't think that this should bump the question. Also, when I ...
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What is the role of the '[tag-removed]' tag?

Some questions are tagged with tag-removed. I am a bit confused about its purpose. It is needed to clearly state the role of this tag. That is the first problem. Recently, the question on Montclair ...
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Tag changes archive

As per the conversation in the tag merging and synonyms thread, here is the thread for recording changes to the tag system.
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Tag merging and synonyms [closed]

Moderator's Note: I am (at least) temporarily closing this thread. New suggestions should be made in the current Winter tag cleanup meta-thread. This is half a question, half an announcement. I ...
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"Is Montclair State University good for math for grad school?"

I don't like this question. It's not about math, but rather about the specific merits about a given institution. It's also not asking for general advice, but for advice applicable to the OP's specific ...
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Re: Spoiler space?

In this question here the OP asks for hints for a problem rather than a full proof. Proof of subfactorial formula $!n = n!- \sum_{i=1}^{n} {{n} \choose {i}} \quad!(n-i)$ Now, while I would like to ...
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Merging [cardinals] and [large-cardinals]?

As the title suggests, I think we can merge those two tags. This site is not extremely prosperous with set theoretic questions, even less with those relating to large cardinals which are usually more ...
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is this question acceptable: Need the solution for the following code

This question just asks for people to solve some short cipher. I don't think the question is particularly "mathematical", and I would say it's off-topic as posed.
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What to do with a user who is editing existing questions and replacing with entirely new ones?

The user Arash has made some rather strange edits as of this afternoon. Three questions that had been asked before and answered were edited: A question about a characterization of local rings that ...
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Proposed FAQ "move personal material to bottom of question" and carte blanche for edits to do this.

When viewing the Questions list, it is common to see personal introductory material ("I just saw this problem and thought it would be interesting to post ... " ) that pushes most or all of the actual ...
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How to post answer without gaining "reputation" points and without CW?

Is there a way to post answers without gaining reputation points but retaining the higher editing barrier (or "authorship" if that concept applies here) of an ordinary, non-community-wiki posting? I ...
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About Enlightened badge

I just noticed the description of the "Enlightened" badge seems contradictory. Enlightened: First answer was accepted with at least 10 up votes. This badge can be awarded multiple times. If it's ...
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On the [combinatorics] and [counting] tags.

counting currently has 13 questions bearing this tag. Should combinatorics and counting be merged, or one be made a synonym of the other?
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Comment policy in the FAQ

As I go at length in this answer, I believe the recent kerfuffle over the comment system stems from a misunderstanding of the comment system's purpose. I would like to request that the FAQ be amended ...
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Feature requests being declined on ground of two summers old threads on other websites.

I made a feature request in this thread for including newlines in comments, and it was promptly declined. The reason was that it was discussed in May 2009 in some other website. It was the equivalent ...
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What is the reason for insisting on self-nomination?

Out of curiosity, I looked at an old election thread here. There the OP who was co-ordinating the nominations posits: I think we can all agree that self-nominations should be prohibited. But, ...
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Minimum reputation for voting in moderator elections

If you associate an account at Stackoverflow and such sites to an account at this website, you automatically get 100 reputation and voting abilities and whatnot. So without putting any mathematical ...
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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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Asking for book reviews

Consider the following type of question. The last day in the library I saw the nice new arrival on a hot subject. I want to know about people's opinion on this book for so-and-so purposes? The FAQ ...
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A suggestion for dealing with users who post homework problems.

In this thread, Alex Bartel asks what I consider to be a question that is extremely important for our site. "...here people are more than willing to solve homework questions completely, even if they ...
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Proposal for an easy reopening policy

There seems to be a significant asymmetry between the efforts required in closing questions versus reopening them. As a partial remedy, I propose a policy to balance this: moderators reopen the ...
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What's the relationship between Math.SE and MO?

I'm aware that there is no official relationship between this site and MathOverflow. However, with the moderator election underway, so far each of the 3 self-nominees has indicated that they are ...
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Does a moderator candidate need to divulge the real name?

There are high reputation users like T.., Moron and others, who have a good track record and thus can be viable moderator candidates. It would be nice if the requirement of divulging the real name ...
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List of questions for candidates in 2010 moderator election

This thread is opened for questions addressed to (all) the candidates in the December 2010 moderator election. If questions are kept simple enough they can be answered fully in the comments, and ...
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What's the policy on "what is X?" questions?

I seem to have gotten into a minor argument in the comments of this question. My position is that this question is too broad as written and that the relevant Wikipedia articles already constitute a ...
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What is the policy regarding mentioning that a book is available to download via BitTorrent

I have a large knowledge of math books, due to spending an enormous amount of my free time in college in the math library and reading books that I downloaded. I often will answer questions by people ...
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Please help construct moderation policies for our newcoming moderators

I think it would be wise before the upcoming moderator election to reflect a bit on the prior moderation history so that we can benefit from our prior experience. Some of the prior problems with ...
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Can you copy paste tex code from the question without going the "view source" route?

I have searched for this but did not find anything relevant. I was wondering if I can just copy latex code from the OPs question while typing my answer without looking at the html source code in my ...
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Why does the latex-code for questions on MSE sometimes not work for questions on MO?

Perhaps there's something wrong with my computer or mathoverflow, but I just would like to point out that I can't just copy my question from MSE to MO. When I do that, the Latex sometimes does not ...
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math.stackexchange question mentioned on TechCrunch!

Congratulations to Qiaochu Yuan for your answer on "Mathematical difference between white and black notes in a piano?", which already has 69 upvotes and over 5000 views... this morning your answer was ...
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Community Moderator Election Format and Design

Thanks for all your feedback on this format and design document. The 2010 Mathematics Community Moderator Election is now underway. We're preparing the election page now. Here is how we think it will ...
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Is it time to reopen: How do I calculate gambling edge using average win?

A probability theory question (here) was asked when this site was fairly new. I suspect that the closure of this question might be a result of being asked during the website's infancy -- to me, while ...
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Renaming tags to plurals

(Edit by KennyTM: Just a reminder, please avoid retagging for pluralization before there is consensus, thanks.) I propose the following changes in tags: lie-algebra ===> lie-algebras riemann-surface ...
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Is math puzzle "on-topic" or "off-topic"?

Can I ask questions that serve as puzzles? I.e. I already know the answers but post the questions anyway to see if other people can solve the puzzles?
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Rename tag modular-form to modular-forms

I hope everyone agrees that the plural is a better tag.
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Is matlab on topic

Is a purely matlab-related question, like https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/11171/matlab-numden-does-not-simplify-by-lowest-common-factor, on topic? NB: Asking this question initially required ...
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Some questions on moderator appointments and moderator actions

There was some confusion recently in meta discussions about moderators, their selection, user interaction and interventions. So I would like to get a better understanding of what is going to happen in ...
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An open letter to Jeff Atwood

Dear Mr. Atwood, I have been an active user on Math.SE for several months now. I have enjoyed participation in the website together with the interaction with other mathematicians that it has brought ...
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I quit. Here's why.

I have offered my resignation as a moderator to the SE team and I think it's important that I provide some explanation here. Principally, I decided over the past weekend to pull the advertising for ...
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People giving incorrect answers in the comments

This is extremely annoying that people give incorrect answers in the comments. I can't downvote comments, so I can't easily signal that the comment is wrong. If there are already several comments on ...
Qiaochu Yuan's user avatar
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What should be deleted? If I realize a question is pointless?

Should one remove questions that are "pointless" since the problem is much simpler than one originally thought?
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What should one do when one's question has been answered in the comments? [duplicate]

Once in a while, when one is venturing out of one's area of expertise, one may post a question and find it answered quickly and completely in the comments section. Perhaps someone has linked to a well-...
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Will MathJax render LaTeX in a username?

Is MathJax only applied to Q&A parts of a page or will it also get rendered in displayed user names?
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WYSIWYG for math formulas?

Is there any website or tool that allows you to create math formulas visually which can then be pasted on this website? I'm looking for something like the equation editor in Microsoft Word or Google ...
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Compile short list of links to model questions (by type)

This thread is opened for a compilation of exemplary questions of various types, that can be linked as models or advice on how-to-post. Here "exemplary" primarily means questions that are ...
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Improper(?) tagging of unassigned school practice-problems as [homework] [closed]

There have been multiple postings, including some recent ones, where problems that (according to their posters) are "practice problems" for a class, or from an exam preparation sheet are tagged by ...
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Proposal for a plagiarism policy

I have come to believe that math.SE needs a formal policy against plagiarism. I think this should include: 1) An explanation of what plagiarism means in the context of mathematics: roughly it means ...
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How do we enforce the homework policy?

I thought we had agreed not to give complete solutions to homework problems, but apparently some people didn't get the message. If this is not explicitly in the FAQ, it should be. Once that happens, ...
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Appropriate uses of the set-theory tag

My background and research is in mathematical logic. I have been trying, when I can, to remove the "set theory" tag from questions that are not actually about set theory. Here is my motivation. This ...
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