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Criteria for a post to be shown on the 'hot meta posts' sidebar

On the main site (also on meta), there is a sidebar for 'hot meta posts'. What are the criteria for a post to be shown on this sidebar, given that only a few questions are listed?
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Casually "commentless downvoting", now "deleting by community".... What's wrong with my question(s)?

Concerning https://math.stackexchange.com/q/4192434/1714 . "At 2-step-cycle for $mx+1$ - problem: is there an analogon for the Rhin-bound (lowbound $S\log 2−N\log3$ )" For unknown reasons ...
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Is it useful to the community to post questions without having had formal training in mathematics?

As someone who is interested in how numbers behave, but with no formal experience or vocabulary, I recently posted a couple of questions and gained quite a bit of knowledge and insight from the ...
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Should I delete my questions?

I am not concerned about reputation. I would like to be a useful contributor, and gain knowledge from interacting with mathematicians. I have no formal training. I posted 2 questions, learned a lot, ...
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Is EoQS not working nowadays? Yes it is working

I recently saw a few questions where the questioner wanted us to simply solve the problem for them without showing any research effort I unknowingly answered one such question in past and had to face ...
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Why has the number of profile views been removed from MSE?

The number of profile views of each user is no longer visible. Why has this been removed from MSE?
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A question was closed as being a duplicate. But it's not a duplicate.

I recently came across this question which was closed as being a duplicate of that question. But if we read carefully, we see that there is a slight difference. In "this question", it's ...
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Should the tag "solution-verification not be removed (from the main site)?

I think the tag solution-verification should be removed (burninated) due to the following points: According to some SE policy, each post must contain just one question. However, when someone tags a ...
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Are providing link to "find my mistake" question of the solution okay?

The title might not describe my question really. I want to ask that there are several questions like what have I done wrong or what is my mistake. I usually answer these question telling them their ...
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Removing potentially unpleasant 'flavor text' from questions when it has no mathematical importance

Regarding this question, I edited out the references of rape and it was almost instantly reverted by someone who left a sarcastic comment about my edit that they later deleted. Consider the two ...
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Is it fine not to enforce quality standards on questions by non-mathematicians?

This is my first question on the meta site, so I look forward to any feedback. Sometimes we get questions from non-mathematicians that don't live up to the usual quality standards. Take a look at this ...
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A question quickly closed and deleted

I've been trying to stay off meta recently, but I did want to talk about the following question: Why is this proof of the collatz conjecture wrong The question is now deleted, so here is a quote of ...
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Why is this question about functions off-topic

Why is the following question off-topic? Why is every continuous function on the reals determined by its value on rationals?
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What is the most upvoted comment?

You can see that the most upvoted question in the main Math Stack Exchange site also has many upvoted comments with one even having over 200 comment upvotes. So then what is the most upvoted comment ...
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Misleading usage excerpt for the [coding-theory] tag

The usage excerpt for tag coding-theory reads: Use this tag for questions about source coding, error-correcting codes, error-detecting codes, and related algebraic and/or combinatoric constructions. ...
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Part 2- Let us introduce non mandatory tests for new users

Some approximately 100 days before I posted a similar question explaining a mandatory test for new user to get more familiar with site working however it was highly disagreed in form of downvotes. Let ...
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Criteria for closing questions as duplicates

I recently came across this question which was closed as being a duplicate. When I read the linked source question, it was not a literal or even particularly specifically close duplicate, but in all ...
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Accepting own answer if there are other, good answers that don't answer the question as intented.

I recently posted the following reference request: click The question got two very good answers and both answeres made an effort to explain things well. But, in the question I asked for a reference of ...
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Why I recently lost lot of reputation?

Recently, I got lots of negative reputation. Why? I guess, I earned all those reputation by accepting answer. But, some answers were written by me. Although, I lost reputation. But, I didn't get ...
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Recommendation: enhance the mathSE HTML/Markdown help article re images

Turns out, based on the responses, that the topic is much more complex than I first envisioned. One alternative is for someone to edit the corresponding Help article (referenced below), with a link ...
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Color change on the M.Se site.

This is a quick question which again happened as a glitch. I was looking for questions to answer and somehow saw the “ask question” and “activity” button, on the home page and my page respectively, ...
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Is linear elasticity mathematics or physics?

I wonder if questions regarding linear elasticity are considered math or physics. I started wondering when my post was closed without understandable motivation: https://math.stackexchange.com/...
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Does the appearance of a unary minus sign where a hyphen belongs result from software packages?

It seems many posters to math.stackexchange.com use software packages that write MathJax code for them (I don't know where they find those things). And one thing I keep seeing is people writing things ...
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Would someone looking for this question know what a "codomain" is?

Looking at this question should the word "codomain" be changed to "range" in the title to make this post more easily find-able by those with same question? I.e. do kids these days ...
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Community user new profile photo.

Browsing the forum brought me to a post where I saw the “robot” community user had edited. At first, I thought this user was someone with another name until I saw their original sprite: As you can see,...
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Why don't we have a Reputation per Number of Posts statistic in our profiles?

Wouldn't a "Reputation per Number of Posts" stat on our profiles, and a possible badge for some minimum amount of the same, discourage low-quality and/or spam posts? The reason I ask for ...
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What's on-topic and off-topic, really?

This post is made in response to this thread, which asked for the error in a purported proof of the Riemann Hypothesis. After an upvote/downvote war (the downvotes have currently narrowly won), it was ...
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How to improve this particular machine learning question?

After asking a question, I usually receive down or upvotes, or comments, maybe an answer. I have asked this question recently: How to algoritmically improve metric for k-nearest neighbors ...
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Are questions asking for fake proofs of a statement on topic?

This is motivated by a recent post on MSE which asks for fake proofs that there are only finitely many primes. The tag wiki of fake-proofs says: "seemingly flawless arguments are often presented ...
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How are policies, norms, and rules are determined in this community?

Many people, including some moderators, have expressed to me the following, which is an excerpt from a moderator's comment, many times in many places: ... the guidelines are guidelines and not rules. ...
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What is a "PSQ"?

The term "PSQ" is frequently used on Mathematics Stack Exchange, both on the main site and meta. For the benefit of users unfamiliar with this term, I thought that it would be a good idea to ...
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Question with wrong answer used for duplicates

This question is being used as the main reference when people ask for proofs that $\binom{2^n -1}k$ is always odd, see for example here and here. However, the question and its accepted answer claim a ...
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When do we upvote or accept an answer?

So I posted my first question here on the math stack exchange here: Choosing functions so $p'(r) = g(r) \cdot (1- \frac{p(r)}{k(r)})$ is solvable And I am wondering how I should vote on the answer,...
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How should questions tagged "solution-verification" be answered? [duplicate]

Often when people post their solutions to a particular problem on a question of theirs and they tag it solution-verification, the solution that they give is flawless, or can be improved a small amount ...
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Why is a sandbox needed?

Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts provides a place for people to work on a question or answer that might take a long time to compose. I'm not clear on the reason for this, especially with the ...
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Commenting about usage of MathJax while reviewing answers and questions

While posting questions or answers for the first time many beginner users do not use MathJax. Of course, others can edit the questions or answers to improve the MathJax but I feel that it is better to ...
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Unanswered Question on Which I Would Like Help

I am currently trying to solve a problem which has already been posted once here: Compute the Hilbert-Samuel function However the above link does not have any answers or comments at all, and I am far ...
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Do we need/want an overarching books question?

Echoing the Physics Meta question on this topic, does Math.SE have the will and use case for building a community list of books? Such a list has successfully been curated on the Physics.SE, and I ...
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Is there a canonical "What's the intuition behind integration?" question?

Is there a canonical "What's the intuition behind integration?" question? If not should we declare one? Either case here and here are two example of this question on SE. There are probably ...
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The assumption of knowledge of what notation means

My opinion is that if you are going to ask a question, then it is in the best interest of everybody, with no exception, to include as much information as you (strictly) need in order to make yourself ...
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Non-experts closing questions

I have recently noticed what, to me, is a pretty irking trend in the tag I contribute to most often (algebraic geometry). It seems to me that there is a contingent of 'serial closers' who insist on ...
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Create a list of my own questions. [duplicate]

I am planning to create manual solutions for some famous books in Analysis, Topology, Algebra which currently do not have available online solutions. I'd like to share those solutions on this site in ...
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Why not allow closing of bountied question by normal users when they are in bounty stages?

Recently there have been a lot of questions which are bountied but PSQ (Problem Statement Question). Here is one, another one although now closed, not a bounty not but once was and many more which one ...
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What might be the reason for this flag to be marked as disputed?

I'm talking about this flag. Clearly, the OP wants an answer that explains that formula intuitively without expanding. The answer just expands the formula which the OP doesn't want. So, it's not an ...
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Full solution in comments after question was closed.

Recently, there has been some users who post a significant amount of things in the comments to questions of low-quality questions. To me what they put in the comments is really a full solution of the ...
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Is the "hint" approach creating a perverse incentive?

Recently, there has been a crack down on enforcing quality standards for both people asking questions and those answering them. The idea (I think) has been to reduce the rather significant influx of ...
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Should blanket changes in terminology across posts be reverted?

Edit It seems another user posted essentially the same question here while I was writing this one. I'll close this question as a duplicate if/when it becomes possible. I got a notice earlier this ...
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User changing terminology [duplicate]

I have spotted that a user is editing old posts and changing every occurrence of "the Hawaiian earring" with "the infinite earring". As far as i know this is not standard ...
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"Applications of intuitionistic logic" [duplicate]

This my question was closed today, and I don't understand why. Can anybody explain to me what was wrong with this question and why it was closed?