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Why Coloured parts of questions are removed?

Out of curiosity, after I learnt the use of mathjax if I thought necessary (obviously may be not for others) I use the $\color{red}{colour }$ code to mark any point of my question, but some users ...
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Network-wide feature request to support MathJax in tables

Many of us here frequently use MathJax, whether for this site or another site on the SE Network. Recently SE added support for tables, but ignored the needs of the communities with MathJax support, ...
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An old question resurfaces for closing

I saw this question in the close vote queue. I agree it's seems very vague and hard to answer, but apparently the users who know more about statistics disagree since the person who commented on the ...
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Why CAPTCHA verification?

I was surprised by seeing the site asking for CAPTCHA verification. I am curious that what prompts MSE to ask a user to confirm that they are not Bots. What is the intention of site to verify that ...
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Should there be a community for math contests?

On occasion, there are posts related to math contests and olympiads on math.se, and there is a contests tag well. I was thinking recently about whether it would be appropriate for there to be a ...
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Should duplicate PSQs be closed as duplicates?

Usually once or twice a day in the close queue, I find a question that is a PSQ (Problem Statement Question) and also a duplicate. Sometimes another reviewer explicitly links to the dupe, other times ...
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Bounty and visibility for low-rep users

I asked a question this month, and it didn't get much attention. I tried bumping it two times by adding a tag and by editing the title for something more fitting, but it still didn't draw much more ...
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Deletion of question [duplicate]

https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3849893/792431 Why question with above link has been deleted? This question was asked in ISI UGA 2009 EXAM.
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Merge request of two almost-identical answers

The answers https://math.stackexchange.com/a/831870/290189 and https://math.stackexchange.com/a/831830/290189 contain the same math equations with the same variables. The logic is the same, only the ...
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Etiquette of letting a bounty expire on a question with an upvoted but incomplete answer?

I posted a question on math.SE a few weeks back, which received a fair bit of attention and some promising leads in the comments but no clear answers. I posted a +100 bounty on the question, and ...
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When asking: Should I explain my reasoning so far?

In Are all product topologies/spaces over real numbers Euclidean spaces? I asked the "simple" question whether all product spaces (not inner product space) over real numbers are Euclidean ...
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Hype compromises effort

Recently I have been noticing a trend in the types of questions that are upvoted. I have concluded that questions that seem to be tough(tough in this context means that many users are not able to ...
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Thanks! (Gratitude Post)

I just want to say how grateful I am for everyone on this forum. I don't get around to answering others questions nearly as often as I would like to. As I continue to pursue my study of Mathematics ...
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Pinging the author of a deleted comment

In the comments under the question Prove $\sqrt{\frac{a}{a+b}}+\sqrt{\frac{b}{b+c}}+\sqrt{\frac{c}{c+a}}\gt1$, I found the notorious four-word question that I flagged. It's automatically removed as ...
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How to search for duplicate of this classic complex analysis question?

Aim A quick search for duplicates. Question If $|f(z) |\leq 1 + |z|$, show that $f(z) = az + b$ is a recently-posted question. I tried to search for its duplicates on Approach0 but I didn't manage to ...
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GRE advice/resource questions

Why is this GRE Subject Test - Past Papers, Books, Advice off-topic but that recommending books for GRE math subject test on-topic? Edit: How could the former question be improved to become on-topic/...
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Bounties don't last long enough

I've personally been involved in one, two, three questions with bounties which were effectively awarded plus two that were placed and not answered. Twice answering and thrice asking. And each time ...
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Cleaned up a mess of a question for user just to have it deleted

Is there anything to stop the users from deleting their cleaned up posts? I completely cleaned up this post https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3916570/show-that-nt1-1re-alpha-ntnt-is-equivalent-...
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How come we got rid of the tag 'coin' but not 'dice', 'poker', etc?

Sounds like the tags dice, poker and coin just fall under probability (or I guess 'permutations' or 'combinations'). I recall we got rid of coin some years ago. eg this Expected Value : Poker I think ...
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Is there a convention for whether or not you should vote to close old questions?

This post from 2014 was closed today. I saw it in the 'close votes' queue, but skipped it because I don't know what the convention is (if any) for posts that are so old. If that post was posted ...
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Should jokes on the comments be flagged?

I see a lot of people making jokes at the comments with some getting a lot of upvotes. Shouldn't this types of comments be flagged? My feeling is that this belongs to "It's no longer needed" ...
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Early results venue?

Not sure if this is appropriate but there were similar questions that I checked so I'll try. I've been working on a known problem in the number theory and may have an interesting early result. The ...
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If I ask a question and it gets a lot of down votes, should I delete it or leave it up?

If I have 3 downvotes on a post should I delete it or should I edit it? What should I do?
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What should I do with this question?

I asked this question awhile ago: Is this a correct natural deduction proof? I naively did not account for the deduction system I was using not being used much broadly speaking. A good answer was ...
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Should I edit the question, or delete it and repost the question?

I am speaking on reference to this question :- In $\Delta ABC,$ side $AC$ and the perpendicular bisector of $BC$ meet at $D$, where $BD$ bisects $\angle ABC$. The Problem is that others had discussed ...
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Asking links of MSE questions and references

I am still new in MSE,and still learning how to use MSE properly. Sorry in advance. MSE has really nice Elementary number theory questions and so many nice elementary diophantine equation , and since ...
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How do I determine whether a question meets the Mathematics Stack Exchange guidelines? [duplicate]

What's different ?? Why does the 1st one meet Mathematics Stack Exchange guidelines while the 2nd one doesn't?
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Trouble displaying profile pictures

For a few days I am noticing that the profile picture of many users is not displayed correctly. I see alot. Yesterday I had terrible internet connection, so I thought it was me. But it is still there....
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Closing a question I think has merit. [duplicate]

I am concerned that a question was closed recently due in large part to the asker not being a native English speaker. Here is the question: Explicit realization of Eilenberg-MacLane spaces and TOP/PL ...
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What's to be done about a wrong answer that is not edited or deleted? [duplicate]

Federico Fallucca's answer here contains an error Set of branch points isn't discrete, but branch points are isolated? as pointed out by Moishe Kohan what is written about branch points is plain ...
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How does this suggested edit “address the author of the post”? [duplicate]

Suggested edit: https://math.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/1483208 Rejection reason: This edit was intended to address the author of the post and makes no sense as an edit. It should have ...
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How can I create a specific math expression on mathSE [duplicate]

This meta-query discusses the following question: Q1: How can I create a specific mathematical expression in a mathSE query? Edit Insert Much of the information that a user would want is contained in ...
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Is there a 'polite amount' to put up as a bounty for someone else's question?

Every now and again I see a question that I would like to know the answer to but don't know how to solve. I don't mind offering bounties but since I don't have a ton of rep, I'm wondering if a bounty ...
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People behavior in math.stackexchange [duplicate]

I was struggling with a math problem and just went to send it to math.stackexchange in order to check my answer. but I see tsunami of condescension and arrogance. some people targeting the question ...
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Would a chatroom for new users be feasible?

Several times some users suggested that it might be useful to have a separate chatroom to help new users. (Directing them to various resources, suggesting how their post(s) can be improved, help with ...
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What happened in StackExchange Mathematics

During the last 24 hours, an avalanche of users were asking constantly about basic StackExchange features, Mathematics questions ceased appearing in my news feeds, and I am receiving updates about ...
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Has the notification system for comments changed?

I noticed in the past days, that I do not get a notification when someone writes a comment under an answer, where I commented too, unless I am referred to with the usual @username. I have the feeling ...
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“User was removed” statistics

I periodically lose points because a "user was removed." I've often thought, "Wait...what? The questions I answered recently were all benign, and there's no way that the OP would have ...
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Regarding - posting a negative comment to a question and answering the same.

We post comments to posts which lack effort, suggesting them to include their efforts(I agree with that) or informing them that the answer is trivial when they use a particular formula or method. ...
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Is a complete rewrite of an answer preferred over a new one?

I posted this Q&A question on meta, for the sake of sharing knowledge. After posting, a lot of different iterations and improvements came on the answers. I build upon one of the answers, made some ...
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Why was my duplicate and deleted post reopened and undeleted?

My question was correctly closed as a duplicate of this one. I deleted the question after it was closed, but 7 hours after (13 minutes ago at the time of writing), the post was reopened and undeleted ...
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Allow question to be closed for low effort

I do like helping people out on exercises but I see way too many questions with little to no effort in trying to solve. I think these people are just asking to get their assignments done. I don't ...
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Self-deleted answer undeleted by other users

I deleted one of my answers a little less than three years ago. Today I discovered that the answer had been undeleted by three high-reputation users in August of this year. To the best of my knowledge ...
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Receiving an answer which is not clear and has ambiguities

I asked a question, and I received an answer (see here: Non-isomorphicity of certain fields.). But the answer is not clear to me, and it has too many ambiguities for me. I've tried too much and ...
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Why do very few questions tagged stochastic PDE actually have stochastic PDE in them?

I check the tag stochastic-pde occasionally and always like 9 out of the last 10 posts have no stochastic PDE in them. I comment and suggest an edit to remove the tag. The tag has the following ...
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Has it become too hard to write self-answered questions?

Recently I posted a self-answered question which I had been working on in the Sandbox for drafts of long, complex posts for $2$ months (August $10^{th}$ to October $10^{th}$), which underwent $44$ ...
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Problem with Question Sniping

In the last weeks, I noticed a behavior by myself and others: Most of the days, there are several "beginner" questions where you know that everyone who has a mathematical education will ...
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Should [tag:hypergeometric-function] be generalized to admit higher weights, or should a new tag be created?

Right now, the tag wiki and excerpt of hypergeometric-function refer specifically to the Gaussian hypergeometric function $_2F_1(a,b;c;z)$, functions of the form $$ _2F_1(a,b;c;z) = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}...
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Allow users to still access First Post and Late Answer even though the user has no votes left

I know that from the answer to this question that "if you are not able to use the full range of options in the queue, it is better to give the reviewer's role to someone who is." However, I ...
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Unexplained Problem with my Review Queues

In my review queue, it shows this. This is a bit weird. My reputation, as seen on the picture, is 839, clearly enough to access First Posts and Late Answers. However, it is not shown on the top ...