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Limits on self-promotion?

What, if any, are the limits on using ones participation in math.se for self promotion? I ask because a user (who had already been noticed for 'iffy' answering habits) has now changed their display ...
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OP engages with only 1 user among many who posted answer

This is in reference to this post. I gave my best efforts in trying to answer the OP's question. Since I have answered I was very excited to check whether there are more interesting answers which ...
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Is MSE bad for undergraduate students? [closed]

My question is focused on thinking that MSE is a "temptation" for students, that is, many prefer to search or ask directly for the answers to their exercises here before trying it on their ...
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New answer which is identical to mine

As I was scrolling through the new questions of MSE, I thought of checking out some of my previous unaccepted answers and learn something from the accepted answers. And it happened that a question($g(...
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gifts after some reputation threshold

I got to know that stackoverflow gives gifts after 100k reputation, and then I wondered if this community did the same. Apparently this was once planned Math Stack Exchange swag ideas, but I'm not ...
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Editing a proof verification question to add a problem with said proof.

I have recently written a question on the main site (The Riemann–Stieltjes Integral: Proving a Convergence Theorem) that asked for a solution verification. On checking over the question I have found a ...
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Should the following question be closed?

The top half of this posting is a response to the issue of whether this posting is itself a duplicate of a pre-existing MathSE Meta posting. The issue was raised whether this posting is a duplicate of ...
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Etiquette of bounty on PSQs.

This question was asked by an account that has currently been suspended temporarily. I found this question, liked it too much, and put a bounty on it (At that time the account was not suspended I ...
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Question about bounties and serial votes. [closed]

Can I see the question that I put a bounty on (I am not the OP of that question) in the “bountied questions” list? I can’t seem to be able to see it and am freaking out, thinking it’s not getting ...
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What should one do if one thinks that someone is mass-voting them?

If an anonymous person is mass-voting anyone's questions, what should one do?
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Implementing a fill-in-the-blank type structure for new users asking questions

A notable problem on this site seems to be PSQs from new users. In order to encourage better questions, I suggest implementing a fill-in-the-blank type structure for new users asking questions. Once a ...
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Valid Edit accepted by OP, but rejected by Reviewers

I had made one Edit Suggestion to this Question, but it was rejected. I was wondering whether I was mistaken and the Edit is wrong. Hence, I then made the same Edit Suggestion via Comment and OP ...
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How did this closed question gain a new answer?

I closed a question (“ Transposing matrices by multiplication ”) some hours ago as a dupe, but someone gave it a new answer two hours later. Looking at the revision history, the question had not been ...
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Is there any general algorithm used in the CURED chatroom for nominating closing and deleting questions?

I notice that there is a list (shown at the end of the post) in the chatroom called "CURED" for nominating closing and deleting questions from the main site. This search shows that such ...
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Should I post link as a comment or an answer?

Situation: A question was asked. I tried to find a solution, but got stuck. So I asked for help from MSE and am currently waiting for answers. If I get a suitable answer, then I plan on posting this ...
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Is Math Stackexchange only for experts?

So recently I asked a few questions that seemed pretty difficult to me. But when I scrolled through some other questions I felt that to most other users my question are probably just elementary. Since ...
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Why was my question downvoted, and why won't people give advice when they downvote?

I was working through Griffiths' for quantum mechanics, and I came across some problems where we have to calculate expectation values. This motivated me to ask the following question: https://math....
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Educating mass voters

Over the past two weeks or so, someone(s) have been searching out my answers which they liked, and upvoting them, say $10$ questions or so, but an automated process reverses the votes. I don't know ...
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"Report Abuse" or "Report Bullying" Button

I came here to report about someone who bullied me a few days ago but to my surprise, their account is already temporarily suspended, most likely, within a couple of days from now. But most likely the ...
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Is it alright to answer via YouTube link?

One of the questions that I had asked earlier, here on MSE (added at the end of this post), failed to get an appropriate response but a few days later one of my friends whom I consulted later ...
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Shouldn't downvoters undo their downvotes to questions which are later edited and improved?

Downvoters should necessarily review the downvoted question once the question has been revised/improved and the new version of the question meets MSE guidelines. It is very common that someone ...
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Unusual Number of Requests Message

I often have several tabs open, sometimes for days. I have started receiving the following and there appears to be no way out of it. Is there some way to fix this so it does not happen? The contact ...
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Why was this q downvoted?

So here is my question - my question I can see it's been downvoted. I do not understand why. Is there some further detail I need to add? Downvoted questions tend to never get answers, and i do want ...
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How to respond to newbie answer.

I came across a late answer by a new user to a question, which I link here; and I have a dilemma how to respond. The formatting was pretty bad (read: non-existent), so I edited it and commented, ...
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Are the curators becoming overbearing in impeding the use of the site by askers/answerers?

I see one dimension into which MSE users might be partitioned into two parts, is into the "asker/answerers" and the "curators". Asker/answerers view the site as a place for those ...
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Why was this relevant comment under the meta question deleted?

This meta question is asked recently: Why should this question asking the proof of a statement in a book be deleted? There was a highly relevant comment to the post: But it is now deleted. This ...
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What to do when a user is just providing "answer" to a low-quality-question?

I recently came across a lot of such posts where the questioner "just posts" a question without any attempt, without any thoughts, without any source. Just "Question" and with &...
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How can I get my answer's deletion reviewed and possibly overturned [duplicate]

Before posting here, I read these three posts: How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? which says: "...
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Better attitudes towards voting

Introduction: From all my experience on this site, I've concluded that the act of voting is something of emotional value. Some say it is simply an indicator of quality , but I feel the most relevant/ ...
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Should I erase this question

I asked a question about series summations and my verification attempts here. Later, I solved the question with the summation limits, i.e., my verification code in python did not take all indices into ...
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How to tell OP the answer to their question if my answers are getting deleted and I don't have enough rating to comment?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Coordinate-free definition of integration of differential forms? This question is answered in the book Global Calculus by Ramanan, Chapter ...
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Can I perform "test solves" on MSE?

I often enjoy designing problems of my own, generally Olympiad-type proof questions. It is often hard to assess the difficulty level of the questions I have designed and hence I was wondering if I ...
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What if askers don't know what they don't know?

I recently answered this question about vector space isomorphisms. The question is somewhat unfocused, but it seems clear to me that this is because the asker is struggling with the concepts involved ...
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Adding reminders on posts

I propose the implementation of a reminder feature on math.SE, which can remind users to take certain actions on the site after a specified time period. Under each post, there can be a "Remind&...
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Why should this question asking the proof of a statement in a book be deleted?

Added notes (upon request of clarification): No. This is not a direct request for undeletion as clearly indicated in the title of the question. Although it may have the side effect that people who ...
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Can I post questions to ask where I am making a mistake?

One of my biggest problems with the site is that my questions often get closed because they are flagged as duplicate. However, in most of these questions I am trying to not only get the right solution ...
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Why was my question closed? [duplicate]

The question was reopened. Thank you, MSE! Yesterday, a moderator suddenly closed my question How can one mathematically compute the security level of a human computable password schema?. I asked this ...
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A question has been closed as not being about mathematics

I used to post here at least one question a week. Within the last few years, it has felt like the community has changed and the moderating has changed. I stopped being as active and watched ...
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Questions being reported as duplicates despite the "duplicate" being a generalization to the other

I am a second year math student and a fairly new user of this page so there's still a lot of things I don't understand both in the site and about maths. This is why I tend to ask a lot of questions as ...
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How to highlight important points of your text?

A while back quotation by > was done with a orange box. The new quotation box is visually very bland. One might like that, one may not. That's fine. I remember that highlighting questions or other ...
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About a possible change of instructions to ask a question, for beginners.

It's a well known problem that a new user often doesn't ask a question properly, e.g. asks a PSQ. Perhaps the user can be suggested to check just this table, (to begin with), instead of the current 2 ...
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About removing the reputation of suggested-edits and put that reputation to find duplicates

In the context of the current situation, and also, time ago situation, in part for the duplicate-questions on math.SE, Could it be that, perhaps temporarily, the +2 reputation for the suggested edits ...
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How improve the quality of my question (without answers)

I would like to understand how to improve the quality of my question:Doubts on asymptotic criterion for $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}a_n=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}n^{a}\tan^{-1}\bigg(\frac{1}{n^a}\bigg)-e^{1/n}$ with ...
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Valid edit suggestion to a post was rejected.

I proposed an edit, two times on Find $\lim_{x \rightarrow \infty} \frac{\arctan (x^{3/2})}{\sqrt x}$. this question but both the times, It got rejected. For the first time, I ignored it. But it ...
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Posting 'Solved' Questions

I recently created a nice olympiad problem on the invariance principle, and I thought about posting it on Math Stack Exchange. However, I was unsure about it as the community guidelines have not ...
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Adding a reference/citation to someone else's post [duplicate]

Is it encouraged to add references/citations to someone else's post (when you are absolutely sure about it)?
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What does "low quality contributions" mean and who decides this?

Some time ago I had the unpleasant surprise to see that some valuable users like Bernard were suspended for 1 year for "low quality contributions". What does (I mean "low quality ...
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What is the goal of MSE?

What is the goal of MSE? Is it to get a repository of interesting questions and well-written answers. Or are we instead an online math tutoring site where we help anyone as long as they seem to be ...
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What should we do when posts look too much like an exam question?

I have checked different existing posts on the topic and none of them really clearly address that point. With the increase of online exams, there has been an increased of exam questions asked and ...
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Should the tag [soft-question] be blacklisted, after the EOQS?

A recent question tagged as soft-question made me wonder if this tag is outdated nowadays. After the EOQS made its way into this side, it does not really fit anymore. I skimmed shortly over the ...
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