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Why are fundamental questions dismissed on MSE?

I was not allowed to ask questions once before and followed the site recommendations of editing posts and answering questions to regain the right to ask questions, which I did regain successfully. ...
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I asked A question On MSE, Which I now think can receive more attention from MathOverflow

I recently asked a question On MSE, which was answered by one user, after I used bounty for first time. Later I re-bountied it for more clarification. Still I think it lacks more details, And can ...
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What happened to the Protect/Unprotect button?

I have noticed that the "Protect/Unprotect" button no longer exists where I was used to see it. Has this functionality been eliminated (site-wide or network-wide)?
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Why was my question down voted and deleted, even though I mentioned my level (learning on my own in the Internet) and showed source and my reasoning?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Can a residue class $(a \textrm{ mod } n)$ have a negative $n$? My question is: could someone provide me feedback on why this question was ...
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Why do I get a down vote when asking for clarification about notations and explanations about proofs?

Recently in some of my posts, also here, and here, I have been getting down votes. The latter two, others have voted back up to make it zero. I am just wondering if people on MSE don't like questions ...
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Posting a solution from elsewhere and asking whether it's correct

I have seen postings on math.stackexchange starting "I found this solution somewhere on the internet to [problem x.y in textbook]" (often without information about where they found it, just ...
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How do I get unblocked from answering questions? [duplicate]

I was blocked from answering questions and am wondering if and how I can get unblocked. If anybody knows how to do that please tell me.
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Someone's answer is completely copied and pasted from my answer, and their answer got accepted.

Someone's answer to a question is completely copied and pasted from my answer (except they didn't use Mathjax), and their answer got accepted. I don't mind, but I just think it's strange behavior, for ...
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What question (or answer) of your own are you most proud of on MathSE? [closed]

I'm sure many of them will go over my head but have you posted a question or answer on MathSE that you were really proud of, and if so what was it? I recently just had my first question that, and I ...
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Should I leave my question open?

I have a question posted here which is relatively unanswered. It's understandable as I have really been trying to figure out a way to phrase a question in a subject area I know next to nothing about. ...
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Clarification on Including Solution Attempts in Questions

I have a question regarding the guidelines for providing context in questions. Specifically, I'd like clarification on whether mentioning solution attempts (no complete step by step solution) falls ...
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Addressing Questions with Zero Effort and Detachment from Mathematics: Community Guidelines

I've noticed an increase in questions where the OP claims to have been detached from mathematics for a long time and provides zero effort in their question, here is an example. How should our ...
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How to draw Venn Diagrams in Math Stack Exchange?

How to draw Venn Diagrams in MSE using MathJax? Please help me out.
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How can I improve my question on the factorial formula?

I thought I asked a decent question but it has been downvoted. I don't know how I can improve it. Please provide suggestions.
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Is this number-of-subsets question appropriately structured for Math.SE?

This question has apparently been kicking around for about a week now. While the core content is interesting, at this point it seems to be mostly an opportunity for the poster to go on at length about ...
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Isn't this question opinion-based?

I saw this question. But I'm surprised to see it's not closed for being opinion-based. It looks like a poll actually. It doesn't cope with math itself. There can even be 1000 answers and each answerer ...
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Common mix up between tags [homotopy-theory] and [homotopy-type-theory]

I have noticed a very common missuse of tags: the tag [homotopy-type-theory] is frequently used where the tag [homotopy-theory] should be used instead. Just in the last few questions, two questions (...
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What should I do with my downvoted duplicate post?

My post has been downvoted, and I'm not sure what the appropriate action is for me to take. On the one hand, there's contribution from other users so the post can't and shouldn't be deleted. On the ...
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How to write limits with single dollar signs?

When I want to write limits with single dollar signs the index ($x\to n$) goes after the $\lim$ sign: $L=\lim_{x\to 0}f(x)$ But when using double dollar signs the index (correctly) goes below the ...
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Proposal for an informal "side room" for the StackExchange Mathematics forum

I would like to propose an informal side room the mathematics forum maybe called "Mathematics_SideRoom" or "Mathematics_Informal" or "Mathematics_Opinion" or "...
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What is this font for the numbers?

I recently commented on a question and I used the proper MathJax formatting for the numbers and letters: Some minutes later my net became a little laggy and I refreshed the page. Then I lost my ...
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What can we do to deny bot-users a platform for their content?

I hardly ever visit Meta so forgive me if this has been addressed already. I just wanted to flag an issue: The user Statistics Tutorial is a bot. So far I have deleted, along with other community ...
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Math Stackexchange vs CrossValidated

I know that the website for statistics and machine learing related questions is Cross Validated. And there is a separate website for Data Science. However, questions in the past on statistics that I ...
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Stack exchange goes to different question than in URL

When I type in https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/47 into safari/chrome, checking its suggestions did not replace the URL, stack exchange goes instead to Can you recommend a decent online or ...
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Is it a bug that post score differ in user's page and post page?

I noticed this in a user's page (the top post has a 28 score): But in the post page it has a score of 27. Of course, before I up-voted it, the score was still 28 in the user's page.
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What types of mathematical writing questions are suitable for Mathematics Stack Exchange?

I find it quite strange that every time I discuss mathematical writing, some people suggest closing the topic. For example: Does 'hence' (thus, therefore) need a comma after it? How to avoid ...
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Searching for a deleted answer to my question

A week ago I posted this question: anonym (https://math.stackexchange.com/users/1060773/anonym), How do I compute the Fourier Coefficients of a Riesz Product?, URL (version: 2023-09-06): How do I ...
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Should I delete a partial answer when someone else posts a complete answer?

Recently I edited and bumped this question; I thought it was interesting and it had garnered no attention in over two years. I wasn't able to solve it, but I mentioned I solved a problem with a ...
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What can I do about my question being deleted?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Riemann integrability of a function with infinite points of discontinuity I am a new user on mathematics stack exchange and my experience ...
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Should this special case question (that has a proof) be marked as a duplicate of the general case question (that doesn't have a proof)?

I recently found this question: Proof of the Existence of All Phone Numbers in Pi I understand why it can be seen as a duplicate of Does π contain all possible number combinations?, but the question ...
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Why are there so many Close votes in the Review queues in Math Stack Exchange?

Currently there are over 300 Close votes in the Review queues in Math Stack Exchange. Why so many?
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Question about 'Missing context or other details' as a reason for closure

I just got this as an audit in the close vote queue and voted it for closure because of 'Missing context or other details'. To me this looks like one of these common homework questions that lack ...
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Prompt OP to answer their own question?

Sometimes I find questions (e.g. this one) where after some back-and-forth in the comments OP answers their own question and appends their final answer to their question. In the interest of minimizing ...
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chatGPT and Delete - Have others noticed this trend?

I had a +200 bounty question set to expire in 2 hours when I got an answer to it. I suspected the answer of being written by ChatGPT based on the format, and material of the answer. The answer did not ...
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Should the tag "generalization" be blacklisted?

The generalization tag contains no real mathematical content and does not help to organize the site in any meaningful way. Despite that, the tag has been recreated and deleted multiple times. It has ...
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How can I resolve not posting new questions issue?

I saw https://math.meta.stackexchange.com/a/31743/1048756 But still I didn't understand what should I do now. I usually ask questions on math stack exchange about those topics which confuses me or at ...
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Moderation Strike Resolution

As many of you likely already know, moderators across the SE network have been engaged in a work stoppage since early June, for a number of reasons, which are outlined in the main meta post Moderation ...
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Why was my question about complex exponentiation closed?

I asked a question about a generic form of complex exponentiation, and it got closed on the grounds that "I need more context". I'm happy to oblige, but I don't know exactly what I need to ...
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Why am I not getting the Inquisitive badge

Why am I not getting the Inquisitive badge$?$ I completed the criteria nearly one and a half weeks ago but still the badge isn't coming. Is it a glitch from M.SE's side or something else.
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Has Mathematics Stack Exchange changed its font size?

Has Mathematics SE made its font bigger? Everything seems so big now. Is it just for me or has Mathematics SE actually implemented it? Please confirm. I'm also attaching some pictures of it. These ...
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I suspect an answer to my question was generated by AI. What should I do?

I asked a question, Random-like walk based on the parity of digits of a normal number: must it return to the origin? I suspect that this answer may have been generated by artificial intelligence. It ...
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User spamming chatbot answers

The user Serg Z. is currently spamming answers copy-pasted from chatbot output (perhaps with slight modifications). They have recently deleted two examples (users with 10K rep can see these) after I ...
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The tags (minkowski-sums) and (sumset) - two separate tags or a synonym

The Minkowski sum and the sumset have basically the same definition: $$A+B=\{a+b; a\in A, b\in B\}.$$ As far as I can tell, the first name is more often used when we're dealing with vectors (i.e., in ...
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It is possible to add a banner indicating there is currently a moderation strike?

For "small" or "new" users we are now finding ourselfs as we are not receiving interactions in the website don't knowing why, I would like to proposed adding a Banner indicating ...
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What should I do if my question is too hard for me and probably beyond my knowledge?

My question is this What is the least upper bound ordinal of my linear n-symbol partition ordinal? I am self-learning person. I create the ordinal sequence that I can't prove it mathematically. I know ...
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Will the closure of Gfycat affect MSE?

Gfycat is a hosting service for (animated) GIF files, which will close on September 1st, 2023. Since some MSE users might have included GIF files hosted on Gfycat in their posts, does the service's ...
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Moderation strike update, and flags

For the last four weeks, there has been a moderator strike involving many moderators across the network. (See also the previous MathSE meta post). Although not all math mods signed the strike letter, ...
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Q retracted! (How to deal with my answer after the asker noticed that his/her question had another intention and edited text?)

I've to retract this question! I've undergone the same process already in 2019 when the question originated. I've missed to find my own history of activity here, and can only beg for pardon (a severe ...
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Is flag handling backlogged? [duplicate]

I currently have 7 unhandled comment flags, including two I raised back in May. I also have one unhandled post flag from June 13. Is there a technical issue here that is causing flags to get lost? Or ...
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How to avoid draft formatting issues that are only solvable with a save of the question (before the question is finished for publication) [duplicate]

The solution for Firefox now is to install the SiteMacro Extension for (Ubuntu) Firefox, and to have the macro map to the edit button. Each time now that the site reloads, it automatically goes into ...
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