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threads for the question, as more conclusions, comments are made [closed]

Instead of just commenting under the answer, it will be helpful to create a thread by the person who raised the question, in order to imply the steps of conclusion drawn with the help of the comments ...
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I don't have a review-audit for a while already. Why?

I don't have a review-audit for a while already. Why? I love review-audits, because when it said I passed, I am happy. But I think there should be an audit about per 10 reviews, but I still don't ...
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Searching for old posts from words remembered

I tried to search a recent topic using " hyperbolic William David crochet geometry " but had no luck. How do advanced search options show up? Is there a more effective search method? Thanks for ...
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Does a quality answer depend on a quality question?

I have been on this site for almost one and half a year or so. Being a Mathematics enthusiast, I often post my questions, some of them went unanswered and some are responded well even by some highly ...
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A math question with lot of views but why?

This is a math question I answered which has a lot upvotes. I think that is because there a lot of views ($1k$) but it haven't got any bounty. Why?
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Under what criteria should we remove questions from the HNQ list?

Since the Hot Network Questions list was revamped 6 months ago, moderators have had the power to remove questions from the list. As Catija, the community manager for the SE network says, I ...
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How many actual mathematicians are here?

I am a junior of mathematics. My top post is: Weird distributive laws? The answerer, "Theo Bendit", looks like an expert of algebra. This makes me wonder whether people who answer are actual ...
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About edits of low quality questions

Lately I've noticed that lots of low quality questions with little to no effort from the OP get immediately edited by high rep users, making them more acceptable. A common case of this is: a new user ...
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Question regarding the standards of the site. Need help. Someone mass downvoting my posts.

(I'm trying to avoid this as hard as I could in past, but someone finally make me do it.) (Someone forced me to create another account with different email id because they make me disable to post ...
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Lack of Context: Notation Question

A question I recently answered asked if there was notation for how to write something. It also gave context as to where it came from, but it was closed nonetheless for lack of context, which is ...
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Flag helpful, but post still completely visible?

I flagged this question We found a pattern in the random loss of balls in the popular US and European lotteries. For whom this phenomenon can be interesting? as spam and the flag was considered to ...
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We have three question pairs closed as the dupes of each other

Digging in the SEDE, I've found 3 question pairs being each other's dupe. Namely: this and this, this and this, and this and this. Today we can't close a question as a dupe, if it would create such ...
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The incorrect tag description of [pochhammer-symbol]

The tag description: The Pochhammer symbol is the notation used for rising and falling factorials. The $q$-Pochhammer symbol is the $q$-analog. To be a $q$-analog, the $q$-Pochhammer symbol must ...
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On reposting a good answer from a duplicate question

I'm talking about this question. This question is closed as a duplicate. An user commented, under an answer, that they think this answer is the best solution and want the author to repost the answer ...
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“Strategy” for voting to close

I have recently cleared 3,000 rep, so I am new to casting close votes. I am ready and eager to use my power for good! But I'm struck by the fact that there seem to be 40+ polls in the queue around ...
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What should I do if I think I have an answer to an on-hold question?

The Specific Problem I saw this question a couple days ago and started writing an answer, but didn't finish. When I came back to it, I reloaded the page to check if anyone else had answered and found ...
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Why are there so many calculus questions on math.stackexchange?

Why are there so many questions based on calculus in math.stackexchange? I am a grad $10^{th}$ student. I joined math.stackexchange because of my teacher. He once showed us a question about finding ...
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Wrongly closed question needs a better answer.

This question, more precisely this version, was closed on not-clear-what-you're-asking grounds. That's simply wrong; it's perfectly clear what he's asking. He "defines" two Hilbert spaces, $H_1=L^2$ ...
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Question Deleted After Receiving Answer

This is another example of an OP deleting a question after receiving an answer. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3334999/find-a-jordan-basis-for-a-linear-operator This has been discussed ...
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Why community in SE deleted my comment related to the below duplicate question?

Really am sorry for the behavior of community of stackexchange math, I am the first who has marked this question as a duplicate question and I have got some up vote for this comment After sometimes,...
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Modifying or deleting a stupid and trivial but answered question should be allowed for the person that asked it

Asking a math question is an effort of exploration into the delicate world of mathematics. Sometimes a person fails at making a sensible effort and asks a stupid and trivial question due to his/her ...
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When should each type of vertical bar (pipe) be used?

There are many ways to type a pipe. You could use \$|\$ ($|$), \$\vert\$ ($\vert$), \$\mid\$ ($\mid$), or just a plain | (not surrounded by dollar signs). You could also use vmatrix to indicate matrix ...
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What is the best place to discuss about a particular book on mathematics? [closed]

I am wondering if anyone knows where the best place to discuss about a particular book on mathematics. Thank you!
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Relating to create a new tag named “wronskian”

I have created a new tag named "wronskian" and given the full details about it and also I fit some questions relating this new tag. I just want to know is it acceptable for this site? If all goes ...
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What are your options to draw commutative diagrams on MSE? [duplicate]

I know that I asked similar questions in the past, but I still do not seem to figure it out, what the best way is to post a 'complex' diagram on this website. Nothing seems to work, and the things ...
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How should I improve my question?

I have a question about my Mathematics Stack Exchange post: Trouble with complex numbers within a given equation. Two things $1.~$ Is their anyway I can get this question off the "On hold" status ? ...
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Misspelled titles to avoid duplicate titles

I've encountered a number of times when a question has a misspelled title (here's the most recent one; as you can see in the edit history, it originally said "Isomorophism between modules"). Turns ...
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What should I do when an answer-in-a-comment is redundant with an actual answer?

The question "Mathematic notation: What does "$a|p$" or "$b|c$" mean?" received an answer-in-a-comment: Assuming you are referring to a and b as (say) integers, then a∣b means a ...
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How should basic questions about transfinite ordinals and cardinals be tagged?

I was about to retag this question when I noticed that neither of the elementary-set-theory or set-theory tags seems to really want questions of this tag. The tag wikis say: elementary-set-theory ...
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Questions Regarding Mathematical Software

My instinct on this question was to close it because it was about the MATLAB software. To be sure I was making the right choice, I wanted to verify that it was off-topic and not about mathematics as ...
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Toxicity in Maths SE

I have observed and experienced unfriendly as well as demoralising behaviour in many SEs For instance thisquestion was marked as off topic without informing the person what amendments he/she should ...
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Need objective comments on the appropriateness of a question

I asked a question about a currently active Internet discussion (What is the reason for the "left to right" rule?) I specifically asked about the algebraic reason of one mathematical rule ...
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Is There a Reason We Can't Edit Our Recently Deleted Questions?

I recently wrote a reasonably long question, but noticed a mistake a few minutes after posting which would take a fair amount of rewriting. Not wanting to waste people's time in working around that ...
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Is there a way to make a section of a post “collapsible”?

You know how some webpages will have a section that looks like > 'heading'; and when you click on it, it expands into a wall of text? Is there a way to include one of those in post? There are times ...
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Should there be a Challenge tag?

Today I posted the question below: Challenge: find the order of an element in a Finite Abelian Group with a given presentation I was surprised to find that there is no such thing as a ...
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Is this user suspended until 2092?

Recently I came across a user who is suspended: Does this mean that the user is suspended until 2092? What type of offense might warrant such a long suspension, but not a permanent ban?
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Ad URLs should not use path nested under stackexchange.com (but maybe a subdomain instead)

I just noticed this on the right-hand side of a question: It looked sort of interesting to me but being new I wasn't sure if this was an ad or not, so I hovered my mouse over it. It links to "http://...
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What if potential errors in an answer are pointed out in comments but not addressed?

I was told " flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer" and then I found Don't flag wrong answers? A claim here made by a user named Neal, asked ...
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Robotic comments. [duplicate]

Many times I have seen a question put on hold where the stated reason has no relation to the question. It looks like a formula statement. "" put on hold as off-topic by StubbornAtom, Leucippus, ...
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Request: an easy way to access the posts on meta that explain policies or serve as tutorials or lists.

Today when I was going through the questions on our main site, I saw a question that showed absolutely no effort. But the op left a sentence "don't know where to start". Then I remembered I've seen ...
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A suggestion to improve 'similar questions' suggestions: let's include tags.

Sorry for the title. When I write a new question, right below the title, a drop-down menu opens up with suggestions of questions similar to mine. My suggestion is to interact that menu with the tag ...
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Request: Review Queue Activity Differences

So, anyone who's been around M.SE very long, and has access to some of the review queues, knows that the review queues are by no means of equal activity (or busy-ness). Close Votes is always the ...
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I simplified my question that other readers could not understand, now I am asking if it can be re-opened. [duplicate]

Recently, I've edited my closed question. Reasons being ignorant of describing the search problem that I wanted to prove is NP-hard. May it be re-opened, please? Link here
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Should the use of “iff” be discouraged?

I've come across a lot of posts where "iff" is used as a short form for "if, and only if,". Maybe it's just me, but when trying to read (a long text) fast, I think it's easy to misunderstand it for ...
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Are real questions sometimes getting deleted and should we try and stop that?

I once saw a question that I think was titled "Do irrational numbers really exist?" and it later got deleted. I think the person who asked it had a real question. I think that person had an intuition ...
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Is it a good idea to ask understanding-verification type of questions on this site?

In my process of studying math, I am often amased by how much different understandings of the same concept can really deepen one's comprehension. And I am also shocked by how much a wrong or ...
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About an specific user not writing properly

I have observed that there is a user out there that I think is not being nice/polite/etc when he leaves comments on post. I checked the activity and are some of them what the heck is $f$? ...
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Migrating this not-answered-bounty-expired question to MathOverflow?

I've recently asked this question on Math SE and upon not receiving any answers, offered a bounty to draw attention. The question has attracted a reasonable number of up and no down-votes, so I'd say ...
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Database of abstract duplicates displayed when asking question/clicking on tag

The following question came up today: Prove $5a^2 ≠ 3b^2$ for all non-zero rational numbers $a$ and $b$ This is surely an abstract duplicate if not an actual duplicate. Yet as I intended to indicate ...
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Do Probability and Statistics questions belong here?

When reading random questions on this site, I often come across some Statistics/Probability-related questions. More often than not, these questions receive either not enough or not good enough answers....