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How to add images in questions [duplicate]

I have seen people put up images in their problems but when i try to add images from my device they never actually get added. I want to know how i can do it. Also want to know how to add images using ...
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What aspect of a question determines whether a soft question is a good fit for math.SE? [duplicate]

Note: This question is (in my opinion) not a duplicate of the question people have voted to close it for. I specifically cite that particular link, and am expressing confusion about how that answer in ...
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A strange hurry to get an answer

In several months since I have been re-registered, I have observed that some users are in an unusual hurry to receive a response. I was asking myself these days if some users ask a question at an exam ...
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Grounds for deletion of an answer?

Below I quote an answer that I posted. It was deleted. I do not know which users deleted it, so I cannot ask them what objections they had to it. Does anyone know a reason why such a thing ought to be ...
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Are askers notified of close votes on a question they've asked?

If I encounter a question that is, for example, missing context, so I give it a close vote accordingly, is the poster notified? Or should I copy the relevant blurb: Please provide additional context, ...
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Is the rollback attempt in this thread appropriate?

This is an issue with this specific question. Please look at the revision history here. I merely improved an attempt by the asker (which was written as a comment), making it clearer. I did not ...
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Vandalizing question posted by others

Today I found a rather weird case where a question had been vandalized by another user to a completely different question. I did a search here and saw a lot of posts on vandalizing questions posted by ...
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Who voted to delete an answer? [duplicate]

If someone votes to delete an answer that I posted and I don't know why, I could ask them what part of the posting they object to and use that information to edit the posting, provided I know who they ...
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“Related questions” have returned?

I was very pleased, just now, after clicking on some questions, to see the return of the column of "Related questions", which seemed to disappear for some time. Was this a bug that was ...
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Would it be useful to let users organize their questions/answers by custom tags? (tags only seen by myself)

I want a feature where I can organize my questions/answers in my math.stackexchange profile by some custom tags created and seen only by me. I want this feature because sometimes I forget which ...
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links on RSS reader are not working very well

I am using this RSS reader but it is days that it is not working very well. For example I am following this user and today it has been notified to me that he has an activity with the following link to ...
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Is self answering own questions a frowned upon practice in math-stack exchange?

I recently posted this question with an answer to it as well. I got two immediate downvotes, I'm not quite sure what I did wrong as it was a feature in stack exchange to be able to answer one's own ...
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Sharing MSE posts in other posts

When I want to share a post, I always first remove my user ID (the last number) from the link. Is this recommended or not? And why is my user ID there anyway?
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Should we retroactively tag all relevant questions that are missing a relevant tag, or not?

For example, I've just now realized that, When searching questions that contain the word "palindrome" but do not contain the appropriate tag [palindrome], ...
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Feature request for unlocking competition questions after a given time

Feature request at low priority. Not to be escalated (Monday 31 Aug 2020). Further queries on this post are still allowed. Recently, I have been flagging a few posts required to be unlocked. All of ...
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Deleting 'thanks for help' from posts

What's the stance on edits where the only real change is deleting, "Thanks for the help in advance," or similar? I think it'd be best if the OP didn't write them in the first place but I ...
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Should reference-request / book-recommendation questions have different standards than 'less-soft' questions?

I frequently see these questions in the close queue flagged as opinion-based. I have mixed feelings about such threads: overall, I think they can be useful if people explain their answers (several ...
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Site with (full?) copy of stackexchange including translation [duplicate]

I came across that site/page antwortenhier.me This is exactly a question in stackexchange, but translated to german (using google?): judaism.stackexchange.com I came originally on this site "...
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How to delete your old username from the comment's section, after changing your username?

I had been using math.stackexchange with my real name. As I begun noticing that stackexchange community is SEO friendly, I decided for privacy reasons, to change my username to just my first name. But ...
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Is there a place for interesting discoveries

I am new to meta, and I am editing my question in response to comments. First, I want to thank the many users who commented for their time and effort, it has been useful. What if I discover something ...
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How to ask many related questions?

I've been looking into $n$-bit Gray codes just a bit recently, and I have several questions about them, especially since they have so many different interpretations: Hamiltonian paths in $n$-unit ...
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Should I comment an old question or create a new one?

I have some questions about a Probability problem, which has already been asked and has a quite comprehensive answer. I am not arriving at the same result and I can not find out where my reasoning ...
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Was My MathSE answer appropriate

This meta-query focuses on my (user2661923) answer to the following link, Solving $3\cos x+4\sin x = \frac52$, as well as the subsequent comment that my answer triggered. I encountered a mathSE query ...
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Why has my post been downvoted for no reason, and can moderators investigate posts that have been downvoted? [closed]

In one of my posts under Timeline, there are 4 upvotes and 2 downvotes, and the score of the post is 2. My reputation increased +36 by these actions. What happened? How many users have voted for my ...
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Why does the “Hot” tab have not “Hot” questions?

Why does the "Hot" tab have not "Hot" questions? Context: Mathematics SE has its Top Questions laid out on its home page. On the top right we have 5 buttons to sort: Interesting (...
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Not too old of a question, with answers, was deleted, why?

I answered a question like a month back concerning the radius of convergence of a specific series where the poster had a polynomial so I pointed out that convergence is all of $\mathbb{R}$, not the ...
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Posts with general ideas/discussion rather than a specific question

The actual question here is pretty specific, of course. Is it OK to post a question that is more of a general discussion question? No specifically, singly answerable question, but discussion about a ...
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Should I up-vote to a useful question/answer that has received enough up-vote? [duplicate]

Should I up-vote to a useful question/answer that has received enough up-vote? My argument is this: Almost all posts were posted around the birth of the MSE, has received more up-vote. but a new good ...
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What's the average/median age of MSE? [closed]

I would like to know the average age of users on MSE. I've seen a wide variety, from middle schoolers to college students to statisticians to retired professors, and everything in between. If I were ...
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Rendering MathJaX: cropped formulas

In my recent Question Limit without de l'Hôpital: $\lim _{x\to 0\color{red}{\boldsymbol -}}\left(1+x^3\right)^{\frac{1}{\left(x^2+1\right)^4-1}}$ there is a problem of visualization. I have ...
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Should I 'recuse' myself on reopen votes for questions I voted to close?

If a question that I voted to close comes around in the Reopen queue, is there a community standard for voting on it? Most of the time if the question is fatally flawed (lower-quality duplicate, clear ...
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Is elementary mathematical statistics by tacit policy to be considered more alien to this site than are other fields?

On August 4, this question was posted. It was perfectly clear to anyone who knows really basic textbook stuff about linear regression but not to those who do not. I added some prefatory basic textbook ...
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Self-Answer, or Delete my Question?

Two days ago I asked a question about some notation that I did not understand in a textbook. Yesterday I sat down for a while and slowly worked through the proof while trying out some of my 'best ...
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Is using MathJax for questions required after having other users edit my questions already multiple times?

I am well aware that you do not necessarily have to write questions in MathJax if you are not fluent with this kind of language. However someone recently pointed out that I should really be learning ...
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Merging questions with multiple duplicates (not a duplicate)

21 days ago from August 15, I asked my first question which looked like $ a_1=1 ,\space a_{n+1}=a_n+\dfrac{1}{a_n} $ The question was marked as a duplicate by me undisputedly. But as being observant ...
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Comment deleted and reputation loss

I made a comment in a post several minutes ago. Very soon, before I had the time to edit, it got deleted and I also noticed that I lost about 40~50 reputation, without any notification. Nothing is ...
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Why don't we get reputation points on Meta?

This is a weird question but I can't resist. I had to ask. Why don't we receive reputation points when some posts get upvotes in Mathematics Meta Stack Exchange?
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Positions of a moderator

On several occasions I wanted to include this question. For example, do the moderators of this site they are all active always 24 hours on 24? Are the roles of moderators different between them (...
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Are math homework systems discussions allowed here?

Are postings related to software we use: WebAssign, Aleks, MyMathLab, WileyPLus etc, allowed here? Topics would be bugs, features, educational philosophy, ... . Or should it go to general math site, ...
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Do the Lifejacket and Lifeboat badges encourage bad behaviour?

I've been noticing that occasionally poorly written questions that clearly go against the guidelines for writing good questions still receive answers, sometimes numerous answers. Mostly I will simply ...
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Is closing this question against the code of conduct?

Two days ago I stumbled across this question. Today I noticed that it was closed with the comment "This question needs details or clarity". One of the closers already posted the following ...
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Is it possible that a high reputation user post a completely wrong answer?

Is it possible that a high reputation (>50K) user post a completely wrong answer? or its answer contains some lines that shows the user is misunderstanding that topic in math? If so, how we can ...
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Why [derivatives] instead of [differentiation]?

At the moment, Mathematics SE has tag derivatives (with synonym differentiation) and tag integration. Why the lack of symmetry? Why not have tag differentiation with synonym derivatives instead? ...
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Too many ellipsoid questions being bumped to the front page.

I was browsing the front page and noticed that the first 20ish questions were all old questions, edited to include the newly created ellipsoids tag. I was under the impression that there was some ...
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Reason for downvoting the answer.

This question is in accordance with the question that I answered yesterday. It was downvoted three times without any comment (even the pop-up displayed instructs to do so) of the users that what was ...
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Can we post PSQs as long as we answer them ourselves?

By PSQ, I mean problem statement questions that have some background but show no attempt to answer the question. I'm aware that posting PSQ's is a direct violation of the MSE guidelines. I would also ...
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Linear algebra and linear equations are sometimes confused

It is unfortunate that the term 'algebra' refers to two quite distinct things depending on what level of mathematics you are studying at. While I suppose linear equations such as $2x+8=12$ do ...
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Right place to post questions ..

I am very new to MSE. Where am I supposed to post questions like , "Book recommendations" or " Complex numbers in geo vs Barycentric " ..
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Low voter turnout in elections

Before the election mania is over let us do some analysis of the trends in elections so far. The relevant data is presented in the following table \begin{array}{|r|r|r|r|r|} \hline\\ \text{Year} &...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results [duplicate]

Mathematics's eighth moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the new moderator is: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for volunteering, and ...